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I have all my DVD media on a Windows 7 Ultimate based HTPC, ripped as a single VOB per movie (no compression). I also watch these on my Xbox 360 via the Media Center interface using mikinho's transcoder (it creates playlists on the fly and sends the VOB to the Xbox). Quality with VOBs is top notch.


Some VOBs, when played on the Xbox using the mikinho's transcoder (and btw, I get the same result if I bypass the transcoder and manually rename the VOB to mpg), the timeline does not accurate show the length of the movie . As a result, I cannot jump to points in the movie by pressing the ## PLAY (e.g. pressing 30 PLAY jumps to the 30 minute mark of movie). So I tried to convert to mpeg using VOBMPG. It fixes the timeline issue. But quality suffers get jagged edges depending on the DVD. Cars is pretty bad, as in Casino.


So I tried dvr-ms by using VideoRedo to convert VOB to dvr-ms to do this, I opened VideoRedo without a video file, then clicked the option to Quick Stream Fix the VOB, and it saved the output as dvr-ms format. Same issue with cars and Casino: jagged edges.


Xbox out to plasma (1366x768p) is via HDMI, and 1080p (I have some 1080p content on the HTPC). I also tried different output resolutions (e.g. 1080i, 720p) from the Xbox, but that did not help.


Has anyone else noticed this behavior with respect to quality of the different containers?


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well i'm not familiar with mikinho transcoder, but what I did discover last year was a cool little program called Media Center Links...



I have the same scenario, DVD's ripped to My Windows 7 machine, and streaming to my xbox 360.


With media center links, it creates the playlist, and creates mklink commands on the fly. The quality is awesome. and I can FFWD and RWD without too much of a hiccup. sure you might experience some network delay, but nothing that isn't bearable. Overall, its a great way to watch all my movies. The quality is the same as if I watch it on my PC.


Give this a try and see how it works.




http://www.nedmug.com/Portals/1/DVDL...er%20Links.zip

Great news! Robert Chesworth has created a utility to automate the links process!


His "Media Center Links" utility will recreate the whole DVD folder structure locally, copy the folder.jpg files, create the links and then create the WVX playlist files. All in one shot!


Instead of creating all this on the remote storage, it creates it locally on the MCE PC. This was the procedure I had suggested for users who have WHS or NAS devices. So it will work in both cases.


You can Download the utility here. Media Center Links.zip Unzip the file and run setup.exe. There is documentation in the zip. The utility has been updated to the latest 1.0.0.6 version on April 29th 2009! Also included in the zip is the source code for the utility.


If you have any questions or problems, please post your question in the forums. http://www.nedmug.com/Blogs/tabid/22...7/Default.aspx
 

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@y2k02c5 my transcoder does the same thing but on the fly so you don't have to maintain a separate folder structure. works on remote and local media


the new version is in the middle of being tested that adds a DVD menu for selection titles, chapters, subtitles, ...
 

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Originally Posted by mikinho /forum/post/18170038


@y2k02c5 my transcoder does the same thing but on the fly so you don't have to maintain a separate folder structure. works on remote and local media


the new version is in the middle of being tested that adds a DVD menu for selection titles, chapters, subtitles, ...

really??? That is SWEET. I will then have to check out your transcoder. do you have a link to download? When do you think your new version with menus , etc will be ready?
 
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