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360 Divx Support - LAME!

Rant

December 4, 2007 08:20 AM PST

Ok after a long, long, long wait the 360 now plays Divx files. Let the let-down begin. This is the worst Divx support I have ever seen. It will only play Divx files made with newest codec versions. It will not play anything I have made with the original hacked Divx codec. Nothing I originally made with Vidomi (SBC) or Nandub. Basically about 80% of my library (which I just spent several days copying from CD to hard drive) will not play. And of those that do, some stutter so bad as to make them un-watchable. It seems to handle newer Xvid movies encoded with AutoGk ok. I'm guessing official Divx support is good but I haven't really tested that as I don't use that codec anymore. I'm sure we'll see a breakdown of support on the web soon.

Other info: The MP4 support seems unchanged (good but some issues with simple profile). I'm guessing mp4 5.1 is still not supported. Also there has been no attempt made to unify video support between the dashboard and the media center extender. MC Extender still cannot play divx or mp4, and dashboard cannot play mp2 or msdvr. This makes the 360 un-family friendly as a video solution.

After playing with Xbox Media Center (XBMC) for a week (a post about that coming soon) this is a real let down. XBMC plays every video file I have. I mean everything. Maybe MS will be pressured to fix this poor attempt at support, maybe they won't. Maybe I'm the only one who cares about original Divx support? Bottom line; don't throw away your transcoder yet.


Comments (5)
Paul, December 4, 2007 10:30 AM:

Sort of related: what is the best way to go about legally converting my DVD collection to some format that I can stream to my Xbox. I'm tired of having all those disks lying around.

john, December 4, 2007 10:46 AM:

J and I are working on that - we'll get back to you shortly. Currently the 3 best options are Xvid (with DVD Decrypter and AutoGk), mp4 simple profile (with Nero or similar), or mp4 AVC(H264) again with something like Nero. There are always trade-offs. If you make .mp4 for example you could copy a movie to your iPhone and watch on the shuttle. For me .mp4 files don't play well on my iPaq while Xvid rocks.

John, December 4, 2007 11:30 AM:

We'll maybe I am the only one who cares about older Divx support. Gizmodo thinks this thing totally rocks. Here is an interesting quote about compatibility though: "As for DivX, that's supported back to version 5.0, but it's unlikely that you're going to find any DivX 3 or DivX 4 online, unless you're talking about old files you've saved for a couple years." Uh I guess he is talking about me. As an early adopter of all things, I have much in DivX 3 and DivX 4. The sad thing is that my cheapo, Chinese made $50 Bestbuy special DVD player supports DivX 3 and DivX 4 as well as newer formats and MP4 - and it's two years old.

The article did say that the 360 supported Divx with 5.1 audio. That would be cool. I'll have to give that a try. I wonder if they fixed 5.1 mp4 as well.

J, December 4, 2007 04:50 PM:

This is really frustrating. Official combination list of formats.

Ian, December 7, 2007 12:19 PM:

I really like Nero Recode for simplicity, speed and quality. It supports chapters, 5.1 audio, multiple audio tracks and multiple subtitle tracks and outputs standards compliant files in an MP4 container. And as of the Spring 2007 Dashboard update you can stream the files to an XBOX 360 (I haven't actually done this).

If you combine it with something like DVD43 or AnyDVD, ripping DVDs is a really simple one step process.

Unfortunately there is no legally way I know of to do this short of moving to Finland. I don't think you can get around the fact that circumventing CSS violates the DMCA.






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