OSD Guide

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Contents

Introduction

This guide is intended for the average OSD user, those who aren't programmers or hackers, but still want to get the best out of this device. Those who want the OSD to do what it does, at its very best.

Here should be laid out information that would not necessarily be included in any users guide, more specialised info that a user may require (based for instance upon common questions in the forums).

Some sections will depend on the operating system of choice, everything from getting networking going (especially wrt Windows sharing), formatting of media, to a guide on ripping DVDs for the best playback on the OSD.

Recording with the OSD

What is bitrate, resolution, format, codec, framerate? Example settings & estimates of file sizes. Mention that S-video doesn't record sound. Standard definition only.

Recording Video to watch on PSP, iPod and other mobile devices

Check out this dedicated guide: Putting videos on PSP, iPod, Smartphones, PDAs, PMPs, Handhelds

Ripping DVDs for the OSD

The OSD is great at playing video that suits it, but it can take a bit of work to achieve this. Having your DVD collection at your fingertips is very satisfying, and with a little experience & time, you can watch them via your OSD (and never get out of your seat again!).

This section will possibly cause disagreement, as many people differ on what can be considered the best way to encode (or compress) DVD media. There are many different options available with a myriad of settings for each, which can be pretty scary. I believe that MPEG4 videos play back the most cleanly on the OSD, so this is the codec I plan to use (others are welcome to add to this guide, if you disagree)

Networking and your OSD

Watching movies on your PC just isn't the same, is it? TV rules the home media experience, and the OSD bridges the gap between the two. Play video & music stored on your PC, on your telly.

Networking the OSD

Above gives basics of a home network, from simply running a network cable from your OSD to your PC, to connectivity using a router.

How to share your movies & music with the OSD depends on the Operating System, click the relevant link for you:

Also within the above are troubleshooting guides should difficulties arise.

Physical Media (CF, SD, USB) - what to know

To mention: Format with FAT32, (NTFS supported but slow -ntfs-3g use a lot of cpu-). SDHC cards not supported. USB 1.1 only. Recording to USB can cause framedrops due to speed bottleneck (all USB sticks not created equally)

How about some beginners hacking?

Part of the appeal of open source is the fact that if it a feature is missing, you could add it yourself. The OSD is a flexible device, so as a taster, let's try playing around and maybe add some featurettes to make life nicer! None of the following will cause your OSD any harm.


This is a work in progress, but assistance appreciated. I'd like for guides to have screenshots included, being easiest way to follow steps. Also what have I forgotton? --Greyback 17:37, 11 October 2007 (EDT)

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