Ok I’ve got some major stuttering issues with files created using makemkv and handbrake (high profile RF 20). I’ve checked the media info and bitrate is an average of 6mbps. Even scanning the file using a biterate scanner shows a low avg with peaks into the 23 - 26 mbps range. What I did was taking Avatar for example, makemkv and extracted the movie to a single file. The output of that I fed into handbrake (latest nightly build, build 3708 I think from 12/17/2010). Do not use their current release 0.9.4. That is so old they shoulda just updated it by now. Used high profile, used MKV instead of mp4, and in the audio setting you want to change it to DTS passthru or AC3 pass thru. RF is default at 20 so leave it there.
Now this post isn’t a request to ask you folks how to fix this problem. I’ve realized after reading most of the threads here most of you people have no clue what your talking about or you guys are just feeding back what you read on magazines. Obviously there are exceptions but from what I gathered there is a deep lack of technical knowledge on this particular forum.
Anyway I wanted to just put a post out there that the stuttering issue seems to be isolated to playing files over SMB/CIFS. And I’m not talking server side (ie on the NAS). I’ve got a thecus that can handle easily a 40MB/sec transfer rate. That is megabytes not bits. The SMB client on the western digital live plus seems like it can’t handle it. Either that or the process that takes it from CIFS and feeds it into the player. Who knows.
The very same file I tried to play over SMB/CIFS that stutters I can play without stutter via USB drive. I copied the file to a cheap 2.5" external hard disk USB. Plugged it into the WD Life and was able to watch the entire movie without a hitch.
I can live with that for now but seems like its no better then the popcorn hour. Anyway I’m happy with the unit for now and will buy another WD Live once they fix the network issue.