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

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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 an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

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