Playing video files on Xbox 360

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  1. Zola_Blue

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    Does anyone know if it possible to transfer video files to the Xbox's hard disk and play them directly from the Xbox? (i.e. not streaming them from a PC)
     
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    Unfortunately it's not. The only thing you can do is rip music CD's to the HD.
     
  3. TylerDurden

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    Or you can convert / download wmv (or wmv hd) files and copy then to an externall HDD, connect that via usb and the 360 will play those (and music / photo files)
     
  4. Zola_Blue

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    Cheers Tyler.

    Can you or anyone please recommend a good free avi to wmv converter?
     
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    I use Win AVI it can be found on the interweb
     
  6. Zola_Blue

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    This was much easier than I thought it would be.

    1. Repartitioned my Western Digital External HD to Fat32.
    2. Converted some avi movies to wmv format using Winavi.

    And hey presto the Xbox 360 recognised the HD as a portable device and played the movies without any problems.
     
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    What about for a MAC running OSX?
     
  8. TylerDurden

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    Good isn't it :smashin:
     
  9. dan1979

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    Can WMV files be played over the network without Media Centre or do they need to be put on DVD/USB HD?
     
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    Only problem you may have is if you get files bigger than 4 gig as FAT32 cannot support them and for some reason a 360 wont recognise NTFS.

    Only way around this is to format you HD for HFS (MAC file system) which for some reason the 360 recognises and supports large file sizes
     
  11. rEVILospud

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    Yes they can.
    You need to have either Windows Media Connect or Windows Media Player 11 installed.
    You can then access them through the media blade/video/PC
     
  12. dan1979

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    Excellent only problem now is when I select to use computer to stream video from I've got no options now other than Tversity which I was testing out and don't want to use.

    Any idea how I can clear that out of there and go back to the default where it will search the network for a computer?
     
  13. rEVILospud

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    I think you need to go to the settings blade/computers and then disconnect.
    Then go back to media blade/video and search for your PC again.
     
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    I have tried TVersity but I don't think my PC is up to the transcoding (P4 3Ghz).
    I personally find Media Connect can stream WMV-HD fine, whereas TVersity seemed to struggle for some strange reason (even though no transcoding is going on).
     
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    If you're after Windows Media Connect 2.0 (latest version), you can find it here!
    I don't believe MS have it available on their site anymore as they want everyone to use WMP11.
     
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    Thanks will give it a try, Tversity was painful - my pc is pretty old and it took ages to open files and used all the cpu. Good job I wasn't planning to use it for general video playback.

    I only want the xbox to do VC-1 endoded WMV's that my network player can't do, I know they can be run from the disc drive but most of the files need a double layer disc.
     
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    Clips don't run smoothly and for some reason windows firewall doesn't like it.

    Will have to try a spare USB drive formatted to FAT32.
     

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