FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide

FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide
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Contents
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Media Player Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Safely Disconnecting External Devices from the Media Player . . . . . 9 Navigating the Media Player Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Using the Remote with the Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

2. Setting Up the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Choosing a Menu Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Configuring the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 System Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Menu Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Text Encoding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Version Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MAC Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DivX® Register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DivX® Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FreeAgent Go LED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Factory Default . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13

Manually Resetting Your Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Audio Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Night Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Digital Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Video Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aspect Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Contrast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TV System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Video Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Network Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wired Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wireless Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collecting your Wireless Setup Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15

Supported Resolutions by Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Configuring the WiFi Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Firmware Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Online Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USB Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Automatic Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 17 17 17

3. Playing Media Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Supported File Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Movie Subtitles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 18 18 18 19

Opening a Media Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Searching for a Media File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Browsing Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Playing Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Movie Playback Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Displaying Movie Album Art in DVD Thumbnail View . . . . . . . . . . . Getting Movie Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Playing Movies in Slow Motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Viewing Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Playing Pictures and Movies from Compatible Digital Cameras and Camcorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Playing a Slideshow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Selecting Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 21 21 22 22 22 23 23 23

Setting Slideshow Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Playing Music with a Slideshow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Playing Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Music Playback Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Displaying Album Cover Art in Music Thumbnail View . . . . . . . . . . 26

4. Using Internet Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 5. Managing Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Using a FreeAgent Go Drive with the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Using a USB Device with the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Using a Network with the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Using a Media Server with the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Accessing Devices on the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

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6. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application . . . . . 31
Installing the FreeAgent Theater Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Using the Seagate Thumbnail Creator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Supported Movie File Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Managing Your Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using the My Drives Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Managing Drive Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adjusting the Power Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 35 36 36

Testing Your Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Adjusting Drive Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Updating Your Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Changing Seagate Advisor Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Registering Your Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Getting Drive Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Using the System Tray Status Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Restoring the System Tray Status Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Using Media Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using Simple Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using Custom Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Managing Media Sync Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using Automatic Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Turning Off Automatic Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 40 41 42 43 43

7. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application . . . . 44
Installing the Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using Default Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using Manual Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Turning Off Automatic Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 46 46 47

A. About DivX® Certification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
About DivX® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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you can view files as thumbnails or in a list or sort them by name or the date they were saved. see Chapter 6 “Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application” on page 31 or Chapter 7 “Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application” on page 44. Introduction Overview 1. Introduction The FreeAgent Theater+™ media player is a home theater solution that makes it simple for you to transfer multimedia files from your computer for play on your TV or stream digital media files from your local network or media server. This allows you to sort and display your media in a variety of ways. Just connect the media player to your TV. pictures. For example. Getting started takes only a few minutes. and music from your computer onto a portable drive. You can turn off the media player while it’s indexing your files. but we recommend that you not disconnect it. and connect the portable drive to the media player.1. Overview The media player can play digital media files from a variety of sources: • • • • A FreeAgent Go™ portable drive or any NTFS. Note: The spinning blue icon in the lower right corner of the TV screen indicates that the media player is indexing or processing media files on connected external devices. To use the FreeAgent Theater application to manage and sync your media files on your computer. Use the media player menus and the remote control buttons to navigate to your media files and select viewing options. FAT32. or HFS/HFS+ formatted external USB storage device A compatible digital camera or camcorder Internet media services Devices connected to your local network (displays only files and folders shared to the network) The media player indexes and creates a database of all the media files stored on connected external devices connected to it. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 6 . drag your movies. the FreeAgent Theater computer software allows you to synchronize media folders on your drive with those on your computer and access your external drive features. For additional help managing your media files.

Front View Reset button Power USB LAN HDMI Optical AV Out Pr Pb Y Component video Figure 2: FreeAgent Theater+ Media Player .1. FreeAgent™ | Go drive in play position IR lens USB port Figure 1: FreeAgent Theater+ Media Player .Rear View FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 7 . Introduction Media Player Components Media Player Components The media player consists of these components: • A media player that connects to both standard definition and high definition TVs.

) Figure 3: FreeAgent Go™ Drive • • A CD containing the FreeAgent Theater+ application software and this FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide. (Not available in all packages.1. A remote control to navigate the FreeAgent Theater+ TV menus. All media player features are controlled using the remote control buttons and the on-screen menus. Introduction Media Player Components • A FreeAgent Go™ portable drive that connects directly to both the media player and your computer for easy transport of media files between computer and TV. Power Home Arrow Buttons OK Menu Information Back Play/Pause Fast Forward Stop Forward Skip Zoom Reverse Back Skip Volume Mute Figure 4: Remote Control FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 8 .

FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 9 . Zoom + -: Zoom in or out when playing pictures or movies. (Play/Pause): Play or pause movies. (Stop): Stop playback (Back): Move one step back to the previous screen. (Forward Skip): Go to the next file when playing music or viewing pictures or to the next chapter in a movie. Failure to do this may result in damage to the contents of the external device. and pictures. (Fast Reverse): Fast reverse the current playback. press again to resume audio. up. Menu: Display the menu that contains options for the screen currently displayed on your TV. Safely Disconnecting External Devices from the Media Player Before you disconnect a FreeAgent Go™ portable drive or other external storage device from the media player. music. and down through the menus. turn off the media player using the power button on the remote. OK: Confirm a menu selection. Introduction Media Player Components Power: Turn the media player on and off. Press repeatedly to select higher zoom levels. Volume + -: Increase or decrease volume. (Back Skip): Return to the previous file when playing music or viewing pictures or to the previous chapter in a movie.1. (Fast Forward): Fast forward the current playback. Press repeatedly to select faster reverse speeds. Home: Return to the home screen from any other screen. (Information): Get information about the content currently displayed on your TV. Press repeatedly to select faster forward speeds. Arrow Buttons: Press to navigate left. right. Mute: Press to mute audio output.

The main menu appears across the top of any screen when you press the Menu button on the remote. Figure 5: Home screen Using the main menu is the best way to move among media player screens. Introduction Navigating the Media Player Menus Navigating the Media Player Menus You use the buttons and directional arrows on the remote control to navigate among the media player screens and menus. To open the home screen. press Menu on the remote again to close it. It provides access to all the media player features.1. Press OK on the remote to carry out a selected action. Music. From here. Internet. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 10 . or Devices screens. press the Home button on the remote. Press Menu again to display a sub-menu. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to navigate a menu. Pictures. you can go directly to the Movies. Figure 6: Main Menu Using the Remote with the Menus • • • • • Press Menu on the remote to display the main menu on any screen. When any menu is open. The home screen provides links to the main media player features.

Visual. Choosing a Menu Language The first time you connect your media player to your TV. and firmware update settings for optimal use with your TV. Setting Up the Media Player Choosing a Menu Language 2. The Settings menu opens. and firmware settings for your media player. Setting Up the Media Player The FreeAgent Theater+™ media player is ready for use as soon as you plug it in. you can adjust the system. FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 11 . Once you’ve opened any of the Settings screens. Configuring the Media Player Use the Settings menu to configure the system. You can change your language selection at any time by going to System Setup > Menu Language. video. Network. audio. To close the Settings menu. audio. network. However. Use the left and right arrow buttons on the remote to move among the five Settings screens (System. press Menu. network. Devices Settings System Setup Audio Setup Video Setup Network Setup Firmware Update Help Figure 7: Settings Menu 2. Select Settings in the main menu. Audio. you can navigate among all of them in a few ways: • • Press Menu on the remote to display the Settings menu and make a selection. Select the feature whose settings you want to adjust and press OK on the remote. then press OK on the remote. and Firmware Update. 1. a language selection screen asks you to select your menu language from a list of available languages.2. video. 3.

your registration code is displayed here. FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 12 . DivX® Register If you’ve set up a DivX® Video on Demand account at the Video on Demand website. • Use the back button on the remote to move back and forth on a split screen. Time Manually set the date and time.2. Version Information View complete system information for the firmware version currently installed on your media player. Setting Up the Media Player System Setup – Using the left and right arrow buttons to move between media player screens works only for the Settings features. IP Address Set your Network IP or Wireless IP. Go to the website on your computer and enter the code to begin playing the selected video on your media player. – You must select a feature to work with on the left side of the split screen before you can select an option on the right side of the screen. FreeAgent Go LED Turn the LED on the FreeAgent Go drive on or off. Text Encoding Select the language to be used for media information. MAC Address View the network ID assigned to the media player. go to the Video on Demand website on your computer and enter the deactivation code shown here. DivX® Deactivate To deactivate your DivX® Video on Demand account. System Setup Menu Language Select the language to be used in all media player menus.

Setting Up the Media Player Manually Resetting Your Media Player Factory Default Reset all Setup menu functions to the factory default and display the initial language selection screen. HDMI™ LPCM Multi CH: Contains multiple audio channels.2. Manually Resetting Your Media Player If you mistakenly select the wrong TV system setup. Digital Output S/PDIF LPCM: Converts the multi-channel audio output into stereo. That’s easy to fix using the reset button on the right end of the rear of the media player. Reset Pr Pb Y Figure 8: Reset Button • • Press once briefly to restore factory default settings. FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 13 . select when only two speakers are available. Press and hold for 10 seconds to toggle between the PAL European TV standard and the NTSC American TV standard. S/PDIF RAW: Plays the digital audio without decoding. it’s possible that your TV screen will go blank. HDMI™ RAW: Not decoded by the media player. You must connect the media player to a receiver with decoding capabilities. Audio Setup Night Mode Off: Default setting On: The bass output is automatically lowered so that others are not disturbed when you use the media player at night. select for surround sound when multiple speakers are available. Comfort: High and low volume levels are automatically adjusted to moderate levels among all media and TV channels so that the volume does not become too loud or too soft to be heard when you change from one device or media format to another. HDMI™ LPCM 2CH: Encodes multiple audio channels into only a left and a right channel.

such as video feeds. 50 HZ): Standard European television resolution Video Resolution The media player transmits an analog video signal in both standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) resolutions for American NTSC. 60 HZ): Standard American television resolution PAL (576p. Stream content on your TV from media files stored on your computer or other storage devices connected to your network. you see a black bar on the left and right sides of the screen. Brightness Adjust the picture brightness to the desired level. Connecting your media player to a network provides these benefits: • • • Receive update notifications and download the updates directly to the media player. stock reports.2. high definition TVs display in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Contrast Adjust the picture contrast to the desired level. 16:9: The same viewing area as a movie theater screen. FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 14 . If you watch a standard DVD in 4:3 on a 16:9 monitor. and weather conditions. Letter Box: Transfers a wide screen film to a 16:9 video display while maintaining the film’s original aspect ratio.and European PAL-compatible televisions. Supported Resolutions by Connector Composite 480i 576i Component/HDMI™ 480i 480p 576i 576p 720i 520p 1080i 1080p Network Setup You can connect your media player to your local network using either a wired or a wireless setup. Access media services. TV System NTSC (480p. Pan Scan: The standard definition broadcast television format. Setting Up the Media Player Video Setup Video Setup Aspect Ratio Standard definition TVs display in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

if the wireless network was installed professionally. smartphones. Setting Up the Media Player Network Setup Wired Setup Choose one of these settings if you’re using a wired setup. also known as Ad-Hoc FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 15 . on an information sheet or a tag attached to the router. If you use one. you must use the FreeAgent Theater+ WiFi Adapter. which connects to either of the USB ports on your media player. two-way radios. Cancel: No wired LAN Dynamic IP (AUTO): Automatically receive an assigned IP address from a router or server on the local network (suggested). you must type in the name. select the correct network name. If the network has no security. also known as Infrastructure (recommended) Peer to Peer. pagers. Security Key or Pass Phrase: required only if security is enabled. the security key on the media player must match the security key on your router The network name. Wireless Security Method: the method used to protect your network. If your network is set up not to display the SSID. you need to know which one is yours. Static IP (MANUAL): Manually configure the IP address (for advanced users only). Wireless Setup For wireless access to your local network. Be sure to select the same mode for the media player as the one used for your router. Peer to Peer: There are two wireless connection modes. Access Point vs. • • • None Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP): a set of security rules for wireless local area networks. select the security method and enter the appropriate key. and communicators. • • Access Point. If the network does have security. Collecting your Wireless Setup Information Before you set up your WiFi Adapter. security method. Wireless Application Protocol WPA or WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access): a set of security rules that allows users to safely access information instantly via handheld wireless devices such as mobile phones.2. and security key can be found on your router setup page or. collect this information: Wireless Network Name (SSID): the name of your wireless local area network. A list of available networks is displayed on the screen during setup.

9. 8. Select Connection1 and press OK. If you don’t have an Internet connection. Press Menu on the remote to display the main menu. such as security information. 7. Press the right arrow button on the remote to navigate to Settings and press OK. Setting Up the Media Player Firmware Update Note: A slow network or weak wireless signal can limit the quality of your media playback or the ability to play some files. The message WiFi Adapter detected appears briefly on the screen.2. Press the down arrow button to select Wireless Setup on the left side of the screen and press OK. Follow the on-screen prompts to enter your wireless setup information. Turn on your FreeAgent Theater + media player. Press the left or right arrow button to navigate to the Network screen and press OK. If playback is choppy. check the WiFi Adapter LED to make sure it’s connected and working. You can save a wireless setup configuration with three different sets of settings. 6. 4. Configuring the WiFi Adapter 1. FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 16 . The highlight automatically moves to the right side of the screen. Plug the FreeAgent Theater+ WiFi Adapter into one of the media player’s USB ports. This will vary according to the type of router and security setup you’ve installed on your computer. Profile Name: Identify a particular configuration – Component 1: One set of saved wireless settings – Component 2: A second set of saved wireless settings – Component 3: A third set of saved wireless settings Firmware Update Updates to your media player firmware are released regularly. 5. you can receive a notification on your TV when an update is available or set the media player to update itself automatically. 3. If your media player is connected to the Internet. 2. try adjusting the router antenna or positioning the media player and your router more closely together. you must check the Seagate website regularly to see if an update is available. Note: If the message doesn’t appear. Select the type of wireless connection (Access Point or Peer-to-Peer) and press OK.

and 4:00 a.2. and install updates automatically. The media player checks for an update and displays a prompt if one is available. select your language. Follow the directions in the prompt to download the firmware update. every morning.seagate.m. and. go to the Seagate website at www. 2. FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 17 . Connect the USB storage device to your media player. select Firmware Update > USB. select Firmware Update > Automatic. you must check the Seagate website every few weeks to see if one is available. 5. Setting Up the Media Player Firmware Update See “Network Setup” on page 14 for information on connecting your media player to the Internet. 2. 4. The media player recognizes the update file and automatically installs it. 2. Automatic Update You can set up your media player to search for. download. 3. checks for an update. USB Update If your media player is not connected to a network. To turn on automatic update. FreeAgent Theater+ turns on your media player sometime between 2 a. On the Settings menu. 1.m. Select On and click OK on the remote. On your computer. 1. When you turn on automatic update. you cannot receive automatic update notifications.com. On the Settings menu. Drag the update onto an external USB storage device. if it finds one. On the Settings menu. download it to your computer. 1. and go to Support. installs it and shuts the media player off. If a firmware update is available. Online Update If you prefer to manage your updates and your media player is connected to the Internet. select Firmware Update > Online.

Pictures The media player supports these picture file types: Table 2: BMP PNG Supported Picture File Types GIF TIFF JPEG/JPG FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 18 . Playing Media Files You follow the same basic steps to find and play any type of media file. After you’ve used the remote and the menu to open the screen for a selected media type (movie. select.3. picture. use the media menus to make choices about how to sort. The media player supports these subtitle formats: SMI/SAMI. SRT. and play the media files. Supported File Types The media player supports specific movie. The subtitle file name must be the same as the movie file name and the subtitle file and movie file must reside in the same folder. or music). and SUB. picture. and music file types. Playing Media Files Supported File Types 3. Movies The media player supports these movie file types: Table 1: ASF DivX® ISO MOV MPG RMVB SRT TRP WMV Supported Movie File Types AVI FLV M2TS MP4 MTS SAMI SUB TS XVID DAT IFO MKV MPEG RM SMI TP VOB Movie Subtitles The media player plays supported subtitle formats with a movie.

─ OR ─ Press Menu on the remote to open the menu. use the on-screen keyboard and the remote to enter the name or part of the name of a movie. Select one of the files to play or start a new search if you don’t see the file you want. and Music) has its own screens and menu options. Press Menu again on the remote on any screen to display the menu for that screen. On the Search screen. 1. or music file. 3. Pictures. The screen for the selected media type opens. Pictures. or music track. no files with that name were found. The screen lists all files that contain that name. If the screen is blank. 3. 2. or Music in the menu. Select Done on the keyboard. From any screen. picture. picture. 2. On the home screen.3. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 19 . Press Menu on the remote to display the menu. or Music. Searching for a Media File Use the Search option on the Movies. Press OK on the remote. Playing Media Files Opening a Media Screen Audio The media player supports these audio file types: Table 3: AAC FLAC OGG RMVB M3U Supported Audio File Types AC3 M4A RA WAV PLS ASF MP3 RM WMA Opening a Media Screen Each media type (Movies. Pictures. or Music menu to find a particular movie. 4. The same process is used to open those menus. 1. select Search. use the arrow buttons on the remote to select Movies. then use the arrow buttons on the remote to select Movies. Pictures. and press OK to open the Search screen.

1. Press Menu on the remote to display the Movies menu if you want to change how movie files are displayed. Table 4: Movies Menu Search: Use the remote and the on-screen search keyboard to search for a movie by title. Select Devices on the main menu and navigate through the Devices screen options to view your media files and folders. there’s no effect if you click the English key. Playing Movies The media player can play movies and personal videos stored on your computer or on a digital camera or camcorder. Show all movies: Display all personal videos and DVDs. 2. View List: Display movies in a list. Pictures. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to navigate to and select a movie to play. If your menu language is already English. Playing Media Files Browsing Folders The bottom left key on the search keyboard is labeled English. this view shows only the name of the movie folder and clicking its icon plays the movie from the beginning. Show DVDs: Display movies that were saved to the external device in DVD format. Browsing Folders The media player indexes all the media files available on the external drives connected to your media player and creates a database that you can search and display in a variety of ways. or Music menu and navigate through the files and folders stored on all devices connected to the media player. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 20 . If you prefer to view your files and folders as they’re stored on your drive. Instead of the multiple folders and files that may be associated with that type of movie format. you can do that by browsing: • • Select Browse on the Movies. Browse Folders: Display all file and folders containing movies on all connected external devices. Sort: Choose how to sort your movie titles for display: A-Z Z-A Sort by Newest Sort by Oldest From the Movies screen. View Thumbnails: Display movies as thumbnails if thumbnail art has been saved in the same folder as the movie files. Select this key if your menu language is something other than English but you want to enter English characters in your search. See Chapter 5 “Managing Devices” on page 29 for further information about using the Devices screen to browse folders.3.

.. You can choose one language for subtitles and another for dialog for the same movie. After you’ve made your menu selections. put the movie album image in the movie folder next to the Audio_TS and Video_TS folders. press Back Skip ( ) on the remote within 10 seconds of restarting the movie. Audio. Displaying Movie Album Art in DVD Thumbnail View When you store a movie in DVD format on your computer. While a movie is playing. Pictures Figure 9: Movies Playback Menu • • • DVD Menu: If you’re playing a DVD that contains its own menu. To restart a movie from the beginning rather than from the point at which it was last paused or stopped. Movie Playback Options After you’ve started playing a movie. press Menu again to close the menu and resume the movie. See “Using the Seagate Thumbnail Creator” on page 33 to learn how to create thumbnails for movie files that don’t provide their own thumbnails FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 21 . press Menu on the remote to pause the movie and display the Movie playback menu options.. Audio: If dubbing is available. Audio_TS and Video_TS. Home Movies DVD Menu Subtitles. display that menu. Inside that folder are two sub-folders. • To display the movie album art on the media player Movies screen. Subtitles: If subtitles are available. Note: 2. Playing Media Files Playing Movies 3.3. you can change the playback options. a folder named for the movie is created. choose a language for them. choose a language and an encoding format for the movie dialog.. Press Play/Pause ( ) on the remote to start the movie. 1. 4.

1/8. Press again to hide the information. Press ( ) again to resume normal play. While the movie is playing. 2. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 22 . Press Fast Reverse ( ) for play in slow reverse motion. Sort by image name or date. Press repeatedly to decrease the speed of the reverse play. press Play/Pause ( ) to pause the video. View Thumbnails: Display pictures as thumbnails. Playing Movies in Slow Motion You can play movies in forward or reverse slow motion at varying speeds: 1/2.1/16. Viewing Pictures The media player allows you to manage how pictures are displayed in a variety of ways: • • • • • Display pictures in a list view or a thumbnail view.1/4. 1. Press repeatedly to decrease the speed of the forward play. Show all pictures: Display all pictures on all connected external storage devices. Playing Media Files Viewing Pictures Getting Movie Info While a movie is playing. 1.3. Pictures Menu Table 5: Search: Use the remote and the on-screen search keyboard to search for a picture by name. Sort: Choose how to sort your pictures for display: A-Z Z-A Sort by Newest Sort by Oldest From the Pictures screen. Press Menu on the remote to display the Pictures menu if you want to change how pictures are displayed. Rotate images. Play a folder of photos as a slideshow complete with background music and transition effects. 4. View List: Display pictures in a list. press information ( ) on the remote to display the title and a progress bar. Press Fast Forward ( ) for play in slow forward motion. Play photos directly from compatible digital cameras or camcorders on your TV. 3. Browse Folders: Look through all the pictures files and folders on all connected external devices.

1. Playing Pictures and Movies from Compatible Digital Cameras and Camcorders You can connect a compatible digital camera or camcorder to the media player with a USB cable to play photos and movies stored on the camera on your TV. select Browse Folders. If it doesn’t open. set special slideshow effects and select music to play with the slideshow. From the Devices screen. Press OK on the remote to view a specific picture or Play/Pause ( ) to start a slideshow. On the Pictures screen.3. it can’t be viewed via the media player. and press Play/Pause ( start the slideshow. Select the media file you want to play. Playing a Slideshow To set up a slideshow of your pictures. click the movie folder or the image. and click OK. 3. press Menu to display the Pictures menu. Note: Checking to see if a digital camera or file type is compatible with the media player will not harm it. • On the Pictures screen. Selecting Pictures To play a slideshow of all the pictures on all the external devices connected to your media player. 2. To find out if a movie or a picture on your camera can be viewed with the media player. either. 3. select a picture. Not all digital cameras can be used with the media player. if you wish. Select your digital camera and navigate to the camera’s memory card from the Devices menu. Press Play/Pause ( ) on the remote to start the playback. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 23 . Not all movie file types are compatible. ) on the remote to To play a slideshow of the pictures in a specific folder. 1. you select the pictures to include and. Press Play/Pause ( ) to stop the slideshow on a particular picture and press it again to resume the slideshow. To find out if your camera is compatible. Playing Media Files Viewing Pictures 2. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to select a picture. 4. connect it to the USB port on the front of the media player and see if the camera is displayed in the list of external devices on your TV.

you must open the folder on your computer. Your preferences remain in effect for future slideshows until you change them. rotate the image. When you’ve selected a folder of pictures to play.. 4. While a slideshow is playing or a picture is displayed. 1.. use the Pictures slideshow menu to set up your slideshow preferences. press Play/Pause ( slideshow with your preferences. When a picture you want to rotate is displayed.3. press Play/Pause ( start the slideshow. ) on the remote to Setting Slideshow Effects Once you’ve started a slideshow or have opened a picture. 3. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to select a slideshow menu option and press OK on the remote. Playing Media Files Viewing Pictures 2. Rotate: Turn an image 90 degrees to the left or right. To permanently rotate an image. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 24 . Select Rotate Right 90 or Rotate Left 90 on the menu to rotate the image. Browse through the picture folders stored on all the devices connected to the media player. 3. press Menu on the remote open the Pictures slideshow menu. When you’ve finished your settings. Click Menu on the remote to display the slideshow menu. The image rotation is not saved. Press Play/Pause ( Note: ) on the remote to resume the ) on the remote to ) to resume the slideshow. and save it to the drive. Movies Pictures Rotate Right 90 Rotate Left 90 Zoom Slide Timing. 3. Slide Transition.. press Play/Pause ( stop the slideshow. Continuous Play Shuffle Music Figure 10: Pictures Slideshow Menu 2. 2. 1. Repeat this step until you’ve set preferences for each menu option..

Press Play/Pause ( ) on the remote to start both the music and the slideshow. On your computer. Continuous Play: Play your pictures in order from first to last. Playing Media Files Playing Music Zoom: Zoom in on a picture: 2x. View List: Display music files in a list.3. Drag the slideshow folder onto a portable drive. 8x. and connect it to your media player. Show Playlists: Display song playlists you created on your computer. 2. Show all Songs/Albums/Artists/Genres/Years: Select how to view your music files. you can use the Music menu to select your Play options. Table 6: Music Menu Search: Use the remote and the on-screen search keyboard to search for a music track by title. Slide Timing: Choose how long to display each image in the slideshow. 4x. 2. Browse Folders: Look through all the music on all connected external devices. 3. put a music playlist in the folder containing the pictures you want to play in your slideshow. 1. Navigate to the pictures you want to play and press Play/Pause ( the slideshow ) on the remote to start Playing Music You can find music on your media player by browsing through your music lists or searching for music by title. Use the remote control buttons and media player menus to navigate to and select the folder. Use the remote control buttons and media player menus to navigate to and start playing the music. 1. Once you’ve found the music you want to play. Shuffle: Play your pictures in random order continuously. The view you select determines which music is displayed on the music screen. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 25 . Playing Music with a Slideshow You can prepare the music and pictures for a slideshow on your computer before transporting the slideshow folder to your media player. then start from the beginning again. 4. safely disconnect the drive from your computer. Slide Transition Effects: Choose how to move from one image to the next during a slideshow. View Thumbnails: Display music files as thumbnails showing the album cover if thumbnail art has been saved in the same folder as the music files. You can play music with a slideshow even if you haven’t prepared a slideshow folder on your computer.

use the Music playback menu to choose playback options. Displaying Album Cover Art in Music Thumbnail View You can display an image of the album cover art in the thumbnail view of a music folder. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 26 . 1. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to select an album or music track to play and press ) on the remote. While a music track is playing. Pictures Music Normal Repeat One Continuous Play Shuffle Loop Internet Figure 11: Music Playback Menu • • • • Normal: Play all music once. Continuous Play: Repeat all the music in the order it’s listed. press Menu on the remote to display the Music playback menu options. Playing Media Files Playing Music Table 6: Music Menu Sort: Choose how to sort your music for display: A-Z Z-A Sort by Newest Sort by Oldest From the Music screen. Press the Volume keys on the remote to adjust the sound. 2. Shuffle Loop: Play the music continuously in random order. 3.3. 1. Press Menu on the remote to display the Music menu if you want to change how music files are displayed 2. Repeat One: Repeat the current track until you choose a different option. Play/Pause ( Music Playback Options Once you’ve started playing a music track. Press Stop to stop the music and Back to return to the Music window.

Playing Media Files Playing Music 1. 3. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 27 . 2. Drag the music folder onto an external device and carry it to the media player. find the album art. Drag the image into the music album folder. On your computer.3. The music folder displays the album cover image in thumbnail view on the Music screen.

Press the Home button on the remote to display the media player home screen.4. Using Internet Services 4. stock market information. Follow the on-screen instructions for the selected media service. The Internet screen displays the names of the Internet media services to which your media player can link. 2. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight the service you want to connect to and press OK on the remote. Using Internet Services The Internet screen provides links to various media services. 3. 1. weather reports. To return to the media player screens. and a variety of popular Internet sites. so be sure to visit the Internet screen often to see new services. 4. • • Press Menu on the remote to display the media player menu and select another media player feature. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 28 . These include text and video news feeds. Select Internet from the home screen or the menu. Services are regularly added and updated.

Using a FreeAgent Go Drive with the Media Player Although the media player can be used with any NTFS. Press Menu on the remote to display the menu. Accessing Devices on the Media Player 1. You can connect a supported USB device into either the front or the rear USB port on the media player. a camera. Using a Media Server with the Media Player A media server is any device that stores and shares digital media files. FAT32. Media servers manufactured by companies who are part of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) can be used with the FreeAgent Theater+ media player. and a USB device in addition to a local network and a media server. or HFS/HFS+ formatted external USB storage device. The slot on the front of the media player provides a direct connection between the media player and the FreeAgent Go drive. Managing Devices Using a FreeAgent Go Drive with the Media Player 5. DLNA is a collection of companies around the world who have agreed to make products that are compatible with one another so that entertainment devices within the home can share their content with each other across a home network. or HFS/HFS+ formatted external USB storage device. See “Network Setup” on page 14 for information on connecting your media player to a network.5. it’s designed specifically for use with a FreeAgent Go drive. Using a USB Device with the Media Player The media player can be used with any NTFS. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 29 . This allows you to easily and conveniently enjoy your media content using any electronic device from any location in your home. Using a Network with the Media Player You can connect your media player to your local network using either a wired or a wireless setup. Devices can include a FreeAgent Go™ drive. Connecting your media player to a network allows you to stream content on your TV from media files stored on your computer or on other storage devices connected to your network (but only files and folders shared to the network). FAT32. Managing Devices The Devices screen provides access to all external devices connected to the FreeAgent Theater+™ media player and allows you to browse through the media files stored on them in the traditional file/folder view.

Music. or pictures you want to play. Managing Devices Accessing Devices on the Media Player 2. music. or Music menu. Internet Devices View Thumbnails View List Show All Media Show Movies Show Pictures Show Music Settings Figure 12: Devices Menu Use this menu to decide how to display the media on this device (Thumbnails or List) and which kinds of media files to display (Movies. When you’ve found the movie.5. ) on the Note: Using the Devices menu is the only way to browse through the folders on a device and view media files within their folders. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 30 . Press Menu again to display the Devices menu. or All). The screen displays available devices: • • • • FreeAgent Go if a FreeAgent Go drive is inserted in the media player USB if a USB storage device is connected to the media player Network if the media player is connected to your local network. 4. press Play ( remote. Pictures. Pictures. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to select a device and press OK. 5. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight Devices in the menu and press OK on the remote. You can access the Devices menu either by selecting Devices on the menu or by selecting Browse Folders on the Movies. Media Server if a DLNA device is connected to the media player 3.

FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 31 . a feature that allows you to automatically synchronize media files between your computer and a FreeAgent Go™ portable drive or any NTFS or FAT32-formatted USB external storage device. Note: You can register later via the My Drives Settings menu. ─ OR ─ Click Cancel to postpone the registration and continue with the software installation. Installing the FreeAgent Theater Software The FreeAgent Theater application software can be found on the Installation CD included in the product box 1. and select AutoPlay from the pop-up menu. The first of three Registration windows opens. 3. 2. The Choose Language window opens. go to My Computer. Insert the Installation CD in your computer. Click the language in which you want to install the application. but you can’t synchronize your media files without it. Note: If AutoPlay does not begin on its own. Fill in the information on the three Registration windows. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application The FreeAgent Theater application includes Media Sync. You can use the media player without installing the FreeAgent Theater software.6. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Installing the FreeAgent Theater Software 6. right-click on the Installation CD.

Click Install FreeAgent Theater. Figure 13: Installation Main Menu 4.6. 7. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 32 . Click Finish to complete the installation. 5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. A FreeAgent Theater icon appears on your desktop. 6. The InstallShield Wizard Welcome window opens. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Installing the FreeAgent Theater Software The main menu opens. The Installation CD main menu is still open on your desktop. Click Exit to close the main menu.

6. You can use the Seagate Thumbnail Creator to automatically create thumbnails for movie files on your PC before you move them from your computer to your media player. The Seagate Thumbnail Creator wizard opens. Insert the Installation CD in your computer. The program is easy to use and can be found on the installation CD included in the product box. Figure 14: Media Sync Window Using the Seagate Thumbnail Creator Not all movie files come with their own thumbnail cover art. the Seagate Thumbnail Creator window opens. 2. On the main menu of the Installation CD. navigate to a movie folder for which you want to create a thumbnail. and click OK. click Install Seagate Thumbnail Creator. 1. When the software has been installed. 3. You can install the software on your computer at the same time you install the FreeAgent Theater software or you can install it at another time by inserting the Installation CD in your computer’s CD/DVD drive. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 33 . The Thumbnail Creator selects a single frame from each movie file in a selected folder or drive and shows it in FreeAgent Theater+ when the movie file is displayed. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Using the Seagate Thumbnail Creator The FreeAgent Theater application launches automatically. Click Choose Folder.

the thumbnails will be displayed.6. 6. When those movie files are shown on your TV by the FreeAgent Theater+ media player. If you want to create thumbnails for another movie. click Exit to close it. click Choose Folder to select another movie folder and click OK. — OR — If you’re done creating thumbnails. click Finished to close the Seagate Thumbnail Creator window. Supported Movie File Types The Seagate Thumbnail Creator supports these movie file types: Table 7: ASF DivX® MOV MPG SAMI SUB TS Supported Movie File Types AVI FLV MP4 MTS SMI TP WMV DAT M2TS MPEG RM SRT TRP XVID FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 34 . Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Using the Seagate Thumbnail Creator The Seagate Thumbnail Creator automatically selects a frame from each movie file in the selected folder to create a thumbnail for that file and then displays Finished in the lower part of the window. 5. The Installation CD main menu is still open on your desktop. If you’re finished with the main menu.

To access advanced settings for the selected drive. used to sync media files on the selected drive with media files on your computer. click Customer Support to go to Seagate’s Support website. click Drive Info. If you’re not able to find the answer to your question. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Managing Your Drives Managing Your Drives The My Drives window provides a central point from which to manage your connected drives. The currently selected drive is highlighted in light blue. • • • • To select a different drive. used to manage the features of the selected drive. click the Help icon. To get more information about the selected drive. Firewire.You can use the FreeAgent Theater application with any NTFS or FAT32-formatted USB. click the drive icon or partition name. or eSATA drive.6. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 35 . you first select your drive and then the feature you want to use with it. The middle of the My Drives window displays the connected drives. click Settings. Menu Bar Help Figure 15: My Drive Window Using the My Drives Window In the My Drives window. To get help. and the Media Sync window. The icons in the menu bar allow you to move between the My Drives window. You can get to the My Drives window by clicking the My Drives icon in the menu bar from any other window within the application.

FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 36 . Click Apply to save the power setting. In the Settings window. It can take a few seconds for the FreeAgent Theater software to detect your drive. The Adjust Power Setting window confirms that the power setting for your drive has been changed.6. Power-saving mode conserves energy by telling your drive’s internal storage disk to stop spinning when it’s not in use. Managing Drive Settings Click Settings at the bottom of the My Drives window to open the Settings window and access the following features for the selected drive: • • • • • • Adjust Power Setting Test My Drive Adjust Drive Lights (FreeAgent drives only) Check for Software Update Change Seagate Advisor Setting Register My Product (Seagate and Maxtor drives only) Adjusting the Power Setting You can choose how long your drive should remain inactive before it goes into power-saving mode. 3. 2. you may want to choose a longer time interval so your work isn’t interrupted when you're opening files from or saving files to your drive. If your drive doesn’t appear. The Adjust Power Setting window opens. 4. 1. Though power-saving mode uses less electricity. click Adjust Power Setting. If you use your drive a lot. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Managing Your Drives Note: All NTFS and FAT32-formatted USB external drives are automatically detected and listed in the My Drives window. Click OK to return to the My Drives window. If you use your drive less frequently. Select an interval from the drop-down menu or click Default to return to the original power setting for the drive. it takes a little more time for your drive to become active again when you want to use it. you may want to choose a shorter time interval so your drive doesn’t consume more energy than it needs. make sure it’s properly connected and turned on.

In the Settings window. In the Settings window. the results are displayed. Check for updates automatically is selected by default. In the Settings window. 2. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 37 . deselect Check for updates automatically. 1. The Test My Drive window opens. 3. You can also manually check to see if an update is available or you can turn off the Software Update feature. click Check for Software Update. The diagnostic utility performs its tests without affecting the data on your drive. To turn the drive lights back on. To turn the drive lights off. Click Test. 2. click Test My Drive. click Turn lights off. click Adjust Drive Lights. 1.6. Click OK to return to the My Drives window. The Software Update window opens. To turn off Software Update. A progress bar indicates the progress of the test. The Drive Lights window opens. Note: This feature is available only for FreeAgent drives. 1. click Display status and activity lights. The drive lights automatically turn back on in the following situations: • • If drive power is turned off and back on If the drive is disconnected and reconnected Updating Your Software The Software Update feature automatically informs you when an update is available for your software. If the drive is in your bedroom. your drive lights remain on and flicker to indicate drive activity and status. By default. If the diagnostic encounters an error during testing. the serial number of the bad device is displayed with instructions to contact Seagate for service and support. Adjusting Drive Lights The drive lights control allows you to turn off the lights on your drive. 2. 3. When the test is complete. Click Apply. the lights could be distracting at night and you might want to turn them off. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Managing Your Drives Testing Your Drive Test your drive to check the health of your drive.

The Seagate Product Registration web page opens. Registering Your Drive Note: This feature is available only for Seagate and Maxtor drives. click More Info. Show Seagate Advisor messages is selected by default. The Change Seagate Advisor Setting window opens. deselect Show Seagate Advisor messages. In the Settings window. If new software is available. click Change Seagate Advisor Setting. For more information about the new software. Changing Seagate Advisor Setting You can choose whether to show Seagate Advisor popup messages (special promotions and Tips and Tricks) in your system tray. To turn off Seagate Manager pop-up messages in your system tray. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 38 . 1. 2. Getting Drive Info The Drive Info feature provides the following information about your drive: • • • • • • Serial Number: The drive identification number Fiirmware: The version number of the firmware Volume: The name of your drive Capacity: The total available space on your drive Free Space: The amount of unused space remaining on your drive File System: The Windows file system of your drive 1. To check for updates now. click Register My Drive. In the My Drives window. 2. Click Register at the bottom of the page. In the Settings window. Enter the required information.6. click Check Now. Note: Turning off Seagate Manager system tray popup messages does not turn off Software Update Notification popup messages. A Software Update window appears to inform you of whether your software is up to date. 1. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Managing Your Drives 3. you can download it from this window. select the drive you want information about. 3.

the red icon continues to display until the next successful sync. To check the status of your drive. 3. To use the FreeAgent Theater system tray menu. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 39 . click OK. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Managing Your Drives 2. Status Icon Figure 16: FreeAgent Theater Status Icon The color of the Status icon conveys this information: Table 8: Status Icon Colors Status Icon Color Blue Green Gray Yellow Red Status Drive connected Drive connected Sync idle No drive connected Sync in progress Sync failed Note: When a sync has failed. Click Drive Info. roll your mouse over the Status icon. The Drive Information window opens. Using the System Tray Status Icon The FreeAgent Theater™ Status icon in your system tray keeps you apprised of the status of your external drive and provides quick access to drive features.6. To close the Drive Information window.

but only Media Sync is designed to find media files on your computer and sync them with external drives. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 40 . You can also use one external drive to sync folders on multiple computers. Whenever you connect an external storage device to your computer. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Using Media Sync 1. the media folders on the computer are copied to the media folders on your device to keep them synchronized. There are two sync options: Simple Sync Sync media files in XP My Documents folder or Vista Personal folder Sync all media file types Sync automatically Custom Sync Select one or more folders to sync Select media file types to sync Select automatic or manual sync Using Simple Sync Simple Sync is pre-configured to automatically sync all compatible media files in your XP My Documents or Vista Personal Folder folder. You can sync the same folder on your computer with multiple external drives. Newer file versions always overwrite older versions. Figure 17: FreeAgent Theater Status Icon 2. which includes a different Sync feature. • In the Media Sync window. one at a time. Restoring the System Tray Status Icon If you select Exit on the system tray menu. The drive that comes with the media player does not contain any software. There is no conflict between FreeAgent Theater Media Sync and FreeAgent Go Sync.6. Select the feature you want to access or select Exit to close the menu. the Status icon disappears from the system tray. The drive purchased separately contains its own software. click Simple Sync. go to Start > Programs > Seagate > FreeAgent >Theater > FreeAgent >Theater Status Icon Using Media Sync You can use either a FreeAgent Go™ portable drive that comes packaged with the media player or one that you’ve purchased separately. To restore the Status icon to the system tray. Click the Status icon to display the menu.

rm. ra. iso.6. mpeg. trp. jpg. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Using Media Sync The Simple Sync Confirmation window opens. pls) Videos (asf. wmv. Select the types of media files you want to sync: • • • Photos (bmp. Using Custom Sync Custom Sync allows you to select specific folders and media file types for synchronization and to choose sync settings. rmvb. The Folder Selection window opens. divx. mpg. rm. 1. mp3. wma. 2. mov. vob. Your XP My Documents folder or Vista Personal Folder folder is now synchronized with your FreeAgent drive. Click Finish. ogg. click Custom Sync. srt. ifo. gif. In the Media Sync window. 6. ts. tiff) Music (aac. jpeg. flac. asf. flv. dat. The Media Sync settings window opens. avi. m2ts. xvid) 5. m3u. rmvb. sami. The File Types window opens. smi. mkv. 4. tp. Click Next. Set your Sync Rules: • Sync automatically each time a file changes — OR — • Sync manually using the Sync Now button in the Sync window 7. 3. mts. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 41 . wav. Select the folders to be synchronized. png. mp4. m4a. Click Next. The Media Sync Rules window opens. ac3. sub.

6. In the Media Sync window. 2. 2. check the sync status. the date of the last sync. In the Media Sync window. click Edit Sync Settings. Listed are the names of the computers on which sync was set up. and the Automatic Sync setting (On or Off). 1. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 42 . Use the Media Sync windows to add or remove folders from sync and change your file type and Sync Rules selections. click Check Sync Status. click Delete Sync Settings. Figure 18: FreeAgent Theater+™ Media Sync Settings Editing Media Sync Settings 1. Click OK to return to the Media Sync window. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Using Media Sync Managing Media Sync Settings Use the Media Sync Settings window to edit your sync settings. or delete your sync settings. In the Media Sync window. Deleting Media Sync Settings Note: Deleting your Media Sync settings will not delete the media files stored on your drive. Checking Sync Status 1. The Sync Status window opens.

Using the FreeAgent Theater for Windows Application Using Media Sync The Delete Sync Settings Confirmation window opens. you must be using a computer with Internet access. 3. click the Automatic Sync Off button. By default. To sync manually when Automatic Sync is off. Using Automatic Sync The Automatic Sync feature continuously tracks file changes in synchronized folders and automatically synchronizes revised versions by overwriting older versions with newer versions. To create new sync settings. a knowledge base and a community forum) to help you solve any problem you might have while using your media player. 2. Automatic Sync is turned on. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 43 . Finding More Help Seagate Support provides a broad range of resources (including FAQs. 2. Click Delete. The original Media Sync window opens. The Seagate Support home page opens in a browser. Note: To access Seagate Support. To access Seagate Support from the FreeAgent Theater application. • Click Sync Now in the lower right corner of the Media Sync window. select Seagate Support from the Help menu.6. Your external drive must be connected during Automatic Sync. select Simple Sync or Custom Sync. — OR — • Select Sync Now from the System Tray FreeAgent Theater+™ menu. In the Media Sync window. 1. Turning Off Automatic Sync You can turn off Automatic Sync and control when files are synchronized rather than synchronizing files automatically.

Insert the installation CD in your computer. There is no conflict between FreeAgent Theater Media Sync and FreeAgent Go Sync. Double-click FreeAgent Theater in the Applications folder to open the application. The drive purchased separately contains its own software.7. You can use the media player without installing the FreeAgent Theater software. which includes a different Sync feature. but you can’t synchronize your media files without it. The drive that comes with the media player does not contain any software. but only Media Sync is designed to find media files on your computer and sync them with external drives. 1. Installing the Software The FreeAgent Theater application software can be found on the Installation CD included in the product box. 3. You can use either a FreeAgent Go that comes packaged with the media player or one that you’ve purchased separately. 2. Drag the installer to the Applications folder on your hard disk. Figure 19: FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 44 . Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application Use the FreeAgent Theater application to synchronize media files between your computer and a FreeAgent Go™ portable drive or any FAT32. A FreeAgent Theater folder containing the installer opens. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application Installing the Software 7.or HFS/HFS+-formatted external USB storage device.

Enter the information in the three Registration windows. These are the destination folders onto which you will sync your source media files (Movies. Note: You can register later by selecting Product Registration in the FreeAgent Theater Help menu. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application Installing the Software Opening the application for the first time initiates an automatic install of the software. ─ OR ─ Click Cancel to postpone the registration and complete the software installation. Pictures. • The left panel shows the drives connected to your computer. Pictures. Using the Media Sync Application You can manually select the folders to synchronize or you can set up automatic synchronization so that the media folders on your computer are synchronized when the external drive is connected to your computer. 4. one at a time.7. You can also use one external drive to sync folders on multiple computers. and Music or other folders you choose) from your computer. The right panel is where you choose the source files to be copied to the destination drive. It also opens the first of three Product Registration windows. The bottom right section of the window is where you set up automatic synchronization and where you start synchronizing files after you have selected the source and destination folders. Note: You can sync the same folder on your computer with multiple external drives. • • There are two sync options: • • Default Sync: Use your default media folders (Movies. Movies) as the source folders Manual Sync: Manually select the source folders to synchronize FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 45 .

tiff) FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 46 . Each drive has its own settings.7. where “user name” is the user’s name and “MAC1” is the computer name. jpg. 1. These are the folders that were automatically created when the user account was set up on your computer. Using Manual Sync Manual Sync allows you to select specific folders and media file types for synchronization and to choose the sync settings. a folder called volume name_MAC1 is created on the external drive. etc. Pictures and Music folders are used as the source. Pictures and Music folders to use your computer’s default media folders as the source folders. In the right panel of the application window. • Using Default Sync The FreeAgent Theater application allows you to use your default media folders (Movies. 3. Below Sync only these files. Click Sync Now to synchronize the files now. You do not need to create any folders on the destination drive. select one or more of the file types to filter what is synchronized. jpeg. these folders are added to a folder on the external drive called user name_MAC1. 2. The appropriate folders are created on the drive at the time you choose to synchronize your media files. which contains Folder1.) When the new window appears. select Use my Movies. If more than one drive is connected to your computer. Movies) as the source folders for synchronizing with the external drive. Click the + button and then navigate to the source media folders. Pictures. where “volume name” is the name of the volume and “MAC1” is the computer name.. Connect the external drive to your computer. 3. For example. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application Installing the Software Using Media Sync Note: An external drive must be connected to your computer before you can select the source folders used for media sync. The following file types are supported: • Photos (bmp. 2. png. select the files and folders to sync and then click Add to Sync. as described below: • When the user’s default Movies. Folder2. 1. select the appropriate drive for synchronization. select Movies and then leave Pictures and Music unchecked if you only want to sync movie files. Connect the external drive to your computer. When you manually select a source folder outside of your default folders. Make sure that the drive appears in the left panel of the FreeAgent Theater window. gif. (Click the – button to remove an item from the list.

ifo. srt. If you do not want your drive automatically synchronized while it’s connected. dat. You can also manually check to see if an update is available or you can turn off the Software Update feature. mkv. mpg. Automatic Sync Figure 20: Automatic Sync Option Turning Off Automatic Sync You can turn off Automatic Sync and control when files are synchronized rather than synchronizing files automatically. mpeg. m2ts. m4a. 2. flac. wma. xvid) 4. you can turn off the Automatic Sync feature. ts. mp4. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 47 . trp. Automatic Sync is turned on by default. sami. asf. vob. wav. 1. Click Sync Now. To sync manually when Automatic Sync is off. m3u. pls) Videos (asf. mts. wmv. smi. sub. mov. iso. flv.7. mp3. tp. rm. rm. avi. ogg. clear the check box for Automatic Sync. Using Automatic Sync The Automatic Sync feature continuously tracks file changes in synchronized folders and automatically synchronizes revised versions by overwriting older versions with newer versions. In the FreeAgent Theater application window. Click Sync Now in the lower right corner of the application window. Updating the FreeAgent Software The Software Update feature can automatically inform you when an update is available for your software. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application Installing the Software • • Music (aac. divx. ra. rmvb. ac3. Automatic Sync can occur only when your external drive is connected. rmvb.

select Seagate Support from the Help menu. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 48 . In the Help menu. Finding More Help Seagate Support provides a broad range of resources (including FAQs. 2. Using the FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh Application Installing the Software 1. If new software is available. select Check for updates automatically. click More Info. Note: To access Seagate Support. you must be using a computer with Internet access. To check for updates now. To access Seagate Support from the FreeAgent Theater application. A Software Update window displays to inform you of whether your software is up to date. The Software Update window appears. you can download it from this window. click Software Update. For more information about the software. a knowledge base and a community forum) to help you solve any problem you might have while using your media player. The Seagate Support home page opens in a browser. click Check Now. To turn on automatic Software Update.7. 3.

including DivX 6. About DivX® Certification FreeAgent Theater+™ is an official DivX® certified product with the DivX Home Theater Profile. Many DivX media files are available for download online. FreeAgent Theater +™ User Guide 49 .com.DivX. subtitles. and you can create your own using your personal content and easy-to-use tools from DivX.About DivX® A. DivX files can also include advanced media features like menus. and alternate audio tracks. from compact portable video to high-definition video. It plays all versions of DivX video (including DivX 6) with standard playback of DivX media files. DivX® media files contain highly compressed video with high visual quality that maintains a relatively small file size.com. MOV and AVI files can be played on FreeAgent Theater+™ if they are run through the DivX Converter application. About DivX® DivX® is a popular media technology created by DivX. The DivX Converter is available on www. Certified products qualify for one of several DivX Profiles that designate the type of video the product supports. DivX® Certified products are officially tested by the creators of DivX® and guaranteed to play all versions of DivX video. Inc.

media player 7 connector types. by DivX 49 choosing a language 21 compatible external drive formats FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh 44 FreeAgent Theater for Windows 31 media player 6 components. which one to use 14 continuous play of music 26 of pictures 25 Custom Sync 41 D database. media player 13 audio setup digital output 13 night mode 13 Automatic Sync turning off 43. Windows 39 updating the software. Windows 37 devices 29 accessing on the media player 29 browsing 20 managing 29 digital cameras and camcorders playing media 23 playing movies and videos 23 playing pictures 23 Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) 29 digital output 13 HDMI™ 13 S/PDIF 13 disconnecting external devices from the media player safely 9 DivX® 49 deactivate 12 register 12 Video on Demand 12 DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance ) 29 drive info capacity 38 file system 38 firmware version 38 free space 38 serial number 38 volume 38 drive lights. Windows 36 system tray status icon. adjusting 37 dubbing 21 DVD movie album thumbnails 21 Dynamic IP wired setup 15 E external devices 29 cameras and camcorders 29 FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 50 . media files 6 default sync settings Media Sync for Macintosh 46 Media Sync for Windows 40 defaults. factory 13 desktop application drive settings.Index Index A access point (infrastructure). wireless connection mode 15 album thumbnail cover art DVDs 21 music 26 aspect ratio 16 by 9 14 letter box 14 pan scan 14 video setup 14 audio file types 19 audio settings. Macintosh 47 updating the software. 47 using 43 B blank screen. what to do about 13 C certification.

testing 37 drives. 48 how the media player works 6 I infrastructure (access point). registering 38 drive. resetting to 13 factory defaults. of the drive 38 FreeAgent Go drive LED. restoring 40 H HDMI™ digital output 13 help 43. how to use 39 system tray status icon. changing 38 software installation 31 software. playing 25 pictures menu 22 searching 19 supported file types 18 media files. media player 10 manual sync settings 46 Media Sync for Macintosh 46 media file database 20 media file types 18 media files 18 creating a database for 6 indexing 6 movies. playing 20 music. wireless connection mode 15 Internet services 28 news feeds 28 stocks 28 weather 28 IP address. updating 37 system tray menu 39 system tray status icon. carrying to the media player FreeAgent Go drive 29 FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 51 . supported audio 19 movie subtitles 18 movies 18 music 19 pictures 18 firmware update. of the drive 38 file types. media player automatic 17 on line 17 USB 17 firmware version. managing 35 My Drives window 35 power setting. network 12 K keyboard how to use 19 L letter box aspect ratio 14 local network 29 streaming content 29 M Macintosh desktop application FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh 44 main menu. turning on or off 12 transporting media files 29 using with the media player 29 FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh desktop application 44 compatible external drive formats 44 software installation 44 software updates 47 FreeAgent Theater for Windows desktop application 31 compatible external drive formats 31 drive info 38 drive lights. adjusting 36 Seagate Advisor settings. restoring 13 file system. adjusting 37 drive settings 36 drive.Index FreeAgent Go 29 local networks 29 media servers 29 USB drives 29 F factory defaults.

navigating 10 media player settings 11 audio 13 firmware update 16 menu language 11 network 14 system 12 video 14 media screens.Index media servers 29 USB devices 29 using a local network 29 media files. for the media player changing 11 choosing 11 menus main 10 movies 20 music 25 pictures 22 menus and the remote control 10 movie album covers in DVD thumbnail view. opening 19 media servers Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) 29 DLNA 29 media services 28 Media Sync for Macintosh 45 Automatic Sync 47 default sync settings 46 manual sync settings 46 turning off Automatic Sync 47 Media Sync for Windows 40 Custom Sync 41 managing settings 42 Simple Sync 40 Media Sync settings Automatic Sync 43 checking sync status 42 deleting 42 editing 42 managing 42 menu language. browsing 20 media player about 6 accessing devices 29 automatic firmware update 17 components 7 configuring 11 features 6 firmware 17 front view 7 how it works 6 Internet services 28 introduction 6 MAC address 12 main menu 10 managing external devices 29 menu language 12 menus 10 network IP address 12 online firmware update 17 overview 6 rear view 7 remote control 8 resetting 13 resetting to factory defaults 13 resetting to NTSC 13 resetting to PAL 13 setting up 11 settings menu 11 system firmware version information 12 system settings 12 USB devices 29 USB firmware update 17 using with a FreeAgent Go drive 29 using with a local network 29 using with a media server 29 using with a USB device 29 media player firmware automatic update 17 online update 17 USB update 17 media player menus. playing 18 media folders. creating thumbnails for 33 FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 52 . displaying 21 movie file types 18 movie files.

audio settings 13 NTSC 14 NTSC and PAL.Index movie info 22 movie playback options 21 dubbing movies 21 from digital cameras and camcorders 23 opening a DVD menu 21 playing in slow motion 22 subtitles 21 movie progress 22 movie subtitles 18. changing to 13 O online firmware updates 17 overview. movie. toggling between 13 PAL. opening 19 pictures browsing folders 22 selecting for a slideshow 23 sorting 22 viewing 22 playback options movies 21 music 26 pictures 24 playing media files supported file types 18 playlists 25 power setting. playing 23 slideshow. or music screen. 23 getting movie info 22 in slow motion 22 restarting movies from the beginning 21 music browsing folders 25 listening 25 playing 25 playlists 25 sorting 25 music album thumbnail art 26 music menu 25 music playback options continuous play 26 repeat 26 shuffle loop 26 volume 26 music. toggling between 13 NTSC. displaying 21 movies menu 20 playing 20 playing from digital cameras and camcorders 23 movies. media player 6 P PAL 14 PAL and NTSC. setting up 23 zooming 25 picture. playing 20 from digital cameras and camcorders 20. wireless connection mode 15 picture file types 18 picture playback options continuous play 25 from digital cameras and camcorders 23 rotating 24 shuffling playback order 25 slide timing 25 slide transitions 25 slideshow. 21 choosing a language 21 displaying 21 movie thumbnails. playing audio file types 19 with a slideshow 25 N network setup benefits 14 wired 15 wireless 15 news feeds 28 night mode. changing to 13 pan scan 14 pass phrase 15 peer to peer (ad hoc). adjusting 36 FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 53 .

media player audio 13 firmware updates 16 network 14 system 12 video 14 shuffle pictures 25 Simple Sync 40 slideshow effects continuous play 25 rotating pictures 24 shuffling playback order 25 slide timing 25 slide transitions 25 zooming pictures 25 slideshow setup music 25 selecting pictures 23 slow motion 22 slow network. buttons 8 reset. component/HDMI 14 sync automatic 47 manual 46 synchronizing media files on your computer 40 system setup 12 FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 54 . possible causes 16 software installation FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh 44 FreeAgent Theater for Windows 31 software update FreeAgent Theater for Macintosh 47 FreeAgent Theater for Windows 37 sorting movies 20 music 25 pictures 22 SSID 15 Static IP wired setup 15 status icon. USB devices 29 supported video resolutions by connector type 14 composite vs. for network wired 15 wireless 15 setup. from local network 29 subtitles 18 choosing a language 21 supported file types audio 19 movie subtitles 18 movies 18 music 19 pictures 18 supported formats. in the Windows system tray 39 streaming content. of the media player manual 13 restoring factory defaults 13 restart movies from the beginning 21 rotate pictures 24 S S/PDIF digital output 13 safely disconnecting external devices from the media player 9 screen goes blank.Index profile name 16 R remote control 8 remote control and the menus 10 remote control. changing settings 38 Seagate Thumbnail Creator 33 supported movie file types 34 search for a media file 19 search keyboard English key 20 how to use 19 security key 15 serial number (drive ID) 38 setting up a slideshow slide timing 25 settings menu 11 setup information. what to do 13 Seagate Advisor.

configuring 16 Z zooming pictures 25 FreeAgent Theater+™ User Guide 55 . Windows 39 T text encoding 12 Thumbnail Creator 33 thumbnails creating for movie files 21. 33 time. possible causes 16 WiFi Adapter. updating 37 Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) 15 wired network connection 15 wired setup Dynamic IP 15 Static IP 15 Wireless Application Protocol WPA or WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access) 15 wireless network connections access point (infrastructure) 15 peer to peer (ad hoc) 15 wireless security method Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) 15 Wireless Application Protocol WPA or WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access) 15 wireless setup 15 access point 15 network name (SSID) 15 pass phrase 15 peer to peer 15 required information 15 security key 15 security method 15 slow network 16 weak signal. testing 37 FreeAgent Go drive lights. adjusting 37 software. media player system firmware 12 video feeds 28 video setup 14 aspect ratio 14 brightness 14 contrast 14 resolution 14 TV system 14 videos. restoring 40 system tray status icon. configuring 16 components 16 profile name 16 setup 15 WiFi Adapter.Index factory defaults 13 firmware version information 12 MAC address 12 menu language 12 network IP address 12 text encoding 12 time 12 system tray menu 39 system tray status icon. registering 38 drive. playing 20 W weak signal. connecting 16 Windows desktop application adjusting the power setting 36 drive. setting 12 TV system NTSC 14 PAL 14 supported resolutions by connector 14 video resolution 14 U USB devices supported formats 29 using with the media player 29 V version. possible causes 16 weather reports 28 what to do if the screen goes blank 13 WiFi Adapter.

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