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Playing DivX and Xvid content on Xbox 360 - An easy guide!

By: Cameron Wilmot | Guides | Posted: Dec 5, 2006 5:00 am

Tweaking TVersity - Transcoder


Continuing on, the Transcoder area is where things start to get more interesting!


The first option lets you choose when the software should transcode your content - the best and recommended setting is "Only when needed".



When your content bit rate bandwidth required exceeds what your network is capable of producing, you are in for trouble. If you have a slow network (wireless), you can enable the option to decrease the bit rate if it is too high for your network. Wired network users should be able to disable this without any issues.


The next option is important. If you have a slow computer, you can optimize the transcoding to "Speed" which will result in a lower quality image but might mean the difference between you watching DivX and Xvid movies on your Xbox 360 and not. Users with fast or modern computers can keep this setting set at the "Quality" level setting.


The next option under "Connection Speed and Quality" lets you tell the software what type of network you have. Now is not a good time to lie! If you are using a wireless network or a crappy wired network, don't say you have a wired network with excellent connection quality - that's just asking for trouble. Set your network settings according to your actual network otherwise you'll more than likely see pauses and freezes when watching the movie, as TVersity is only trying to send to the Xbox at the bit rate you told it.


The next option is also highly important for users of slower computers and slow networks. Under the "Compression" section you can choose the amount of compression applied to your content. If you have a slow computer, choose between Maximum and Average, if you have a fast or modern PC, you can use the minimum option.


Again, the next option under "Maximum Video and Image Resolution" is important. If you have a fast wired network and an equally fast PC, you can go ahead and set the maximum video and image resolution as high as your TV supports. If you are super confident in your system and network, set a huge resolution such as 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and you'll be setup to stream full-HD content to your Xbox 360 console. Then again, if you have a slow PC and network or an old TV (or non LCD or plasma), a good maximum resolution is 640 x 480. Just set the resolution according to what your TV is capable of and you'll be fine.


The final option is "Decoding Speed" but we cannot comment on it too much as we haven't played with this option too much yet. If you are super confident in your PC and network, you can try enabling the option to decode media as fast as possible without taking into account its actual encoded bit rate. This is said to result is smoother playback and faster playback start time but might not be compatible with all media. Give it a try and see how it works for you - if you have problems, you can always disable it again.


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