Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Using Transcode 360 with a 64-bit Media Center

Here's a post with instructions on making it work with x64 Operating Systems. The solution is better than mine because it will work with My Movies and Media Browser.
http://www.hack7mc.com/2009/05/transcoding-in-windows-seven-x64-with-media-browser-and-transcode-360.html
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This guide is assuming you've already properly setup Transcode 360 1.6.3 on your 64-bit Media Center system. If you need help with that please see this posts:
Using Transcode 360 with My Movies and Media Extenders like Xbox or Linksys
or
Transcode 360 Installer Tool

If you are using a 64 bit operating system, with something like MyMovies, and you choose to Watch Stream, you will most likely get an error. There is a way to transcode movies with a 64 bit operating system.

Put the movies your Videos folder on the Media Center. It needs to be a videos folder your Media Center Library is set to monitor. On your Extender, bring up the Media Center. Browse to the Video Library on the Pictures + Videos section . Choose a movie. Right click the movie (depending on your extender and controller, you'll have to determine what button does this - for example, with an xbox 360 extender you hit the X button) to bring up the More... menu. Choose More... Choose the Transcode option. After you click to transcode, it may seem like nothing is happening. There is a delay. Eventually you should see the blue spinning ring. After another waiting period (while it builds the buffer) the movie should start playing.

I hope this helps some of you with 64-bit Media Centers. You can always use MyMovies or Media Browser to figure out what you want to watch, and then use the method described above to start the playback.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am struggling to get my Xbox 360 to even recognise that I have T360 running.

System: Vista x64 Ultimate, XBox 360 Extender (wireless)

Have T 360 running on Vista machine and can "right click" in WMC and click on Transcode and get the following positive (i think) log:


26/01/2010 20:20:22 *VRB* Parsed video dimensions: Video: mpeg4, yuv420p, 608x336
26/01/2010 20:20:22 *VRB* Parsed video dimensions: 608x336
26/01/2010 20:20:22 *VRB* Parsed audio stats: mp3, 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, 128 kb/s

26/01/2010 20:20:22 *VRB* Parsed audio channels: 2
26/01/2010 20:20:22 *VRB* MEncoderTranscoder loaded
26/01/2010 20:20:22 *VRB* VLCTranscoder loaded
26/01/2010 20:20:22 *VRB* Using optimal resolutions
26/01/2010 20:20:22 Spawning: "C:\Program Files\Transcode360\Wrappers\MEncoderTranscoder\mencoder.exe" -quiet -delay 0.2 -oac lavc -srate 48000 -af lavcresample=48000 -of mpeg -mpegopts format=dvd -o "C:\Users\Public\Transcode360\TranscodeBuffer\lost.s03e01.hdtv.xvid-xor.360" -ovc lavc -vf scale=608:336,expand=640:352,harddup -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg2video:vrc_buf_size=1835:vrc_maxrate=9800:vbitrate=8000:keyint=15:aspect=16/9:acodec=mp2:abitrate=320 -ofps 24000/1001 "F:\Videos\Lost\lost.s03e01.hdtv.xvid-xor.avi"
26/01/2010 20:20:37 *VRB* Request handled
26/01/2010 20:20:37 Transcoding started
26/01/2010 20:20:44 Service is currently transcoding media
26/01/2010 20:20:44 Partial pre-buffered media was found
26/01/2010 20:21:41 Service is currently transcoding media
26/01/2010 20:21:41 Partial pre-buffered media was found
26/01/2010 20:26:11 Transcoding complete


The problem is that the XBox 360 does not have a "more" menu, or "transcode" menu when i "right click" files in My Videos. (the above log was from WMC not via extender)

I also have My Movies and MCE Browser installed and no menus there either.

I think it may be a permissions issue? I have added Guest, shared the media folder, etc, but to no avail.

Any ideas please? I am at my wits end.

Thanks in advance,
Mike

Anonymous said...

UPDATE:

Just tried Transcode (running as a tray icon) and see that it has STOPPED. Restarting gives the following error log:

26/01/2010 22:05:59 Starting Transcode360 service (1.6.3.0)
26/01/2010 22:05:59 Loaded configuration settings
26/01/2010 22:06:00 *ERR* Transcode 360 service failed to initialise: System.Net.Sockets.SocketException: Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted
at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.DoBind(EndPoint endPointSnapshot, SocketAddress socketAddress)
at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.Bind(EndPoint localEP)
at System.Net.Sockets.TcpListener.Start(Int32 backlog)
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels.ExclusiveTcpListener.Start(Boolean exclusiveAddressUse)
at System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels.Tcp.TcpServerChannel.StartListening(Object data)
at Transcode360.Service.OnStart(String[] args)


Any ideas please?

Mike

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