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Master Geek

# 21646 3-May-2008 07:57
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I am still waiting for my HVR2200 tuner to arrive so at this stage I'm only playing around the sample files supplied by Fossie.

I found a registry change which allowed media player & center to be able to play them back & once I changed the 'open with..' settings in windows the TS videos appear when browsing in MC.  The 576i Indy Jones plays fine with sound & picture.  The upscaled 720P TVNZ Rugby clip plays with picture & no sound & the CSI 1080i clip plays with sound & no picture.  Bummer.  All of them play with hardware acceleration in PowerDVD

Can anyone help get these to play properly?  I think it would help with the 'WAF' if I can get these to play in MC


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Master Geek

  # 128109 3-May-2008 08:07
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In all honesty, until VMC is updated supposedly later this year, you will be better off getting something like GBPVR set up as it works well with DVB-T here. Once it is set up, it is a breeze, all my family use it now and that's saying something.

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Master Geek

  # 128245 3-May-2008 18:06
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Since I don't watch that much live TV now days, what I was hoping to be able to do was set DVB Viewer to record the shows I want & then play them back from MC.

Might give GBPVR a go though if I can't find a solution. 


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Master Geek

  # 128497 4-May-2008 22:52
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GBPVR doesnt look too bad. Seems to have the same funtions as media center, it just doesnt look as pretty. One issue I had was when using my mce remote it would open mc with some keyp presses eg. guide. Any way to stop mc?

How stable have you found it to be?

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  # 128516 5-May-2008 08:50
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I found that after I installed PDVD 8, all those clips and TV recorded by DVBViewer would play in VMC, but I had to (1) make the registry edits to cause .ts files to be perceived as video, and (2) tweak the filter merits so that PDVD 8 filters were chosen by default before the PDVD 7 ones.

 I have found DVBViewer to be pretty good.

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Master Geek

  # 128544 5-May-2008 10:34
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by changing the merits do you mean using Vista media center decoder utility to change the default codec or is there something else I need to do?

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  # 128734 6-May-2008 09:53
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No, I used Gspot to change the filter merit (there are a number of other programs that will do it too).  I found that on my system PowerDVD 7 filters had slightly elevated merit (If 600000 is normal merit, they had 600002; I think some third party program may have done this) - I just adjusted them down to normal and one PowerDVD 8 filter had a merit of unilkely - raised this to normal.  Then I opened the ts file in graphedit or graphstudio to ensure that the PowerDVD 8 filters were used, and it would play.

I did have PowerDVD as my preferred video filter for VMC, but last time I looked it seemed to have reverted back to MS - perhaps by SP1.    Haven't changed it back yet.  To view the recorded ts files I save them to Users\Public\Videos - you can't see them in Recorded TV even with the registry hack it seems.  There is no auto generated thumbnail but I found a jpg of the same name as the ts will display as the thumb in My Videos.  I have code for a program that will grab a jpg from a designated frame of a video, but it won't work for H264 files and I'm not sure I want to delve into this - may be quicker to wait for the alleged VMC update.  Or just watch them in DVBViewer!

Also after PowerDVD 8, I found I could load the recorded ts files in Vista Movie Maker, and edit out ads, save the projerct and burn it with Vista DVD Maker.

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  # 128739 6-May-2008 10:08
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Cool, thanks for the info.  I'll have a play around with these tonight


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