This is a detailed, and gathered knowledge database for Xbox 360 playback with MKV's and other various containers/codecs. The guide will be maintained and updated regularly by Konzine.
Step 1 - Cleaning The System;
First off, and I know it may seem very tidious to do this, but we need to clean your system of virtually all current codecs. That's right, uninstall them all. Got ffdshow already? Scrap it. Lol, already got CCCP? I don't care, get rid of it. No arguing here, this is the best way to get guaranteed results.
Step 2 - Restart The System;
Restart your pc. Not a soft restart, but a full on restart.
Step 3 - Install The Codec;
In this guide, I'm going to be using CCCP. If you have a better method, feel free to post it and I'll update this guide accordingly.
Do the FULL install. Everything, we want it all. CCCP controls the bread and butter for us and basically makes everything easy as hell.
Step 4 - Configuring the CCCP;
What I always suggest, is keep the settings. They have worked flawlessly for me for the last 2 years with no problems, and should be the same for you. If you're an advanced user, well you probably wont need this guide then.
Step 5 - Installing Tversity;
Here is where things can sometimes get a little tricky. For me, I have the version 1.8 installed locally on my system. 1.9.3 IS available to me. Why don't I upgrade? It's basically because of the codec pack that Tversity forces you to install. I don't like it, I can't trouble shoot with it. That's a new feature in 1.9 and I will not use it. I have the 1.8 exe saved locally so incase I ever have to reformat I ALWAYS have a back up of that particular version.
1.8 can be downloaded here.
Step 6 - Configure Your Tversity;
Few things here. I have mine set to Transcode always, but you don't have to do that. I do it for my own personal reasons, and because I watch way too much anime. You can leave everything alone in Tversity basically, except for the Library settings.
Enjoy your MKV's
KNOWN ISSUES (help appreciated)
Embedded subs are not working;
- I cannot get Embedded subs to work for the life of me. I have changed the settings in ffd of course, to allow it, but It's not coming through on the Xbox end. I have no idea how to fix it, hopefully someone does.
Currently, the only way to get subs to work is to have a seperate file, in the same folder with the same name as your media file. Then, Tversity can transcode it for you. Amazing guide for extracting subs found here.
Dual Audio is not working;
- Yeah, it's a bitch. If you got dual audio, get ready to do a little manual work to get them playing correctly. Tversity will automatically choose the first audio stream available to you in the MKV. Often times, for me, it's Japanese. I have changed the settings in Haalis, and still nothing changes on Tversitys end. Files play correctly locally, choosing the "eng, off;" option in Haalis, but not through Tversity. I think Tversity ignores Haalis or something.
The best way to handle this, if you want it 100% in english, it to either remove the undesired audio and keep the desired audio, or set the desired audio track to default. Excellent guide for doing it here.
If you have any tips, or suggestions, please feel free to comment in this forum. I will try them, and update the post regularly and accordingly.