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#1 computergroove

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 08:11 AM

Is there a program / tutorial that will help me to identify what audio / video codecs a movie is using and then allow me to change the output (I don't really care about quality so long as it is still watchable) so it will be compatible with the search ahead feature of xbmc and simply work? Can I do this in a batch format? I have just downloaded the best of looney tunes and I have like 450 videos that don't work. I have downloaded the latest xbmc release and I have a xbox 1.6 with a 500gb Western Digital IDE 7200 RPM Drive. Also I heard that I need to format my hard drive in a special way when I have a larger hard drive or I might get corruption. Is this true? Any help is appreciated.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 02:27 PM

You have to format the drive with XBPartitioner 1.1 or later, and check the cluster size before you start loading files onto the F/G partitions. See the link in my signature for details.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 04:43 PM

Thank you for that info but more importantly I need to know how to modify the codecs so the xbox will be able to process the movie files. Any advice on this?

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 04:52 PM

Trust me, getting the disk format right is far more important than sorting out your codec problem...... There's nothing worse than a disk full of content that you can't use because it has become corrupted. smile.gif

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 06:40 PM

OK did it. I sent over some of the videos that I am having trouble with and I am still having the same issue. Is there a program / tutorial on how to identify and modify the codecs in a video file for use in xbmc on the xbox?

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:59 AM

Identifying the codecs doesn't really matter; all you really need to know is whether XBMC will handle them or not, and you've already determined that.

It would be worth checking under Settings => Videos =>Playback to see whether "DVDPlayer full codec support" is enabled. These days, XBMC uses a scaled down version of DVDPlayer by default, in order to save on RAM. If you're using MPlayer for playback, check the System\Players\MPlayer\Codecs folder in your XBMC directory to see if you've got the MPlayer codecs installed; some distrobutions of XBMC include them (T3CH), some don't. You can press the white button on a video to get the option to choose between players if you want to try either or both.

So you've cleared up the partitioning matter, then? Note that if more then 256gb is copied to a badly formatted partition, there's a good chance you'll lose ALL the contents.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 09:09 PM

I was able to copy all the data from drive F and G and then format to 1 large partition and I re-transferred all the data back to the Xbox. I went through all my videos and am going to replace the ones that went corrupt. There are several that I segregated and would like to identify what makes these unplayable and understand why they don't. The end result I am looking for is to check the codecs before I even send the data to the xbox. I also want to be able to re-encode video files that are not available in different codecs. I once heard of a program called g-spot for identifying the codecs a file uses. Is there something better and what does the xbox support?

Edited by computergroove, 11 February 2011 - 09:09 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:15 AM

I finally found this:
http://wiki.xbmc.org...isn.27t_working

It tells me to try virtualdub to open the troublesome and then save a new avi file which should repair any issues with that file on the xbox. I am currently in the middle of doing this (District 9 is estimated to be done in 34 minutes on my core i7 with 4 gb ram on windows 7 pro 64 bit eddition). If it doesnt work I will dig some more and post new instructions. If you dont see a reply from me then the above works.




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