1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

how good is XBMC at DVD playback?

Discussion in 'Xbox Forums' started by richard plumb, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. richard plumb

    richard plumb
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2002
    Messages:
    14,344
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Windsor
    Ratings:
    +1,027
    standard and also if I get component leads and set it to 720p? Would it compare to a cheap scaling DVD player, or even my current progressive player?
     
  2. nigelbb

    nigelbb
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2005
    Messages:
    5,268
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Ratings:
    +490
  3. b.macker

    b.macker
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I personally don't think much of the DVD player in XBMC - it's playback is not a patch in quality when compared to my old Toshiba SDK-320 (it's like 5 years old)...I notice a lot of fast motion artifacts that are just not there on a proper DVD player.

    But maybe that is just my experience with my particular xbox...Ver 1.4 with a phillips drive and running 25/09/2005 XBMC build (original DVD's used for comparisons as my old Tosh won't play DVD-R or +R's)...
     
  4. televisionuser

    televisionuser
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2004
    Messages:
    588
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +11
    On a Samung 32" lcd, I found XBMC gave the poorest quality dvd output when compared to a stand alone dvd player and HTPC. The best DVD quality was via a PC with 1:1 pixel mapping. The colours and detail through XBMC just looked terrible :thumbsdow .
     
  5. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    How you connect it to your display should have a massive impact here.

    Using component video and a very fresh XBMC (a few weeks) I get very good quality indeed - and I blow it up to a two meter wide image via a front projector.

    I don't use any image processing on the Xbox though since my projector has that built-in.
     
  6. Kurt_Wylde

    Kurt_Wylde
    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Messages:
    458
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +21
    I'm using the 16/1/06 CVS build of XMBC on my Sammy, connected via component with the Xbox set at 720p.
    Looks loads better than the 360 dvd output, that's for sure.
     
  7. icl

    icl
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2006
    Messages:
    69
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +0

    Hi!
    Where can I get the latest XBMC version? Do I need the dongle to watch DVDs with it?

    Thanks!
     
  8. Kurt_Wylde

    Kurt_Wylde
    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Messages:
    458
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +21
    'Usual' places for the latest.. Xbox scene will tell you what the latest version is usually.
    It'll only run on a modded box obviously, so you won't need the dongle. :)
     
  9. nigelbb

    nigelbb
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2005
    Messages:
    5,268
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Ratings:
    +490
    There is a new version of XBMC posted to the 'Pimped' version site every Friday. http://bitspace.dyndns.org:6560/

    You don't need the MS dongle to view DVDs with XBMC.
     
  10. icl

    icl
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2006
    Messages:
    69
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +0
    Thanks Nigel. Will download it and give it a try..
     
  11. harrisuk

    harrisuk
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2003
    Messages:
    5,322
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    71
    Ratings:
    +58
    With a decent setup its good. As far as media boxes go on a budget it dosnt get much better than XBMC......
     
  12. Kendo76

    Kendo76
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2005
    Messages:
    146
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Brentford
    Ratings:
    +3
    I've just tried xmbc as my dvd player today. Got it running at 720p through a £70 Mark Grant component cable running off the official HD pack and the quality is superb. Best thing I ever did was modding my xbox.
     
  13. Tejstar

    Tejstar
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2002
    Messages:
    22,516
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +1,005
    I agree, it was the best thing I've ever done too. Just being able to stream stuff from my pc upstairs to my plasma downstairs is a godsend. Think how many more consoles would have sold if they included it as standard.
     
  14. Kendo76

    Kendo76
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2005
    Messages:
    146
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Brentford
    Ratings:
    +3
    I've only had my modified xbox for a couple of months, started looking at how it's done just before xmas and god there's a lot of reading to do. Now I've got it chipped with an executer x3ce, 250gig hdd, networked to the pc and running xbmc with loads of movies and more games than I can shake a stick at.

    The thing is a godsend, hard work but if anyone's considering it, just do it! :)
     
  15. Tejstar

    Tejstar
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2002
    Messages:
    22,516
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +1,005
    That's right, the prep work (if you're doing it yourself) is quite demanding. Putting everything together isn't too bad but trying to get all the software to work can be quite a pain. It's all worth it though once it's up and running! :)
     

Share This Page

Loading...