I recently installed a WD TV Media player. I chose this model over others because it supposedly had a much wider range of file compatibility. So far I have been very disappointed in the narrowness of the compatibility. It plays almost nothing I have on my computer at present.
It will not play most .m2ts files taken on either a Sony Camcorder or Sony still camera. Very difficult to check the codecs because nothing displays them on the computer. However, I can get it to play one m2ts file from the still camera, so I gather it is very strict about some aspect of the file. I just cannot tell what the difference is. How can I tell this to get the settings right when I film. I prefer to film in the highest quality available on the camera, but can adjust this in my editing software if need be. (The codec for one that will not play is H264, bitrate 22000, 29.97 fps, Audio Dolby Digital 256 kBits, 48 kHZ, format PCM). As I understand it, H264 is MPEG-4 encoding, which should work. The sound also seems to fit in the specs.
It will not play .mp4 files I created in video editing software. They have MPEG-4, 44.1 kHz audio, 29.97 fps, which seems to be compliant (MPEG Audio with MPEG-4. I cannot figure out what is wrong?
The WD Media player does not find files in DVD image files (VOB files inside VIDO_TS folders, which it is supposed to be able to play.
I always get messages that the file type is not supported after it seem that the videos will play.
I am tryng to play these through the Windows Media Player Media Server.
I have tried to set up shared folders to use Network Shares and avoid the media server, but the WD TV player does nor recognize them when on Windows 7. Reading through the manual and looking at the website, I have come up with somewhat contradictory and not particularly useful information.
1. Is it possible to use the Home network setting in Windows 7 (my network has Win 7 and Win 8 computers and the Home network with HomeGroups seems to be the only way to get everything talking to each other. WD TV player is connected and sees a printer on the network this way, but it does not see shared folders on any computer or any computer in the Network Shares.)
How does one get the WD TV player to see shared folders on the network (on a Win7 computer) without a Media Server?
Or, is there good Media server software out there that will solve these problems?