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Old 05-18-2009, 02:28 AM   #1
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Can anyone provide advice on how I can play my AVCHD video stored on a external hardrive directly to a HD TV via bluray or ?. I've stored video footage on an external haddrive that I've recorded on my sony CX12 camcorder. I've been burning AVCHD dvd's from the AVCHD video footage stored on the external harddrive and playing them on my bluray(avchd compatible) players. The quality and playback is smooth and excellent. I want to connect the external harddrive up to the bluray player and not have to burn dvd's to put into the bluray player. I tried connecting the external harddrive to the bluray's usb port but it doesn't recognize the harddrive. Can anyone provides suggestion?
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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Try this.
It's a Western Digital TV HD Media player. It plays MTS files. You don't have to ditch your HDD - just connect it to the USB port on this unit for playback.


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Old 05-21-2009, 03:46 AM   #3
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Try this.
It's a Western Digital TV HD Media player. It plays MTS files. You don't have to ditch your HDD - just connect it to the USB port on this unit for playback.


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Thank You! Thank You!

I purchased one of these last year. For whatever reason, it didn't work properly. I'm not sure if the version that I had was a HD (high definition) compatible. Although, after reading the links that you provided and the reveiws that were available, I think this version is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm going to purchase one tomorrow. I'll let you know how it works out. Are you using one of these?
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Try this.
It's a Western Digital TV HD Media player. It plays MTS files. You don't have to ditch your HDD - just connect it to the USB port on this unit for playback.


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Are you using one of these?
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:19 PM   #5
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I bought one about a month ago.

I love it! It plays just about anything...well, I mainly stick to .vob, .mpeg., .avi, .H264 files, but no issues whatsoever.

And its so freakin small, the HDMI cable actually looks to big for it.



I paired it with a 500GB Western Digital Passport. I highly recommend one of these little guys because it does not need an external power cable, its powered by the usb connection.

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Old 05-28-2009, 11:27 PM   #6
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Only gripe I have is the remote is too small. But its perfect for the kids.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:19 PM   #7
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Try this.
It's a Western Digital TV HD Media player. It plays MTS files. You don't have to ditch your HDD - just connect it to the USB port on this unit for playback.


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Thanks for the Help! I decided to purchase it again. The version that I purchased about a year ago wasn't HD. Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:30 PM   #8
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that looks cool, i might have to get one of those, not too expensive either
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Only gripe I have is the remote is too small. But its perfect for the kids.

Are you using yours to playback HD video shot from a HD camcorder. If so, are you getting thumbnails for your video clips. I've called tech support and read through a few forum threads, and it appears as if thumbnail support is not available for .m2ts files, only .mp4 and .jpg. It will play .m2ts with no problem -- as a matter of fact, the quality is excellent. But, it will not automatically create thumbnails for the .m2ts video clips. Instead, the thumbnail is a default icon with the file name under it. I prefer picture icons from the video scene. Any advice?
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that looks cool, i might have to get one of those, not too expensive either
Other than the lack of Automatic thumbnails for the .m2ts files, this thing is excellent. I've seen it as low as $99.00. It's extremely small, the video quailty is excellent, and it has a user interface equivalent to the sony ps3. Unlike my .m2ts files, my music and photos files all have automatic generated thumbnails. If you go to the web site they're constantly providing firmware updates to include fixes and features based on user feedback. This thing is nice, and at the going price anyone with an external harddrive loaded with video, music and photos would want to have one. Best of all it's "Plug and Play"! Great for parties and family "get togethers" of any sort.
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Other than the lack of Automatic thumbnails for the .m2ts files, this thing is excellent.
sorry, I do not play any .m2ts files, so I am not sure about thumbnails...

Im sure if you pressure them enough they will update with firmware!



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it has a user interface equivalent to the sony ps3.
I probably would not say "equivalent" to the PS3.

Granted, it is a pretty easy system to use...the PS3 interface is much easier.
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Other than the lack of Automatic thumbnails for the .m2ts files, this thing is excellent.

they did release a new firmware update in April:

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Release 1.02.07 (4/27/2009)
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* Enhanced cover art, album art, and thumbnail support for media files and folders
* Additional subtitle languages and decoding support
* Improved media playback and navigation
* More audio formats for MKV container
* Fixed bugs reported by the WD TV user community

...did you already update and still no go?
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does this player plays high def audio . i mean true-hd,dts-hd,dts-hd-ma,lpcm last but not least i know it plays ac3.
Iam assuming it will play m2ts and bluray structure in vc-1,mpeg2,avc(.h264 or mp4)....!!!!!!?????
Please help
and by the way is this unit is a bridge to HD and lcd,plasma,oled tvs!!!!!?????
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:53 PM   #14
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I bought one about a month ago.

I love it! It plays just about anything...well, I mainly stick to .vob, .mpeg., .avi, .H264 files, but no issues whatsoever.

And its so freakin small, the HDMI cable actually looks to big for it.



I paired it with a 500GB Western Digital Passport. I highly recommend one of these little guys because it does not need an external power cable, its powered by the usb connection.
crackinhedz, I though you were using PS3 Media Server?
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crackinhedz, I though you were using PS3 Media Server?
yeah I use PMS and TVersity for the PS3.

This device is for use with a standalone HDD and just about any TV/Monitor.

I have it for my son to put all his stuff on it, for when we travel. No need to lug around my PS3 and/or PC!
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does this player plays high def audio . i mean true-hd,dts-hd,dts-hd-ma,lpcm last but not least i know it plays ac3.
Iam assuming it will play m2ts and bluray structure in vc-1,mpeg2,avc(.h264 or mp4)....!!!!!!?????
Please help
Here is the product info page:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=572

and here is the new firmware release notes:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/releasenotes/WDTVreleasenotes.pdf





as for playing the lossless audio? well Im not sure, I have not tried any files with TrueHD or Dts-HD MA...although it does play Flacc, AAC, etc





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and by the way is this unit is a bridge to HD and lcd,plasma,oled tvs!!!!!?????
Yes, you can connect via HDMI or 'Yellow' video analog. But it does not store any files...you need an external hard drive to connect to it. Like the WD Passport I linked to above.
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I think WD finally addressed the lack of power on/off feature on their external hdd's.


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...but I have not tested this out yet to know for sure?
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yeah I use PMS and TVersity for the PS3.

This device is for use with a standalone HDD and just about any TV/Monitor.

I have it for my son to put all his stuff on it, for when we travel. No need to lug around my PS3 and/or PC!
Gotcha. I was thinking maybe you're now using this in place of streaming to your PS3. Good idea on the travel thing, too.
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