DVDFab Movie Server from Fengtao Software Malcolm .

Review of DVDFab’s 4K UHD Blu-ray Media Player / Movie Server designed with the intention to serve as the home multimedia center of DVDFab’s software customers, so that they can manage and watch their DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and other videos processed by the DVDFab 10 software in one place.

Review of DVDFab’s 4K UHD Blu-ray Media Player / Movie Server designed with the intention to serve as the home multimedia center of DVDFab’s software customers, so that they can manage and watch their DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and other videos processed by the DVDFab 10 software in one place.

DVDFab Movie Server from Fengtao Software

Posted 21 November 2017 15:06 CET by Malcolm

DVDFab Movie Server from Fengtao Software

Brief Introduction of Fengtao Software

Speaking of Fengtao Software, I guess a lot of you here might never heard of this software vendor before. However, if I mention DVDFab, I am definitely sure that most of you know, or even have been using this famous DVD/Blu-ray backup software for years. Yes, the DVDFab brand comes from this Chinese software vender, Fengtao Software Inc., and their DVDFab DVD/Blu-ray backup software is one of best on the market, competing with other reputed vendors such as SlySoft (now RedFox), VSO software, etc. But today, what I’m going to talk about is not their software, it’s their second attempt stepping into the arena of hardware — the DVDFab Movie Server.

Brief Introduction of DVDFab Movie Server

DVDFab Movie Server, per the descriptions on their official website, is a 4K UHD Blu-ray Media Player designed with the intention to serve as the home multimedia center of DVDFab’s software customers, so that they can manage and watch their DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and other videos processed by the DVDFab 10 software in one place.

Don’t be confused, despite being originally designed for the existing DVDFab customers, but through the later firmware updates, developers break the limitations to allow the movie server accept all forms of media contents, whether they are handled by DVDFab or other backup tools. That is to say, all the movie lovers who have large collections of DVDs & Blu-rays & 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays at home are the targeted audience of this device.

Features and Functionalities

  • Digitalize your DVD & Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collections
  • Navigation menu support for DVDs & Blu-rays & 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays
  • Manage and organize movie library in one place
  • Play back Cinavia-protected DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Display movies by posters filled with detailed metadata
  • Compatible with 3D, H.265 and 4K UHD and other videos
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS: X and DTS-HD Master audio support
  • Work with DVDFab 10 to import media contents easily
  • Add your existing movie library quickly and conveniently
  • Access your media contents from the NAS storage
  • Manually correct the metadata in case of inaccuracy
  • Preinstalled Google Play, Google Search and YouTube

Specification Sheet

DVDFab Movie Server packs all the top-of-the-class components regarding hardware, at least based on their opinions, and their developers also make impressive efforts on the software level. Here below are the specs of the hardware and software.

Hardware Configuration

CPU Quad-Core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2GHz
GPU High-performance multi-core GPU MaliT720
RAM 2GB 1866MHz DDR3
Memory 16GB eMMC flash memory, 3.5 inch SATA HDD with up to 8TB of storage (not included as an accessory)
Memory Interface USB2.0x1 + USB3.0x1 + built-in 3.5 inch SATA extraction chamber
Video Interface HDMI 2.0a high-definition video output
Audio Interface HDMI 2.0a HD audio output Optical audio output Coaxial audio output Stereo audio output
Network Interface IEEE 802.11A/B/G/N/AC wireless 2.4G/5G network adaptor with double Wi-Fi antenna Bluetooth 4.0 10/100/1000M adaptive Ethernet adaptor
Front Panel Large screen LED display + standby indication light + inlayed IR receiver
Power Adaptor Input: 110~220V AC Output: 12V 2A DC (Including three plug converters of US, EU and UK standard, respectively)
Size 305 * 255 * 95 (mm)
Weight 1.9 kg

Software Specs

Disk Format (3.5 inch SATA) EXT3, EXT4, FAT, NTFS, GPT
Output Resolution PAL, NTSC, 720P@50/60Hz, 1080P@50/60Hz, 2160P@25/30/50/60Hz
Video Decoder H.265/HEVC Main/Main10 profile@Level5.1 High-tier, up to 4Kx2K@60fps H.264/AVC BP/MP/HP@ level 5.1; H264/AVC MVC, up to 4Kx2K@30fps VP9 up to 4Kx2K@60fps VP6/8 up to 1080p@60fps MPEG1 up to 1080p@60fps MPEG2 SP@ML, MP@HL, up to 1080p@60fps MPEG4 SP@L0-3, ASP@L0-5, support GMC and Short-Header format, up to 1080p@60fps AVS standard level@6.0, AVS-P16(AVS+), up to 1080p@60fps VC-1 SP@ML, MP@HL, AP@L0-3, up to 1080p@60fps Video formats: TS, ASF, WMV, MKV, MP4, AVI, M2TS, ISO, and BDMV… (up to 2160P@60fps)
Audio Decoder MPEG L1/L2 Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus Decoder-Converter Dolby True HD/Dolby Atoms Decoding/passthrough DTS-HD Master/DTS:X Decoding/passthrough Dolby Digital/ DTS Decoding/passthrough AAC-LC、HE AAC V1/V2 Decoding APE/FLAC/OGG/AMR-NB/WB Decoding G.711(u/a)audio decoding Dolby MS12 decode and sound effect G.711(u/a) /AMR-NB/AMR-WB /AAC-LC audio encoding HE-AAC transcoding DD(AC3) Decoding format: MPEG1/2, LPCM, PCM, FLAC, AAC, OGG, APE, MP3 File format: M4A, MP1/2/3, MPA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, APE, CUE
Video Processing Imprex2.0 processing engine HDR and HDR 10 support
Image Full HD JPEG hardware decoding, up to 64 million pixels PNG hardware decoding, up to 64 million pixels
Subtitle SRT, SSA, PGS (internal), SMI

Setup and Installation

With the above specs sheet, it’s obvious that Fengtao Software brings this hard drive multimedia player with an ambition to replace your home Blu-ray player as the central multimedia hub of your entire home theater system. It can store, manage and play back all the media contents you have, no matter what forms they are in, DVD format, Blu-ray format, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, or any other video format, including 3D, 4K UHD, and H265 videos as well.

And to live up to that expectation, this Movie Server offers very flexible options for users to freely configure with whatever audio and video equipment they have at home, flat-screen smart TVs, large screen monitors, projectors, receivers, and even the home theater system. The setup and installation is easy.

Here below are different ways of setting up DVDFab Movie Server, depending on what you have at home.

Quick Setup — this is the easiest way to set up the Movie Server, which just requires a TV, whether HDMI enabled or the traditional RCA capable.

  • Power off all your devices;
  • Connect the Movie Server to the smart TV with an HDMI cable (If you have an old TV with RCA ports, then use the RCA cables instead, and it’s included in the package, too.);
  • Insert your HDD into the HDD cabinet;
  • Plug in the power adaptor and the Ethernet cable;
  • Power on the Movie Server and then the TV;

Receiver Setup — this is an enhanced way of setting up the Movie Server that should bring you better watching experience, by adding your Receiver for improved sound effect.

  • Power off all your devices;
  • Connect the Movie Server to the TV with an HDMI cable (If you have an old TV with RCA ports, then use the RCA cables instead, and it’s included in the package, too.);
  • Connect the Movie Server to the Receiver with an S/PDIF optical cable (you can also use HDMI cable if you use the RCA cable in the first step);
  •  Insert your HDD to the HDD cabinet;
  •  Plug in the power adaptor and the Ethernet cable;
  •  Power on the Movie Server, then the Receiver, and finally the TV.

Home Theatre Setup — this should be the best way to take the full advantage of both the Movie Server itself and your home theater system for the maximum audiovisual experience.

  • Power off all your devices;
  • Connect the Receiver to the TV with an HDMI cable;
  • Connect the Movie Server to the Receiver with an HDMI cable (you need to prepare an additional piece of HDMI cable, because there is only one piece comes with the package);
  • Insert your HDD to the HDD cabinet;
  • Plug in the power adaptor and the Ethernet cable;
  • Power on the Movie Server, then the receiver, and finally the TV.

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