Minidlna patch for LG TVs

One year ago I wrote about using the ushare DLNA server for watching 3D stereo mpo images. In the meanwhile minidlna evolved and is now also capable of displaying the mpo file format. This led me to switching to minidlna as DLNA server, since it is the better DLNA-server for general use. In example it supports features like fast forward and fast rewind, which ushare does not support.  Unfortunately there are problems with minidlna in conjunction with some LG TVs. These TVs spam the DLNA-servers in the network with search requests, which leads to full CPU-load on the DLNA-server and unresponsiveness of the TVs user interface.¹ This even occurs when watching TV. I also experienced problems with harddisk recordings like the timeshift feature of the TV when network is connected. One may find out that the user interface of the TV is much smoother without network connection on these TVs. In the following I will show how to patch minidlna for not responding to these requests.

First of all download my patch against mindlna-1.1.5:

minidlna_lg_nosearch.patch.gz (537)

The patch is based upon falk0069s older minidlna patch.² In case a LG device sends a search request, the minidlna-server just responds with 0. This removes load from both, the TV and the server and therefore leads to a better responsiveness. The patch should also work with current head.

Second download the minidlna-sources from:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/minidlna/

Afterwards extract the minidlna-sources, change into the source directory and patch the sources:

cat minidlna_lg_nosearch.patch.gz | gunzip| patch -p1

Then build the sources by running ./configure and make.

Users of Debian-based arm-distributions like bananian might try out my prebuilt binary. One can download it from here: minidlnad.gz (471). After downloading unzip the binary and replace the binary of your existing minidlna installation with it.

Jürgen

References:

1.https://sourceforge.net/p/minidlna/bugs/182/

2https://sourceforge.net/p/minidlna/patches/102/

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watching 3D stereo mpo images with ushare

Some months ago I got my brand new LG 55LA6608 3D TV. Of course I wanted to watch the 3d photos taken with the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D camera with it. The images taken by the camera are being stored using the MPO file format. These images consist of two jpeg images and some metadata inside the exif header inside the MPO container. According to the specification the television is capable of playing this file format, which works fine when using in example an USB-stick. However, it is desireable to watch the images using a network connection, for example when the files are stored on a linux server.

For displaying videos or images from a server this and other television devices use the DLNA protocol, which is implemented by by various linux services like minidlna or ushare. None of the tested ones was capable to present the MPO files to the TV. The solution to enable ushare to do this is quite simple. The MPO mime type has to be added to ushares supported file formats. This can be done by adding the line

{ “mpo”,  UPNP_PHOTO, “http-get:*:image/mpo:”},

to the MIME_TYPE_LIST array in mime.c. This has been verified to work with the ushare-1.1a. For convenience one can download the patch for this from here:

ushare-mpo.patch (932)

One can download the ushare sources from SourceForge. After downloading patch the ushare sources with the mpo-patch and build it. Build and usage instructions can be found in the readme file included in the ushare download from SourceForge. Do not forget to run ./configure –enable-dlna before running make for use with recent devices like the mentioned LG TV.

As usually, for gentoo users there is a more easy way: Create the directory

/etc/portage/patches/media-video/ushare/

and place the patch file in it. Make sure that the dlna USE-flag is set in /etc/make.conf or /etc/portage/package.use. Afterwards emerge ushare again and enjoy watching your 3D MPO images stored on your linux box using your TV.

regards

Jürgen

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stereoscopic mplayer-1.1-r1

Recently the new mplayer-1.1-r1 ebuild appeared in portage. In the article stereoscopic mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20110322 I provided a modified patch for stereoscopic support in mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20110322. This patch does not work with the current version anymore. However, only a minor fix has been required. To use the new patch, just download it from here: mplayer-stereoscopic-1.1-r1.patch (1409) and copy it to:

/etc/portage/patches/media-video/mplayer-1.1-r1/

Afterwards emerge mplayer and play stereoscopic movies with:

mplayer -vo gl2:stereo some_movie_file.avi

mithrandir

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stereoscopic mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20110322

Yesterday the new mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20110322 ebuild appeared in portage.  In the post stereoscopic mplayer working again part 2 I provided a modified patch for stereoscopic support in mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20101114. This patch still works with the current version.  To use it, just download the patch from there and copy it to:

/etc/portage/patches/media-video/mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20110322-r1/

afterwards emerge mplayer and play stereoscopic movies with

mplayer -vo gl2:stereo some_movie_file.avi

mithrandir

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bino-1.0 ebuild for gentoo

Recently I wrote about bino, a stereoscopic video player that is usable with linux and also supports quad buffered stereo. In the meanwhile the first stable version 1.0 has been released. Its main features are:

  • Support for 2D and stereoscopic 3D video in a wide variety of input formats and stereo layouts.
  • Support for many 3D output methods, including anaglyph glasses, shutter glasses, autostereoscopic displays, 3D TV sets, and distributed multi-display installations such as powerwalls or Virtual Reality installations.

The Gentoo way

For gentoo users here is my overlay including the ebuild: bino-1.0_overlay.tar.gz (1033) Download the overlay and extract it in /usr/local/portage. Be sure to include the following line in your /etc/make.conf:

PORTDIR_OVERLAY=”/usr/local/portage”

Then emerge bino and enjoy viewing your 3d movies.

Jürgen

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Improved OpenSceneGraph-2.8.3 ebuild

The current OpenSceneGraph ebuild in the Gentoo Portage tree does not install the OpenSceneGraph sample data set.  These  files include some sample models, fonts, bitmaps etc. used in the OpenSceneGraph examples and other applications.  This is a problem for applications relying on the files to be available. In example my stereoscopic image viewer SIV relies on having the OpenSceneGraph sample dataset installed and fails to load the arial font from the dataset with the following error:

Warning: font file “fonts/arial.ttf” not found.

Here is my modified ebuild resolving this issue: OpenSceneGraph-2.8.3.tar.gz (1215)

Download the modified ebuild and extract the archive into /usr/local/portage. Be sure to include the following line in your /etc/make.conf:

PORTDIR_OVERLAY=”/usr/local/portage”

If you want to use OpenSceneGraph with ffmpeg support, download the patch from bugs.gentoo.org and copy it to /etc/portage/patches/dev-games/openscenegraph-2.8.3/ as described there, to compile with ffmpeg-0.6. Otherwise the emerge will fail with:

/osgPlugins/ffmpeg/FFmpegAudioStream.hpp:18:9:
error: cannot allocate an object of abstract type
‘osgFFmpeg::FFmpegAudioStream’

Now you can set the examples USE-Flag and emerge openscenegraph to get the example dataset.

If you have got flightgear installed, reinstall simgear afterwards,  like the ebuild requests you to do:

emerge -1 dev-games/simgear

Depending on if you were upgrading or just reinstalling with the new ebuild it may be necessary to run revdep-rebuild to resolve issues with broken libraries. Hopefully the next ebuild in the portage tree will  include the sample data set.

Wxwidgets support seems to be broken with the current version. When using the wxwidgets USE-Flag Openscenegraph fails to compile with, so include

=dev-games/openscenegraph-3.0.1 -wxwidgets

in your /etc/portage/package.use if you have enabled wxwidgets in your make.conf.

best regards

Jürgen

 

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Overlay Problems with Xine

Starting xine with an overlay enabled X-server on nvidia graphics boards can lead  to the problem that the xine window appears shortly and then disappears. The following error message can be found in the console when trying to play a dvd:

Dies ist xine (X11 gui) – Ein freier Video-Player v0.99.6.
(c) 2000-2007 Das xine Team.
libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.10 for DVD access

libdvdread: Attempting to retrieve all CSS keys
libdvdread: This can take a _long_ time, please be patient

libdvdread: Get key for /VIDEO_TS/VTS_01_1.VOB at 0x00000141
libdvdread: Elapsed time 0
libdvdread: Found 1 VTS’s
libdvdread: Elapsed time 0
No accelerated IMDCT transform found
X Error of failed request:  BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
Major opcode of failed request:  150 (RENDER)
Minor opcode of failed request:  4 (RenderCreatePicture)
Serial number of failed request:  2155
Current serial number in output stream:  2165

Removing the  “Overlay” Option from the xorg.conf and restarting the X-server fixes this problem. Yo may also include the line

Option         “Overlay” “off”

into your screen section or device section of your xorg.conf.

 

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