Hello again. Yes, I see that the 5180 is capable of playing divx plus hd files. Bluray players have come a long way. It seems everyone is jumping on the dlna bandwagon. I'm pretty sure I know now why your files aren't working.
It is definitely the settings you are using. I never heard of divx plus hd until now so I was curious and did a little reading. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DivX_Plus_HD states that "DivX has defined profiles which are subsets of MPEG-4/AVI and
H264/MKV standards. Because the grouping is a specific subset of what is in the standards, there are certification processes for each of the profiles that device manufacturers must follow. Below is the DivX Plus HD profile. All DivX Plus HD certified
devices bearing a DivX Plus logo will adhere to the profile outlined in the table below, as would any tools that support the DivX profiles. DivX Plus HD devices are also tested for compliance against the DivX HD 1080p profile for MPEG4/AVI certification in
order to maintain backwards compatibility"
So it seems that it is really a subset of h264 and that they have limited the type and maximum values (such as a maximum bitrate) of options that can be used. I assume to make it more compatible. So you are limited in what advanced x264 options
that you can use which is unfortunate. Some of the higher quality options seem to be non-compatible. xmediarecode must have a preset that limits the settings to be compatible. In any event, you can still make it work with vidcoder.
VidCoder is really just a custom interface for another program called Handbrake. It uses all of handbrake's code. So keep that in mind when you read the below...
- Here is a thread (http://forum.doom9.org/archive/index.php/t-152777.html) that goes into making handbrake (and therefore vidcoder) settings that would make it compatible with your divx plus hd (which your device is limited to).
- Here's some more information (http://labs.divx.com/node/15257) on what settings you can use in vidcoder/handbrake. If you're not too familiar with the advanced options, you could just copy the string they have and dump it into vidcoder and make your
own divxplushd profile. You might be able to tweak it up a little bit too as this post was over a year ago. I think they were at that time (and maybe still are...however, don't quote me on that) still developing this divx profile and may have added
support for other features .
- Apparently this is a video which shows you what settings you can use: http://labs.divx.com/node/15364 I didn't view it because I didn't want to install the divx player add-in. But it might be useful to you.
So to sum it up...yes, you should be able to use vidcoder to create compatible files for your bluray player. They are just going to have to fall in the subset of x264 settings that are allowed under divxplushd. If you're happy anyway with the quality,
even after having to reduce the quality settings, then you are good to go. If you think the quality could be better, and want it to be, I would still look into another streaming device...but of course...the choice is yours ( : Hope this helps.