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Zidoo Z1000 Pro, Z10 Pro, Z9X FAQ
« on: September 09, 2020, 10:04:02 AM »
Tips

* Recommended Display Settings? See this excellent thread: http://forum.zidoo.tv/index.php?threads/recommended-settings-for-rtd1619-players.82695/

Zidoo Home Theatre

* Easier editing of Zidoo Home Theatre library? Find the IP address of your Zidoo box on your local network. Home screen - About (e.g. 192.168.0.33) and access that IP address with :9528 added on a web browser connected to same network (e.g. 192.168.0.33:9528). You'll have access to comprehensive media database management including posters/backdrop/collections.
* How to name video files for best scraping (matching correct details to video)? For best results the video should be named the same as IMDB / TVBD. In most cases this will be 'title (year)'. The idea is the same as for Kodi, guide here: https://kodi.wiki/view/Naming_video_files/Movies#Media_Tags_.2F_Flags
* Some video still not being scraped? Try to rescan several times in Zidoo Home Theatre. It shouldn't be like this, but you will find that the first scan may not find all videos. The next scan (Home Theatre - Settings - Source - Update) will find some of those missing, and the scan after that will find more. After about 5 scans you will have reached final total. When it's complete, and with reasonably named video files, Zidoo Home Theatre will auto find 95%+ of mainstream movies.
* DivX files not playing? DivX files play if fourcc headers are changed to xvid. This is a licensing problem coming from the DivX Corporation. Use this app (Windows / Linux / Mac) to change fourcc from divx to xvid: https://www.tweaking4all.com/home-theatre/fourcc-changer/

Google Play Services / Play Store

* Install Google Play Store? Zidoo RTD1619DR device firmware is available in two versions, one with Google Play Services (Play Store) and one without. The reason to not install Google Play Services is that it can cause small interruptions to video playback because it works in the background. Both the firmware versions are available in our firmware thread: https://www.futeko.com/newforum/index.php?topic=4888.0
* How to Certify Play Store? The device is not Certified? After installation of a Google Play Services firmware you may need to certify the Zidoo box before Play Store will run. Do the following: 1. Open Play Store, then close it - this generates the GSF ID. 2. Go to Settings/Other/About in Zidoo quick settings and take a note of the GSF ID. 3. In a web browser, go to www.google.com/android/uncertified, log in and enter GSF ID and hit <Register>. 4. Restart the Zidoo box.
* Where to get apps without Play Store? Android apps are simple .apk Java packages and do not need Play Store to run. They are available on many sites, e.g. apkmirror, uptodown. Either download .apks to a USB or network location then access using Zidoo file browser, or download using Chrome on your Zidoo box. Apps installed in this way are visible in box menus and function exactly the same as if downloaded from Google Play Store.
* An alternative to Play Store? There are alternative app stores which do not alter the system or run in background. An example is Aptoide, it will give you easy install of latest apps. https://en.aptoide.com/

Remote Control

* Zidoo box Android/iOS remote app? Available through Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zidoo.control.phone and Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zidoo-controller/id1477712512 Also available on Zidoo's website: https://www.zidoo.tv/Support/release_apk.html

Kodi

* Kodi with Zidoo hardware acceleration? Zidoo have created their own fork of Kodi called ZDMC. It uses Zidoo's external player for playback of local video with full hardware support (7.1 audio, 4K, HDR10+, DV etc). Downloads here: https://www.zidoo.tv/Support/release_apk.html
* Which versions of regular Android Kodi work? All versions run, with the limitations of software video decoding and max 2.0 channel audio.

Firmware

Firmware downloads? See our Z1000 Pro, Z10 Pro, Z9X firmware thread: https://www.futeko.com/newforum/index.php?topic=4888.0
Zidoo official firmware downloads? https://www.zidoo.tv/Support/downloads.html

System

* Box losing time/date when power off? All of the Zidoo 1619 products ship without a CMOS battery so they need power to be plugged in to retain time/date. This is intentional from Zidoo to avoid problems with couriers rejecting packages due to CMOS batteries being restricted on many airlines. The CMOS socket is present on the PCB, so it is possible to open up the casing and insert a CR1220 3V battery. Without the battery the box retains time/date as long as power is attached. It retains time/date in standby and when off using the switch on back.
* Control4 drivers? See here: https://drivers.control4.com/solr/drivers/browse?q=zidoo

Alternative sources for FAQs?

* Excellent thread by forum user Nice Monkey with Zidoo 1619DR box capabilities and FAQs http://forum.zidoo.tv/index.php?threads/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-rtd1619dr-based-models.80434/
* Zidoo support pages https://www.zidoo.tv/Support/support.html
« Last Edit: October 22, 2020, 12:26:56 PM by futeko.com »

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Re: Zidoo Z1000 Pro, Z10 Pro, Z9X FAQ
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2020, 10:43:29 AM »
Thanks for the nice little DIVX to XVID conversion program!
This is valid also for previous generations players as none support DIVX. Worked for some I tried, but it does not make all AVI's play so there must be still something else not being supported.

Maybe to add?
MP6 gapless playback missing! Bypasses: Use XRECODE3 to create a single file with a cuesheet or use KODI Music Player instead.
See my overview for details.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2020, 03:09:34 PM by Nice Monkey »

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Re: Zidoo Z1000 Pro, Z10 Pro, Z9X FAQ
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2020, 11:23:35 AM »

I have added a link to your Zidoo forum thread. It's an excellent source of information.

Anyone wanting detailed info about Zidoo 1619DR box capabilities, look here:

http://forum.zidoo.tv/index.php?threads/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-rtd1619dr-based-models.80434/

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Re: Zidoo Z1000 Pro, Z10 Pro, Z9X FAQ
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2020, 09:54:46 AM »
Hello!

I have a few questions regarding these new models:

1. Can the official KODI be used with the "external player" modification to call the stock Zidoo video player? And does it working also from SMB/NFS shares?

2. How is the "browser remote" option working exactly? Can it "mirror" the Box's whole screen 1:1 displayed? (As I know the app remote is unable).

3. Some experiences with the Z9X's analogue (jack) audio output quality? (Both for music and with videos).

Thanks!

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Re: Zidoo Z1000 Pro, Z10 Pro, Z9X FAQ
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2020, 09:19:45 AM »
Hello!

I have a few questions regarding these new models:

1. Can the official KODI be used with the "external player" modification to call the stock Zidoo video player? And does it working also from SMB/NFS shares?

2. How is the "browser remote" option working exactly? Can it "mirror" the Box's whole screen 1:1 displayed? (As I know the app remote is unable).

3. Some experiences with the Z9X's analogue (jack) audio output quality? (Both for music and with videos).

Thanks!

1. I have no direct experience with that app, but ZDMC is Kodi with Zidoo player so there is no need for a wrapper or additional app on the Zidoo boxes.

2. It cannot mirror, however the Zidoo iOS/Android app is much superior to similar for HiMedia. It gives you a media wall, thumbnails etc just like using the box with a TV. For media browsing it is excellent.

3. No direct experience.

 

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