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Old 07-09-2011, 08:49 AM   #1  
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I have a Sony Bravia 52NX800 which I'm happy with except for one thing. I cannot seem to find a file format/extension that will play movies over DLNA.

I'm using a dual 1.2 GHz PPC Mac running 10.4.11 and Eye Connect. This was the only upnp server that I found that the tv would even recognize. The problem is I can navigate thru folders/directories at the tv but no movies will show up. "There are no items to display"

There is no transcoder available for this older Mac? I have tried many different file formats and extentions. Can anyone actually get this to work or is DLNA just a marketing joke/scam.

If it does really work can you supply a link to a file that will actually work with my tv. Or a detailed description of the file format, extension, fps. display size, codec, etc.

Thanks I've been fighting this since Christmas.
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Hello, am I in the right forum? Is there even a right forum for this?

Just being frustrated I guess.
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DLNA is a big disappointment to me. My Samsung can play most files, but cannot do exotic functions like pause...only stop. What good is that?

The best solution I've found to date is to use Vuze to serve up content to an Xbox 360. The xbox does a good job recognizing the files, and they play just like any other video clip. Vuze even transcodes for the target device in the background.
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Most DLNA issues are less about the media server and more about the file format you use. The TV has to be capable of decoding the format you choose.

Take your TV. According to the owners manual, that TV only supports 2 formats for DLNA. AVCHD and MPEG2. And in some cases it won't play them. Odds are it was intended to show videos recorded from an HD videocamera as those are the standard formats for HD videocams.

DLNA is quite robust, but the device recieving the stream is the most important key. I use a PS3 as my DLNA receiver for my files, but even that has limitations as to formats.

The other issue you are dealing with is the Mac itself. I'm not knocking Mac by anymeans. Just a simple fact that you have to live with. Apple loves proprietary formats. Formats that only Apple stuff can play. So if you really want compatibility, get an Apple TV box and plug that into your TV. You'll probably have a lot more luck getting it to talk to the Mac.
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Vuze seems to be way overkill. Plus it is finding all my old torrents and starting uploads which I DO NOT want to do. After playing with it for an hour I seem to have the media server running but can't figure which directory/folder it is trying to serve from. Why is this hard it should be easy. Guess I shouldn't complain about free software.

Well I'll have to sleep on it some. Get back into its obtuse interface again.
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Vuze seems to be way overkill. Plus it is finding all my old torrents and starting uploads which I DO NOT want to do. After playing with it for an hour I seem to have the media server running but can't figure which directory/folder it is trying to serve from. Why is this hard it should be easy. Guess I shouldn't complain about free software.

Well I'll have to sleep on it some. Get back into its obtuse interface again.
Delete your old .torrent files and delete (from library, not from computer) any torrents it tries to upload. After this point, you can use Windows Explorer to find video files you want to serve up, and drag them onto the target device, which should be powered on and visible on your network, within Vuze. I do this and it works flawlessly: all my files are available on my xbox 360.
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