Originally Posted by Norsican
Tell me more. =)
I can set up Codecs.
I plan to rip all blurays to MKVs ( still kinda new to it but I'm assuming this is the preferred method)
To no one in particular:
I would LOVE to be able to play Lossless audio instead of Mp3 audio. What Do I need to do to WMC to do this?
Let's see it pretty much works fine
I went with Intel 2100T and use software playback (ffdshow) for h.264/MKVs (~20-30% cpu usage for 1080p material). Might try the new intel quicksync work from egur but haven't felt like it yet.
WMC works great for live/recorded TV, can use it for pictures and music as well. Although I prefer Mediabrowser's music plugin myself for that. I have 3 HTPCs (plus a desktop) with data served from an Unraid machine. All can now watch Live/RecordedTV as well as any movies/tv shows from the Unraid via Mediabrowser. Latest Mediabrowser (Apollo) seems to have sped up things and so far improved some stability issues I had (I have a relatively large collection (~800-1000 movies, dozens of TV series ~ 10TB total).
There are various "tricks/quirks" with WMC that I have learned about over the years (fixing overscanning requires a registry change and an odd setting in WMC see http://www.missingremote.com/guide/m...7-media-center
, If necessary set windows to 2 channel sound and MCE to 5.1 if audio looping occurs, etc). You can play back audio files with FLAC in WMC but you need to install a plugin (various ways but I use http://bmproductions.fixnum.org/wmptagplus
Also for TV/Guide, I recommend installing My Channel Logos 2, Tuner salad (if more than 4 tuners needed), and Remote Potato (let's you view recorded shows/music from your phone/tablet/etc if your PC has enough power for the transcoding, but I mainly use it for being able to remotely record something when I forget).
If you care about playing back TrueHD or DTS-HD in MKVs then using the WMC player may not work (I haven't tried it in a long time and have had mixed results, probably depending on which version/configuration of the codecs I had at the time).
But overall its rather wife/family friendly. I have every HTPC with a harmony remote to make it basically one touch to turn on the TV etc. I have decided to just leave on all my HTPCs (they're pretty low power) instead of dealing with putting them to sleep/wake. Though I have had no major issues using S3 sleep in the past with WMC and recording TV. But it does get trickier if you are dealing with multiple HTPCs and one of them is the primary recorder. Speaking of that I do most of my recordings on one HTPC and nightly move the recordings a shared drive on my desktop that the other HTPCs can access. Various ways to do this but I have a nightly task created that runs a .bat file that using robocopy to do this.
But I digress
...let me know if you had any other particular questions.