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What do you use to play HD x264 files?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to play some 720p x264 (.mkv container) files and I'm having some problems.

They seem much easier to make stutter etc and I want to get the best quality out of them. Also, almost all have sound delay, but ffdshow audio processor with Jitter OSD shows 0 ms?

I have a 720p DLP and the following is a rough description of my HTPC build:

C2D 6400
2GB ram
nVidia 7900 GS HDCP via DVI
Win XP Pro SP2

Any ideas? I'm starting to get a lot more of these files and I'm wanting to start to backup my HDTV caps in this format too instead of xvid...
post #2 of 17
media player classic with core AVC codec.

- Josh
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Don't I need the Haali splitter for mkv?
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by trueimage View Post

Don't I need the Haali splitter for mkv?

Media Player Classic is one of the few that does not require the Haali splitter as it has native support of mkv within it.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
How can I try playing these files with the Pure Video HD HW/SW acceleration. doing some reading it says that this is much better than CoreAVC, and my card is on the supported list. Does this only work for HD DVD / Blu-ray ? or can I get for example PowerDVD Ultra 7.3 to play these as well using HW accel?
post #6 of 17
PowerDVD Ultra 7.3 does use nVidia hardware acceleration and includes H.264 support. If you want to use version 6 you need to add the AVC and AAC packs.

WinDVD and Nero also support nVidia hardware acceleration.
post #7 of 17
Zoomplayer with Haali and CoreAVC.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dirkling View Post

PowerDVD Ultra 7.3 does use nVidia hardware acceleration and includes H.264 support. If you want to use version 6 you need to add the AVC and AAC packs.

WinDVD and Nero also support nVidia hardware acceleration.


I can't get PowerDVD Ultra 7.3 to open an mkv

when i drag it over nothing happens, when i try to add it to the playlist, it won't add...
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by trueimage View Post

I can't get PowerDVD Ultra 7.3 to open an mkv

when i drag it over nothing happens, when i try to add it to the playlist, it won't add...

PowerDVD requires Haali for mkv...
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
ok, I have Haali installed... still can't play mkv's in PowerDVD 7.3 Ultra
post #11 of 17
Coreavc produces artifacts with encodes. I suggest using the latest ffdshow, you have the cpu power for it.
Powerdvd has a 264 decoder which you can use in a media player that uses directshow codecs such as zoom player or media player classic. I dont think powerdvd accepts .mkv as input.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
so how can I get hardware accel to work?

These are 720p x264

can I rename the extension or convert them losslessly to an x264 format powerdvd will play?

I've read quality wise and cpu wise the purevideo hd hw accel is best, but only 3 dvd suites use it, and they wont play mkv?? so why do ppl use mkv??
post #13 of 17
Media player classic, and Core AVC, works great, and super easy.


don't worry about your vid card bieng suported for the app, cause h264, dosen't use the GPU, it uses your comps processor to decode the file.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by stickygreen View Post

Media player classic, and Core AVC, works great, and super easy.


don't worry about your vid card bieng suported for the app, cause h264, dosen't use the GPU, it uses your comps processor to decode the file.


That's what I'm saying

PureVideo HD does use GPU to decode h264
post #15 of 17
Sounds like something else is interfering with your video playback. I have a C2D 4300 with an Intel 965 video card (mobo integrated), 1gb RAM, and it plays back fine on a 47" LCD screen.

FFDShow: No problem playing back 720p, h264, AC3 files (slight stutter on 1080p)
CoreAVC: No problem playing back 1080p, h264, AC3 files
Zoomplayer as the player, though Media Player Classic works too

Since my computer has less impressive specs than yours, I'm suspecting a software issue.

Here's what I did to get my software the way I wanted it:
--(Uninstall everything related in your case. Use Insurgent from http://www.cccp-project.net/ to remove extra stuff)
--Install your DVD player (PowerDVD in my case)
--Install the Combined Community Codec Pack. (My codec pack of choice. Very light.)
--Install CoreAVC
--Use Radlight Filter Manager to change PowerDVD h264 to less preferred, FFDshow for normal preferred for h264, and CoreAVC to preferred for h264
--Reboot
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by trueimage View Post

ok, I have Haali installed... still can't play mkv's in PowerDVD 7.3 Ultra

It seems due to some proprietary coding in PowerDVD that mkv's will not play correctly. Seems most people recommend to convert (not transcode just re-wrap) the file to avi in order for it to play in Powerdvd.

Other option of course is use a different player such as MPC.
post #17 of 17
Search google for the Combined Community Codec Pack. Has everything you'll need.
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