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Stream 1080p HD Videos w/ Dolby Digital 5.1 Through Xbox 360
No Conversion Necessary
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0. Important Info (Click to show)
If you have a 720p TV, then just substitute 1080p for 720p in this guide.
If you have neither, then HD streaming may not be available for your setup, however try with the highest settings you can select.


HD Video types supported with Dolby Digital:
  • .mkv (must be muxed with guide below, muxing only takes 1-5 MINUTES.)
  • .m2ts or .m2t
HD Video types supported without Dolby Digital:
  • .mp4 or .m4v
SD Video types supported without Dolby Digital:
(May be used for HD content, but highly recommended against. The reason is because they are hard to decode and require a fast processor. With a slow one, as with the Xbox 360, your video may stutter several times or freeze.) Items you will need:
  1. Xbox 360 plugged into 1080p capable TV via HDMI.
  2. Computer with Windows Media Center (preinstalled on Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate. Enterprise)
  3. Xbox 360 connected to PC (via a router usually). (Wireless Internet not recommended, but usable for HD content)
(Optional) TOSLINK digital optical audio cable plugged into Home Theater receiver from Xbox 360.

Programs you will need:
1. Xbox 360 Settings (Click to show)
1. Xbox 360 ⇒ System Settings ⇒ Console Settings

⇒ Display ⇒
HDTV Settings: 1080p
Reference Level: Expanded
HDMI Color Space: Source

⇒ Audio ⇒
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 + WMA

(Optional) You can go to Language and Locale, and change your Language to English (QWERTY) to see a nice computer keyboard instead of the standard Xbox 360 keyboard mashup layout.
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Additional Audio Help
Additional Video Help

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2. [Optional] Setting up Xbox 360 with Static Private IP Address (Click to show)
1. Computer ⇒ Start Button ⇒ Type in the search button "cmd"
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2. In the Command Prompt now type "ipconfig".

Copy down the info next to...
Subnet Mask: (usually 255.255.255.0)
Default Gateway: (usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.254)
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3. Xbox 360 ⇒ My Xbox ⇒ System Settings ⇒ Network Settings

Click A to edit the settings...
Change IP Settings to: x.x.x.100 (where x is the same as Default Gateway)
Change Subnet Mask to what you wrote down.
Change Gateway to what you wrote down.

Save changes, then edit DNS Settings...
Leave it either on Auto by default, or change...
Primary DNS Server to: 8.8.8.8
Secondary DNS Server to: 8.8.4.4
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4. Switch over to Advanced tab. Make sure EVERY setting is set to "Not Set" or a blank/empty field when you try to edit it.

If at anytime you fail to connect to the Internet on your Xbox, just hit the "Restore to Factory Defaults" button.
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3. Setting Up Windows Media Center with Xbox 360 Extender (Click to show)
1. Xbox 360 ⇒ My Xbox ⇒ Windows Media Center
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2. Click next until you see a xxxx-xxxx code. Copy this code down.
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3. On your computer start Windows Media Center (WMC). (Start ⇒ All Programs ⇒ WMC)
You should see this screen, if not then on WMC, go to Tasks ⇒ Settings ⇒ Extender ⇒ Add Extender.
Type in the code and click OK.

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5. Your Xbox 360 should now show the same WMC screen as your computer does.
Anytime in the future you go to WMC on the Xbox 360 it will bring you here.

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4. Setting up a Video Folder for Windows Media Center (Click to show)
In no way do I EVER endorse pirating movies. These pictures are only mere examples.
The origins of these pictures are unknown.


1. Make a Folder on your Computer. Anywhere you would like. Name it whatever you like, such as "Videos".

Inside the 'Videos' folder, make a new folder for EACH video you have.
Place the single video inside this folder.

The individual video folders can be named anything,
but change the video file name to something readable such as "My Video",
instead of "Mysuper.AwesomevideooFEpIcPropOrt.ions".
For this is what you will see when your on your Xbox 360.

Inside of the video folder, get a nice picture that best represents your video.
Save it in the folder, and rename it "Folder". For this to work, the picture needs to be a .jpg, NOT .jpeg or .bmp etc...
This will be the picture you see on the Xbox 360 as you browse through your videos.

Save/Remember where your videos folder is.
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2. Xbox 360 ⇒ WMC ⇒ Tasks ⇒ Settings ⇒ Media Libraries ⇒ Movies ⇒ Add Folders to the Library ⇒ On This Computer

Keep expanding the locations by hitting the "+" signs until you see your "Videos" folder.

Click next, select "Yes, Use these locations".

You're done. This can be repeated for any other types of media you have.
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Now when you go to your Movies folder, on the main screen on your Xbox 360 Windows Media Center, you should see something like this...
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5. Muxing MKV to M2TS (Easy Fast Mode, I Promise) (Click to show)
Special Note: NO codecs need to be installed. Your M2TS will play fine and dandy on your computer and Xbox 360 natively.
If you need to see your MKV play for testing purposes, the Matroska Splitter will allow playback of .mkv on WMP12 and WMC.


1. On your computer, install and start up tsMuxer. Locate your .mkv video and drag and drop it onto the top white area.

Under tracks, if you DO NOT see "AC3" or you get a weird error when you load your video into tsMuxer, proceed to step #2, then come back to step #1.

Change the default selected "TS Muxing" to "M2TS Muxing", every time you load up tsMuxer.

If you see other tracks, such as subtitles, or other audio tracks in different languages, you may deselect them to remove them from the video. You will not see any subtitle or graphic tracks on playback on the 360.

If you see a "DTS" track AND NO AC3 track, proceed to step #2.

If you see a "DTS" track AND an "AC3" track, then you may choose to keep the DTS track or not, and proceed like normal. The DTS track is super quality audio track that will take up more space, but can be used if you ever wanted to play the file through a Bluray player hooked up to a receiver capable of decoding DTS. The Xbox cannot play DTS, sometimes the file will still play with only DTS audio, but you won't be hearing the DTS track (for reasons that will go unexplained).

Click "Remux" and when you hear a parade noise, you will now have a .m2ts file that can be played on the Xbox 360 and your computer without any codecs installed. Once you confirm that the .m2ts works, you can safely delete the .mkv file.

The file will be saved in the same folder as the .mkv.

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(Optional) #2. Uh oh, looks like you ran into some problems in step #1. Either you came across a common setup of a .mkv that contains ONLY DTS and no AC3, or you got some weird error that froze up tsMuxer...

Download "Popcorn MKV Converter" and when you first load it up, it will ask you to download a utilities pack. This must be downloaded. It will be auto un-packed for you and everything.

If somehow you avoided the downloading, go to Options ⇒ Download external utilities

Drag and drop your .mkv file into the Source File area.
Browse the target file for the same folder your .mkv is located in.

Now just use the same settings as shown in the image below.

If you would like to keep your DTS audio track then CHECKMARK "Preserve DTS track"
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6. Done (Click to show)
You should now have a working 1080p .mt2s video that contains at least one AC3 (Dolby Digital) track, that you can now play on your Xbox 360 / Computer.

You can and will receive Dolby Digital 5.1 through your TV/Reciever when you play this file.

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Edited by kennyparker1337 - 1/15/12 at 11:43pm
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I used to use WMC to stream my videos, but I eventually got tried of converting all the .mkv files, so I just connect my rig to the pc now.
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I used to use WMC to stream my videos, but I eventually got tried of converting all the .mkv files, so I just connect my rig to the pc now.

You aren't converting anything here technically. Just moving the video file from one container to another. This is called muxing. It takes about 99% less time than converting.

Best part is: The actual video will look identical too. No degradation whatsoever.

3 hours (converting) vs. 2 minutes (muxing)
Edited by kennyparker1337 - 8/22/11 at 11:57pm
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Wow, an unbelievable guide! Very nice. Rep+!
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Nice guide. An alternative to this is PS3 Media Server, works just as well on the 360. I use it all the time to stream movies to my spare TV while I work out.
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