We've had our nose to the grindstone as we work to add features and squash bugs, so without any further ado we're happy to present you with a brand new version of Media Player.

What's new in version 0.6?

  • Added AC3 (5.1+ surround) sound
  • Added access to DVD menus during playback (press menu)
  • Added low buffer detection warning (prevents stuttering)
  • Improved playback of larger files
  • Improved buffering and re-buffering (when required)
  • Improved FF/RW controls for larger files
  • Improved audio decoding performance
  • Improved center channel (voices) audio mixing
  • Improved DVD file playback
  • Improved file sorting logic
  • Improved performance and memory management
  • Improved error handling
  • Resolved DVD subtitle issues
  • Resolved stalls observed with some files during and after FF/RW
  • Resolved synchronization issues observed after buffering some files
  • Resolved audio synchronization issues
  • Resolved rare floating crash observed at the end of some files
  • Resolved resume related playback issues
  • Resolved various screensaver related issues
  • Local files are now hidden when one or more remote shares are setup
  • Minor metadata fetching improvements
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

How do I get it?

Media Player 0.6 can be installed on your ATV2 through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu.

Enjoy!

Comments

Submitted by Anon on July 22, 2011 - 1:16am

Hi!

When will the "Select Audio Track" feature be added to the media player?

Submitted by Anon on July 22, 2011 - 1:35am

Will you be able to handle WiFi interference better? Currently when a microwave or some other 2.4Ghz devices are in action, the AppleTV crashes when streaming a video. I can get over the occasional crash but the annoying part is having to wait a minute or two to fast forward to the spot I was at previously. Maybe you could also store the video position frequently so it's less painful to resume after a crash or power outage.

Thanks for all the hard work you've been doing in making the AppleTV 2 useful.

Submitted by gwpurnell on July 22, 2011 - 4:00am

I think DVD subs work but .srt and .sub files associated with an avi file don't. I'm not sure about embedded subs in mkv files.

Submitted by woutdool@gmail.com on July 22, 2011 - 4:16am

Is there a difference with the Beta version 0,6?

Submitted by thomass.2166 on July 22, 2011 - 5:10am

Bravo! Media player now satisifies all my criteria! Those 1080p High Bitrate MKVs +DTS play beautifully!

Submitted by brinkler on July 22, 2011 - 6:05am

Nice!
Trying to play a movie with audio and video codecs below now actually plays video and doesn't just crash aTV. The sound is wonky though.... It sounds as if it is slowed to a growl. I hope this will be fixed in next version.
Audio: ATSC A/52A (AC-3)
Video: H.264/AVC/MPEG-4 AVC/MPEG-4 (part 10)
mplayer reports: H264, 1280x714, 24fps, AC-3, 384.0kbps, 48.0kHz, 2 channels

Br Peter

Submitted by Anon on July 22, 2011 - 12:06pm

James, I've done all the necessary updates, including maintenance and the new Media Player on my jailbroken ATV2. When I connect via Media (player) to my timecapsule (succesfully) and start a movie (.avi or even m4v format), I keep getting thrown out (crashing) - my ATV2 restarting. Any ideas why this might be and any solutions?

many thanks

Submitted by casadomack1 on July 22, 2011 - 2:29pm

DTS / AC3 couldn't be better! A+

The only thing I'm still missing is the subs support. 

Dual audio is also important, but subs (str) are ESSENTIAL!

Great job guys.

Submitted by pakparadise77 on July 22, 2011 - 2:42pm

how to connect Media (player) to my timecapsule

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:14pm

You can setup a share through the Media --> Settings --> Manage Shares menu.

  1. Select 'Add a Share'.
  2. Choose your Time Capsule from the list.
  3. Enter a username of 'guest' and your Time Capsule's file sharing password.
  4. Test and save the share.

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:15pm

Subtitles and dual audio are the next two big things we plan to hit.

Stay tuned. :)

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:15pm

Are you running the latest 4.2.2 AppleTV software? If so, it's best to send it a bug report so we can track down what's going on.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:16pm

Hmmm, can you send in a bug report so we can look into it further?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:17pm

Awesome! That's great to hear. :)

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:18pm

This along with subtitle support are the top two items we're working on.

Both should be available in the next version.

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:19pm

It's coming, it's coming...hang in there. ;)

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:20pm

Does this happen with all files, or just VOB?

Are you running the latest 4.2.2 AppleTV software?

If you can send in a bug report and we can try and track down the issue.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:22pm

Why not just make your popcorn before starting the movie? ;)

Seriously though, if you're able to send in a bug report we should be able to stop the crashing if the wifi drops out.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:23pm

Please send in a bug report so we can find out what's going on.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:24pm

Yes, Voiceover should be working.

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:24pm

Coming in the next version. ;)

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:26pm

Yes, it's likely you're seeing the Overflow top shelf instead of Media Player's.

Move Media Player outside of Overflow and you should see the recently played items.

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:27pm

Audio files are not yet supported, but will be available in a future verison.

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:28pm

Support for files with dual audio tracks will be available in the next version.

Stay tuned. ;)

Submitted by james on July 22, 2011 - 4:30pm

Unfortunately not. Adding de-interlacing logic would require the video to be played at double the framerate (~50 FPS) which the AppleTV just can't handle.

Submitted by alexivanring on July 22, 2011 - 9:13pm

4.2.2

 

Thanks, James

Submitted by danielo.4387 on July 23, 2011 - 12:29am

why can I not get 5.1?? Have AC3 and DTS enable, atv2 hdmi out to emotiva umc-1 processor. just getting 2 channel stereo. all my vids are 2 channel and 5.1 soundtracks

Submitted by Anon on July 23, 2011 - 7:00am

How will atv flash be affected by iOS5?

Submitted by james on July 23, 2011 - 8:37am

Ok, send in bug report?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on July 23, 2011 - 8:38am

iOS 5 compatibility is already in the works.

Submitted by james on July 23, 2011 - 8:40am

Unfortunately support for multiple audio tracks is not available in this version, however this is being worked on and will be available in the next version.

Submitted by Anon on July 23, 2011 - 9:58am

thanks. will do.

Submitted by Anon on July 23, 2011 - 10:11am

When will it support srt subtitles?

Submitted by asareeugene on July 23, 2011 - 8:59pm

Hi there

am having problems with my media player it CRASH every single time i start a movie just about 10sec into the movie, apple tv restart or brings me back to the main menu

Submitted by Anon on July 23, 2011 - 11:02pm

support for rmvb?

Submitted by LarsLauritzen on July 24, 2011 - 3:01am

Yes my ATV2 is jailbroken, i tryed to stream IMG and ISO also files made for my IPhone Mp4, i´m running a older ver. of firmware 4.2.1 because i had som Soundtroubles with 5.1 sound thru XBMC after upgrade to latest firmware.

But i can´t see any files with the Media Player 0.6 ore any of the older ver.

Submitted by Anon on July 24, 2011 - 9:00pm

James, why don´t you ever answer or talk about mp3 support??

Submitted by Anon on July 25, 2011 - 5:59am

I have homevideos shot with a Canon HF100, information about the video is posted here:
http://pastebin.com/8C1Z7BLj

Is firecore able to play this file type (AVHCD)?

If so then i will purchase this software right away, XBMC is currently not playing this at all.

Submitted by alien factory on July 25, 2011 - 6:15am

Any plans to include WMV Playback?

Submitted by james on July 25, 2011 - 8:08am

Submitted by james on July 25, 2011 - 8:09am

SRT subtitles will be supported in the next version.

Submitted by james on July 25, 2011 - 8:14am

WMV files are currently supported, though they're mainly limited to non-HD resolutions.

Submitted by james on July 25, 2011 - 8:17am

Support for audio files is something we're planning to add in a future version. but for now perfecting video playback is the main priority.

Submitted by peterj.3872 on July 25, 2011 - 8:34am

I'm still having problems with DVD and MKV-files .

The DVDs work but some times they studder (although the option of going back into the menus are great).

I have however seen a huge improvement in the playback of other file formats and I think you're doing a great job, so it's not all negative. The ability to play movies from a network drive is why I bought the ATv2 in the first place (knowing what you guys did with the first ATv).

This being said I still wish that you'd (r)enable the audio files playback (since it was included in the first version of the MediaPlayer)

 

Keep up the good work

Submitted by ctyrider on July 25, 2011 - 2:54pm

720p H.264 encodes now appear to be working.  Great update Firecore!

Submitted by Anon on July 25, 2011 - 4:56pm

Any Ilustration 4 conect a Hard Disk to ATV2, Need some graphic please, thanks

Submitted by asareeugene on July 25, 2011 - 8:15pm

So i have movies of different formats on external harddrive on a serve; all that player very well on my first gen Apple tv -aTVflash. but when i flashed the 2gen the movie will start and a few seconds into it, it CRASH to the main screen or reboot. also it will make this noise before the movie start

 

Submitted by peterj.3872 on July 26, 2011 - 3:20am

Are there any plans for including tv-channels like the plug-in for XBMC?

Submitted by michaelh.9337 on July 26, 2011 - 5:38pm

So I may be misunderstanding what is covered in the update regarding AC3 5.1/DTS:  All (or nearly all) of my movies are H.264 720p or 1080p with AC3 Pass-through.  They play in full surround in XBMC.

So is pass-through the issue?  They either sound like they an old record played at 16rpm or are playing the rear audio track.  I will however, check a few that I converted from AAC 6 channel to 5.1 AC3 (encoded) via MP4Tools.  Thanks!

Submitted by Anon on July 27, 2011 - 11:55pm

Hello
Could please tell me how to upgrade my Plex from 0.71 to 0.8RC ?
Thanks
Simon