Fusion Research Rocket
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This product works great. Easy set up and works great.
Pros: Easy to set up. Fusion company is great to work with.
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Fusion Research: Importing Movies Fusion System
Rocket Movie Server: How to filter, sort, search
Item # 810RKT15TB | MFR # FR-RKT2
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Movies and TV shows are popping up everywhere these days. But having the title you want to watch available instantly? Not so easy. Until now. The Rocket Movie Server from Fusion Research puts your entire disc collection at your fingertips. Offering superb picture and sound quality with a friendly on-screen interface, the Rocket delivers state-of-the-art entertainment for the whole family.
A movie server is a home theater component with a large, high-performance hard drive plus software for transferring and managing your disc collection. Once connected to your TV and the Internet, the Rocket media server makes watching movies easy and convenient.
The hard drive can hold about 225 DVDs, and you can load Blu-ray discs onto it, as well. A typical DVD requires about 6.5 GB of storage space, while some Blu-rays need over 40 GB. If you fill up the Rocket's built-in drive, don't worry. You can expand the system's capacity by connecting a special expansion hard drive. Storing all your DVDs and Blu-ray movies on the system means you can put away all those discs and keep them from getting lost or scratched.
The Rocket has the cleanest-looking, best-functioning interface we've seen for managing your media collection. Fusion Research actually created its own movie database to provide its users with the most complete and up-to-date "metadata." This metadata includes high-res cover art and a plot synopsis for each title, plus info on the actors, ratings, and more. Fusion has a full-time staff dedicated to maintaining this database.
This unique database of detailed, accurate info allows the Rocket to put powerful search capabilities at your fingertips. You can search or sort through your movie collection by category or genre, or plug in the name of a favorite actor or director.
One of the features that makes this server such a great family entertainment source is the built-in parental controls. They make it easy to limit the titles your kids can watch to just "their movies." And these controls are password-protected, for good measure.
There are two ways to load movies onto the movie server.
Although Fusion Research calls the Rocket a "movie server," it's much more than that. It's a digital media server, so it can hold nearly every form of digital material you might want to share with family or friends.
Fusion has integrated the Boxee streaming media interface, giving you access to some of the best streaming content available. Watch movies from Netflix® instantly, listen to music from Pandora®, view photos and video clips, and lots more.
Whether you're deciding which movie to watch from your library, or choosing from your other media options, the Rocket's intuitive on-screen navigation is a pleasure to use. And there are free apps available that let you use your iPhone® or iPad® as a touchscreen remote. As you flip through clear, colorful screens of movie titles, you'll find yourself exploring and enjoying your movie collection in fun new ways.
Average Customer Review(s):
This product works great. Easy set up and works great.
Pros: Easy to set up. Fusion company is great to work with.
Purchased this a while back as part of a larger home theater/media system for new house build that's is not complete. Figured I'd start loading movies onto it as it takes time to copy them. So far it's been no joy, you have to be able to connect it to the internet, I have only wi-fi and can't figure out how that's supposed to happen. Have spent over 2 hours so far and haven't gotten a single movie loaded. For what this thing costs, it should be an easier process. Oh, if you use your computer to load DVD's you'll need your own USB to USB connection too, that's not included.
Pros: None so far
Cons: Byzantine process to load movies to server.
WE LOVE THIS SYSTEM !!!!!!....can not say enough good about both the system and the fusion personnel we met. We live in an RV and explore as a way of life. One problem that cropped up during our 8 plus years in our coach....we LOVE movies. Yes we have internet and direct TV...but we love movies,,,,when we want them. Our movie collection, almost 900 and counting, took up so much space. Yes, we kept them with us....we just love movies. We had the rocket installed in our coach with a very large external hard drive that Fusion made for us....our life is almost perfect now. All the DVDs are out of the coach which freed up more space than you know.. After we got the hang of it, the system is a dream to use. Our installers completely blew it on our install....but never fear....Fusion personnel....Jason and Robert....were amazing and walked us through everything. YES...we recommend this to everyone. We intend to buy another unit to go in the house we plan on buying in 2013/14. NO....we are not giving up the coach, just adding a house, somewhere to stop for a couple months if we need to. We wear ourselves out traveling.....................THANK YOU FUSION RESEARCH.
Movie Server: The Fusion Research Rocket Movie Server lets you load, store, and playback your DVD or Blu-ray collection in one central device. Loading all your DVDs and Blu-ray movies onto the Rocket Movie Server allows you to store away all those discs to save them from getting lost or scratched. Fusion's Rocket Movie Server is designed as a single zone solution for the main entertainment area in your home. Once you've downloaded your movie collection to the Rocket Movie Server, you are able to search, sort, and filter all of your DVD and Blu-ray titles and have instant access to any of them with a single button press, from the included remote control.
Note: The Rocket System is a hard-drive based server with the ability to store your DVD and Blu-ray disc collection. The Rocket Movie Server is not equipped with a built-in DVD/Blu-ray player. The Fusion Research Rocket requires a network connection and the use of a computer with built-in DVD/Blu-ray player (connected to the same network) to load movies onto the movie server.
1.5TB Storage Capacity: The Fusion Research Rocket Movie Server features 1.5TB of storage capacity, which can hold approximately 225 DVD movies or 45 Blu-ray movies.
Additional Storage: You have the option of adding additional storage to the Rocket system at any time beyond the 1.5TB native storage found in the server. You must purchase a Fusion Research storage device (810EM4TB, sold separately). Adding non-Fusion Research extra storage will not work as special licensing and firmware is required.
Importing Movies: There are 2 ways to load movies onto the Rocket Movie Server. DVDs generally take 20-30 minutes to import, while Blu-ray can take 60-90 minutes.
Note: Apple users have two choices for running a Windows program on their Mac. You can boot into Windows at startup to be in the Windows environment or you can use a program like Parallels Desktop, which can run Windows program in the Mac environment.
Sorting, Filter, and Searching Movies: The Fusion Research Rocket Movie Server provides powerful tools for sorting, filtering, and searching what movie you might want to watch. The design has been refined over the past 5 years based on user input and is now in its 3rd generation of release. Even if you have a very large collection of many thousands of titles, you can always find what you want by first using a filter to narrow your search, before adding a sort or search.
Note: You can combine two types of functions; for example, you could first filter a genre (like Comedy), which will remove all movies except for comedies and then sort the remaining movies by length, rating or when you loaded it, so that even extremely large collections can be managed easily.
Cover Art, Meta Data and Disc Recognition: DVD's contain no cover art or metadata on the disc; instead they have a unique numerical code on them that can be used for identification against a database for recognition. To have a truly effective system, the meta data (cover art, actors, ratings, synopsis, etc) needs to be accurate and available. Fusion hosts its own proprietary database server and full-time staff who aggregate and correct movie data. Fusion's unique database has tens of thousands of titles from around the world and that number grows daily.
Note: Occasionally some DVD's may not be recognized in Fusion's system, this is most common on television or series-based DVD collections or a new pressing of an old title. You can use the video manager utility to correct the information or you can contact Fusion Research and the information can be added. Fusion Research may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925.217.1233 8am - 5pm PST.
Movie Manager: The Movie Manager is a program that can be loaded onto your Windows PC (XP or later) from the included "Loading Utilities Disc" CD-ROM. When you launch the Movie Manager you will get a list of all your movies. The Movie Manager is a useful tool for adding information to your own home movies or to add custom information to your regular movie collection.
Automated Movie Updates: Most DVD's utilize a proprietary encryption system for protecting their discs. Fusion is one of the few companies in the world to use a legitimate licensed CSS decoder to playback DVD's. In addition to the industry standard encryption, some studios have decided to use their own individual copy protection. These non-standard discs require special modifications or updates for playback in media server systems. Fusion automatically posts these updates along with the cover art and metadata so that they are downloaded onto the system seamlessly in the background while the movie loads. This way the system never requires software patches or updates installations to play new movies as many other media servers require.
Updating the Discs: Once a disc is released that requires updating, it may be available to Fusion's users hours after the release or take a week or more. It depends on the number of discs in the queue and the length of time that particular disc requires. If a customer contacts us by e-mail or phone when they have a particular disc that doesn't load, we can immediately acquire that disc, expedite it to the front of the queue and even contact them when it's ready to load.
Backing Up Movies: You can backup your movies through the Video Manager. These files are fully encrypted and cannot be shared with other video systems. This procedure is intended as a security measure to protect the archived files on the Rocket system. This will not however give the ability to add extra storage. Typically, people use an external USB drive to connect directly to the Rocket; you may also use a NAS drive on your network for this purpose.
Firmware Version: The Fusion Research Rocket Movie Server contained firmware version 188.8.131.52 (as of 12/9/2011).
Installation Note: Please keep in mind that the Rocket is a sophisticated multi-terabyte server. Keeping the unit cool is extremely important; you may also notice some slight fan sound. This product has been acoustically tuned to minimize the noise from the integrated fans.
Boxee: Fusion has integrated a new streaming technology from Boxee into the Rocket Movie Server. Boxee is one of the leading streaming content platforms in home entertainment today. Now you can have a single product solution for all your digital entertainment.
Entertainment Apps: With Boxee, there are literally hundreds of streaming applications available, with more being added all the time. You can stream music from Pandora, watch movies from Netflix, or choose from any of the latest new apps that are being added frequently.
Social Networks: Boxee is fully integrated with social networking sites (like Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube) so that you can share your favorite movies, video clips or songs with your friends.
Customizable User Interface: Boxee also offers an interface which can be customized by the user so that all your most popular apps are arranged just the way you want them. You can pick from the large assortment of apps and move them to your "home page" or simply remove all by your favorite ones to make the interface simple and easy to use.
IP Control: Fusion has also developed direct IP control over Boxee, so that using it with systems like Control4 are fully integrated and seamless for the end user.
IR Remote Control: The Fusion Research Rocket Movie Server includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the music server system.
iOS Remote App: You may also control the Rocket Movie Server with your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, using the free iOS remote app from iTunes. This free app provides complete two-way control of the Rocket Movie Server using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. You can browse your collection, filter, and sort through hundreds of movies directly on your Apple device before choosing the movie that you'd like to watch.
Note: Compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch (running iOS 4.2 or later).
Parental Control: Built-in Parental Control lets you better manage what movies your kids are watching. It limits your children's access to your movie collection, so they can only watch the "kid approved" movies. The Parental Control setting is protected by a 4 digit pass-code.
Video Outputs: The Fusion Research Rocket Movie Server is equipped with high-definition (HDMI/Component) and standard definition (composite) video outputs.
Audio Outputs: The Fusion Research Rocket Movie Server is equipped with both digital (optical) and analog (3.5mm) audio outputs.
Ethernet (RJ-45) Port: The Rocket Movie Server is equipped with a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port to connect to your home network, in order to download movies from your Windows PC (XP or later) - using the included "Loading Utilities Disc" CD-ROM. The Ethernet port also provides access to Boxee, an online entertainment streaming service.
PC Input: The Rocket Movie Server features a rear-panel PC input (15-pin) to connect your PC directly to the movie server.
6 USB Ports: The Rocket Movie Server is equipped with 6 total USB (type-A) ports. There are 2 USB ports on the front-panel and 4 USB port on the rear-panel. The USB ports can be used to connect The Fusion Research add-on external hard drive (810EM4TB, sold separately) or the Fusion Research DVD/Blu-ray player (810EBDD, sold separately).
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