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.

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
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.


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,

Anonymous said...


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 (
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?


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