Xvid file crashes Live Streaming, but plays on Live Plus, Live HD

This video plays havoc with my Live Streaming players, but displays normally on Live HD and Live Plus players. In the Streaming player the display shows byrating and flashing macro block patterns, frequently freezing the Streaming and requiring a power cycle to restore! Audio is unaffected. Can anyone recommend a fix?

Here is its MediaInfo:

Complete name                  :Wings.TV.Wings.of.Russia.01of18.Fighters.The.First.Victories.avi
Format                                : AVI
Format/Info                         : Audio Video Interleave
File size                              : 656 MiB
Duration                              : 51mn 2s
Overall bit rate mode           : Variable
Overall bit rate                     : 1 797 Kbps

Video
ID                                       : 0
Format                                : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile                     : Advanced Simple@L5
Format settings, BVOP      : 1
Format settings, QPel        : No
Format settings, GMC        : No warppoints
Format settings, Matrix       : Custom
Codec ID                             : XVID
Codec ID/Hint                      : XviD
Duration                               : 51mn 2s
Bit rate                                 : 1 670 Kbps
Width                                    : 720 pixels
Height                                   : 544 pixels
Display aspect ratio              : 4:3
Frame rate                            : 25.000 fps
Color space                          : YUV
Chroma subsampling           : 4:2:0
Bit depth                               : 8 bits
Scan type                             : Progressive
Compression mode              : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                 : 0.171
Stream size                            : 610 MiB (93%)
Writing library                          : XviD 1.2.1 (UTC 2008-12-04)

Audio
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : MPEG Audio
Format version                           : Version 1
Format profile                           : Layer 3
Mode                                     : Joint stereo
Mode extension                           : MS Stereo
Codec ID                                 : 55
Codec ID/Hint                            : MP3
Duration                                 : 30mn 37s
Source duration                          : 50mn 58s
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Bit rate                                 : 114 Kbps
Nominal bit rate                         : 128 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 41.7 MiB (6%)
Alignment                                : Aligned on interleaves
Int erleave, duration                     : 24 ms (0.60 video frame)
Writing library                          : LAME3.97
Encoding settings                        : -m j -V 4 -q 2 -lowpass 17 --abr 128
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try remuxing it with MKVMerge  *MKVToolNix*  http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

MKVMerge “will” accept AVI and remux it to MKV … give that a try  (it will only take a mintue, and you won’t lose any video or audio quality)

MP4 L5 isn’t supported.

TonyPh12345 wrote:
MP4 L5 isn’t supported.

The “supported” specs state:  “MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution”

and silphium’s mediainfo says … Format : MPEG-4 Visual     Format profile: Advanced Simple@L5

aren’t they the same ?

anyways if they’re not, how does that explain the file playing ok on the Live HD and Live Plus, but not the Live Streaming ?

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JoeySmyth wrote:


TonyPh12345 wrote:
MP4 L5 isn’t supported.


The “supported” specs state:  “MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution”

 

and silphium’s mediainfo says … Format : MPEG-4 Visual     Format profile: Advanced Simple@L5

 

aren’t they the same ?

 

anyways if they’re not, how does that explain the file playing ok on the Live HD and Live Plus, but not the Live Streaming ?

D’oh… you’re right.   The ASP@L5 is only allowd on MPEG4.2; I’m used to seeing MPEG-4.10 so I didn’t catch that.

But to your other question, there’s lots of topics about unsupported codecs working sometimes – and sometimes not from one platform to the next, even though the supported specs are identical.

TonyPh12345 wrote:

But to your other question, there’s lots of topics about unsupported codecs working sometimes – and sometimes not from one platform to the next, even though the supported specs are identical.

 

you mean “profiles” :wink:

JoeySmyth wrote:

try remuxing it with MKVMerge  *MKVToolNix*  http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

 

MKVMerge “will” accept AVI and remux it to MKV … give that a try  (it will only take a mintue, and you won’t lose any video or audio quality)

MKVMerge did the trick. Thanks, Joey.  Until now I assumed that file playback was fully upward-compatible from HD to Plus to Streaming. Why would they break or delete a working codec?

Accepting as solution.

silphium wrote:

MKVMerge did the trick. Thanks, Joey.  Until now I assumed that file playback was fully upward-compatible from HD to Plus to Streaming. Why would they break or delete a working codec?

 

I make mistakes (non intentional) when coding themes … (which i try to fix as quickly as possible)  i’m only human

WD Dev Team are human as well, so little bugs can work there way into firmwares …

take the MP4 issue … *some not playing*  which i can verify some of mine did not play on the 2014 WDTV Media Player (yet, they worked fine on the WDTV Gen1, WDTV Live and WDTV Live Hub)

the MP4 issue is fixed on the Latest Firmware for the 2014 WDTV Media Player but … WDTV Live Streaming users will have to wait until a Firmware Update (they only have 2 options at the moment … downgrade to a previous firmware or remux the non-playable MP4 to MKV using MKVMerge)

P.S. this is not an excuse / defense for WD … but, Beta Tester’s should have picked this up before release (but, some bugs can *slip by*)

just wish, after public release … bugs were fixed within a “reasonable” amount of time  :confounded: