Movie Library Management and Playback
The way how it manages the entire media library and how it plays back the DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays are the most eye-catching features of the DVDFab Movie Server. It offers a very pleasant, smooth and convenient all-in-one solution. Among the similar products that I have tried in recent years, this one is actually the best experience I ever had.
Organize and Manage the Media library
The Poster Wall feature is actually the No. 1 selling point the software vendor is advertising. They designed this feature with the intention to help you find your wanted title from a myriad of movie collections fast and efficiently. Suppose a Sunday afternoon, you want to watch a Pixar movie with your kids, how much time it will cost you to find that disc from your movie collections on the shelf?
Five minutes? Hell, with the Poster Wall feature, plus its smart sorting and filtering function, you only need 1 minute, probably even less.
Display the Media Library with the Poster Wall Feature
Smart Sorting, Searching and Filtering Features
The Poster Wall feature is the most direct and visualized way to present you all the media contents you have on the Movie Server, but Fengtao Software doesn’t just stop here, it goes even further to make the process of locating a specific title more efficiently, with the Smart Sorting, Searching and Filtering functions.
The movies shown in the Poster Wall are not just displayed randomly. They are well organized and grouped based on the genres. With the additional help of the searching and filtering features, to locate a target title from a sea of movie collection is just a piece of pancake.
The Search Function
The Filter Function
Movie Playback and Playback Control
DVDFab Movie Server offers two basic playback modes to the ISO files made by the Full Disc mode of the DVDFab 10 software, the Menu Mode and the Main Movie Mode. Menu Mode means to play back the movies with the navigation menus, which is the best watching experience equal to the home Blu-ray player. The Menu Mode works on DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays; Main Movie Mode means to play back the feature-length movie directly, instead of starting with the navigation menus.
If you don’t want to choose which mode to play back with every time you click the playback button, then it’s better to make a default setting at the Settings panel > Playback > Playback Mode.
Choose Playback Mode between Menu Mode and Main
Movie Playback with the Navigation Menus
When it comes to the playback control, DVDFab Movie Server also offers two ways. One is with the traditional physical Remote, which is pretty much similar to any other Remote you have at home. And the other way goes to digital, the company designs a Remote App called DVDFab MS Remote, which works on both iOS and Android. This approach, albeit nothing new, does free you from the trouble of losing your physical Remote. You can use your smart phone or tablet to control the playback process.
But remember, apart from allowing you to browse and play back the media contents on your iOS or Android device, the playback control functions offered by the Remote App are quite limited. Compared to the fully-functional physical Remote, with the Remote App, you can only Play/Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind, switch from 2D to 3D playback mode (vice versa), switch audio tracks and subtitle streams, and adjust the volume.
Playback Control with the Remote App on an iPhone
Running Other Android Apps on the Movie Server
Under the hood running the DVDFab Movie Server is the Android 4.0 operating system. This means, you can install other Android apps on this hard drive media player. But, according to my test, most Apps are optimized either for smart phones or tablets, only a few are compatible on set-top boxes, meaning your choices on Apps might actually be a little compromised.
Apps Installed on the Movie Server
Let’s head on to the conclusion…