network / xbox help please!

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  1. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    i'm trying to stream video from my PC to xbox over a wired network.

    the PC is running XP MCE and WMP 11.
    the router is a Linksys WRT54G.
    the xbox is on a wired connection.

    when i stream video and try to fast forward or go back, the audio and video get choppy....and sometimes after just a few minutes of playback it'll get choppy.

    when i play the same video off a portable USB drive connected directly to the xbox, i have no problems.

    so, i figure this means i have network problems.

    any ideas?

    i'm planning on upgrading my PC's memory and changing to windows home server. will that help?
     
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    1)

    ethernet = 100 Mbit/s
    usb 2.0 = 480 Mbit/s

    So usb 2.0 will be faster than streaming from your pc. Unless you have a gigabyte connection or something.

    2) how big are the videos ?

    3) probally no and no. I'm not 100% sure though
     
  3. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    the 1.5GB files are crapping out; they have video at 1500-2500kbps.

    i have better results with the ~700MB, but that drops the video bitrate down to 648kbps.

    i feel like there's gotta be something else going on... people talk about streaming HD video over their networks
     
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    Are we talking xbox1 (assumably modded) or 360? That might make a difference in what the potential problem could be.

    Also, can you give us more info on the video files this problem happens with? Like file size, codec, etc.

    xbxo1s running xbmc can't play real HD content at all... the cpu just isnt capable of decoding it fast enough. I don't use my 360 for media playback, so i can't comment on that.
     
  5. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    sure: it's an xbox 360, latest updates, etc.

    videos i've been trying:
    (1) old avi's from a few years ago, about 700MB. i don't remember what i encoded them in back then...they work, but the video quality stretched to 1080p is pretty weak.

    (2)the file that worked over USB but was choppy over LAN: AVI file, MPEG4, MP3 audio, XVID encoder, 2500kbps, 720x304, AC3 Dolby Surround, 128kbps audio, filesize 1.6GB

    (3) MP4 files won't add to WMP11, so i can't use them for streaming to the XBOX.

    (4) AVI, H.264, 1500kbps video, AC3 audio - would not play


    at first i thought it was the codec; so i've been trying lots of different combos....but i'm starting to think it's a network thing. i'm right now doing a rip of file (2), but at 1000kbps to see if size matters.
     
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    i'm running my divx and xvid movies across the network with no problem using WMP11. my pc is connected over wireless and the 360 is wired.
     
  7. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    ok, so how big are the movies that you're using?

    how are they encoded?
     
  8. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    i just tried a video with these settings:

    AVI file, MPEG4, MP3 audio, XVID encoder, 1000kbps, 720x304, AC3 Dolby Surround, 128kbps audio

    the only difference from the previous try was that this is 1000kbps vs. the older one at 2500kbps, which brought the file size down to 983MB.

    streamed, but with the same skipping issues.

    i tried an older file, which is an AVI with unknown encoding, and it was about 800MB. that one played totally fine. wtf.
     
  9. Chris

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    perhaps your PC is the problem, not being able to keep up :dunno:
     
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    can you watch the content on your pc without any lag ?
     
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    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    yes, they play on the PC without a problem
     
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    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    another update:

    i used a different program to rip a DVD directly from the VOB files on the DVD (~4GB total) and then encoded them using VisualHub on the mac.

    the resulting file is 3.2GB and...streams from the PC to the XBOX without any problems.

    so, i guess this means it isnt network problems, because the files that were crapping out were as small as 900mb.
     

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