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scoopyxPost has 0 Like and 0 Dislike | Posted at 2019-10-10 10:55:07(38 wks ago)

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Hello everyone.
I have joined up (I actually only found the site last night and will now be a regular visitor) and am making this post because I've been struggling with a strange problem.
I hope this is the right section in which to ask; I couldn't see anything else that was relevant.
The issue is this: For a long time, I have been able to download TV shows (primarily in MP4 but now many in MKV) which have played flawlessly on our Samsung TV or through the USB slot on our Samsung Blu-ray player.
But earlier this year, for some reason nearly all the shows I got just wouldn't play in either machine.
I thought I had tracked the problem down to being a matter of video fps (our equipment only likes something like 6 to 30 fps), so I'd convert them using HandBrake and away we'd go.
Now, I check every download to see what its framerate is, and even if it's within those limits (it's normally 23.976 fps) ... nope, no go.
I even re-encoded some of them in HandBrake so the fps was within those limits, but still no luck!
Our equipment is happy (apparently) with either AAC or AC3 audio, so I don't think that's the problem.
What I want to ask is, does anyone know whether uploaders/encoders have changed the way they do things or how they're encoding these things so that they become more problematic?
Or has there been an announcement somewhere that I haven't seen or something?
It's really frustrating, because I thought I'd fathomed it out, only to be caught again.
Anyway, advice or thoughts would be welcome.


Last edited by scoopyx on 2019-10-10 10:56:29

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Prom3th3uSPost has 0 Like and 0 Dislike | Posted at 2019-10-10 12:24:58(38 wks ago)

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Are you sure they are not x265 HEVC & real/fake Xvid? 

And it would be good if you at least provide a torrent file that not playing, and the one which you had re-encoded and played, provide the downloaded file and media-info from your re-enconded file, Then we might have better look into issue.

This is the usual release's Media Information that ettv uploads under SD/x264/H264, You can figure out what missing or not by reviewing the info:

Unique ID                                : 288464974563805600432005339710606389919 (0xD904554F57E64387093421E97EA5B29F)
Complete name                            : D:DownloadsSEAL.Team.S03E02.HDTV.x264-KILLERS[ettv]SEAL.Team.S03E02.HDTV.x264-KILLERS[ettv].mkv
Format                                   : Matroska
Format version                           : Version 4
File size                                : 328 MiB
Duration                                 : 42 min 35 s
Overall bit rate                         : 1 075 kb/s
Encoded date                             : UTC 2019-10-10 02:03:16
Writing application                      : mkvmerge v8.8.0 ('Wind at my back') 64bit
Writing library                          : libebml v1.3.3 + libmatroska v1.4.4

ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : [email protected]
Format settings                          : CABAC / 5 Ref Frames
Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
Format settings, Reference frames        : 5 frames
Codec ID                                 : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Duration                                 : 42 min 35 s
Bit rate                                 : 953 kb/s
Width                                    : 720 pixels
Height                                   : 404 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.137
Stream size                              : 290 MiB (89%)
Writing library                          : x264 core 157 r2969 d4099dd
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=5 / deblock=1:0:0 / more....
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No
Color range                              : Limited
Matrix coefficients                      : BT.709

ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : AAC LC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Audio Codec Low Complexity
Codec ID                                 : A_AAC-2
Duration                                 : 42 min 35 s
Bit rate                                 : 120 kb/s
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel layout                           : L R
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate                               : 46.875 FPS (1024 SPF)
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Delay relative to video                  : 20 ms
Stream size                              : 36.5 MiB (11%)
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No[/code]

encoders never announce any settings anywhere, For TV show, no notice, but besides anyone else, have helped many downloaders by mentioning this Note into their EVO's movie releases, it's helpful all the time.

[code]WARNING: Before downloading EVO releases that contain XviD in title
please check [Video Codec] information
if its AVC then its not a real XviD and will not play on old school DVD players
real XviD [Video Codec] is MPEG-4 VISUAL
we apologize for any inconvenience caused by EVO[/code]



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scoopyxPost has 0 Like and 0 Dislike | Posted at 2019-10-10 13:16:56(38 wks ago)

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Hello and thank you for the advice and information.
Yes I'm quite happy to provide all that stuff, but it's late here, I've got an interview in the morning and I'm very tired.
I will get to it sometime over the weekend for you, because I can't work out what's actually missing.
I need help.
So please bear with me; I'll be coming back with what you asked for.
Thanks and regards,


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scoopyxPost has 1 Like and 0 Dislike | Posted at 2019-10-14 12:32:09(38 wks ago)

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Hello again.
Well I'm back - and I actually think I may have sorted this out.
Firstly, thanks for the advice.
It appears that our equipment does not like either the AC-3 audio codec (all the time) or the MKV container (some of the time).
If I run things through HandBrake with settings that I am certain will work on our equipment, everything seems to be happy.
I just make sure it's set to output to MP4, the audio codec is AAC and the FPS is within the limits of our equipment, and away we go.
I still don't know for certain what changed from before, but I'm not complaining.
My wife (and me, to a lesser degree) can now watch the shows we want to.
Thank you very much, Prom3th3uS, for your willingness to help. I hope I've saved you some work.


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Prom3th3uSPost has 0 Like and 0 Dislike | Posted at 2019-10-14 14:21:26(38 wks ago)

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[code]Thank you very much, Prom3th3uS, for your willingness to help. I hope I've saved you some work.

I'm so glad that you have sorted it out, happy to help, and you're welcome.
about settings, nothing changed, but things getting modren nowadays. 
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gropesoapPost has 0 Like and 0 Dislike | Posted at 2019-12-26 11:54:24(27 wks ago)

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> I just make sure it's set to output to MP4, the audio codec is AAC and the FPS

mp4 is a container like matroska.  mpeg4 is an encoding scheme.

> on our Samsung TV or through the USB slot on our Samsung Blu-ray player.

The limiting factor is the bloo ray player [sic].  Your tv is an hdmi sink in this scenario.   Have you considered a media server will realtime (or offline) transcoding?

For 55 American monies you could buy a Raspberry Pi 4 (4gigs of ram version) and install zero monies LibreElec.  Price might be regionally adjusted.  There are 2 authorized distributors on amazon.  Buy only from authorized resellers unless you like burning money.  It replaces your bloo ray for media file decoding.  You can feed it USB storage should you wish, or give it [local] network access to your NAS, or other NFS shares (or icky samba shares for slower transfer).  

If you like brick and mortar stores find yourself a MicroCenter.

Bonus: your raspberry pi comes with a complimentary Mathematica license.  Who doesn't appreciate the value of math?

These are designed for and targeted at children.  I'm confident you, too, can set up one.  It can be bitchy about crappy power supplies so be sure your usb power brick is capable of both 5.25 volts and 3 amps.  Provide it power, optionally network (wired ethernet is an order of magnitude better than wifi), keyboard and mouse (until you set it up for headless ssh or headless vnc).  If not network then it can accept media as UFD (USB Flash Drive, or appropriate chipset hard drive to USB3 cable/enclosure), sdcard (not great io), an HDMI cable.

This short answer got out of hand.

It requires an SDcard for the operating system.  If you value your sanity you will use the newer kind of "high endurance" professional card.

I have helped you spend 55 monies plus the cost of an sdcard.  Now you can play ANYTHING.  Oh, I might have used an hdmi port on your tv or stereo interface.

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