Xbox 360 Now Supports Mpeg-4/H.264 And Other Video Codings

Just a quick blurb to let you all know that the new Xbox 360 update has been released and now supports more advanced video coding options. In particular, it will allow for Mpeg-4 containers and QuickTime. This is good news for Xbox 360 owners and will allow for quite a bit more functionality.   I was fairly upset about the streaming limitations up to this point.  I haven’t actually tried this yet, but it is on my “short list” of to dos.

Here is some of the FAQ from Microsoft found here:

 1.    What exactly does the Xbox 360 support for H.264?Xbox 360 supports the following for H.264:·         File Extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov·         Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime·         Video Profiles: Baseline, main, and high (up to Level 4.1) profiles.·         Video Bitrate: 10 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30fps. See question number 6 for more information.·         Audio Profiles: 2 channel AAC low complexity (LC) ·         Audio Max Bitrate: No restrictions. See question number 6 for more information. 

2.    What exactly does the Xbox 360 support for MPEG-4 Part 2?Xbox 360 supports the following for MPEG-4:·         File Extensions: .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov·         Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime·         Video Profiles: Simple (including Simple profile content mislabeled as Advanced Simple)·         Video Bitrate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30fps. See question number 6 for more information.·         Audio Profiles: 2 channel AAC low complexity (LC)·         Audio Max Bitrate: No restrictions. See question number 6 for more information. 

3.    What exactly does the Xbox 360 support for WMV (VC-1)?Xbox 360 supports the following for WMV:·         File Extensions: .wmv·         Container: asf·         Video Profiles: WMV7 (WMV1), WMV8 (WMV2), WMV9 (WMV3), VC-1 (WVC1 or WMVA) in simple, main, and advanced up to Level 3·         Video Bitrate: 15 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30fps. See question number 6 for more information.·         Audio Profiles: WMA7/8, WMA 9 Pro (stereo and 5.1), WMA lossless

·         Audio Max Bitrate: No restrictions. See question number 6 for more information.

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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