Vista to 360 = Oil to Water


Ugh. So I'm reinstalling Vista for what has to be the fourth or fifth time since I acquired the OS, and I think I've narrowed down the culprit for this most recent software screw-up: Transcode 360 . Vista was working just fine prior to my newfound urge to stream media to my Xbox 360, but as soon as I installed that admittedly helpful piece of software, it was as if i spilled soda all over the motherboard or something. The endless crashing, hanging, and general software absurdities were that bad.

Oh, and the streaming didn't work either.

Rather than complain about Vista's pecularities, I'm reaching out to you, the beloved Maximum PC community , for help. As you might guess, I want to stream media to my 360. Vista does this natively, yes, but only with certain file extentions:

  • MPEG-1 with MPEG audio
  • MPEG-2 with MPEG audio or AC-3 audio
  • WMV 7, 8, and 9 with WMA Standard or WMA Pro audio
  • WMV Image 1 and 2 (Photo Story 1, 2, and 3)

Now, I have a number of movies that aren't in a supported format (*cough* DIVX *cough*). Anyone out there have a working, awesome way to watch movies of any filetype on your Xbox 360? I'd prefer some kind of program that streams the videos straight from Vista, as opposed to something that forces me to pre-convert every movie I have to a new filetype. Hard drive space is precious, after all.

The more one-stop-shop the program is, the better, but I don't mind getting elbow-deep in configuration screens at this point. I just want to watch me some Donnie Darko home movies that I own the full copyrights to, but I'd like to do it on my badass plasma tv instead of my less-impressive 27-inch monitor.

Isn't it awesome when users have to rely on third-party programs simply because Media Center and the 360 both won't recognize alternative, yet widely popular codecs ?

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