Vizio Smart TV

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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Ranger187 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:52 pm

Can someone tell me how I would transcode the mpeg4 / divx to Xvid? As in what I would change to force it to do this? Then I can test that on the TV.


These currently work and don't need transcoded. It plays directly from PMS > Vizio TV.
.avi (xvid/mp3)


These currently don't work and need transcoded. The audio portions work.
mp4 (avc/aac)
.avi (mpeg4-divx5/mp3)
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Jackie1 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:13 pm

Download TvMobili. I've worked with them and it will stream any file including mkv with Visio smart tv. After you install the program will detect tv as a lg. be sure to change it to "vizo profile" and it will work!!! I spent a lot of time on this and am glad to report it works. Our vizio tv's collects chunks of data before and after a file starts playing, which breaks the transcode process. This is why it hangs with ps3 and others because its trying to read after the transcoding.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Ranger187 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:33 pm

Thanks Jackie, but this is just a matter of getting the conf file correctly adjusted. Moving to another program isn't the solution. I've already gotten more than half the files playing now... I'll wait for someone to chime in for the Divx issue.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Jackie1 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:16 pm

Just trying to help so you know why this is happening. Below I'm quoting some stuff from how we got the other program to week with every file. Most people that download ps3 media server aren't going to mess with all these config files. I hope this will help for an end solution...

Transcoding on-the-fly is a very delicate operation because the transcoder has to process every frame that it handles and is therefore normally only a few seconds ahead of the play head on your device. The MPEG-PS container allows the device to start playing the movie, even though we are still transcoding. If this did not happen you would have a 1 or 2 hour wait before the movie started due to us having to wait until the whole transcode finished.

In all the logs that I have seen from Visio customers, the TV requests a few chunks of data right at the start of the file which kicks the transcode process off. After a few seconds it then requests a chunk of data right from the very end of the file! at this point we say that we cannot possibly service that request because the transcoder is nowhere near that point of the file and the wait time would be large.

All other devices Sony, Samsung etc. etc. request small, incremental chunks of data that are always behind the transcoder write head, meaning that we can always service that request. We have a spoofing mechanism in place that just generates random data when the device requests it at the end of the file and I think that it is this random data that is causing the issue.

The mechanic of the streaming is what is breaking the transcoding, not the actual format of the files.

Vizio is not the only ones who act like this, there are a couple more but, the vast majority behave correctly. That is why we built the 'back door' into the tvmobili media server for clients that do behave this way.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Ranger187 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:01 pm

Again, thanks for the info, but it's of no use to my troubleshooting.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Jackie1 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:28 pm

Actually it is. This is WHY the files break and how the other program deals with it and fixes it,.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Ranger187 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:30 pm

If one program can make use of it, so can another. Again, thanks for the info, but it's of no use to my troubleshooting.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Jackie1 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:35 pm

Yes, and I'm TELLING you "how" above.

mp4 (avc/aac)
.avi (mpeg4-divx5/mp3)

Won't work on PS3 media server, and does on TvMobili along with all others. My above post tells how and WHY.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Ranger187 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:36 pm

Again, thanks for the info, but it's of no use to my troubleshooting.
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Re: Vizio Smart TV

Postby Jackie1 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:39 pm

The key to you fixing this is knowing how the tv requests chunks of the file, etc... This is why it hangs up in the vizio menus and locks the tv.
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