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  1. ChiDrew

    ChiDrew New Member

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    I tested some different DLNA servers and took notes. Below are my personal unscientific results. All testing was done from the same PC (Windows 7 Ultimate, Core i7 2.8Ghz, 8GB ram) and on the same Sony 24" Internet TV. I tried a variety of video files to find the most universally compatible server. Wild media server seemed to do the best job overall. TVersity seemed to be the worst one out of the group. If you've been using one of these apps and find my results questionable, please let me know. I'd be happy to retest utilizing alternative settings.
    • TVersity
      • Setup = Quick & Easy
      • Server Service crashed once durring testing
    • Twonky
      • Setup = Pretty Easy, HTML interface easy to figure out.
    • Serviio
      • Install = Easy & Quick. Prompts to install Java if not installed
      • Doesn't prompt to open console after install
      • Adds cover-art to video files
    • Mezzmo
      • Installed and looked awesome on the PC.
      • Recognized all the files in the app PC browser. But when looking at videos from google tv only AVI's displayed. No MKV's. Attempted different configs without any success.
    • TVMobili
      • Installed quick, basic / simple web interface.
      • Doesn't seem to want to play anything but mkv
    • Logitech Media Server
      • Pulled stills from some of the movies to create thumbs.
      • Lots of plugins that I didn't have time to play with. I think they're more Squeezebox related
    • Wild Media Server
      • Easy install.
      • Lots of advanced options.
      • Easy to enable subs.
      • Ability to set transcoding settings on a per-file basis.
      • Uses frames from video as icons. Ability to set cover, title, rating, & other attributes.
      • Built in search to automatically grab covers and info from IMDB & Amazon.
      • FF-RW Issue: The non-mkv files I tested (transcoded files) had a delay when fast-forwarding and rewinding content. There would be about a 2-5 second pause before content showed again on the screen (transcoding lag). Plus the on-screen timer would reset to zero after letting go of FF (you FF to 15min in, watch for 30 sec and the timer will show your 30sec into the movie).
      • Res Issue: Some non-mkv videos do not show full screen (they have about a 1-inch black frame around). It is not letter boxing - the frame is on the sides too. I think this might be fixed by playing with settings in the software. I didn't have time to dig that deep.
    Here are the movies I used for testing and how each app did with them.

    Content: Apocalypse Now Redux
    Container: AVI
    Video: DivX 3 576x288 23.98fps 875kbps
    Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 161kbps
    ============================
    TVersity: Message = File is corrupted or unsupported
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played Okay (FF-RW & Res Issue)
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Back to the Future
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1280x720 23.98fps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 6ch
    ============================
    TVersity: Message = File is corrupted or unsupported
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: Played fine
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Big Trouble in Little China
    Container: AVI
    Video: Xvid 704x304 23.98fps 1409kbps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 4ch 448kbps
    ============================
    TVersity: Played fine
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played Okay (FF-RW & Res Issue)
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Dune
    Container: OGM
    Video: Xvid 608x336 23.98fps
    Audio: Vorbis 48000Hz stereo
    ============================
    TVersity: Audio but no Video
    Twonky: Didn't show in list
    Serviio: Didn't show in list
    TVMobili: Didn't show in list
    Wild: Played Okay (FF-RW Issue)
    Logitech: Didn't show in list

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    Content: Hackers
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1280x544 (256:109) 23.98fps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 5ch
    ============================
    TVersity: Audio but no Video
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: Played fine
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Hannibal
    Container: AVI
    Video: Xvid 704x384 23.98fps 714kbps
    Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 128kbps
    ============================
    TVersity: Worked
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Hannibal (Hi-Res)
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1920x1040 24fps
    Audio: DTS 48000Hz 6ch
    ============================
    TVersity: Message = File is corrupted or unsupported
    Twonky: Video but no Audio
    Serviio: Video but no Audio
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played fine after playing with track settings in Application
    Logitech: Video but no Audio

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    Content: The Matrix
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1920x792 23.98fps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 6ch
    =============================
    TVersity: Not included in test
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: Played fine
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine
     

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