Wild Media Server

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) was established by Sony in 2003 to define guidelines for the sharing of music, photos and videos between consumer devices.

Wild Media Server

After weeks of trying most every software option on a Windows 7 PC, we settled on Wild Media Server to share our digital world with a PS3, a Samsung LED TV and a myriad of other devices around the house.

A short list of the software we tested were Serviio, PS3 Media Server and Windows 7 Media Player. Wild Media Server came out on top for just plain working great and not sucking up CPU cycles on the server.

The Sony PS3 is the main interface to our media, coupled with WMS, it’s a very fast thumbnail browsing experience. There is no lag in displaying folders of media, pictures pop on screen, music plays flawlessly and videos render beautifully.

There are so many options in Wild Media Server that I’ve barely scratched the surface in the last few weeks. From parental controls to the defining of how a particular media folder is sorted and displayed, you have full control of the experience.

What I have left to do is convert some videos from phones and pocket cameras that we’ve had over the years. Some of these videos are not recognized by the PS3 and they have to be transcoded by WMS before being served out. I’d just rather convert them using Freemake to native MP4 and not chew up extra CPU cycles when viewing old home movies.

Tonight it’s goin’ digital, digital
Digital, digital, it’s goin’ digital
Everybody know me when I walk up in the club