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dburckh

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I wonder if a buffer setting in NMI might be useful? Something to play with anyway.

I modded my Seagate Wireless Plus and disabled the stock software and interface so that I may use any player (nPlayer in my case for Apple devices). I stream purely via SMB.

I will try the reprocessing with the tools mentioned.

Thanks and regards, Peter

Great minds. I bumped my internal buffer up to 1MB. It actually made it worse. 64K seemed little better, but I don't want to drop down to 32K. My guess is that the way it was muxed caused it to constantly create and drop connections. The util above fixes it and it's fairly painless.
 

thewolf

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- Nexus 7 (2013) 4.4:everything works

I am now on 4.4.2 and NMI 7.1.2. I have the problem again that most times the OTG cable is not detected as such, but a phantom hub is detected instead. Even when the OTG cable is detected correctly and everything seems to work, connection is lost a few seconds later or video streaming does not work.


Regards,
TheWolf
 

dburckh

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I am now on 4.4.2 and NMI 7.1.2. I have the problem again that most times the OTG cable is not detected as such, but a phantom hub is detected instead. Even when the OTG cable is detected correctly and everything seems to work, connection is lost a few seconds later or video streaming does not work.


Regards,
TheWolf

It might be best to contact me by tapping the Homesoft link in the About screen. I have a feeling this is going to take some back and forth and I don't want to pollute this thread.
 

cammel

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Hi @dburckh, first of all thanks for this awesome app!
I just wanted to ask you before I buy it, if I have some videos (series) with their respective srt subtitle file on the micro sd card that I will attach to my Nexus 7 or moto x (I bought the meenova adaptor) will I be able to play those files with the subtitle directly from the micro sd card using mx video player (which is the video player I use by default)?
Thanks in advance for the help!

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dburckh

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Hi @dburckh, first of all thanks for this awesome app!
I just wanted to ask you before I buy it, if I have some videos (series) with their respective srt subtitle file on the micro sd card that I will attach to my Nexus 7 or moto x (I bought the meenova adaptor) will I be able to play those files with the subtitle directly from the micro sd card using mx video player (which is the video player I use by default)?
Thanks in advance for the help!

Enviado desde mi Nexus 7 usando Tapatalk 4

BS Player will load these automatically. It's the only player that I know supports streaming subtitles. I think you can download them and point MX Player to them...

Dustin
 

gooner4life

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hi dev , any idea why the app open up with no category tab i.e photos, video, doc on the top, but only at the side of my nexus 7? Is there a setting i can choose? Couldn't find it though
 

dburckh

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hi dev , any idea why the app open up with no category tab i.e photos, video, doc on the top, but only at the side of my nexus 7? Is there a setting i can choose? Couldn't find it though

In V7, I moved the main navigation into Google's new drawer layout. You can access it by tapping the icon or sliding in from the side. Unfortunately, there is no going back.
 

hay dos elefantes

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Thanks for the great app. It's definitely the best four bucks I ever spent on software.

I had some trouble with tags on FLAC files. It looks like it's picking up all the tags except for the track number. I ripped some CDs and encoded them to FLAC with EAC. EAC tagged the FLAC files with album/artist/track name/track #.

NMI showed the artist, album titles, and track names from the tags just fine. But when I tap an album, the tracks are listed in alphabetical order by track name, ignoring the track number tags. I also see the same behavior with other tagged FLAC files that I've downloaded.

I ended up using Mp3Tag to strip all the tags and I play the files from "Folders", which suits me just fine. I'm no expert on FLAC tags, so it's possible my tags are screwed up to begin with.

(I'm using a meenova, 64GB micro SDXC card, formatted NTFS on a Nexus 7 (2013).)
 

dburckh

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Thanks for the great app. It's definitely the best four bucks I ever spent on software.

I had some trouble with tags on FLAC files. It looks like it's picking up all the tags except for the track number. I ripped some CDs and encoded them to FLAC with EAC. EAC tagged the FLAC files with album/artist/track name/track #.

NMI showed the artist, album titles, and track names from the tags just fine. But when I tap an album, the tracks are listed in alphabetical order by track name, ignoring the track number tags. I also see the same behavior with other tagged FLAC files that I've downloaded.

I ended up using Mp3Tag to strip all the tags and I play the files from "Folders", which suits me just fine. I'm no expert on FLAC tags, so it's possible my tags are screwed up to begin with.

(I'm using a meenova, 64GB micro SDXC card, formatted NTFS on a Nexus 7 (2013).)

Thanks for the heads up. There was a bug and it's been fixed. Luckily(?), I have to do an EBF for a Nexus 5 issue so it should be fixed tomorrow.
 
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zubsz

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Hi dev, This app is great however I can't play videos through mx player properly, Lag is what I'm getting. Dice player works fine, however mx player is my preferred choice for video playback. Anything you can do to help? thanks in advance.
 

dburckh

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I just added the spin down command on disconnect. It works well with my WD, but I need to test it with other drives.

Strange, it only seems to work on WD drives. My Seagate just ignored it. Flash drives ignore it, but that makes sense.
 
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judhin

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Thanks a lot for the tool. It was really nice to use it on stock rom!

Bad, bad Google copying iPad's "you can't do a **** with your gadget" :)

But a really advice to everyone go for custom rom and native OTG.
 

BartmanJax

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Certain videos stuttering during playback

Sorry to bother you with this, but I'm at my wits end trying to figure this out.

I have a N7 (2013) running 4.4.3 and NMI 7.6.2 and a PNY 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive

Just about any MP4 video I play plays fine except for these. I have all 6 seasons of The Big Bang Theory on DVD. I've ripped the files to MP4. If I load them on the N7, they play fine using either MXPlayer or BSPlayer. But if I try to stream ANY of the files through NMI, after a few seconds, both the video and the audio start to stutter. In MXPlayer, if I pause the video for a minute or so and start playing again, it'll play fine for 20-30 seconds and then it starts stuttering again. It's like the flash drive can't send the file to the N7 fast enough.

I have tried three other flash drives and they all do the same thing. I tried this Media Player and the video will play fine for 10 seconds but then it pauses while it seems to load more of the file to play.

I've tried various setting in MX and BS Player and I just can't seem to get it to work. Here is some specs on one of the files I'm trying to play:

Length - 00:22:55
Frame Width - 854
Frame Height - 480
Data Rate - 1444kbps
Total bitrate - 1508kbps
Frame Rate - 23fps
Audio biitrate - 64kbps
File Size - 247MB

If needed, I can load the MP4 (Season 1 Episode 1) to my FTP server and give you a link to the file so you can test it. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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    Several people have asked about this, so here is something that will allow you to view photos on a Nexus 7 without rooting your device. You will need:
    1. An OTG USB Cable. Any should do.
    2. A USB Flash Drive or Flash Reader/Card
    3. Some pictures
    4. Nexus Photo Viewer (link below)
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.homeysoft.nexususb.viewer

    How is this possible without root? I coded a USB Mass Storage Driver and FAT16/32 file system reader in Android (Java).

    This is all just a teaser to get you to buy the Nexus Media Importer that is coming soon. The importer will support Photos, Videos and Music when it's complete. All of you feeling the space crunch on those 8GB models will soon have some options. Eventually, I should have something that will allow you to stream from Flash without importing the media, but this is a start.

    Update: The Media Importer and Streamer (V2.0.2) has been voluntarily temporarily taken off the market for the moment.
    4
    Teaser

    This might be of interest to some folks.

    What a P.I.T.A., but it seems stable. Needs testing. Coming soon.
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    I hate to say it, but the latest update is crashing as soon as I put in the thumbdrive. It doesn't seem to have time to read the contents. Just get a notice that the app has stopped.

    You are breaking some new ground here, and that means trying new things. They may not all work and that's okay! The important thing is to keep working at it!

    THANKS, again,
    -Jim

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2

    Yeah, 2.0.4 is garbage. 2.0.4.1 has been uploaded, but seems to be taking it's sweet time to activate.

    2.0.4.1 just went live on the web. My device is still reporting 2.0.4 as the latest. Hopefully, they'll push the new version down before too many people try to open it.
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    Still not appearing for me.

    Just out of interest, what does the lack of Exfat mean? Will this still be able to play videos direct from usb OTG and also allow the files to be imported onto the Nexus 7?

    Thanks

    exFAT is a proprietary file system used on large (>32 GB) drives. It gets around two limitations of the more common FAT32 implementation. It supports file sizes > 4GB and a Windows artificial limit of formatting FAT32 drives to a max of 32GB. I'm sure Linux does not do this and I would assume mac does not do this. It's also the default format for SDXC cards (>32GB).

    Here's a third party app that gets around the Windows limitation. FYI: I've never tried it.

    http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/
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    Some Icons (nothing wrong with the current ones though)

    Just thought I'd supply some icons I made, up to you if you want to use them.

    If so just let me know I've got high res versions I can send you that are twice the resolution of the MacBooks retina display :D

    BasicLogo.jpg

    PictureLogo.jpg

    StreamLogo.jpg


    Thanks

    Dan

    ---------- Post added at 04:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:24 PM ----------

    Also still working on them to make them just a little bit smoother :)