WDTV Live plus play poor performance on VCD files


I have a WDTV Live Plus HD. It has the 1.05.04 firmware installed . ( http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=1006&lang=en ). It’s plays poorly performance on the .dat extension video file. It is jerky, not smooth. It happened several times during 3 minutes song.  I ripped it from a VCD (Video CD). That VCD file is play back fine on computers.

Anyone has this problem and how to fix it?

Thank you for sharing.

Please post the full TEXT output of MEDIAINFO for such a file.


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Sorry for the delayed, I still have issue when play back this video file. Here is the full text info about this video file:

Complete name                    :AVSEQ08.DAT
Format                           : CDXA/MPEG-PS
File size                        : 44.5 MiB
Duration                         : 4mn 23s
Overall bit rate                 : 1 418 Kbps

ID                               : 224 (0xE0)
Format                           : MPEG Video
Format version                   : Version 1
Format settings, BVOP            : Yes
Format settings, Matrix          : Default
Duration                         : 4mn 23s
Bit rate                         : 1 129 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                 : 1 152 Kbps
Width                            : 352 pixels
Height                           : 288 pixels
Display aspect ratio             : 4:3
Frame rate                       : 25.000 fps
Standard                         : PAL
Color space                      : YUV
Bit depth                        : 8 bits
Scan type                        : Progressive
Compression mode                 : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.445
Stream size                      : 35.4 MiB (80%)

ID                               : 192 (0xC0)
Format                           : MPEG Audio
Format version                   : Version 1
Format profile                   : Layer 2
Duration                         : 4mn 23s
Bit rate mode                    : Constant
Bit rate                         : 224 Kbps
Channel(s)                       : 2 channels
Sampling rate                    : 44.1 KHz
Compression mode                 : Lossy
Delay relative to video          : -80ms
Stream size                      : 7.03 MiB (16%)

I also updated the firmware to 1.06.16 (8/2/2011) from  this link http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdfwdtv_liveplus    but still not fix the issue.

Where do you see in the supported formats that this video can be played?

Ref the sticky- http://community.wdc.com/t5/General-Discussions/General-information-on-video-file-formats-and-codecs/td-p/64172

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Thank you pamott100 for the Ref the sticky   http://community.wdc.com/t5/General-Discussions/General-information-on-video-file-formats-and-codecs….  It is really helpful info. 

FYI: prior to firmware 1.05.XX this WDTV unit was able to play any  of these  .DAT videos so smoothly. It seems like the newer firmware, hardware and technology is trying to skip this video file format.  

Anyone else has any ideas and suggestions please feel free to drop your input here. THANKS.

There’s nothing special about a VCD file.

It’s just MPEG Video and MPEG audio.  

The WD *should* be able to play it without issue. 

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Firmware 1.06.16 is still not fix this issue.

May be on the next release 1.06.17 or later.

I hope that WD release the fix before X-mas 2011.

Note: WD fixed this issue on the Live HUB on 2.08.13 (10/2011).

The new WDTV Live (Gen 3) has no issue at all with these VCD video files.