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post #4201 of 4641
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Originally Posted by lilalotus View Post

Windows Media Center has stop working. That's the message showed up when i press Play button to play DVD files from within Media Browser.TV working ,ISO playing using PowerDVD 11 working.WMC works perfectly over a year until now.I try everything but nothing work. Any help i would appriciated.Thank You. I am using Win 7 64/i3-2100

Does this happen only from within Media Browser or do you get the error when you try to play a movie from the normal 7MC library ?
post #4202 of 4641
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Originally Posted by GreenEyez View Post

Yeah, Full pixel and Screen Format set to "Wide" is what i am using on my secondary Sony TV (older model, but the settings seem to be named the same). Aren`t these settings working out, or am i misunderstanding your post ?

Nope - I set it to full pixel/wide and then setup overscan in my ATI Video driver so wmc fills the screen. Then when I playback a few movies with the issue I can fix it by changing it from "Full Pixel" to "Normal" but then when I go back out of the movie the screen is oversized now.
post #4203 of 4641
If I am watching a tv show - usually in avi format and I pause it, after a few minutes the show just starts over. Anyone know how I can fix this?

Thanks.
post #4204 of 4641
Why is it I can't fast forward or skip with downloaded (HD) videos? I now have my tuners set up on WMC and I can skip forward, backwards and rewind/ffd all day long on those (HD) files w/o issue. On the files I download I can't do this. Could be a 22min video or could be a 3hr video and the results are the same. I can skip forward or backwards for about 10min or so but beyond that point the video will go black and not come back. The audio will usually still be there but the video won't buffer and will be black. I can't skip forwards, backwards or press pause to get it to return. I think most of the files are avi but it doesn't seem to matter what the type as I think there are various types with about the same results. Any ideas on what the problem or solution could be? Is the solution going to be to convert ALL of my files to an easier to digest format?

I tried searching this but I get the black screen issue that has nothing to do with skipping forward/backward issue. Has more to do with an overall connection/setup issue which isn't my problem since other files work just fine.

Thanks for the help!
post #4205 of 4641
My Win7 machines do everything I need them to do and they do it well.

What's in Win8 that I absolutely need to have?
post #4206 of 4641
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

My Win7 machines do everything I need them to do and they do it well.

What's in Win8 that I absolutely need to have?

No one knows for sure until W8 comes out (even the consumer preview that will be happening soon may not be clear as there will most likely be parts missing).

My only interest in W8 is from the tablet standpoint. Otherwise W7 rocks for my PCs/HTPCs
post #4207 of 4641
Oops.. Meant to post that here.
post #4208 of 4641
@ jeremyhelling

I use Media Browser in Media Center and have it load .avi files (and some others), via VLC media player. With a bit of digging around in VLC you can set control actions on the remote and have ff/rw at different stepped, speed intervals etc. It will even play the sound up to x 4 I think??), and can speed through without sound up to about x 32 speed. Just an option.
post #4209 of 4641
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Originally Posted by saxnix View Post

@ jeremyhelling

I use Media Browser in Media Center and have it load .avi files (and some others), via VLC media player. With a bit of digging around in VLC you can set control actions on the remote and have ff/rw at different stepped, speed intervals etc. It will even play the sound up to x 4 I think??), and can speed through without sound up to about x 32 speed. Just an option.

Just so we're on the same page, the problem I'm having isn't the time it takes to skip forward or backward. The problem I'm having appears to be something to do with buffering & getting confused when I do skip. Are you saying that this method you've described will handle skipping video files better and not go to black screen?
post #4210 of 4641
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Originally Posted by jmsnyc View Post

If I am watching a tv show - usually in avi format and I pause it, after a few minutes the show just starts over. Anyone know how I can fix this?

Thanks.

Anyone???
post #4211 of 4641
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Originally Posted by jeremyhelling View Post

Just so we're on the same page, the problem I'm having isn't the time it takes to skip forward or backward. The problem I'm having appears to be something to do with buffering & getting confused when I do skip. Are you saying that this method you've described will handle skipping video files better and not go to black screen?

Sorry, I may have misunderstood your problem. It was similar issues using WMC that led me to use a 3rd party player for certain file types. It is a work around, but it provided the solution I needed - primarily the ability to seek/skip in avi's.
post #4212 of 4641
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Originally Posted by saxnix View Post

Sorry, I may have misunderstood your problem. It was similar issues using WMC that led me to use a 3rd party player for certain file types. It is a work around, but it provided the solution I needed - primarily the ability to seek/skip in avi's.

So you're saying that simply playing these same files in VLC should allow me to skip forwards, backwards all the way through the files regardless of what the settings are for time per skip.. right? Maybe you are suggesting a solution to my problem but I'm just trying to make sure we're on the same page. I may have to install Media Browser and give this a go. I kind of like the idea of automatically populating movie information from IMDB and such too. Seems like a powerful software that would be a good addition even if it doesn't fix our fast forwarding problem. I've been meaning to check that out as well as Media Center Studio for some home page customizing.
post #4213 of 4641
Both are great additions to media center and highly recommended by many. Once installed and configured, Media Browser will watch your folders and automatically get the metadata info for your movies/tv shows. The guide at the beginning of this thread is great to walk you through it all.

Regarding the skipping/seeking, in VLC, go to Tools/Preferences/Hotkeys. Here you can choose what remote buttons do what functions. The ones I use are Faster, Slower, Faster (fine), and ocassionally the forwards/backwards jump. You will see here that jump intervals are broken into Very short, Short, Medium, and Long. So you can experiment to work out which one(s) suits your habits best. As a tip here, when you are choosing a key for a particular function, make sure you choose save after each one, otherwise it will not save the preference. You will need a keyboard to initally set things up, but after that you can just use your remote. Also remember to set your preferences so that VLC opens in full-screen mode, and choose a close key too.

Hope this makes sense. The main reason that I use VLC is to give me the ability to watch files as fast than 1 x speed. A while back I started watching all my Recorded TV this way in Media Center, and once you get used to the speed, it is weird watching things in normal speed. Basically with skipping the ads you can get an hour show watched in 30 minutes. Handy if you have too much stuff recorded. Either I am time poor or recording way too much TV
post #4214 of 4641
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Originally Posted by saxnix View Post

Both are great additions to media center and highly recommended by many. Once installed and configured, Media Browser will watch your folders and automatically get the metadata info for your movies/tv shows. The guide at the beginning of this thread is great to walk you through it all.

Regarding the skipping/seeking, in VLC, go to Tools/Preferences/Hotkeys. Here you can choose what remote buttons do what functions. The ones I use are Faster, Slower, Faster (fine), and ocassionally the forwards/backwards jump. You will see here that jump intervals are broken into Very short, Short, Medium, and Long. So you can experiment to work out which one(s) suits your habits best. As a tip here, when you are choosing a key for a particular function, make sure you choose save after each one, otherwise it will not save the preference. You will need a keyboard to initally set things up, but after that you can just use your remote. Also remember to set your preferences so that VLC opens in full-screen mode, and choose a close key too.

Hope this makes sense. The main reason that I use VLC is to give me the ability to watch files as fast than 1 x speed. A while back I started watching all my Recorded TV this way in Media Center, and once you get used to the speed, it is weird watching things in normal speed. Basically with skipping the ads you can get an hour show watched in 30 minutes. Handy if you have too much stuff recorded. Either I am time poor or recording way too much TV

Two questions:

Do you use a plugin to open VLC through WMC?
Does VLC play WTV files?
post #4215 of 4641
hey guys, does 7MC stream media from Amazon or Hulu? thanks
post #4216 of 4641
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Originally Posted by jmsnyc View Post

Two questions:

Do you use a plugin to open VLC through WMC?
Does VLC play WTV files?

Yes, I use Media Browser within WMC. Media Browser is configured to use VLC for certain file types. For me, this is primarily .avi files.

It doesn't look like VLC supports WTV files
post #4217 of 4641
For those that care to know...
I have created a Windows 8 Codecs pack that is based on the win7codec release. Current releases of the Win7codecs are about 27MB where as the Win8codecs are almost half that size @ 14.8MB. The Win8codecs are compatible with the Windows 7 OS. The significant difference is that I have remove Haali, FFDshow, all encoders and all of the the gabest filters in the creation of the Windows 8 Codecs. There also exists an Information page on my website with full details.

Advantages of using the Shark codecs over other codecpacks are:

1. Full color thumbnails including FLV's and 10bit MKV's
(also allows users to select at what point by percentage to grab the thumbnail)
2. Enable the Preview Pane for ALL newly enabled filetypes such as MKV and FLV.
3. Explorer properties are displayed for non native filetypes such as MKV and FLV
4. Updated often - and has update notification builtin
5. Allow use of the PDVD12 decoders for 32bit LiveTV
6. Supports the use of Xbox360 as Extenders to playback MKV files
7. Allows singleclick setup of Bitstreamed Audio
8. Support playback of MOD audio files and M4A files containing ALAC
9. Supports playlist creation for use in Media Center
10. Allow users to Enable/Disable codecs installed on their system
11. Funtionality such as Win7DSFilterTweaker builtin.
12. Support 'Add to Windows Media Player List' using rightclick on all files such as MKV.

On my Tools page are up-to-date releases of MPC-Homecinema that are preconfigured to use the installed codecs.
I also started releasing a player version that includes the madVR renderer, pre-setup for use.
post #4218 of 4641
MKV files with TrueHD playback fine in TMT 5.2 but lock up both video and audio in MPC-HC. This used to work but I have been cleaning house and updating things so I figure I walked on something.

Latest Shark007 32 installed. Set up to use LAV audio with a AMD Radeon HD 6670 video card. Shark007 configured with first page of post settings as is MMP-HC. Something simple I am sure but eludes me...

Suggestions?

Update: This is specific to MMP-HC. Both TMT5 and WMP plays the file just fine....
post #4219 of 4641
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post

For those that care to know...
I have created a Windows 8 Codecs pack that is based on the win7codec release. Current releases of the Win7codecs are about 27MB where as the Win8codecs are almost half that size @ 14.8MB. The Win8codecs are compatible with the Windows 7 OS. The significant difference is that I have remove Haali, FFDshow, all encoders and all of the the gabest filters in the creation of the Windows 8 Codecs. There also exists an Information page on my website with full details.

Advantages of using the Shark codecs over other codecpacks are:

1. Full color thumbnails including FLV's and 10bit MKV's
(also allows users to select at what point by percentage to grab the thumbnail)
2. Enable the Preview Pane for ALL newly enabled filetypes such as MKV and FLV.
3. Explorer properties are displayed for non native filetypes such as MKV and FLV
4. Updated often - and has update notification builtin
5. Allow use of the PDVD12 decoders for 32bit LiveTV
6. Supports the use of Xbox360 as Extenders to playback MKV files
7. Allows singleclick setup of Bitstreamed Audio
8. Support playback of MOD audio files and M4A files containing ALAC
9. Supports playlist creation for use in Media Center
10. Allow users to Enable/Disable codecs installed on their system
11. Funtionality such as Win7DSFilterTweaker builtin.
12. Support 'Add to Windows Media Player List' using rightclick on all files such as MKV.

On my Tools page are up-to-date releases of MPC-Homecinema that are preconfigured to use the installed codecs.
I also started releasing a player version that includes the madVR renderer, pre-setup for use.

Wow, now that`s how a codec pack should look like . Simple, clean, no bloatware, good quality filters. The only think that is missing is ffdshow DXVA, since it is needed for both subtitles and DXVA support (Lav Video doesn`t have a built in subtitle engine as far as i know).

If you add ffdshow DXVA to the mix, i`ll put the Win8 Pack in the guide instead of the Win7 one.
post #4220 of 4641
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jrolmstd View Post

MKV files with TrueHD playback fine in TMT 5.2 but lock up both video and audio in MPC-HC. This used to work but I have been cleaning house and updating things so I figure I walked on something.

Latest Shark007 32 installed. Set up to use LAV audio with a AMD Radeon HD 6670 video card. Shark007 configured with first page of post settings as is MMP-HC. Something simple I am sure but eludes me...

Suggestions?

Update: This is specific to MMP-HC. Both TMT5 and WMP plays the file just fine....

Had the same issue as you with MPC-HC and LAV and TrueHD at some point, i`ll try to re-trace my steps tomorrow and figure out how i fixed it. I`ll PM you when i`m done.
post #4221 of 4641
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Originally Posted by GreenEyez View Post

The only think that is missing is ffdshow DXVA . . .

I'm sorry to inform you, the bloat is gone. I have no intention to change this. Subtitles are supported by a default installation which uses the Microsoft decoder + Directvobsub. If the user chooses to use either LAV or the PDVD12 decoders, there is no sub support (at this time). Please keep in mind, LAV is not even close to 1.0 - allow it time to mature.

If a users cpu is so slow that dxva is a requirement, I release MPC-HC SVN versions on my tools page which support DXVA via LAV or PDVD12 and subs via the internal renderer. If a user needs more versatility that the Win8codecs provide, the Win7codecs work on Windows 8 also.
post #4222 of 4641
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Originally Posted by GreenEyez View Post

Had the same issue as you with MPC-HC and LAV and TrueHD at some point, i`ll try to re-trace my steps tomorrow and figure out how i fixed it. I`ll PM you when i`m done.

Worked it out GreenEyes but thanks for the offer.
post #4223 of 4641
Hi Guys, I am looking to make MPC-HC my default player for all media types (except for Bluray).

Which is the most stable version to use? I run Win7 64bit. Thanks
post #4224 of 4641
should i download the 32 or 64 bit version?
post #4225 of 4641
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

should i download the 32 or 64 bit version?

I have the same OS and run the 32 bit now. Used to do sharks 64 and MPC-HC 64 but moved away from it. Could not see any benefit in it that I was interested in and less maintenance without needing to install/update the sharks 64.
post #4226 of 4641
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Originally Posted by jrolmstd View Post

I have the same OS and run the 32 bit now. Used to do sharks 64 and MPC-HC 64 but moved away from it. Could not see any benefit in it that I was interested in and less maintenance without needing to install/update the sharks 64.

thanks. glad to hear they worked well with your 64bit OS. i'll download the 32bit versions then.

also, what version of MPC-HC are you running? should i download the latest version?
post #4227 of 4641
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

thanks. glad to hear they worked well with your 64bit OS. i'll download the 32bit versions then.

also, what version of MPC-HC are you running? should i download the latest version?

I am running the latest. Tend to keep to things updated...
post #4228 of 4641
installed Sharks 007 and latest MPC-HC. play an MKV file, subs and audio bistreaming works perfectly.

why does MPC-HC buffle video? it takes about 2 min to buffer a 1080p blu-ray rip MKV.

why does it not play instantly?
post #4229 of 4641
how do you turn off the subtitles?

when launching MKV files with subs, it automatically come on. can i switch that off, and only turn on manually when desired?
post #4230 of 4641
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Originally Posted by smokarz View Post

installed Sharks 007 and latest MPC-HC. play an MKV file, subs and audio bistreaming works perfectly.

why does MPC-HC buffle video? it takes about 2 min to buffer a 1080p blu-ray rip MKV.

why does it not play instantly?

The problem is the version of MPC you are using.
Uninstall that version and get a version from my Tools page.
Those on my Tools page are pre-configured to use the installed codecs.
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