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Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-25-2017, 05:48 AM
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Posted By captain_video
Use MakeMKV to convert all of your movies to mkv...

Use MakeMKV to convert all of your movies to mkv files. It's free and does a great job of converting both DVDs and Blu-Rays as well as other formats.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-19-2017, 07:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 245
Posted By captain_video
I'm well aware of that. It's why I always...

I'm well aware of that. It's why I always question the rationale behind using a laptop as a HTPC. You're basically stuck with whatever configuration the laptop came in.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-18-2017, 07:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 245
Posted By captain_video
I use MPC-BE with madVR embedded along with an...

I use MPC-BE with madVR embedded along with an old CORE i3 and a GTX 1060 graphics card for 2160p x265 UHD BD rips. It's the only app I've found that gives me clear video with no freezing or...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-14-2017, 03:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 261
Posted By captain_video
Check this thread: ...

Check this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/2732649-what-app-play-4k-mkv-s.html

Download MPC-BE from post #5....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-13-2017, 03:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,991
Posted By captain_video
No, the statement I made is absolutely correct. ...

No, the statement I made is absolutely correct. Laserdics are an analog video format that included either analog FM audio or PCM digital audio. The vast majority of laserdiscs never had AC3 audio...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-12-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,991
Posted By captain_video
OK, so you're using a device to convert an analog...

OK, so you're using a device to convert an analog signal that may or may not even contain Dolby Digital audio that is lower in resolution than a DVD. I really don't see the point unless the source...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-12-2017, 02:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,991
Posted By captain_video
That would be a pretty good trick considering...

That would be a pretty good trick considering there was never a laserdisc player made that had an HDMI output. The format was defunct long before the HDMI standard was developed.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-12-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,991
Posted By captain_video
The complexity isn't the issue. It all boils...

The complexity isn't the issue. It all boils down to copyright infringement, piracy, and the DCMA.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-12-2017, 12:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,991
Posted By captain_video
This device only outputs 2-channel LPCM audio. ...

This device only outputs 2-channel LPCM audio. Not worth the money, IMHO.



This appears to output only a single audio channel. Absolutely worthless.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-11-2017, 05:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 144
Posted By captain_video
Sounds like maybe the epg123.exe file was wiped...

Sounds like maybe the epg123.exe file was wiped by your AV software. That's a known issue and easily resolved if you exclude the epg123 directory from being scanned. The later versions of epg123...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-09-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 340
Posted By captain_video
This is why I love forums like this. I may post...

This is why I love forums like this. I may post bonehead statements from time to time, but there are always people more knowledgeable than me that will set me straight. I never take anything as...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-07-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 340
Posted By captain_video
OK. Let me just say that I have yet to come...

OK. Let me just say that I have yet to come across an external enclosure that couldn't be opened. Where there's a will, there's always a way. They're all designed for easy assembly, which means...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-07-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 340
Posted By captain_video
Actually, pulling drives from external USB...

Actually, pulling drives from external USB enclosures is relatively easy and can be done without damage to the enclosure. Just google the particular model you're trying to open with keywords for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-04-2017, 05:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 549
Posted By captain_video
Keystone plates are just plain wallplates with...

Keystone plates are just plain wallplates with square openings that come in multiple configurations (i.e., different number of openings). They can be mounted on any standard outlet box or low...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-02-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 549
Posted By captain_video
That's fine for determining which cable is which,...

That's fine for determining which cable is which, but a network tester also checks the integrity of each twisted pair to make sure your connection is solid. A tone detector can't do that. Why buy...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-02-2017, 05:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 549
Posted By captain_video
This is what we have with FIOS. Everything comes...

This is what we have with FIOS. Everything comes into one box from the fiber optic cable and is split out for TV, phone, and internet. If you're building a home network then why would you be having...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-01-2017, 05:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 963
Posted By captain_video
I use MPC-BE with madVR on a 64-bit Windows 7...

I use MPC-BE with madVR on a 64-bit Windows 7 HTPC and an NVidia GeForce GTX1060 graphics card. Works great with 2160p mkv files.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-28-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 549
Posted By captain_video
I have a 24-port patch panel with punchblock...

I have a 24-port patch panel with punchblock terminals in my wiring closet. I use keystone jacks with punchblock connectors in each room. I use short patch cables to go from my Ethernet switch to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-26-2017, 05:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 963
Posted By captain_video
I used to use PowerDVD back in the day when I...

I used to use PowerDVD back in the day when I played iso images of ripped Blu-Rays. I had loads of problems using it, including stuttering and freezing. I converted my iso images to mkv files and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-18-2017, 06:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 121
Posted By captain_video
I do buy used on occasion, or at least I used to....

I do buy used on occasion, or at least I used to. If I'm on a tight budget and I have a component that died and don't want to do a complete system upgrade then I may look for a used motherboard so I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-17-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 121
Posted By captain_video
In reality, any PC component comes with a...

In reality, any PC component comes with a warranty from the manufacturer. If you buy a used component and discover it is faulty then you can always go back to the manufacturer for a replacement as...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-13-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,056
Posted By captain_video
I reinstalled the latest Advanced codecs (7.1.6)...

I reinstalled the latest Advanced codecs (7.1.6) and MPC-BE at lunchtime. I made sure everything was set to default. I then went into the H264/5 tab and selected the LAV option and entered the two...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-13-2017, 04:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,056
Posted By captain_video
Thanks. The only settings I can recall messing...

Thanks. The only settings I can recall messing with was the file associations, but I could have inadvertently clicked on the wrong box elsewhere. I'll try reinstalling it again tonight and leave it...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-12-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,056
Posted By captain_video
I can confirm that version 7.1.5 of the Shark007...

I can confirm that version 7.1.5 of the Shark007 codecs broke Windows Media Center. I lost the ability to fast forward and rewind. I got errors that said the video drivers were not capable of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-11-2017, 06:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,056
Posted By captain_video
I finally got around to installing MPC-BE and the...

I finally got around to installing MPC-BE and the latest Shark007 codecs and it works great. I can finally watch my 2160p mkv files without stuttering or blocking. Nice work!

Update: After...
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