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How to setup and run my personal Movieplayer / media center

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DM500,DM500+, DM56x0, DM600, DM7000 and DM7020 users click here for your movieplayer

With the introduction of the PLi® Jade software in the summer of 2008, you are now able to make your DM box into a true DM media center client or what is also known as an extender.

Warning: do not use VLC 0.9.x for this

Use VLC 0.86i

The PLi® Movieplayer will allow you to playback many different video file formats from any computer that will run the VLC application [Mac, Linux, Windows, Vista], direct to your TV or to multiple TV's [not covered in this howto] with different content if you have more than one DM box using the new PLi® Movieplayer.

So you can now do this from the comfort of your lounge chair with your DM remote control, without the need to convert, transcode or otherwise play with the computer before you sit down to watch a movie. All thanks to the PLi® Movieplayer plugin in your DM box and VLC running on your computer.


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Howto set the Movieplayer up for the first time

All you have to do is follow these two simple steps.


1. VLC:

MUSTDO: Always do this VLC step when you reboot or restart your computer





Note: see the Power User section at the bottom of the page for other ways to do this

A. You should download and install the latest VLC client from here if you not already done so for other applications that use VLC i.e. Web-X-TV.
B. VLC needs to be running in the background on the computer at all times, when you use the Movieplayer plugin on your DM box.

If you are running a graphic user interface you simply;
If you are running VLC from shell then run VLC using the parameter --extraint=http (to enable the VLC web interface)

Remember: VLC needs to be setup and running on your computer before you use the VLC Movieplayer plugin in your DM box. If it is not set up correctly then you system will appear to hang until it times out.

Movieplayer
Tip: Click here to see a flash movie on howto Setup VLC
Tip: Always ensure NO other service/application on your PC is running on the VLC port of 8080

2. The VLC Plugin


The first thing you need to do on your DM box is to download and have your DM box automatically install the
VLC plugin. To do this press your Menu button - select plugins

plugins

Now press the Green button to download plugins.
Now select the extensions menu
Now select the plugin called "vlcplayer" and press OK. It will then ask if you want to download it, select YES
Your Dm box will now go to console mode and download and automatically install the plug.
When it is complete it will go back to the plugins menu



download
select plugin
setup plugin
test plugin
run plugin
playing image


Howto use your personal Movieplayer


Great, I have now setup VLC and it is running on my computer in the background and I have setup
the other settings in the Web Interface as you suggested for my environment. So I am ready to go.


So how do I run this new Movieplayer plugin?

1. Press the Blue button on your remote control and this menu will appear. Now use your down arrow key and select the Movieplayer option and then press the OK button to continue.

Tip: If you assigned the YELLOW button to another function, you will need to find where you assigned the plugins menu too.
Tip: Make sure you have the volume turned up on your DM box before pressing the OK button

Movieplayer


2.You should now be connected to your computers 'media drive and directory' like this example below.

Movieplayer

You will now be presented with four 'coloured' options at the bottom of the screen which are controlled by these buttons.
Movieplayer
  1. Press the RED button to see all the media files on your computer
  2. Press the GREEN button to see what is in your CD Drive
  3. Press the YELLOW button to see what is in your DVD drive
  4. Press the BLUE button to make changes to the Movieplayer configuration


Tip: If you do not see your computers media directory above, that you defined in the Web Interface settings, it most likely means you forgot to run VLC on your computer, as shown in the first step above or you entered the wrong drive or wrong media directory on your computer. Press the RED button to retest the connection from your DM box to your computer and take note of any error messages that maybe displayed.



3. Once you have selected a movie to play and pressed the OK button to watch it, this screen will appear.

Tip: you can change the buffer times with the BLUE button, under the Options settings (see details below)

Movieplayer


4. The movie you selected should now be playing on your TV.
To get more information on the movie, simply press the OK button and this example screen will appear, telling you how long the movie is in minutes and the movies file size.

Movieplayer


The Movieplayer settings and options


In this menu (the BLUE button above) you can make lots of little changes on this Movieplayer, which will make it preform much better.

Tip: DM500 and DM7000 users, allow as much buffer size as possible i.e 100%


Movieplayer




So what can I do with this Movieplayer?

Once you are playing a movie, there are many options that allow you to control the way you use the Movieplayer.

Press the HELP key at anytime and you will see this screen.

Movieplayer



For VLC Windows XP & Vista Power users

MS XP & Vista example


If you use the MS Windows Xp or Vista Operating Systems you can preset the VLC properties in Windows
to always have the VLC web interface open / turned on. Simply add this line of code below and VLC
will always start with the web interface turned on. See the image below.

--intf wxwin --extraintf=http



Movieplayer


If you also copy VLC into your startup directory under your start menu like the example
above shows, VLC will then always start when your PC does and if you added the line of code
as shown above, you just set and forget.

TIP: If you upgrade or change version of VLC you will have to add this line back again.

From time to time, if there is an issue with the file format, VLC displays message:
"This AVI file is broken. Seeking will not work correctly.
Do You want try to repair it (this might take a long time)"
Yes/No/Cancel

and if you want streaming this file, you must press NO.

If you want not this message and automatically "press" NO, add into line below to the Target line in the
image above.

--avi-index=2 (XP, Vista)




TIP: The PLi® Movieplayer is only as good as your LAN is! If you LAN is mis-configured or not setup correctly, then expect issues!
TIP: Click here to learn howto stream real HDTV from any E1 DM box using Web-X-TV and Movieplayer [mileage may vary]
Question: Does this work on Wifi? Yes perfectly if your LAN is correctly setup.
Question: Does this work on a small 10mb LAN? Yes perfectly if your LAN is correctly setup.
Question: What do you use for a LAN when you wrote this? All the above and a bridge to a 1gb CAT6 LAN
Question: Can the PLi® team help me setup my LAN as I do not have one? In short no, we can not, but you can ask in the PLi® Forums



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