Just picked up a blu-ray writer. What's the best way to rip my collection for playback in XBMC. Makemkv, rip to MKV then handbrake to h.264? I want to keep full 1080p and fullHD audio. (Yes I know about the file sizes).
Kopkiwi: I now have the problem of the movies stuttering like hell? PC should have no problem playing them it has plenty of grunt to do it and now my audio is standard stereo rather than HD, which is annoying.
Is there a guide on setting it all up correctly and I can't even scan them to my library either?
jpollock: Because XBMC is available on many hardware and software platforms, can you provide more information?
What is the:
How is it cabled to the receiver? HDMI, HDMI + optical SPDIF?
Is the HDMI cable connected to an HDMI port in the video card/motherboard, or a DVI port?
One of the first things I always try is to download and burn a copy of XBMCUbuntu. It is a bootable CD that contains a copy of XBMC and Ubuntu. Although... While it can be great to try XBMC, if you're not familiar with Linux, you might not want to stick with it. ;) Linux audio has historically been a PITA.
Stuttering depends on the type of stutter, is it a pulldown artifact, or is it actual "I can't keep up" stuttering?
Frodo is still beta, so although it is pretty good, it isn't perfect yet. Ive seen crashes and a lot of problems with audio. You might want to downgrade to Eden and see if that works better.
Have a look in Settings->Video->Playback. Make sure that "Enable Hardware Acceleration" is enabled.
Nexy, look at Settings->System->Audio Output. Make sure you've selected Audio Output = HDMI and ticked AC3 and DTS capable receiver (assuming audio is down the HDMI cable). Same goes for the speaker configuration - set it to the number of speakers you have.
Pulldown artifacts (stuttering in long horizontal pans) are in Settings->Video->Playback, "Adjust display refresh rate to match video". However, this has been buggy in the betas; it is causing me substantial audio synch issues.
Hope this helps.