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! :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

KooRaRoo Media on Windows Home Server video

Here is another great video made by one of KooRaRoo's users, showing how easy and well it runs on a Windows Home Server:

Enjoy! :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

KooRaRoo is one year old!

Yes, time does go by very quickly and it's now one year since the first release of KooRaRoo Media was available to the general public for downloading and use. Beta versions were available before then for closed testing of course.

During the month of August, to celebrate this, KooRaRoo will be sold with a 50% from our site:

Purchase your copy during August and join the many happy people around the globe using KooRaRoo Media! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Access your files from anywhere in the world

The latest version of KooRaRoo Media DLNA software allows you to access your media collection of videos, music and photos from anywhere in the world using just a Web browser.

To find out how, visit our forum and download the latest version of KRR to enjoy the new features!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Improved online video metadata processing and more!

In the latest version of KooRaRoo Media DLNA software, you'll find lots of new and great features. For example, KooRaRoo will now automatically download online metadata for video files in your choice of languages. This makes it much easier to organize your media collection and have nice looking posters as well as full movie information always available at your fingertips.

Just one of the many ways KooRaRoo makes it easy for you to stream and organize your video, music and photo files on your home network.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

KooRaRoo Media on a Panasonic plasma TV

Take a look at the following great video showing how KooRaRoo works on a new 2013 Panasonic TX-P42GT60B plasma TV. It has been created by one of KooRaRoo's users:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Free DLNA server and media organizer for you

Yes, KooRaRoo now has a free version, so that you can enjoy using the best DLNA media server and organizer completely free!

It has less features than the paid version, but it's enough for everyday streaming if you are just starting out and want to try things out. Of course the paid version has a fully-functional no-obligations 30 days trial period too, so this gives you complete freedom over how you wish to try things out.

To see the difference between the versions, please see this features comparison page.

I hope you enjoy using either version of KooRaRoo and spread the good word about it, so that others benefit from the rich set of easy-to-use features that KooRaRoo has.

Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Look up movie information on IMDB

I am happy to say that a new version of KooRaRoo Media DLNA server has been released. It has many new features and also improvements and fixes as usual.

For a full release log, please see this forum thread:

One of the new features is the ability to look up movie information in the IMDB database. This feature is still experimental, so you may experience timeouts at certain times, but actually the more you search, the faster and better it will become :) So, don't be shy - try it out! It's not the default setting yet, but hopefully it will get there in one of the next updates.

As usual, all comments, suggestions and questions are happily replied to via and/or the online community.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Use "play to" to push files to your devices!

KooRaRoo just keeps on giving you features to make your media streaming experience richer and easier.

One such feature is the ability to push files and whole playlists to supported DLNA devices (digital media renderers, or DMRs). This feature is also called "play to". If you have such a device (and very likely you do), then you'll appreciate the Remote Player feature of KooRaRoo Media.

Take a look at this video which shows the basics of using this feature to push files to a device:


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Segregate your files between devices!

Use KooRaRoo's powerful parental controls to specify which device receives what files or folders. It's very easy to use (as you'll see in the following video) and will give you complete peace of mind:


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Do you know about dynamic playlists in KooRaRoo?

If you are not sure what they do, well, the following video is just for you!

Dynamic playlists are a very powerful and flexible way to organize your media collection. KooRaRoo allows you to create playlists that are populated automatically based on the criteria you choose. These criteria are matched to your file's metadata.

It's easier than it sounds! Take a look:


More videos on the tutorial page!

I am happy to present two more videos now available from the video tutorials page:

1) How to rearrange docking panes in the GUI to create a custom layout:

2) How to use drag-and-drop to move files and playlists around in the media tree:


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New "tutorials" page on our website!

I am happy to say that there's now even more help for KooRaRoo's users, showing some of the basics and also going into advanced topics.

The page is called Video Tutorials and it's located here (accessible via a drop-down menu from the Support):

The first video is on a very basic operation - adding a folder with subfolders and files into KooRaRoo Media's library. Please take a look:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

KooRaRoo Media on Gatti Audio Silent PCs!

Gatti Audio has started creating and selling Silent PCs and I am happy to say that KooRaRoo Media will be part of that great media experience. A silent PC from Gatti Audio will allow you to store, transcode and stream all of your media - the build quality is excellent and the hardware specs are top notch. To top it off, KooRaRoo Media is pre-installed on the PC, so everything will work just out-of-the-box.

Please contact Gatti Audio for more information.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Various aspects of KooRaRoo DLNA server shown in a video

We have another great video by one of KooRaRoo's users - it shows how easy it is to use KooRaRoo to stream your files to devices on your network and also touches a bit on the rich set of features that KooRaRoo media organizer has.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

User video showing how to burn in external subtitles

The following video has been sent in by one of KooRaRoo's users and it shows how easy it is to use the burned-in subtitles feature. This allows him to watch his AVI files using external SRT subtitles on his Sony Bravia TV.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Download music artwork and movie disk covers from the Internet

Starting with v1.5.0 KooRaRoo Media DLNA server will automatically download album artwork for your music files in case that artwork is not already part of the file's metadata and is not stored as an external file next to the music file.

You can also force it to update/change your existing artwork to the downloaded one.

Another way to use this is to retrieve movie artwork in form of DVD or BluRay images for your movies. You can use this instead of the automatic thumbnail that KooRaRoo generates from your movie.

Just another feature to make your life easier and allowing you to create better collections of your media files using KooRaRoo.

Download your copy today and start enjoy the new features!

Friday, February 15, 2013

KooRaRoo is now a 64-bit application!

Most modern computers run a 64-bit version of Windows, so why use 32-bit software that does not run optimally on your latest-and-greatest CPU? KooRaRoo Media DLNA server now has a 64-bit build, which you can use on your OS to get the best possible performance.

There are other new features in this version (1.5.0) such as ISO DVD images streaming and support for downloading music and video thumbnails from the Internet.

See the release notes: and download a copy from today!

Monday, January 28, 2013

More and more devices are supported by KooRaRoo

With almost every update (which come out at regular intervals) KooRaRoo fine-tunes its support for more and more DLNA-compatible devices. Out-of-the-box, KooRaRoo will work with any DLNA device, but for the best experience it provides specific device definitions that fully describe a device.

If you have a device that doesn't yet have a specific device profile, please contact and we'll create a profile for you!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

A video of streaming videos to the XBox360

One of our users has sent in a great video showing how he can use KooRaRoo to easily organize and stream videos to his Xbox360.

Take a look:


Sunday, January 13, 2013

KooRaRoo now supports burned-in subtitles!

As promised, KooRaRoo Media will now allow you to burn subtitles in your language and using a chosen font style, size and color, on top of the video if your device doesn't support streaming external (SRT, SMI, SUB) subtitles. This will allow you to watch foreign movies with ease and also learn a new language perhaps! The first version of KooRaRoo to support this is 1.4.0 - see this forum post regarding full release notes:


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Burned-in subtitles are coming to KooRaRoo

One feature that is often requested is the ability to burn external subtitles (such as SRT, SMI or SUB files) on top of the video to show these subtitles on devices that don't natively support external subtitles (or subtitles as embedded streams).

I am happy to say that initial development of this feature is complete and I'm looking for more testers to try it out.

If you are interested, please e-mail support (at) kooraroo (dot) com and I'll send you a copy of KooRaRoo to try it out.

Oh, and a Happy New Year to all! :)