Does the 360 play AVI files?

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  • Messiac 26 Feb 2007 17:35:12 3,465 posts
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    Question in title folks.

    I know it plays wmv's ok - anyone know if it can do AVI as well?

  • QJ 26 Feb 2007 17:36:08 97 posts
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    As far as I'm aware, no. :-(
  • Gori 26 Feb 2007 17:36:21 525 posts
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    Messiac wrote:
    Question in title folks.

    I know it plays wmv's ok - anyone know if it can do AVI as well?


    Oh no it can't. And that's what we've wanted all along.
  • TR421 26 Feb 2007 17:43:14 380 posts
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    Or more precisely DIVX codec avi files.
  • Gori 26 Feb 2007 17:45:47 525 posts
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    TR421 wrote:
    Or more precisely DIVX codec avi files.

    True.

    And to the original poster: There are work-arounds which mostly involve having a really fast PC that automatically encodes avi files on the fly. Not really what we've wanted though.
  • Messiac 26 Feb 2007 17:48:05 3,465 posts
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    Aye DIVX encoded files would be a dream come true. Anyone use Adobe Premier?

    Nearly sure I could convert from AVI - WMV in that.

    Ill give it a go tonight.

    Thanks all.
  • morriss 26 Feb 2007 17:53:55 71,283 posts
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    Gori wrote:
    TR421 wrote:
    Or more precisely DIVX codec avi files.

    True.

    And to the original poster: There are work-arounds which mostly involve having a really fast PC that automatically encodes avi files on the fly. Not really what we've wanted though.
    Or just have a copy of Windows Media Center, download Transcode 360 and you can watch whatever you like.
  • Benno 26 Feb 2007 17:59:32 10,222 posts
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    search for a program called tversity

    i run it on my normal windows pc, and it collates my library and also transcodes (on the fly) many different movie types (including AVIs) so you can watch them on your 360 by streaming them from your pc
  • Benno 26 Feb 2007 18:00:44 10,222 posts
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    or, load the file into windows movie maker (free with windows) and then save it

    it will then encode and save it as a wmv, viewable on the 360
  • gamecat 27 Feb 2007 08:33:37 28 posts
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    TVersity is much the better option, transcoding to wmv is slow and painful, and the results look shite. Depending on the speed of your PC, TVersity output can look very good, plus you can use it to play your music/pictures and tinternet audio streams. Only drawback is you can't fast forward (non wmv) videos last time I looked.
  • asphaltcowboy 27 Feb 2007 08:36:53 5,143 posts
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    You could use Windows Movie Maker, but it's awful, so instead you can download Windows Media Encoder and use that - it actually gives you settings and everything!
  • BartonFink 27 Feb 2007 08:43:36 35,126 posts
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    Tried all three approaches.

    WMC, Transcode360, FDD Show if you have WMC is probably the best route. (used it up until recently but then the machine died)

    TVersity is what I am using now with mixed results. It works but doesn't seem to transcode the files as well as Transcode360. Complete lack of control too no ffw or rew

    Results with WME were very good but fuck it takes an age to encode the files.
  • CosmicFuzz 9 May 2007 11:42:55 25,304 posts
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    I use VLC, encodes a TV episode to WMV in 10-13 minutes, quality is ace, stream it via Media Centre. No probs.

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  • coastal 9 May 2007 11:46:58 5,389 posts
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    Or even better, buy a xbox and mod it.... and let the 360 gather dust.

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  • CosmicFuzz 9 May 2007 11:47:37 25,304 posts
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    But I want to play Gears! :(

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  • CosmicFuzz 9 May 2007 11:50:47 25,304 posts
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    Ah right, we just got a new PC couple of months back, it would probably take a lot longer on our older PC.

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  • Tiger_Walts 9 May 2007 11:52:03 16,615 posts
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    WinAVI is the best tool I've used to convert to WMV, you need to buy it though.

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  • Dougs 9 May 2007 12:00:00 69,105 posts
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    coastal wrote:
    Or even better, buy a xbox and mod it.... and let the 360 gather dust.

    Yep, only really starting to get the best out of XBMC now, a truly wondrous bit of kit!
  • warlockuk 9 May 2007 12:12:33 19,215 posts
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    The 360 seems to play MOVs though...

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Luvbeers 9 May 2007 12:32:43 918 posts
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    I use the VLC player solution as well. Just keep the .bat file in the same folder as you download your torrents to and just drag and drop them on top of it. For a feature length movie it only takes 15-30 minutes to convert to a .wmv depending on your processor:

    http://happybeggar.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=60&Itemid=2

    So far I have only read that the update includes the .mp4 file container, http://www.redkawa.com/blog/post.php?t=892

    but will create some test files in .m4v and .mpg and report back.

    Good news is that you can stream them. Rumour had it from MS insiders that it was for dashboard use only.
  • Luvbeers 9 May 2007 12:38:23 918 posts
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    rodpad wrote:
    Who uses movs though?

    appletards
  • warlockuk 9 May 2007 12:46:14 19,215 posts
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    Only MOVs I have are film trailers. :)

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Luvbeers 9 May 2007 12:54:43 918 posts
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    For those who don't have Gspot... it is a great utility (free) for check exactly what audio and video codec your movie files are: http://www.headbands.com/gspot/v26x/GSpot270a.zip (PC)

    Then make sure it matches:

    H.264 video support: Up to 10 Mbps peak, Baseline, Main, and High profiles with 2 channel AAC LC

    or

    MPEG-4 Part 2 video support: Up to 5 Mbps peak, Simple Profile with 2 channel AAC LC
  • Lukus 7 Jun 2008 17:47:07 19,362 posts
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    Bit of a bump.

    What video files can the 360 play now? And what's the best software to play files from your PC through the 360 that it couldn't do on its own?

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  • Xerx3s 7 Jun 2008 17:55:13 23,944 posts
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  • Sar 7 Jun 2008 23:18:20 275 posts
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    It'll play divX encoded avis - I was watching Heroes on it earlier.

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  • Psychotext 7 Jun 2008 23:33:23 54,812 posts
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    I use tversity for anything the 360 wont do on its own.
  • Lukus 7 Jun 2008 23:35:10 19,362 posts
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    I just uninstalled TVersity as it just confused the hell out of me!

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  • Deleted user 7 June 2008 23:53:09
    Streaming porn perchance, Lukus?

    /eyes post history suspiciously
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