I have xvid file that the player has problems displaying the picture. When the player played the video, the audio is working fine but the pictures will freeze for a few secs, continue playing for another few secs before freezing again. This made it impossible for me to watch. Can someone tell me is there any solutions to this problem?

The details of the file is as follows:

Format                           : AVI
Format/Info                      : Audio Video Interleave
File size                        : 175 MiB
Duration                         : 23mn 29s
Overall bit rate                 : 1 041 Kbps
Writing application              : VirtualDubMod (build 2066/release)
Writing library                  : VirtualDubMod build 2066/release

ID                               : 0
Format                           : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile                   : Advanced Simple@L5
Format settings, BVOP            : Yes
Format settings, QPel            : No
Format settings, GMC             : 3 warppoints
Format settings, Matrix          : Default (H.263)
Muxing mode                      : Packed bitstream
Codec ID                         : XVID
Codec ID/Hint                    : XviD
Duration                         : 23mn 29s
Bit rate                         : 872 Kbps
Width                            : 704 pixels
Height                           : 396 pixels
Display aspect ratio             : 16:9
Frame rate                       : 23.976 fps
Resolution                       : 8 bits
Colorimetry                      : 4:2:0
Scan type                        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.130
Stream size                      : 147 MiB (84%)
Writing library                  : XviD 1.1.0 Beta2 (UTC 2005-04-04)

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                         : 23mn 29s
Bit rate mode                    : Constant
Bit rate                         : 160 Kbps
Channel(s)                       : 2 channels
Sampling rate                    : 48.0 KHz
Stream size                      : 26.9 MiB (15%)
Alignment                        : Split accross interleaves
Interleave, duration             : 42 ms (1.00 video frame)
Interleave, preload duration     : 500 ms
Writing library                  : LAME3.92 (alpha)

The issue lies with the GMC : 3 warppoints in the video stream.

I’m not aware of any set-top boxes that can handle that setting.  You’ll need to re-encode that file, unfortunately. :frowning:

I had several seasons of anime encoded like that… I ended up ripping the video stream out, re-encoding with Handbrake and muxing the audio stream into the resulting MKV.  

However, I think you should be able to just use the AVI directly in Handbrake and re-encode (try to match the audio settings).  It’ll output a file that should play no problems on the WD TV Live.  I tend to prefer MKV containers but you can also select MP4 or M4V output if you like.

If you have multiple files, there’s a batch queue; just set up all the files you want to encode and leave it running.  :)

Download Handbrake (free!) here:   http://handbrake.fr/

Just ran a test on a South Park episode (AVI with XviD and MP3 streams) and the outputted file looks fine (Regular> Normal preset in Handbrake, changed constant quality to RF:18 in video setting).  File size dropped from 180MB to 116MB thanks to the x264 encoding.  :D

So this box has problems playing xvid?

justinx wrote:

So this box has problems playing xvid?

No, it will play XviD’s fine, assuming they weren’t encoded with settings unsuitable for ANY set top media player (e.g. GMC Warp Points).