Posted on November 30, 2007, Chris Video Playback Update for Xbox 360
Another part of the 360’s dashboard update that will be more or less invisible is the enhanced video playback. If you’re like me and have waited for DivX support since the system launched, the changes will bring a smile to your face.
In addition to support for DivX, you can now forward/rewind/skip through Xbox Live Marketplace videos while they’re being downloaded, but obviously only through the portion that you have downloaded.
What exactly does the Xbox 360 support for AVI?
Xbox 360 supports the following for AVI:
- File Extensions: .avi, .divx
- Containers: AVI
- Video Profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple & Advanced Simple Profile
- Video Bitrate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30fps.
- Audio Profiles: Dolby® Digital 2 channel and 5.1 channel, MP3
- Audio Max Bitrate: No restrictions.
What types of AVI files are supported?
The Xbox 360 supports files encoded using MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple and Advanced Simple Profile. These files are often referred to as Xvid or DivX® video files. Many common PC DVD authoring tools, cameras, and camcorders are capable of encoding files using MPEG-4. Note that some files authored for DivX devices may also contain additional functionality(menus, subtitles, multiple audio tracks, etc). The Xbox 360 will attempt to play these files, but does not support any of the additional functionality and in some cases will be unable to play the file.
Check out the Xbox Team blog entry here for the updates to their video playback FAQ.