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Old 04-13-2007, 03:04 PM
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Color us tickled, but we totally missed some of the finest points of all in Microsoft's Xbox 360 spring Dashboard update: they're totally tricking out the video (finally!). No longer will we be confined to our very least favorite video codec, WMV -- the new update will enable Windows Media Connect or Media Center streaming MPEG-4 up to 8Mbps, H.264 up to 15Mbps, and PlaysForSure WMV videos (and, as we understand it, PlaysForSure audio as well). Wow, finally we can actually use the 360 to play video that wasn't recorded off our Media Center or converted by our Zune software (cough, hack). See, was that so hard, Microsoft? Now just hold on to your asses until the week of May 7th, Xbox fans, that's all you've gotta do.
http://handhelds.engadget.com/2007/0...-playsforsure/

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Old 04-13-2007, 03:34 PM
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Color us tickled, but we totally missed some of the finest points of all in Microsoft's Xbox 360 spring Dashboard update: they're totally tricking out the video (finally!). No longer will we be confined to our very least favorite video codec, WMV -- the new update will enable Windows Media Connect or Media Center streaming MPEG-4 up to 8Mbps, H.264 up to 15Mbps, and PlaysForSure WMV videos (and, as we understand it, PlaysForSure audio as well). Wow, finally we can actually use the 360 to play video that wasn't recorded off our Media Center or converted by our Zune software (cough, hack). See, was that so hard, Microsoft? Now just hold on to your asses until the week of May 7th, Xbox fans, that's all you've gotta do.
http://handhelds.engadget.com/2007/0...-playsforsure/
This is great but now I have to convert all may DVD's to one of those 2 formats. I already ripped all of them to Dvix for personal use only. I hate bit torrent. I tried that once and got infested FAST.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:11 AM
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Still a shame that I need to run Windows Media Center to see any of it... what would be so bad about a CIFS share?
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Old 04-14-2007, 12:06 PM
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Still a shame that I need to run Windows Media Center to see any of it... what would be so bad about a CIFS share?
You don't need Windows media Centre, you can just use Windows Media Player 11 to set up a share.
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:47 AM
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My point is, that involves running Windows. Too bad for me.
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Old 04-15-2007, 09:02 AM
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They added the ability to play WMVs from a DVD with the fall update. Hopefully MPEG4 and H264 will also work this way, removing the need to connect to a PC. It is a bit annoying that it doesn't support above 2 channel audio.

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Old 04-15-2007, 10:47 AM
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My point is, that involves running Windows. Too bad for me.
Are an OS X user? If you are, just use Connect360 -
http://www.nullriver.com/index/products/connect360

If you're on Linux, I guess you're out of luck.
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Old 04-15-2007, 12:43 PM
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Both of those sound promising, especially Connect360 if they end up supporting .mp4 containers - I am an OS X user

Thanks guys!
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It is unfortunate indeed that .264 files will only support 2 channel audio.

I guess if I were to play an h.264 file that has AC3 multichannel audio on the 360 the best I could get out of it is some kind of dolby pro-logic surround from the 2 channel output from the 360? Is that correct? Will that sound good enough I wonder, I mean if it's a 1080p or 720p video you'd want the sound to match the PQ.
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