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Thread: dvr-ms files and Samsung LED TV shows narrow videos

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011

    Default dvr-ms files and Samsung LED TV shows narrow videos


    I am trying out Mezzmo (I have tried several servers and Mezzmo is the best so far). With my Samsung UE40D8000 TV, dvr-ms files actually play!
    Unfortunately the picture is about 30 to 50% narrower than it should be - even narrower I think than 4:3. Can it be corrected to widen it?
    Info: Files recored from UK terrestrial TV - usually show at 16:9.
    The SamsungC profile was selected.
    Server is 32 bit Win Vista (hope to upgade to Win7 soon).
    The ffmpeg info is below. The info at the bottom states 4:3 - probably the previous program is 4:3, then the file switches at the end of that programme?

    Interestingly, when I play this on a Samsung Blu-ray using its own DLNA client (the cheapest one which does 3D) - it uses the Samsung BDP-3D profile, and does play at the right width - BUT only plays about 30s to 1 minute before blanking and going to the next video. I switched the TV's profile from C to BDP-3D, but that had no affect on the aspect ratio. Does this mean the TV is the problem, and if so can the Blu-Ray premature end be fixed instead?

    I also noticed that the playback on TV and the Blu-Ray was not as smooth as the original - is this a frame rate issue which is native to DLNA or dvr-ms?

    Hope you can help.
    Best regards

    ffmpeg version N-31788-g0d4ea7b, Copyright (c) 2000-2011 the FFmpeg developers
    built on Aug 10 2011 11:16:35 with gcc 4.4.2
    configuration: --enable-memalign-hack --arch=x86 --target-os=mingw32 --cross-prefix=i686-mingw32- --enable-static --disable-shared --enable-zlib --disable-ffplay --prefix=/media/windows/ffmpeg --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libx264 --enable-gpl --extra-libs='-lx264 -lpthread' --enable-runtime-cpudetect --pkg-config=pkg-config
    libavutil 51. 11. 1 / 51. 11. 1
    libavcodec 53. 10. 0 / 53. 10. 0
    libavformat 53. 6. 0 / 53. 6. 0
    libavdevice 53. 2. 0 / 53. 2. 0
    libavfilter 2. 28. 1 / 2. 28. 1
    libswscale 2. 0. 0 / 2. 0. 0
    libpostproc 51. 2. 0 / 51. 2. 0
    [mpeg2video @ 02a06d40] mpeg_decode_postinit() failure
    Last message repeated 2 times
    Input #0, asf, from 'C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV\The Big Bang':
    DVR Index Granularity: 500
    WM/SubTitle : The Zarnecki Incursion
    WM/SubTitleDescription: Flat-share comedy series about two brainy but socially clueless physicists. When someone hacks Sheldon's online gaming account, the guys go on a quest to find the culprit.
    genre : Sitcoms,Shows
    WM/MediaCredits : Johnny Galecki/Jim Parsons/Simon Helberg/Kunal Nayyar;;;
    WM/OriginalReleaseTime: 0001-01-01T00:00:00Z
    service_provider: E4+1
    service_name : E4 +1
    WM/MediaOriginalChannel: 29
    WM/MediaOriginalBroadcastDateTime: 2011-05-03T00:00:00Z
    WM/WMRVServiceID: 752786
    WM/WMRVProgramID: !39507190E25D7641DF9A3B10953BA213!
    WM/MediaOriginalRunTime: 8201308
    WM/WMRVEncodeTime: 1844674
    WM/MediaIsStereo: 0
    WM/VideoClosedCaptioning: 0
    WM/MediaIsRepeat: 1
    WM/MediaIsLive : 0
    WM/MediaIsTape : 0
    WM/MediaIsDelay : 0
    WM/MediaIsSubtitled: 1
    WM/MediaIsMovie : 0
    WM/MediaIsPremiere: 0
    WM/MediaIsFinale: 0
    WM/MediaIsSAP : 0
    WM/WMRVRequestID: 381
    WM/WMRVScheduleItemID: 295
    WM/WMRVQuality : 3
    WM/WMRVOriginalSoftPrePadding: 0
    WM/WMRVOriginalSoftPostPadding: 180
    WM/WMRVActualSoftPrePadding: 0
    WM/WMRVHardPrePadding: 0
    WM/Provider : BDS
    WM/ProviderCopyright: 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Service:

    WM/WMRVEndTime : 1616595
    WM/WMRVExpirationDate: 1844674
    WM/WMRVBitrate : 1271310
    WM/WMRVKeepUntil: 184
    WM/WMRVHardPostPadding: 0
    WM/WMRVActualSoftPostPadding: 180
    WM/WMRVContentProtectedPercent: 0
    WM/WMRVInBandRatingSystem: 255
    WM/WMRVInBandRatingLevel: 255
    WM/WMRVInBandRatingAttributes: 0
    WM/WMRVWatched : 0
    WM/WMRVATSCContent: 0
    WM/WMRVDTVContent: 1
    WM/WMRVHDContent: 0
    WM/WMRVContentProtected: 0
    WM/MediaThumbTimeStamp: 1844674
    WM/MediaThumbWidth: 272
    WM/MediaThumbHeight: 288
    WM/MediaThumbStride: 816
    WM/MediaThumbRet: 0
    WM/MediaThumbType: 3
    WM/MediaThumbRatingSystem: 255
    WM/MediaThumbRatingLevel: 255
    WM/MediaThumbRatingAttributes: 0
    WM/MediaThumbAspectRatioX: 16
    WM/MediaThumbAspectRatioY: 9
    WMFSDKVersion : 11.0.6002.18049
    WMFSDKNeeded :
    VBR Peak : 159
    IsVBR : 1
    title : The Big Bang Theory
    Duration: 00:32:59.38, start: 1.248000, bitrate: 1885 kb/s
    Stream #0.0: Audio: mp2, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, s16, 128 kb/s
    Stream #0.1: Video: mpeg2video (Main), yuv420p, 544x576 [SAR 24:17 DAR 4:3], 15000 kb/s, 25.64 fps, 25 tbr, 1k tbn, 50 tbc
    At least one output file must be specified

    ---> DB Level Info: 8, 4
    ---> Frame rate: 25.64
    ---> Aspect ratio: 4:3
    Last edited by biblet; 08-14-2011 at 07:02 AM. Reason: My error!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011


    To answer part of my question, I have been fiddling with the TV's settings. When in Media mode, there are 3 picture modes. Putting the TV into Mode 2 appears to resolve the picture width issue. The slight jerkiness and issues with the BDP remain though.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Melbourne, Australia


    I'm glad that you've sorted the width issue.

    The frame rate on that file is a bit strange, so perhaps that's causing the jerkiness. Do you have a way to change recording settings to adjust the frame rate to something else?

    The premature end on the BDP may be because transcoding is too slow (depending on your CPU). Can you please select the BDP profile, then turn on logging (see this thread: then try playing it again and once it stops, stop the server and send the logs to support (at) conceiva (dot) com and we'll see if that's the case or something else is wrong.

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  4. #4
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    Jun 2010


    Sort of off topic, but I thought I'd share that I'm trying to use MCEBuddy to convert WTV/DVR-MS to a more usable and much smaller format - eg MP4 or AVI etc.

    If you are interested in reducing the files from your TV recorder you might like to take a look at it.

    You can also get it to change frame size and aspect ratios.

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