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Registered: ‎2012-01-08

MediaTomb for ReadyNAS Ultra

Hi,

I've finally managed to run MediaTomb on my ReadyNAS Ultra 4. With the current setup I can stream any video to my PS3. Subtitles are supported but only as external srt or sub file (that must be named exactly like the video file with the exception of the extesion that can be either srt or sub).

I've also made a bin package for readynas. Before installing it you must enable ssh access and install a few external dependecies:

apt-get update
apt-get install libfreetype6 ttf-dejavu ffmpeg lsdvd

Then you can download the bin package from:

https://github.com/rriggio/MediaTomb4Re ... 2.1-10.bin

and install it from the web interface.

The package contains three executable:

(1) MediaTomb, the actual DLNA server
(2) mencoder, used for transoding video and audio to formats that are supported by the PS3
(3) mediainfo, used to extract infomation from the video file (such as codec and resolution)

A transcoding script borrowed from:

http://www.vanalboom.org/node/16

is used in order to understand if the video and audio shall be streamed to the PS3 or if it must be transcoded. In the later case the format used is mpeg2. Notice that if a subtitle is found the video is always trancoded since that is the only way to deliver subs over DLNA.

After installing the package you will see a new section in Addons -> Installed. This section, named MediaTomb, contains a single button that redirects to the MediaTomb configuration interface (that is quite straightforward).

Finally, this mess between etch packages and lenny packages is a nighmare, for example the development version of the freetype package is from debian etch while the freetype package is from lenny, which make impossible to install libfreetype6-dev using apt-get.
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Registered: ‎2011-08-04

Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

wow! thx!

I'll try later this weekend!


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Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

I've uploaded a new version of the package. Now it supports multiple external subtitles.

Basically you place video (avi, ogm, mkv, mp4) and subtitles (srt, sub) in the same directory and you make sure the the subtitles are named according in the following format:

videoclip.avi
videoclip.srt
videoclip.en.srt
videoclip.it.srt

In your PS3 you will see 4 entries: one avi and three subtitles. If you play the avi file you will get the default subtitle track, i.e. videoclip.srt. Instead if you play the third or the forth entry you will get the subtitles in either english or italian.

Notice that if the file videoclip.srt is not available the videoclip could be streamed without transcoding (if the codecs are supported by the PS3) which should improve the video quality. Instead if you use subtitles the video is always transoded.

Tested on a readynas ultra4 (firmware 4.2.19) and a PS3 slim.

R.
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Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

got this error!!

nas-8B-2D-9C:~# apt-get install libfreetype6 ttf-dejavu ffmepg lsdvd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package ffmepg
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Registered: ‎2012-01-08

Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

There was a typo, the correct name of the package is ffmpeg.
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Registered: ‎2011-04-30

Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

Any tests to see how the Ultra4 handles transcoding of 720p / 1080p ? Great effort non the less!
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Registered: ‎2012-01-08

Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

Preliminary "tests", that is trying to play some movie, are disappointing.

For example I was trying to stream a movie with resolution 1280x720, but mencoder can generate up to 20/21 frames per seconds. So the Ultra 4 cpu is too slow to handle such content. Notice that mencoder was already compiled with yasm (without the framerate was 10/12 fps)

In order to get a smooth playback I must use an HORIZONTAL resolution of 512 pixel.

Well I should have bought the Ultra Plus or maybe with the money I saved I could buy a Boxee Smiley Happy

Does anybody know if it is possible to replace the atom CPU? Is it soldered or it is on a socket? What about overclocking?
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Registered: ‎2010-08-12

Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

This option sounds great for me. I cannot play all my videos on Bravia - codecs are not suppported. Also subtitles are not supported by Bravia.
Have you found any solution for performance issues?
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Posts: 80
Registered: ‎2011-08-04

Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

can't get it working...


I can hint that during the apt-get install libfreetype6 ttf-dejavu ffmpeg lsdvd, it talks about some dependencies... it does'nt update

I'll post the result.
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Registered: ‎2012-01-08

Re: MediaTomb dor ReadyNAS Ultra

Well yes the seeing the output would be usefull
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