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- Reverb - 2011-02-17 15:25
Indeed the network speed is not often the issue. I have the weird thing that i have more buffers with wired Apple TV then Wireless N... How bizzare. And for some UPnP is the solution, but unfortunately it won't support scraping. Think there is definitely a problem with XBMC and network protocols/sharing, because iTunes to Apple Tv work without buffers with a same m4v. Hope the will find a solution for this issue.
- GuyDanger - 2011-02-17 17:06
Just to add to the conversation, I am having issues with buffering and stuttering on some of my media files. I was first connected through SMB share. After some reading I then tried connecting through FTP. The buffering wasn't as bad through FTP but it was still present. FTP didn't help with the stuttering at all. I am now looking at my files. My best guess is that XBMC is downsampling the audio. AC3 5.1 being downsampled to Stereo 2.0. This would cause stuttering as video and audio go out of sync. I am going to try and reRip some blurays with this in mind and see if anything changes. Hopefully someone will find out exactly whats going on and we can squash this bug for good.
P.S. I had the same stuttering issue with some files on my xbox running xbmc. I am using DVD Fab to create my rips.
- Starstream - 2011-02-17 18:13
XBMC can actually scrape a UPnP/DLNA server however the problem is the UPnP servers media file path which XBMC looks at to ID a file and can look something like this;
It varies on UPnP/DLNA servers, you may see other stuff
When it needs to be this, specifically the name of the movie.mp4
I haven't found any UPnP servers that do that so far but the closest are
* Synology NAS, their server outputs a 1367.mkv filename unfortunately this means XBMC ID's all the movies incorrectly (not possible to refresh either it seems and change the movie info).
* Mezzmo same as Synology has a partial file name in the media path but XBMC get all the identification wrong.
Perhaps XBMC's own UPnP server could be adjusted to display the file name ?
If anyone else feels like testing out more UPnP/DLNA servers the ones below also do not expose the file name so you can skip these.
Wild Media Server
Just tested PS3 Media Server and it does expose the file names and scraping works with XBMC
* Add PMS media server as a source
* Browse to the folder holding your movies and just use set content on that and XBMC will scrape the folder.
* One last observation make sure all your movies are named appropriately to get the scan right first time as you cant use the refresh option, you have to manually rename the file so UPnP server scans it then run a re-scan by XBMC so it picks up the new file name & hopefully ID's it correctly this time.
- Reverb - 2011-02-17 22:32
Nice to read and great you found that out. Think many users are happy to read this . Going to download PS3mediaserver asap and give asap feedback or it worked here also.
* PS3server works...
* Uhmzz when i try to scrape on my iPad(only one movie), XBMC crashes and go back the the iOS homescreen.
* Test it on XBMC on my MAC. Won't scrape and stop.
Buffering Fix - megah - 2011-02-17 22:56
I have having bad buffering issues From my ATV2 using SMB to my PC with an NVidia ION chipset.
Last night I upgraded to the latest nForce drivers (new ethenret driver) and I also disabled VLAN / Priority in the advanced NIC settings and enabled Flow Control on TX/RX.
MKV videos now start playing instantly with NO buffering EVER. I can fard forward though a massive MKV without any pauses. MP3 albums play perfect and do not pause from track to track anymore either.
- Reverb - 2011-02-17 23:58
See now your path is "http://192.168.1.15:8896/resource/50/MEDIA_ITEM/The_Fugitive.MP4" and mine is:
Did you add it by video > add source > upnp devices and pick the ps3server? Because i s a http:// adress
Can you maybe explain how you configured ps3mediaserver and what you did in XBMC?
- Starstream - 2011-02-18 01:00
reverb thats the server listing, I was referring to the individual media listings after you've added it as a media source, so if you bring up the movie information on a media file it should list the path to the movie.
All I did was install PS3 Media Server
* Add folder in PMS under navigation/share settings
* Start XBMC and go to videos
* select add source then select the PS3 Media Server
* Do not use the set content feature after adding the server leave it off for now
* Select PS3 Media Server in videos, you should now see any folders you added
* Bring up the context menu and select set content
* Set it to movies and enable run automated scan
I didn't need to but turning off the transcoders in PS3 Media Server may help, go to the transcoding page and select each transcoding engine then click on the plug icon to disable it.
That should do it, although I did test this on my PC version of XBMC, I dont have access to my ATV2 at the moment so I haven't gotten the chance yet to see if it works with that but I would guess it should.
- Reverb - 2011-02-18 01:16
Starstream Wrote:* Do not use the set content feature after adding the server leave it off for now
That did the trick for me!
For the weird reason the added share in video's is gone after a restart on de iPad. But the scraped movies are in the movies folder and work. So i can scrape via unpn now that is a +. But it is kind of difficult to auto check my library i think if i added new movies in the shared folder.
The share stays @ XBMC at the MAC. This a iOS XBMC bug?
- dazex - 2011-02-18 01:21
Go into systems and try doing a clean on your library.
- GuyDanger - 2011-02-18 04:23
After re-encoding some videos into a proper h264 format I have noticed no stuttering or buffering at all through SMB. As stated in the current issues at a glance thread, atv2 does h264 decoding through hardware. All other codecs like divx hd, wmvhd and so on is done through software which can cause slowdown, stuttering and buffering issues. I found that using the Ipad settings on DVD Fab with a few tweaks works awesome for ripping my blu rays! I hope this helps those who can't seem to get their HD files working through the suggestions above.
PS3 media server is great. I used it to stream my hd files to my PS3...but I got an ATV to get away from having to use a media server to stream my movies and take up resources on my computer to do so. Does anyone else feel this way?