Setup and usage
10-24-2011, 11:41 PM
Setup and usage
Thumbnail problems? Go to the Config TAB (of the 64bit app if you have 64bit)
click the button for [Icaros Thumbnailing] and then at the bottom, click the O to deactivate and the | to reactivate the thumbnailer.
The instruction below ASSUMES that you are using current releases from the links below
(upgrade installations are discouraged)
RECOMMENDED TUTORIAL FOR MEDIA CENTER USERS
contents: Codec settings with subtitles in almost all video formats using the Media Control Plugin
A forum post of interest, Should I update?
Here are download links to the only authorized @MajorGeeks:
32bit Advanced (Aprox. 28.5MB)
Advanced x64Components addon (Aprox. 21MB)
Install the 32bit version 1st - the x64Components rely on the presence of the 32bit installation
The Standard Codecs (32 and 64bit) are a stripped down versions of the Advanced version and the majority of these instructions apply to those releases also. Haali, FFDshow and the Gabest filters are removed in the Standard releases. If you need a feature such as Haali, you can install the Advanced Codecs onto any Windows 7 or 8 system instead to give you more decoder chain options to choose from.
32bit Standard (Aprox. 15.5MB)
Standard x64Components addon (Aprox. 11.5MB)
Install the 32bit version 1st - the 64bit release relies on the presence of the 32bit installation
NOTICE - Extender users - Xbox360 --- Setup information <--- clicky
- The default Windows Media Player is 32bit, so make settings in the 32bit app for this player
- Media Center is a 64bit player, so you need to make settings in the 64bit app for this player
If you have any suggestions for additional information for this page, please let me know on the forum.
64bit users, please remember to uninstall the x64Components BEFORE uninstalling the 32bit codecs.
If you forgot this sequence; install the newer 32bit release and then afterwards, you can uninstall the x64Components addon.
If you changed any settings for testing purposes and find yourself broken,
you can always return to this point of these instructions by using the [Reset All] button in the lower left of the application.
check the box at the bottom for [x] SUGGESTED settings.
The above configuration will play most files with subtitles in any player including Windows Media Player and Media Center.
For solutions to specific playback problems that you MAY encounter . . . Continue reading . . .
3GP files have no audio? disable the DMO codecs on the SWAP TAB
be aware that disabling the DMO Codecs can remove the 'Play To' feature from filetypes such as AVI
To playback MKV's with subtitles in the Windows players (Media Center), press [Reset All] and then select the [x] SUGGESTED settings checkbox.
If an MP4 file fails to play properly using the ADVANCED Codecs, choose to [x] Disable Media Foundation for MP4 on the MPG~MP4 TAB
If an MP4 file fails to play properly using the STANDARD Codecs, choose to [x] Disable Media Foundation for MP4 on the SWAP TAB
If MP4 problems persist, it is also helpful to disable the Microsoft Video and/or Audio decoder(s) on the SWAP TAB
If Media Center is being difficult, disable the Microsoft Video decoder on the SWAP TAB.
To access Subtitle controls, while a video is playing, right click either the green VobSub systray icon or the ffdshow icon.
To completely disable Subtitles, make that selection in the upper right of the Config TAB. (This will auto-change with H264 TAB changes)
To access multiple Audio tracks, you must 1st set LAV as the splitter for that filetype.
Then rightclick the LAV Splitter (whitish) systray icon during playback to select your preferred audio track.
For improved AVI playback, select to use LAV and choose to [x] Disable Media Foundation for AVI on the AVI TAB
The MOV format uses a wide range of depricated codecs.
If MOV playback fails you, the 1st thing to try is using the [Reset All] button. Test.
If you are still having trouble with a MOV file, try a different splitter from the MOV~OGG TAB
Still a problem?, get Metafox from my Tools page and use it to create an MKV from that MOV file
It is imperitive that you disable Media Foundation on the SWAP TAB for proper M2TS playback.
If any TS derivitives such as M2TS, MTS have no audio, Disable the Microsoft Audio decoder on the SWAP TAB
If you are still having trouble with a TS file, disable the Microsoft Video decoder on the SWAP TAB also.
To bitstream HD audio formats (AVR decoding), you MUST connect the PC directly to the AVR with a HDMI cable.
Do Not make a selection in the leftside column for speaker selection - it is fully automated.
Also under your device in Control Panel | Sound, [your active device]
Highlight your active device and click the [Configure] button --> set your proper speaker count
properties --> Advanced, the 2 exclusive mode boxes need to be checked for bitsteaming
So, to get to all possible connections . . .
1. Set a proper speaker count in Control Panel | Sound, under your active device.
2. On the Audio TAB of the Settings Application, select the proper output in the upper right. (hdmi, spdif, anolog)
Do not touch the left side as it is automated.
3. For anolog connections, my software detects the speaker settings from Control Panel and uses them.
4. For digital connections (hdmi/spdif), Same as Input is the correct setting for the speaker setting on the Audio TAB
Do you have WAV file that will not play? Try changing .wav to .dts
If you are having any other Audio issues not covered above, disable the Microsoft Audio decoder on the SWAP TAB.
Please know, the 64bit app controls playback in Media Center on 64bit Operating Systems
The 32bit app controls most other players such as the default WMP on any system
If you want to use any of the PDVD12 options such as 'ALT support for LiveTV' in the Settings Application
go to THIS POST to learn how to make the PDVD12 decoders available for use.
Here are some hardware accelerated decoders for specific GPU's that use hardware acceleration.
These decoders are of specific interest to those with older computers where the cpu would have difficulty keeping up.
Nvidia users can open the LAV video Configuration from the H264 TAB - in the upper right under Hardware Acceleration, change None to CUVID
Intel CPU/GPU users can select 'Use FFDshow's codec' on the H264 TAB, and then go to the Config TAB,
use the button for [FFDShow Video config], click on the word 'libavcodec' next to H264/AVC and select Intel QuickSync
users can open the LAV video Configuration from the H264 TAB - in the upper right under Hardware Acceleration, change None to Intel QuickSync
Most other GPU's can use any DXVA enabled H264 decoder from the H264 TAB if they want to use hardware acceleration.
If LAV is selected for H264, you can enter its [config] and in the upper right, select a DXVA2 decoder (native is prefered)
And lastly, if you have an unsolved issue, register on these forums and make a post asking for assistance.
I usually respond within the hour and certainly in less than 8 hours - I do sleep sometimes.
DO NOT attempt to respond to this posting - it is locked. Start a new post in the forum area.
These instructions are revised as I deem nessasary. Development is an ongoing process.