Hi, I’m fairly new. I have done a lot of reading (this site and others) and have seen lots of discussion about the issue I am experiencing, but i’m not sure I am understanding things properly so I’m hoping to clear things up here.
I have my movies on an external drive (2 TB My Passport).
The external drive is connected to my laptop via a docking station.
The docking station/laptop has a wired network connection.
The SMP has a wired network connection.
The SMP is connected to my HDTV via an HDMI cable.
I have shared the relevent folders of the external drive with my WD SMP (Gen3).
The SMP sees the folders and content.
I am using DVDFab to copy my DVD’s to the external drive, and I am selecting “movie only”.
The resulting product from DVDFab is a folder called “moviename” that contains a video_TS folder which in turn contains several .vob files along with a couple of IFO files and a couple of BUP files. The “moviename” folder also contains an emply audio_TS folder.
If I play one of the .vob files on my laptop it works perfectly.
If I play the movie on the SMP it starts fine, then quickly begins to stutter as if it’s playing in slow motion.
The SMP plays AVI files and MKV files without any issues.
It seems to just be the .vob files contained in a video_TS folder that stutter.
It also appears to relate only (or at least predominantly) to
I don’t want to have to convert all my movies to AVI or MKV after copying them to the external drive – this is the primary reason I chose the WD SMP over Apple TV (didn’t want to have to undertake the time consuming and inconvenient process of converting everything to a different file type).
From what I have read, others are having similar problems, but it doesn’t seem to be universal and i’m wondering what people are doing to make this work (ie. - simple process to copy your dvds to an external drive that is shared with the SMP, and watch them via the SMP).
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions/tips.