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Multimedia Station

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The Multimedia Station is a web-based application for viewing the photos, playing music and videos on the NAS by a web browser, and sharing files to popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Plurk, Twitter, Blogger, and so on.

 

To use the Multimedia Station, follow the steps below.

1.Go to “Administration” > “Network Services” > “Web Server”. Turn on the web server feature. To allow access to the Multimedia Station by HTTPS, turn on the option “Enable Secure Connection (SSL)”.

 

2.Go to “Administration” > “Applications” > “Multimedia Station”. Enable the service.

 

3.Enable the option “Rescan media library” and specify the time for the NAS to scan the media library daily. The NAS will generate thumbnails, retrieve media information and transcode videos for the newly added files at the specified time every day.

 

4.Select either “System Users” or “Standalone Application Users” (default) for the user account settings. When “System Users’ is selected, the local NAS accounts will be used for the application. You can create the user accounts in “Access Right Management” > “Users”. To use dedicated user accounts for the application, select “Standalone Application Users”. The user accounts can be created and managed after logging in the application under “Control Panel” > “User Management”.

 

5.Connect to the Multimedia Station from the login portal of the NAS or enter http://NAS_IP:80/MSV2/ or https://NAS_IP:8081/MSV2/ (secure connection) in a web browser. Login the application when you are prompted to. Only the administrator (admin) can create users and configure the advanced settings.

 

Note:

The admin login information of the Multimedia Station is the same as that of the NAS web administration.
Login to the application from the login portal page of the NAS will be disabled when standalone user accounts are in use, except for “admin”.

 

 

The Multimedia Station consists of the Media Center, My Jukebox, and Control Panel.

 

Media Center

 

The folders and multimedia files of the default network share (Qmultimedia/Multimedia) of the Multimedia Station are shown in Media Center. You can view or play the multimedia contents (images, videos, and audio files) on the NAS by a web browser over LAN or WAN.

 

Supported file format

Type

File format

Audio

MP3

Image

JPG/JPEG, GIF, PNG

(The animation will not be shown for animated GIF files.)

Video

Playback: FLV, MPEG-4 Video (H.264 + AAC)

Transcode: AVI, MP4, M4V, MPG, MPEG, RM, RMVB, WMV

(The files will be converted to FLV.)

 

 

Icon

Description

Home

Return to the home directory of the Multimedia Station.

Parent Directory

Return to the parent directory.

Refresh

Refresh the current directory.

Manage Album*

You can: 1. create albums under the current directory and 2. add files to the album by copying or uploading files to the directory.

Set Album Cover*

You can set up the album cover for each album/directory by specifying one photo in the album/directory.

Cooliris

Browse your photos in 3-dimensional way with Cooliris. You need to install the Cooliris plug-in for the web browser.

Slide Show

Start the slide show. You can set up the photo frame, background music, and animation in the slide show mode.

Publish*

Publish the chosen photos (max. 5 photos) to popular social networking sites: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Plurk, Windows Live, or Blogger. Note that the album must be set to public (Control Panel > Set Folder Public) before it can be published, and the Multimedia Station must be accessible from the Internet. It is suggested to set up the DDNS for the NAS before using this feature.

E-mail*

Send photos (max. 5 photos) to friends by e-mails. Note that you have to set up the SMTP server in the NAS administration console before using this feature.

Thumbnails

Browse the files in thumbnail view (default).

Details

Browse the files in detailed view. It supports the functions: Open, Rename, Delete, Download, and Full Image View.

Sort

Sort the files alphabetically in ascending or descending order.

Search

Search files within the current directory.

 

*These features can only be operated by the administrator.

 

Play music

Click an MP3 file to play the music by a web browser. When you click a music file in a folder, all the other supported music files in the folder will also be added to the playlist. Click “X” to exit.

 

 

View image files

When viewing an image file, click “EXIF” to view the detailed information such as file name, size, date, and aperture. To add a caption for the file, click “Edit caption” and enter the description. The description must not exceed 512 characters.

You can also submit your comments on the image file and view the comments from other users on “All comments”. Each comment cannot exceed 128 characters.

 

Set background music

To set the background music of an image file or a folder of image files, make sure you have created a playlist in “Control Panel” > “Playlist Editor” (to be introduced later) in the Multimedia Station.

Open an image file in Media Center and click .

 

Select the playlist and click “Save”. To remove the background music, you can select “No music”.

 

Create album

To create an album (folder) by the web-based interface of the Multimedia Station, locate the directory in Media Center. Click (Create Album).

 

Select “Create New Album” and enter the album name. Click “Next”.

The album name must be 1 to 64 characters long, and cannot contain | \ : ? " < > *

 

To copy the files from other location in Media center to the album, select “File Copy”, choose the files to copy and click >. Then click “File Copy” to start copying the files.

 

To upload files to the album, click “Browse” to select the files and click “File Upload”.

 

Manage album

To manage an album (folder) by the web-based interface of the Multimedia Station, locate the directory in Media Center. Click (Create Album).

 

Select “Upload & Organize” and click “Next”.

 

To copy the files from other location in Media center to the album, select “File Copy”, choose the files to copy and click >. Then click “File Copy” to start copying the files. To upload files to the album, click “Browse” to select the files and click “File Upload”.

 

You can click to browse the multimedia contents in details and click the icons to open, rename, delete, or download the files or folders.

 

Set album cover

 

To set an image file as the album cover, click .

 

Select the image file and click “Save”.

 

Slide Show

 

Click to view multiple image files in slide show. Select the playback speed (3s/6s/9s/15s) and the slide show effect (for full screen display) from the drop-down menu. You can also select the photo frame for displaying the image file. To view the image files in 3-dimensional (3D) display, click .

 

Publish image files

You can publish the image files on the Multimedia Station to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Click .

 

Select the image files to publish. You can publish maximum 5 photos at a time. Enter the title and description. Then select the website to publish the files to and enter the login information of the website. Note that the album must be set to public (Control Panel > Set Folder Public) before it can be published, and the Multimedia Station must be accessible from the Internet. It is suggested to set up the DDNS for the NAS before using this feature.

 

Field

Limitation

Title

Maximum number of characters: 256

Link (the IP address or host name of the NAS)

Support alphanumeric characters, dot (.), and slash (/) only

Maximum number of characters: 256

Description

Maximum number of characters: 1024

 

 

Email image files

To email the image files, make sure SMTP server settings have been correctly configured on the NAS. Click .

Enter the information and click “Send”.

 

Field

Limitation

Subject

Maximum number of characters: 128

My Name

The name only supports alphabets (A-Z and a-z), numbers (0-9), dash (-), and underscore (_)

My Email

Maximum number of characters: 128

Friend's Name

Maximum number of characters: 128

Friend's Email

Maximum number of characters: 128

Message

Maximum number of characters: 1024

 

 

Play video

The NAS supports playing video files on the web browser. Simply click a video file on the web page, the NAS will start playing it. If you click a video file in a folder, all other supported video files in the folder will also be shown in the playlist and played. Click “X” to exit the playback page.

 

Transcode video

If the video files are in AVI, M4V, MPG/MPEG, RM/RMVB, WMV formats, you need to transcode the file in order to play it on the Multimedia Station properly. A video file which can be transcoded is shown with an icon like below in thumbnail view.

 

Click the icon and confirm to perform video transcoding. Wait patiently when transcoding is in process.

 

The video will be converted to FLV format. You can then play it on your web browser. Only administrators are allowed to transcode a video.

 

QNAP does not guarantee all video formats or codecs are supported. You are highly recommended to convert the video files into the formats that the Multimedia Station supports before uploading the files to the NAS.

 

My Jukebox

 

You can create playlists of music files and play them in My Jukebox. The album art and its information will be read from the ID3 tag automatically if applicable.

 

To create or edit your own playlist for My Jukebox, go to “Control Panel” > “Playlist Editor”. Note that only the administrators can edit the playlists. The playlists in My Jukebox will be shared with all the users of the Multimedia Station.

 

Control Panel

 

User Management

You can create multiple user accounts on the Multimedia Station. Note that the user accounts created here are different from the system accounts you create on NAS (Access Right Management > Users). Click “Add User” to create a user. The maximum number of users the Multimedia Station supports is 128, including “admin”.

 

Enter the user information. The username only supports alphabets (A-Z and a-z), numbers (0-9), dash (-), and underscore (_). The username cannot exceed 32 characters.

 

Specify whether or not the user is an administrator and the folders that the user can or cannot access. Click “Save”. Note that the password must be 1 to 16 characters long. It can only contain A-Z, a-z, 0-9, -, !, @, #, $, %, _.

 

The users are shown on the list. You can edit the user information, delete the user, or change the login password. Note that the default account “admin” cannot be deleted.

 

Change Password

You can change the administrator password in this section. The password must be 1 to 16 characters long. The password can only contain A-Z, a-z, 0-9, -, !, @, #, $, %, _.

 

Playlist Editor

To create a playlist, enter Playlist Editor. Select an existing playlist from the drop down menu or click “Add” to create a playlist.

 

Next, select the music files from the left column (folders on the Multimedia Station) and click > to add the files to the playlist. Click “Save” and then “Close”.

 

After creating the playlist, you can play it in My Jukebox.

Maximum number of characters in a playlist

24

Maximum number of songs in a playlist

512

Maximum number of playlists

128

 

 

Photo Frame Settings

You can upload your photo frames for viewing the image files. The suggested resolution is 400 (width) x 300 (height) pixels, or you can use an image with 4:3 aspect ratio. The supported format is PNG. To add a photo frame, click “Add” and upload the file.

 

The name of a photo frame must be 1 to 16 characters long. The maximum number of photo frames the Multimedia Station supports is 64 (including the system default photo frames). Note that the system default photo frames cannot be deleted.

 

Set Folder Public

To publish the image files to the Web, you have to make the folder public. Select the folder to allow public access and click >. Then click “Save”. Note that the public folders will be seen and accessed by anyone without logging in the Multimedia Station.

 


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