And the experiment continues...
Many thanks srauly, as the link you provided regarding the chipmunked audio over HDMI was exactly the problem. Adding an 'advancedsettiings.xml' with the sample changed to 48000 fixed it.
rauly, you also provided me with a link to some video samples, located here
. I downloaded them, ran them, and noted the results. They are as follows, going in the same order as the third post has them listed:
1. Plays with audio, stereo; slight choppiness, 23-25fps - rated at 30
2. Plays with audio, stereo; smooth video, 25 fps
3. Plays with audio, stereo; smooth video, 23-25 fps
4. Plays no audio; slow motion - like high speed photography - rated 60fps
5. Plays with audio, 5.1; slightly choppy, 24-25 fps
6. Plays with audio, 5.1; slightly choppy, 20-24 fps - color fine
7. Plays with audio, 5.1; small amount of stutter, 23-24 fps
8. Plays with audio, 5.1; slight stutter, 20-22 fps
9. Played a few frames, sound cut in and out, soft restart of XBMC - error of "Failed to initialize sound device." No surprise; Dolby TrueHD (don't have)
10. Plays with audio, stereo; stutter here/there 21-25 fps
11. Plays with audio, stereo; smooth video, no subtitles 21-23 fps
12. Not visible
13. Plays with audio, stereo; slightly choppy video 16-25 fps
14. Not visible
Oddly, numbers 12 and 14 don't even appear in the file listing, even if you have the option "Show hidden files and folders" enabled in the skin settings. Most of the video that had stutter or choppiness appeared to be (as indicated in the file name) in 1080p. Number 4, as noted, played like high speed photography played back in normal speed - everything appears slower - though it was rated as 60 fps.
One problem that has cropped up, however, is the lack of thumbnails or fanart when calling up TV show information via TheTVDB scrapper. It's not that it doesn't find them, but rather if you select "Thumb" or "Fanart" from the TV information window, it will display "Remote" images, but they're all blank. You'll see "Downloading thumbnail", then it switches to "Remote thumb" but the image is blank. Selecting any of them doesn't "apply" them either, be it a thumb or a fanart piece. The odd thing is that earlier this week, they pulled down fine. AND if you head over to the thetvdb.com site on your computer and find the show, the images are there. Then I tried to include a "folder.jpg" in the TV show folder (I saw something on the XBMC forum about it as a means of jumpstarting the image generation), but then selecting TV Shows in Library mode would crash XBMC. Then I tried with a fresh userdata folder, thinking something was a little "off" in my original, but no, same thing happened. The TV.com scrapper will pull an image or two, but fails to load any sort of information about the show. The other two scrappers, TvRage and Imdbtv don't appear to have any images. Movie information and images are fine though.
Any ideas on what the problem could be?
The thought just hit me to try the XBMC Live off the USB drive and see if they show up there.
Here's another question, do you prefer ripping a DVD to a file getting just the movie, or to an ISO to get all the menus?