In addition to its role as a high definition television recorder, the 3view is also capable of playing music and video files and displaying photographs. The files may be stored on the unit itself, on USB-attached storage media such as flash drives and hard drives, or on storage devices such as a PC or server attached to a network. If they are stored on a PC, then the PC must have media sharing enabled as described in 'Setting up a PC for access'.
Access to photographs, music and videos is via the 'home' button.
To start to view photographs on the 3view press 'home' and then press 'ok' on 'My Photos' to reveal the list of potential sources:
To transfer photographs onto the 3view from a network source and then store them in 'My Photos', move down to 'Entire Network' and select the device on which the photographs are currently stored. After a brief pause the 3view will identify all of the images which are available on that device and will display a list on screen. To select and transfer images press 'ok' on a folder or single image and then choose 'Copy to My Media'.
To transfer photographs from a USB attached device, move down to 'Removable Media' and use the same method as that for a network source.
To make photos available, but not actually copy them onto the 3view, use 'Add to My Media'.
Press 'ok' on Slideshows' and then again on 'New Slideshow' to create a rolling display of images. Once a name, the delay between frames, how the image should be sized to fit the screen and whether or not music should play in the background have been set, the slideshow is complete. Pressing 'ok' on a slideshow's name displays options to play it, edit the options attached to it, clear its contents or delete it.
To add photographs to a slideshow, go to 'My Photos', highlight a photo, press 'ok' and select 'Add to Slideshow: ??? ' where ??? is the slideshow's name.
To remove a photo, go to 'Slideshows', select the slideshow to be edited and press 'ok' on the photo to be removed.
Music is added to 'My Music' in the same way that photographs are added to 'My Photos'. Move down the list of 'My Music Options' to 'Entire Network' or 'Removable Media', locate the file or folder and press 'ok' on 'Copy to My Music'. Once music has been added to 'My Music' it is listed under a number of different headings, including 'Artists', 'Albums' and 'Genres', and the different tracks are able to be compiled into playlists. Tracks waiting to be played can be viewed by pressing 'ok' on 'Current Queue'.
Shoutcast, an Internet Radio service that offers thousands of free MP3 and AAC radio stations from DJs and broadcasters around the world, is also listed in 'My Music Options'. The stations are grouped by genre to simplify selection.
Adding a video to 'My Videos' is a process similar to that of adding a photograph to 'My Photos' and they are sorted into a number of categories to make finding individual files a little easier.
Videos are sorted into a number of categories to make finding individual files a little easier.
If there are two or more 3view set-top boxes on the same network, it is possible not only to access photos, music and videos stored on one unit across the network on another, but also to share recorded broadcasts.
To do this, move to 'Entire Network' within 'My Videos' and browse the list. The 3view units are listed under '3view' or the names given to them when the 'Network Setup Wizard' was completed. Once the remote 3view has been located, its recordings are found by navigating to 'Video' and then 'Recorded Shows' where they are listed either by programme name or by date. Pressing 'ok' on a title offers a number of options including 'Play' and 'Add to My Media'.
Viewing recordings on a PC
In addition to being able to view videos located on a PC across a network, it is also possible to use a PC to view recordings located on a 3view across a network.
Using a Windows 7 computer with Windows Media Player installed, the process is simple. Run Windows Media Player, go into its 'Library', navigate to the 3view entry and double click on 'videos'. Double clicking on 'All videos' will list all of the recordings. Double click on a recording to play it.
While the process is quite simple on a Windows 7 computer, it is a little more difficult on one which is uses a different operating system and may require additional software. 'Boxee' has been used successfully on computers using Windows XP..
Setting up a PC for access
File sharing must be enabled on a PC before files are able to be accessed across a network. This should be relatively easy on a PC at home, but PCs at work may be configured as a member of a corporate network (a domain member). PCs that are domain members often have corporate policies or restrictions imposed upon them that may require a different approach or even prevent sharing altogether.
The following steps assume a Windows 7 PC on a home network.
The 3view is able to display .jpeg, .gif and bitmap formats.
|MPEG-1||MPEG-1 Program Stream||.m1v, .mpg, .mpeg|
|MPEG-2 MP@HL||MPEG-2 Program Stream||.mpg, .mpeg, .m2v, .mpe, .mpv2, .m2p|
|MPEG-2 MP@HL||MPEG-2 TransportStream||.ts, .trp, .m2t, .tod|
|MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP||MPEG-4||.mp4, .m4v, .mov|
|MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP||AVI||.avi, .divx (DivX, XviD)|
|MPEG-4 Part 10 H.264||MPEG-4||.mp4, .m4v, .mov|
|MPEG-4 Part 10 H.264||MPEG-2 TransportStream||.mts, .m2ts (AVCHD)|
|MPEG-4 Part 10 H.264||Matroska||.mkv|
|WMV 9 (VC1)||ASF||.wmv, .asf|
|MPEG-1, Layer 2||(raw stream)||.mpa, .mp2|
|MPEG-1, Layer 3||(raw stream)||.mp3|
|MPEG-4, AAC (Part 3)||MPEG-4||.m4a, .aac, .3gp|
|MPEG-4, AAC (Part 3)||Matroska||.mka|
|WMA 9 & WMA Pro||ASF||.wma|
|AC3 (Dolby Digital)||only in video files|