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Old 04-30-2008, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I would post this in case someone else was interested.

One of the things that annoys me when I want to review a past fight is that I have to dig through my DVD collection to find it.

I also have backups made in XVid/Divx format.

It just so happens I have some HD movies in H.264 video format inside an MKV container... which made my requirements pretty ugly for most off-the-shelf stuff.

Until I found this free, open-source app called 'tversity'.

The key here is that it uses the UPNP AV protocol... basically meaning its not tied to any Hardware box... it will handle it all on your PC and stream video content. This is actually key, because it puts the responsibility of decoding video on the server... not the client box near the TV.
This also leaves it open for expandability as new video/audio codecs are used... so long as it is supported by the directShow api, it can be output via UPNP.

Im just in the process of testing this setup out... but after all is done I should have all UFC & Pride bouts available for viewing at my fingertips.

I just will rip all my dvds to xvid/divx and store them on a PC thats running that app.

I have a piece of hardware that supports UPNP, so I should be able to access it via that box.... so its all there via remote control.

Hard drive prices have really dropped... so all I need to do is load up on terabytes of drive space if my initial test setup works.

I dont have a new PC, its pretty old... a p4 3Ghz box... about 5 years old now. But it has 4 SATA ports on the mobo and I figure I can fit 4 more via IDE... and if I really really want to, I can put a PCI Raid card for even more SATA ports.

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