[ubuntu-uk] trying to strean video files to an xbox360?
maillist at jcrdevelopments.com
Mon Aug 1 09:06:44 UTC 2011
On Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:21:18 +0100, Alan Lord (News) wrote:
> On 21/07/11 17:31, Rob Beard wrote:
>> Yep it can be done, I personally use PS3 Media Server which will
>> transcode video using mplayer if needed to a format that the XBOX360
>> will play. However I wouldn't recommend it for HD content unless
>> streaming stuff which is already in WMV format otherwise it'll
>> hammer your CPU and probably not work too well. IIRC it will play
>> and DIVX video with MP3 audio, but can trip up with other audio
> I don't have an xbox but have used a variety of media serving apps of
> which a couple worked well (most are not FOSS unfortunately).
> Mediatomb (in the Ubuntu repos works pretty well and does on-the-fly
> transcoding) http://mediatomb.cc/ but I have no idea if works with
> PS3 Media Server also does transcoding and works well.
> Serviio is the one I found worked best for me (dlna to a Samsung TV)
> but again it is non-free software. http://www.serviio.org/
> There are others too...
> Have fun.
> The Open Learning Centre
The XBox is a fussy little ****** when it comes to what videos it will
play. I gave up in the end as I never found a simple enough method to
reliably transcode into something the Xbox would play. It seemed very
hit and miss. But its so fussy.
Your Xbox 360 supports a variety of video formats, with playback
quality dependent on the type of video you are attempting to play. Read
through these specifications and tips to understand the capabilities of
streaming media from your PC to your Xbox 360
Supported File Types
The Xbox 360 supports AVI, WMV, MPEG-4 Part 2, H.264 and QuickTime
movie formats. The file extensions included are as follows: .avi, .divx,
.wmv, .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, and .mov.
For video files with the WMV container, playback occurs at 15 Mbps
(Mega-Bytes Per Second) with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Files with the
H.264 container have the same resolution, but are played back at 10
Mbps. For AVI and MPEG-4 Part 2 video files, playback is 5 Mbps at 1280
x 720 resolution.
The Xbox 360 supports WMA 7-9 and Lossless audio profiles for WMV video
formats. Dolby Digital and MP3 profiles are supported in AVI formats.
For MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.264 encoded videos, the console supports only
two-channel AAC audio encoding.
With Zune software, the Xbox 360 can stream unprotected AVI, MPEG-4
Part 2, H.264, and WMV video formats. Through Windows Media Player,
protected and unprotected WMV videos can be streamed.
Download a third-party video codec package to expand the amount of
video formats you can stream using the Windows Media Player. For better
playback, convert video files into the more Mircosoft user-friendly WMV
format using a third-party video conversion program.
Video Playback & Audio Streaming FAQ for the Xbox 360
Jon Reynolds (j0nr)
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