So many files that dont seem to play

#1

HI all…

I changed my old WDTV live for one of the 3TB Elements Play Drives… and im having lots of issues with many of the films on there just not playing with this model. I understand that there are various ways of coding an AVI file, so im just trying to get to the bottom of what im going to have to do to my files to get them to play… had no issues with the WDTV Live box, just seems to be this one…

So ive taken a file for example that wont play and run it throght MediaInfo to see what it gives…

General
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 698 MiB
Duration : 47mn 21s
Overall bit rate : 2 061 Kbps
Writing application : VirtualDubMod 1.5.4.1 (build 2178/release)
Writing library : VirtualDubMod build 2178/release

Video
ID : 0
Format : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile : Advanced Simple@L5
Format settings, BVOP : No
Format settings, QPel : No
Format settings, GMC : No warppoints
Format settings, Matrix : Custom
Codec ID : XVID
Codec ID/Hint : XviD
Duration : 47mn 21s
Bit rate : 1 670 Kbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 384 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 1.85:1
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.242
Stream size : 566 MiB (81%)
Writing library : XviD 1.2.1 (UTC 2008-12-04)

Audio
ID : 1
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Format settings, Endianness : Big
Codec ID : 2000
Duration : 47mn 21s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 384 Kbps
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 130 MiB (19%)
Alignment : Split accross interleaves
Interleave, duration : 96 ms (2.40 video frames)
Interleave, preload duration : 96 ms
Language : English / English

 Im expecting that its a format thats not playable as im getting that info on the screen… but just thinking whats the best way of converting if thats the case… as there are approaching 2000 films on the drive already…

thanks in advance for any info/advice…

#2

By the way i have a Gen2… just looking for a best practice for the films as much as anything… thanks

#3

From what i can see from the list it should be able to play avi. using XVID as the codec… is it the bitrate? or am i missing something…

#4

I’m guessing the issue is the encoding profile being @L5

Not many hardware players support L5.

#5

Hi Tony…

Right okay… so is there anything out there i can use to convert this sort of file… im not sure the others are all like this, as i just pullled this one out at random… Not sure Handbrake can change this?

#6

Tried converting MP4 with Simple@L1 and also Main@L3 but neither of them would work either…

#7

No luck with this either…

General
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 706 MiB
Duration : 47mn 21s
Overall bit rate : 2 085 Kbps
Writing application : Lavf52.34.0

Video
ID : 0
Format : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile : Simple@L1
Format settings, BVOP : No
Format settings, QPel : No
Format settings, GMC : No warppoints
Format settings, Matrix : Default (H.263)
Codec ID : DIVX
Codec ID/Info : Project Mayo
Codec ID/Hint : DivX 4
Duration : 47mn 21s
Bit rate : 2 008 Kbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 384 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 1.85:1
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.291
Stream size : 680 MiB (96%)
Writing library : Lavc52.32.0

Audio
ID : 1
Format : MPEG Audio
Format version : Version 1
Format profile : Layer 2
Codec ID : 50
Duration : 47mn 21s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 64.0 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 21.7 MiB (3%)
Alignment : Aligned on interleaves
Interleave, duration : 24 ms (0.60 video frame)
Interleave, preload duration : 24 ms
#8

Any tips or advice anyone?

#9

Still had no luck with this… despertately trying to find a solution so that i can at least re encode or similar the files that i have so that they will play… 

#10

etheya wrote:

Still had no luck with this… despertately trying to find a solution so that i can at least re encode or similar the files that i have so that they will play… 

I don’t know why your videos don’t play … it must be due to the chipset of WEP.

However be assured, that you do not want to recode for all your files: for good quality it takes about 2-3 hours per 1 hour video.

Instead: get a media player with a recent chipset, dismantle the WEP and put the HD into your new HDD player.

If you really insist: post again and I’ll point you to a video recoding page (warning: black magic involved).

#11

Well, technically, DivX isn’t supported.   XviD is, though…

broeni wrote:> I don’t know why your videos don’t play … it must be due to the chipset of WEP.

 

However be assured, that you do not want to recode for all your files: for good quality it takes about 2-3 hours per 1 hour video.

It depends entirely on the source material and the PC being used.

The example MediaInfo above should take no more than about 15 to 20 minutes to recode on a halfway decent PC…

#12

TonyPh12345 wrote:

Well, technically, DivX isn’t supported.   XviD is, though…

Good one, I wasn’t aware that DivX is not supported.

TonyPh12345 wrote:
It (broeni: recoding) depends entirely on the source material and the PC being used.

 

The example MediaInfo above should take no more than about 15 to 20 minutes to recode on a halfway decent PC…

The recoding time depends a) on the target dimensions and -way more important- b) on the encoder settings. The time I have given is for 720p video using high-quality 2-pass encoder settings on a desktop Intel i3 SandyBridge.

#13

Well to be honest guys i just want to get to the bottom of it so i can start watching my films again… with my old WDTV Live i had no issues, but i wanted the extra room hence why i got the Play with the 3TB drive… but so much stuff just wont play…

really frustrating… if i have to recode everything over time, then i will do…

at the moment the play is just unusable for the most part as it just says unsaported file type so often etc.