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April 22, 2009, 04:12:48 PM
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Can someone please tell me a good program that will convert an avi movie that will not play on the wdtv to a file playable with the wdtv?  I have been searching all over the internet for a program that will do this and have had no luck at all.  Please help someone!! Thanks

April 22, 2009, 10:21:53 PM
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Hi, probably the easiest way is to use the program WD supplies with the WD TV: Media Converter. If you have a codec installed that supports the play back of the file under Windows it will convert it.

(If you don't have the CD anymore you can download the software from the WD page, but you'll have to register your device)

April 23, 2009, 04:40:38 AM
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Remember that AVI is a container format, not the video codec itself.  So, you need to find out what codec was used to encode the video (MPEG2 for example).  If you don't know this already, you could use mediainfo or g-spot for this purpose.

Have a look at the conversion tools here:
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April 23, 2009, 12:33:39 PM
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The converter supplied [on the WDTV CD] is to be avoided it puts H.264 video in AVI which is not a good thing, see Doom9 forums for detailed explanations but short answers is some players wont even work with that combo anyway the developers of the converter have since removed the H.264/AVI option in later versions.

There is also the possibly your AVI is damaged & its not just a case of unsupported codecs within the container.

If you really want to convert it download XviD4PSP then select x264 Q18 Turbo as profile & MKV as the container/Format, audio can be AC3, AAC or MP3 if unsure go with AAC-LC 128ABR 128k.

If the video is interlaced which the WDTV seems to have problems with then XviD4PSP requires the DivX codec installed to do de-interlacing (XviD4PSP will auto scan the video to check it)