Like many users on this forum, I’ve resigned to hold my WDTV Live at 1.05.04V as we wait for the final release. I could actually live with it being the final load, except for one annoying bug that has now become an issue as I convert and re-compress .VOB backups into H.264 MKV’s to save disk space. The bug, as I’ve mentioned in another thread on this forum, manifests as a strobe-like playback of MKV H.264 files that are coded at 24FPS. I discovered that by repeatedly toggling the pause/play button about 4-6 times in rapid succession, I could get the playback to smooth out. This appeared to work for several of my backups, but I found one recently where the strobing returns at particular scene breaks. It looks like the player is being derailed at some scene transitions since pause/play toggling smooths it back out again. Very annoying.
I am thinking of going through a methodical process of reencoding the troublesome MKV several times from its DVD source to see if there’s any tool setting that eliminates this problem. Here are the details:
MKV conversion - MakeMKV Beta 1.7.x - select only main movie, no subtitles, English audio track
MKV re-compression - Handbrake 0.9.5 - leave all default settings except frame rate set to 24FPS from “same as source”, and audio selected to 128Kbps from default 160Kbps. Quailty setting at RF:20 - typically yields a file size of 700MB to 1.5G, depending on film length and content
WDTV Live model WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN - 1.05.04V firmware
Sharp LC-46LE700UN - WDTV connected on HDMI input 8
Seagate 2TB USB Expansion drive
Stereo Audio mode through the TV RCA output jacks
The WDTV is network connected but I store and play the MKVs from the 2TB drive. The TV supports 24FPS mode and it automatically detects and switches to 1080p@24Hz when the WDTV starts playing the MKVs, indicating that auto-framerate is working and the player correctly identifies the file framerate. The WDTV normally defaults to 1080p@60Hz when displaying menus. The tool chain does a decent job and I get nicely reduced MKV files that are indistinguishable from the source files and maintain proper audio sync. So far, this seems to only happen with DVD sourced .VOB files; Blu-Ray sourced MKVs do not do this so far as I’ve been able to tell, and the problem never happens playing the source .VOB files. I want to ask the forum if anyone out there is using the same tool chain and similar WDTV player setup, and does not experience the same problem. I hope it’s a tool use problem, but I’m afraid that the pause/play toggling “fix” seems to imply an issue with the WDTV’s H.264 decoder.