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* USB2.0
* 40GB HDD
* DivX, Video CD, Super Video CD, or Windows Media
* 13 cm in length, 200 grams
BNI's (Blue Nova International) MediaBox is a small, portable, pocket external Hard Drive that connects directly to any TV or Hi-Fi enabling you to watch films, view digital photos and listen to MP3s anywhere, without the need of a computer - your very own portable media library.
Connecting to the PC using a standard USB2.0 ensuring all files are transferred to the built in 40GB HDD in the quickest time possible, with a movie being transferred in a little under 1 minute. It is possible to copy any type of file and once connected to the television set the remote control allows immediate access to the directory, for immediate playback. The BNI MediaBox can be used to copy and transfer all your secure files from a computer such as: documents, programs, applications, there are absolutely no limits!
It supports all of the most popular formats, including: DivX, Video CD, Super Video CD, or Windows Media. Plus if you have a digital camera and/or camcorder you will be able to view all your 'home made' movies on the big screen using your BNI MediaBox.
Your MediaBox can store a multitude of digital photo formats for true compatibility, plus when connected to your Hi-Fi system all MP3 tracks can be accessed and played.
Thanks to its sleek design and ability to conveniently store all your content in your very own portable library, you will be able to take your MediaBox absolutely everywhere: on holidays, on business trips etc.
The MediaBox measures only 13 cm in length and weighs a mere 200 grams, for maximum portability. Designed in strong, brushed aluminium for the perfect finish, the MediaBox is the ideal player for those wishing to have the latest must have gadget. If your passion is films, music or photography, the BNI MediaBox will allow you to carry all of your favourites with you, ENABLING you to connect to any screen and watch them whenever you wish.
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#1
Good find, good price on that one :D
#2
Thanks Emma ;-)
#3
was thinking about getting one, anyone know if it's as good as it seems to be?
#5
#6
You're very welcome. Gets favourable reviews anyway... :D
#7
does this play avi files?
#8
dbeckett

If there is DivX/XViD in AVI then mostly yes :)
#9
dbeckett
does this play avi files?


I hope Kommunist has answered your question. I searched but couldn't understand all the big words.

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#10
OK then :) Here's some clarification for the gobbledigook:
AVI - container file. Could have video/audio in different formats inside, such as DV (the one from camcorder), MPEG4 and derivatives such as DivX, etc. There are other containers, typically MP4, MKV and MPG.n Think of it as a box in which you place your things.

The rest of terminology is about codecs - this is what compresses video to files.

DivX - originally was named DivX ;) (with a smile) to distinguish it from Circuit City's commercial format also called DivX. There are four major DivX formats available.
3.xx - this one is hacked Microsoft MPEG4v3 codec. Therefore many companies were a bit reluctant to support it at first. Nowadays nobody cares :)
4.xx - this one was a result of Project Mayo, open sourced codec, similar to 3.xx but without breaking copyrights.
5.xx - commercial version of improved 4.xx
6.xx - the latest DivX version, derivative of 5.xx

XviD - the name says it all really, just spell it backwards :) This is competing open source codec which was created if I remember correctly after DivX.com guys took Project Mayo code and made it commercial. But I could be wrong.

The problem is that even if device supports DivX AVIs, there could be a lots of factors that could make file unplayable on hardware-based players. Typically these are GMC, QPEL, B-frames and MP3 VBR (I can explain each one but hey I am not going to write an article here, so Google/Wikipedia is your friend :D).
That means, do not expect ANY hardware player to play ALL sorts of DivX/XviD files.


Hope it clarified a thing or two :)
#11
anyone found the BNI website, all the links seem to be dead ends
#12
magicplastic
Good techie explanation, but I think you just confused the hell out of the non techies :-)

To paraphrase red dwarf - 'a simple yes did suffice!' :thumbsup:
Er...
OK, here is a short version:
When you download video files from Internet, if its name extension is AVI then you almost certainly have DivX or Xvid file, which this player might be able to play.

Is this any better? :lol:

As to "simple yes" - I don't want to be held responsible if it won't play his file :D
#13
OK, I bought this back when it was a "Hot Deal" for £79.99 a few months ago. :x

It plays most Divx/Xvid files that I've downloaded, although some don't play, due to the advanced encoding mechanisms described by Kommunist above which arem't supported by the player. Also I simply can't get it to play any of the Xvid files I have encoded myself.

Picture quality is reasonable, but it only has a composite video output, no scart/SVHS/component, so this limits picture quality.

MP3 functionality is rendered almost useless by the fact that it has no randomize function - you have to play through your tracks in order or navigate them manually track-by-track. It does support branched folders, so If you've got your tracks organized in individual albums you'll be OK, but if like me you've got hundreds of them thrown into one folder you are screwed. No support for ID3 tags or long file names either. Sound quality is great, though.

Still picture (Jpeg) quality is very bad for some reason, you can't really use it to show your photos on your telly as it is so bad (blurry and distorted).

Overall I was disappointed with it for £79.99. At £49.99 it might be worth a look, perhaps as a travel item - I took it on holiday, preloaded with about 10 movies, and plugged it into the hotel TV - helped to pass the time . I also use it when on night shift. :)
#14
Thanks for the feedback poppy, some very interesting points there. That was a good idea to take it on holiday with you loaded with movies!!!
#15
anyone know any alternatives for this, please ?

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