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Jason Knight's Avatar Jason Knight
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I have a WDTV Live and a 2TB WD MyBook attached as my main content drive. I have noticed issues with large 5GB+60FPS files not streaming properly. I have also noticed that the HD randomly freezes requiring a power cycle. I have the latest firmware and have not noted any mentions of similar issues on the WD forums.

 

Thoughts?

 

Cheers,

 

JK


mrfattbill's Avatar mrfattbill
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Put a problem file on a thumb drive and see if the problem goes away. Also what is the mediainfo of the problem file?

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60FPS? Check the manual on what resolutions the player is expected to handle @ this rate.
Kelson's Avatar Kelson
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60FPS? Check the manual on what resolutions the player is expected to handle @ this rate.
720p HDTV is 60fps and I have no problems playing those on the Live-SMP -- smooth as silk.

For 1080, the player is spec'd for 24p and 30i
Alx330's Avatar Alx330
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Just being 60fps is not the only metric H.264 video can be encoded in a large variety of ways and the hardware decoders of the chip in the WDTV can only decode H.264 media to certain degree's, this usually covers most things but unusual videos like 60fps ones might have a H.264 profile it cannot handle. Digital video cameras which tend to be the common source of 60fps video are notorious for generating H.264 videos with unusual profiles regardless of the frame rate or resolution.

However the fact that the HDD locks up is not a good sign at all either their is a fault with the WDTV or the HDD itself. If the HDD is on it's way out then back everything up ASAP.

With the WDTV all you can do is run the videos through something like Handbrake with high profile preset and the end result should be playable, if the drive continues to lock even if these x264/mp4 videos play okay then it's the HDD at fault most likely.
Nate Miller's Avatar Nate Miller
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I've had similar problems.  At first I blamed my wireless connection and so I hardwired it over CAT6 (gigabit router) and still had problems so I put the file on a thumbdrive and it still didn't work right.

 

I think the problem is the player... maybe the small Atom Processor doesn't have enough juice to run these types of files.  


Kelson's Avatar Kelson
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I think the problem is the player... maybe the small Atom Processor doesn't have enough juice to run these types of files.  
Here are the video specs for the player:
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Note:

MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
I have no problems streaming 30GB, 1080p BD rips with 40 Mbps bitrates; no problems streaming 15Mbps, 720p60 HDTV captures -- all within the specs of the Live-SMP. One cannot fault it if it doesn't play video files that are outside of it's published specs.
Jason Knight's Avatar Jason Knight
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Thank you all for commenting. I will try the thumb drive option with a few different file types. Does anyone recommend an alternate media player? Perhaps a encoder similar to Handbrake to convert media files to something within the WDTV spec?


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