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Windows 7: Windows Media Player & Center, problems with .mkv files & .srt files

10 Apr 2009   #21
johngalt

 

Hmmm, I haven't tried one in 7068 yet - let me look....


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10 Apr 2009   #22
Falco77

Windows 7 Public Beta x64 Build 7000
 
 

k cool thanks a lot

cheers
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10 Apr 2009   #23
zay

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by janjansen View Post
Hello,
I found a solution that worked for me.
rename the files
C>windows>system32
MP4SDECD.DLL
MP43DECD.DLL
MPG4DECD.DLL

See the site:
Solved: Switch off MPEG4 Foundation Codecs > reinstate FFDSHOW - Australian Media Center Community
for more info
Falco, I can speak from experience, that renaming these files can cause issues with MC or WMP. I also had issues with getting mkv and srt files to work. While on build 7000, I did not get them to work. Once I upgraded to build 7068, I installed the shark007 codec, and also merged this reg file attached. Now please don't get me wrong, I am not saying don't try what Janjansen is suggesting, I am just letting you know what happened when I did it. I don't think anyone will offer ill advice, but I feel it is my duty to share my experiences with others. I hope you do find some resolution for your issue. One thing to consider, remove ALL codecs you have installed, then install the shark007, and merge the reg file, and see how it works for you. some codec packs take charge of media file types, and make it hard for the "correct" pack to work.


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File Type: reg play mkv in media player.reg (2.2 KB, 310 views)
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10 Apr 2009   #24
johngalt

 

I did the exact same thing on 3 builds - it plays them but does not allow for changing language / Sub titles....
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10 Apr 2009   #25
HKeleher

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1 (7100), Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've used Media Center Control on my Vista box for over a year and a half now with good results. He's recently released a Windows 7 compatible version. I have three PC's I use at home and my media center PC is typically the last to be tinkered with (I usually just lay on the couch and watch videos.)

But I do watch a lot of MKV files with multiple audio and subtitle streams. While VLC plays those files fine it's not as convenient as being able to select and manipulate these choices while using WMC and a compatible remote. You can also download SRT files and select them if you so choose based on the video file you have.

I've not tried this on Win7 yet (but I will when RC becomes available and I upgrade my WMC PC) so try it at your own risk. Although I don't imagine you'll have much trouble. There are some required preinstalls such as FDDShow and a matroska splitter (like Haali) but those are easy to obtain and most codec packs include what you need as long as they are up to date. Just follow the installation instructions, it's not very difficult at all. No file renames, no registry changes, etc.
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11 Apr 2009   #26
zay

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
I did the exact same thing on 3 builds - it plays them but does not allow for changing language / Sub titles....
Are you referring to renaming the files?
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11 Apr 2009   #27
johngalt

 

I am referring to the MKV files not displaying subtitles in WMC whereas in WiMP they do.
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11 Apr 2009   #28
HKeleher

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1 (7100), Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you use the Media Center Control I posted you'll be able to use subtitles embedded in the MKV container or any 3rd party SRT's you want.
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12 Apr 2009   #29
johngalt

 

I'll give that a shot - since I am using Shark007's codecs, I already have FFDShow installed...
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30 Apr 2009   #30
HKeleher

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1 (7100), Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Okay, sorry for bumping up an old thread (well, it's not quite that old, heheh) but I finally ate my own dogfood. As I indicated before I planned to upgrade my Vista Media Center box to Windows 7 once RC was available and so I have.

It took some doing but I finally have WMC playing subtitles and changing audio streams using Media Control. I strongly prefer to be able to do all of this in WMC just using a remote while laying on my couch, no keyboard, no mouse, no switching apps/windows. The site is not entirely clear what you need to do so here are a few observations I figured out that may work for folks here:

  • After upgrading from Windows Vista uninstall all old codecs and containers. I'm also running the 181.71 Windows 7 nVidia drivers as the Windows provided drivers just don't stack up.
  • Install all of the packages Media Control explains in the following order:
  • Configure FFDShow as instructed on the Media Control site. You might need to configure the FFDShow audio decoder / Codecs / Uncompressed => None (or disabled.) I had some problems playing avi's in WMP where the sound stuttered very badly. I made several tweaks beyond this but I can't recall them off of the top of my head but I don't believe any of them are show stoppers.
  • Disable Windows 7 default decoding though I've read that this may cause problems with Live TV. On this box I don't have a TV Card, it's just for viewing downloaded and streaming media. I do have an x64 machine in my office with a TV Card but I don't typically watch downloaded/streamed media on that box. Reboot after renaming the files.
  • If you have a Windows MC remote then Media Control has the buttons preprogramed for launching the app in MC as well as switching between audio and subtitle streams/files. I use a wireless radio remote that doesn't have the color buttons but the Media Control configuration app allows you to reassign buttons which I was able to do in order to launch Media Control in MC and just switch streams. Works like a champ. This also allowed me to use subtitle files for videos (FFDShow is configured by default to look for them in the root folder of the video.)

I have noticed that the subtitles tend to flicker a bit which they didn't do on Vista so this is something I'll have to dig into later and see if I can adjust that. I'm running 720p at 60Hz so I'm not sure what's up there. Also you can use Windows Media Player to watch MKV's and use the task bar icons to switch streams (on the Haali icon) if you don't want to use WMC.

I've only just set this up but so far my results are good. It is beta on an RC so your results may vary of course, heheh. Hopefully this will get folks going.
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