'[FAQ] Twonky DLNA Media Server Setup & Use

Is there a way to add “media types” to the preconfigured ones (music, pictures, videos)? I’d like to separate tv recordings from private videos and change the configuration of the twonky media server who aggregats them in one category.

No, I don’t think you can add categories to those that are predefined (music, pictures & videos).

So I would suggest using metadata tags or folder structure to split your video library. Twonky provides the following metadata views for its video library:

Album

All videos (alphabetically grouped)

By date

By folder

Playlists

Title

The Album and By Folder views look most useful for you.

[edit: I have found a method, and added a new FAQ on this problem.]

Great work! Very helpful guide. I wish i had read it before I started using Twonky so i could have avoided learning much of it via trial and error. 

I have a MyBookLiveDuo onto which I installed Twonky. I’ve been updating it to the latest version now for a few years. 8.02 is fantastic. 

Wow man, thats one **bleep** of a post. 

I prefer to do it the easy way though.  You have 2 mac addresses for the WD MyCloud.  1 under the device itself and another for the other devices where the twonky server sits as an unknown device on windows 8.1.  Block the unknown device mac through the modem/router and when you double click on your WDMyCloud via windows explorer to access network shares, it will log you into the twonky GUI with a nice user friendly interface.

The ‘nice, friendly GUI interface’ can be accessed via port 9000 of your MyCloud’s IP, and yes, I discuss that, and assume that will be used for many settings. But that friendly GUI won’t let you control Twonky to do many of the thing I discuss, or stop the MyCloud breaking the setup…

Hope you find the FAQ useful.

Hi cpt_paranoi

Many thanks for going to the trouble of posting this, it very informative, well presented, and a massive help for new guys like me.

I have just purchased a WD EX2 NAS, and following initial setup a couple of weeks ago, it suddenly lost its Twonky setting, ie I couldnt access using port :9000, meaning I couldnt access my films on my smart TV etc.

I am pretty new to the world of Twonky and this was exactly what I was looking for - I now have a fully functional twonky service - if I’m allowed to say that - many thanks :slight_smile:

Hey guys,

great thread - lots of information.

1 thing I could not solve by now. My twonky is showing all music album covers under Photos - this makes no sense for me. I want my personal pictures under Photos - nothing else.

Is there a way to exclude certain folders from the scan for Photos?

The same problem could come up when I copy Audiobooks on the WD MyCloud - they should not be displayed under Music.

I created shares for

MusicLib

PictureLib

VideoLib

maybe I will ad AudiobookLib later.

Thank you.

Chris

When you use the Twonky UI to tell it where to look for media (in the ‘Sharing’ page), use the ‘media type’ selector to tell it what types of media to look for in each share.

See Q . Where should I put my media so Twonky finds it?

Then you will need to make the changes to stop MyCloud breaking your Twonky settings each time it reboots.

In addition to what cpt_paranoia posted one can specify certain folders for Twonky to ignore when it performs a content scan. See Advanced -> Ignore Directories. One may have to use SSH to get the proper folder/substring name. See Q. Can I stop Twonky searching in certain folders in my media storage folders? for more information

I’d like to use the twonky dlna server to stream dsd (dsf) files to my oppo player. Unfortunately, it looks like WD’s implementation of twonky doesn’t suppor these files. I know there’s a way to add file type support in some versions of twonky. Is there any way to do it for the mycloud? I know I can just login to the mycloud via smb to play these files, but I like using the dlna server for everything.

I’ve never really played with the media types, because I’ve never had an issue with any of my DLNA clients; all the media formats I use seem to be supported.

So I had a bit of a Google, and found some interesting stuff that I might investigate a bit further. There are three points of interest that I found reported:

i) Twonky supports transcoding (at least on QNAP devices)

ii) the ‘Media Receiver Type’ value has an associated setting file that may be modified.

iii) Twonky apparently added DSD support in v7.2.7. My devices run v7.2.9, so they may support DSD.

Here are some useful-looking links:

http://www.vspecialist.co.uk/qnap-nas-and-twonky-media-server/

http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=86430.0

https://docs.twonky.com/display/TRN/Twonky+Server+7.2#TwonkyServer7.2-TwonkyServer7.2.10

http://www.dragonflame.org/play-mkv-on-twonky-media-server/

I’d never found the Twonky release notes before…

I had posted some comments on customising the Receiver Type, but never tried it myself:

Q. How can I get Twonky to provide full size artwork to media-playing clients?

I’m guessing the directory mentioned in a couple of the links:

/share/MD0_DATA/.qpkg/TwonkyMedia/resources

will be

/usr/local/twonkymedia-7/resources

on the MyCloud.

Feel free to report the results of any experiments you do.

cpt_paranoia wrote:

 

i) Twonky supports transcoding (at least on QNAP devices)

Yes apparently, with some tweaking, transcoding is possible. Whether the processor on the WD My Cloud is capable of doing so effectively at run time is another story. In the “/usr/local/twonkymedia-7/resources” folder is a file called “transcoding.html” which explains how to setup transcoding on Twonky. From that file:

The new transcoding architecture is able to use nearly any external program for transcoding, rescaling or resampling. Examples of such external programs are: vlc, ffmpeg, mplayer, mencoder, imagemagick and others. In principal each program which is able to transform file x to file y can be used.

It includes this graphic that explains how the transcoding is done:

cpt_paranoia wrote:

I’ve never really played with the media types, because I’ve never had an issue with any of my DLNA clients; all the media formats I use seem to be supported.

 

So I had a bit of a Google, and found some interesting stuff that I might investigate a bit further. There are three points of interest that I found reported:

 

i) Twonky supports transcoding (at least on QNAP devices)

ii) the ‘Media Receiver Type’ value has an associated setting file that may be modified.

iii) Twonky apparently added DSD support in v7.2.7. My devices run v7.2.9, so they may support DSD.

 

Here are some useful-looking links:

 

http://www.vspecialist.co.uk/qnap-nas-and-twonky-media-server/

http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=86430.0

https://docs.twonky.com/display/TRN/Twonky+Server+7.2#TwonkyServer7.2-TwonkyServer7.2.10

http://www.dragonflame.org/play-mkv-on-twonky-media-server/

 

I’d never found the Twonky release notes before…

 

I had posted some comments on customising the Receiver Type, but never tried it myself:

 

Q. How can I get Twonky to provide full size artwork to media-playing clients?

 

I’m guessing the directory mentioned in a couple of the links:

 

/share/MD0_DATA/.qpkg/TwonkyMedia/resources

 

will be

 

/usr/local/twonkymedia-7/resources

 

on the MyCloud.

 

Feel free to report the results of any experiments you do.

So you’re saying that the version of twonky on the mycloud should be able to support dsd files? But for some reason it does not. I don’t need transcoding as my oppo player reads the dsd files just fine. I just want mycloud’s default dlna twonky server to at least recognize the dsd files so that my blu-ray player might pay them via dlna instead of direct smb.

 So you’re saying that the version of twonky on the mycloud should be able to support dsd files?

I’m only repeating what can be read in the Twonky release notes; I don’t work for Packet Video or WD.

Did you look at the links I posted? They contain suggestions as to how you might proceed, by editing the receiver type definition files. I don’t have an Oppo player, or a blu-ray player or any DSD files, so I can’t do your experiments for you.

I’l check them out, but it looks like the version of twonky on my mycloud is only 7.2.3 (I’m on the old firmware). Does the latest mycloud firmware upgrade twonky to 7.2.9. Or did you custom install twonky on your drive?

I’m using a standard v4 firmware install, with no additional packages loaded. This gives me Twonky v7.2.9

For anyone interested it appears there is now an option (don’t recall it there previously) on the Twonky page with Twonky version: 7.2.9-6 in the WD My Cloud firmware v04.04.00-303 that was released yesterday (or today) that includes a new page called “Online Services”.

From that page: “These settings provide the ability to link your online services to this Twonky Server. Linking enables you to browse and beam your YouTube™, Facebook®, Flickr, or Picasa Web content via this Twonky Server on the local network. You can also login to Twonky to configure those services and select or change which feeds will be available through Twonky Server.”

I have all my photos on OneDrive.  I guess it doesn’t support that?

DLNA is a protocol for distributing media within a local network. So unless you have a local copy of the photos, then, no, Twonky cannot find or serve them.

I thought Bennor in his previous post was saying it can access the content on google picasa, facebook etc?  Those are no more local than OneDrive.