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kharaa 02-04-2011 03:22 PM

Official XBMC Information Thread
Hello guys! I was requested to make a information thread regarding XBMC (one of the best HTPC front end applications out there.) over the next couple of days, time permitting i'll try to demostrate and answer questions regarding the use of XBMC and it's capabilities on the network.

Reserved information below

kharaa 02-04-2011 03:23 PM

post reserved

rbinck 02-04-2011 04:10 PM

Thanks for this. I was who requested this and as promised, I have stuck the thread. If you have an issue with editing the reserved thread PM me and I will add the information in the post for you. There is a time limit for editing that I'm immune to.

Also I have installed XBMC on one of my HTPCs and can't figure out how to get it to search my network file server for the media files, so please if that is something XBMC will do, include information on what I'm doing wrong. Thanks.

kharaa 02-04-2011 04:17 PM

Tonight after I get home, from a family event i'll try and get all the relevent data in here at first.

Thanks Rbinck! i'll attempt to demostrate how i'm able to access my network files.

rbinck 02-05-2011 12:51 PM

I figured out a way to get to my network files after some experimentation. I'm very interested in this information because of the WAF (wife acceptance factor) and I am going along a parallel path from time to time to fully understand this software. It looks very promising, although the on line instructions and wiki is like written for nerds and could use some dumbing down, which I'm sure we can provide!

rbinck 02-07-2011 04:13 PM

I have gotten pretty far into the software, but there is something that has me stumped. There is a terrible audio sync problem on some of the video files. These files play fine in Windows Media Player and Media Player Classic, but I have to add anywhere from 1 sec to 6 sec delay to the audio on some files. These are all files that were recorded via my Hauppauge 1212 before they added the different format selections. All of the files recorded using the AVCHD format since the update play just fine.

In searching the web for this issue it seems it is a common occurance and so far I've not come up with any answers. I can do a fix by playing the files and recording them in the AVCHD format, but that will be very time consuming and risk a possible loss of video quality by recording a recording, so I'd rather not do that. So any ideas as to what is happening in XBMC and a possible fix would be welcomed.

Later this evening I will cut a small chunk of file and put it on my blog website so maybe someone can duplicate the issue.

kharaa 02-07-2011 04:42 PM

Sure, i'll try it out, I had problems like that recently with MPC:HC so I switched to using Splayer which has graphics acceleration.

The voices weren't lining up with the subtitles, it was rather annoying.

I'd be happy to attempt to replicate the problem on my setup.


http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=15057 try this to see if it fixes it, just so to rule it out.

rbinck 02-07-2011 05:00 PM

I will when I get back home. But if that fixes it I will be disappointed because it will mean a default in XBMC since the other players play the files with no problem. Also my ASUS O!Play media players play the files with no problem.

Will report back after test.

kharaa 02-07-2011 05:57 PM

Well, XBMC is constantly under development, they're pretty good at fixing bugs

rbinck 02-07-2011 06:15 PM

Ok they have taken out the ability to enable "no cache" in xbmc's osd (on-screen display) while playing the video. They say to protect the stupid (me, I guess) but can be added in via another method. I don't want to go there just yet. See: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=64284

Now I have a short clip here: Audio Sync Clip.ts

kharaa 02-07-2011 09:08 PM

wow the audio sync issue is severe on my end, like it feels like 3-5 seconds off. let me try it in my splayer. O_O

no audio loss in splayer (but the video is all messy.. that's weird.)

edit2: works good in VLC though

rbinck 02-07-2011 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by kharaa (Post 1146473)
wow the audio sync issue is severe on my end, like it feels like 3-5 seconds off. let me try it in my splayer. O_O

no audio loss in splayer (but the video is all messy.. that's weird.)

edit2: works good in VLC though

Yes, it was about 3.7 seconds as I recall. My PCs are not fast enough for VLC, but the players that use hardware accel work fine. You think this should be submitted as a bug over at xbmc.org?

It really does not bother me much since I use the ASUS players mostly, but it will be hard to recommend to someone who has a lot of previously recorded files like I do. I was hoping it would be a solution for my son's htpc, but right now I don't know. Might be cheaper to get him an ASUS.

Thanks for looking.

kharaa 02-07-2011 10:09 PM

I think you should submit this as a bug, because that is just horrible.

I'll try to start typing up the intro to this thread, and i'll PM you so you can edit the post for me

rbinck 02-08-2011 08:20 AM

Great. I need to do more reading over at xbmc to see what their requirements are for submitting a bug. Seems they want a log file and other stuff that I need to gather. Need to locate all of that first. Gotta crawl before walk, I guess. Are you a member over there?

rbinck 02-09-2011 10:18 AM

Ok, I submitted a post requesting help. In the meanwhile I dug into their wiki a bit more and found out how to link in an external player which seems to work pretty well by using media player classic on the problem files.

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