Playing Xvids on Xbox (having issues)

So, as far as I can tell by searching on google - everyone says Xbox 360 has Xvid (.avi) support. I've even seen some claim the 360 plays .mkv ....

 

Now, I know how to do it, and I have even gotten some files to play. But most of them are unplayable. The icon is a crossed-thru 'Stop' sign.

And IIRC I downloaded that media updates ages ago.

 

Why can't I play video files with ease?

 

The reason I am having this issue, now, is because I used to use my PS3 solely for media (no Netflix paywall, if Im using my Gold), and Xbox for gaming, but now I have that at my GF's cause I want my two Xbox 360s at home for GTA V.

I am 99% certain I just need to go back to using PS3 for media, cause it plays practically everything (every Xvid, avi that is) flawlessly.

 

 

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 0 Applies to:

Part of me feels like it could be something as little as changing the name of some of these files...

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Hey there Battle! Let's see what we can do to get things sorted.

To start things off, here's a few questions for you:

  1. How are you trying to play these files (stream from PC, external HD, etc)?
  2. How do you mean change the names of the files? Do you mean from .mkv to .avi?
  3. What sorts of files are working for you on your Xbox 360 console?


Let us know and we'll try to get things figured out with you. =)

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I am playing them from a USB.

All the files I have play on PS3, and maybe 1 out of 10 will play on the Xbox.

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What are the details of Xbox 360 Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) support?

Here are Xbox 360 AVI support details:

  • File extensions: .avi, .divx
  • Containers: AVI
  • Video profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple and Advanced Simple Profile
  • Video bit rate: 5 megabits per second (Mbps) with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second (fps)
  • Audio profiles: Dolby Digital 2 channel and 5.1 channel, MP3
  • Audio max bit rate: No restrictions

As far as I know the Xbox 360 will not play Xvid videos in the .Xvid container format.  Changing the container to .AVI may allow playback.  If not, you will need to convert your video to something else.  Xbox 360 does not support divx files that are 1080p.  Also, I don't believe it will play divx or xvid files with audio in AAC format.

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