I have only had the VidOn box a few days, and I love the xbmc idea, the GUI etc, but I cannot get any consistency with video playback so far.
I think we can safely rule out network issues, since all files discussed play well on the other media device I was hoping to retire (the Tvix N1 Cafe) using the same source location (Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ v2), same ethernet and HDMI cabling etc; I've literally replaced the previous device with the VidOn box. Also, all the media plays perfectly on xbmc on my PC over the same network.
I'd be grateful if someone who understands more than I do could have a look and see if there's anything I can do to improve things. This would be such a great device if I could get playback sorted. iso
Basically none of my DVD iso rips play well, and I would have thought that these would be the simplest for the VidOn to process? Video playback 'jerks' every 2 seconds or so, and audio looses sync after a few minutes also. Unwatchable as it's very disorienting! (Screencapture of the VLC 'current media information' screen for a Northern Exposure
dvd iso attached below.)
iso - Northern Exposure.JPG 70.61KB
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Very variable but most do not play well (same problem as above but marginally less pronounced) - camera pans are jerky. (The Amazing Spider-Man
MediaInfo text attached. mp4
I have very few mp4's but when 'testing' my library I was astounded to see that one played perfectly - no sync issues and smooth. It's interesting that the bitrate is very similar to the above mkv. (The Amazing Spider-Man 2
My VidOn box is outputting 1080p 50Hz to my AV Amp (Yamaha RX-V3900 which will display 24, 50 and 60Hz at 1080p). All the xbmc video playback settings are currently at their defaults. I have tried so many combinations of xbmc settings and the VidOn box video output setting but none give a smooth playback of even a basic dvd iso.
(Audio passthrough, including various HD = perfect!)
If anyone needs any further info, please let me know - I really want to get this box playing!