XBMC 8.10 point release

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XBMC Media Center 8.10 (codename: Atlantis) Point Release was released on the 14th of November 2008.

1 XBMC 8.10 (Atlantis) Point Release supports the following

For the cutting edge SVN code, see XBMC Features and Supported Formats/Codecs

1.1 Supported hardware platforms

1.2 Platform-independent supported controller periphials and hardware options

  • Controllable via supported Remote Control (depends on platform and remote)
  • Controllable via USB (HID) Mouse (Left/Right/Middle buttons and Wheel supported)
  • Controllable via USB (HID) Touchscreen (as long as the touchscreen emulates a mouse)
  • Controllable via USB (HID) Keyboard (ASCI-keys only, not any multimedia-keys)

1.3 Xbox supported controller periphials and hardware options

1.4 Platform-independent supported output media formats and devices:

  • Widescreen (16:9) and normal-TV (4:3) aspect ratio video output support
  • HDTV (High-Definition) output resolutions (720p, 1080i, 1080p and higher) #14

1.5 Xbox supported output media formats and devices:

1.6 Supported physical input media formats and devices:


1.7 Supported file/container formats:

  • Audio-CD (CDDA) playback for normal Audio CDs (including CD-TEXT support) #7
  • SVCD and VCD (Video CD / CDXA) video, (SVCD/VCD menus are not supported yet)
  • DVD-Video directly from Xbox DVD-ROM drive, Harddisk-drive or network
  • MPEG, MPG, M2V formats (inc. VCD's .dat and .bin and DVD's .vob)
  • MPEG-TS (TY/TS/DV) DVB transport stream format
  • M2T/M2TS/MTS (AVCHD video format) container #5
  • M2TS (Blu-ray video format) container #5
  • EVO (Enhanced VOB) HD DVD video format container #5
  • MP4 (MPEG-4 video) container
  • RIFF AVI (AVI 1.0) container
  • OpenDML AVI (AVI 2.0) container #1
  • BivX (AVI with several audio streams) container
  • Microsoft ASF/ASX/WMV/WMA containers #5
  • Microsoft DVR-MS (Windows Media Center) containers #1/#5
  • QuickTime QT/MOV containers #5
  • FLV and SWF (Adobe/Macromedia Flash Video) containers
  • NUT multimedia container
  • AVS (Audio Video Standard) audio/video containers
  • Nullsoft Steaming Video (NSV) containers #1
  • Nullsoft Steaming Audio (NSA) containers
  • MPA, MP2, MP3 and WAV containers #5
  • AAC, M4A, MP4 (MPEG-4 audio) audio containers #5
  • RealMedia (Real Video/Audio) RM/RAM/RA/RV/RMVB containers #1
  • OGG, OGA, OGM, and OGV containers
  • Matroska (матрёшка) MKV containers #1
  • VIVO (VIV) containers
  • PVA containers
  • NuppelVideo containers
  • FLI and FLC containers
  • Tracker Mods (18 formats supported) audio
  • M3U, PLS, CUE and STRM audio/video playlists #1


1.8 Supported video codecs:


1.9 Xbox supported video formats and resolutions

This is a comparison table of common video-codecs to show what the Xbox 733Mhz PIII CPU can handle:

Codec / Resolution 352x240 352x288 480x480 480x576 720x480 720x576 960x540 1280x720 1920x1080
MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7* 7
MPEG-4 ASP (H.263) (like DivX or Xvid) 8 9* 10
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) without Cabac & Deblocking *  ?
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with Cabac & Deblocking *  ? 11 12
WMV9 (Windows Media Video v3) / VC-1 * *
" ? " = Undetermined (the Xbox-hardware may or may not be too slow to decode at an acceptable frame-rate)
" * " = Working with acceptable frame-rates most of the time
  1. a.k.a. NTSC VCD - More Info
  2. a.k.a. PAL VCD - More Info
  3. a.k.a. NTSC SVCD - More Info
  4. a.k.a. PAL SVCD - More Info
  5. a.k.a. NTSC DVD-Video - More Info
  6. a.k.a. PAL DVD-Video - More Info
  7. a.k.a. TS (Transport Stream MPEG-2 Video Stream) - More Info
  8. a.k.a. HRHD (High Resolution High Definition) - More Info
  9. a.k.a. DivX HD and XviD HD in 720p
  10. a.k.a. DivX HD and XviD HD in 1080p
  11. a.k.a. Quicktime HD, x264, and Nero AG's Nero Digital AVC video in 720p
  12. a.k.a. Blu-Ray Disc, HD DVD, Quicktime HD, x264, and Nero AG's Nero Digital AVC video in 1080p


1.10 Supported audio codecs:


1.11 Supported picture/image formats:

  • CBR/CBZ comic books (RAR/ZIP archives renamed)
  • BMP picture/image
  • JPG/JPEG picture/image
  • GIF picture/image
  • ICO picture/image
  • PCX picture/image
  • PNG picture/image
  • RAW picture/image
  • TIF/TIFF picture/image
  • TGA picture/image


1.12 Features available for video playback:

  • Full-screen playback display of all supported video formats/containers via a TV
  • Auto PAL50/PAL60-switching support and auto 4:3/16:9-switching support
  • Framerate Conversion (23.98<->25fps), another NTSC <-> PAL workaround solution
  • SQL database with view by file/genre/actor/year/title, sort by year/name/rating and search functions
  • Selectable options from OSD (On Screen Display) Control Panel during playback
  • FFWD (fast-forward) and RWD (rewind #1), and PAUSE in AVI/OGM/MKV/MPEG/MPG media
  • MPlayer time-based (30sec/5min) or percent-based (2%/10%) seeking forward and backward
  • Video-Autorun, auto-plays VCD/SVCD/DVD/CD's with video file(s) upon insert
  • DVD-video playback with menus (from DVD, harddrive, network, as IFO/VOB or ISO/IMG DVD-images) #12
  • Play supported video files directly from ISO, BIN, IMG, NRG and BIN CD/DVD-images
  • Subtitle support (embedded and external)
    • AQTitle/AQT, ASS/SSA, CC, JacoSub, MicroDVD, MPsub, PJS, RT, SMI, SRT, SUB, VobSub, VPlayer
    • JSS, MLP #11
  • Play internet files/streams from HTTP and MMS (Microsoft Media Streaming Protocol) #1/#11
  • Play RealMedia internet steams of HTTP + RTSP/RDT (Real Data Transport Protocol) #1/#11
  • Nullsoft Streaming Video (NSV) internet-streams (only if VP3+MP3), (Nullsoft TV a.k.a. NTV) #1/#11
  • Streaming video from a TiVo DVR box over network (requires hacked TiVo running ccXStream) #1
  • Streaming video from a ReplayTV (4500, 5000 or 5500 series) DVR box over network #1
  • Internet Movie information lookup for movie-info and thumbnails
    • Can also extract a specific URL from an nfo file with same file-name as the movie
  • Optional media file and/or folder thumbnails for easy localization (see Artwork)
  • Party Mode playlists and playlist editor.
  • Stack multi-file videos option, show/play files with 90% name similarity as one
  • Support for local moving trailer files (using the naming standard: "moviename-trailer.avi")
  • EDL (commercial skipping) and SceneMarker support using chapter files
    • EDL (Edit Decision List)
    • ComSkip .txt (with framerate, like Comskip generates)
    • VideoReDo
    • SnapStream Beyond TV Smart Chapters (a.k.a. smartskip)
  • Switch between multiple audio streams/tracks in DVD-Video, AVI, OGM and MKV/Matroska
    • Left, Right Mono and Stereo channel selection available for all two channel audio-streams
  • Multiple video-rendering options to optimize playback of your video-formats
  • Different Post-Processing filters for better video quality #11
  • Flicker-filter (optional video flicker-filter with five levels, disabled by default)
  • Soften-filter (optional filter to decrease video sharpness and thus artifacts)
  • De-interlace filter (for interlaced video) implementation option
  • Brightness/Contrast/Gamma controls (only for HighQuality Pixelshader)
  • Video resizing/scaling and zooming functions
  • Screenshot capture function (including video overlay support and OSD)
  • AC3 (Dolby Digital EAX) 2.0, 5.1 and 7.1 pass-through from video to SP/DIF AC3 output
  • AC3 (Dolby Digital) 5.1 -> 2.0 software-decoding to PCM stereo or mono out
  • DTS (Digital Theatre Sound ES) pass-through from video to S/PDIF DTS output
  • Option to output mono or stereo to all speakers (for 5.1 surround speakers)


1.13 Features available for audio playback:

  • Playback of all supported audio-formats via a TV or external audio-receiver/amplifier
  • SQL database with view music by Top100/Albums/Tracks/Artists/Filenames or Recent Albums
    • Also option to sort by Track/Filename/Date or Size and search functions
  • Karaoke CDG-file display for music files with audio-visualization overlay support
  • CDDB album lookup support when playing Audio-CD's (done via freedb.org)
  • Party Mode playlists and playlist editor.
  • Gapless, Crossfade, and Preamp (pre-amplification) playback support options
  • ReplayGain "MetaData" applification/normalization (loudness control) support
  • Thumbnail and album information lookup for Audio-CD's (done via AMG/Allmusic.com)
  • Display embedded tumbnails/icons (album artwork) if integrated into a MP3 or AAC file
  • Optional custom file and/or folder thumbnails for easy localization (see Artwork)
  • Audio-Autorun, auto-plays CDDA and music DVD/CD's with audio file(s) upon insert
  • Play internet-files/streams from HTTP and MMS (Microsoft Media Streaming Protocol) #1/#11
  • Play RealMedia internet steams of HTTP + RTSP/RDT (Real Data Transport Protocol) #1/#11
  • Play soundtracks ripped by/in Xbox dashboard (add path "soundtrack://" to XML)
  • Play supported audio files directly from BIN, IMG, NRG and ISO CD/DVD-images
  • Reads ID3v1/ID3v2/ID666/APEv1/APEv2 info-tags from audio/music-files
  • M3U and PLS audio playlists (inc. option to create/save M3U audio-playlists)
  • SHOUTcast Internet Radio (MP3 .pls playlists) playback support
  • Local/native SHOUTcast recording (to MP3) onto the Xbox harddrive
  • last.fm (AudioScrobbler) online-radio submission and playback/streaming support
  • Audio Visualizations (several visual generators and a spectrum analyser)
  • FF (fast-forward) and RW (rewind), and PAUSE during audio playback/visualization
  • Option to output mono or stereo to all speakers (for 5.1 surround speakers)


1.14 Features available for picture/image viewing:

  • Full-screen display of all supported picture and image formats via a TV
  • Picture slideshow, including option for adding recursive to slideshows
  • Picture thumbnails (automatically generated on demand)
  • Folder thumbnails (automatically generated after entered that folder)
  • View pictures directly from ISO, IMG, NRG and BIN CD/DVD-images
  • Picture Zooming, rotate, move around, info, pause, next/previous picture
  • Kodak PictureCD compatible (auto-launches slideshow on CD insert) #2
  • Auto-launches picture CD/DVD on insert if images in root directory


1.15 Features available for launching games and applications (dashboard):

1.15.1 My Programs interface features in XBMC for Xbox:

  • Dashboard replacement mode, launch other Xbox software applications ("XBE" executables)
    • (including Xbox games, console-emulators, applications and other dashboards, etc.)
  • Optional custom thumbnails for folders and the executable, (see Artwork for info)
  • Display embedded tumbnails/icons that are integrated into most Xbox executables for Xbox games
  • Video Mode Switching to force launching a game a specific video-mode (PAL, PAL60, NTSC, etc.)
  • Flicker-Filter settings for Xbox games, (creates a patched copy of all default.xbe with new setting)


1.15.2 Xored Trainer Engine (gaming cheats) in XBMC for Xbox:

  • Xored ETM/XBTF Trainer Engine enable "training" of games to cheat and/or add new functions to Xbox games #10
  • Xored ETM/XBTF Trainer Engine cannot be used to cheat on XLink Kai (as disabled when logged on to XLink Kai)


1.16 Other and generic Graphical User Interface (GUI) features:

  • Controllable via a Remote Control, a game-pad, USB keyboard and/or USB mouse
  • Virtual-Keyboard for manual video/music database searches and settings configurations
  • Flexible XML based skinning-engine with GUI skin-switching (and many skins available)
  • Range of different view modes (supports up to 10 custom skinner created views)
  • Context Menu feature (mapped by default to the TITLE button on the remote)
  • View file media listing By List, By Small Icons or By Large Icons option
  • "My Files" file-manager, move/copy/delete local and copy from network
  • "My Weather" weather forecast feature (done via The Weather Channel)
  • Several screensavers on configurable timer in GUI to choose from
  • RSS feed in main menu (you can manually disable or change feed in RssFeeds.xml)
  • Python Script Interpreter Engine (execute/run Python scripts from within XBMC)
  • Idle shutdown-timer, which shutdown XBMC when idle, configurable timer through GUI
  • Non-idle sleep timer, shutdown XBMC even if not idle after specific set manually
  • Flicker-filter (optional GUI flicker-filter with five levels, high enabled by default)
  • Language (XML) files for translated GUI (over 30+ languages so far), switch from GUI
  • International-language fonts for the GUI (via TTF-Fonts, configurable in UI-Settings)
  • GUI and video calibration (including storing calibration settings per resolution)
  • Displays system info under Settings (Build date, free space, IP, temperature)
  • Screenshot capture function, to snap shots of GUI (inc. video overlay support)
  • Configurable memory cache buffer for video/audio playback, configured in GUI


1.17 Other non-GUI features, functions and options:

  • Fully re-mappable keys for DVD Remote and the controller/game-pad (via Keymap.xml)
    • Including the possibility to map and use all RCA-5 IR codes from a universal remote
  • Auto-detection of UDF 1.02, XDVDFS/CDX and ISO9660 - mode1/mode2/XA #1
  • Auto-launch Xbox game-disc on insert with enable/disable optional from within GUI
  • Advanced and expert options available via an optional AdvancedSettings.xml file
  • Built-in Web-Server for remote control of XBMC (http//:xboxIPaddressHere.asp)
  • Built-in HTTP API interface so you can build custom remote control applications
  • Built-in FTP-Server, connect to it via an FTP client to copy files to/from Xbox harddrive
  • Supports Static-IP/Subnetmask/DNS/WINS and alternative DHCP-client for auto config
  • Clock/date synchronization from a (NT SNTP) Time Server on the network/internet
  • Harddrive (HDD) spindown on idle (spin-down disks when XBMC is idle in menu) #1
  • Error Recovery Mode (Emergency Recovery Console) - Enables the FTP-server if get corrupt XBMC system-files.


2 Notes

1. Experimental, unfinished, unstable, buggy and/or limited
2. Most Xbox DVD-ROM drives are very picky with CD/DVD media disks, see FAQ
3. XBMC currently only have DVD VOB and IFO parsing support, (no menu support)
3. Xbox's FATX harddrive file-system has file & folder name/character limitations, see FAQ
5. DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected files are not yet supported by XBMC
6. Exclusive to our integrated audio/music-player (PAPlayer)
7. Samsung DVD-ROM drive only (and maybe some PC DVD-ROM drives)
8. For LCD-display add-on mods compatible with XBMC see here
9. Xlink Kai tunneling-engine running on networked computer with internet-access is required.
10. Xored ETM/XBTF Trainer Engine is only developed/maintained/supported by Team Xored.
11. Exclusive to our MPlayer-based media-player (only available in XBMC for Xbox).
12. Exclusive to our DVDPlayer (FFmpeg-based) video-player.
13. Exclusive to XBMC for Xbox (XBMC running nativly on Xbox game-console).
14. Only limited by the hardware and operating-system that XBMC is running on.