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    Default Questions about OTG cable, Stickmount, and Nexus Media Importer

    Hi,

    I've been reading here and there about how to use a OTG cable and flash drive with the Nexus 7. From what I can gather, if you use Stickmount, you need to be rooted. I really don't want to root if I don't have to because I'm not an Android guru and I'm afraid I'll f up my N7. However, I don't think that Nexus Media Importer needs root access. Can anyone verify that? Is anyone using Nexus Media Importer with an OTG cable/flash drive combo without root? I just want to be able to watch movies on the rare occasion I'm out of wifi access without loading them onto the device. Are there any other apps I'll need to watch movies from the flash drive? Also, is there a cloud option to upload your own movies to stream to the N7 while I'm in a wifi area? I'm trying to resist the urge to replace my 16gb device with the 32 when it comes out since 1) the times I'll need this outside of wifi range will be rare 2) my device is paid for, warrantied by SquareTrade and set up the way I want it so I don't want to start from scratch with a new device.

    Thanks!
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    I'll be buying my Nexus 7 tomorrow when the 32GB hits the streets. Media Importer is your answer. It's on the Play Store for $2.99. I can't say that I've used it but it claims you don't have to be rooted.
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    Media Importer works fine. No root.
    You can only import onto the device though. No off-loading. Can't say that has been much of a problem for me at least.
    Load a sock full of stuff on a 16g stick and clip it on your keychain. Delete from device for space [if that's an issue]... Reload as needed and you will always have something to play/watch/read.
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    So you can't play it directly off the flash drive? It has to be loaded onto the N7 and then played?

    I did figure out how to put a movie on to Google Drive but it takes a heck of a long time and then, of course, you need to have access to wifi.
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    Noooo, you can play movies directly off the external flash drive with Nexus Media Importer without copying onto the N7. You just hit "stream". From the NMI FAQ:

    NMI can stream videos in the following formats: mp4, mkv, avi, wmv, mov, ts, m2ts, m2t, mts, m4v, ogv, asf and srt. (f4v, flv and rmvb coming soon). It currently cannot see mpg videos.
    You need to install a more capable player than stock. I use MX Player and Dice Player; occasionally there will be something about the format of the file one likes but the other one tolerates - I had some HD videos from one of those Flip-like camcorders that one of the two players (don't remember which) didn't like the audio codec on. If it doesn't play on one, play on the other.

    BTW, the OTG cable from Monoprice worked fine for me.
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    Never really bothered with streaming media from the OTG cable, what is a music player that can handle it from in app? I can open each individual file but I would prefer to open the app and have it see the files on the otg/drive.
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    Nexus Media Importer is still in beta. Maybe we will see those options in the next version? But it works slick the way it is for streaming movies off a stick, if you only have an 8 or 16 gig Nexus 7 and want a 32 or 64 gig library with you. Also, the OTG cable can be used to control a number of Nikon and Canon cameras, with some camera aps.

    John
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    The Nexus 7 Media Importer does not need root and works very well to stream movies. I have an OTG cable with a right angle which lets the flash drive hang back behind my Nexus 7 (out of the way and view) when I have it in landscape mode using my multi-angle case. I have a 16 Gig flash drive that is not much bigger then a Micro SD card so it does not add much weight or cause any stress to the USB connector on the Nexus 7. I use MoboPlayer as my movie player of choice at the moment it has played just about any file type I have thrown at it.
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    My OTG cables coming next week but what you fellows mentioned seems the way to go without rooting and when you have no wifi.. Yy question is besides streaming the video can I also use the Nexus Media Importer to move files off my flash drive to the Nexus. I'm going to have lots of room as it's 32 gb so wanted to put some movies on the Nexus7
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    I'm new to both the Nexus 7 and Android, so new in fact, I don't even have it yet, it's coming Friday (9th Nov). Anyways, it's a 16 Gb model I'm getting. For my normal needs, and budget, that's fine. Once in a blue moon however, I could be away from home for a day or two. Am I understanding the threads in this post correctly, that if I buy an OTG cable, I can take extra content, some movies and shows, on a thumb drive, then when I've watched the ones I have on the Nexus, I can delete them without using a computer, stick the cable into the Nexus mini-usb port, stick the thumb drive in the other end, and upload the files to the Nexus and watch them? Also, just out of curiosity, what does OTG stand for? One last question, my main machine at home is an iMac. Presumably I can put content on the Nexus just using Finder, or is there an app for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjiffy View Post
    Also, just out of curiosity, what does OTG stand for?
    On-The-Go but in my experience people say On-The-Go about as often as they say Universal Serial Bus.

    When you connect an iPod to a computer, the iPod acts like a storage device and the computer is the master or host device. The Nexus 7 normally behaves the same way. When you use an OTG cable, that tells the Nexus 7 that it is in charge, and it's connected to a USB mouse, thumb drive, or similar device rather than to a host computer.
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    Default Re: Questions about OTG cable, Stickmount, and Nexus Media Importer

    Quote Originally Posted by pjiffy View Post
    I'm new to both the Nexus 7 and Android, so new in fact, I don't even have it yet, it's coming Friday (9th Nov). Anyways, it's a 16 Gb model I'm getting. For my normal needs, and budget, that's fine. Once in a blue moon however, I could be away from home for a day or two. Am I understanding the threads in this post correctly, that if I buy an OTG cable, I can take extra content, some movies and shows, on a thumb drive, then when I've watched the ones I have on the Nexus, I can delete them without using a computer, stick the cable into the Nexus mini-usb port, stick the thumb drive in the other end, and upload the files to the Nexus and watch them? Also, just out of curiosity, what does OTG stand for? One last question, my main machine at home is an iMac. Presumably I can put content on the Nexus just using Finder, or is there an app for that?
    There's no need to move the videos or content to the N7 from the thumb drive, you can play them directly from the thumb drive. The only reason I can think of to do it the way you say (install, watch and then delete), is to avoid having the OTG and thumb drive dangling from the unit when you're watching. You also can't hook up power to the N7 with the OTG cable attached so that might be an issue at times.
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    Thanks guys, your answers make me more confident about getting the tablet. The other thing your answers made me realise is that I can use the tablet as extra storage when I'm out and about with my camera. I have a Sony Nex 5N and a couple of 8Gb SD cards, which I can easily fill and then some, as I normally shoot raw and jpeg combined. I could though, use the USB SD card adapter I got, to upload the jpegs every so often, to free up some space, and, allow me to check the shots on a bigger screen, maybe even get an app to do a little editing, then bluetooth back to my phone to send out via 3G. I think I should prolly slow down a little, every time I think of the Nexus I come up with even more uses for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjiffy View Post
    Thanks guys, your answers make me more confident about getting the tablet. The other thing your answers made me realise is that I can use the tablet as extra storage when I'm out and about with my camera. I have a Sony Nex 5N and a couple of 8Gb SD cards, which I can easily fill and then some, as I normally shoot raw and jpeg combined. I could though, use the USB SD card adapter I got, to upload the jpegs every so often, to free up some space, and, allow me to check the shots on a bigger screen, maybe even get an app to do a little editing, then bluetooth back to my phone to send out via 3G. I think I should prolly slow down a little, every time I think of the Nexus I come up with even more uses for it.
    Thanks for a great idea. I hadn't even thought of that. I use a Canon EOS T2i and hate trying to look at the pictures on the back screen. I'll give that a try and report back.
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    If your camera supports mtp, you can simply connect your camera to your n7 using the otg cable directly. This does not require root.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_nobody View Post
    If your camera supports mtp, you can simply connect your camera to your n7 using the otg cable directly. This does not require root.
    Great idea. Some cameras have slower USB interfaces than a dedicated card reader, but it's convenient not to carry yet another thing while out and about.
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    I notice u use a Mac at home. A fat32 thumb drive/portable HHD will have a 4g limit per file. Meaning if u have a Hugh 5g file. U wouldnt be able to copy to that from your Mac to your 8g thumb.

    The way to overcome that isntp format that HHD disc to exfat format. Then no restriction. BUT!!!! Nexus 7 do not support exfat formatted HHD. damm Mac I say... dammm u. Hahahah
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    The N7 does support NTFS if it's rooted when using USB OTG Helper. A few users say exFAT is also supported but I haven't tried yet.

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    i have the 16Gig version and am out of memory. some games like Horn or Dark Knight take up over a gig. i bought the OTG cabe, can i move these games to my 32 gig thumb drive and play them from there?, and if so how do i get updates for these games?
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    Quote Originally Posted by silver coupe View Post
    i have the 16Gig version and am out of memory. some games like Horn or Dark Knight take up over a gig. i bought the OTG cabe, can i move these games to my 32 gig thumb drive and play them from there?, and if so how do i get updates for these games?
    Not easily:

    HOW TO: Run games from USB drive - xda-developers
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    Sorry if i am doing this wrong and need to start a new thread but here is my Q: i plugged my 1tb ex hd into mt nexus 7. I open the media importer app. Can see most videos but when i select one it spins but never opens. I am rooted- does this matter? Also if my videos are in files on the hd should i use comp and just put them all in main file so they can be found? My music list is far from complete as well but the file structure may have them too deeply embedded - 6-8 files deep in some cases. Also in case it matters the hd is formated NTFS. Thx for any help.
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    This thread has been really useful for learning more about OTG connections. Thanks guys. :thumbup:

    ~Jaqi~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Marshall View Post
    Sorry if i am doing this wrong and need to start a new thread but here is my Q: i plugged my 1tb ex hd into mt nexus 7. I open the media importer app. Can see most videos but when i select one it spins but never opens. I am rooted- does this matter? Also if my videos are in files on the hd should i use comp and just put them all in main file so they can be found? My music list is far from complete as well but the file structure may have them too deeply embedded - 6-8 files deep in some cases. Also in case it matters the hd is formated NTFS. Thx for any help.
    If you are rooted you could try using stickmount instead of NMI. It is more flexible. Also make sure that you have installed a decent video player like mx or bs.
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    Doesn't seem like Nexus media importer or stickmount is compatible with the Nexus 4. Strangely though they say they're compatible with the Nexus 7.
    A proud former Nexus 4 Limbo level-2 member
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    The Nexus Media Imported will work fine, one-way, with a stock non-rooted and locked Nexus 7 running up to 4.2.1 and most USB thumb drives. However, you will be limited to download and read only from the thumb drive. You cannot upload files to the external memory thumb drive via the OTG cable. In order to give myself greater functionality I downloaded the Nexus Root Toolkit v 1.6.1 from Wugfresh.com, This will allow you to use the free version of "Stickmount" with a good file explorer such as ES File Explorer, all free. (Be advised that unlocking your N7 WILL delete all user apps and files and return the N7 to factory new condition. It will also void your warranty.) Now once stickmount has mounted your USB thumb drive you can do anything you please with the files in both directions including the N7 system files. I found this to greatly expand the power and usability of my N7. Having done this you can for instance use Groove IP Lite with a Google Voice account to make phone calls with your N7! Yep, free calls, no minutes against your cell plan. Pretty cool. Don't be afraid, it's not that hard and the benefits are many.
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