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GanJi
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Android

Post by GanJi » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:13 pm

Hello.
I am running UMNS 2.2.2 (will upgrade to latest tomorrow).
I have an Android device - Uhost2 - and would like to use it as a media center. I setup UMS under Debian and it runs pretty well. I am able to stream MP4 files using BubbleUPnP.
But, it only serves direct streams - videos that Android can natively play, like certain MP4 and FLV. If I have a MKV or MP4 with subtitles there comes an error "Cannot play this file". The debug log on the server has no errors - it shows that the file is transcoded by mencoder and that the playback starts and stops.

Maybe mencoder encodes the file to a format that Android cannot play. Any advice on how to configure the encoder or Android.conf?

I also setup PMS for Windows as a test - it has the same behavior.

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Re: Android

Post by ExSport » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:25 am

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StreamExtensions=mkv,hdmov,hdm,flac,fla,dts,ogg,asf,asx,m2v,mp4,mpg,mpeg,avi,mov,wmv,ts,m2ts,mts
ChunkedTransfer=true
For transcoding, second line have to be present in Android.conf file (latest verstion should already have it).
About the first line: Why to transcode MKV? You can stream them natively also with embedded subs. External players like MX Player, BS Player, VPlayer supports them natively so add them to conf file.

GanJi
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Re: Android

Post by GanJi » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:24 pm

If I only stream the subtitles do not stream with the file. For example, TV episodes from eztv.it with external subs.
The conf. file does have the Chunked line, I installed 2.2.4 yesterday - no change there - MKV streams fine, embedded subtitles in them work, but when there should be transcoding for external subs - Video cannot be played.

Update:
Same result with 2.2.5 and also tried with Windows version.

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Re: Android

Post by SubJunk » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:14 am

Hi GanJi, please post your debug info :)

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Re: Android

Post by GanJi » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:01 am

Here's the log from the Windows version of the server where I try to play a file with subtitles and one without using BubbleUpnP.
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GanJi
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Re: Android

Post by GanJi » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:31 am

Updated to latest version - still no luck.
MKV files with embedded subtitles work. Files with external subs - no.
Attached is the file where I attempt to play some files, including the MKV that works.

Also tried with a Samsung Galaxy S3 - exact same behavior.
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mwneuendorf
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Re: Android

Post by mwneuendorf » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:34 am

On a side note, what is the reason you can't transcode the video_ts folder for android? Is there a limitation with being able transcode the mpeg2 to h264? just wondering if there's any hope for the future....

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Re: Android

Post by acrespo » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:13 am

I have a similar problem. I can play videos with external SRT subtitles on PS3 but the same video don't show the subtitles played by my Samsung Galaxy S3, video and audio are OK. I am using the same app for DLNA client (BubbleUpnp).

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Re: Android

Post by ExSport » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:38 am

When played on PS3, your file is not defined in streamedextensions so file is transcoded to support subs.
Android supports all file formats via defining them as stremedextensions. It means transcoding is not forced.
If subs are embedded, MXPlayer and other players see the subs but NOT THE EXTERNAL ones. Externals can be loaded via TRANSCODE folder but CPU/bandwidth can be too much for your PC/Android/WiFi.

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Re: Android

Post by eleked » Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:35 pm

Any update on this?
I am having the same problem with my Xperia Z (Android 4.1.2).

However if ffmpeg is used for transcoding, it managed to play it, but stopped/quit at the very first second.
It is like the phone itself doesn't know when to stop/quit playing the video.
My Panasonic TV works well though.

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