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I am new to Media Center and the Xbox so here is the background. I got an Xbox for Xmas. I had been listnening to the HomeServerShow Podcast for a few months so decided to build a WHS to put my Media on so we can view it from the Xbox. Music and Photos work great but The .mpg files from the camcorder don't show up in the Xbox.

My question - is there a way to view these without converting them? If I am ging to have to convert, what format (that is compatible with the Xbox and Zune) would you recommend and why?

I have used Handbrake and some other video converting software but solutions that can be automated would be preferred. Thanks.

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What is the format of the video file? Here's a good way to find out:
http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

Some file types play natively, and some don't, it depends. You might be able to get away with a transcoding using something like Transcode 360 (I don't know if that program is still in development.

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Thanks for the link. This maybe overkill but this is the Text Outpot from Mediainfo.

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Complete name : P:\Our Photos\2009Xmas\20081224175249.mpg
Format : MPEG-PS
File size : 20.8 MiB
Duration : 21s 984ms
Overall bit rate : 7 930 Kbps

Video
ID : 224 (0xE0)
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Format profile : Main@Main
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, Matrix : Default
Duration : 21s 921ms
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 7 359 Kbps
Nominal bit rate : 9 100 Kbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Standard : NTSC
Resolution : 8 bits
Colorimetry : 4:2:0
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.710
Stream size : 19.2 MiB (93%)

Audio
ID : 128 (0x80)
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Duration : 21s 984ms
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 256 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Video delay : -67ms
Stream size : 687 KiB (3%)

Text
ID : 32 (0x20)
Format : RLE
Format/Info : Run-length encoding
Duration : 21s 521ms
Video delay : -67ms

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The key components there are:
video = mpeg2 at 720x480
audio = ac3 (aka dolby digital)
This is the exact same as what a DVD movie could provide, so they should play back directly without any converting.

In terms of viewing them, using the Video Library in the xbox gui, can you play back over the network? If not, how about playback from a USB drive.

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When I browse to a folder containg the .mpg files it say "no videos found." I found this, which as I read it means I have to use Media Center to stream it. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945416, I am really looking for a way to do this without having to have a PC on also. Looks like I need to convert them to WMV unless someone has a workaround?

Q10: What are the different video codecs that are supported by all the different ways to play video content on Xbox 360?

A10: See the following table:

From USB storage device to Xbox 360 Dashboard Video Player
WMV(Unprotected),
Mpeg4
H.264
AVI

From Windows Media Player 11 to Xbox 360 Dashboard Video Player
WMV(Protected)
WMV(Unprotected)
Mpeg4*
*H.264*
AVI

From the Zune software to the Xbox 360 Dashboard Video Player
WMV(Unprotected)
Mpeg4
H.264

From Windows Home Server to the Xbox 360 Dashboard Video Player
WMV (protected)
WMV (unprotected)
AVI

From Windows Media Center to an Xbox Media Center Extender
WMV (protected)
WMV (unprotected)
Mpeg2

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Wow, I'm surprised and disappointed. I mean I knew the formats were limited but have never actually seen that list. One thing to check out might be the Windows Media Connect that is built into WHS. That might help out.

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