08-22-2009 07:54 PM
Could someone from Verizon please post the PC hardware, software, and media configurations that were tested and certified for video streaming? The idea being we in the community could try to emulate it and be happier with the results.
Also, could you please identify the exact video codecs that work? For example, does H.264 work at all? VMM 9.2.72 FAQ makes a vague reference to the 'quality' of the codec, i.e., try another one if it doesn't work. I already have hours and hours into trying to figure out which ones are best...why not just post the list somewhere?
Same question goes out to the community. What has worked for you? Anything? What should our expectations be? Is it realistic to think you can rip and stream your DVDs at DVD quality? I was able to rip, encode, and stream Young Frankenstein as .avi using MPEG-4 (Xvid) but on my 42" and 32" TVs it looked pretty bad. I was also able to do similar as .wmv and again, poor quality.
08-22-2009 08:34 PM
The QIP6xxx series only supports MPEG-2, so it will never stream any other formats.
The QIP7xxx series has a newer CPU that supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (but not DIVX or AVI), but as far as I know, Verizon has not yet added MPEG-4 support to their firmware. For now, everything is converted to MPEG-2.
08-23-2009 10:46 AM
08-24-2009 11:36 AM
I think I may have left this open for some confusion.
I am most definitely not interested in streaming from the DVR to the PC. Not in any way, shape, or form.
I'm talking about video playback from the PC to the DVR via Verizon Media Manager. Presumably, the Video Manager features in VMM exist for the purpose of delivering video signals from the PC to the DVR. I've never seen anything in VMM documentation that suggests this is intended strictly for homemade movies.
I suppose I had it figured that if I'm able to legally download MP3 audio, or rip legally purchased CD content to MP3, and play it back to my home entertainment system using VMM, then I should be able to do the same for DVD. Maybe I'm wrong?
All I wanted to know is how to emulate Verizon's test PC system for getting the best picture up to the DVR. So far, I'm having a hell of a time figuring it out. The documentation in VMM is not very clear on what works.
09-01-2009 08:10 AM
Not touching this one. Sorry.
Why not, Charles? It discusses optimization of a product that Verizon advertises, has deployed, and touts as a revolutionary step in home entertainment. To re-/para-phrase:
(1) When testing Media Manager, what equipment, operating systems, and video streaming codecs/formats were used to stream video from a PC to the DVR?
(2) Is there a capability to stream video from one's PC to the DVR in a higher quality than the seemingly poor SD (even SD-) quality that almost all streamed video seems to come across in?
Specific example, if I have a HD-Camcorder and make an HD video and save it to my hard drive on my PC. When I stream it to the DVR, it is NOT in HD. What needs to be done to make it display IN HD as I recorded it?
Why is this not a reasonable question? It does not discuss attempts at circumventing any licencing requirements or violating intellectual property rights. Just how can we use YOUR equipment best?