My friend at work recommended that I get a WD SMP because it plays about everything. However, I’m having a heck of a time. It seems that 90% of my files (random clips got in email over the years) do not work? I also am getting the same message when trying to view live TV using the HDHR Prime Cable Card… I can see the channels but not even the basic ones will show?
Since it seems all the mpg and mpeg files will play in this particular folder I don’t think it is a permissions issue or anything like that. Also, I’m trying to do this from just a regular windows share using the SMP.
I did some searching here and found a program that analyzes the files. Here is an example of an MP4 file that won’t play:
Format : MPEG-4 Visual File size : 444 MiB Video Format : MPEG-4 Visual Format settings, BVOP : Yes Format settings, QPel : No Format settings, GMC : No warppoints Format settings, Matrix : Default (H.263) Width : 352 pixels Height : 240 pixels Display aspect ratio : 3:2 Standard : NTSC Color space : YUV Bit depth : 8 bits Scan type : Progressive Compression mode : Lossy
And here is a MMV that won’t play. I see in the manual where it says WMV9 and this one looks like WMV8 but that would be a bit older so I’d think (maybe incorrectly!) that the 8 should work fine if the 9 type works!
Format : Windows Media File size : 3.82 MiB Duration : 43s 553ms Overall bit rate mode : Constant Overall bit rate : 735 Kbps Maximum Overall bit rate : 710 Kbps Encoded date : UTC 2004-11-26 02:42:18.410 Video ID : 2 Format : WMV2 Codec ID : WMV2 Codec ID/Info : Windows Media Video 8 Description of the codec : Windows Media Video V8 Duration : 43s 567ms Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 636 Kbps Width : 320 pixels Height : 240 pixels Display aspect ratio : 4:3 Frame rate : 30.000 fps Bit depth : 8 bits Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.276 Stream size : 3.30 MiB (87%) Language : English (US) Audio ID : 1 Format : WMA Format version : Version 2 Codec ID : 161 Codec ID/Info : Windows Media Audio Description of the codec : Windows Media Audio 9 - 64 kbps, 44 kHz, stereo (A/V) 1-pass CBR Duration : 43s 552ms Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 64.0 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz Bit depth : 16 bits Stream size : 340 KiB (9%) Language : English (US)
Here is a MOV that doesn’t play
Format : QuickTime Format/Info : Original Apple specifications File size : 38.4 MiB Duration : 2mn 46s Overall bit rate : 1 935 Kbps Movie name/More : EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK DX6490 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA Encoded date : UTC 2004-07-09 23:54:27 Tagged date : UTC 2004-07-09 23:54:27 Origin : Digital Camera Video ID : 1 Format : H.263 Codec ID : h263 Duration : 2mn 46s Bit rate : 1 805 Kbps Width : 320 pixels Original width : 352 pixels Height : 240 pixels Original height : 288 pixels Display aspect ratio : 4:3 Frame rate mode : Constant Frame rate : 20.034 fps Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 Bit depth : 8 bits Compression mode : Lossy Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 1.173 Stream size : 35.8 MiB (93%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2004-07-09 23:54:27 Tagged date : UTC 2004-07-09 23:54:27 Audio ID : 2 Format : ADPCM Format profile : U-Law Codec ID : ulaw Duration : 2mn 46s Source duration : 2mn 46s Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 128 Kbps Channel(s) : 1 channel Sampling rate : 16.0 KHz Bit depth : 16 bits Stream size : 2.54 MiB (7%) Source stream size : 2.54 MiB (7%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2004-07-09 23:54:27 Tagged date : UTC 2004-07-09 23:54:27
Then the ones that really baffle me, because other people are watching, are the files from the HDHR Prime Cable Card device. My router is a D-Link DIR-655, which is in the list of supported/tested routers, so not sure what’s up here?
Anyway, can somebody familiar with the SMP take a look and see if you think the files I posted *should* play or if I might have a problem… and that problem might explain why the HDHR is giving me the same “Unable to play the selected file. Please see the User Manual for a list of supported file formats.”
Seems weird that out of about 100 media files I have I can only find about 5 that work (most are older wmv).