WDTV New Pre-Release Firmware Out! Adds FLAC and smooths out 1080p playback

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WDTV New Pre-Release Firmware Out! Adds FLAC and smooths out 1080p playback

For those of you who have bought WDTVs from us (or got it elsewhere :P), you can update your WDTVs to add further features to it.

http://www.wdc.com/wdtvprerelease/

These are the complete list of changes:

Version 1.02.00:

New Features:
· Added language support for subtitles; previously “Subtitle: 1/3” was displayed, the language is now displayed
when available for example: (English 1/3, French 2/3, etc…)
· Added UTF-16 support for subtitles.
· Improved support for thumbnail view functions as outlined below:
Note: All thumbnails must be in .JPG format and only .MP3 and .MP4 support embedded .JPG. Thumbnails are
not available in list view.

For Folder Thumbnails:
Music:
1. Display folder.JPG (the image file must be named “folder.JPG” or thumbnail will not function)
2. If no folder.JPG file is found, display the first album art image (.MP3 with embedded..JPG)
3. If no album art is available, display the first .JPG in the folder

Photo:
1. Display folder.JPG
2. If no folder.JPG file is found, display the first photo in the folder

Video:
1. Display folder.JPG
2. If no folder.JPG file is found, display the first cover art (.MP4 with embedded .JPG)
3. If no cover art is available, display the first photo in the same folder as the video to be played

For File Thumbnails:

Music:
1. Display album art (.MP3 file with embedded .JPG)
2. If no album art is available, display the image file with the same name as the audio file to be played. (for
example, song.wav will be associated with song.JPG)
Photo:
1. Display thumbnail

Video:
1. Display .MP4 with embedded .JPG
2. Display image file associated with the video file to be played (for example video.mkv will be associated
with video.JPG)
· Added “Back” button functionality when asked if you want to resume video playback; previously only “OK” and
“Cancel” were available
· Added Turkish language subtitle support

· Added .MOD file extension support
· Added support for FLAC audio in .MKV; previously FLAC audio was shown as an unsupported audio format
· Added file size display in MB and GB; previously file size displayed in KB only
· Added function for user to turn file size display on and off; previously this function was not user selectable
· Added info bar display toggle by pressing “Enter” on remote control during video playback
· Added user-selectable thumbnail / list display option in Video; previously it was a universal setting
· Added user-selectable thumbnail / list display option in Photos; previously it was a universal setting
· Added user-selectable thumbnail / list display option in Music; previously it was a universal setting
· Added .TRP file extension suppor
· Added language display for the audio track; previously “Audio: 1/3” was displayed; now the name of the
language is displayed when available within the file where multiple language audio tracks are present for
example: (English 1/3, French 2/3, etc…)

· Added support for VC-1 in .MKV
· Added a page up and page down function in file list view using the ‘Next’ and ‘Prev’ buttons on the remote
control; previously only up and down arrows were used to navigate the list of files
Resolved Issues:
· Resolved issue when playing 23.976 FPS video files in 1080p24Hz; previously the playback was choppy
· Resolved HDMI signal issues with Sharp LC-32GA5T televisions; previously the signal would randomly cut out
· Resolved line offset issue with subtitles where multiple lines are displayed; previously one line would be off
center
· Improved synchronization between video files and external subtitles
· Resolved issue with Cyrillic text in filenames; previously the Cyrillic text was subscripted
· Resolved issues with audio in videos created by some digital cameras; previously the audio was distorted
· Resolved issue with embedded subtitles in .MKV files; previously the words were getting split between two lines
· Changed default boot up menu cursor location to Video; previously the cursor defaulted to Photos
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15 Comments

  1. chaiyya says:

    I so love this thing. Plays any file format. Like it better than my kids.

  2. chaiyya says:

    And thanks for the update info. I check once in a while but probably not often enough.

  3. is says:

    One question about this thing. When watching movie that is not 16:9 (2.35:1 with thicker black bar) can i force it to 16:9, zoom in or increase width and height so black bars on top and bottom not appear?

  4. chaiyya says:

    Yes you can, is. Although I usually use my tv remote to do this you can also zoom in and out using the options menu on the wd-hd remote. It goes from 1/8 to 8x.

  5. chaiyya says:

    Yes it does have that capability. Although I usually use my tv remote, the options menu using the wd-hd remote allows for zooming in and out from 1/8 to 8x.

  6. is says:

    thanks for the reply chaiyya

  7. Silencers says:

    Does it support MKV chapters and ASS subtitles?

  8. chaiyya says:

    I haven’t updated my firmware yet as it is beta and I’m not unhappy with things the way they are. But, this new update is ‘supposed’ to allow chapter support for MKV. I can’t vouch for this though. And as for the ASS subtitles, I believe it has supported this for a while now but again I can’t vouch as I just don’t use subtitles much. If I’ve needed them they work.

    The only issue I’ve ever run into is having to use ‘popcorn mkv audio converter’ to convert the odd mkv file to AC3 audio as I don’t have the sound system necessary to play that and the wd-hd box doesn’t down-convert on it’s own. I’ll be interested to see if this firmware upgrade fixes that for me.

  9. chaiyya says:

    oops, I mean convert the odd mkv audio from DTS to AC3

  10. Exarkun says:

    1.0.2.06 JUST released on the 17th of April 2009.

  11. Exarkun says:

    1.0.2.07 is out.

  12. chaiyya says:

    thanks exarkun

  13. Andy says:

    I have the latest firmware 1.0.2 but I cannot get any thumbnails to show. I put the jpeg in the same folder as the movie with the same exact name except for the .JPG extension. Still I get generic icons in the thumbnail view.

    What am I doing wrong?

  14. Exarkun says:

    Andy:

    Each movie has to be in its own folder and the thumbnails name as FOLDER.JPG.

  15. izua says:

    hi,
    where else can i buy romete replacement fo my wdtv
    the oficial site only sell to the european country

    tq

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