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    Default Any way to fix choppy video in Boxee/XBMC/ATVFiles/anything?

    (I posted this on the Boxee forum, but I suppose it applies to, well...anything on ATV that can play videos)

    I've downloaded some episodes of the show, "Doctor Who". The first ones I downloaded were smaller in size, assumedly because they were lower-def/res/whatever. I've since purchased a newer TV, a 46in Panasonic Viera and hooked up my Apple TV to it.

    Yesterday, I finished watching the episodes I'd already downloaded, so I downloaded the newer ones.

    Because I've got a nicer TV and all, when I downloaded these newer episodes, I chose to download ones that were supposedly "High-Definition", 720p, high-res, or whatever. They were like twice the filesize. I downloaded them, anyway, thinking they'd look pretty swanky on my TV.

    They do.

    Except, "swanky" also seems to mean "wonky". The framerate is all skippy and when there's a lot of movement on-screen, the video slows down, sometimes a lot. The audio isn't affected, though, so after just a few minutes, the video and audio aren't even close to matching up, anymore.

    This happens in XBMC, too (it's even worse in XBMC, in fact).

    The videos are being read off of my 2TB external hard drive that's hooked up to the Apple TV. The previous videos were all read from this drive, too, though, and they didn't skip or slow down or anything.

    Is there anything that can be done about this? I'd hate to have to download these files again and transfer them back to my hard drive over the slow network...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Veedubs View Post
    (I posted this on the Boxee forum, but I suppose it applies to, well...anything on ATV that can play videos)

    I've downloaded some episodes of the show, "Doctor Who". The first ones I downloaded were smaller in size, assumedly because they were lower-def/res/whatever. I've since purchased a newer TV, a 46in Panasonic Viera and hooked up my Apple TV to it.

    Yesterday, I finished watching the episodes I'd already downloaded, so I downloaded the newer ones.

    Because I've got a nicer TV and all, when I downloaded these newer episodes, I chose to download ones that were supposedly "High-Definition", 720p, high-res, or whatever. They were like twice the filesize. I downloaded them, anyway, thinking they'd look pretty swanky on my TV.

    They do.

    Except, "swanky" also seems to mean "wonky". The framerate is all skippy and when there's a lot of movement on-screen, the video slows down, sometimes a lot. The audio isn't affected, though, so after just a few minutes, the video and audio aren't even close to matching up, anymore.

    This happens in XBMC, too (it's even worse in XBMC, in fact).

    The videos are being read off of my 2TB external hard drive that's hooked up to the Apple TV. The previous videos were all read from this drive, too, though, and they didn't skip or slow down or anything.

    Is there anything that can be done about this? I'd hate to have to download these files again and transfer them back to my hard drive over the slow network...
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    This helps a lot - although it is still a work in progress.

    The AppleTV simply does NOT have enough grunt to decode most high definition videos that you don't buy via iTunes.

    This is partly due to the media container format (MKV versus MP4) but mostly due to the scene releases using H.264 high profile whilst the Apple TV can only decode H.264 main profile (and lower)
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    yes, don't play video content that the AppleTV can not handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davilla View Post
    yes, don't play video content that the AppleTV can not handle.
    Woo, helpful!

 

 

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