Avermedia MCECINEMA Averlife Cinema Media Player
- Support Video: Max Resolution: HDMI output up to 720p,/RM/RMVB up to 1024x574/MPEG 1and2/AVI/DivX/XviD/DAT and
- Support Audio: MP3/OGG/WAV
- Support Photo: JPG/JPEG/BMP/PNG/TIFF/GIF
- Support Text File: Txt . MOV up to 720x576
- HDMI Output, up to 720p;Enjoy videos in various formats
- Media: Electronics
- Item Quantity: 1
AVerLife Cinema: Enjoy Movies, Photos and Music Files on Your TV. AVerLife Cinema is your solution for viewing your media files (Video, music or photos) directly on your TV. The convenient front mounted Hi -Speed USB 2.0 and Card Reader inputs support a wide variety of the most popular media file formats.The AVerLife Cinema is equipped with Component, Composite and HDMI output connectors. It’s a simple and affordable way to view digital media content on your TV or over head projector. Simply connect the AVerLife Cinema, plug-in your input source and you're ready to enjoy all of your Digital Media content.Have all your videos, movies, music and photos on your computer or external hard drive. How about bringing them all together, without the use of a computer and view them on your TV. Now you can and it’s easy! The AVerLife Cinema has an intuitive user interface and included remote control that allows the user to navigate easily through their media library.With photo slideshows, transitions, zoom capabilities and background music you can customize your memories and share them with family and friends. Input Source: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; MS/SD/SDHC/; MMC Card Reader; Output Signal; HDMI; Component (YPbPr); Composite Video; Audio L/R Support File System; FAT/FAT32/NTFS;Package Includes: AVerLife Cinema; User Manual; Power Adapter; HDMI Cable; Component (YPbPr) Cable; Remote Control (Batteries Included).
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The unit is small, about the size of a paperback book. I liked that it came with both a component cable (necessary because the player-side connection is non-standard) and an HDMI connector. The player display and menus have a polished look, unlike some low cost media players still available.
Image display is nice. There are a number of built in, nicely done, transitions, and you can configure it to use one all the time or select randomly.
Video display is where this thing falls apart. To test it I rendered the same short movie clip at three different MPEG-2 resolutions. VCD - 480x480, PC - 640x480, and HD - 1920x1080. The VCD played fine but was fuzzy on my large screen. The PC version was sharper but noticeable slower. (The accompanying audio changed key... actually, several keys.) The HD version wouldn't play at all. (There was a pop-up message saying it was an unrecognized format.)
I've tried various video formats, here's the results:
DIVX AVI (DIVX3-4-5-6) - All ok.
ISO MPEG2 (720x576) - ok.
SVCD (544x576, 480x576) - partially ok, while playback is smooth and in sync with audio, image gets distorted at regular intervals of time (approx once per 2 seconds).
RealMedia - I had some old, QCIF resolution files, thrown them in, plays them OK. Have no idea, how it will handle larger resolution files.
Quicktime (.mov), both small resolution files, and higher resolution ones (640x480x30fps) were played nicely.
While this unit plays standalone .vob files finely, it does not supports DVD menu, navigation or chapters.
The only one drawback I've noticed is oversaturated colors at HDMI output (haven't tried other ones). I have to reduce saturation on my TV from 50 to 30, when using this player, to make colors look normal.
Another con - in movies with AC3 audio, audio level is too low, and have to crank up it to max.
Another con #2 - while this device recognises flash drives and hard drives easilly, it does not recognises external DVD-ROM.
Overall, this is nice product, and for $20 price tag, this will be the quite reasonable purchase.
UPDATE: Found a serious flaw with this device. Contacted avermedia support, but no answer for 2 weeks so far.
When playing .VOB files, which have audio track with LPCM audio in it (most musical videos and concert recordings have LPCM audio), video and audio playback speed increases, hissing and chopping sound is heard, and video and audio came out of sync.
Cons: No internal storage (meh); No exFAT (Biggie: no support for <4GB files, most 720p files are ~6GB); No support for x264 MKV (vast majority of rip'd movies); No network.
I didn't even get to play one movie since it wouldn't play a x264 MKV's. The menu did come up. I reformatted my flash drive to NTFS (not a good idea) and it did recognize it.
PLAYER: This little gadget works like a dream. I only download AVI(Xvid/Divx/AC3/MP3) files and this media player plays them flawlessly on my 24" flat screen. The audio is good, some files do play a bit lower than others and you have to turn up the volume but it was not the player, it depends on the file. It is compact and light and quickly reads my flash drives and my 1TB Vantec External Hard Drive. On top of the unit are buttons for selecting files etc. except for a power button but if you keep reading you will find out how you can get around that. This player does not play HD files but that is no deal breaker for me because I don't download them (file size too big takes up more space).
REMOTE: I was thinking when I bought this player that I had to be extremely careful with the remote because if it became broken or stopped working I would not be able to turn on this player and use it-but I found out a way by accident. I usually keep my player plugged in and one day I was moving it to another location so I had to unplug the player and when I plugged it back in, the unit automatically came on, I tried it a few more times to make sure it was not a one-off thing but it comes on every time, so that was a relief.
The remote is a bit small but easy to use. You can rewind, pause, fast forward etc but the only thing I wish it could do is fast forward in frames.
The range is okay, my tv room is 12 feet long but you usually have to aim more directly at player for good control.
As for other functions like displaying text/files I can't speak on them because I have no intention of using them, I use my computer for that but I have used the photo function to show a friend some pictures, they displayed okay but the resolution was not as great as on the computer but that was expected because they are two different devices and one screen is much larger that the other.
Before buying this player I did extensive research to find the player that was right for me- my advice before buying a media player bear in mind the type of files you will be using and if the player is compatible with them.
Hope this helps.