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How to work with DeviceOnline

 

How the main DeviceOnline window looks like

DeviceOnline main screen

  1. Drop down menu for Player selection - will be filled with the found network players
  2. Playlist Search box - used to find fast desired playlist items. Note that this will not change the playback order.
  3. Clear Playlist button - Remove all items from playlist area
  4. Browse button - Open browse dialog used to add files to media playlist
  5. Remove item button - Hover a playlist entry and click the cross button in cases you desire to remove it from the playlist
  6. Playlist area - Use the Browse button in order to add file entries to the playlist.
  7. URL text box - place the media (audio, video, image) URL here and hit the Enter key to add desired URL to playlist. Note you can directly place YouTube URLs and they will be automatically resolved ... read more
  8. Add URL button - click this button in order to add the desired URL to playlist (same as the Enter key)
  9. Media controls - media controls buttons and progress bar. User can directly perform track navigation by simple click over the progress bar line. The media buttons so far are: Previous song, Play. Pause, Stop, Next track and Repeat track.
  10. Status bar - shows number of players and other events. When a new event occur (e.g. a new player comes online) the text blink effect will be observed to indicate the event.
  11. Help button - In case you need to check this page again

 


How to share content with your Smart TV or UPnP Box

The DeviceOnline application is designed to scan your local network for UPnP / DLNA compatible devices - Digital Media Renderers. This means that if you possess devices such as Smart TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets, etc connected to your local area network (LAN), the DeviceOnline app should be able to detect them and add them to the list of media players.

Below are several simple steps, which should be used in order to share content to your Smart TV or UPnP / DLNA complient device:

  • Download, install and start the DeviceOnline stand alone application or the Chrome extension
  • Drag and Drop desired folders and media files into the window
  • Choose the desired Media Player device from the Drop Down
  • Double click on an item from your playlist
  • Use the playback controls in order to Pause. Resume, Stop or Skip the current item
  • You can use the following short cut keys for playback controls:
    • F1: Open the Help page
    • SPACEBAR: Pause / Resume command
    • +: Volume UP
    • -: Volume DOWN
  • To use subtitles, a "srt" files are supported and should be with same file name as the movie. Note that in Chrome extension app, the subtitles need to be present into the track list.

Subtitles set up

  • File naming - Rename the subtitle "srt" file to match the name of corresponding video file.
  • File encoding - Most UPnP media renderers require the subtitle's file encoding to be in Unicode encoding (e.g. for LG Smart TV the encoding is UTF-8 with BOM). You can use some advanced text editor to change the encoding.
  • Notes -The "srt" file should be present into the track list along with the corresponding media file.

4. Watch external links

DeviceOnline has the ability to provide playback of external links. In most cases user can extract the URL from web page content using the context menu over the desired element. The extracted URL should be placed inside URL Text Box filed and hit Enter to add it to the playlist. Normally the external links should contain an extension, but there are some exceptions such as YouTube. In order to find out how to share links from YouTube, TED, VBox7, TWiT, Revision3 and others, please follow the link.

Known limitations:

  • The UPnP port mapping is Gateway device specific and depends on device capabilities and configuration. This means that some Gateway devices doesn't provide UPnP port mapping or some user may disable this functionality for security reasons. In such cases the DeviceOnline app will not be able to guarantee that it will be visible for the global network.
  • The DeviceOnline Remote Media Center is using the browser build in HTML-5 player, so it may not play all media files provided by the server APP. This limitation is due to different browsers are able to playback different media types and the build-in HTML-5 player is bound to this.
  • Sometimes adding external URLs such as YouTube videos may lead to error message - "Failed to add URL entry due to website restrictions!". This error is caused since some video clips are restricted for streaming outside YouTube service.
  • The Chrome application is not capable to put itself into the Windows firewall exception list, so a manual firewall setting for port 8090 should be performed.

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