Ok.. archiving DVD's then streaming them.

I need to archive all my DVD's onto my Media Center and then hopefully stream them to my 360 in my living room.

Since apparently there is not support to do this uncompressed I have to compress them.. but is there a way to "compress" them but not compress them so to speak?

I've got about 2 TB's of Drive Space so space isnt really the issue.. and I can always add another 2-3 750GB Drives.

i.e. how can I maintain the best quality but still have something in WMV format that will show up under My DVD and thus be "streamable" to my 360?

Also I want everything on the DVD.. no cut features or loosing chapters menu etc..

I have been using the DivX converter and Transcode 360 to stream from my Media Center PC to the 360 with no problems.

TheGameguru wrote:

Also I want everything on the DVD.. no cut features or loosing chapters menu etc..

I haven't tried this, so I don't know if it would work or not the way I'm converting/streaming.

I would recommend against transcoding on the fly, if that's what you're planning - the bandwidth would be pretty intense I would imagine.

I would compress losslessly using the newest MPEG encoder and then transcode to WMV. I don't know if it's free, though. Don't bother with a numerically lossless compression, you'll get nothing out of it - I'm pretty sure the "lossless" compression rate is visually lossless, which is all you need.

yeah.. the whole transcoding thing doesnt give me the cool DVD artwork and info

The way I do it is to use DVDshrink or any backup utility of your choice and have XBMC just read the ISO.

Edwin wrote:

The way I do it is to use DVDshrink or any backup utility of your choice and have XBMC just read the ISO.

Does Wireless G offer enough bandwidth to stream an 4.7GB ISO? I thought I remember trying this and entering 'The hell of stuttering movies'

Mine is hard wired but you can configure XBMC streaming buffer to whatever size you want. It'll work no matter what.

There are only two or three formats I know of that do DVD menus, the straight ISO image, MKV and OGM files. None of which are supported by the X360. I don't think the X360 can do it, mainly because WMV is the only video it supports and WMV does not support DVD-like menus at all that I know of.

MPEG4 containers may or may not have it in the spec, but I do not know of a MPEG4 media player that will read the menus from it if it does.

But I thought DVDs are MPEG2. Am I wrong in this assumption?

Edwin wrote:

But I thought DVDs are MPEG2. Am I wrong in this assumption?

That does not handle the DVD menu stuff, which is seperate on the disc. The MPEG2 container format does not support DVD menus, DVD menus are laid out on the disk in a seperate structure, which is what you'd be using in the ISO case.

PyromanFO wrote:

There are only two or three formats I know of that do DVD menus, the straight ISO image, MKV and OGM files. None of which are supported by the X360. I don't think the X360 can do it, mainly because WMV is the only video it supports and WMV does not support DVD-like menus at all that I know of.

MPEG4 containers may or may not have it in the spec, but I do not know of a MPEG4 media player that will read the menus from it if it does.

Thats what I was afraid of.. thanks Pyro.. oh well back to the drawing board.

Whatever it uses the menu's work in ISO format in XBMC. I know that doesn't help you GG so best of luck.

Anyone look at the Netgear EVA8000 "Digital Entertainer HD"?

- 1080p thru HDMI
- stream YouTube videos from pre-defined searches
- streams media files directly from file system, no player software needed
- "MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, and FLAC on the audio side. Video codecs include MPEG 1, 2, 4, WMV, XVID and DIVX (unofficially)."
- $350, Q2 2007

Q2 2007

When it does come out.. I will certainly give it a shot..

TheGameguru wrote:
Q2 2007

When it does come out.. I will certainly give it a shot..

I await with baited breath.

My XBMC is on the way out and I need an HD replacement for the projector I'm planning on purchasing.