Continued from PM because for some reason no pictures uploaded in PM anymore
You can choose SPFID output from VLC:
First open VLC and play a movie. Then right click on screen and navigate to audio tab->Audio Device->Choose HDMI
And cropped for easier:
Try this and see if you can get DTS or Dolby Digital lit up on your AVR. Make sure you use a video file with those encodings (at least DTS or DD 5.1 )
Originally Posted by MIkeDuke
Thanks for the help. I don't think I need to justify but I do like to explain my thought process when I buy something like this. Right now I am using MKV so I do get full DTS-MA and TRUHD, albeit in 5.1 format. I just would have to work to get 7.1. I would need new speakers and a new amp to power them. Not sure if that is going to happen though. When I meant getting the audio, I meant the ATMOS audio that may
be on some standard BR's that's all. And I thought that VLC did not let you do that. I will send you a PM and if you can send me those instructions it would be great. Because trust me, I have looked pretty hard to find them
. And again, I appreciate all the help I get from here from everybody.
VLC is a great player for it's simplicity, and it plays just about anything too. But it's not great choice for high end DTS-HD and Dolby TRUEhd files in 7.1 because it only reads the "core" (DTS or DD) and not the full HD audio tracks. Jriver would be a better option to play those back, or something like XBMC or Mediabrowser Theater. If you use WMC you would want to install a codec pack like SHARK007 (which also makes normal Windows Media Player pretty awesome). The best stand alone video player in my opinion is Media Player Center Home Classic (MPC-HC for short). It's older- but very mature and very capable.
MPC-HC with MadVR is the best PQ I've ever seen or tested myself. The player itself is excellent, and rather simple. But set up has a small learning curve if you want to trick it out. There is a really good sticky if you ever get brave and want to try it: Advanced MPC-HC Setup Guide
It has screen shots and pictures and step by step. It takes a cup of coffee and some patience and you need to be in the mood if you are not naturally a PC person but you will be rewarded with a most excellent player. It's so good that a lot of the people using WMC or XBMC or PLEX will actually set it to be used as an external player because the quality is superior to those solutions. It's better than VLC.
Originally Posted by MIkeDuke
See, that's something I can never do. I will always be doing one disk at a time. Which is OK. It does not take that long to rip and then copy the movie. But for Bleach it would not have worked. Those were individual files that I had copy and re-name so Jriver would recognize them. But I got it done. Al 366 of them. So yea Matt, I was able to finish that.
The very best media manager program that includes metadata fetching, support Jriver style metadata, and also has automated renaming is Media Center Master.
The program is very awesome and very powerful. It's easy to use considering how much functionality it has too.
It can rename your files perfectly, adding they year they are made, the resolutions and all that. It will fetch art, metadata, backdrops, etc... and it will even support Jriver sidecar files so it works in Jriver. You can set it to store XBMC or Mediabrowser style also so incase you ever changed front ends, or run multiple your library would be set up for it all. You can run Jriver and also run XBMC and also run PLEX and also run MB3 all on the same machine without any troubles.
Next time you have a video file you rip or download put it into a folder, point MCM program to that folder and give it a shot. You will be impressed.