Video playback Is Not Smooth

Hi, I own a WD TV Live HD Media Player. 

Model: WDAAN0000NBK. 

Firmware:  1.02.21

I have some video files that do not play smoothly on the WD.  It appears to show a frame, pause, then skips to another frame a few seconds later.  The audio does play smoothly.  Below is an example of the file makeup:

Complete name                    : P:\Shared Videos\Television\Transformers Animated (2007-2009)\Season 1\1.08 - Nanosec.avi
Format                           : AVI
Format/Info                      : Audio Video Interleave
File size                        : 176 MiB
Duration                         : 22mn 33s
Overall bit rate                 : 1 090 Kbps
Writing application              : VirtualDubMod (build 2540/release)
Writing library                  : VirtualDubMod build 2540/release

ID                               : 0
Format                           : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile                   : Advanced Simple@L5
Format settings, BVOP            : Yes
Format settings, QPel            : Yes
Format settings, GMC             : 3 warppoints
Format settings, Matrix          : Default (H.263)
Muxing mode                      : Packed bitstream
Codec ID                         : XVID
Codec ID/Hint                    : XviD
Duration                         : 22mn 33s
Bit rate                         : 953 Kbps
Width                            : 512 pixels
Height                           : 384 pixels
Display aspect ratio             : 4:3
Frame rate                       : 23.976 fps
Resolution                       : 8 bits
Colorimetry                      : 4:2:0
Scan type                        : Interlaced
Scan order                       : Bottom Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.202
Stream size                      : 154 MiB (87%)
Writing library                  : XviD 1.1.2 (UTC 2006-11-01)

ID                               : 1
Format                           : MPEG Audio
Format version                   : Version 1
Format profile                   : Layer 3
Mode                             : Joint stereo
Format_Settings_ModeExtension    : MS Stereo
Codec ID                         : 55
Codec ID/Hint                    : MP3
Duration                         : 22mn 33s
Bit rate mode                    : Constant
Bit rate                         : 128 Kbps
Channel(s)                       : 2 channels
Sampling rate                    : 48.0 KHz
Stream size                      : 20.7 MiB (12%)
Alignment                        : Aligned on interleaves
Interleave, duration             : 42 ms (1.00 video frame)
Interleave, preload duration     : 504 ms

This file does play smoothly on my PC, using KMPlayer.

I’m aware that my firmware is out of date and will upgrade it soon.  I did upgrade it once and the problem persisted.  So a few questions

  1. why does this video file not play smoothly on the unit?

  2. what can I do to have it play smoothly?

  3. is there any other information I can provide?

Thanks very much


24.97fps for INTERLACED material seems bizarre to me…   Interlaced is normally 30fps…

How’d you create that file?

GMC: 3 warp points = not gonna work on most media players, especially any using Sigma chipsets. You need a PC or HTPC to handle any files encoded like that. I use an Xbox running XBMC for old anime encoded with GMC. I believe Qpel is another factor that will cause problems. Either re-encode or use another playback device.

I didn’t create it, I downloaded it from the internet.

So I need a re-encoder, I bet there are dozens of free ones available on the internet.  Can you recommend one that is easy to use?  And preferably portable too?

thanks - Steve

Try WinFF: