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How to use format your videos to play on DirecTV Media Share with XBMC

I recently upgraded to DirecTV with the whole house dvr and noticed they have a media share feature.   I have XBMC running on my Android STB which works well but I can only watch my movies on the TV it is plugged into or on Smart TVs with DNLA support.    With the DirecTV receivers I can now have the ability to stream movies to all my tvs.

After testing it out, I found that the media share has very limited support for what types of files are supported.  I found I got the best results with the following format

Video: MPEG-2 TS

Audio: MP3 Stereo

PART I: Encode to MPEG-2

Now that I figured out the supported format, I set out to find the easiest way to convert my DVD and existing files to the compatible format.   I have been using HandBrake (http://www.handbrake.fr) for quite a while and really like  the simplicity of it.  I am using version 0.9.9   The previous versions have an error when performing 2 pass encoding, so you will want to make sure you are using this version or later.

The first thing is to select your video source by either adding a DVD folder or Video File.   After adding the file, choose the destination and  for Container choose MKV file.

For picture, I just leave the default settings.

HandBrake Video Settings

Filters leave everything set to off unless you have a reason to apply a filter such as Deinterlace

HandBrake Picture settings

On the Video tab, these settings are very important.

  • Set the Codec to MPEG-2(FFmpeg)
  • Quality choose Avg Bitrate and set to 2500
  • Check 2-Pass Encoding

HandBrake Video Settings

On the Audio tab choose MP3 for the codec and change Mixdown to Stereo HandBrake Filters Settings

Skip the subtitles tab.   Uncheck Create chapter markers on the Chapters tab.  Don’t change anything on the Advanced Tab.

Once you have these settings click Encode to start the encoding.

PART II: Change container from mkv to mpg

Once Handbrake is finished, you will have an mkv file.  You can test the file with VLC Media Player if you want, but MEDIA SHARE won’t recognize the file because it needs to be a MPEG-2 TS file.     For this you will need to download FFmpeg.     You can find download links here http://www.ffmpeg.org/download.html

After downloading the file you will want to change the container with the following command parameters
-y -i inputmovie.mkv -f mpegts -vcodec copy -acodec copy outputmovie.mpg

On windows you can create a bat file with the following

SET FFMPEG="D:\Downloads\ffmpeg-20130602-git-5711e4f-win64-static\bin\ffmpeg.exe"

SET OUTPUT_PATH=D:\Stuff\MediaShare\NEW

SET FILENAME=%~n1 SET OUTPUT_FILE=%OUTPUT_PATH%\%FILENAME%.mpg

%FFMPEG% -y -i %1 -f mpegts -vcodec copy -acodec copy "%OUTPUT_FILE%"

You can then set handbrake to run the bat file when finished processing by going to Tools->Options->General and browsing to the batch file that you just created for “Send file to:”

 

Android 4.04 (ICS) version is now available for the AirPad 7P

The Android 4.04 version is now available for the AirPad.  Here is a page with a list of links

http://www.virtual-productions.nl/default.asp?page=21

The direct link to the firmware is http://www.virtual-productions.nl/default.asp?page=21

Also you will need to download LiveSuite 1.07 http://www.mediafire.com/?7yh4iaorj01n3d7

Before you start, I will warn you that the default language is in Chinese after installing the firmware.  So you will need to navigate blindly (unless you know chinese) through the menus to the language to select English.  Fortunately the English Option is in English.

The version

1. The tablet should be off and not connected to the computer, however it should be plugged into power

2.Extract the firmware so you can see the image named “97F3-H1-H1-H01-2355.20120711.img”

3.Run LiveSuitPack 1.07

4. After running the exe go to the folder and run the application (LiveSuit.exe approx. 2mb)

5.Click Yes to the message

6.Click “General” for the format mode, and then click Yes.

7.Browse to the folder where the image 97F3-H1-H1-H01-2355.20120711.img  Prepare the Momo9

8 Power the Airpad 7p completely off.

9. Hold down the back button pressed and plug it in via USB, and wait about 3 seconds.

10. Keep pressing the back button and also press the power button time for 10 times (this is an art and a science and will take several tries don’t expect to get it the first time)

11.After several presses on the power button there will be a sound as Windows recognises new USB hardware

12.Windows 7 will install drivers automatically, in Windows XP you need to point windows to the directory where you extracted software (also make sure you do not have usb check marked in setup).

13.When all the drivers are installed, the firmware will start to install automatically.  If it doesn’t start automatically, unplug and try again.

14.Finishing the Installation

15. There will be no sign of loading on the Momo9, don’t worry.

16.On the PC, LiveSuit shows a bar graph showing the status. It takes about 2 mins to load the firmware

17. After the yellow bar on Livesuite is completed action (about 2 mins) nothing happens, as the Airpad will power itself off.

18. You will see an exclamation mark with no text. Click OK.

19. Then wait a few seconds. Unplug the momo9 from the USB. You will see a green battery symbol.

20. Restart the tablet manually (as normal using the on/off button).  It will take several minutes to boot up for the first time

21.  After this, you will be given two options, click start using android wizard (or something similar).

After loading you will need to change the language to English as it will be in Chinese (yikes).  Don’t freak out yet, however to do this

1. Go the the programs menu by clicking on te 6 small squares n the top right corner.

2. Go to settings app. (it is the last icon on of the second row on the second screen.

3. Scroll down till you see the icon with the “A” on it (which is Language and Input).

4. Click on the very top option and you will see a list of languages.  Scroll down to English (United States).

5. Everything should be included (Market, Navigation, Maps etc) Enjoy it!

TOTAL TIME  25 minutes.

Install Android 4.03 on X10 Air Pad 7p ICS – Root version

Prepare the files

  1.  The tablet should be off and not connected to the computer, however it should be plugged into power
  2. Extract the firmware so you can see the image named “4.0-MOMO9C-97F1-D1-H2-H01-N412.20120206.img”
  3. Run LiveSuitPack 1.07
  4.  After running the exe go to the folder and run the application (LiveSuit.exe approx. 2mb)
  5. Click Yes to the message
  6. Click “General” for the format mode, and then click Yes.
  7. Browse to the folder where the image 4.0-MOMO9C-97F1-D1-H2-H01-N412.20120206.img
  8. Prepare the Momo9 5. Whilst keep back button pressed, plug it in via USB
  9. Keep pressing the back button and also press the power button time for 10 times (this is an art and a science and will take several tries don’t expect to get it the first time)
  10. After several presses on the power button there will be a “sound” it connects as Windows recognises new USB hardware
  11. Windows 7 will install drivers automatically, in Windows XP you need to point windows to the directory where you extracted software (also make sure you do not have usb checkmarked in setup).
  12. When all the drivers are installed, the firmware will start to install automatically.  If it doesn’t start automatically, unplug and try again.
  13. Finishing the Installation
  14.  There will be no sign of loading on the Momo9 – don’t worry
  15. On the PC, LiveSuit shows a bar graph – it takes about 2 mins to go onto the Momo9 12. After the yellow bar on Livesuite is completed action (about 2 mins) nothing happens.
  16. You will see an exclamation mark (using Windows 7) with no text. Click OK.
  17. Then wait a few seconds. Unplug the momo9 from the USB. You will see a green battery symbol.
  18. Ignore it.
  19. Restart the tablet manually (as normal using the on/off button).
  20. After this, you will be given two options, click start using android wizard (or something similar).

Everything should be included (Market, Navigation, Maps etc) Enjoy it!

TOTAL TIME INCLUDING DOWNLOADS 20 minutes maximum.

Here is the download link that I used

http://narod.ru/disk/40827508001/MOMO9C-4.0-2012-0206.rar.html

You will also need the live suit pack which can be downloaded here

http://freakshare.com/files/f6gye096/LiveSuitPack_v1.07.rar.html

I was able to update my airpad with no loss of data or apps.  I will let you know how the stability goes.  From what I am hearing Adobe Flash works on this version.

Update: After playing with it for a few minutes it does seem to be more stable and a little faster.  I have not gotten that annoying “WAIT” screen yet.  Although the Gmail did close abruptly on me the first time I opened it, however no issues afterwards.  Flash is working.  visited several sites including youtube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 inch tablet clones (Android 4.0) – Airpad, Skypad, and the momo9

It seems that x10 is getting a lot of competition in the 7 inch android tablet space.

Here are two that I have come across

Model X10 Airpad 7p Ployer momo9 SkyPad Alpha2
Vendor X10.com PandaWill.com Skytex.com
CPU/GPU 1.2 GHz Allwinner A10 Cortex A8processor + 395 Mhz DSP All Winner A10, 1.2GHz GPU: Mali 400 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8
OS Android 4.0(no root) Android 2.3/Android 4.0 Upgradable (root access) Android 4.0 Upgradable (root access)
RAM 512MB 512MB 512MB
Storage 4GB 8GB 4GB
Price 02/27/2012 $149.00 $119.49(free shipping/drop ship discount) $158.33(free shipping on Amazon, see link below)

Here’s a link to the skypad on Amazon, which also recently on groupon for about $115 with a 15% cashback if purchased with a discover card credit card.

If you come across other competing clones of this 7inch tablet feel free to post the link and I will update the comparison table.

 

If you really want to go cheap you can get the a tablet only $68.  It has a lot less than the Airpad, skypad, and ployer momo 9, in fact about 1/2 the power, but it is 1/2 the price.

Apad Tablet PC 7-inch Via m8650 ARM11 800MHz 256MB/2GB Google Android 2.2 MID Touchpad

http://www.fadbus.com/wholesale/apad-tablet-pc-7-inch-via-m8650-arm11-800mhz-256mb-2gb-google-android-2-2-mid-touchpad.html

How to root the air pad and then install Ice Cream Sandwich

This is an older tutorial.  Please see my updated tutorial for version 4.0.3 which is much stabler

http://pathfindertech.net/install-android-4-03-on-x10-air-pad-7p-ics-root-version/

 

 

My X10 Airpad 7p is now running Android 4.01.   See pictures in previous post.  Here are the instructions that I followed to accomplish this.  A couple of warnings first.  This can brick your airpad and will void the warrantly, so only proceed if you are willing to risk that.    I make no guarantees that this will work.  It worked for me, but that is all I know.  I currently know of no way to recover the airpad if it fails.

This upgrade will completely reset and delete all your settings, information, and apps.   So you will need to set everything back up and redownload your apps and widgets.

 

1.07 http://freakshare.com/files/f6gye096/LiveSuitPack_v1.07.rar.html

Guide:

Prepare the files
1. Extract the firmware so you can see the image named “MOMO9C-4-Kevin”
2. Install LiveSuitPack 1.07
2. After running the exe go to the folder and run the application (LiveSuit.exe approx. 2mb)
3. Browse to the folder where the image MOMO9C-4-Kevin
4. The tablet should be off

Prepare the Momo9
5. Whilst keep volume+ button pressed, plug it in via USB
6. Keep pressing the volume+ button and also press the power button time for 10 times
7. After several presses on the power button there will be a “sound” it connects as Windows recognises new USB hardware
8. Windows 7 will install drivers automatically, in Windows XP you need to point windows to the directory where you extracted software
9. When all the drivers are installed, the firmware will start to install automatically

Finishing the Installation
10. There will be no sign of loading on the Momo9 – don’t worry
11. On the PC, LiveSuit shows a bar graph – it takes about 2 mins to go onto the Momo9
12. After the yellow bar on Livesuite is completed action (about 2 mins) nothing happens.
13. You will see an exclamation mark (using Windows 7) with no text. Click OK.
14. Then wait a few seconds. Unplug the momo9 from the USB. You will see a green battery symbol. Ignore it. Restart the tablet manually (as normal using the on/off button).
15. After this, you will be given two options, click start using android wizard (or something similar).

Everything should be included (Market, Navigation, Maps etc) Enjoy it!

TOTAL TIME INCLUDING DOWNLOADS 20 minutes maximum.

Thanks to Momo9 owners – to upgrade the firmware here seem the best summary (from miljenko, Pandawill, MoAnsar, and others)

More information can be found in the online forum at:

http://www.pandawillforum.com/showthread.php?8010-Finally!!!-MOMO9-Android-4.0.1-ICS-firmware/page5

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Rooted Airpad 7p with Ice Cream Sandwich Installed

After some doing some research online I have been able to root and install ice cream sandwich on my airpad 7p.  It seems to run the new android os nicely.

Here are some pictures:

 

Android Market place on the Airpad. The Airpad is not shipped with the market

Airpad About Info Page

Airpad apps and widgets installed