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Apr
28

How to guide: Playing DivX/XviD files on your Dreambox (Dm800)

A useful guide on how to play DivX/Xvid, Mp4, Avi movie files on your Dreambox Dm800, you can do this on a Dm500 but it don’t work aswell. Guide uses your PC & VLC as the server.

DIVX/AVI Playback ON DM800 Tutorial

1. First you need to install VLC on your PC, use the latest version here

2. Start the install of VLC but make sure you install it under the Full install option.

3. After the VLC install has complete we need to add some extra info for this to work.

4. Right click the VLC icon on your PC desktop and select properties. Now in the target field add this –intf wxwin –extraintf=http to the end of the line you already have. It should look like this

“C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” –intf wxwin –extraintf=http

Apply this!

5. Now on your PC start the VLC Player, i do this via the PC start menu. Just minimise VLC to the task bar.

6. We now need to setup the VLC front end on you 800. To do this go to the plugins menu of your 800 and start the VLC Video Player.Then press add server. Setup as follows.

Server Name: Server 1

Enter VLC-Server as FQDN or IP-Address: IP-ADDRESS

Server Address: put in your PC’s IP address 192.168.1.***

HTTP Port: 08080 Leave as is

Movie Directory: C:/ (use any directory you like on your PC)
DVD Device: Leave as is

Transcode MPEG/DVD Video: YES

Video Codec: MPEG2

Video Bitrate: 2000

Video Resolution: Leave as default for testing or setup to suit you tv.

7. Press the green button to save the details you have entered.

8. Now for testing i advise you lower and firewalls you have on your PC.

9. Now make sure you have a divx or avi movie on your directory.

10. Select the VLC Player plugin highlight the server you just created and press the ok button to start it. You should now see your PC’s directory on the left scroll to the Movie and play.

Settings the you can play with to achieve optimal performance are.

Video Bitrate:
Video Resolution:
Overscan Correction:
Audio Codec.

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