Media Player, MP3 Player and SlideShow

The information contained in this FAQ is based on the content of Toppy Manuals, post in the various Topfield Australia forums, internet searches and my own testing. It is an updated version of the FAQ on the Topfield Australia Forum prepared by IanL-S.

The ability to play particular files depends on both the Toppy model and the firmware it uses (for example, some codec went missing in firmware released between October 2011 and February 2012).

For Toppys with proprietary operating systems (TMS and TMS+) these features are part of the firmware. For Toppys that have a generic Android operating system, such as the TF-T6211, self-contained Android Apps are used instead.

Containers and codec

Due to the large size of uncompressed media files (video and audio), they are invariably compressed; A codec encodes (compresses) or decodes (uncompressed) the data in a file. Some video compression methods can be used with more than one codec; for example MPEG4 compression can use DivX, XviD, or ffdshow, but H.264/AVC uses ffdshow. For video files at least two codec are required one for the video and at least one for the audio. Therefore, they are included in a container. There are several commonly used container types, and they can frequently support a range of video and audio codec.

Containers currently supported by Toppys (TMS and TMS+)

The container formats supported by the Media Player for various Toppys are listed in the following table.

MPEG2 TS MPEG2 PS AVI DivX1 MKV MP4 (MPEG4) VOB XviD FLV
TF7050HDRt Yes No No No No No No No No
TRF7060 Yes No No No No No No No No
TPR2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TPR5000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TF7000HDPVRt Yes No No No No No No No No
TF7100HDPVRt Yes No No No No No No No No
TRF-2400 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TRF-2460 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TRF-24702 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TF7100HDPlus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TRF-7170 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TRF-7160 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TRF-7260 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes3
TRF-2100 Yes Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes X No
TF-T6000 Yes Yes XX Yes XX Yes XX Yes XX Yes XX Yes XX Yes XX No

Features Key

Yes = Support exists in this model.
Yes X = Support claimed to exists in this mode according to documentation but not verified by testing.
Yes XX = Assumed to exists in this mode according to documentation but not yet verified by testing.
No = Support not present in this model.
TBD = To be decided. Readers are invited to Post some info if available.

With MPEG2 containers, TS (transport stream) is the container used for television transmissions and PS (program stream) is used for most other purposes. MPEG2 is also a video codec. The VOB container which is used in DVDs is for repackaging MPEG 2 PS.

For a summary of various containers, compression methods and codec check out the Wikipedia discussion.

Codec supported by Toppys (TMS and TMS+)

There is no listing of supported codec. For those Toppys that DivX certified, they should support all codec that DivX supports. For those Toppys that HomeMedia (DLNA), it has been assumed that the codec and container support is the same as for home media. However, there are recent reports that some codec/containers supported by MediaPlayer are not supported by HomeMedia.

For the Toppro TPR2000, codec support is described as:
Video Codec: MPEG-2: MP@ML, MP@HL MPEG-4 ASP-L5 H.264/AVC: HP-L4.1, MP-L4.1, VC-1: AP-L3, L2
Audio Codec: MPEG-1 and MPEG–2 layer 1 and layer 2; MPEG-4 HE-AAC

Problem playing files

Reasons why files will not play include:

  • The container format is not supported or recognised
  • The video or audio codec is not supported or recognised
  • MKV files do not play

Android MediaCentre (TF-T6211)

The Android MediaCentre App supports a wide range of container formats and an extremely wide rage of video and sound codec. Every video I have tried to play has played (although in a few cases the aspect ratio was incorrect; for these files I was unable to play the at all with TMS and TMS+ Toppy or on a PC).

Photo and audio

Most recent Toppys have a 3MP Player and a Photo Album. Officially the Photo Album only supports JPEG files, but some firmware versions support other formats such as bmp.

MP3 player Photo album
TF7050HDRt No No
TRF7060 No No
TPR2000 Yes Yes
TPR5000 Yes Yes
TF7000HDPVRt Yes No
TF7100HDPVRt Yes No
TRF-2400 Yes Yes
TRF-2460 Yes Yes
TRF-2470 Yes Yes
TF7100HDPlus Yes Yes
TRF-7160 Yes Yes
TRF-7260 Yes Yes
TRF-7170 Yes Yes
TRF-2100 Yes Yes
TF-T6000 Yes Yes
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