About half of my video files work fully, served by Twonky Media from my QNAP NAS. All very nice but definitely need more formats supported. A lot of my videos play but without audio as it doesn't support AAC. Anyone know if this is being added? (I've got loads of video and audio - transcoding isn't an option!).
Also it appears that H264 (the mpeg4 encoder of choice nowadays) IS supported, which is great, BUT only in the container mp4, not in the container mkv! All my mpg (mpeg2) video works, but over half is mpeg 4, of which most are in the mkv container. This is considered the best way to go at the moment from what I've read, but of course you need clients that can play the files! Anyone know if the mkv container is going to be added?
It would be great if we could put together a definitive and simple matrix together of supported and unsupported containers, video codecs and audio codecs.
I have also been experimenting with this and found that using VLC Media Player I can use the Convert option to turn VOB files into H264 AAC files with the .ts extension (the third one down in VLC's built in list of convert formats), put them on a Buffalo Linkstation Live NAS and then I can find and stream them perfectly to the HDR T2. I get all the trick play features (even the progress bar nav with the silver button) and I get a Dolby Digital logo in the top right corner of the screen when the file first starts playing so I'm getting good sound as well. Admittedly I'm not gaining any space savings as my files are about the same size as the original VOBs but all I wanted was DVDs with no more discs - and I've got that.
I can play VOB files directly either from the NAS (ReadNASDUO) or from a UB hard drive. From the NAS I can skip but not from the USB. Unfortunately uncompressed the our weak wifi signal won't cope with the VOB properly, and the VOB is 3hours and 5+Gb. Not skipping could be a big hinderance. I've tried copying the VOB to the HDD but that doesn't help.
I reckon that the problem with HD files that cannot JUMP/SKIP is that they are variable bit rate. The reason I think this is because I used Mediainfo to look at the .ts files I created by muxing. The vlc.txt shows the file created by vlc (This file can SKIP/JUMP but has poor video quality). tsmuxer.txt shows the file created by tsmuxer (No loss in image quality but cannot SKIP/JUMP). The only difference I see is the Maximum Bit Rate. The mkv.txt is the input .mkv file info.
I tried creating a CBR file using tsmuxer but the option does not work. I also tried creating a VBR file using vlc but I could not see any option to do this. I therefore do not have any way of doing an apples-for-apples comparison to see if my theory is correct.