DLNA Media Server



What is DLNA and How Can KooRaRoo Media Use It With Your Devices?

The following describes some of the common functionality of KooRaRoo Media organizer and DLNA server.


How to install KooRaRoo Media

  1. Download the software.
  2. Run the downloaded executable file: KooRaRooMedia-setup.exe
  3. Follow the prompts of the installation wizard, and within a few seconds it should be installed on your system and ready to run.


How to run KooRaRoo Media and add files to it

  1. Locate the KooRaRoo Media icon on your Desktop or in "All Programs" from your Start menu, and double-click on it.
  2. If you are running KooRaRoo for the first time, you will see a welcome dialog that lets you add folders containing your media files.
  3. You can also add files, folders or online radio stations using the Add menu available from the toolbar, or by right-clicking from the main view.


How to play video, music and photo files on your DLNA device

  1. Most devices need to be set into DLNA mode. Different manufacturers have different names for this, including "Media Player", "Network", "DLNA", "Media Servers", "UPnP", "DLNA Server" and anything else related to media or network playback. If you're not sure, contact our support and we'll be glad to help.
  2. You should now see KooRaRoo Media DLNA server listed there, so just click on it using OK or Enter on your device's remote .
  3. Some devices separate video, audio and images. If this is the case, please make sure that you are in the correct mode for the type of files you wish to see.
  4. Browse through the folders, select your files and press OK or Enter on your device's remote to start playback.


How to select a device profile for your DLNA device

Selecting a correct device profile for your device will allow KooRaRoo Media to deliver the best possible experience, based on your device's format support. This means that KooRaRoo will try to send as many files as possible natively (without converting them) to your device.
Most devices are automatically detected, but a small number cannot be because the manufacturer did not provide a unique enough identification string, so it matches several devices. In this case, please follow these steps:

  1. In KooRaRoo Media go to the Devices pane.
  2. Find your device by IP or MAC address and double-click on it to bring up a Device Properties window.
  3. In the Device Properties window select your device or the closest to it from the Devices drop-down list and click OK to apply.
  4. In most cases you won't need to restart the server, but it's always safer to do so. Just click the Stop button on the toolbar to stop it and then start it up again.


How to transcode (convert) a file for your DLNA device

Transcoding is carried out automatically, based on the device profile and the file you are trying to play. Sometimes you may wish to override this transcoding or alter the video and audio streams used. To do this, please follow these steps:

  1. Locate your file in KooRaRoo Media, right-click on it and select Transcode from the popup menu. As an example, we'll use a video file to describe the functionality.
  2. In the Transcode dialog that comes up, select your device from the drop-down list. Note that the device does not have to be connected at this time.
  3. Select the video, audio and subtitle streams combination you wish to use on the right-hand side under the "Transcoded File" heading.
  4. Optionally select upscaling, aspect ratio and other options.
  5. Click OK to start. In the status pane you will see transcoding start.
  6. Browse to this file from your device, and it will now play in the new format.


How to maintain your media library

KooRaRoo Media does not require library maintenance, because it will automatically monitor folders you specify using an interval that you can set in the folder's properties.
You can use Tools -> Maintenance to optimize the database by reducing it in size and re-indexing it. This may help with performance after a large number of files have been added or removed to or from the media library.
You can also right-click on any disk folder and use the "Update Folder" command to immediately re-load it from disk.

How to play DVD disks (VOB files) via DLNA

KooRaRoo Media will automatically join the movie titles of your backed up DVD disks, so that you can watch them as a proper movie, rather than a collection of broken up VOB files.
You will see the title of your movie and it will have "(main title)" appended - just play this and it will play the main movie.
If there are several titles on the disk, they will also be combined, and a corresponding tag will be added to their title.

How to push (play to) video, music and photo files to your DLNA device

Some devices support files being pushed to them (also called "Play To"). If your device supports this, you will see "Renderer: Yes" in the Devices pane in KooRaRoo Media.
You can right-click on any file in your media library, and if you have a compatible device, it will be listed under the "Play To Device" menu item. This can also be carried out via the toolbar.

Further information may be found at What is a DLNA Server and The Benefits of DLNA Enabled Video Streaming. Please also take a look at our video tutorials.

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