Mar 05 2012

News - HandBrake 0.96 Released, Supports WTV Files

HandBrake LogoI completely missed this last week, but the ever-popular conversion tool, HandBrake, has been updated to version 0.96. This one was a long time coming and it finally brings official support for a number of features that folks have been enjoying in the nightly builds for awhile, such as support for DTS-HD passthrough and an improved MPEG-2 encoder. I'm still hopeful that True-HD passthrough encoder support will be added soon, so I will continue to hit the nightly builds in case I get lucky, but it is definitely nice to see things become official. One new feature I wasn't aware had been added to HandBrake is WTV container support. My recorded TV shows don't usually go any further than the living room, but if you decide to put your WTV files through the HandBrake wringer, let us know how it goes.

One of the best tools available for converting video files is, without a doubt, HandBrake. While I’ve used it a lot in the past it’s always had one minor feature missing that bugged me. It has never supported WTV files. WTV is the native format used by Windows Media Center in Windows 7. 

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Dec 09 2011

News - Xbox 360 Dashboard update brings support for WTV files

Metro UI goes Live

With the new Xbox 360 Metro UI live, it has brought an undocumented change. Support for .WTV files over the network. But don't get too excited and run out and re-plan your entire Media Center setup. The support is there but it doesn't read the Meta tags yet, and you can't skip forward, it just plays. But at least they play now and that are not just circles and x's on the list of network video. This is probably a step forward when support for Windows 8 is out there. I am looking forward to news next month from CES and what we will see in the future of Xbox.


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