POPCORN HOUR C-300 User Manual

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Popcorn Hour C-300

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  • Page 1: Popcorn Hour C

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    3. Safety Notes .........................4 4. Technical Specifications ..................5 5. Getting Started .......................6 5.1 Popcorn Hour C-300 Overview ..................6 5.2 Connecting to HDMI TV ..................... 7 5.3 Connection to Composite TV ................... 8 5.4 Connecting to Component TV ..................9 6.
  • Page 3 11.2 View Mode .........................38 11.3 File Manager ........................40 12. Movie Meta Data ....................... 41 12.1 Movie Info Page Walk-through ...................42 12.2 Download Movie Thumbnail and Meta-Data............43 12.3 Edit or Update Movie Information ................45 12.4 Download Subtitles ......................48 13. Networked Media Jukebox..................50 13.1 Configuring NMJ ......................51 13.2 Navigating in NMJ ......................56 13.3 Updating NMJ Information ..................60...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    1. Introduction Thank you for purchasing the Popcorn Hour C-300 Network Media Juke- box. Powered by Syabas Technology, the Popcorn Hour C-300 is a state of the art digital entertainment center with a TV apps market to enhance your home entertainment.
  • Page 5: Safety Notes

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual operate normally, or has been dropped. 3. Safety Notes Read these operating instructions carefully before using the unit. Follow the safety instructions on the unit and the applicable safety instructions listed below. Keep these operating instructions handy for future reference.
  • Page 6: Technical Specifications

    www.popcornhour.com 4. Technical Specifications Hardware Specification Sigma Designs SMP8647, 800MHz CPU w/ L2 Cache Memory 512MB DDR2 DRAM, 256MB NAND Flash AV Outputs HDMI v1.3a, Component Video, Composite Video, Stereo Analog Audio, Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial Interface 4 x Host USB 2.0 (Front and Back) 2 x internal SATA (one oc- cupied by HDD tray), 3.5”...
  • Page 7: Getting Started

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 5. Getting Started 5.1 Popcorn Hour C-300 Overview Ring light color Status White Active Amber Video OFF BD ROM Bay Standby OFF (no light) Power OFF USB 2.0 Host RF Antenna IR Sensor TFT Info Display Removable 3.5”...
  • Page 8: Connecting To Hdmi Tv

    Step 1 Connect the HDMI cable to your TV HDMI terminal and the other end to your Popcorn Hour C-300. Tips: Some HDMI TVs have input and output HDMI terminals. Please make sure the HDMI terminal is connected to input rather than output.
  • Page 9: Connection To Composite Tv

    TV with Composite Terminal Step 1 Connect the composite cables to both the composite terminals on the C-300 and your TV by matching the yellow, red and white plugs to their coordinating terminals. Tips: Some TVs have input and output terminals for composite connection. Please ensure that it is connected to the input ter- minal.
  • Page 10: Connecting To Component Tv

    TV with Component Terminal Step 1 Connect the component cables to both the component terminals on the C-300 and your TV by match- ing the green, blue and red video plugs and the red and white audio plugs to their coordinating termi- nals.
  • Page 11: Remote Control

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 6. Remote Control Press once to toggle the standby mode POWER for the device Ejects optical disc from disc drive if EJECT connected RED / VIDEO Context sensitive; refer to the legend on the bottom of the user interface GREEN / MUSIC Context sensitive;...
  • Page 12 www.popcornhour.com ENTER Confirm selection Start media playback of a single file ENTE R INFO Bring up meta-data of selected media file STOP Stop media playing back A-B / HOME Press HOME to return to home menu In app, press to quit app Rewind the current media playback Fast-forward the current media play- back...
  • Page 13 Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual REPEAT Repeat the current media playback MUTE Mute audio TIME SEEK Jump to specific timestamp of video or music file MENU Bring up DVD or BD menu during play- back Opens menu in NMJ TV Mode...
  • Page 14: Introduction To Home Menu

    www.popcornhour.com 7. Introduction to Home menu The HOME screen is the main hub for accessing content from a local source (USB or internal hard drive), a network share or from the apps market. You can also view the current time and weather. Know the weather without leaving the comfort of your couch.
  • Page 15: Quick Setup Wizard

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 8. Quick Setup Wizard Setting up your Popcorn Hour C-300 using the setup wizard is vital for proper operation of the media player. For advance users, you may skip to Chapter 9. Using your remote control, navigate to the Setup Wizard icon and press ENTER.
  • Page 16 www.popcornhour.com Choose your network connection type according to your setup and press the GREEN button to con- tinue. 1) Wired (Ethernet cable) 2) Wireless (optional wireless dongle needed) For wireless connection only: Select your SSID listed and proceed.
  • Page 17 Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual For wireless connection only: Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router. For wireless connection only: If your password is wrong, an error message will be displayed. Please check your password and re-enter it. All Rights Reserved ©...
  • Page 18 www.popcornhour.com Review your IP settings and press the GREEN button to continue. Optional: If you do not have a proxy server on your network, you may proceed to next step.
  • Page 19 Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual Verify your Internet and network connection. If you received the congratulations prompt, your net- work setup is complete. Otherwise, please press the RETURN button to go back and check your settings again. Choose your time-zone and daylight savings setting. This will affect system timing and the time is re- flected on your home screen.
  • Page 20 www.popcornhour.com Your set-up is complete. Press the GREEN button to finish and return to the HOME menu.
  • Page 21: Setup

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 9. Setup Advanced settings such as video/audio output, color-space, subtitle languages, and parental controls can be setup here. Tips: If you have completed the setup wizard steps, the corresponding settings can be found and update here.
  • Page 22: Preferences

    www.popcornhour.com 9.1 Preferences A unique name to identify your device on your network. Device Name Display language for the user interface Only applicable if you install NMT apps Default subtitle track for video playback System Language Transition setting for photo slideshows Subtitle Language Determines how long each photo will remain onscreen Photo Transition...
  • Page 23: Audio

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 9.2 Audio HDMI Audio Enable audio signal output from HDMI cable connection Disable audio signal output from HDMI cable connection Adjust how the media player handles each audio codec to match your entertainment system’s capabili- Audio Codec ties.
  • Page 24: Video

    www.popcornhour.com 9.3 Video It’s highly recommended that you set the video output according to the specification of your TV. Please Video Output check your TV specifications before setting the video resolution. System automatically selects the most suitable AUTO video resolution for your display (Should only be used for initial setup) Composite Output...
  • Page 25 Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual Setup how you like the media player to handle your video zoom level. Video Zoom Disable video zooming. Actual Size Fit to screen Video fills as much of the screen as possible without being cropped or changing the aspect ratio.
  • Page 26: Network (Configure Ip)

    www.popcornhour.com 9.4 Network (Configure IP) Your unique NIC MAC address. This is needed when engaging support services or trouble shooting. Mac Address Mode Select this if your media player is connected to the router via an ethernet cable. Wired Select this if a wireless dongle is inserted and you have a wire- less network you want to connect to.
  • Page 27: Network Share

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 9.5 Network Share Manually add a network share on your PC, MAC or network attached storage (NAS). If you frequently Add Share access a network share, it’s recommended that you add it so it will always appear at the top of your network devices list.
  • Page 28: Add Share

    www.popcornhour.com 9.5.1 Add Share Protocol Windows computers and most NAS devices uses Samba by de- fault. It can also be used on MAC and linux based devices. Samba The NFS protocol offers faster network transfer speeds however not every device supports it. Please refer to your devices’ net- work share settings.
  • Page 29: Browse Share

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 9.5.2 Browse Share Under Network Browser, select the workgroup and then the device you want to access. Select the folder you would like to add. All Rights Reserved ©...
  • Page 30: Edit Share

    www.popcornhour.com The protocol, IP/host name and share folder information is automatically added for you. If required, you can add a username and password at this stage and then save this share. 9.5.3 Edit Share Choose the share folder that you want to edit or remove...
  • Page 31: Parental Control

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 9.6 Parental Control Setup Lock Default Lock the setup page to prevent unauthorized changes to your settings. The Default password is 4896. File Lock Default Prevents users from editing or deleting files. This only applies to DVD and Blu-ray movies. For more information, please refer to your local ratings Child Lock system.
  • Page 32: Bd/Dvd/Audio Cd

    Auto Play Default Automatically playback when external optical disc detected. Tips: Require external optical devices, Popcorn Hour C-300 does not support commercial Bluray disc. Pre-select the default audio track for DVD and Blu-ray videos. Audio Language When you select a BD IFO you can browse the folder contents. BD BD Navigation ISO files will prompt you for the navigation method.
  • Page 33: Maintenance

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 9.8 Maintenance This section allows you to check the currently installed firmware version. You can also manually check Firmware Update for a firmware update and reset the device to factory settings from this menu. In accordance with GPL, a list of open source licenses that the device uses are listed here.
  • Page 34: Firmware Update

    PROCESS. Doing so may cause the device to become inoperable. Tips: The Popcorn Hour C-300 supports offline firmware updating. Please visit our support website for more information. If you ever need to reset all your device settings, you may do so here.
  • Page 35: Apps Market

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 10. Apps Market Get access to the Syabas Apps market where you can get free and premium apps for your TV. Access instant video on demand services, online radio, social networking, games and much more. The apps market is updated frequently so check back to expand your multimedia lineup.
  • Page 36 www.popcornhour.com Install by pressing ENTER on your remote or exit by press the INFO button. The installed apps will appear in the My Apps category. Tips: To uninstall any app, press the INFO button on your remote.
  • Page 37: Login To Apps Market

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 10.1 Login to Apps Market Login to the Apps Market to purchase premium apps or access a private store provided by your con- tent provider. 1. On the left navigation pane, choose LOGIN. 2. If you already have an account, please enter your email address and password.
  • Page 38: File Browser

    Local Media cal device. You can also elect to install a hard drive inside the Popcorn Hour C-300 to store media files on the device itself. 11.1 Settings In the file browser, press the LEFT arrow on your D-pad to bring up the menu options.
  • Page 39: View Mode

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 11.2 View Mode This will allow you to switch between list view and thumnail view. View Mode Listing A traditional file list with filename, date and size. Thumbnail This view displays the thumbnail (if available) and informa- tion for the currently selected file.
  • Page 40 www.popcornhour.com File Listing Info Disable date and size information display in the file browser Automatically displays date or size when using the sort op- None tions Auto Displays the file size only Displays the file’s modified date only Size Only Displays both date and size information Date Only Date and Size...
  • Page 41: File Manager

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 11.3 File Manager You can use the file manager to copy, move delete and rename files as well as create new folders on your storage device. Mark the files that you want to copy/move/delete by pressing the GREEN button. A checkmark is vis- ible on the filename to indicate that it has been marked.
  • Page 42: Movie Meta Data

    12. Movie Meta Data One of the main features of the Popcorn Hour C-300 is the ability to download and manage movie meta data without the use of a PC. This feature differs from NMJ as this is only visible in the file brows- er mode.
  • Page 43: Movie Info Page Walk-Through

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 12.1 Movie Info Page Walk-through Press the INFO button on your remote to bring up the movie info page. 1. Movie Fan-Art 2. Movie Poster or thumbnail 3. 4 options are available here. Movie synopsis gives you an overview of the movie.
  • Page 44: Download Movie Thumbnail And Meta-Data

    www.popcornhour.com 12.2 Download Movie Thumbnail and Meta-Data On file browser, highlight the movie that you want to download data for and press the INFO button on your remote. The fanart, movie poster and meta-data are automatically pulled from the web and displayed on your screen.
  • Page 45 Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual Navigate to the Download option on the bottom right and press ENTER on your remote. The poster, fanart and NFO files are downloaded and saved on the same storage device that your video file is located on.
  • Page 46: Edit Or Update Movie Information

    www.popcornhour.com 12.3 Edit or Update Movie Information If the scanner pulls the incorrect information for the file, or if you wish to change the poster or fanart for your video, you can do so by editing the movie meta data. Navigate to the Edit option on the bottom right and press ENTER on your remote.
  • Page 47 Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual Under the Change info section, select the correct title for your video. You can press INFO on your re- Change info mote to see the synopsis before selecting that particular entry. Under the Change fanart section you can select from a number of photos that can be used as the back- Change fanart ground display when viewing the video information.
  • Page 48 Afterwards, remember to download the data that way the changes you selected will always be used when you press the INFO button on your video. Tips: In order to download meta-data, you must connect your Popcorn Hour C-300 to an internet connection.
  • Page 49: Download Subtitles

    Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual 12.4 Download Subtitles On the movie info page, navigate to the Fetch online subtitle option and press ENTER on your re- mote. A list of results will come up. Choose the subtitle that best matches your movie.
  • Page 50 www.popcornhour.com If you need to get subtitles in a different language than your default, press the GREEN button on your remote to change your language filter. The downloaded SRT subtitle file will be saved on the same storage device as your video file. In order to enable it, start playback of your movie and press the SUBTITLE button on the remote.
  • Page 51: Networked Media Jukebox

    With the Network Media Jukebox you can! Without the need of additional PC software, the Popcorn Hour C-300 will scan your movie and TV show library and download the poster, fanart and meta-data for you. When you want to watch a movie, you can sort through and view your collection using the posters, just like if you were at a movie store.
  • Page 52: Configuring Nmj

    www.popcornhour.com 13.1 Configuring NMJ The Network Media Jukebox, or NMJ, software works by creating a database for your storage device. This databse contains all the info, posters and fanart for your entire movie and TV show library as well as any other media you scan in. To create the NMJ databse, use the file browser to navgiate to your media storage device.
  • Page 53 Popcorn Hour C-300 User Manual NMJ Scanning Configuration NMJ will automatically scan the entire folder for supported media and add it to the NMJ Scan Entire Folder database. Allows you to specify which folders the NMJ software will scan and add media from. (Rec-...