Dune HD Solo Lite
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Version "161107_1958_r11" (stable version)
Changes since 160920_1542_r11:
- New feature: The new "Recent" menu added to the main menu. It lists the recently played media items (media files or movies from My Collection). - This "Recent" menu can also be quickly accessed by pressing "RECENT" RC button (available on the RC versions shipped with Solo 4K and Solo Lite models); when using the older RC versions w/o "RECENT" RC button but with "DUNE" RC button, "DUNE" RC button can also be used. - Up to 1000 recent files are shown. - Only files which were played for at least 10 seconds are shown. - For each file, the last playback progress/position (where the playback stopped) is shown. (NOTE: not yet available for FullBD and DVD playback modes.) - If the file is part of My Collection, the corresponding movie title with movie poster is shown in the list. - If the file is an episode of a TV series from My Collection, the information about the season/episode number is shown in the list; only the latest played episode is shown for each TV series. - Pressing "ENTER" on a file opens the file in context of its parent folder. Pressing "ENTER" again launches the file playback (the last playback position is automatically resumed, when technically supported). - "POP UP MENU" menu allows to remove individual items from the recent list ("Clear" action) or clear all items ("Clear all" action). - NOTE: The following features are not implemented yet, but are planned for future firmware updates: - Indicating recent items in My Collection and file browser. - Indicating playback progress for files played in FullBD/DVD modes. - Opening My Collection UI for files which are part of My Collection. - Quick play function by "PLAY" RC button. - Providing access to other kinds of recently played items (such as online content played via various plugins). - Other improvements. - New feature: The new "Movies" menu added to the main menu. It allows browsing the entire database of all movies and TV series (including the movies which are not part of My Collection). - Movies can be filtered by genres. - Movies can be searched by movie title. - The movies are sorted in a way to show first both the most popular and the most recent movies. - For each movie, the same detailed information is provided, as for movies in My Collection, including movie poster, fanart background images, movie description, cast and crew photos, descriptions, filmography. - The cast and crew explorer allows to navigate from movie to movie the same way as in My Collection. - If a movie is a part of My Collection, it can be immediately played same way as in My Collection. - New feature: YouTube movie trailers (and other YouTube video clips corresponding to the movie) are now available for all movies in the new "Movies" menu and for all movies in My Collection. - The movie trailers are listed in the new "Trailers" section on the movie screen. - Other video clips corresponding to the movie (when available) are listed in the new "Add.materials" section on the movie screen. - For each video clip, the title and the video resolution is shown. - Video clips with up to 1080p video resolution are supported. - Video clips in all available languages are shown. - Video clips in the user's language (according to "Interface language" setting) are shown first. - NOTE: Press "ENTER" during video clip playback to choose another video clip or navigate to other stuff (just like when playing any other video content). - NOTE: For movies which are part of My Collection, reindexing is required in order to enable YouTube video clips for these movies. - New feature: My Collection: video files representing trailers and additional materials are now listed separately from the video files representing the movie itself, in the corresponding new sections ("Trailers" and "Add.materials") on the movie screen. - New feature: My Collection: during indexing, episode titles are automatically extracted from filenames (when present in the filenames) and then shown in the UI. - New feature: My Collection: an external storage device (configured as System Storage) can be used to store the internal My Collection data and caches (such as downloaded and cached images). - When System Storage is available, it is used automatically during indexing; when it is not available, the internal Flash Memory Storage is used as before. - When starting using System Storage, the data and caches which were previously stored in the internal Flash Memory Storage are preserved. - The new "My Collection / Collection Management / Data storage" menu allows to check if internal flash memory storage or System Storage is currently used for My Collection, and to check for the free storage space. - To configure System Storage, use "Setup / Misc / System Storage" menu. - Also see: http://dune-hd.com/support/usb_flash_drive - NOTE: When using My Collection function, it is highly recommended to use as fast storage device as System Storage as possible. The preference is: - 1) An internal SSD-based SATA HDD. - 2) An internal regular SATA HDD. - 3) A fast USB flash drive (typically it should be a modern USB 3.0 flash drive). - NOTE: Typical regular USB flash drives are often rather slow and using them as System Storage can cause significant slowdowns of My Collection indexing operation, and reduced responsiveness of My Collection UI; if this takes place, consider the use of faster storage device for System Storage. - New feature: My Collection: when indexing a big collection of movies, and the free space in the used storage device (internal Flash Memory Storage, or external System Storage) is not enough to store all the required data and caches, or no free space remains after the indexing operation, the corresponding warning is shown on the "Manage folder" screen. - New feature: My Collection: the new settings "Store movie posters", "Store fan art" and "Store photo" (in "My Collection / Collection Management / Data storage" menu) allow to control if to download and cache in the flash memory movie posters, fan art images and person photos during the indexing operation. - When set to "no", the corresponding images are not downloaded and cached in the flash memory (and will be fetched online when browsing the UI), which makes the indexing faster and reduces the amount of the used flash memory space. - When set to "yes", the corresponding images are downloaded and cached in the flash memory, which makes the indexing slower and requires additional space in the flash memory, but avoids the need to fetch the images online when browsing the UI. - The default is "yes" for all settings. - NOTE: In the previous firmware versions, default was not to download person photos; downloading person photos could take noticeable additional time during indexing; if this not desired, you can disable "Store photo" setting. - NOTE: Person photos are downloaded only for a few first persons of each movie. - New feature: 3D rendering of subtitles and OSD. - Implemented for all playback modes (regular files, BDLite, FullBD). - Implemented for all 3D video modes (SBS/TNB, BD3D). - The new setting "Playback / Preferences / 3D depth for OSD" allows to adjust 3D depth of subtitles and OSD. - New feature: New renderer for ASS/SSA subtitles with full support for ASS/SSA format (including positioning, font size, colors, various effects). - The new setting "Playback / Subtitles / Enhanced SSA/ASS rendering" allows to adjust if TV overscan area should be taken account or not, and to disable the new renderer (i.e. enable the old plain text renderer). - The default is the new renderer. - New feature: New renderer for plain text subtitles based on TTF fonts. - The new setting "Playback / Subtitles / Text subtitles font type" allows to switch between the new renderer (TTF) and the old renderer (based on Dune proprietary font format). - The default is the new renderer. - New feature: Ability to choose TTF font for subtitles, with two fonts (Light and Regular) preincluded, and ability to install custom TTF fonts. - Available via the new setting "Playback / Subtitles / Text subtitles TTF font". - The default is "Regular". - To install a custom TTF font, launch ".ttf" file in the file browser. - New feature: Ability to choose TTF font for the advanced parts of UI which use TTF fonts (such as Movie screen in My Collection function), with two fonts (Light and Regular) preincluded, and ability to install custom TTF fonts. - Available via the new setting "Appearance / UI TTF font". - The default is "Light". - To install a custom TTF font, launch ".ttf" file in the file browser. - New feature: Automatic detection of text subtitles encoding for Korean language (automatic switch between EUC-KR and Unicode encodings). - New feature: Automatic detection of text subtitles encoding for Chinese language (traditional and simplified) (automatic switch between GB231, BIG5 and Unicode encodings). - New feature: Support for playback of PCM audio streams via HTTP (streamed PCM WAV), useful for some integrations. - Improvement: My Collection: posters, photos and background images are loaded faster and more efficiently; UI responsiveness during background image loading is improved. - Improvement: My Collection: when starting more than 3 indexing operations in the parallel, only 3 indexing operations are really executed in the parallel, with other operations waiting in the queue and executed sequentially. This helps to prevent too big load on the player which may cause UI stuttering. - Improvement: My Collection: indexing: improved handling of file and folder names in specific cases. - Improvement: My Collection: indexing: improved handling of TV series episodes when recognizing video files by their fingerprints. - Improvement: My Collection: when waiting for long operations, "Please wait..." message is shown instead of often misleading "Connecting...". - Improvement: When formatting System Storage, more optimal formatting options are used to allow to store bigger number of files even on not very big partitions. (Previously, installing too many plugins or storing too many files could cause "No space left on device" errors even when only a small part of System Storage was actually used.) - NOTE: If you encounter such a problem, or if you plan to use System Storage for My Collection and your collection is rather big, it is recommended to reformat and reinitialize System Storage. - Improvement: When initializing System Storage, not only an empty formatted partition can be used, but also an unformatted partition, or an empty partition containing only some empty system folders. - Improvement: When a network folder is renamed, the references to this network folder and the media content in this network folder (in "Favorites" menu, in "My Collection" function, in "Recent" menu) are preserved and continue to work correctly. (Internally, each network folder is now assigned an internal persistent ID.) - Improvement: All arrow RC buttons (LEFT/RIGHT and UP/DOWN) now by default trigger visual time seek operation when playing seekable media content. - The new setting "Playback / Control / LEFT/RIGHT buttons" allows to adjust the behavior of LEFT/RIGHT buttons, with possible options "Time seek" (the new default), "Volume control", "Choose function via SELECT" (corresponds to the old behavior). - The new setting "Playback / Control / UP/DOWN buttons" allows to adjust the behavior of UP/DOWN buttons, with possible options "Time seek" (the new default) and "Switch channels/files" (corresponds to the old behavior, also available with PREV/NEXT RC buttons). - Improvement: Added several improvements and fixes for Kartina.TV application (fix for possible server interaction failure, avoiding unneeded rebuffering when playback position was not actually changed during seek operation, improved cursor position after switching to the previous/next day in the EPG, sync with the latest changes in the server API). - Improvement: More correct handling of errors when playing media streams via RTSP protocol. - Improvement: More optimized CPU usage when playing media streams via RTSP protocol. - Fixed: My Collection: it was impossible to play a TV series episode when the episode was a BD or DVD image. - Fixed: My Collection: "Add to My Collection" function did not work in some cases for folders on SMB shares. - Fixed: My Collection: indexing: wrong indexing status could be reported in some cases after switching the player off or rebooting the player in other ways. - Fixed: My Collection: the UI for manual editing associations between files and movies did not work correctly in some specific rare cases. - Fixed: My Collection: minor other fixes for specific use cases. - Fixed: FullBD: When playing trimmed BD images, the function of automatic resuming last playback position worked wrongly in some cases (different BD images were not distinguished properly from each other). - Fixed: FullBD: When HDMI 3D support is disabled in player settings, BD3D discs still wrongly assumed that 3D is available. - Fixed: When playing AC3 audio tracks in AVI or MKV container in audio bitstream mode, various problems (such as A/V desync or disappearing audio) could happen in some cases. - Fixed: When playing MKV files, wrongly declared AAC audio tracks were not recognized in some cases. - Fixed: Playback of MPEG-TS files/streams with DVB subtitles could crash in some cases. - Fixed: Some exotic FLAC files could not be played. - Fixed: PAL sound speed correction function did not work correctly in some cases. - Fixed: VXP demo mode did not work properly. - Fixed: DVB-C scan/playback did not work properly in some DVB-C networks. - Fixed: When pressing "ENTER" RC button (to show the main menu) while the buffering was in progress, the playback could hang in some specific cases. - Fixed: When toggling the main menu showing during the playback (via "TOP MENU" RC button or in other ways), and then stopping the playback, the playback could hang in some specific cases. - Fixed: When using the time search function (enter HH:MM:SS time position), the cursor was displayed at a wrong location. - Fixed: HDD spindown did not work correctly in some cases when entering standby mode. - Fixed: SoloLite: Wi-Fi access point setup menu wrongly allowed to choose unsupported 5.0 GHz mode (which is supported by Solo4K only). - Updated/improved UI translations. - Various other minor improvements/fixes.
Changes since 160607_0250_r11:
- Added ability to use premium software functions: "My Collection" and "BD Menu" (was missing in the firmware version 160607_0250_r11). - Added ability to play DVD images (ISO and VIDEO_TS) with DVD menu support and SACD audio files (was missing in the firmware version 160607_0250_r11). - Includes all the improvements and functionality from Dune HD Solo 4K firmware version 160831_0240_r11. - Updated/improved UI translations.