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    How to serve videos on computer to an xbox 360 or PS3

    I have both an XBOX 360 and a PS3 in my home theater. I do not have an HTPC.

    I have a number of videos using various codecs that I would like to play in my home theater. One codec is the VLC in avi files.

    Is there a good way to get either of the devices in my home theater to play these video files? I have both connected to the lan but have never attempted to connect them to my computers for file transfer and playback. Is anyone doing this sort of work and if so what is the best way to achieve the end goal of playing these videos in the home theater, short of connecting up a home theater PC to my PJ and sound system.

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    VLC is not a codec and neither is AVI (unless you are talking uncompressed couple hundred GB files).
    Those files are most likely MPEG4/Part2 (aka DivX/XviD) in an AVI container that you play using the VLC player.

    Both, 360 and PS3 can handle DivX. How you transfer them to the console I dont know as I have neither.

    Keep in mind that AVI can have audio/video in a variety of formats, just like MKV.
    Use MediaInfo to check those.

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    Thanks for your encouragement.

    I decided to venture into the XBOX360 first since I suspicioned that it would be compatible with my Vista Media center console on the PC.

    In XBOX I saw that I needed a key code to get started so I simply followed the instructions on screen and within a few minutes I had connectivity to my shared folder of videos. In that folder I had some avi's and wmv files. The wmv files would play on the xbox. But the avi would not and I got the error code message that I needed to update my XBOX with xbox live so I signed on and followed the instructions. I was impressed how easy it was. Easier than updating the codecs on a PC! All I had to do while logged on was to attempt to play the video and the proper codec was downloaded. As you explained, it was an mp4 codec. Took a few seconds and the second time I tried to play the avi ( that only plays on a VLC player.) the video played perfectly.

    I am real happy this worked. Now I can access media from my business PC's and play them in my home theater without the need to play the sneaker net game with DVD's.

    The next experiment will be to attempt to play HDTV.
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    I started doing this a few months back with a Windows 7 machine hooked into my network serving movies and TV shows to my XBOX 360 using Windows Media Center. It works pretty well so far. There's a plugin called 'Media browser' for WMC that gives a relly slick "cover flow" GUI to it all and will even pull metadata about the movies/tv shows from the internet.

    The only real downside I have come across so far, is when playing these mp4/divx/xvid compressed movies, it's very slow and clunky to try and fast foward/rewind through them.

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    It's been working great here for the first night I used it. I served up 4 TV shows in HD. While certainly not Blu Ray quality, it is good as Dish Network locals in HD.

    I have an xbox 360 traditional IR remote control and have that programmed to my HT Master 800 remote so the XBOX functions like another home theater source. I did the same with the PS3. IT sure is nice getting this xbox functioning to access the media content from my video edit room direct to the big screen now. One other issue, all the programming I've watched so far has been in DD2.0. I don't have any files with DD5.1 yet. Maybe soon.
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    There's a whole class of devices called Digital Media Adapters that are designed to be part of your home theater and access digital media over the network that resides on your PC or dedicated server. These devices include:

    • Home Theater PC running XBMC, SageTV, MythTV, or similar
    • Inexpensive set-top box like the Popcorn Hour A-110
    • Xbox or other (Linksys DMA2200, D-Link DSM750) acting as Media Center Extender
    • Xbox running XBMC
    • PS3 running as DLNA client


    There are dozens of other less commonly used clients, like Sage TV extenders, too many to list.

    I've experiemented with all of these over the years and have settled on cheap set-top boxes running Syabas's NMT middleware with YAMJ. This solution works for my needs but it isn't for everyone.

    Not my YAMJ, an image I found by searching for YAMJ on Google:


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