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New guides - highlights for the year so far

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 25 Feb 2008 4:00 User comments (2)

New guides - highlights for the year so far With the increase in new content at Afterdawn over the last year, we've had a hard time keeping you informed of the resources we have available in our Guides section. In order to let you know what guides are available I'll be writing a weekly update telling you what new guides have been added, and occasionally talking about existing content. To kick things off here are some highlights of what we have so far this year.
We've added several guides aimed at helping Xbox 360 and PS3 owners playback video from various sources on their consoles. Since many containers aren't supported on the Xbox 360 these guides focus primarily on moving the video to supported containers like MP4 and AVI. Our lone PS3 entry gives instructions for moving the contents of MKV (Matroska) files to VOBs that can are supported by that console.

Multimedia playback with Xbox 360


Ever since the Fall update (2007) for the Xbox 360 console, support for a wider variety of video content has been added without the need of Windows Media Center Edition. This article discusses some of the Xbox 360's multimedia capabilities as of January 2008, and shows some brief results we had with the console while trying to play back video files of all types with many different streams and settings. This is not a guide for Streaming and it does not involve the use of MCE.... (Read More)

How to play MKV content on Xbox 360


This article we will take content from the MKV (matroska) Container and store it in either the MP4 or AVI container, depending on the type of video and audio we are dealing with. Why do this? The Xbox 360 console does not support the MKV container directly.... (Read More)

How to play .TS content on Xbox 360


TS files are transport stream files and are found widely on the Internet. Sadly, the Xbox 360 chooses to ignore .TS files when present on a DVD-R disc or any other direct method for playback. If you have a TS file with H264/AVC video with AC3 audio (will work with MP3 also) then this page can help you to take the H264 stream and place it into the MP4 container so it will be recognized by the Xbox 360 console..... (Read More)

How to play OGM content on Xbox 360


OGM is a container that can store video, multiple audio and multiple subtitle tracks. It has many advantages over AVI and so has been used widely online to distribute and share certain content. OGM is not directly supported by the Xbox 360 console, but luckily the video and audio you generally find in OGM is easily stored in another container.... (Read More)

How to play mkv files with x264 video and AC3 audio on the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3)


This quick guide will teach you how to take High Definition MKV files with x264 video and AC3 audio and play them on the Sony PlayStation 3.... (Read More)



In January Netflix "upgraded" the streaming service included in their subscription plans to require Windows Media Player 11 for DRM support. Unfortunately if you own a computer running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 or earlier WMP 11 refuses to install. Sadly Microsoft has no solution to this issue short of buying a new computer running Windows XP MCE 2005 (or now Vista). However, if you're willing to buy different media center software we now have a guide for installing WMP 11 on a Media Center 2004 computer. The Windows Media Center application will no longer work, but you'll be able to stream DRM protected video that requires Windows Media Player 11.

Installing Windows Media Player 11 on Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004


If you have a computer running Windows XP Media Center Edition (including earlier versions upgraded through Service Pack 2) and you're a Netflix customer, you may have found that you can't use their Watch Instantly streaming video service that's included with your monthly subscription. If you try to watch a movie you'll be greeted with a message that you must upgrade Windows Media Player (WMP), which will be followed by an error when you try to do so. As the error explains, versions of Windows XP MCE prior to 2005 aren't compatible with WMP 11.... (Read More)



Finally we have two new guides in our Video Capture section. The first covers repairing and demuxing MPEG-2 TS (transport stream) captures, while the second is for putting your repaired video and audio into a MKV (Matroska) file.

Processing TS captures with free tools


As digital television (DTV) has gradually become standard in many parts of the world, TV Capture has gone from a hobby enjoyed by a small group of hardcore enthusiasts to something easy enough for the novice to figure out. However, once you have your favorite TV show on your computer in the form of a TS (MPEG-2 Transport Stream) file you may not be completely done.... (Read More)

Creating MKV files with mkvtoolnix


Matroska (MKV) files have become a popular container for storing various types of video and audio, but perhaps most commonly AVC video with Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio. The primary reasons for this are the need for a standard container more adavanced (with better cross-platform support) than AVI which can handle streams from different sources equally well.... (Read More)

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2 user comments

125.2.2008 12:52

Amazing info! Thank you, AD staff for providing this awesome information. I <3 U...

Now I can finally play my AVI files on my TV without having to go through the painstaking process of buying blank dvds and converting the files on to them.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 25 Feb 2008 @ 12:54

219.4.2008 19:24

Very informative great work Vurbal. Always thinking of making life easier in the forums for us old timers with the newbies.

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