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Vimu for Android TV and Fire TV documentation

Setup is very easy!

 

USB drives

To use Vimu Player with an USB drive simply connect it to your Android TV or Fire TV device. USB drive should have FAT32 filesystem (some units also support NTFS). Your USB drive will appear as a tab.

Notice, that Vimu only displays video/audio files. So, if your directory contains txt, doc, pdf, they will not be displayed.

You can also use SD Card here if your device supports it (like Nvidia Shield or Fire TV gen 2).

UPnP/DLNA

UPnP/DLNA is the most easy way to play content on your Android TV or FIre TV over LAN with Vimu. You should have a compatible server installed on your PC or NAS.
The following servers were tested: Plex Media Server, Kodi/XBMC server, Twonky, TVMOBiLi, tversity, Serviio.

Use discovery service of Vimu Player (Network lookup) to add UPnP/DLNA server. It should find all media servers in your local network. Click on a server you want to add. Then you can bookmark the whole server (just press Bookmark dir button) or navigate to some subdirectory to bookmark it directly. After pressing the bookmark button, you are allowed to set up a name for your bookmark. NOTE: you will NOT see any media files here! You need to create bookmark before playing media files.

 

Windows shares (SMB)

SMB protocol is that makes your Windows computers to share files between each other. Vimu Player is able to see shared directories of your Windows PC and play video files from them.

Depending on your home network configuration, there are two ways to add your SMB share:


 

  • The most simple way is to go Network lookup. There is a chance that your server will appear under SMB header. You will see the Add Windows share dialog. All you need here is to provide the name of the tab (anything really). Also, if your share is password protected, fill username and password fields. Than press OK. Your share should be accessible now by clicking the tab.

  • If you can not see any found Windows shares, things become more complicated. You should determine a hostname of your pc (something like MYPC in Windows) or better the IP address of your PC. Then click Add Windows share manually.... You will see the same dialog described in the way #1. Fill the name of your share and put hostname or IP address of your PC into smb:// field. Again, if your share is password protected, fill username and password.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Notice to Mac OS X users: currenty Vimu can not connect to default OS X file service. There is a great tool called SMBUp. You can download it for free here. It will replace SMB service on your OS X, so it will be compatible with Vimu.

 
WebDAV servers

WebDAV is configured similar to SMB. To add WebDAV share go to Network lookup and click Add WebDAV server...

When using WebDAV, you should always provide ip/domain address, login and password of your server. Good thing with WebDAV is that you can stream from a server over Internet, not only via your home LAN.

NFS servers

It is a good way to connect to a Linux PC or NAS. You need to provide full path to an exported directory. For example, if your server has address 192.168.1.2 and you have and exported path /home/user/video, then NFS path should be: 192.168.1.2/home/user/video .

NOTE: Vimu will only connect fine to exports with "insecure" option enabled. More info here.

HTTP streams

You can open some types of HTTP streams like HLS video streams and HTTP progressive downloaded streams (from IceStream app, for ex).
To open HTTP URL go to Options->Add network resources and click Open HTTP URL...

 

Audio tracks

Vimu Player supports containers with multiple audio tracks. Press "Speaker" icon button on the media control panel to switch to the next supported audio track.

Subtitles

Vimu Player supports two types of subtitles: external SRT files and embedded subtitles.

To play video with external SRT file, you should name it properly. The SRT file should have the same name as your video, but with .srt (lower case) extension. Like, MyMovie.avi and MyMovie.srt.

When Vimu detects some subtitles, it shows pop-up "Subtitles detected". To activate subtitles press "Abc" icon button on the media control panel.

 

Vimu can play Text/SRT, SSA/ASS, DVBSUb, VobSUB, PGS subtitles embedded in various types of containers.

Notes for UPnP/DLNA: MKV subtitles are usually displayed when streaming from an UPnP/DLNA server, if the server do not transcode video stream. External SRT subtitles are not served by all servers. The one that is reported to work with SRT subtitles is Twonky.

 

Covers (posters)

Vimu will try to extract poster from your media files (over SMB and USB). Usually posters could be found in MKV and MP4 files. If it can not do this, it will try to generate thumbnail based on video stream.

 

You can customize poster by adding image files to your movie directories.

To be correctly displayed, your image files should be properly named.  
If you have a video file called MyMovie.avi, its cover should have name MyMovie.jpg.


NOTE: Covers and sheets are not supported for UPnP/DLNA streaming. Vimu will, however, display cover art or thumbnail provided by your server.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vimu Engine

Vimu Engine is a decoder and playback engine of Vimu Player, that is designed to play most possible media formats and support all popular media containers, codecs and protocols. Engine is specially tuned for the most popular Android TV boxes and TVs and all Fire TV devices. It knows fine, which codecs are supported by your hardware and utilizes the best possible method of decoding.

You can disable Vimu Engine completely in app's settings. In that case  Android's MediaPlayer object will be used. Changing of audio tracks will not be possible.

Display refresh rate adaptation

Vimu can adapt Display (TV) refresh rate to content's refresh rate on some compatible devices. To check, if your device supports switching of refresh rate, go to Settings->DIagnostics screen. You will see a list of resolutions, app can switch to. If only one resolution is on the list, this feature is not supported.

If you see more then one refresh rates for one resolution, you are good to go! Enable refresh rate adaptation in Vimu Preferences.

ViMu Player uses local storage of your device, connected USB devices (FAT, also NTFS on some devices), Windows shares (also known as SMB), WebDAV servers and UPnP/DLNA servers.