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Old 04-23-2009, 11:29 AM
Lolento Lolento is offline
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Default Complete Guide to Play HD 1080p H.264, VC1 and Divx HD files via WMP on SC3

Hi Folks,

After getting the last piece of the puzzle (the Intel Media Codecs), I thought I'll just write up a quicky to setup your SC3 to play HD videos in H.264, VC1 and Divx/Xvid format.

Requirements (Vista only):
MPC Video Codec for MP4 decoding -
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/mpc...PCVideoDec.zip

Intel Media Codecs for VC1 decoding *thanks to K8t from Vaio P thread (I cannot confirm other components such as h.264 or mp4 decoders to be working) -
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu...=4367&os_id=28

Extractor for the Intel Media Codecs *thanks to K8t-
http://legroom.net/software/uniextract

Radlight Filter Manager -
http://www.videohelp.com/download/rlfm_bin1_5.zip

Cyberlink h.264 decoder filter for h.264 decoding (requires purchase) -
http://www.cyberlink.com/products/po...iew_en_US.html
**I have a copy of the old PowerDVD7 from either a DVD burner or BR burner purchase which also has this decoder filter; so check your old softwares first before buying PowerDVD9...

Setup:
1. Unzip the file from MPC Video Decoder to c:\windows\system32
2. Open a command prompt as Administrator and run the following commands:

cd \windows\system32
regsvr32.exe MPCVideoDec.ax

3. Unzip the Radlight Filter Manager and run it as Administrator. Look for the MPC Video Decoder under Directx Filters and open up its property page. Click on the codecs tab on the property page and enable (check) divx, xvid (and any other codec you like). Do not check any h.264 or vc1 boxes.

4. Go back to the Radlight Filter Manager and disable your current Divx/Xvid decoder. For example, mine was Xvid decoder before, so I opened up the Xvid decoder chain and set the filter merit to "DO NOT USE" and click Set Value. To be sure, I also went to Xvid decoder's property page and unchecked all of the supported streams.

5. Open up the Universal Extractor utility and look for the Intel Media Codec executable (INDOTH-00155372-US.EXE) and extract the files to a temporary folder. Run the setup.exe once the extraction is complete.

6. Install Cyberlink PowerDVD. After installation, open up Radlight Filter Manager as Administrator again and look for Cyberlink H.264 decoder filter under Directx Filters. Set the merit of this filter to most preferred.

7. You're done... Under this setup, I am able to play 1080p files in H.264, VC1, and Divx format in Windows Media Player.

For 1080p Divx files, I was only able to test a few clips that are not action dominated; there was a brief stutter in the first second but the entire clip played smoothly and in-sync. With the Intel Media Codecs, VC1 clips are now hardware accelerated.

Although the extracted Intel Media Codecs folder showed components for MP4 and H.264, I wasn't able get these components to work at all... May be somebody else can figure this one out.
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:25 AM
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Awesome, can't wait to try this once my sx3 comes back from the dead/warranty repair. Do you have any way of attempting to stream these files wirelessly? I am hoping to use my sx as a sagetv client for wireless hd streaming, and have upgraded it to 802.11n wireless to match my router, so I hope all I am missing is what you have uncovered here. Thanks for the effort!
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:33 AM
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Awesome, can't wait to try this once my sx3 comes back from the dead/warranty repair. Do you have any way of attempting to stream these files wirelessly? I am hoping to use my sx as a sagetv client for wireless hd streaming, and have upgraded it to 802.11n wireless to match my router, so I hope all I am missing is what you have uncovered here. Thanks for the effort!
I tried streaming over Wifi on the OE wifi (802.11g) but it's kind of choppy. The bottleneck would be the network though.

Update - I upgraded to a wireless N card and things actually played fine.

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Old 05-06-2009, 08:50 PM
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Just curious, what is your CPU utilization for each type (h.264, VC1, Xvid)?
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:45 PM
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With H.264 and VC1, I was watching 1080p clips of 20mbps with 70% Cpu utilization. But since these formats are hardware accelerated, cpu utilization is meaningless because you can't scale these numbers to figure how much Cpu a 45mbps (max limit for standard HD) clip would use.

With Divx, I tested a 10mbps 1080p clip with 75% cpu utilization.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:11 AM
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Greetings from Germany,

first thank you for your very useful guides! I tried it on my Acer 751 (11,6", 1366x768) which has the same hardware as your SC3.
Currently iīm able to playback all HD Videos with my acer: Super smooth, and only about 20% CPU usage.

H.264 /AVC - 1080p
http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/3108/gma500avc1.jpg

H.264 / AVC - 720p
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/4418/gma500h2641.jpg

WMV / VC-1 - 1080p
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/3254/gma500vc12.jpg

WMV / VC-1 1080p
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/9562/gma500vc11.jpg


I strongly recommend you to try this littel tool:
http://bluesky23.hp.infoseek.co.jp/d...er_2.0.1.2.zip

It shows you the Hardware capebilties of your GPU, and below that a list of installed Codecs which can be used for DXVA playback. Take a look at my screenshots. You can even benchmark different Codecs against others


With the use of the MPC-Codec and the Intel one for VC-1 ican play every HD-Content with minimal CPU usage on my GMA500. Just make sure you run on DXVA (Hardware GPU acceleration)

PROBLEM: i cannot trigger this Intel VC-1 Codec in any Media Player (Windows 7 MP 12, MPC, KMPlayer...) besides that DVXA-Checker Tool. Maybe someone has an idea?


Greetings,
Felix
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:16 PM
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PROBLEM: i cannot trigger this Intel VC-1 Codec in any Media Player (Windows 7 MP 12, MPC, KMPlayer...) besides that DVXA-Checker Tool. Maybe someone has an idea?

Thats not a problem at all.

From the screenshots, it shows that you have VC1 DXVA enabled because you were running HD VC1 clips at low CPU load.

When you uninstall the Intel codecs, you will NOT be able to do this eventhough the MPC-HC codecs says it is DXVA compatible with VC1. Nor will any other VC1 DXVA codec help you....try it.

The intel codec is enabled, it is just not showing under Direct Show.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:56 AM
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Thanks for your answer Lolento!

I understand that the intel VC-1 codec is not "DirectShow", itīs a "MediaFoundation" decoder. Therefore no alternative player will find it.

Is this a Windows 7 issue, or are you running Vista?

My problem is, that the Windows Media Player 12 (or others) will always use itīs own VC-1 decoders over the intel VC-1. So i have to watch all my VC-1 or WMV files in the DXVA-Checker which has no real fullscreen

The decoders coming with Windows 7 are really good, H.264 playback runs straight out of the box. So there is no need for Cyberlink or MPC-HC, which makes things alot easier for people. Quicktime (.mov) files can also played in WMP12 and for Divx/MKV there is a small plugin: http://labs.divx.com/mkvwin7preview

Windows 7 also has DVXA support for VC-1, but i only uses "Motion Compensation" instead of "VLD" as the intel Decoder. But all players will use the WMVideo Decoder which leads to high CPU usage and stutter Here a screenshot: http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/2544/gma500vc13.jpg

Do you have any idea what i can try to force using the Intel one over the Microsoft or any other VC-1 decoder? In which player are you watching these files? (beside DXVA-Checker tool)

Greetings,
Felix
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:17 AM
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may i know which step do i have to omit if i am using xp?

thanks
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:47 PM
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hi FelixPaul, still alive? after an overnight hacking session, i've pretty much come to all the same conclusions you have. my aspire one 751 right now plays perfect FullHD in DXVA Checker and the Media Foundation codecs, but audio crackles in MPC-HC with DirectShow and obviously the Intel VC-1 MF codec doesnt work at all in MPC-HC. it seems like media foundation is so new, there aren't even any players out there using it yet.

edit: running windows 7 rc here.

heh, i think major progress. rename c:\windows\system32\wmvdecod.dll -> wmvdecod.dll.disabled and restart your computer. now Windows Media Player has no choice but to use the nice fast Intel VC-1 Media Foundation codec. silky smooth playback here, w00t.

i am seeing some occasional heavy artifacting when scenes switch quickly in microsoft wmv showcase files, both in DXVA Checker and WMP, so this is a codec or encoding thing i think. i think i remember reading those hd showcase wmv files are pretty ancient by now. Alexander_Trailer_720p.wmv is a good example of artifacting.

Windows 7's own Sample Videos\Wildlife.wmv plays perfect (30 sec long).
Robotica_1080.wmv plays perfect, but it's a short clip.
I Am Legend - Trailer.mp4 also plays perfect to the end, although it's not WMV.

time to test some MKVs.

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