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I've got my NAS attached to the pi, but I can't get .mkv files to play (black screen). Audio comes in great, but the movies just are not the same without the moving pictures to go along with them. Anybody had any luck getting mkvs to play over a network with these things?


Solution:

Don't be dumb and use file types that the pi will work with. I converted everything I had to .mp4 with winx converter and rebooted my server. Great streaming @ 1080p over a samba share! +rep for all the help, thanks guys.
Edited by dklic6 - 2/2/13 at 3:56pm
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post #2 of 42
I've not had that problem with MKVs but there is an issue with from AVIs (DivX format I think?).

I think it's an issue with the MPEG decoder chip rather than software. But I wouldn't want to stake my life on that smile.gif
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Involving the mpeg key you can buy?
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Involving the mpeg key you can buy?

What key?

I'm talking about the MPEG decoder chip on the Pi
post #5 of 42
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What key?

I'm talking about the MPEG decoder chip on the Pi

Right. There is a $3 key you can buy on the pi site in order for the decoder to work. Some kind.of license.
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Right. There is a $3 key you can buy on the pi site in order for the decoder to work. Some kind.of license.

The decoder should already work. AFAIK the chipset docs were opened. The whole point of the Pi is that it's an open device for developing on, I'd be amazed (and saddened) if you did have to buy a key to unlock any part of the board.
post #7 of 42
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Maybe it's something with the tv settings that I'm not getting right
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Maybe it's something with the tv settings that I'm not getting right

It's 100% your Pi at fault.
post #9 of 42
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I'm getting from drill tonight so i can get back into this. Will update soon.
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post #10 of 42
With regards to the license - it's to unlock hardware decoding support. Software decoding support works without issue, but is far less efficient.


@ OP:

Out of the box, my Pi plays MKVs without a problem. I am running Rasbian rather than Raspbmc however. This shouldn be much of an issue as Raspbmc simply uses omxplayer in the background, which is what I use directly.

If you can, try running the command "omxplayer -o hdmi filename" on the Pi. This should bypass any BMC specific settings, and omxplayer can play MKVs by itself.
    
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