In home cinema, 2010 has been the year of the media streamer, like the new devices from Boxee, some wonderful hardware from Western Digital and so on. The Popcorn Hour players have a great reputation of being able to play back almost every file format out there, like the Popcorn Hour C-200/A-200/A-210 which allow you to stream rich media digital video, audio and photos from your PC or storage devices.
However, the Popcorn A-200 and A-210 both can’t handle commercial BD/DVD and full BD navigation. (If you need, you can view the product comparison here to get more detailed information.) Below is the form of the Popcorn Hour A200/210 supported media file formats:
|The Popcorn Hour Supported Media File Formats|
|Video containers: MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V),MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB),MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS),AVI, ASF, WMV,Matroska (MKV),MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4|
|Video Decoders: XVID SD/HD,MPEG-1,MPEG-2 MP@HL,MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC,MPEG-4.10 (H.264) : BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1,WMV9 : MP@HL,SMPTE 421M (VC-1) : MP@HL, AP@L3|
|Audio Containers: AAC, M4A,MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA),WAV,WMA,FLAC,OGG|
|Audio Decoders: Dolby Digital,DTS,WMA, WMA Pro,MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3,MPEG-4 AAC-LC,MPEG-4 HE-AAC,MPEG-4 BSAC,LPCM,FLAC,Vorbis|
|Audio Pass-Through: DTS, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD MA,Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD|
|Other Formats: ISO, IFO navigation,AVCHD navigation,Simple BD navigation|
|Photo Formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF|
|Subtitle Formats: SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX|
To sum it up, the Popcorn Hour is a great choice to enjoy every stream media files on your TV for HD playback. If you like, you can also decrypt and rip your favorite BD/DVD disc for streaming to the Popcorn Hour on your HDTV. A third party, like Foxreal Blu-ray Ripper, must be your perfect chocie. It can remove copy protections from your commercial BD/DVD, backup BD to Blu-ray ISO image /BDMV structure or DVD to DVD ISO/Video_TS, or find the major BD/DVD content for playing on your TV via the Popcorn Hour.
Generally, a typical Blu-ray disc can take up between 20-40 GB+ of space, with part of that space being takening up by trailers, ads, etc. So, if you have a large video collection, making a full disc copy isn’t wide. Just extracing the main movie and audio track you want could help you save much space. Directly Copy function of the BD Decrypter will do a great favor for you, which allows you to find the main movie of your BD/DVD and select HD audio you like (such as DTS-MA or TrueHD) for backup. And it is also able to help you shrink/rip Blu-ray/DVD files to another media formats with smaller size. What’s more, its CUDA acceleration technology makes the BD copy and conversion with minitues but hours.
As an example, the snapshot shows you how to directly copy BD main movie with the Foxreal Blu-ray Ripper CUDA tool:
* Load BD/DVD disc files into this BD copy software.
* Choose “Format > Copy > Directly Copy” option
* Choose your desired language from “Subtitle” or “Audio”. If you like, check “Only show forced subtitles” to get the ripped Blu-ray/DVD files with forced language.
* Hit “Convert” to start backuping your BD/DVD main movies on your PC.
Other useful tip:
If you plan to use the CUDA Ripper to shrink BD/DVD to another Popcorn Hour supported format with high quality, like MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, etc, just choose the output file you prefer from the “Format” drop-down list.
That’s all! Hopefully the article on how to stream BD and DVD to Popcorn A-200 and A-210 will help you play around your Popcorn Hour players with ease.
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