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Mac Users: EyeConnect Works with the HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by machavez00, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    You have to be patient as well, especially after first set-up, I noticed. I just added another HR to the network last night, and took a while for the Menu to show up in the HR, even though everything else was looking fine.

     
  2. RichsterDTV

    RichsterDTV New Member

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    Thanks for your suggestions! I have tried several re-starts, and re-boots over 3-4 days to no avail.
    Do I need to modify the content tabs, or can it connect with the default settings?
     
  3. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    It should connect to the defaults, but you might try deleting, then readding, the iTunes, iPhoto, and any other Apps or folders.

    This usually is not related to the appearance of the HR Menu, but deleting and readding, which also requires a "Stop" and "Start" of the sharing, might work.
     
  4. johnnymac96

    johnnymac96 Mentor

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    After giving up on this for the past 6 weeks, I got the updated software today and a lot of the instabilities have gone away. I can see all of my files and folders - it doesn't crash - and I can view pictures in the iPhoto library.

    However, I have a bunch of Windows Media (.wmv) videos from Windows-using family members and for the life of me I cannot get any of them to play. I have tried every video conversion software that I can find and nothing seems to work.

    Anyone else having better luck and care to help me out?
     
  5. photosmike

    photosmike Cool Member

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    What converter programs have you used? The only video format I can get to play is mpeg2. I use

    MPEG Streamclip at

    squared5 dot com to convert my video.

    Mike
     
  6. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    MPEG Streamclip won't convert .wmv videos to MPEG2. I have had good results with ffmpegX.
     
  7. photosmike

    photosmike Cool Member

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    I have not converted .wmv files with mpeg Streamclip but, the help file shows:

    "OVERVIEW OF MPEG STREAMCLIP
    MPEG Streamclip is a converter, an exporter, a player, an editor, a downloader.

    It can open many file formats: muxed files MPEG, MPG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD, VRO, DAT, DCM, VDR, PVR; transport streams TS, M2T, MTS, MMV, REC, VID, AUD, AVR, TP, TP0, TRP, TOD; demuxed files M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, AIF, M1A, MP2, MPA, AC3; QuickTime-compatible files MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, DIVX, WMV, FLV; pictures TIFF, JPEG."

    Just because the program can open these file types doesn't necessarily mean that it can convert all of them to mpeg2. I really don't know but, this is upon what I based my post.

    Mike
     
  8. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Bainbridge...
    When you load a wmv (or mp4, etc.) file, the convert options are greyed-out.
     
  9. JMII

    JMII Legend

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    Its a bit more stable for me too, but after awhile of jumping around between songs or photos I still get the "unable to access media" message and the only thing that works is a complete reboot of HR20, starting and stopping EyeConnect doesn't help. Its almost like a buffer fills and once I reach the limit the HR20 gives up and nothing can bring it back except a complete restart. Major bummer :(

    However I was able to get video streaming to work. I used Handbrake to encode a DVD, then used ffmpegx to convert the resulting AVI into a MPEG2 video (16:9) with AC3 audio (Dolby Digital 5.1) stream. From there I dropped the file (renamed with .mpeg extension) into the Movies folder, restarted EyeConnect and proceed to watch the movie on my HR20-700 :D this is freakin' awesome!
     
  10. scottru

    scottru Cool Member

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    In what must be a first in my life, I was actually able to set up a WRT54G as a wireless bridge through dd-wrt _and_ get EyeConnect working for photos and music with almost zero trouble. Won't try videos yet, no use in angering the tech gods!

    One question - is there any way to control the speed and order of the photos in a slideshow? I'd like the pictures to shuffle and the whole thing to go faster.
     
  11. photosmike

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    I am afraid not. Also, as far as I know the only format that will work for video is mp2.

    For a DVD:

    I rip with Mac the Ripper (MTR)
    Convert the output to mp2 using MPEG Streamclip (make sure to fix the time breaks and data breaks)

    Every one I convert this way has worked.

    I capture video from my DVR with Elgato Eye TV Hybird, edit the commericals out with the provided eye tv software, convert with MPEG Streamclip to mpeg2 and play it back using eye connect/DVR. I just hope Doctor Who doesn't track me down.

    This is just the way I do it. I'm sure there are other and probably better ways. Occasionally there are some DVD that just want rip or convert.

    Mike
     
  12. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    EyeConnect will access the EyeTV recordings directly, so you don't need to convert them (they are already MPEG2).
     
  13. mr1213

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    HR20-700 connected to LAN and Internet. Eye Connect 1.5 installed on iMacG5. No device is showing in the device box in Eye Connect. What did I forget or do wrong? Thanks for help.
     
  14. photosmike

    photosmike Cool Member

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    I don't know if you did anything wrong. Here is what I would check:

    - Make sure you are using Eye Connect 1.5.1
    - Check network connectivity in the setup menu on your HR20; make sure you have a valid IP address for the HR20. Also check the DNS address.
    - Check your firewall
    - Make sure Eye Connect is started (System Prefs)
    - Make sure you have defined locations of the content

    Reboot your mac
    Reboot the HR20

    Are you having any other network or DVR problems?

    Not all of the above are directly related to your problem but, this is what I would do.

    Mike
     
  15. JMII

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    Did you open up port 2170 on your firewall? Does your router/network allow UPnP? Those are two things I had to fix to my Mac to see the HR20-700. However after about 30 mins of use or scrolling thru long playlist/albums I get disconnected, still trying to figure out.
     
  16. mr1213

    mr1213 AllStar

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    Do I have to go into my router to open up the port set up in Eye Connect? I had to do this for my Slingbox.
     
  17. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    In a terminal, type "arp -a" and you should be able to see the IP and MAC addresses of the HR20 if networking is set up correctly, showing that the computer can see the DVR.
     
  18. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

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    If you are running 10.5, port 2170 is automatically opened by the Mac firewall.
     
  19. JMII

    JMII Legend

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    I have been doing some more research and think my router might be causing all my issues.

    So if you have Media Share working perfectly could you PLEASE post what routers and/or bridges your using and how they are connected. In addition please indicate how you connect to the internet. This way I can copy a proven working set-up.

    Since everyone here is running the same DVR and the same software on the Mac side (EyeConnect) the routers/network configuration is the ONLY difference. It seems all routers are not created equal as I've noticed several posts on other forums indicating various connection or drop-out problems with other UPnP setups (PS3 & XBox360 for example).

    My setup (that does NOT work): :nono2:
    • - ZyXEL Prestige 624M ADSL modem (requires PPoE to access Earthlink)
    • - LinkSys BEFSR41 Cable/DSL Router (used a DHCP server)
    • - NetGear FS608 Fast Ethernet Switch
    • - Dual 1GHz PowerPC G4 "mirror door" Mac running 10.4.11

    Please list what hardware you've got that actually allows Media Share to work - Thanks!
     
  20. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

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    I have a 2Wire 2710 HG-D My HR20 and HD-A2 are connected to a Netgear switch and that is connected by Cat5 to the modem. I have both my dual 1.25 mirror door(10.4.11) and 20" Al iMac (10.5.1) running EyeConnect 1.5.1 I have got the unable to access media error. A reset of the DVR corrected it
     

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