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Originally Posted by idividebyzero View Post

Since Media Center Studio doesn't work anymore are there other ways to remove stuff from the menus? It seems every article on the internet only has instructions for MCS.

I want to get rid of "pictures" and "play favorites" from the pictures+video menu since I will never use those but will use video a lot and annoyingly thats the last option on there

There is a new tool called MCE Reset tool which seems to take care of the themeing for 7MC, haven`t had a chance to play around with it and include it in the guide for the reasons mentioned above.
post #3962 of 4641
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Originally Posted by GreenEyez View Post

You mean the built in MPC-HC refresh rate switcher? . The strage thing is that, i`ve just reinstalled the software on my HTPC, and using the stable MPC-HC with LAV filters seems to be working fine now, so i`m left scratching my head wtf happen before

Yes - but I have resolved it. They have changed the design of the refresh rate changer and that was what threw me - all OK now thanks.
post #3963 of 4641
Hi Folks,

I wonder if you can help here please or point e to an existing thread/topic. I have setup My Movies/TMT5/WMC with server on WHS. Everything WAS working correctly - however, and perhaps stupidly, I ran "Configure Your TV or Monitor" from inside WMC. It suggested an optimization that I accepted.

However, it has resulted in the following behavior:

WMC itself now runs at about 80% of screen size - e.g. the top left "X" button is no longer at the top left edge as used to be. Launching a Blu-ray movie brings up TMT 5, but the Blu-ray plays within the "window" that WMC has set at approximately 80% of the screen. Launching a regular DVD (non Blu-ray) does correctly play full screen as do all other video files (e.g. AVI).

Running a Blu-ray directly in TMT5 does play correctly in full screen.

I cannot find any way to "reset" the "optimizations" that WMC made - i.e. I seem to have no options but to rerun the wizard.

My setup is as follows:
WHS->HTPC->Marantz AVR->Panasonic Plasma TV (TC-P65ST30).
Windows screen resolution is correctly set at 1920 by 1080 - I notice that windows reports the TV as Marantz.
In WMC, the wizard shows recommended setting as 1080p 59Hz as the selected display mode - there is no 1920x1080@59Hz option but there is a 1920x1080 interlaced option - selecting that does not fix the problem.
Bringing up the calibration video in WMC (with the pool table) shows the window running at 80% screen size. I do not want to zoom from the TV since that then messes up other videos and DVD's that do play fine. Besides it was working before windows messed up the optimization.

Is there some way to "reset" the WMC?

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thx.
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Thread Starter 
Run the wizard again and select LCD instead of TV because wmc assumes that TV equals CRT tv hence the underscan
post #3965 of 4641
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Originally Posted by augerpro View Post

Selected the AC3filter for SPDIF and still 2 channel...all my dvd rips are fine though, all pass DD. So it has to be tied to playing the mkv file.

To be sure you can run it in VLC player, make sure you set up VLC to bitstream surround sound, if you still dont get surround sound then its unlikely that the file has it since there isnt much that VLC doesnt support
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If I'm reading the guide right, I can either rip Blu Rays to .iso and pay $99 for Total Media Theater, or I can rip to .mkv and use Shark007 to play back 1080p video with DTS MA or DolbyTrueHD for free? Am I missing something? What would be the advantage of using TMT?
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Originally Posted by DanLW View Post

If I'm reading the guide right, I can either rip Blu Rays to .iso and pay $99 for Total Media Theater, or I can rip to .mkv and use Shark007 to play back 1080p video with DTS MA or DolbyTrueHD for free? Am I missing something? What would be the advantage of using TMT?

You would need TMT if you want to play back full disc blu ray rips with menus, etc... If you just want to only play back the main movie TMT is not needed
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Wow! Thanks GreenEyez for the super fast response. This did the trick - everything is now working.

I was getting set to reinstall from scratch - you have saved me many many hours.

Thank you for helping.

Rgds.

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Originally Posted by GreenEyez View Post

Run the wizard again and select LCD instead of TV because wmc assumes that TV equals CRT tv hence the underscan
post #3969 of 4641
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Originally Posted by DanLW View Post
If I'm reading the guide right, I can either rip Blu Rays to .iso and pay $99 for Total Media Theater, or I can rip to .mkv and use Shark007 to play back 1080p video with DTS MA or DolbyTrueHD for free? Am I missing something? What would be the advantage of using TMT?

Originally Posted by dbone1026
You would need TMT if you want to play back full disc blu ray rips with menus, etc... If you just want to only play back the main movie TMT is not needed

I know I'm stating the obvious but to play the actual discs you'd use TMT also.
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Is there a way to start WMC in live tv mode using 64bit Windows? I like to walk in the door, turn everything on then go feed the cat/take off jacket/etc while everything turns on and the TV starts going, I cant do that with the current straight jacket way WMC starts.

%windir%\\ehome\\ehshell.exe /mcesuperbar://tv?live=true only works in 32bit
post #3971 of 4641
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Originally Posted by idividebyzero View Post

Is there a way to start WMC in live tv mode using 64bit Windows? I like to walk in the door, turn everything on then go feed the cat/take off jacket/etc while everything turns on and the TV starts going, I cant do that with the current straight jacket way WMC starts.

Remove the quote marks:
Code:
%windir%\\ehome\\ehshell.exe /mcesuperbar://tv?live=true
If you want to see the Media Center logo animation before it goes to live TV, use:
Code:
%windir%\\ehome\\ehshell.exe /homepage:VideoFullscreen.xml /PushStartPage:true
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excellent, thanks
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I've installed the Shark007 codecs and told it to use PDVD11 for MPEG playback, with the intention of disabling the Windows DTV-DVD Decoder for LiveTV. Now, I want to figure out if it's actually using the PDVD11 decoder during WMC LiveTV. I have GraphStudio and I loaded a WTV file into it and I can see it's now using the Cyberlink Video/SP Decoder (or whatever it's called) for a recording. But, does that means that's what will be used for LiveTV?

So, basically, how to I see what filters/decoders/etc. are being used for LiveTV?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

I've installed the Shark007 codecs and told it to use PDVD11 for MPEG playback, with the intention of disabling the Windows DTV-DVD Decoder for LiveTV. Now, I want to figure out if it's actually using the PDVD11 decoder during WMC LiveTV. I have GraphStudio and I loaded a WTV file into it and I can see it's now using the Cyberlink Video/SP Decoder (or whatever it's called) for a recording. But, does that means that's what will be used for LiveTV?

So, basically, how to I see what filters/decoders/etc. are being used for LiveTV?

Thanks.

1st of all, your operating system MUST be 32bit.
On the SWAP TAB, choose to Disable the Microsoft Video decoder
and then afterwards, select an alternate decoder for LiveTV below the Microsoft Video decoder selection.

To the best of my (current) knowledge, x64 users must use the Microsoft decoders for LiveTV in Media Center.
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Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post

1st of all, your operating system MUST be 32bit.
On the SWAP TAB, choose to Disable the Microsoft Video decoder
and then afterwards, select an alternate decoder for LiveTV below the Microsoft Video decoder selection.

To the best of my (current) knowledge, x64 users must use the Microsoft decoders for LiveTV in Media Center.

Since you used the plural, the audio decoder can be disabled. You can use e.g. ffdshow or lavaudio for livetv.
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Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post

1st of all, your operating system MUST be 32bit.
On the SWAP TAB, choose to Disable the Microsoft Video decoder
and then afterwards, select an alternate decoder for LiveTV below the Microsoft Video decoder selection.

To the best of my (current) knowledge, x64 users must use the Microsoft decoders for LiveTV in Media Center.

Lucky for me, I have 32-bit. Here's a screenshot of my SWAP tab:



When I load a WTV file in GraphStudio I see the "Cyberlink Video/SP Decoder" but I thought for Live TV I should see "Cyberlink Video Decoder (PDVD11)". So, I suspect, the graph for WTV is not the graph for Live TV? I see "Cyberlink Video/SP Decoder" for DVD and "Cyberlink Video Decoder (PDVD11) for H.264 as I would expect from reading your forums.

How can I tell what is being used to render Live TV? And, how can I configure the decoder?

A downside to all of this is FF and REW don't work any more for movies with this enabled. For some reason though, skip fwd and skip back do. Weird. And it still works in Live TV.

The issue I am trying to solve is all the judder and interlacing artifacts I see watching Live TV. I have a i3-2100/H61 using the IGP.
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1st of all, I use 64bit systems, exclusively. I do maintain a 32bit partition for testing. Your screenshot is revealing a bug in my app. that I've overlooked. You should not have been able to select both digital and anolog simultaneously. In fact, in the next release, I am going to remove the anolog selection. The digital selction (avc) also handles anolog (mpeg2) decoding.

I suggest that you uncheck both the digital and anolog boxes, and then only select the digital box.

Testing...
Start LiveTV viewing in Media Center
open graph studio
under the File menu, choose, connect to remote graph
from within graphstudio, you should be able to access the properties of the decoder.
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Can Nvidia GT540M bitstream DTS HD MA and TrueHD? I also have Intel Sandybridge i7 2630QM as well on my laptop
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Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post

1st of all, I use 64bit systems, exclusively. I do maintain a 32bit partition for testing. Your screenshot is revealing a bug in my app. that I've overlooked. You should not have been able to select both digital and anolog simultaneously. In fact, in the next release, I am going to remove the anolog selection. The digital selction (avc) also handles anolog (mpeg2) decoding.

I suggest that you uncheck both the digital and anolog boxes, and then only select the digital box.

Testing...
Start LiveTV viewing in Media Center
open graph studio
under the File menu, choose, connect to remote graph
from within graphstudio, you should be able to access the properties of the decoder.

I will give that a try. Thanks for the quick response. Thanks too for having LAV integrated.

A couple of things if you're interested:

I noticed too, if I don't do some things in the right order, DVDs will no longer play. I haven't figured out the pattern but a reset and then try again fixes it. My settings are to select LAV Splitter for MKV, configure LAV audio to passthrough everything, then onto the SWAP tab to select PDVD11. A couple of times, in what order I am not sure, I've done this and DVD (VOBs in directories on disk) will display "Decoder Error" in WMC. AFAICT, the settings are identical and the graphs look the same too. Bizarre.

If I disable Microsoft Video Decoder on SWAP, I can still select Microsoft Codec on H.264. If I do that, it resets everything to ffdshow video and audio -- MKV, DVDs and WTV despite selections on other tabs. I didn't expect selecting Microsoft to turn on ffdshow. Should the Microsoft option in H.264 be grayed out if it's been disable on SWAP? Or, should I actually have been able to use the Microsoft Codec for H.264 (retain FF/REW functions).

There seem to be inter-relationships between settings on various tabs I don't understand?

Ideally, I'd be able to use the Microsoft decoder for everything and just use PDVD11 for Live TV so that I can still FF/REW in MKVs and DVDs. I am sure though, that's an issue not with your app but with it being all-or-nothing when it comes to Microsoft DTV-DVD Decoder, correct?

Actually, ideally, the deinterlacing in the Intel driver would not SUCK and I wouldn't have to do all this.

Any suggestions on how to get FF/REW functionality back is appreciated.
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Ok, setup as suggested.

It looks like if I setup MKV to use LAV before turning off Microsoft's Video Decoder on SWAP, everything gets set to use ffdshow -- that becomes what's selected on H.264 and what I see in the graphs. So, if I work right to left on the setting application, things work. If I go left to right, the default on H.264 (LAV) gets set to ffdshow, effectively setting everything to use ffdshow video and audio.

I was unable to connect to the remote graph. I see the graph, select it and hit connect but nothing happens. Disconnect option is grayed out. Nothing displays.

Cyberlink Video Decoder (PDVD11) is what I should be used for Live TV, correct?
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It must be using the alternate decoder for Live TV because, in fact, FF doesn't work. FF hangs the picture until the channel is changed. I've reverted my settings back to using the MS DTV-DVD Decoder and FF/REW works again. Oh well. Maybe I just need a better GPU with a driver that has some deinterlacing settings. I already tried a HD5670 and it washes out all the colors on everything and none of the settings stick in the driver. Maybe its nVidia time? GT 440 DDR5?
post #3982 of 4641
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

I already tried a HD5670 and it washes out all the colors on everything and none of the settings stick in the driver. Maybe its nVidia time? GT 440 DDR5?

On the Config TAB, there is a checkbox for [x] Enable MC Sharpen.
Give that a try to see if it fixes the washed out look.

Settings not 'sticking' can be a result of chooing to disable UAC.
In Windows 7, when weird/strange things happen, disabling UAC is often the reason.

EDIT: if you're enabling UAC for testing purposes, it is also nessasary to uninstall and re-install the codecs.
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Originally Posted by idividebyzero View Post

To be sure you can run it in VLC player, make sure you set up VLC to bitstream surround sound, if you still dont get surround sound then its unlikely that the file has it since there isnt much that VLC doesnt support

File properties shows "6 channel, 48khz". Also when I ripped it it was only with the HD audio. It is getting converted to 2 channel for some reason. Haven't had time it look into it further.
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Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post

On the Config TAB, there is a checkbox for [x] Enable MC Sharpen.
Give that a try to see if it fixes the washed out look.

Settings not 'sticking' can be a result of chooing to disable UAC.
In Windows 7, when weird/strange things happen, disabling UAC is often the reason.

EDIT: if you're enabling UAC for testing purposes, it is also nessasary to uninstall and re-install the codecs.

Sorry for the confusion -- I meant the settings in the ATI CCC weren't sticking. I'd shut everything off but deinterlacing, it would look better and then on the next reboot things would be back to their default. ATI CCC also didn't play well with my TV, sometimes reverting back to 60Hz (result: no signal) when it's 59.94Hz (59 in ATI CCC).

I am starting to think this might not be a setup/software issue. I was watching the LSU/Alabama football game downstairs and I'd see lots of motion and interlacing artifacts (horizontal lines) quite a bit (i3-2100/H61). Now I am watching it upstairs (G620/H61) and I don't see those problems. There's lots of differences between these setups. The one with problems is a 1080p TV, HDMI thru an Onkyo AVR. The one upstairs is a 720p TV with no AVR. The one downstairs is a lot closer to the cable feed where there's a drop amp, the one upstairs further away. When I watch DVDs or Blu-ray rips on the problem system it looks terrific. DVDs and Live TV use the same Microsoft DTV-DVD Decoder and DVDs look great, Live TV doesn't. So, it could be so many things -- lots of unknowns in these equations.

I think tomorrow I am going to remove the feed to the downstairs TV from the drop amp and see how it looks. I'll start with the source. Garbage-in, garbage-out, right?

Thanks for your help.
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Damian or anybody else, I have a quick question, I am now using MPC-HC for all my files via Media Browser (with madVR as renderer), and I can even use the Logitech remote to change audio or subtitle tracks (keys mapped for MPC), but the final hurdle is my mkv's don't "rewind" when done playing. MPC stays in focus on the last frame, and I have to manually "exit" or use the back button to return to Media Browser.
I checked the "exit fullscreen when done playing" but this just makes MPC revert to windowed mode.

Any clues or ideas...?
TIA
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Originally Posted by braddles69 View Post

Damian or anybody else, I have a quick question, I am now using MPC-HC for all my files via Media Browser (with madVR as renderer), and I can even use the Logitech remote to change audio or subtitle tracks (keys mapped for MPC), but the final hurdle is my mkv's don't "rewind" when done playing. MPC stays in focus on the last frame, and I have to manually "exit" or use the back button to return to Media Browser.
I checked the "exit fullscreen when done playing" but this just makes MPC revert to windowed mode.

Any clues or ideas...?
TIA

In MPC HC go to View - Options - Keys and assign "MEDIA_STOP" to the Exit key
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Thanks Damian, I actually have one of the latest October builds (about 20/11 I think) and there is no more Media_Stop option in the keys...but I did find that right click on MPC-HC screen and there is an option for "After Playback..." and you simply choose Exit option for "Once" or "Always".
Done.
Now it's all perfect...now for world peace.
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Sticking my old HD5670 card into the system seems to have solved the deinterlacing issues. I guess I'll know more next Sunday when I watch football -- that's when it's most apparent -- football on NBC. In regular programming I didn't see any judder or horizontal lines. NFL football is the real test though.

The latest ATI CCC drivers don't seem to have all the issues the drivers from six months ago had with regards to washed out colors, not liking my TV, etc. I was surprised to pop in the card and have the only thing I needed to do was to set the HDTV scaling to 0%. Shocking. I was ready for an all-night battle.

AMD/ATI FTW.
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When watching videos in WMC that are stored on the network, occasionally I get brief pause in the video, sort of like a buffering problem.

Is there a way to have WMC buffer video files so that this skipping doesn't happen?
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Originally Posted by sebberry View Post

When watching videos in WMC that are stored on the network, occasionally I get brief pause in the video, sort of like a buffering problem.

Is there a way to have WMC buffer video files so that this skipping doesn't happen?

Are you using a WiFi connection?
Are those HiDef file or BluRay rip?

If you answered yes to both then you found your problem...
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