I dunno what the ettiquite is on double posting (on separate sites), but I've postes this at team-mediaportal, and thought I might try here as well. here's the Team-MediaPortal post if you wanna reply there...
I've been trying, off and on, for a very long time... to find a workable solution to archive / compress my videos. Handbrake recently added H.264 support, and my test encodes worked very well... when I used vlc.
However, I can not get MediaPortal to play any of my files encoded with Handbrake.
My ultimate goal is to reduce the file size, and still have access to the recorded TV via recorded TV. However, I'm using "My Videos" for my testing now so I don't have to rename files & import to db).
I've been going thru a very 'guess-and-check' process... trying various encodes, and trying every decoder setting I can think of. Sadly, I just can't get MP to play anything. For most of the videos, MP will come up with a message similar to this:
Is there something basic I'm doing wrong here!?
Can anyone provide a known good combination for decoder and encode!? My options for H264 decoding are: - Cyberlink H.264/AVC Decoder (PDVD8) - ffdshow Video Decoder - DivX H.264 Decoder - ffdshow raw video filter
There's a sample encode here if you wanted to try it... http://rapidshare.com/files/324520948/blah-gui1-mpeg4.mp4.html
This plays back fine in VLC, so it's not a problem with the video encoding.
VLC and Gspot both agree it's an MP4V codec. Have you tried the FFDShow video decoder and the other decoders you've listed?
Lastly, have you installed the Haali media splitter? Available at http://haali.su/mkv/ - during playback this splits the MPEG4 stream and passes the audio and video components to the appropriate audio/video decoder for processing. Try that, it may well be what you're missing. Let us know how you go.
Unfortunately, I don't use MediaPortal so I don't really have any ideas how to solve this one. GBPVR has a similar transcode option, with a sub-option to point the appropriate entry in the TV Listings to the transcoded file; I'd assume MP has something similar.