Any way to play MTS and other video files from a NAS drive to HDMI?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Peter, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    We have a Sony 1080P TV, and ethernet around the house. I have also
    transferred a ton of videos to a network attached drive which is
    accessible (under a drive letter) on the LAN.

    The only inputs the TV has are HDMI. No ethernet or anything like
    that. Well, it has SCART but I think that is basic PAL video.

    Is there a box which can access this stuff (via a file browser
    displayed on the TV, obviously) and play it as HDMI?

    This comes close
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330#tab30

    but I wonder how compatible it is. I have basically three file
    formats:

    1) .avi
    These came from a Sony PC100 DV camcorder. They were transferred using
    a utility called windv.exe. Most of these have 12-bit sound, AFAIK,
    not 16-bit, and VLC doesn't play the sound correctly. WMP plays them
    fine.

    2) .m2t
    These came from a Sony HDR-HC1E HD camcorder. They were transferred
    using a utility called hdvsplit.exe

    3) .mts
    These are from a Canon Legria HF-G10, and transferred using drag and
    drop ;) They are in the highest res, avchd.

    I have done a lot of googling and it looks like 2) and 3) are the
    problem. Very little out there will do it.

    Any suggestions appreciated...

    I know one could knock up a little media PC with an HDMI output, which
    does all this, but I am just looking for a simple to use box.
     
    Peter, Nov 10, 2011
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  2. Peter

    Smarty Guest

    Re: Any way to play MTS and other video files from a NAS drive toHDMI?

    On 11/10/2011 4:37 PM, Peter wrote:
    > We have a Sony 1080P TV, and ethernet around the house. I have also
    > transferred a ton of videos to a network attached drive which is
    > accessible (under a drive letter) on the LAN.
    >
    > The only inputs the TV has are HDMI. No ethernet or anything like
    > that. Well, it has SCART but I think that is basic PAL video.
    >
    > Is there a box which can access this stuff (via a file browser
    > displayed on the TV, obviously) and play it as HDMI?
    >
    > This comes close
    > http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330#tab30
    >
    > but I wonder how compatible it is. I have basically three file
    > formats:
    >
    > 1) .avi
    > These came from a Sony PC100 DV camcorder. They were transferred using
    > a utility called windv.exe. Most of these have 12-bit sound, AFAIK,
    > not 16-bit, and VLC doesn't play the sound correctly. WMP plays them
    > fine.
    >
    > 2) .m2t
    > These came from a Sony HDR-HC1E HD camcorder. They were transferred
    > using a utility called hdvsplit.exe
    >
    > 3) .mts
    > These are from a Canon Legria HF-G10, and transferred using drag and
    > drop ;) They are in the highest res, avchd.
    >
    > I have done a lot of googling and it looks like 2) and 3) are the
    > problem. Very little out there will do it.
    >
    > Any suggestions appreciated...
    >
    > I know one could knock up a little media PC with an HDMI output, which
    > does all this, but I am just looking for a simple to use box.

    You might want to take a look at the Seagate Theater HD+ media server
    box for well below $100. It seems to play everything I have thrown at it
    including a lot of AVCHD and BluRay 1920 bu 1080 as well as lesser mpeg2
    1440 by 1080 content. The players are cheap, reliable, and only suffer
    from one minor complaint IMHO, namely, the remote control needs to be
    pointed a bit carefully towards the unit to operate reliably.
     
    Smarty, Nov 11, 2011
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  3. Peter

    GMAN Guest

    In article <>, Peter <> wrote:
    >We have a Sony 1080P TV, and ethernet around the house. I have also
    >transferred a ton of videos to a network attached drive which is
    >accessible (under a drive letter) on the LAN.
    >
    >The only inputs the TV has are HDMI. No ethernet or anything like
    >that. Well, it has SCART but I think that is basic PAL video.
    >
    >Is there a box which can access this stuff (via a file browser
    >displayed on the TV, obviously) and play it as HDMI?
    >
    >This comes close
    >http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330#tab30
    >



    If you can splurge for a little extra, the Sony Playstation 3 plays my DV AVI
    files beautifully and plays AVCHD files too.

    But what brand of NAS do you have on your network?

    Not all NAS work as media servers. Some just are mapped to network drives and
    are not DNLA or uPnP compliant


    go here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Living_Network_Alliance

    http://www.dlna.org/about_us/about/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UPnP_AV_media_servers_and_clients


    >but I wonder how compatible it is. I have basically three file
    >formats:
    >
    >1) .avi
    >These came from a Sony PC100 DV camcorder. They were transferred using
    >a utility called windv.exe. Most of these have 12-bit sound, AFAIK,
    >not 16-bit, and VLC doesn't play the sound correctly. WMP plays them
    >fine.
    >
    >2) .m2t
    >These came from a Sony HDR-HC1E HD camcorder. They were transferred
    >using a utility called hdvsplit.exe
    >
    >3) .mts
    >These are from a Canon Legria HF-G10, and transferred using drag and
    >drop ;) They are in the highest res, avchd.
    >
    >I have done a lot of googling and it looks like 2) and 3) are the
    >problem. Very little out there will do it.
    >
    >Any suggestions appreciated...
    >
    >I know one could knock up a little media PC with an HDMI output, which
    >does all this, but I am just looking for a simple to use box.
     
    GMAN, Nov 11, 2011
    #3
  4. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Many thanks...

    It turns out there are *loads* of boxes which can potentially do this,
    but there is no way to check if any of them actually works with these
    formats.

    http://mediaserverreviews.com/reviews/

    For example .avi could be just about anything.

    A friend of mine has this
    http://www.sum-vision.co.uk/productinfo/cyclonemkv/cyclonemkv.html
    and I have given him a CD with samples of my files, so that bit is
    easy. Curiously that box claims to do MTS.




    (GMAN) wrote

    >In article <>, Peter <> wrote:
    >>We have a Sony 1080P TV, and ethernet around the house. I have also
    >>transferred a ton of videos to a network attached drive which is
    >>accessible (under a drive letter) on the LAN.
    >>
    >>The only inputs the TV has are HDMI. No ethernet or anything like
    >>that. Well, it has SCART but I think that is basic PAL video.
    >>
    >>Is there a box which can access this stuff (via a file browser
    >>displayed on the TV, obviously) and play it as HDMI?
    >>
    >>This comes close
    >>http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330#tab30
    >>

    >
    >
    >If you can splurge for a little extra, the Sony Playstation 3 plays my DV AVI
    >files beautifully and plays AVCHD files too.
    >
    >But what brand of NAS do you have on your network?
    >
    >Not all NAS work as media servers. Some just are mapped to network drives and
    >are not DNLA or uPnP compliant
    >
    >
    >go here
    >
    >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Living_Network_Alliance
    >
    >http://www.dlna.org/about_us/about/
    >
    >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UPnP_AV_media_servers_and_clients
    >
    >
    >>but I wonder how compatible it is. I have basically three file
    >>formats:
    >>
    >>1) .avi
    >>These came from a Sony PC100 DV camcorder. They were transferred using
    >>a utility called windv.exe. Most of these have 12-bit sound, AFAIK,
    >>not 16-bit, and VLC doesn't play the sound correctly. WMP plays them
    >>fine.
    >>
    >>2) .m2t
    >>These came from a Sony HDR-HC1E HD camcorder. They were transferred
    >>using a utility called hdvsplit.exe
    >>
    >>3) .mts
    >>These are from a Canon Legria HF-G10, and transferred using drag and
    >>drop ;) They are in the highest res, avchd.
    >>
    >>I have done a lot of googling and it looks like 2) and 3) are the
    >>problem. Very little out there will do it.
    >>
    >>Any suggestions appreciated...
    >>
    >>I know one could knock up a little media PC with an HDMI output, which
    >>does all this, but I am just looking for a simple to use box.
     
    Peter, Nov 13, 2011
    #4
  5. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Peter <> wrote

    >It turns out there are *loads* of boxes which can potentially do this,
    >but there is no way to check if any of them actually works with these
    >formats.
    >
    >http://mediaserverreviews.com/reviews/
    >
    >For example .avi could be just about anything.
    >
    >A friend of mine has this
    >http://www.sum-vision.co.uk/productinfo/cyclonemkv/cyclonemkv.html
    >and I have given him a CD with samples of my files, so that bit is
    >easy. Curiously that box claims to do MTS.


    Update: it plays MTS but doesn't play any of my AVI files.

    WMP plays them all OK but VLC doesn't play the 12-bit sound track
    AVIs.
     
    Peter, Nov 20, 2011
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