Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to block streaming during certain hours

One of the many useful features in KooRaRoo Media DLNA software and media organizer is the ability to stop streaming to a particular device during certain hours.

One use for this option can be to stop your kids from watching too much TV by making sure that they are not watching it when they are not supposed to.

To enable this just follow these easy steps:

  1. go to Devices pane
  2. double-click on the device you wish to block temporarily to brings up its properties
  3. go to Access Control tab in the device properties
  4. tick the "Block device during the following hours" and set the hours
  5. click OK to apply
That's it - simple and no need to restart anything - it all just works in KooRaRoo!

The above is yet another feature aimed at making your DLNA streaming experience better and easier. Enjoy!

Monday, October 7, 2013

How to merge multiple disk folders into one

Starting with version 2.1, KooRaRoo Media DLNA software allows you to merge multiple disk folders into one playlist. This makes it easier to manage files and folders spread over several drives and you can combine local and network drives into one virtual location.

To use this feature, simply add a new disk folder and click the + button next to the folder name. This lets you add more folders. You can also just type them in separating folders using a pipe symbol: | , like this:

H:\Media|E:\My Files|F:\Downloads\Video

Just one more feature to make your media organizing easier! Enjoy your media with KooRaRoo Media!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Organize your files the easy way using dynamic file lists!

KooRaRoo Media has a very powerful organizing feature called dynamic file lists. This feature lets you create smart playlists that are populated dynamically with files based on criteria that you combine in various ways. For example, you can create a playlist that contains songs with Genre "Rock" from 1980s and 1990s. You could further refine it to only include files that are stored on your D: and F: drives, but to exclude files from your E: drive. You could create several such playlists each starting with a certain song or artist letter, creating a rolodex-style structure.

Creating such playlists is easy using the graphical user interface, so feel free to explore and create!

The latest released v2.0 adds yet another criteria to give you even more power - it's called "not starts with" and allows you to create exclusion playlists. See some of the predefined playlists (available under the Add menu) to see how it works.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Convert your files to be compatible with your DLNA device

KooRaRoo Media DLNA software has on-the-fly transcoding that intelligently converts files that are incompatible with your device when you start to play them, thus allowing you to enjoy your media instead of thinking about file formats, codecs, streams, settings and all other technical stuff.

Some devices do not handle on-the-fly transcoding well due to limitations in their firmware. KooRaRoo always allowed you to pre-transcode such files by selecting them in the main view and using the Transcode dialog.

This has now been improved in v2.0.0 with the new "Prepare Files for Device" dialog. This dialog, available under the Tools menu, will automatically find all incompatible files in your media library that have not been converted yet and you can then select and pre-transcode all or some of them.

You can also set a schedule when such transcoding should be done by using Tools -> Options -> Transcoding settings. This allows you to run manual pre-transcoding during times when your computer is idle (when you sleep, for example), thus not using any CPU when you actually use your computer.

One more feature to make your life easier! See other new features in v2.0 by visiting our online community.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to change server permissions in Windows?

In some cases you'll find that KooRaRoo server cannot read files from your NAS drive. This may mean that the server does not have necessary permissions to access your folders, because KooRaRoo server is a Windows service and these have less permissions than the GUI.

To solve this, please take a look at this forum post that describes how to adjust service permissions for KooRaRoo DLNA server to be able to access files and folders on other computers and network drives:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Looking for affordable DLNA software?

Well, KooRaRoo Media has been reduced in price to just $19.95 USD!

Your license still includes unlimited devices in your home and installation on all your PCs, if you want to. So, you are not restricted in any way. You still get the same quick and professional technical support too! What's the catch? There is none! Just enjoy KooRaRoo and spread the good word about it!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Do you want to know when you've already watched something on your DLNA device?

Use the new feature (starting from v1.9.0) of KooRaRoo Media that will show you that you've already watched a movie or listened to a song or saw a photo. 

It's automatic to use and you can adjust what you see or disable it altogether.

When a file has already been played, you can see an asterisk (*) or a play counter (e.g. "2") in it's title. This can be turned off completely or change using Tools -> Options -> Server -> "Show play count on the device" setting.

Just another way KooRaRoo Media makes your DLNA experience better and easier.
Enjoy! :)