NIX 15 Inch Hi-Resolution Digital Picture Frame, 1GB Internal Memory, Photo, Video, Music, Split Screen Option - Plug & Play X15A
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- Huge 15 Inch Hi-Resolution LED Backlit LCD Digital Photo Frame (4:3)
- 1GB Internal Memory, Photo (JPEG), Video (MPEG-4/AVI) and Music (MP3)
- Split Display Function, Photo Shuffle, Variable Slideshow Timer
- Remote Control, Wall Mountable, AC Power Adapter
- Compatible with SD, SDHC, xD, Sony MS, Sony Pro Duo (with adapter), USB Flash Drive
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The NIX N' EASY X15A is an easy to use, extra-large plug and play frame. Featuring a huge Hi Resolution 15 inch LCD Active Matrix screen and a 1GB internal memory. The X15A is capable of playing photos (JPEG), video (MPEG-4 / .AVI) and music (MP3). A remote control with easy short cut buttons allows you to switch from playing photos to video to music with just a single touch of the remote. This frame is designed to be easy to use whilst packed with features. The Split screen display option will display four different photos simultaneously on the large screen. The X15A now also sports the new 'Combo' feature that allows you to place specifically chosen images and music together in a single folder, thus allowing you to essentially create a specific soundtrack for a specific slide show. Ideal for showing off that holiday you just got back from! Also featured is a shuffle display option and hook eyes for wall mounting. An excellent frame for presentations and commercial displays.
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The pic-frame was a gift to my mom. Purchased at Amazon.
(1) 15 inches make a difference: not just a 'reminder' like my other smaller pic-frame in the office;
(2) plays video, albeit not any and not easy.
The two were significant ones to me.
(a) Interface: menu & operations is bad;
I had to figure out it all myself first and then to create an instruction with pictures embedded for my mom;
Look, the only unambiguous button on the remote is On/Off.
Trying it without the remote was a torture to me.
(b) Playing Video:
- no real specification from the manufacturer on what precisely the device is to support;
I found it as a bad humor - the manufacture's comment on the subject *in the FAQ section* of their web site.
Here is what worked here:
- I used the free (excellent) FastStone Photo Resizer: [...]
on my computer to prepare the images originating from various: cameras, camcorders, phones and scanners;
I set up chronological folder hierarchy:
- None of the MPEG4 codecs worked for Nix to display.
- The following two options worked:
Both were to be 720x480 to work (the sources were in NTSC).
I could not get decent display quality with DivX, although Nix was good to recognize and to play the videos.
I ended up with MPEG2:
- 4000 kbits/sec (higher should be okay, I tried 6000)
- 128 MP3 audio (higher seems to be okay)
*** Update - 09/13/2011. Slideshow: in order vs random.
I had a hard time to get the pictures displayed in the order I wanted it to be.
I followed the tip to rename files as in the FAQ section on the manufacturer's site.
Did not work:
- having the first file named as 1001.jpg actually displayed the 1179.jpg, steady;
- having the first file named as 00001.jpg - no luck either.
Here is what worked:
- The first file was named 0010.jpg, increment == 1 : 0011.jpg, 0012.jpg, and so on.
Now it displays the set correctly.
NIX's 'random' seems to be actually a floating range pseudo-random.
It takes a range of around 200 pics, shuffles them, displays, then moves the base point further on.
I had ~5000 pictures, named 0010.jpg, 0011,jpg, and so on.
So, NIX took about 200 pictures range starting from 0010.jpg and to ~0200.jpg and displayed them until exhausted.
It then moved forward, randomizing pictures 0200 to ~ 0400.jpg and so on.
Also I was impressed with the quality of the stand and how it is attached. I chose to hang my Nix on the wall for display and that works very well too.
remote control hard to use
My biggest problem was displaying my files in order. I tried all kinds of file naming convention: 1001 aso, 0010 aso, etc. Nothing worked. Initially I exported and renamed my files from Lightroom. In the "Explorer file manager" the files would sort by name without a problem. Once I plugged my 16gb USB thumb drive in or copied them onto the frame memory they were displayed in a seemingly random order by the Nix frame.
What happened was: The files seem to get transferred/copied onto the USB drive or Nix memory in order of their creation date stamp. The frame then reads the files in that order and not by file name. What you need is a software that will let you transfer/copy your files ordered by file name and not creation date.
1. I exported my files from Lightroom (which I use to catalog and edit) to limit the file size and have them in the correct order.
2. I used "Bulk Rename Utility" to rename them. I used Bulk because it gave me more options for renaming my files than Lightroom did. It is a great tool. This step is optional if your files display in the correct order in IrfanView already.
3. I then "batch transferred" them using IrfanView (the software that is recommended on the Nix website) DIRECTLY onto my 16gb USB thumb drive and/or the Nix memory.
In IrfanView I used the following settings: "Batch rename", added all my files, kept the same name pattern ($N), used my thumb drive as output directory and then sorted my files by date or name (whatever setting sorts your files correctly). The files will than be uploaded in the SAME ORDER as listed in the window.
It doesn't matter what your file naming convention is as long as the file names sort in IrfanView (or any other software) and can then be transferred/copied in the same order as you want to display them. The key is the order in which your files are copied onto the memory. The file naming rule I used was: eventname0001.jpg aso. At least that is the explanation I came up with. Hope it helps.
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