AVI, HFS+ and XBOX 360

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Legolai, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Legolai macrumors member

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    Hi,

    First off i've done a search and nothing came up, i've looked on various xbox 360 forums too and nothing came up, so i've to see if you guys can help me, i've put it in the digital video section as i wasn't exactly sure where it could go.

    Here goes:

    i download various files from bittorrent, TV shows and suchlike, but rather than watch them on my mac i prefer to stick them onto an external Hard drive and play them through my 360 onto my TV, now before i purchased my hard drive i was putting a couple of files at a time onto a 2GB USB flash drive formatted to fat 32 and it was fine. But being the lazy sod that i am, plus no real backup solution i bought a 320gb HDD, and put all my files on there, because i have a mac, and the 360 can read HFS+ i formatted it this way so i could fit bigger files onto it (with FAT obviously having a file size limit). Since ive done this, some files (not all) will get so far into the tv show - say 15-16 minutes and then stop, and the 360 shows that the file is only 15 minutes long, except that on my mac they will play the full 25-45 minutes (depending on the file) both in VLC and Quicktime, and this is both direct from after i've downloaded it, and from the HDD itself.

    So is it the HFS not wanting to play with the 360, or is it the files not encoded properly and there being a block on it after so long, (is there any way i can check this and or fix it.) like i said it seemed to be fine before when i was using a USB memory stick, or is it just a dodgy drive (unlikely as it's not every file) i don't mind watching stuff on my mac, but theres a difference from watching on a 13" macbook screen and a 32" HDTV plus i can use my mac while i'm watching tv then.
     
  2. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    You purchased a hard drive? Sucka!
     
  3. Legolai thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah a 320GB usb external HDD not an xbox 360 hard drive, i already have one of those on the machine.

    if youre not going to post something constructive dont post at all.
     
  4. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    You set the rules now do you?

    My post was in relation to how blase you were about downloading TV programs from torrents. You might want to note that asking such questions violates one of the forum rules you presumably didn't set.
     
  5. Legolai thread starter macrumors member

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    ok then a legally obtained AVI file, my question still applies, my question has nothing to do with the legality of the content.

    but my response was to your blatant disregard to my perfectly normal question, which you obviously didn't read, because even in the part that you quoted i stated that i had purchased an external drive. you didn't post something constructive to my question, i'm not stating the rules, just simply please dont be an ass when i am trying to find help for a problem.

    EDIT: after reading the rules, there isn't anything in there saying i cannot state that i have obtained TV shows from torrents, if you can find something in there that says otherwise i will quite happily correct myself.
     
  6. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I'll concede that there doesn't seem to be mention in the rules of not being allowed to ask questions that involve illegal activity. (I recall other members stating it was in the rules and assumed it to be true, as it seemed logical.) But I think it's fair to say that it's a given that you shouldn't be asking for help with such activities.

    That aside, lighten up. People here are very helpful but aren't at your beck and call. If they want to make a comment they find amusing (even if it's not), they are free to do so.
     
  7. Legolai thread starter macrumors member

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    so to get back to the question at hand, can anyone give me any help on this?

    i've got a feeling its a problem with the codec, i know avi is a general container but is there any way for me to find out any more information on the file to see if it is programmed to end at a certain time rather than the end of the actual file, and if it is, to edit it so i can fix the problem.
     
  8. slattynan macrumors newbie

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    I too have the same problem. I also see the same problem with windows media player. seems to be an issue with the Microsoft Divx codec. Can anyone confirm?
     
  9. chili macrumors member

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    i would say just convert the files to another format using iMedia, Evom, or whatever...
     
  10. slattynan macrumors newbie

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    Its so annoying, the ones that fail are few and far between, but every episode of spooks seems to be an issue. re-encoding is flawed in my experience. would be better off recording from tv.
     

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