Video Streaming

I have this cross-section of several popular media formats stored on my home server for performing streaming tests.

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The files formats were as follows:

(1) .mts AVCHD video

(1) .mpg movie clip

(1) .mp4 file

(3) .ts MPEG-2 TS files (did not attempt as these files do not even play correctly directly from the HTPC HDD)

(3) .mov QuickTime files

(3) .avi Video clips

(2) .mkv matroska videos (did not attempt as I do not have the proper codecs installed)

(2) .wmv Window Media file

To see how the Netgear WNCE2001 WiFi adapter handled media streaming, I played each file from the WHS through this adapter to my ATOM/ION powered HTPC.  The pix shown with each file outlines the container format for each video.  Please note that I attempted to play these videos only through Windows Media Player, given that based upon previous tests, playing files in Windows Media Center has been a redundant test.

  • 1.mov

vid-1-d
Results: audio/video was choppy

  • 9.mov

vid-9-d

Results: audio/video was choppy

  • 24 – s08e13 – Day 8 400 AM – 500 AM.avi

vid-24-d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

  • 169_gearsofwar_x360_ot_102506.wmv

vid-169_gearsofwar.d

Results:audio/video were good and in sync

  • Fantastic_Four.avi

vid-fantastic4.d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

  • flowers3.avi

vid-flowers3.d

Results: video good, file does not include sound

  • I Am Legend – Trailer.mp4

vid-iamlegend.d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

  • KungfuPanda.mov

vid-kungfupanda-d

Results: would not play:
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  • menton – city 50p – 10958212 – 19162636.mts

vid-menton-d

Results: audio very choppy, video was good

  • Pepsi.mpg

vid-pepsi.d

Results: video good, file does not include sound

  • Wildlife.wmv

vid-wildlife-d

Results: audio/video were good and in sync

The only files I had problems with in the end were the .mts file and .mov files.  For the record, I had the same problem trying to stream these particular files types using other configurations

The above files are a cross-section of several popular media formats that I use for testing purposes.  The next media format (and most important to me) to check out are

  • Ripped DVD (.VOB) movies

I skimmed through several of the movies stored on my WHS.  The result? No skips, no stutters, pure DVD quality on a 1080p screen. For example, Avatar

vid-avatar-d

is but one example.  My problem child of earlier times, the movie 9, played flawlessly.

Verdict: Excellent!

To this point, streaming has been through my LAN.  However, streaming is not limited to just the LAN; we also have Internet remote streaming of video from various popular sites.  For example,

  • Hulu

I played a few videos in 480p format with the TV resolution set to 1080p.  The audio was good; the video seemed a bit jerky initially than became fairly fluid after a very short time.

Verdict: Excellent!

  • Netflix

I skimmed through a few TV shows and some movies. The audio was good; the video was good.

Verdict: Excellent!