May 132011
 

Monsoon Multimedia’s TV Place Shifting Device for PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets Now Available in Japan

(Press Release)

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced it has partnered with I-O DATA DEVICE, INC. to distribute its Vulkano line of devices in Japan. Monsoon and I-O DATA will provide Japanese consumers with the ability to enjoy their home television experience on their smartphones, computers and tablets from anywhere in the world.

“Consumers today want to access their entertainment content anytime and anywhere and we are committed to providing that experience across the globe, and are thrilled to expand into Japan,” said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. “For customers in many countries, no other solution enables them – for a one time purchase – to watch their TV on their iPad, iPhones, Android, BlackBerry, PC, Mac or TV wherever they are.”

Smartphones are the fastest growing consumer products in Japan and Asia. The worldwide mobile phone market grew over 14 percent in the third quarter of 2010, the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, driven in part by the fast-growing converged mobile device category. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 340 million units in the third quarter of 2010 compared to 297 million units in the same quarter the prior year.

“We have been working with the team at Monsoon Multimedia for years and are continuously impressed with the caliber of technology and the high level of innovation they continue to develop for consumers,” said Akio Hosono, Founder and President of I-O DATA DEVICE. “The Vulkano is an incredible product, offering our customers in Japan the opportunity to view and enjoy their TV content anywhere.”

Pricing and Availability

Vulkano Flow is available at retail stores worldwide. It is also available immediately for US customers at Fry’s Electronics, Amazon, NewEgg and other leading retailers or through www.myvulkano.com.  For Japanese customers, it is available at I-O DATA’s website www.iodata.com.

About I-O DATA DEVICE, INC.

I-O DATA DEVICE, INC. is a top-tier manufacturer and provider of high-quality computer peripherals and interface products to the global consumer and OEM markets. Founded in 1976, by Mr. Akio Hosono, I-O DATA has received recognition as Japan’s undisputed market leader within the PC Peripheral industry. I-O DATA is not only a manufacturer of such devices, but handles the design, development, production of the products.  I-O DATA DEVICE, INC. is located at 3-10, Sakurada-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, 920-8512, Japan.  For more information please visit: www.iodata.com.

About Monsoon Multimedia

Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.monsoonmultimedia.com.

For regular Vulkano updates follow us at www.Twitter.com/MyVulkano

Become a Fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MyVulkano

All trademarks and product names are the property of their respective companies.

Contact:
Seana Norvell
FortyThree, Inc.
831.401.3175
vulkano@43pr.com

SOURCE Monsoon Multimedia

Jan 092011
 

The Vulkano can record videos in different formats for viewing on multiple devices. This is so you don’t have to convert a recorded video into a format your mobile device or tablet can play. You just choose the device you will be viewing the recording on and the Vulkano automatically chooses it’s best format for your device.

If you are curious or want to try different formats on different devices we have put together a chart of the various recording formats and their respective resolution.
This will help you decide what the best recording size would be for a particular use.
If you have a phone or other mobile device that does not have a specific choice shown, you can use the chart to determine which format to use that your device supports best.

This information comes from community member gfishe. The information on the recorded videos was determined using Media Inspector, a Mac utility by Diego Massanti, to read the metadata. http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/26861/media-inspector

All the recordings were done using component input, the same TV channel and NTSC.
The Vulkano records all resolutions using MPEG-4, Base Media / Version 2 and Codec ID: mp42. The file extension on all recordings are “.mp4″
The chart is also availble as a PDF download [download id=”45″]






Recording
Setting
PC/MAC/TV General-high 640×480
  High Standard High Standard
Total Stream BitRate 2,911 Kbps 2,041 Kbps 2,007 Kbps 992 Kbps
Video Stream #1    
Codec (Human Name) AVC AVC AVC AVC
Codec (FourCC) avc1 avc1 avc1 avc1
Codec Profile Main@L3.1 Main@L3.1 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3
Frame Width 720 pixels 720 pixels 640 pixels 640 pixels
Frame Height 416 pixels 416 pixels 368 pixels 368 pixels
Frame Rate 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps
Display Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
Scan Type Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Color Space YUV YUV YUV YUV
Codec Settings (Summary) CABAC / 1 Ref Frames CABAC / 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames
QF (like Gordian Knot) 0.31 0.213 0.266 0.122
Codec Settings (CABAC) Yes Yes No No
Codec Settings(Reference
Frames)
1 1 1 1
Video Stream BitRate 2,780 Kbps 1,911 Kbps 1,876 Kbps 861 Kbps
Video Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Bit Depth 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits
Video Stream Size 95% 94% 93% 87%
Video Stream Language English English English English
Audio Stream #1    
Codec AAC AAC AAC AAC
Codec (FourCC) 40 40 40 40
Audio Stream BitRate 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps
Audio Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Number of Audio Channels 2 2 2 2
Audio Channel’s
Positions
Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R
Sampling Rate 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz
Audio Stream Size 4% 6% 6% 13%
Audio Stream Language English English English English
     
Recording Setting General-medium 480×320 General-small
320×240
  High Standard High Standard
Total Stream BitRate 1,084 Kbps 716 Kbps 874 Kbps 520 Kbps
Video Stream #1    
Codec (Human Name) AVC AVC AVC AVC
Codec (FourCC) avc1 avc1 avc1 avc1
Codec Profile Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3
Frame Width 480 pixels 480 pixels 320 pixels 320 pixels
Frame Height 272 pixels 272 pixels 192 pixels 192 pixels
Frame Rate 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps
Display Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 1.667 1.667
Scan Type Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Color Space YUV YUV YUV YUV
Codec Settings (Summary) 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames
QF (like Gordian Knot) 0.243 0.149 0.403 0.211
Codec Settings (CABAC) No No No No
Codec Settings
(Reference Frames)
1 1 1 1
Video Stream BitRate 953 Kbps 585 Kbps 743 Kbps 388 Kbps
Video Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Bit Depth 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits
Video Stream Size 88% 82% 85% 75%
Video Stream Language English English English English
Audio Stream #1    
Codec AAC AAC AAC AAC
Codec (FourCC) 40 40 40 40
Audio Stream BitRate 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps
Audio Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Number of Audio Channels 2 2 2 2
Audio Channel’s
Positions
Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R
Sampling Rate 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz
Audio Stream Size 12% 12% 15% 25%
Audio Stream Language English English English English
     
Recording Setting Droid, Milestone Cliq,
Devour
  High Standard High Standard
Total Stream BitRate 2,437 Kbps 714 Kbps 1,086 Kbps 701 Kbps
Video Stream #1    
Codec (Human Name) AVC AVC AVC AVC
Codec (FourCC) avc1 avc1 avc1 avc1
Codec Profile Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3
Frame Width 848 pixels 480 pixels 480 pixels 480 pixels
Frame Height 480 pixels 272 pixels 272 pixels 272 pixels
Frame Rate 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps
Display Aspect Ratio  16:9  16:9  16:9  16:9
Scan Type Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Color Space YUV YUV YUV YUV
Codec Settings (Summary) 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames
QF (like Gordian Knot) 0.189 0.149 0.244 0.146
Codec Settings (CABAC) No No No No
Codec Settings
(Reference Frames)
1 1 1 1
Video Stream BitRate 2,307 Kbps 583 Kbps 955 Kbps 570 Kbps
Video Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Bit Depth 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits
Video Stream Size 95% 82% 88% 81%
Video Stream Language English English English English
Audio Stream #1    
Codec AAC AAC AAC AAC
Codec (FourCC) 40 40 40 40
Audio Stream BitRate 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps
Audio Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Number of Audio Channels 2 2 2 2
Audio Channel’s
Positions
Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R
Sampling Rate 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz
Audio Stream Size 5% 18% 12% 18%
Audio Stream Language English English English English
     
Recording Setting Blackberry Google
Nexus
  High Standard High Standard
Total Stream BitRate 2,370 Kbps 715 Kbps 2,507 Kbps 714 Kbps
Video Stream #1    
Codec (Human Name) AVC AVC AVC AVC
Codec (FourCC) avc1 avc1 avc1 avc1
Codec Profile Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3
Frame Width 848 pixels 480 pixels 800 pixels 480 pixels
Frame Height 480 pixels 272 pixels 464 pixels 272 pixels
Frame Rate 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps
Display Aspect Ratio  16:9  16:9  16:9  16:9
Scan Type Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Color Space YUV YUV YUV YUV
Codec Settings (Summary) 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames
QF (like Gordian Knot) 0.184 0.149 0.214 0.149
Codec Settings (CABAC) No No No No
Codec Settings
(Reference Frames)
1 1 1 1
Video Stream BitRate 2,240 Kbps 584 Kbps 2,376 Kbps 2,376 Kbps
Video Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Bit Depth 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits
Video Stream Size 94% 82% 95% 82%
Video Stream Language English English English English
Audio Stream #1    
Codec AAC AAC AAC AAC
Codec (FourCC) 40 40 40 40
Audio Stream BitRate 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps
Audio Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Number of Audio Channels 2 2 2 2
Audio Channel’s
Positions
Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R
Sampling Rate 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz 48.0 KHz
Audio Stream Size 5% 18% 5% 18%
Audio Stream Language English English English English
     
Recording Setting iPad iPhone,
iPod Touch
  High Standard High Standard
Total Stream BitRate 1,957 Kbps 638 Kbps 1,916 Kbps 634 Kbps
Video Stream #1    
Codec (Human Name) AVC AVC AVC AVC
Codec (FourCC) avc1 avc1 avc1 avc1
Codec Profile Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3 Baseline@L1.3
Frame Width 720 pixels 480 pixels 720 pixels 480 pixels
Frame Height 416 pixels 272 pixels 416 pixels 272 pixels
Frame Rate 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps 29.970 fps
Display Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
Scan Type Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Color Space YUV YUV YUV YUV
Codec Settings (Summary) 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames 1 Ref Frames
QF (like Gordian Knot) 0.212 0.148 0.207 0.147
Codec Settings (CABAC) No No No No
Codec Settings
(Reference Frames)
1 1 1 1
Video Stream BitRate 1,899 Kbps 580 Kbps 1,858 Kbps 576 Kbps
Video Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Bit Depth 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits 8 bits
Video Stream Size 97% 91% 97% 91%
Video Stream Language English English English English
Audio Stream #1    
Codec AAC AAC AAC AAC
Codec (FourCC) 40 40 40 40
Audio Stream BitRate 55.1 Kbps 55.1 Kbps 55.1 Kbps 55.1 Kbps
Audio Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR VBR VBR VBR
Number of Audio Channels 2 2 2 2
Audio Channel’s
Positions
Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R Front: L R
Sampling Rate 16.0 KHz 16.0 KHz 16.0 KHz 16.0 KHz
Audio Stream Size 3% 3% 3% 9%
Audio Stream Language English English English English
     
Recording Setting Instant recording (local)
   
Total Stream BitRate 2,536 Kbps  
Video Stream #1  
Codec (Human Name) AVC  
Codec (FourCC) avc1  
Codec Profile Main@L3.1  
Frame Width 720 pixels  
Frame Height 480 pixels  
Frame Rate 29.970 fps  
Display Aspect Ratio 3:02  
Scan Type Progressive  
Color Space YUV  
Codec Settings (Summary) CABAC / 1 Ref Frames  
QF (like Gordian Knot) 0.232  
Codec Settings (CABAC) Yes  
Codec Settings
(Reference Frames)
1  
Video Stream BitRate 2,405 Kbps  
Video Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR  
Bit Depth 8 bits  
Video Stream Size 95%  
Video Stream Language English  
Audio Stream #1  
Codec AAC  
Codec (FourCC) 40  
Audio Stream BitRate 128 Kbps  
Audio Stream BitRate
Mode
VBR  
Number of Audio Channels 2  
Audio Channel’s
Positions
Front: L R  
Sampling Rate 48.0 KHz  
Audio Stream Size 5%  
Audio Stream Language English
Nov 112010
 

If your just looking for a great deal on some terrific technology that lets you watch TV on your PC, Mac or mobile device then the new Vulkano Platinum may be just the thing for you.

Unlike its big brothers the Vulkano Deluxe and the Vulkano Deluxe Pro this new Vulkano is bred almost solely for Place shifting.

Vulkano users can watch and control their live TV channels and DVR from anywhere in the world on a smartphone, PC, Mac or iPad. Using H.264 compression, Vulkano streams very high quality, near HD video over home Wi-Fi or Ethernet networks or remotely Wi-Fi and 3G networks to smartphones and PC’s using bandwidth as low as 150kbps

At more than half the price less than the Vulkano Deluxe this could be the ideal device for you if all you need is a high quality place shifting device.

Summary of Vulkano Platinum Features:

  • Mark channels as Favorite for quick access on your mobile phone
  • Watch and control your live TV on the go via Wi-Fi or 3G
  • Watch at home on iPads and PC/MAC in near HD resolution
  • Change channels just like at home
  • Connect to all major TV sources – cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
  • Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television menu
  • Stream high-quality video at H.264 standards at 150kbps
  • Connects to set-top box analog output and wirelessly to home router (802.11n)

What’s Included In The Box?:

  • 1 Vulkano Platinum
  • 1 Power Adapter
  • 1 Quick Start Guide
  • 1 RJ-45 Ethernet cable
  • 1 IR Blaster cable
  • 1 Remote control
  • 1 HDMI cable
  • 2 Component cables
  • 2 Composite cables

Supported Vulkano Players

PC Support

  • Windows 7, Vista, WinXP, Mac OS/X

Mobile Support

  • iPhone, iPad, Android,  (Blackberry, Symbian, WM6, Linux – Available Soon!)

See more about the Vulkano Platinum on the myvulkano.com website or check out the Monsoon Multimedia Vulkano Community for in-depth reviews and specifications.

Nov 082010
 

If you have a DNLA media server like Windows Media Center computer or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) like a Pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device you can now turn access them through a beta Easter Egg.

To do this you need to be in front of your TV and in the main menu. Point your remote at the Vulkano and press  ‘1 7 3 1′. Then wait a second and a new menu should pop up that says  “Home Media”

From there scroll down to the Home Media option and press OK. When you do so you will be brought to the Media listing. If this is the first time you access this option the Vulkano will automatically start scanning for media.

Depending on what all you have to scan it can take seconds to several minutes to complete. Once done you will see all your devices listed. You can then browse the devices for media to play.

If you change add media to your devices you will need to rescan them.  Click on the blue remote button and it will do a complete rescan.

That is all there is to it but this ‘Easter Egg’ is a beta option now. Here are some known issues and features;

1) Scanning is a CPU intensive process. You may see skips or sync issue on your TV while scanning.  This only happens when scanning. Once complete there is no issue.

2) Key controls work the same as in You Tube. Go to ‘Help’ – Key Controls to see the fast forward, skip, rewind, etc remote key functions.

3) The Skip ahead may not work on some ‘avi’ formatted videos.

4) The is no pause and resume.  If you exit the video you cannot go back later and start at where you paused it.

If you have a DNLA server give it a try and let us know how you like it.

Nov 012010
 

Monsoon Multimedia’s Universal Video Platform Provides DVR, TV Place Shifting, Universal Plug and Play Streaming and Mobile Video Recording for Android and BlackBerry Smartphones

SAN MATEO, CALIF. – November 1, 2010 – Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced the availability of the free Android and BlackBerry mobile apps for the Vulkano line of devices. The new app allows Android and BlackBerry smartphone owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording providing a truly universal video platform from anywhere.

Vulkano’s Android and BlackBerry apps let users watch and control any home TV channel from anywhere in the world simply by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free app from the Android Marketplace or BlackBerry’s App World. They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide) and transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their device.

Android and BlackBerry smartphone owners can also utilize the Vulkano’s integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a powerful video processor to view content residing on the device from their living room TV, giving them an elegant solution to view photos and video on a big screen without having to hassle with messy cables.

Consumers are getting accustomed to their content living in the cloud and they now want to view and control their video content from any device anywhere in the world,” said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. “The Android platform is growing so fast and BlackBerry has always been a force in the mobile world so we wanted to be sure we provided those consumers with a unique, optimized and reliable Vulkano experience so that they have the opportunity to watch what they want, when they want it.

Summary of Vulkano Features for Android and BlackBerry smartphones:
• Transforms smartphones into Mobile Video Recorders
• Watch and control your live TV via an Android or BlackBerry smartphone
• Recorded programs play back on Android or BlackBerry smartphones
• Direct record mode allows for Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind
• Schedule TV recording by show, channel or date and time
• Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
• Mark channels as Favorite for quick access
• Change channels just like at home
• Enjoy photos, video and music on home TV stored on Android devices or BlackBerry smartphones
• Multiple users can have recordings on Vulkano hard-drive and access independently
• Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television menu
• Connect to all major TV sources – cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
• Stream video at H.264 and MPEG-4 standards at rates as low as 150kbps
• Includes 8GB or 16GB of SD card storage or e-SATA hard drives up to 1TB
• Connects wirelessly through Vulkano’s on board .11n WiFi to home router
• TV content is passed from the set-top box’s analog output (component, composite) to Vulkano; using resolutions up to 1080i

Pricing and Availability
The Android app for the Vulkano is now available for free in the Android Marketplace. The BlackBerry app for the Vulkano will be available mid-November at BlackBerry App World™ (http://www.blackberry.com/appworld). Both Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro are available immediately at www.myvulkano.com. Vulkano Deluxe comes with 16GB of SD storage costing $279 and Vulkano Deluxe Pro comes with 1 Terabyte e-SATA hard disk and costs $379. Select retailers such as www.amazon.com, www.buy.com
iconand www.newegg.com are shipping Vulkano which comes with 8GB SD storage and costs $259 and the Vulkano Pro at $349 which includes a 500GB e-SATA hard disk.

About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.monsoonmultimedia.com.

For regular Vulkano updates follow us at www.Twitter.com/MyVulkano

Become a Fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MyVulkano

Oct 252010
 

Most people just use their mouse to control their Vulkano but you can also use your keyboard to send commands. If you have not tried them yet, here is a list of what you can do.

Keyboard shortcuts

While Vulkano PC Player is the active window and you are in Live TV mode, you can activate the following functions from your PC’s keyboard. The following shortcuts cause IR commands to be sent, as though you had pressed the corresponding button on the onscreen remote control.  Of course, if your set top box does not support the function, the keyboard shortcut won’t work.
Shortcuts
Functionality
Numeric Keys(0-9)
Remote control Digit buttons(0-9)
Ctrl + Enter
Enter Button
Enter
Select Button
+
Channel Up Button
-
Channel Down Button
Page Up
Page Up Button
Page Down
Page Down Button
Up Arrow
Up Arrow Button
Down Arrow
Down Arrow Button
Left Arrow
Left Arrow Button
Right Arrow
Right Arrow Button
Ctrl + N
Skip forward Button
Ctrl + P
Skip Reverse Button
Ctrl + I
Info Button
Ctrl + E
Exit Button
Ctrl + G
Guide Button
Ctrl + B
Back Button
Alt + R
Record
Alt + S
Stop
Alt + P
Play
Alt +  U
Pause
Alt + Left Arrow
Fast reverse
Alt + Right Arrow
Fast forward
Alt + M
Source Menu
Alt + D
Device Menu
Alt + L
Last Channel
The following shortcuts control functions of the Vulkano PC Player itself.
Shortcuts
Functionality
Spacebar
Timeshift  play/pause
R
Toggle onscreen remote control
Esc
Full screen to normal mode
Ctrl + M
Toggle audio mute
Ctrl + R
Start/Stop Recording
Ctrl + F
Go to Full Screen
Ctrl + Left Arrow
Fast reverse
Ctrl + Right Arrow
Fast forward
S
Stop(file playback)
Ctrl + Up Arrow
Increase volume
Ctrl + Down Arrow
Decrease volume
Home
Goto beginning
End
Goto End
L
Live
Alt + F4
Exit
F1
Player Help
If keyboard shortcuts do not appear to be working after starting the Vulkano PC Player,  you need to turn that window active. You can do this by clicking  your mouse once anywhere on the Vulkano PC Player user interface, then try again.
Oct 052010
 

Monsoon Multimedia has just released a beta firmware update version 88/580088.
This beta mostly addresses the composite output issue but there are other beta features you may want to test. If you are happy with how your Vulkano is performing and don’t need these beta updates you may want to stay with your current firmware and await until the beta has been tested.

Updates:

  • You can now select composite as your output during the initial setup.
  • During ZIP code entry, the number keys behave like cell phone buttons.  So for instance if you wanted to enter the number “9” you would cycle through w, x, y, and z to get to it.
  • EPG configuration can be skipped and you can enter a recording manually. You can use the number buttons to enter the name like you would on a cell phone. “0” is the space key but there is no upper case yet.

Known issues:

Screen UI is not optimized for composite, so some text is blurry , some items may cause flickering, and some items may be off the edge of the screen.

Upgrading

You would upgrade by downloading the new firmware. It is in a compressed Zip file and you can get it from our download area located here.

Unzip the file onto your hard drive and run the Vulkano PC setup wizard.

Once logged in go into ‘Advanced’ mode and select ‘update’ then browse for the firmware you unZipped.  If you are already on the latest firmware then your kernel version will be “88” so you do not need to update the fw_vlc2.FLASH.kernel.88.rup.img file. Select the fw_vlc2.FLASH.580088.rup.img file and click on Update.

You should see it tell you that the update is successful and that it is reconnecting to the Vulkano.

At this point it is recommended you reset your Vulkano by pressing and holding the reset button until the light turns red.

If you are using the  component output you will  select “2” on your remote when you see the display on your TV. If using HDMI or composite then press the corresponding key when displayed.

If you test this firmware please give us feedback  so any issues or features can be made known.

Sep 022010
 

There is quite a bit of talk about the Monsoon Multimedia and it’s place shifting and recording features but if yo have not seen it yet it, you can also watch YouTube videos from it.

The Vulkano sits between your video device like your cable box and your TV. It has its own menu and you control it with the remote control supplied with the Vulkano.

You can watch live TV, change your settings, get help or browse your EPG, Electronic Program Guide to see whats on or to schedule a future recording.

They also have a menu for Internet Apps. Right now the only App available is YouTube but we have been told that in the near future, Vulkano will offer free service upgrades such as Google TV, Yahoo! Widgets, Netflix, Hulu and others.

If you have ever used a YouTube app on a TiVo or a DVD player you will see that the Vulkano YouTube app works very similarly. You can browse recently featured videos, Top Rated, Most Viewed and Top favorite videos.

It is kind of fun to see what others are watching and what is popular but if you want to watch a particular video it also has a search feature that gives you the ability to find them.

Here is a quick video of the YouTube app in action.  Let us know what you think.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxOO9BeOwZg[/youtube]

Aug 312010
 

Official News release today.

Monsoon Multimedia Launches Vulkano for Mac

World’s First Universal and Affordable Video Platform Now Gives Macs DVR, Place Shifting, Universal Plug and Play Streaming and Mobile Video Recording

SAN MATEO, CALIF. – August 31, 2010 – Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced availability of the free Mac client for all Vulkano devices direct from Monsoon at http://www.myvulkano.com. The new software allows Mac owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording providing a true universal video platform throughout the home and when Vulkano owners are on the go.

Vulkano’s Mac client lets users watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world simply by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application. They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac.

Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano’s tightly integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a powerful video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living room TV, giving them an elegant solution to view photos and video wherever and whenever they want without having to hassle with messy cables.

Vulkano, in addition to replacing multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku, provides significant other benefits and energy savings, giving consumers tremendous performance at a low cost.

“Vulkano is setting the standard for putting entertainment control in the hands of consumers,” said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. “Whether on an iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, home TV or now Mac the same powerful entertainment experience is consistent and universal. We believe consumers should have access to all their video content regardless of where they are or what television, computer or smartphone they prefer. The Mac client takes us one step further in that direction.”

Summary of Vulkano Features for Mac:
– Transforms Macs into Mobile Video Recorders
– Recorded programs play back on Macs
– Direct record mode allows for Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind
– Schedule TV recording by show, channel or date and time
– Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
– Mark channels as Favorite for quick access
– Watch and control your live TV on the go via any Internet connection
– Watch at home on Macs in near HD resolution
– Change channels just like at home
– Enjoy photos, video and music on home TV stored on Macs
– Multiple users can have recordings on Vulkano hard-drive and access independently
– Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television menu
– Connect to all major TV sources – cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
– Stream video at H.264 and MPEG-4 standards at rates as low as 150kbps
– Includes 8GB or 16GB of SD card storage or e-SATA hard drives up to 1TB
– Connects wirelessly through Vulkano’s on board .11n WiFi to home router
– TV content is passed from the set-top box’s analog output (component, composite) to Vulkano; using resolutions up to 1080i

Pricing and Availability
The Mac client for the Vulkano is available for download at http://www.myvulkano.com. Both Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro are available immediately at http://www.myvulkano.com. Vulkano Deluxe comes with 16GB of SD storage costing $279 and Vulkano Deluxe Pro comes with 1 Terabyte e-SATA hard disk and costs $379. Select retailers such as http://www.amazon.com are shipping Vulkano which comes with 8GB SD storage and costs $259 and the Vulkano Pro at $349 which includes a 500GB e-SATA hard disk.

About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com.

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Monsoon Multimedia Launches Vulkano for Mac

World’s First Universal and Affordable Video Platform Now Gives Macs DVR, Place Shifting, Universal Plug and Play Streaming and Mobile Video Recording

SAN MATEO, CALIF. – August 31, 2010 – Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced availability of the free Mac client for all Vulkano devices direct from Monsoon at http://www.myvulkano.com. The new software allows Mac owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording providing a true universal video platform throughout the home and when Vulkano owners are on the go.

Vulkano’s Mac client lets users watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world simply by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application. They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac.

Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano’s tightly integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a powerful video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living room TV, giving them an elegant solution to view photos and video wherever and whenever they want without having to hassle with messy cables.

Vulkano, in addition to replacing multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku, provides significant other benefits and energy savings, giving consumers tremendous performance at a low cost.

“Vulkano is setting the standard for putting entertainment control in the hands of consumers,” said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. “Whether on an iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, home TV or now Mac the same powerful entertainment experience is consistent and universal. We believe consumers should have access to all their video content regardless of where they are or what television, computer or smartphone they prefer. The Mac client takes us one step further in that direction.”

Summary of Vulkano Features for Mac:
– Transforms Macs into Mobile Video Recorders
– Recorded programs play back on Macs
– Direct record mode allows for Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind
– Schedule TV recording by show, channel or date and time
– Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
– Mark channels as Favorite for quick access
– Watch and control your live TV on the go via any Internet connection
– Watch at home on Macs in near HD resolution
– Change channels just like at home
– Enjoy photos, video and music on home TV stored on Macs
– Multiple users can have recordings on Vulkano hard-drive and access independently
– Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television menu
– Connect to all major TV sources – cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
– Stream video at H.264 and MPEG-4 standards at rates as low as 150kbps
– Includes 8GB or 16GB of SD card storage or e-SATA hard drives up to 1TB
– Connects wirelessly through Vulkano’s on board .11n WiFi to home router
– TV content is passed from the set-top box’s analog output (component, composite) to Vulkano; using resolutions up to 1080i

Pricing and Availability
The Mac client for the Vulkano is available for download at http://www.myvulkano.com. Both Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro are available immediately at http://www.myvulkano.com. Vulkano Deluxe comes with 16GB of SD storage costing $279 and Vulkano Deluxe Pro comes with 1 Terabyte e-SATA hard disk and costs $379. Select retailers such as http://www.amazon.com are shipping Vulkano which comes with 8GB SD storage and costs $259 and the Vulkano Pro at $349 which includes a 500GB e-SATA hard disk.

About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com.

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On Aug 31, 2010, at 11:17 AM, Brandon C wrote:

> Hi Seana,
> I see you sent out a news release on the Mac software update for the
> Vulkano.
> Can you send me a copy?
>
>
> Thanks,
> Brandon
> (480) 295-5940
>
>

Seana Norvell

FortyThree PR
831.332.5816
seana@43pr.com
twitter.com/seananorvell

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Aug 182010
 

You can use Vulkano PC Player’s Program Guide to choose recordings to take place now or in the future which will be recorded onto Vulkano’s attached storage device.  The program guide can be access from the main screen’s “Record/EPG” button.

In addition, the recording feature of Vulkano PC Player lets you record incoming Live video onto your PC’s hard drive.  You can also set up scheduled recordings to be recorded onto Vulkano’s attached storage device (SD card or hard drive).
In local and remote viewing modes, you can record the video stream to your PC’s hard drive.
Both viewing modes allow you to play back the recorded video.
To record what you are currently watching, use the ad-hoc recording mode.