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Is there a limit to how large my video files can be to play in the Binloop HD/Digital Video Machine HD (Model 8400/8500)?

Yes, and no.  The Binloop HD reproducers, DVM8400, and DVM8500 use the FAT32 file system, which has a maximum file size of 4GB.  This means you cannot directly play a file larger than 4GB in the reproducers/players. 

However, you can divide this file into several 'chunks' using a file splitting program.  As long as those chunks are named properly, the reproducer or player will treat them as if they were one single file.  No need to use the Play Next command. 

Our MediaFlow software will split files for you automatically, other 3rd party file splitting software solutions are also available. One suggestion is a software package called File Splitter, which can be downloaded at http://www.filesplitter.org/.

Using this method, a large file can be separated into several segments which the DVMHD can treat as a single coherent video file. Here’s how it works. 

Let’s say that you have encoded a 10GB Transport Stream file that you want to play in the DVMHD. First, you will need to use a utility (like File Splitter) to divide  this file into several chunks smaller than 4GB. To be safe, you could divide the file into 2GB chunks. When the splitting process is complete, you should have 5 files. Rename those files like this:


VID00001.MPG
VID00001.001
VID00001.002
VID00001.003
VID00001.004

Keep in mind that VID00001.MPG is the first segment, VID00001.001 is the second segment, and so on. When you are finished renaming the files, copy them to the DVMHD’s Compact Flash card. At this point, all you have to do is treat VID00001.MPG as you normally would. For example, if you send a command to Play File #1, the DVMHD will automatically play through all of the file chunks without you having to do anything special. You can also send a command to Loop File #1, and the entire file will loop from start to finish just as you would expect. 

 

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