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Review the DVDFab Movie Server from Fengtao Software
Page 1/4 Specifications and Installation
 Brief Introduction of Fengtao Software
Speaking of Fengtao Software, I guess a lot of you here might never heard of this
software vendor before. However, if I mention DVDFab, I am definitely sure that most
of you know, or even have been using this famous DVD/Blu-ray backup software for
years. Yes, the DVDFab brand comes from this Chinese software vender, Fengtao
Software Inc., and their DVDFab DVD/Blu-ray backup software is one of best on the
market, competing with other reputed vendors such as SlySoft (now RedFox), VSO
software, etc. But today, what I’m going to talk about is not their software, it’s their
second attempt stepping into the arena of hardware — the DVDFab Movie Server.
 Brief Introduction of DVDFab Movie Server
DVDFab Movie Server, per the descriptions on their official website, is a 4K UHD
Blu-ray Media Player designed with the intention to serve as the home multimedia
center of DVDFab’s software customers, so that they can manage and watch their
DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and other videos processed by the DVDFab 10
software in one place. Don’t be confused, despite being originally designed for the
existing DVDFab customers, but through the later firmware updates, developers
break the limitations to allow the movie server accept all forms of media contents,
whether they are handled by DVDFab or other backup tools. That is to say, all the
movie lovers who have large collections of DVDs & Blu-rays & 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays
at hone are the targeted audience of this device.
Features and Functionalities
* Digitalize your DVD & Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collections
* Navigation menu support for DVDs & Blu-rays & 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays
* Manage and organize movie library in one place
* Play back Cinavia-protected DVDs and Blu-rays
* Display movies by posters filled with detailed metadata
* Compatible with 3D, H.265 and 4K UHD and other videos
* Dolby Atmos, DTS: X and DTS-HD Master audio support
* Work with DVDFab 10 to import media contents easily

* Add your existing movie library quickly and conveniently
* Access your media contents from the NAS storage
* Manually correct the metadata in case of inaccuracy
* Preinstalled Google Play, Google Search and YouTube
 Specification Sheet
DVDFab Movie Server packs all the top-of-the-class components regarding hardware,
at least based on their opinions, and their developers also make impressive efforts on
the software level. Here below are the specs of the hardware and software.
Hardware Configuration
CPU

Quad-Core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2GHz

GPU

High-performance multi-core GPU MaliT720

RAM

2GB 1866MHz DDR3

Memory
Memory
Interface
Video
Interface

16GB eMMC flash memory, 3.5 inch SATA HDD with up to 8TB of storage
(not included as an accessory)
USB2.0x1 + USB3.0x1 + built-in 3.5 inch SATA extraction chamber

HDMI 2.0a high-definition video output
HDMI 2.0a HD audio output

Audio

Optical audio output

Interface

Coaxial audio output
Stereo audio output
IEEE 802.11A/B/G/N/AC wireless 2.4G/5G network adaptor with double

Network
Interface

Wi-Fi antenna
Bluetooth 4.0
10/100/1000M adaptive Ethernet adaptor

Front
Panel
Power
Adaptor
Size
Weight

Large screen LED display + standby indication light + inlayed IR receiver
Input: 110~220V AC Output: 12V 2A DC (Including three plug converters
of US, EU and UK standard, respectively)
305 * 255 * 95 (mm)
1.9 kg

Software Specs
Disk Format (3.5

EXT3, EXT4, FAT, NTFS, GPT

inch SATA)
Output Resolution

PAL,

NTSC,

720P@50/60Hz,

1080P@50/60Hz,

2160P@25/30/50/60Hz
H.265/HEVC Main/Main10 profile@Level5.1 High-tier, up to
4Kx2K@60fps
H.264/AVC BP/MP/HP@ level 5.1; H264/AVC MVC, up to
4Kx2K@30fps
VP9 up to 4Kx2K@60fps
VP6/8 up to 1080p@60fps
MPEG1 up to 1080p@60fps

Video Decoder
MPEG2 SP@ML, MP@HL, up to 1080p@60fps
MPEG4 SP@L0-3, ASP@L0-5, support GMC and Short-Header
format, up to 1080p@60fps
AVS standard level@6.0, AVS-P16(AVS+), up to 1080p@60fps
VC-1 SP@ML, MP@HL, AP@L0-3, up to 1080p@60fps
Video formats: TS, ASF, WMV, MKV, MP4, AVI, M2TS, ISO,
and BDMV… (up to 2160P@60fps)
Audio Decoder

MPEG L1/L2

Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus Decoder-Converter
Dolby True HD/Dolby Atoms Decoding/passthrough
DTS-HD Master/DTS:X Decoding/passthrough
Dolby Digital/ DTS Decoding/passthrough
AAC-LC、HE AAC V1/V2 Decoding
APE/FLAC/OGG/AMR-NB/WB Decoding
G.711(u/a)audio decoding
Dolby MS12 decode and sound effect
G.711(u/a) /AMR-NB/AMR-WB /AAC-LC audio encoding
HE-AAC transcoding DD(AC3)
Decoding format: MPEG1/2, LPCM, PCM, FLAC, AAC, OGG,
APE, MP3
File format: M4A, MP1/2/3, MPA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, APE, CUE
Imprex2.0 processing engine
Video Processing
HDR and HDR 10 support
Full HD JPEG hardware decoding, up to 64 million pixels
Image
PNG hardware decoding, up to 64 million pixels
Subtitle

SRT, SSA, PGS (internal), SMI

 Setup and Installation
With the above specs sheet, it’s obvious that Fengtao Software brings this hard drive
multimedia player with an ambition to replace your home Blu-ray player as the
central multimedia hub of your entire home theater system. It can store, manage and
play back all the media contents you have, no matter what forms they are in, DVD
format, Blu-ray format, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, or any other video format, including 3D,
4K UHD, and H265 videos as well. And to live up to that expectation, this Movie
Server offers very flexible options for users to freely configure with whatever audio
and video equipment they have at home, flat-screen smart TVs, large screen monitors,

projectors, receivers, and even the home theater system. The setup and installation is
easy. Here below are different ways of setting up DVDFab Movie Server, depending on
what you have at home.
Quick Setup — this is the easiest way to set up the Movie Server, which just requires
a TV, whether HDMI enabled or the traditional RCA capable.







Power off all your devices;
Connect the Movie Server to the smart TV with an HDMI cable (If you have
an old TV with RCA ports, then use the RCA cables instead, and it’s included
in the package, too.);
Insert your HDD into the HDD cabinet;
Plug in the power adaptor and the Ethernet cable;
Power on the Movie Server and then the TV;

Receiver Setup — this is an enhanced way of setting up the Movie Server that should
bring you better watching experience, by adding your Receiver for improved sound
effect.








Power off all your devices;
Connect the Movie Server to the TV with an HDMI cable (If you have an old
TV with RCA ports, then use the RCA cables instead, and it’s included in the
package, too.);
Connect the Movie Server to the Receiver with an S/PDIF optical cable (you
can also use HDMI cable if you use the RCA cable in the first step);
Insert your HDD to the HDD cabinet;
Plug in the power adaptor and the Ethernet cable;
Power on the Movie Server, then the Receiver, and finally the TV.

Home Theatre Setup — this should be the best way to take the full advantage of both
the Movie Server itself and your home theater system for the maximum audiovisual
experience.






Power off all your devices;
Connect the Receiver to the TV with an HDMI cable;
Connect the Movie Server to the Receiver with an HDMI cable (you need to
prepare an additional piece of HDMI cable, because there is only one piece
comes with the package);
Insert your HDD to the HDD cabinet;




Plug in the power adaptor and the Ethernet cable;
Power on the Movie Server, then the receiver, and finally the TV.

Page 2/4 Import Media Contents to the Movie Server
We always say, content is the king. This is especially true to a multimedia playback
device like DVDFab Movie Server. But there is no need to worry. DVDFab Movie
Server has this covered. It offers an array of very flexible options for you to add your
media contents to the media library stored in the standard 3.5 inch hard disc drive —
you can copy and convert your DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collections
with the Copy and Ripper modules of the DVDFab 10 and transfer the resulting files
directly to the Movie Server; or you can directly transfer the existing ISO files and
videos from a computer to the hard disk drive inside the Movie Server; you can also
copy the existing media library to a USB drive and plug it into the Movie Server; you
even can directly access the media library on a NAS device via the Windows Share
feature. Next, I would like to guide you through each process with great details.
 Transfer DVDFab 10 Produced Contents to the Movie Server
Working seamlessly with the DVDFab 10 software is the original intention for
designing the Movie Server. DVDFab customers can use the DVDFab 10 software
to copy your DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays to ISO files with the Copy
module, or convert them to digital videos such as MP4, AVI, M2TS, etc., and send
the resulting files directly to the 3.5 inch SATA drive inside the Movie Server.
By the time I write this review, the supported products include DVD Copy, DVD
Ripper, Blu-ray Copy, Blu-ray Ripper, UHD Copy and UHD Ripper, and among
these modules, only the Full Disc, Main Movie and Clone modes with the Copy
module are supported, and all the conversion profiles with the Ripper module are
supported.
That said, it is recommended to use lossless conversion profiles, such as
MP4.Passthrough, to get the best audiovisual effect, considering the fact that it is
capable of playing back 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays with HDR10 mode, and
accommodating hi-res audios such as Dolby Atmos, DTS: X and DTS-HD Master,
etc.

Choose the Output Destination as DVDFab Movie Server
Note: the Movie Server must be turned on and connected to the same LAN with
the computer running DVDFab 10, otherwise, it won’t appear in this list. In that
case, power on the Movie Server and click the Refresh button.

DVDFab Is Transferring the Copied ISO File to Movie Server

Copied DVD ISO File Successfully Sent to Movie Server

Refresh the Media Library on the Movie Server

Copied Movie Appears in the “Recently Updated” Section
 Directly Copy & Paste Contents from Computer to the Movie Server
Although being designed to work with its own DVDFab 10 software in the first
place, DVDFab Movie Server is not a closed system. If you already have ripped
your DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays to your computer previously as
ISO files or other digital videos, even not with DVDFab 10, there is no need to
redo the copy or conversion, because you can simply copy & paste them to the
Movie Server. This can be extremely helpful when your ripped media is huge in
size.
It is pretty easy to do that. You just need to enter the IP address of the Movie
Server to the address bar of the Windows Explorer, and then press the Enter key
on your keyboard, move straight to the DVDFab folder, and then copy & paste
your ripped media contents there. Do pay attention the file names, because if not
named correctly, the Movie Server might have difficulty in finding the correct
poster information from internet.

Directly Copy & Paste the Existing Media Library to Movie Server
Tip: DVDFab Movie Server supports up to 8TB 3.5 inch SATA hard drive, but you


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