FHD Player

Solid State Media Player

Have you ever dreamed of a tiny solid box which can seamlessly loop media contents stored on an SD card or USB storage? We have already developed this cost effective solution for digital signage projects, museums and other themed attractions. FHD Players can be synchronized via Ethernet and externally controlled. As an example media can be triggered based on GPS input coordinates.

Applications

Where solid state media players go.





Features

Accurate Synchronisation

Display walls simplified.

Multiple FHD Players can be frame snchronized via IP networks using a dedicated synchronization protocol. Even if one player goes offline and/or returns to online state at any time it is automatically resynchronized to the remaining players of the setup.




Seamless Loop

It is definitely not a nice effect if the displays turn black between each cycle of a looping video. FHD Players can play video contents in seamless loop mode which means that there is no gap when the playback loops to the first video frame. Of course this is also possible when multiple players are operating in network synchronization mode.


GPS Trigger

Automatic content triggering based on geographic position.

FHD Players can automatically trigger media contents based on the system’s geographic location e.g. for automatic “tourist guides” on ships, busses or other means of transport.



Automatic Content Download

FHD Players can automatically download their configuration and media files from FTP servers. Of course it is also possible to upload files to the players using FTP.


Playlists and Scheduler

Media contents can be organized in playlists and the playback schedule can be configured using a calendar function. This configuration can also be adjusted and uploaded using the web front end.



Intuitive Operation and Configuration

An intuitive web front end allows a simple and fast configuration of the FHD Player devices. The hierarchically customizable menus can be customized for a safe and simple operation at runtime. 


Highest Reliability and lowest TCO

24/7 operation.

The FHD Player hardware platform has been designed for 24/7 operation and its software has been especially tested for reliability and redundancy. This means for example an automatic restore function or the possibility to change storage media at run time (hot swap capability).




Seamless avio integration

In themed attractions or museums FHD Players can be integrated into the Avio network and interactively controlled. Being it by proximity sensors, gesture detection or just by push buttons or light barriers.

Learn more about Avio


Smart Signal Management

FHD Player devices can either read the EDID of the connected device or create its own output signal specified by resolution and refresh rate.



Virtually all output formats, resolutions and refresh rates can be configured


Playback order and display times can be configured in the playlists


Extremely fast media playback


Automatic playback of all media in seamless infinite loop


Direct media access via external keyboards or push buttons


Remote control via, UDP and Avio


Upgrade to FHD Player Pro

In addition to these media playback functions our FHD Player Pro comes with built in media and show control.

Learn more about FHD Player Pro

Technical details

Technical Details

Ambient temperature range: -10 to +40 °C
Dimensions: 205 mm / 122 mm / 29 mm (Length / width / height)
Weight: 620g, solid metal case



Video formats and Ports

MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, AVI, JPEG, VCD, DVD, MKV, WMV, DivX, MOV, H264, Program Stream, Elementary Stream, Transport Stream

HDMI port, VGA port


Audio Formats and Ports

CDDA digital Audio WAV, WMA, MPEG-1 LAYER I mp1, MPEG-1 LAYER II mp2, MPEG-1 LA YER III Mp3, OGG


Other Ports

Event input RS232 for external keyboards, ticker text input and other remote controls
2x USB
Ethernet (RJ45, WLAN via USB-Stick)
Power supply: 8V to 12V DC, 12W with SD-Card,  e.g. 12V/1,25A


Storage Media

(File system FAT32/NTFS)

SD Memory card up to 32GB
USB sticks
USB HD (tested up to 400GB with external power supply)


Tender Specification

Solid-state HD Video Player. Playback of of MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, AVI, MP3, JPEG, VCD, DVD, MKV, WMV, DivX, MOV, H264, Program Stream, Elementary Stream, Transport Stream, WAV, WMA, mp1, mp2, mp3, OGG. Storage on SD cards or USB storage media. Network function: web server, integrated FTP server for upload of media files, time-controlled FTP auto download function for media files, NTP, DHCP.

Outputs: Video, VGA/RGBHV/YPbPr, HDMI/DVI, Audio, Cinch stereo, SPDIF.

To be controlled via: Avio, network TCP/IP, web, RS232. Time control via the integrated scheduler.
Seamless video loop



FAQ

What can USB data and USB peripheral ports be used for?

USB Data Port allows connection of an USB storage medium in order to make media files or the initialization file available. FHD Player, however, will prioritize the SD card and only access the USD storage medium if there is no SD card in the FHD Player.
USB Peripheral Port is used as interface for USB peripherals. FHD Player supports the following USB peripherals: Numpad, Presenter, Touch, TouchCalibrate.
If these two ports are mixed up, the desired function is not available.

What sort of network connection problems may arise?

Upon delivery, FHD Player is preconfigured for IP address 10.20.30.1. If you want to integrate several FHD Players into your network you need to assign individual IP addresses to each FHD Player first. The IP address can be changed via the web interface or the initialization file. In case DHCP (automatic dynamic address generation) is enabled the network connection may be interrupted as a new IP address will be assigned at regular intervals. FHD Player subnet and IP address need to be harmonized. If there is a network node (gateway) in your network you need to enter the FHD Player and its IP address correctly. If there is a DNS (Domain Name Server) in your network you need to enter the FHD Player and its IP address correctly.

 

Why is operation interrupted unexpectedly?

Check whether automatic content download from an FTP Server was configured for the FHD Player. The current configuration can be found in the initialization file under FTP Server Options. Also check the configuration of the output device (e.g. output device timer).

Check whether the peripheral is connected to the correct port and has been enabled in the FHD Player’s configuration. The current configuration can be checked on the web interface or in the initialization file.
Check whether the cables used are in working order.

Why does the RS232 remote control unit not react?

While the FHD Player is starting up (booting process -> red LED is on) it cannot be controlled.
Make sure a zero modem cable (RS232 cable) is used.
Check the configuration on the web interface or in the initialization file. Make sure the corresponding control type is enabled. FHD Player can be controlled via the RS232 interface using the following options: Term, Keyb, RC.

Why can’t the FHD Player be controlled via UDP commands?

Make sure you have chosen an eligible UDP port.
Check whether you are definitely using UDP and not TCP.
Check whether the UDP packages are blocked by a firewall on the network.

Why can’t the media files be played?

Check whether the media files have accidentally been deleted from the storage medium or whether they are defective. Make sure the FHD Player supports the file format. FHD Player supports the following formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, AVI, JPEG, VCD, DVD, MKV, WMV, DivX, MOV, H264, Program Stream, Elementary Stream, Transport Stream, WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC, AC3.
Check whether the max. resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (full HD) or the max. frame rate (30 fps) have been exceeded.

Image stays black:

Check configuration and whether the output device is in working order. Make sure the right port has been chosen and configured. The current configuration can be checked on the web interface or in the initialization file.
Check whether the cables used are in working order. The cables may be too long or be affected by live cables that are located at too close a distance.
Check the FHD Player’s power supply.
Check whether the port used is defective or soiled.

Image stops with the logo:

Check size of storage medium (tested for up to 500 GB) and make sure that the used file format is supported.
Make sure the storage medium used is fully functional.

Why is there no audio?

Make sure the used audio format is supported by the FHD Player. FHD Player supports WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC, AC3.
Check whether the max. bit rate of 35 Mbit/s was exceeded.

Why is the image jerky?

Check whether the max. bit rate of 35 Mbit/s was exceeded.
Check whether the frame rate of output device and media file are identical or several times the value (e.g. output device 60 fps, media file 30 fps = OK, output device 60 fps, media file 24 fps = NOT OK).
Check the quality of the media file.

Why is the image distorted?

Check whether signal management between FHD Player and output device has been harmonized.
Check the settings of the output device.
Check file format and quality of the media files.
Check whether the correct aspect ratio was selected on the FHD Player’s web interface or initialization file.

Why can’t FHD Player find any media files?

Check whether the media files have accidentally been deleted from the storage medium or whether they are defective. Make sure the FHD Player supports the file format. FHD Player supports the following formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, AVI, JPEG, VCD, DVD, MKV, WMV, DivX, MOV, H264, Program Stream, Elementary Stream, Transport Stream, WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC, AC3.
FHD Player differentiates between upper and lower case (case sensitive). The name of the initialization file must not be changed. Commands in the Playlist must always be terminated with Carriage Return (CR) or Line Feed (LF).
Make sure the storage medium used is fully functional.

Why are the media files out of sync?

Configure a network gateway and a DNS in your IP address space.
Check the media files for identical playing time and existence of an audio track.
Check the FHD Player’s configuration on the web interface or in the initialization file.
Check network integration.
Use the same firmware for all FHD Players.
Make sure the playlists of all FHD Players are harmonized or deleted.
Check whether the UDP packages are blocked by a firewall on the network.

How can the FHD Player be configured?

FHD Player is supplied with an initialization file on the SD card.
The FHD Player can be configured via its web interface or the initialization file.
Configurations on the web interface are adopted after clicking Update FHD Player. This causes a new initialization file to be saved to the SD card. The original initialization file is renamed to FHDPlayerSetting.old. This allows you to restore the previous configuration. Instead of the SD card you can also use an USB storage medium.
The configuration is still adopted even if no storage medium is connected to the FHD Player. However, in such a case, the initialization file cannot be stored.

Why is my video not looped seamless?

Make sure that the video files includes an audio track.

Why does my background image not appear?

Make sure that your image files are in JPG format with a chroma subsampling of 4:2:0 and a bit depth of 8 bits.

FTP Autodownload: The FHD Player can not connect to an FTP server

Check whether the settings of your FTP server to match the settings of the FTP client on FHD Player. The FHD player does not support SSL connections.

What should be noted before changing the storage media?

During operation, the storage medium may not be exchanged. Please connect the storage media before the player is started.