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Using the Odroid N2 for video manager project

Unread post by carlmart » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:37 am

Since my old faithful media player stopped working on my ethernet network, I've looking for what to replace it with.

This was a Mede8er, a very high quality media player, one of the best around.

So I need something that is as good quality as it was, in video and audio, and that can operate from a program that's also excellent.

My first recommendation was an Odroid C2, but it seems that now the Odroid N2 is a better option.

So I would like to contact other members of this forum who were or are involved with video projects like the one I want, either using the N2 or other Odroids.

The unit I am using for now is a Mecool, a very good quality Android TV Box, and I am running Kodi with it.

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Unread post by odroid » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:21 am

CoreELEC OS seems to be the best solution for 4K-HDR video player with tons of rich features.

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Unread post by IgaBiva » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:48 pm

I can quote myself here, from another topic :D :D

CoreElec on N2 is only combination which plays absolutelly all of my videos, from very old SD camera videos to newest UHD HDR rips and all of this with excellent video quality.

I have used Kodi on multiple devices (Android TV, Pi3, Xbox X) and all of them had some issues. N2 is by far best video performer of all.

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Unread post by mad_ady » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:47 pm

Though N2 can also run android (even dualboot corelec/android) if you need to.

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Unread post by carlmart » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:20 am

IgaBiva wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:48 pm
I can quote myself here, from another topic :D :D

CoreElec on N2 is only combination which plays absolutelly all of my videos, from very old SD camera videos to newest UHD HDR rips and all of this with excellent video quality.

I have used Kodi on multiple devices (Android TV, Pi3, Xbox X) and all of them had some issues. N2 is by far best video performer of all.
So CoreElec for N2 is not Kodi?

Or Kodi on N2 performs better?

My guess would be that the video GPU on the N2 is better than on other systems, at least small ones like Raspberry or other Odroids, isn't it so?

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Unread post by rooted » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:13 pm


carlmart wrote:
IgaBiva wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:48 pm
I can quote myself here, from another topic :D :D

CoreElec on N2 is only combination which plays absolutelly all of my videos, from very old SD camera videos to newest UHD HDR rips and all of this with excellent video quality.

I have used Kodi on multiple devices (Android TV, Pi3, Xbox X) and all of them had some issues. N2 is by far best video performer of all.
So CoreElec for N2 is not Kodi?

Or Kodi on N2 performs better?

My guess would be that the video GPU on the N2 is better than on other systems, at least small ones like Raspberry or other Odroids, isn't it so?
CoreELEC runs a minimal OS with Kodi as the UI.

Yes.

It's the VPU not GPU that performs video decoding, but it has an impressive GPU as well.

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Unread post by carlmart » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:45 pm

The 4Gb N2 version is in back order, so I was reading a few issues the N2 seems to have showed with some owners.

Is the N2 such a new release to not having been completely debugged yet?

One reason not to buy a Raspberry Pi 4 now, which should be similar in virtues to the N2, is because it needs to be debugged, even in the hardware.

So that was why the N2 looked so interesting. But if it still has bugs, I don't know...

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Unread post by IgaBiva » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:49 pm

If you want best media player with (almost) no bugs you should buy nVidia Shield - excellent but expensive.

There are cheaper alternatives which also work very well (e.g. Vero 4K+) but they are using older chips and they are more expensive than N2.

Support for both N2 and Pi4 is not perfect but at least in this moment, N2 is much better video player. E.g. Pi4 still does not support HDR and it cannot bitstream HD audio. For me, it was clear NoGo for Pi4.

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Unread post by carlmart » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:01 pm

At this very moment, which would be your evaluation on the best media player to go by? For video, of course.

Is Kodi the only option I would have for any of these players? Isn't there a better one?

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Unread post by rooted » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:56 am

The N2 running CoreELEC is about as good as video playback gets, but the Nvidia Shield 2019 edition is just as good with more capabilities at a much increased price.

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Unread post by carlmart » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:08 am

You mean Corelec running Kodi, right?

Is there a way to remote control it without a cell or a tablet?

Which other capabilities would I have with the Nvidia Shield 2019?

Is this the Nvidia you mean:

https://www.techhive.com/article/345288 ... eview.html

What would be the better Nvidia option for streaming things from my Ethernet network: Shield TV or Shield TV Pro?

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Unread post by rooted » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:34 am


carlmart wrote:You mean Corelec running Kodi, right?

Is there a way to remote control it without a cell or a tablet?

Which other capabilities would I have with the Nvidia Shield 2019?

Is this the Nvidia you mean:

https://www.techhive.com/article/345288 ... eview.html

What would be the better Nvidia option for streaming things from my Ethernet network: Shield TV or Shield TV Pro?
Yes Kodi on CE

Yes, you can use an IR remote with the integrated IR receiver in the N2

You would have much increased GPU performance, 4K Netflix and other video applications that require level 3 widevine. Also you would have Dolby Vision support which the N2 doesn't support.

Yes that is the Shield TV I'm referring to.

If you don't need Netflix in 4K or Dolby Vision the N2 would be just as good as the Shield TV for streaming movies and video.

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Unread post by carlmart » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:01 am

Can you be more specific about the integrated IR receiver in the Odroid N2?

What IR remote could I use with it?

What is Dolby Vision? The files I have are mostly AC3 and DTS.
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Unread post by mad_ady » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:20 am

This one: https://www.hardkernel.com/shop/ir-remote-controller/, but a universal remote can work as well.

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Unread post by carlmart » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:32 am

Is that a full remote or just a mouse-like controller?

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Unread post by carlmart » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:36 am

The N2 has an on-board IR remote receiver, or you just plug in the receiver that comes with the remote control?

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Unread post by rooted » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:12 am

carlmart wrote:Can you be more specific about the integrated IR receiver in the Odroid N2?

What IR remote could I use with it?

What is Dolby Vision? The files I have are mostly AC3 and DTS.
Dolby Vision is a variation of HDR high dynamic range).

You can make most any IR remote you have laying around the house work by programming lirc on the N2, essentially look at it like a non-automated learning receiver since you can make any button on the remote perform any input function of an application like Kodi. It's not easy to explain really, read about LIRC and you can better understand.

The N2 has an onboard IR receiver, it doesn't require a dongle.

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