ZIDOO - Z10 PRO - Z9X - Z1000 PRO - UHD 3000 - NEO X - NEO S - Dolby Vision - Owners Thread

DELUCAS

Distinguished Member
Problem solved, I had to update to another firmware (6.50 beta) and reset to factory settings. But I don't know if sometime in the future there is a problem again, what firmware to put in or how to go to a lower version.

6.3.60 is latest firmware out at moment .
but its best not to try to revert backwards as some come stuck …..

if its working leave be ,
 

JackFrost6

Novice Member
Delucas: do you have link for this last firmware Z10 Pro? I not found.
I see only 6.3.40

I have one more small problem, I don't know why zidoo doesn't show dts x sound but always show only dts hd 5.1. Play movie Halloween 2018 or The Thing and show in movie after click info about.
Settings audio: raw, spdif: raw,
files original uhd 4k movies bdmv (without hdcp)
 

DELUCAS

Distinguished Member
Page 2449 click on expand and choose either google or non google version . 👍
 

rigman

Well-known Member
Are you running windows 10 ? And are you using smb on the Zidoo ? If so smb v1 is disabled on W10 so you need to enable it , thats what i did, apparently it was disabled due to security floors,

this link should help you but obviously you do this at your own risk, i certainly haven’t had any probs,



However i see NFS mentioned in the latest firmware update, i wasn’t aware it was available on the zidoo, anyone care to elaborate ? Thanks :)
I managed to get access to the Zidoo hard drive from my PC using the map Network drive method. I did not want to use SMB v1 if it was unsafe.

My rip PC is in the same room (though the opposite end) and I have now directly connected it via a long Ethernet cable to the rack switch. The speed was still slow so I checked the switch and found it was only a 10/100 type. I bought a Gigabit switch to get a speed increase.

I did some speed tests from the PC to the internal drive and the best the TP Link 500mbps homeplugs could get was around 30mbps that was them both connected into power sockets in the same room. Shocking really no pun intended.

The Ethernet connection via the old switch was around 120mbps and the Gigabit switch was around 8-900mbps

I can now rip a UHD disk using Makemkv directly to the Zidoo internal drive.
I did try two at once but it failed. I can however rip one to the Zidoo and one to the PC drive at the same time which will save time doing my whole collection.
 

DELUCAS

Distinguished Member
I should get my zidoo z9x tomorrow so will give it a test when I get chance. I will update to the latest version and do a factory reset and then setup.

Please give us an update how you get on
key set up is crucial on these as so many options now .
 

darren68uk

Well-known Member
I managed to get access to the Zidoo hard drive from my PC using the map Network drive method. I did not want to use SMB v1 if it was unsafe.

My rip PC is in the same room (though the opposite end) and I have now directly connected it via a long Ethernet cable to the rack switch. The speed was still slow so I checked the switch and found it was only a 10/100 type. I bought a Gigabit switch to get a speed increase.

I did some speed tests from the PC to the internal drive and the best the TP Link 500mbps homeplugs could get was around 30mbps that was them both connected into power sockets in the same room. Shocking really no pun intended.

The Ethernet connection via the old switch was around 120mbps and the Gigabit switch was around 8-900mbps

I can now rip a UHD disk using Makemkv directly to the Zidoo internal drive.
I did try two at once but it failed. I can however rip one to the Zidoo and one to the PC drive at the same time which will save time doing my whole collection.

thanks for the update, yeah i struggled to get the connection using map a network drive, but wasnt really sure what i.p address i was mapping to , but think i will try again, as don't really want to keep using SMB v1 myself,

re home plugs, dont know if you did this, but its always worth checking the sockets your using are all connected up correctly, i checked mine when i previsouly used home plugs and im amazed i could actually get electricity out of them the wires were so loose!!

glad you got a good speed direct thru ethernet,

i wasnt aware you could rip two movies at the same time ? do you have 2 uhd drives ?
 

rigman

Well-known Member
I found the drive as ZD_samba and it was fairly straight forward in the end. I enabled samba server within the Zidoo. I assumed that what I needed to do.

The house is only 5 years old so the wiring is in good condition. I changed a few sockets out for USB types after I moved in and never found any issues though I get your point.

I do have two UHD friendly internal drives. I have a licenced copy of Makemkv as well. You need to tick a box for single drive within the settings. When you start the program it asked which drive you want to use.
I have seen a video where a guy was ripping 8 discs at one time with internal and external drives.

My rip PC is an old Thinkserver so only has room for the two UHD drives and 3 Hard drives. I was going to go down the Nas route but for the cost I am going to buy a bigger case and stick a couple more of my old BD drives to finally do all my vast collection of Bluray disks as well so four disks at a time.
After all my testing it works absolutely fine when I play 4K rips from it to the Zidoo so no need for a separate Nas.
For backup I am going to use a large WD Elements drive though I still have the disks so its not really necessary just a time saver if any hard drives went faulty.
 

a5ian300zx

Well-known Member
Please give us an update how you get on
key set up is crucial on these as so many options now .

So far I have not had proper chance to play with it, but plays back all my MKV formats fine that I have tested, and the sound is louder not sure if it has boosted audio but had to put my soundbar level down.

I do like the movie scaper and the amount of technical details it provides and the informative icons eg 4K FHD, HD etc.., It was quite slow to scrape my 4K movie folder (no NFO) but my older Blu-ray folder which contain NFO files was really quick, I like the interface and how you can change the look of the HT 4.0.

I think the tiles interface is ok looking, but I prefer the look of the higher end models interface, much more simplistic and professional looking.

Picture quality is good as my oppo, but the Blu-ray menu ISO and folder structure was pants, it failed to load any of my BD Structure or ISO files (I don't have many) and if they did load it was stuttering etc.

The VS10 processing engine on FHD material was ok as it was a slightly brighter picture but not a massive difference compared to my oppo. These were quick tests of the same movie and scenes on both players, will try play with it some more.

I also asked a question earlier around a "GOTO" time skip function and I would like to report back that this is indeed available on the player, just have to map one of the shortcut buttons and then when you press it, you simply enter the time you want to GOTO, and then it skips to it, But FF and RW are quite quick on the player.

I have also ordered a Dune HD player and will compare the two and chose the one I like and return the other.
 

John7

Well-known Member
I found the drive as ZD_samba and it was fairly straight forward in the end. I enabled samba server within the Zidoo. I assumed that what I needed to do.

The house is only 5 years old so the wiring is in good condition. I changed a few sockets out for USB types after I moved in and never found any issues though I get your point.

I do have two UHD friendly internal drives. I have a licenced copy of Makemkv as well. You need to tick a box for single drive within the settings. When you start the program it asked which drive you want to use.
I have seen a video where a guy was ripping 8 discs at one time with internal and external drives.

My rip PC is an old Thinkserver so only has room for the two UHD drives and 3 Hard drives. I was going to go down the Nas route but for the cost I am going to buy a bigger case and stick a couple more of my old BD drives to finally do all my vast collection of Bluray disks as well so four disks at a time.
After all my testing it works absolutely fine when I play 4K rips from it to the Zidoo so no need for a separate Nas.
For backup I am going to use a large WD Elements drive though I still have the disks so its not really necessary just a time saver if any hard drives went faulty.

I bought one of these (for £249) in September, it's great for bunging disks in and backing stuff up. Each disk is seen as an independent drive in windows......

Amazon product
 

Nice Monkey

Active Member
I bought one of these (for £249) in September, it's great for bunging disks in and backing stuff up. Each disk is seen as an independent drive in windows......

Amazon product
Using the same unit but sold as Icy Box IB-3805-c31 then. Also have a 10-slot equivalent.
Not cheap but the best in its class.
 

a5ian300zx

Well-known Member
@Nice Monkey

As you have all three the z9x uhd3000/Neo. Can you tell me if there is a performance increase with the additional ram available on the uhd3000/neo models?
 

Nice Monkey

Active Member
Only UHD3000 has 4 GByte RAM not Neo X. No never noticed a difference.
 

Davidjake07

Active Member
Looking for a bit of advice, Best Media streaming box, i mean player that does a good job @ HDR to SDR Conversion,i am using my oppo 203 at the moment as a bare bones player streaming 4k movies from my NAS, as my Epson LS10k won't do HDR but still really happy with it

Looked at Zidoo Z1000 Pro but not sure how good the conversion is to SDR Maybe its too Dark

Cheers
 
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Nice Monkey

Active Member
The best player I know for that is actually an Egreat. Use my A11 still in my bedroom for that including 3D watching. Can be had very cheap used/new but no FW coming out for it anymore.

All current Dune, Zappiti and Zidoo will be identical using the same SOC. It is HW driven.
 

dante01

Distinguished Member
Looking for a bit of advice, Best Media streaming box that does a good job @ HDR to SDR Conversion,i am using my oppo 203 at the moment as a bare bones player streaming 4k movies from my NAS, as my Epson LS10k won't do HDR but still really happy with it

Looked at Zidoo Z1000 Pro but not sure how good the conversion is to SDR Maybe its too Dark

Cheers


I'd not regard any of the Zidoo players as being streaming boxes and I'd better describe them as media players. Their ability to access and play content accessed via streaming services is their week spot and I'd afvise you look elsewhere if wanting a device to access such streaming services.

I think refering to them as streaming boxes is misleading.
 

markymiles

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I'd also look at alternatives for HDR to SDR conversion. It isn't a strong point of the Zidoo or any box that uses the Realtek solution to convert.
 

DELUCAS

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I'd also look at alternatives for HDR to SDR conversion. It isn't a strong point of the Zidoo or any box that uses the Realtek solution to convert.

The Next chipset 😎😎
 

Davidjake07

Active Member
I'd not regard any of the Zidoo players as being streaming boxes and I'd better describe them as media players. Their ability to access and play content accessed via streaming services is their week spot and I'd afvise you look elsewhere if wanting a device to access such streaming services.

I think refering to them as streaming boxes is misleading.
yeh sorry i meant media player rather than streaming
 

Davidjake07

Active Member
I'd also look at alternatives for HDR to SDR conversion. It isn't a strong point of the Zidoo or any box that uses the Realtek solution to convert.
Ok Thanks , just on the hunt for that good solution pref an all in one box, what good alternatives are out there for HDR to SDR Conversion, the oppo does a good job but want some of the nice interface and media poster scraping, will prob have to maybe go back to Kodi ??
With all the new media boxes the market thought maybe there would be a good one, but if they are using all the same chipset maybe not
 
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markymiles

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Yeah unfortunately there doesn't appear to be a perfect all in one solution. A lot of people use two boxes. The best HDR-SDR conversion I have seen is the ATV 4K, but then you lose bitstream ability for ripped content and therefore don't get Atmos/DTS:X. I use that for streaming services and if I want to do HDR-SDR and the Zidoo for everything else.
 

Davidjake07

Active Member
Got an ATV 4k on order to try with infuse 7 as really like the look of it but as you say will loose bitstream and no ATMOS and DTS-X

Thanks
 

DELUCAS

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Got an ATV 4k on order to try with infuse 7 as really like the look of it but as you say will loose bitstream and no ATMOS and DTS-X

Thanks

Going Apple you are so restricted as such no usb , internal storage or
but the Zidoo you can tinker with the system so much & H.T.v4 and Kodi 19.1 …. ( ZDMC 19.1 Zidoo version though restricted )
to make it look how you want .

But todays day & age you need a couple of boxes it seems .
 

Davidjake07

Active Member
Going Apple you are so restricted as such no usb , internal storage or
but the Zidoo you can tinker with the system so much & H.T.v4 and Kodi 19.1 …. ( ZDMC 19.1 Zidoo version though restricted )
to make it look how you want .

But todays day & age you need a couple of boxes it seems .
Just going to give the ATV 4k a try see how i like it, don't need usb or internal storage as all my Movies are on a network drive but may well get a zidoo as well so all bases are covered so to speak until that perfect one box solution comes along
 

DELUCAS

Distinguished Member
Just going to give the ATV 4k a try see how i like it, don't need usb or internal storage as all my Movies are on a network drive but may well get a zidoo as well so all bases are covered so to speak until that perfect one box solution comes along

Yep try the Zidoo out & return if it dont tick your box
but there will never be a perfect one box solution sadly .
 

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