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Micca Slim-HD Portable Media Player

Micca Slim-HD Portable Media Player

The Micca Slim-HD is a compact yet powerful portable digital media player, providing convenient playback of all popular photo, music, and video formats up to 1080p Full-HD resolution on any TV or HDTV! It has a 1080p HDMI output for sending sharp and clear video and audio in pure digital format to HDTVs, as well as composite AV output for use with analog TVs. The Slim-HD’s internal drive bay accommodates all standard height 2.5″ SATA hard drives for up to 1TB* in storage capacity!

The Micca Slim-HD is a true 1080p Full-HD digital media player, capable of decoding all popular video formats such as H.264/MKV, MOV, and AVI files, up to 1080p resolution and 40Mbps bit rate.

Small and sleek, the Micca Slim-HD is a perfect entertainment source for vacations and business trips. Its aluminum/plastic exterior is tough enough to withstand the rigors of portable use. With the optional car power adapter, the Micca Slim-HD can be used to play movies on in-car video system and keep everyone entertained on trips short and long.

* Storage capacity based on availability of 2.5″ standard-height(9.5mm) SATA notebook hard drives. As of this writing, the largest available drive is 1TB. The Slim-HD supports future drives up to 2TB in capacity.

Feature Highlights:

  • True 1080p Full-HD portable digital media player <br>
  • Powerful playback hardware supports all popular media formats<br>
  • Fast, responsive, and easy to navigate user interface<br>
  • Convenient resume and continuous multi-file playback<br>
  • Internal 2.5″ SATA HDD drive bay for up to 750GB* of storage (HDD not required for use)<br>
  • Play media files from external USB hard drives, thumb drives, or SD/SDHC flash cards<br>
  • Functions as portable hard drive when an internal HDD is installed<br>
  • Full function IR remote control<br>
  • Ultra compact and portable for use in the home or on the go.

Ideal For:

  • Portable use in the car or on the go
  • Dual-purpose use as portable hard drive
Video Codec Resolution/Bitrate
MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4-XVID, DIVX, H.264, H.263, WMV9/VC1
1920x1080p 30fps 20-50Mbps
RMVB
1280x720p 30fps 30Mbps
Files: MKV, AVI, TS/TP, MP4/M4V, MOV, VOB, PMP, RM/RMVB, MPG, M2TS, FLV, WMV
Music Formats: MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE, AAC, ATRA
Bit rate: 32kbps – 320kbps
Photos Formats: JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG
Video Output Analog AV: 720×576 (PAL), 720×480 (NTSC)
HDMI: 480p, 720p (50Hz/60Hz), 1080i (50Hz/60Hz), 1080p (50Hz/60Hz)
Audio Output Analog Stereo audio output level: 2.0V ± 0.2VpFrequency Range: 20Hz-20KHz ≤2dBSNR: >80dB (1kHz 0dB)

Dynamic range: >80dB (1kHz 0dB)

THD: ≤0.04%

HDMI PCM Digital Stereo
Internal Drive Supports all 2.5” SATA hard disk drives. 9.5mm max drive height.
External Storage Supports all USB drives with NTFS or FAT32 file system, including USB hard drives, USB flash drives.
Supports all SD and SDHC flash memory cards with NTFS or FAT32 file system
Dimensions 3.15”(W) x 5.35”(L) x 0.79”(H)
Weight Player without drive: 4 ounces
Power AC 90-230V, 50/60Hz, DC 5.2V 2A

 

What’s Included:

  • Micca Slim-HD Portable Digital Media Player
  • IR Remote Control
  • 3.5mm to 3 RCA AV Out Cable
  • USB Data Cable
  • 110-240V AC Adapter
  • HDD and Case Screws

User’s Manual:

icon-pdf-small Micca Slim-HD User’s Manual (opens in a new tab/window)

Firmware:

No new firmware is available for download. Currently all Micca Slim-HD media players from the factory already has the latest firmware installed. When new firmware becomes available, it will be posted here for download.

Micca EP100 Firmware Update Instructions

Please follow the steps below exactly as described to perform a firmware update on the Micca EP100 digital media player:

  1. Download the latest the firmware from our website.
  2. Unpack the firmware ZIP file and copy the install.img file onto an empty USB drive and plug it into the media player. Do not use a SD/SDHC memory card. (Mac users, please use a free utility such as Stuffit Expander which will ensure that the file is unpacked into an .img file rather than a folder.)
  3. Connect the HDMI cable to the player and set the TV to the appropriate input.
  4. Unplug the AC adapter from the EP100, wait 10 seconds, and plug it back in.
  5. Using a paper clip or tooth pick, press and hold the small pinhole recovery button on the back of the player.

  6. While pressing the recovery button, press and release the power button on the remote to turn the player on.
  7. Continue to hold the recovery button for 5 more seconds, then release it.
  8. The recovery mode will begin upgrading the firmware from the USB drive while displaying the following screen.

  9. When finished, the player will reboot and display the initial setup screen:

Posted in: Micca EP100

Micca MPLAY-HD Firmware Update Instructions

Please follow the steps below exactly as described to perform a firmware update on the Micca MPLAY-HD digital media player:

  1. Download the latest the firmware from our website.
  2. Find an empty USB flash drive and format it as a FAT32 drive. Do not use a SD/SDHC memory card.
  3. Unpack the firmware ZIP file and copy the “install.img” file onto the USB flash drive. (Mac users, please use a free utility such as Stuffit Expander which will ensure that the file is unpacked into an .img file rather than a folder.)
  4. Connect the HDMI cable to the player and set the TV to the appropriate input.
  5. Unplug the AC adapter from the player, wait 10 seconds.
  6. While pressing and holding the power button on the front of the player, plug the AC adapter into the player. Continue to hold the power button for 5 more seconds.
  7. The recovery mode will begin upgrading the firmware from the USB drive while displaying the following screen.

  8. When finished, the player will reboot and display the initial setup screen

Posted in: Micca MPLAY-HD

Micca EP600 G2 Firmware Update Instructions

Please follow the steps below exactly as described to perform a firmware update on the Micca EP600 G2 digital media player:

  1. Download the latest the firmware from our website.
  2. Unpack the firmware ZIP file and copy the install.img file onto an empty USB drive and plug it into the media player. Do not use a SD/SDHC memory card. (Mac users, please use a free utility such as Stuffit Expander which will ensure that the file is unpacked into an .img file rather than a folder.)
  3. Connect the HDMI cable to the player and set the TV to the appropriate input.
  4. Unplug the AC adapter from the EP600 G2, wait 10 seconds, and plug it back in.
  5. Using a paper clip or tooth pick, press and hold the small pinhole recovery button on the back of the player.

  6. While pressing the recovery button, press and release the power button on the front of the player.
  7. Continue to hold the recovery button for 5 more seconds, then release it.
  8. The recovery mode will begin upgrading the firmware from the USB drive while displaying the following screen.

  9. When finished, the player will reboot and display the initial setup screen:

Posted in: Micca 1186-Based Media Players - EP600 G2, EP950

Photo Batch Reprocessing Tutorial

There are times when a few corrupt or incorrectly formatted photos will cause odd behaviors from digital photo frames or media players. While computers have powerful software and hardware to skip or handle these files, inexpensive electronics will often experience difficulties. This tutorial uses the free image utility FastStone Image Viewer to reprocess images in batch mode, which quickly fixes corrupt or incorrectly formatted images.

Dowload Tutorial:

icon-pdf-smallImage Back Reprocessing Tutorial (opens in a new tab/window)

Apple MacOS Users:

Below is an excellent tutorial on how to do batch photo reprocessing on MacOS:

http://osxdaily.com/2013/01/16/batch-image-conversion-mac-os-x-preview/

Posted in: Micca 1186-Based Media Players - EP600 G2, EP950, Micca EP100, Micca M1203Z, Micca M1503Z, Micca M1709Z, Micca M707Z, M808Z, M1010Z, Micca MPLAY-HD, Micca Speck

Display Photos In Sequence

To display photos in sequence, two things are needed:

  • Set the photo frame’s photo display sequence to “sequential” – refer to the photo frame’s user’s manual on how to do this.
  • Name the photos in a way that organizes them sequentially

Naming the photos properly is important since improper naming will cause the photos to not display in the expected sequential order. Be sure to name the photos using a consistent naming convention that is 8 characters or less. For example, name the photos img00001.jpg, img00002.jpg, img00003.jpg, and so on. The photo frame will display images like these in alphabetical order one after the other. Do not use photo names that are longer than 8 characters, such as my-image-001.jpg.

File name length does not affect random photo displays so there is no need to give photos any specific naming convention for random playback.

Posted in: Micca M1203Z, Micca M1503Z, Micca M707Z, M808Z, M1010Z

Some Photos Display More Frequently Than Others

This FAQ applies to Micca M1203Z, M1503Z, and M1709Z digital photo frames.

There is a new firmware released for the M1203Z, M1503Z, and M1709Z digital photo frame that fixes the issue where one or more photos are displayed repeatedly, or is shown noticeably more frequently than other photos even thought he photo frame is set to random mode. This issue occurs when there is 1000 or more photos on the SD card or USB drive.

The firmware update completely resolves this issue. Download links and instructions for installing the firmware are provided in the “Download” section of the M1203Z, M1503Z, and M1709Z product pages.

Posted in: Micca M1203Z, Micca M1503Z, Micca M1709Z

Deleted Media Files Still Show Up

If you’ve deleted some media files from a USB drive or SD card, yet the deleted files still show up, the issue is likely caused by the presence of Windows Recycling Bin or MacOS Trash Can folders on the USB drive or SD card. Fixing this issue requires emptying the contents of these folders permanently.

Warning: The purpose of the Windows Recyclin Bin and MacOS Trash Can is to allow you to recover previously deleted files that you later need. The steps below permanently empties these folders so you will not be able to recover these files again. Proceed only if you are certain that you do not need these files.

To empty the Recycling Bin folder created by a Windows PC, plug your USB drive into the PC, wait for the drive to show up in Windows Explorer. Right click on the drive and select “Properties”. In the “General” tab, click on “Disk Cleanup”. Place a check mark for “Recyclin Bin”, and click “OK”. This will delete the contents of the Recycling Bin on the USB drive.

For MacOS, there is unfortunately no built-in way to empty just the Trash Can on a USB drive; all Trash Can folders on all drives are emptied by default. To empty the Trash Can for all drives, plug your USB drive into the Mac, wait for it to mount. Next choose Empty Trash under the Finder menu or press Command+Shift+Delete. A pop up will ask you to confirm that you wish to empty the Trash Can.

Posted in: Micca 1186-Based Media Players - EP600 G2, EP950, Micca EP100, Micca M1203Z, Micca M1503Z, Micca M1709Z, Micca M707Z, M808Z, M1010Z, Micca MPLAY-HD, Micca Speck

Videos show “Not Supported” error message

Micca digital photo frames are able to playback standard-definition videos of certain supported formats. When encountering a video that is not supported by one of these devices, it is necessary to convert the video into a compatible format. A tutorial on performing the conversion is provided here. Please follow the directions within the tutorial and contact our support team if you have any questions.

Dowload Tutorial:

icon-pdf-smallPhoto Frame Video Conversion Tutorial (opens in a new tab/window)

Posted in: Micca M1203Z, Micca M1503Z, Micca M707Z, M808Z, M1010Z

Photo frame freezes or stops playing photos

There are times when a few corrupt or incorrectly formatted photos will cause odd behaviors from digital photo frames or media players. While computers have powerful software and hardware to skip or handle these files, inexpensive electronics will often experience difficulties. This tutorial uses the free image utility FastStone Image Viewer to reprocess images in batch mode, which quickly fixes corrupt or incorrectly formatted images.

Dowload Tutorial:

icon-pdf-smallImage Back Reprocessing Tutorial (opens in a new tab/window)

Apple MacOS Users:

Below is an excellent tutorial on how to do batch photo reprocessing on MacOS:

http://osxdaily.com/2013/01/16/batch-image-conversion-mac-os-x-preview/

Posted in: Micca M707Z, M808Z, M1010Z

Photo frame with Micca USB drive freezes or stops playing photos

Issue Description: The Micca M1203Z, M1503Z, or M1709Z digital photo frame freezes after a while when displaying photos from the small black “Micca” branded 8GB USB drive. To confirm this issue, trying a different SD card or USB drive does not result in freezing.

Resolution: A small number of “Micca” branded 8GB USB drives may overheat and cause the photo frame to freeze. Please contact our support team and a replacement USB drive will be provided free of charge to fix this issue. To contact support, navigate to the product page for your photo frame model, and click on the “Support” tab to fill out the technical support form.

Posted in: Micca M1203Z, Micca M1503Z, Micca M1709Z

Mac Computer Owners – Photo and Video Playback Issues

Mac computers are great but Mac owners often report odd behaviors when they share a SD card or USB drive between a Mac and non-Mac devices, including Micca digital photo frames and media players. The issue is most likely caused by the following:

If you are using a Mac to copy photos or videos to a SD card or USB drive, it will create a small thumbnail in the same folder as each image/video, preceded by a “._” in the file name. These extra files cause problems on non-Apple devices. There are utilities like this one:

http://www.zeroonetwenty.com/blueharvest/

To remove these extraneous files so that non-Apple devices can work correctly. It is also possible to erase these files without running a utility, such as described in the following web tutorial:

http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-.Ds_Store-Files-on-Mac-Os-X

Posted in: Micca M1203Z, Micca M1503Z, Micca M1709Z, Micca M707Z, M808Z, M1010Z

SD cards or USB drives not showing up on media players

Micca digital media players support the vast majority of commonly used storage device types, including SD cards and USB hard drives. There are, however, limitations that users should be aware of. The SD cards and USB drives must meet the following requirements:

  • Not password protected or encrypted.
  • SD cards up to 32GB, USB drives up to 2TB.
  • File system must be FAT/FAT32 or NTFS.
  • Partition type must be Master Boot Record (MBR).

While it is easy to determine the size of a drive, users often don’t know what file system or partition type is being used. This tutorial shows how a Windows PC can be used to find out the file system and partition type of a drive.

Dowload Tutorial:

icon-pdf-smallDetermining Drive Properties Tutorial (opens in a new tab/window)

Apple MacOS Users:

Below is an excellent tutorial on how to determine drive properties on MacOS:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-view-information-about-partitions-and-volum.html

Posted in: Micca 1186-Based Media Players - EP600 G2, EP950, Micca EP100, Micca MPLAY-HD, Micca Speck

Why is the impedance 4-8 Ohms? Will it work with my receiver?

Micca is one of the few manufacturers that specifies the impedance of its speakers as a range, rather than a fixed nominal value. The impedance of a speaker varies depending on the frequency being played, and it is normal for most 8ohm rated speakers have impedance that dip as low as 4ohms or even lower.

While the Micca speakers work just fine with most amplifiers and receivers rated for speakers designed to handle 6ohm or 8ohm speakers, the 4-8ohm rating is a reminder to users that these speakers do have impedance that go down to as low as 4ohms and care should be taken with the listening volume so as not to damage the amplifier or speakers. Please observe the following precautions:

  • Do not play the speakers at a volume where there is audible distortion
  • If the amplifier’s output protection is triggered, immediately discontinue use
  • Ensure that the amplifier has plenty of ventilation and is not in an enclosed space
  • If the amplifier has a “4Ohm” or “High Current” mode, enable it

Posted in: Micca MB42, Micca MB42-C, Micca MB42X, Micca MB42X-C

How to remux videos into MKV format

The MKV container file format is quickly becoming the most popular choice for digital videos. Consequently, MKV is also the format that is best supported by HD-capable Micca digital media players. This tutorial will show you how to quickly convert a video that’s currently in a different container file format to MKV. It is also useful to remux an existing MKV file to fix any errors that may have been in the original file.

First, download and install the free MKVToolnix software from the following URL:

http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/downloads.html#windows

After installing the the software, run the “mkvmerge GUI” program that’s now available from your Start->Programs->MKVToolnix menu. Follow the directions below to quickly convert videos into MKV:

  • Click on the “add” button and find the video file you want to convert into MKV. Once the video has been succsfully added, it’s audio and video tracks will be shown in the “Tracks, chapters and tags” box.
  • Click to select the video track in the “Tracks, chapters and tags” box. The video track is identified by “type: video” in parenthesis.
  • With the video track highlighted, go to the “Extra options” tab and change the “Compression” field value to “none”. This is a very important step.
  • In the “Output filename” box, specify the output file. By default, the program will use the same directory and file name as the original file but with MKV file extension.
  • Click “Start muxing” button to begin the conversion. Depending on the size of the original video file, this process should take just a few minutes.
  • Click on the “Ok” button once the conversion is complete.

And that’s all there is to it. The resulting file should be about the same size as the original and there is no decrease in video or audio quality. MKVMerge is a very powerful tool and it can do a lot more than what’s described in this guide. For example, it is also possible to add additional audio and subtitle tracks to the video file by adding them in step 1. If these additional capabilities are of interest to you, read the help documentation that is supplied with the software for more information.

Posted in: Micca 1186-Based Media Players - EP600 G2, EP950, Micca EP100, Micca MPLAY-HD, Micca Speck

Micca Speck Does Not Recognize Certain Seagate Expansion Desktop USB Hard Drives

The Micca Speck does not recognize certain Seagate Expansion desktop USB hard drives including the following models:

  • STBV2000100 – 2TB USB 3.0
  • STBV1000100 – 1TB USB 3.0

The affected Seagate Expansion USB hard drives use their own power supply and has a delayed turn-on mechanism that is not supported by the Micca Speck media player. When connected to the Micca Speck, the Speck detects the drive but is not able to read its contents or play any media files from it. Older Seagate Expansion desktop USB hard drives, as well as Seagate portable USB hard drives are not affected by this compatibility issue.

There has been no reports of incompatibility with other brands of external desktop USB hard drives such as Western Digital or Toshiba. This issue is unique to the specific Seagate USB hard drive models listed above.

Posted in: Micca Speck

Have a question or encountered a problem using this product? Please open an email support ticket:

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