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Hi All!

Had this question for a while but never thought of using OCN for an XB query tongue.gif.

At present I have an Xbox 360 in my room, which is on the WiFi and purely plays games, I switch between my Xbox and my Laptop being plugged into the TV, as sometimes I want to play movies/etc off my Main PC in the office..

I know Xbox has the Video Player function and can see all shared folders on the network, so you may be asking - Why is he plugging in a laptop to do that? Xbox does it fine?

Well thankyou for asking! The reason I have to do this, is because the Xbox seems to lack LOTS of codecs, it can't play most of the video files I have and it's just crap. It seems like unless it's WMA or AVI, it won't find the file.

I have used software on the main PC which kind of converted my library into an xbox-streamable-format on-the-fly.. but it was troublesome and seemed to be really hit and miss, still missing plenty of files.. the best way to summarise it was .. temperamental.

I'm looking for some advice on either of the below

A) Preferably, how can I mod/exploit/whatever the Xbox so that it has all codecs to play all relevant video formats?
B) If not possible.. or if too hard, what are your recommendations for software that I can run on the office PC, which will allow the simplest and easiest way of streaming all video files to the Xbox, regardless of codec/format type?

Thanks!
    
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The Xbox only plays a few nearly (to this generation anyhow) useless codecs.
I tried a real time program a few years back (I can't remember the name atm but sounds like what you used) and it was pretty pointless. Now granted it did work, but the cpu time that went into transencoding a 1080p mkv to a format the xbox could use meant that once you started the show you were stuck watching it in one sitting as skipping through or fast forwarding meant waiting up to 30 seconds for the server to re-index and start to re-encode before streaming again.

If you really want to use the Xbox you will need to use a program like handbrake to re-encode all your files and be done with it.

If you can afford build a cheap htpc, should be able to pull it off for less than 250 and put XBMC on it.
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