Media Center only sees .WMV files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by mheinle, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. mheinle

    mheinle Guest

    I am hoping someone out there can help me with this issue. I have
    installed Vista Ultimate and am attempting to use Media Center with my
    XBOX 360. So far the connection and everything is working great but I
    am haveing a problem seeing video files. When I go into Media Center--
    butterfly.wmv, and Lake.wmv but I am unable to see any of the other
    vidoe files I have pointed the Media Center to watch. So then I added
    one of each of the followinf files to the Documents/video/Sample Video
    folder, .ISO, .VOD, .WMV, .Mpeg4. I then went into Media Center and
    just as I suspected Media Center could see the WMV file I added and a
    new folder I created but none of the other video files. My
    understanding is Media Center is compatible
    with .VOD, .WMV, .ISO, .Mpeg4, and all kinds of others. So why can it
    only see the WMV files. Is there a setting somewhere that control
    what file types it looks at. Any help would be greatly appriciated.
    mheinle, Nov 25, 2007
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  2. mheinle

    John Inzer Guest

    Maybe the following info will offer some ideas:

    Windows Photo Gallery: FAQ

    What picture file formats and video file
    formats are supported by Photo Gallery?

    What picture file formats are supported by
    Photo Gallery? Photo Gallery will show pictures
    with any of these file types:

    .. BMP, . JPEG, . JFIF, . TIFF, . PNG, . WDP

    If Windows Movie Maker is installed, Photo
    Gallery will also play videos in these file types:

    .. ASF, . AVI, . MPEG, . WMV

    Note: Not all editions of Windows Vista come
    with Windows Movie Maker installed.


    John Inzer
    MS Picture It! -
    Digital Image MVP

    Digital Image
    Highlights and FAQs

    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
    John Inzer, Nov 25, 2007
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  3. mheinle

    mheinle Guest

    This did not help at all. Everything Microsoft provides for their
    Media Center is promotional stuff it seems like. They have no real
    documentation on trouboleshooting. I am hoping someone else out there
    is experiencing the same issues. I have scoured Microsoft and can't
    find anything that helps figure this out.
    mheinle, Nov 25, 2007
  4. mheinle

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Haha, I like it, I do the same kind of problem analysis sometimes: just
    throw ideas out there and figure out what works. =)

    ISO and VOB I assume you're just hoping on? Those aren't support sharing
    types. The Help file explicitly lists the supported sharing types:
    "Video files, such as Windows Media Video (.wmv), AVI (.avi), MPEG-1 (.mpeg,
    ..mpg), and MPEG-2 (.mpeg, .mpg) files. Note that DVD-Video discs inserted
    into your computer can't be shared."

    I believe the Zune Media Player will share out MPEG4 to the Xbox 360. But
    as far as ISO/VOB: no. If you convert that to standard MPEG2 it should
    work. =)

    zachd [MSFT], Nov 26, 2007
  5. mheinle

    mheinle Guest

    Yeah I found some docs that explained there is no way to get Media
    Center to read VOB's unless you do some jimmy rigging in which case
    the 360 may crah. The other was to convert to WMV but that will loose
    alot of video quality. The is a software out there called my movies
    at and daemon tools at that is supposed to
    allow you to view ISO files but I have been unable to get that to work
    as well. I guess the easiest answer is to bypass the 360 and just use
    a PC to pull the videos to the television for the ISO and VOB's

    Thanks for the help though I thought I was nuts.
    mheinle, Nov 26, 2007
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