WD HD Live Plus XVid Issues

Plays but the image is like a slideshow. Plays a few seconds normal, then the image freezes and the audio continues normal. After a while, image is moving again for a few seconds then freezes again. No problems on audio.

Any fix for this?

Please post MediaInfo for the offending file.

Format                           : AVI
Format/Info                      : Audio Video Interleave
File size                        : 154 MiB
Duration                         : 22mn 32s
Overall bit rate                 : 957 Kbps
Writing application              : VirtualDubMod (build 1639/release)
Writing library                  : VirtualDubMod build 1639/release

ID                               : 0
Format                           : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile                   : Advanced Simple@L3
Format settings, BVOP            : No
Format settings, QPel            : Yes
Format settings, GMC             : 2 warppoints
Format settings, Matrix          : Default (H.263)
Codec ID                         : XVID
Codec ID/Hint                    : XviD
Duration                         : 22mn 32s
Bit rate                         : 755 Kbps
Width                            : 640 pixels
Height                           : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio             : 4:3
Frame rate                       : 23.976 fps
Color space                      : YUV
Chroma subsampling               : 4:2:0
Bit depth                        : 8 bits
Scan type                        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.103
Stream size                      : 122 MiB (79%)
Writing library                  : XviD 0.0.09 (UTC 2003-03-25)

ID                               : 1
Format                           : MPEG Audio
Format version                   : Version 1
Format profile                   : Layer 3
Mode                             : Joint stereo
Codec ID                         : 55
Codec ID/Hint                    : MP3
Duration                         : 22mn 32s
Bit rate mode                    : Constant
Bit rate                         : 192 Kbps
Channel(s)                       : 2 channels
Sampling rate                    : 48.0 KHz
Stream size                      : 31.0 MiB (20%)
Alignment                        : Split accross interleaves
Interleave, duration             : 42 ms (1.00 video frame)
Interleave, preload duration     : 466 ms

Hmmm, nothing particularly unusual about that file, not even bit rates (so not even a possible network issue even if you were playing it that way).

Do all your files have issues or just this one?   To put it another way, are there any files you can play that *don’t* act oddly?

It may be down to the ‘warppoints’. I believe that the WDTV does not like them.

Rich is correct; the GMC Warppoints (and QPEL, propbably) are the issue.

Run the file through AVI ReComp, that’s what I use for old AVIs with bad (for WDTV) encoding settings.  It’ll remove the GMC and QPEL settings and output a working file.  Shouldn’t take too long for a file that size (it only recompresses the video, leaving the audio intact).


Another option would be to run the file through Handbrake and create an MKV, although in that case the entire file will be re-encoded and I suspect it’ll take a bit longer.  The end result should be a smaller (and working) file.