i did a quick look around and didnt see anyone bringing up the same problem im having, i know that avi files are just a container file and thats why some are fine and others arnt.
The biggest problem is with some of the AVIs i have right from the start they are either super choppy (aka barely doing anything video wise maybe 1 -2 frames per 5 sec) or they play a few frames then stop playing video and just show whatever frame they are on, either way the audio plays fine.
below is the info for one of the files i know for sure has the problem
Format : AVI Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave File size : 351 MiB Duration : 41mn 54s Overall bit rate : 1 170 Kbps Writing application : VirtualDubMod 188.8.131.52 (build 2439/release) Writing library : VirtualDubMod build 2439/release Video ID : 0 Format : MPEG-4 Visual Format profile : Simple@L3 Format settings, BVOP : Yes Format settings, QPel : No Format settings, GMC : No warppoints Format settings, Matrix : Default (H.263) Muxing mode : Packed bitstream Codec ID : XVID Codec ID/Hint : XviD Duration : 41mn 54s Bit rate : 1 027 Kbps Width : 576 pixels Height : 320 pixels Display aspect ratio : 16:9 Frame rate : 25.000 fps Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 Bit depth : 8 bits Scan type : Progressive Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.223 Stream size : 308 MiB (88%) Writing library : XviD 1.0.2 (UTC 2004-08-29) Audio ID : 1 Format : MPEG Audio Format version : Version 1 Format profile : Layer 3 Mode : Joint stereo Mode extension : MS Stereo Codec ID : 55 Codec ID/Hint : MP3 Duration : 41mn 54s Bit rate mode : Variable Bit rate : 128 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz Stream size : 39.0 MiB (11%) Alignment : Aligned on interleaves Interleave, duration : 24 ms (0.60 video frame) Interleave, preload duration : 29 ms
i dont know the exact firmware version, i bought it for my parents and so its at their house, i did update to the latest firmware the day i got it which was 5/13/2010
it also had problems playing an mkv file, but i read on another thread that anything muxed with mkvmerge had some issues so it may just be that (said file was muxed with mkvmerge)
in another threat i also saw someone say that the wd tv live doesnt really care for mpeg-4 files, but they didnt really describe what the problem with them was… if thats all this is, would a simple re-encode to something more suitable fix the problem?