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Windows 7: Dreamscene h264 playback working, but with an issue.

19 Apr 2009   #1
Duncan MacLeod

Dreamscene h264 playback working, but with an issue.

7077 build here. I did the hack featured in this thread:
Windows Dream Scene at Win 7. - Windows 7 Forums
for 64bit, and got an h264 mkv movie playing (by renaming it to wmv).
However no matter which movie I play, if its made to fit to screen with aspect ratio (because my resolution is 1900 by 1200 and these films only have 1080 vertical pixels the video can be stretched to fit vertically. Which distorts it, so I need to select aspec ratio) There is a distorted colour bar at the bottom of the video always.
The rest of the video plays fine.
Anybody tried playing h264 contents in dreamscape player yet could confirm this? Anybody had this problem before? What does it look like? I got MKVs playing in WMP with the MPC Homecinema's standalone codecs. 64bit.

This problem doesn't exist in MPC or WMP12. Which isweird becuase I thought Dreamscene basically uses WMP12?

Thanks for helping guys, this is a bit vital.

Here is a screenshot, the problem blur can be seen at the bottom of the picture, above the toolbar. This occurs everywhere that I keep aspect ratio.
What does this problem look like? guys?

Examples of the problem:

PS: additionally, I can't access the dreamscene control in win 7077. I can't easilly change the picture position (like stretch, tile, etc)

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28 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 7600 x64

MPC HC does the same for me.. Normal MPC works fine though, I've got build 7100 x64
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28 Apr 2009   #3

Ubuntu Linux 8.10

Is it vital that dremescene play the video, or that it play the h264 in an mkv container?

If you are just concerned about the video itself, convert it with super to something more compatible and see if you encounter the same issue.
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28 Apr 2009   #4
Duncan MacLeod


Well I don't want to lose quality in the conversion.

What kind of settings should I set on Super. I think I should convert to either WMV or MPEG-2 for Dreamscene to recognise the file.

What settings would you suggest, on Super, for encoder type and video-bitrate for my 1080p film?
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 Dreamscene h264 playback working, but with an issue.

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