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

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  1. Connor MacLeod

    Connor MacLeod New Member

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    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:
    http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/2...tombitdist.jpg
    OR
    http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/6632/54757192.jpg
    edit: notice the blurry bar at the bottom?

    PS: additionally, I can't access the dreamscene control in win 7077. I can't easilly change the picture position (like stretch, tile, etc)
     
    #1 Connor MacLeod, Apr 18, 2009
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  2. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    First, I'd start looking for an updated Windows7 compatible video card driver. Since the mkv format is only capable of 1080, you'll have to adjust your resolution to avoid the distortion
    You can read more about that here:
    divx, h264, and (maybe) mkv on Windows 7? | Digitalwerks

    You may also benefit by downloading the Windows7 Codec pack

    Win7x64 Components 1.1.5 Final
    |MG| Win7x64 Components 1.1.5 Final

    Here's another 64-bit version of the popular K-Lite codec pack:
    K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit

    This includes FFDshow which is highly configurable

    Please read carefully before downloading and create a restore point as well.
     
  3. Connor MacLeod

    Connor MacLeod New Member

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    Actually, the problem is not that the film doesn't fit the screen. I expected it to play at its natural aspect ratio. Its just that when its doing so there is a blurry bar at the bottom of the video. As the pictures I've posted will show.

    I had tried every single driver available but the problem persisted. I'm currently on Windows 7 desktop drivers, on my laptop.
    9800m GTX - should be able to handle the playback.
    And it does, naturally, in WMP12 and MPC HC. And there are no blurry bars in those players. Its just in Dreamscene that these issues occur. If you take a look at the blurry bars in the pictures of my original post, they are endemic of the issue.
    I want to know if these bars are recogniseable to anyone who has used Dreamscene or played h264 in WP12 before.

    I did try your WIN 7 codec pack, and uninstalled it because it achieved the same effect as the single MPC homecinema filter I downloaded from their website to play MKV. WMV12 doesn't recognise MKV on its own. I only hope uninstalling the codec pack didn't leave anything on my pc and won't cause me problems later on, I'm sceptical of codec packs.
    The problem remains.

    Additionally, I need to know how WMP12 relates to dreamscene and if I can tinker with WMP12 controls to get my video to play without the blurry bar and slight stutter on slow panning scenes. Not that I can find any settng options in WMP12, anyway...
     
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  4. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Yes, there may be some remnants left behind

    Since you've already uninstalled, if you're an advanced user and understand the registry, you can download this freeware program to search the registry for an instances of the codec pack that remains. You can search for name of company, name of directory where the codec pack was installed, and/or by filename

    Regseeker:
    RegSeeker - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

    I'd also suggest this freeware utility for uninstalling programs...it catches more registry keys and files left behind after the programs uninstaller finishes.

    RevoUninstaller:
    Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Uninstall Software, Remove Programs, Solve uninstall problems

    You can also download this free open source program called Regshot, which allows you to capture all registry entries and files added to the system. You can take a snapshot before an install to determine that. If you want to uninstall, you take another snapshot and compare the two for leftover entries and files. I always use this program before any install I do. It's called Regshot and can be downloaded here:
    |MG| RegShot 1.8.2

    I'm not absolutely certain, but I don't think WMP plays any role with Dreamscene. All you need is a multimedia player that supports the .wmv format. One that does is the open source Video Lan Player. You can download it here:
    |MG| VLC media player 0.9.9

    Regarding options for codecs in WMP, go to Tools > Options, then the DVD tab ands click the Advanced button to view the codecs installed.

    You can also go to Default programs, select WMP and see what file extensions it's associated with.

    I believe the only format that Dreamscene plays is the fil extension .wmv.

    Actually, if your only testing a program, you should always create a restore point. This would probably be the best option.
     
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  5. Connor MacLeod

    Connor MacLeod New Member

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    Well, dreamscene only played .mkv for me when I installed a codec for the film to play in WMP12 and renamed the MKV to WMV, getting it to play in both.
    So maybe the applications are related after all? Although, the blurry line doesn't occur in WMP12 at all, and if they're not related then I'd like to know how one can toggle Dreamscene options at all!

    Still, if anyone recognises the particular visual quirk of those screenshots please help.
     
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  6. ScottsXJ

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    I would suggest downloading VLC Player, or Windows Media Player Classic : Home Theatre.

    I was experiencing similar issues with h.264 playback as well, and I used these video players instead, and have had crystal clear screens no problem.
     
  7. Connor MacLeod

    Connor MacLeod New Member

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    Does anyone read the thread?
    edit: Dreamscene is a means of playing a film in the wallpaper.
     

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