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I'm trying to build a WHS 2011 system that is capable of streaming MKV 1080p to my Xbox 360 but have no clue on what hardware to go for.

Can anyone help?

P.S. If the WHS 2011 box is fitted with a BD-Rom can you stream Blu-rays via Media Centre Extender?
post #2 of 11
You don't need much for WHS 2011.

Do you plan to do transcoding? If not, any Athlon II X2 with 3-4GB is plenty.

Why don't you just rip the BD-ROM instead?
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That's an idea. Could I rip my Blu-ray collection and stream it to my Xbox?

I'm not sure about transcoding. Ideally I want to be able to play my Photos, Music (MP3 320) and Videos (MKV 1080p/720p & Xvid) on my Xbox 360.

EDIT: Do you think a Fusion/Hudson could handle it?
Edited by TFX - 7/18/11 at 12:50pm
post #4 of 11
Yes, you can rip your Blu-Ray Collection - ISO and MKV are the popular formats after ripping.

Unfortunately, the Xbox 360 cannot play MKV natively, you will have to transcode with something like PS3MediaServer or TVersity on the fly so the xbox 360 can play. The faster the PC, the quicker the transcode.

Fusion/Hudson can handle streaming, but not transcoding.
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Dam, if I transcode will it still be the same quality? I also have a PS3 can that take MKV?
post #6 of 11
The PS3 doesn't support MKV either.

Transcode quality will depend on the settings you use in whatever program you choose. Fast PCs should be able to get pretty close in quality.

From personal experience, I didn't like using my main rig to do the transcodes from my server(since it was a celeron at the time) to my PS3. So I built a HTPC to play MKVs directly.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonowxeno;14259763 
The PS3 doesn't support MKV either.

Transcode quality will depend on the settings you use in whatever program you choose. Fast PCs should be able to get pretty close in quality.

From personal experience, I didn't like using my main rig to do the transcodes from my server(since it was a celeron at the time) to my PS3. So I built a HTPC to play MKVs directly.

I have looked into that option here. Was just wondering if I could save a bit of cash this way.
post #8 of 11
My sig rig setup was less than $500 (with an SSD and a video card that you won't need) and it will transcode full 1080p HD video, MKV or otherwise, on the fly with no delay to my 360 or PS3 via TVersity. AND it does this all while currently underclocked and undervolted to 2.3 Ghz. I'm sure you could get a cheaper mobo than I have too.

Not saying to build something like mine, but just to give you an idea of the performance needed/not needed to stream 1080p.

FYI - The 360 seems to handle it much better. I have had numerous problems with stuttering and not being able to rewind/fast forward with my PS3. I have also had better luck with more file formats on the 360, the PS3 tends to be picky.
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post #9 of 11
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Thanks for that! The idea would be to use the 360 to view the movies and the server to dish them out. So I wouldn't need a high end graphics card.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by TFX;14259520 
That's an idea. Could I rip my Blu-ray collection and stream it to my Xbox?

I'm not sure about transcoding. Ideally I want to be able to play my Photos, Music (MP3 320) and Videos (MKV 1080p/720p & Xvid) on my Xbox 360.

EDIT: Do you think a Fusion/Hudson could handle it?

Transcoding is converting a file format to another one (or to a different resolution/compression). This could be done in real-time with a good enough CPU. I believe a cheaper AMD Athlon II X4 would be more than enough but someone should confirm.

An AMD Zacate will not be able to do transcode streaming. If the files are converted already, it can stream.
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