Are some codecs required? (1 Viewer)


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June 8, 2007
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MediaPortal Skin: default
Windows Version: XP Pro (fully updated)
CPU Type: Intel P4 2.6
Memory: 1 gig DDR400
Motherboard: sony stock
Video Card: SiS651
Video Card Driver: The one that came with the card

Please be aware that I am not familiar with mediaportal, I have just started using it. I really like it.

This is the newest version of Media Portal. My video share is on my main machines backup harddrive. I have shared it across the network, so my media pc has access to it. I mapped the drives and then pointed media portals video directory to it. I can see the ISO's and avi's and such. It refuses to play the ISO's at all, it does nothing. Whenever I click on the avi's, it locks up. WMP11 is installed and fully updated and the entire system is fully updated. Granted, the PC isn't the best, but it does work. It's a Sony PCV-RX850 with onboard video and sound. Next week I will be upgrading to a 9600pro with s-video out.

A few questions.

Do I need to install MediaPortals backend on my main machine? Is there a way for MediaPortal to use either Winamp or preferably, VLC media player as default?

thanks for your time.


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    Basically MediaPortal will play anything that WMP can play. So first thing - can WMP play these avi files?

    If not, the easiest codec solution is ffdshow (ffdshow tryouts | Official Website) - with that installed most things should play.

    For the ISO files, I believe you need to have DeamonTools installed so that it can "mount" the ISO can play the file.

    As for using Winamp/VLC for playback - I see no need, as everything is playable internally, and if you use an external player then you lose out on all the simplicity of a media centre - i.e. jumping back and forth between the external application and MediaPortal all the time, no inbuilt on screen controls and so on.

    Also - does your current GFX card meet the requirements? DirectX9 and 128MB Graphics Memory?


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    June 8, 2007
    Thanks! I figured out the iso thing by browsing the general options and seeing a place to point to daemon tools so I installed that and pointed to it. Unfortunately I am connected to my media pc remotely from work so I really can't test it.

    No, my current video solution does not meet minumum specs, but it will as soon as I put in the 9600pro.

    I'm downloading and installing the codec pack as I type this, but again I wont be able to test until I get home.

    About VLC, I was wondering if I was able to make Mediaportal use it by default, meaning I wouldnt have to downsize it and such. Oh well.

    thanks for your help :D


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    Mediaportal can be configured to use VLC as an external player (Under Video when u run MP Config). However i think the internal player with appropriate codecs is better.

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