If you need your Android TV box to record external video via HDMI, few options are available on the market, and one of them is Zidoo X9. It works relatively well, and gets frequent firmware update. It now costs around $120, but Tronsmart has now launched a model based on the same Mstar MSO9810 processor with HDMI recording function that costs $89.90 shipped on GeekBuying or Ebay.
Tronsmart Pavo M9 specifications:
- SoC – Mstar MSO9180D1R quad core Cortex A9 processor up to 1.5GHz with a Mali-450MP2 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
- Video Output / Input – HDMI output up to 4K, HDMI input with PVR and Time Shifting support (up to 1080p), and AV port (Composite + stereo audio)
- Audio I/O – HDMI Out and In, AV, and optical S/PDIF
- (Main) Video Codecs – H265, VC-1, WMV-HD, MPEG1/2/4 up to 4Kx2K, etc..
- Audio Codec – MP3, AAC, AC3, DTS-HD Master, TrueHD 7.1 pass-through, etc…
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek 8188)
- USB – 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 host ports.
- Misc – ON/OFF switch, IR receiver
- Power Supply – 12V/2A
- Dimensions – 15.24 x 15.24 x 4.06 cm
- Weight – ~260 grams
Compared to Zidoo X9, you’ll have to trade the aluminum enclosure for plastic one. you’ll lose Bluetooth, Wi-Fi only support 2.4GHz (no 5.0 GHz), the two external antennas are gone, and so is the small LCD display on the front panel, and finally the system features 1GB RAM instead of the 2GB RAM found in Zidoo X9.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
No idea about MSO9180D1R. Just curious. How is software support ? Free software ? many blobs ?
What about HDCP? Is record really working?
So had it been priced that you can record from a casted device, like chrome cast or ezcast? What ends would hdmi in serve to do? Any experience anyone?
I tested with Tronsmart pavo m9 to record the apple tv , it can work well, will give a try to chrome cast, and ezcast later, i am sure it can work .
Beside recording, it it possible to stream what comes from HDMI input to other device?
Can it record PS3/ Xbox ?
Does it support 4K H.265 10-bit?
Yes,it also support.
right now,it can’t.
Very bad, HDMI 1.4b output so it means [email protected] only 🙁
Yes, this soc don’t support [email protected], now only the rock chip rk3368 is confirmed to support [email protected], check here:
eric : @kusta Yes, this soc don’t support [email protected], now only the rock chip rk3368 is confirmed to support [email protected], check here: http://www.tronsmart.com/news/tronsmart-will-launch-the-world-s-first-cota-core-64-bit-android-5.1-tv-box-orion-r68 Eric “Tronsmart will launch the world’s first octa-core 64 bits…”, why this brand claim to be the first one when we have already seen these specifications on the market? As example the A90 from CSQ. Maybe next month tronsmart will also launch the world’s first “cola drink” called trons-cola 😀 I never have used tronsmart products, but it seems like new products are not stable until at least 6 to 12 months. And of course, this can… Read more »
We never seen the CS A90 sample since they claim they are ready to release the rk3368 device, but tronsmart already sent me the sample to test. for me, this is really the world first one rk3368 device, but well, like you said, the world first is just a marketing skill maybe. i also care about the product quality. the first test for their rk3368 device is positive. for us, Geekbuying.com, as the biggest android tv box sale platform, we have worked with so many factories, now the android tv box market in china is terrible, like the tablet business,… Read more »
Well, as user I can’t see any difference between “develop” the first XYZ and “test” the first XYZ. I guess the first for us must be the first available to buy. Anyway, as well as some ones are selling refurbised material, a lot of brands are selling new products with lots of bugs AND THEY KNOW THIS but still selling. A trusted brand never will sell defective (because these problems means the product is defective even it can be fixed by software) products. I can not compare the bugs found from a SONY product (just as example) to the bugs… Read more »
@Salinas And it seems that Beelink announced the R68 earlier … see http://freaktab.com/forum/tv-player-support/rk3688-devices-aa/beelink-rk3368/504614-beelink-r68-rk3368-cortex-a53-octa-core-4k-hdmi2-0-h265-1000m-ethernet-802-11ac-wifi
@Ian W MORRISON (Linuxium)
As I see, Beelink is following same strategy than Tronsmart. Launch the products thinking in the big USD, never thinking in USERS.
It looks difficult for China to change the image “cheap and bad products” by this way…
Still no native support for hardware decode in upstream Kodi master for MStar MSO9810?
These still have use a third-party closed source external player that have to be launched?
What codec is used to encode recordings? Is it AVC or HEVC? Thanks!
If it is the same as Ziddo X9 (which it should be), it’s recorded using H.264 codec embedded in TS or MP4 container.
You can download some recording samples via http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/02/11/review-of-zidoo-x9-android-media-player-and-video-recorder/
Now on DealExtreme for about the same price ($89.99) – http://www.dx.com/p/tronsmart-pavo-m9-android-4-4-2-smart-tv-player-w-4k-x-2k-h-265-hdmi-1gb-8gb-wi-fi-usb3-0-us-398566?Utm_rid=93072394&Utm_source=affiliate
We have a promotion for the Tronsmart Pavo M9, only $50 for black friday deal!
see the link here:
$39.99 now. Same link as before.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
Thanks, I was just looking for something like this, and now super cheap 🙂
is there any HDMI recorder with H.265 codec support to encode FHD 1080p?
I want the H.265 codec to save even more space instead of an H.264 encoder.
Thanks in advance!