Originally Posted by kornesque
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The 360 is advertised as being the solution for the @home media center, able to play HD video @ 1080p amongst other wonderful things. But apparently 1080p is a relative term.
The WMV-HD Showcase offers oodles of 1080p video clips, which are just dandy for 360 playback. Well, 1440x1080p. I suppose it's still 1080p. Due to the aspect ratio and "antiquated" codec profiles used for encoding these clips, the average BR is about 8mpbs from what I've seen.
I've created many WMVs encoded using WVC1 @1920x1080, and the average bitrate is ~17mbps. My expensive monster can handle them, but i'd rather have them on the big screen in a different room. The 360 cannot handle them, and I'm quite positive it's not a network issue (it's wired and 100mpbs full). So my question is twofold:
What is the maximum bitrate the 360 can handle? I've heard from various places that the HD-DVD drive provides some assistance for the decoding process of a disc, but what exactly is going on in there? This issue's been bugging me for a while, and after some testing it appears the highest reliable bitrate i can provide the 360 is ~12mbps. I don't know what the average bitrate of an HD-DVD is, but I'm sure it's much higher. Thanks again for all the helpful info!
On a similar topic, is it possible to damage the Xbox360 by playing self-encoded WMV files at high(er) bitrates than normal (downloaded) WMV? I had a 360 that I purchased in November and had used it for less than 80 hours. It had worked perfectly, without a hiccup. I have all my CD's ripped as MP3's on a home server, and used the 360 to play those files remotely. I had played a few games with no problems. I decided to try streaming movies too. Basically turn the 360 into a movie "jukebox". I ripped some DVD's and rencoded them as WMV file using Windows Media Encoder, between 5-8 Mps total bitrate, depending on the source material.
Well, the first video I did started playing back fine. It made it through the opening movie credits when the image froze (the 360 locked up). I powered down, back up, and got the red ring of death. The 360 no longer functioned. I was eventually told a failed video card and got a replacement unit.
A few weeks later, I got my replacement. I played the replacement for a few days with games, MP3's, downloaded video, etc. and it worked fine. I fired up a different WMV encoded DVD and it started playing fine. But about 35 seconds into the movie, the screen went black (the power light was still on and one green segment). The 360 didn't seem to be responding, so I powered off and back on. Red ring of death again. Another return and apparently another failed video card. Another replacement, but now I'm afraid to even try streaming WMV video.
I find it odd that both consoles worked perfectly until I tried to stream WMV video to them, and then they suddenly fail. Is there something in a 5-8 Mbs stream (or higher) that could somehow damage the 360?