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jayhawker
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WD TV Live won't play playlists.

I set up playlists in Windows Media Player 11 thinking they would play. I get the message that says "no data found in the file". Level 2 said it is a "path" problem and that the player itself is working ok. I am not a pc guru. But there has to be some way to make this happen. I  have seen other posts that say their player plays playlist without a problem. I need some help with this because WD can't help.

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richUK
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.

 


jayhawker wrote:

I set up playlists in Windows Media Player 11 thinking they would play. I get the message that says "no data found in the file". Level 2 said it is a "path" problem and that the player itself is working ok. I am not a pc guru. But there has to be some way to make this happen. I  have seen other posts that say their player plays playlist without a problem. I need some help with this because WD can't help.


 

 

There is a problem in making play-lists because they have to contain a path to the drive and directory that the files are in. In a number of circumstances such as attached hard discs the file position will change. How are you playing the files in the playlist. Don't forget that as far as the WDTV is concerned the disc attached to it has no drive letter and therefore any playlist with a letter will not play.

 

You could try making playlists with this free program. You may need to play about with the Playlist Details setting regarding 'absolute' or 'relative' .

 

http://www.oddgravity.de/app-opc.php

Playlist Creator.

 

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jayhawker
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.

Tks for your reply. I am not sure what youm mean when you asked " How I am playing the playlist?" I don't know of any other way other than select it within the unit just like any other album. I down loaded Creator 3.6.2 yesterday. How do you make changes to the way it sets up playlists? Is there some instructions on  how to go in and modify something?

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richUK
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.

I suppose what I really meant was how are you playing the files, via media server, network shares or directly connected disc.

There is a help file with the program and you can try out the different ways of saving the list by going to settings, playlist details.

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GHammer
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.

You could use foobar.

Create whatever playlist you like then save as playlist.

Choose the folder you want to save it in.

Select type m3u files

Save it.

The playlist will be in a WD HD TV Live friendly format.

 

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Yemble
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.


jayhawker wrote:

I set up playlists in Windows Media Player 11 thinking they would play. I get the message that says "no data found in the file". Level 2 said it is a "path" problem and that the player itself is working ok. I am not a pc guru. But there has to be some way to make this happen. I  have seen other posts that say their player plays playlist without a problem. I need some help with this because WD can't help.


 

WMP 11 playlists work perfectly well with the HDTV Live, providing you follow a few basic rules:

 

1) The native WMP 11 playlist format for MP3s will not work, however, WMP 11 does allow you to save playlists in other formats.  M3U is the one you need for HDTV Live.

2) M3U playlists are held in relative path format, so you need to ensure that the folder structure on the HDTV Live closely resembles that of your source machine, in particular the relative positioning between the playlist folder and the album folders.  I would recommend having your playlist folder at the same folder level as your artist folders, mine is called $Playlists$ to ensure that it is first in the list of artists.

3) You can also create playlists for photos using the WPL format.  Again, using the same relative folder trick, the HDTV Live will play them - although only through the media server interface.

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BeeoH
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.

I continue to get the "this folder has no content" msg.   As a test, I ripped a music CD directly to the drive attached via USB to the WD TVLive. I then used WMP to create a playlist, accessing the contents of the playlist directly from this USB-attached drive, in order to compile my playlist. Then I saved it, in M3U format, directly to this same USB drive. But as always, the same msg.

 

I guess I don't really understand your advice regarding a similar folder structure on the HDTV Live and the source machine. In the case I just outlined, would the 'source machine' and HDTV Live be one and the same??

 

I would dearly love to have this thing figured out...if you could walk me thru your instructions  a little more I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Swisskiwi
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.

@BeeoH:

Forget about playlists working on the "Live"! I spent hours and hours to get it working - without any success.

The problem is that the Live can't handle playlist structures over more then 1 (in words: ONE) folder level - something the original WD TV(Gen 1) was able to do without any problems.

I read in another forum that WD is not willing to address that issue on the Live - as it is like that "by design".

I now bought a Mede8er and have dumped my Live. I will never ever go for a WD Media Player again - that's for sure....

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Don_94583
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists. AHA !

Hi,

I'm a novice to this media player stuff . .  Just got my WDTV Live yesterday.  Fiddling & reading about this Playlist thing for a couple hours, and keep getting the No Media message.  What suddenly (inexplicably) worked was using Playlist Creator in Relative mode, and making the playlist from files stored in the WDTV local drive (actually a 4GB thumb drive so far).  Initially it didn't work.  As noted in a post, I looked at it with Notepad.  I changed the first track by adding a   ..\

The  playlist then worked, except that this one modified track name didn't show up.  So I took out the  ..  and left the \ .  That made all 18 tracks show up & play.  I then eliminated the  \  and now it all still works.  I then created a 2nd playlist, but without any of the Notepad editing.  It works, too!   I know, illogical, but it worked for me.   Maybe it has something to do with priming the pump.  I dunno.

Don

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richUK
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Re: WD TV Live won't play playlists.

 


Swisskiwi wrote:

@BeeoH:

Forget about playlists working on the "Live"! I spent hours and hours to get it working - without any success.

The problem is that the Live can't handle playlist structures over more then 1 (in words: ONE) folder level - something the original WD TV(Gen 1) was able to do without any problems.

I read in another forum that WD is not willing to address that issue on the Live - as it is like that "by design".

I now bought a Mede8er and have dumped my Live. I will never ever go for a WD Media Player again - that's for sure....


 

 

I have created playlists with a folder level of 9. Thats a folder labelled 1 with a folder labelled 2 inside that and then a folder labelled 3 inside that and so on down to 9. I then added my mp3's to the 9th level and created a playlist - both m3u and pls. These playlists were saved in a folder called 'playlists' on my WDTV attached hard drive and were immediately picked up on the the 'playlist' menu. All the playlists played on the WDTV both from the media library and via the folders. I then attached the hard drive to my computer and also managed to play the playlists with winamp.

 

As I said before forget Windows Media Player and get Playlist Creator (its free and designed for the job). Go to 'settings' - 'playlist details' and change 'saving playlist entries' to 'relative (e.g. "..\MyMusic\MySong.mp3")'. Type a name for the playlist and save in either m3u or pls format on the hard disc that contains the music files for the playlist. Thats all there is too it.

 

Download Playlist Creator from the link below. (ensure that you go to the bottom of the screen and download the setup file in the green box - there are other download links on the page for other programs)

http://www.oddgravity.de/app-opc.php

 

I am not saying that you cannot make playlists from Windows Media Player but as you have all found its not that simple, unlike this program.

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