QUOTE(mickey797 @ Jan 29 2008, 05:43 AM)
Dude, do you have a thing for 'old ladies'?
Just Kidding! That was hilarious!
Anyhow, I get your point. And I understand why the 2-Pass VBR is recommended.
I started a 1hr 35m video (high action) last night on encode using your method. It was still running this morning at 6 am. I think it was 10 hours into it's procedure. I used 2-Pass VBR, and did use the magic 24fps.
I'll definitely look forward to your Official Tutorial, but I think I get the idea now.
Tell me something, if I have a WMV-HD (WVC1/5.1) - how do I play it in my HD-DVD Add On? Do I just burn the files as Data using Nero and plop it in the drive?
Nah, it was late last night when I wrote it, and I tend to get a "little" loopy.
Do not confuse what we are doing here with your HD-DVD add-on drive and being able to play HD-DVD's. What we are creating is in no way equivilent to an HD-DVD. You can burn the file to either DVD5 or DVD9 media, and insert it into either the DVD or HD-DVD drive. The HD-DVD drive is quieter when watching movies, so that may be the reasoning behind your question.
I tried a ten second sample using the method in the first post of this thread and the audio was out of sync pretty bad. I was streaming to the XBox from a PC. The original mkv had 10850 kbps in the video and around 1536 (I think) in the audio. I set the video Peak to 14999 because I read about a max of 15000 for WMV on the XBox (probably not right to do that) and set the Average bitrate at 10850 kbps. Audio was set at 192. I don't care about 5.1 because I don't have the system for it but I kept it anyway for the future. The ten second file played well and vid looks good but audio was way out of time. The source is 1080p and I'm trying to save every little bit of info so I can see the max res of my new HDTV. Oh, also the source audio in the mkv was DTS and not AC3.
Q1: Could someone please help explain how to squeeze the max res of an mkv converted to play on a 360 with minimal loss. Needing to know the way to do it to get max quality. Stream, USB drive, etc.. File size limits, bitrate limits. I know it's been touched on but it gets lost in the lengthy thread going on here. I'm successful with mp4 but now trying for more quality using WMV.
First off, you are *not* going to get any better quality then what the source can provide. Using higher bitrates that what the source uses does no good for you what-so-ever. Lower the bitrate to match the source.
I'm going to assume you are using wireless, specifically 802.11g, as you have not stated how your Xbox is connected to your network. 802.11g can provide a lot of bandwidth and throughput, however it does so at an expense: Latency. You are using 1080p content, that needs a minimum constant bitrate of 8-15Mbps. 802.11g cannot provide the low latency you need. 802.11a could. However, you are then trading latency for bandwidth.
I suggest you either run a physical cable for 100Mb conenctivity, or look at the D-Link HD Media Bridge. The D-Link HD Bridge uses 802.11n Draft, and can provide that low latency, high bandwidth you need to stream 1080p content. I have them, and love them. I can stream 1080p content from my PC to my Xbox, and download On Demand content from DirecTV to my HD DVR at the same time.
Q2: I eventually will go to external drive if it allows more data through. Is this so?
Yes, it is. However, you then run into a slight issue. The Xbox 360 can only support two filesystems (not including DVD and HD-DVD, which are UDF or Joliett ISO-1996) FAT16/FAT32 and HFS+. If you have a video file that is larger than 4GB in size (i.e. 720p 90min or greater, or 1080p of almost any length of time), you are well over that 4GB file size limit. You are left with two choices:
1. Burn to DVD5/DVD9/HD-DVD
2. Use the HFS+ filesystem (thanks to the iPod codec add-on from Microsoft to support Mac iPods, which use HFS+ as the filesystem)
There is a tool out there that you can purchase that will give you the ability to Read and Write to HFS+ drives from Windows. Do a Google search for "HFS+ Windows" and you will find it.