December 29th, 2010, 08:07 AM
I've searched around for a thread about this, but there doesn't seem to be one that I can find that mentions it.
I'm having issues when FF/REW a video file pulled from my server. Whenever I press the button, all I get is a buffering bar. I can't tell where in the video I'm seeking to. It happens with AVI and MKV.
Has this been addressed? Is anyone else having the same issue? My Box is hard wired to my router.
Yes, UPnP is enabled, but I need it because of my torrent client and because of Playon.
December 29th, 2010, 09:09 AM
there is no actual ffw or rew seeking on boxee. best you can do right now is the :30 skip until you get where you want or using the keypad to get to a specific timestamp in the program.
December 29th, 2010, 10:04 AM
I can press and hold the fast forward and it navigates just fine, I just can't tell where in the video I am due to the buffering bar.
December 29th, 2010, 10:11 AM
exactly, my wording wasn't very good. you can seek but if you want to be able to incorporate some sort of timestamp or position based on a time the only current options are what i mentioned. this has been brought up numerous times and as of now i'm not sure anyone here knows if boxee plan to implement a fix.
Originally Posted by myonkin
December 29th, 2010, 10:37 AM
Skipping is always preferable to 1980's style FFWD and REW used by VCRs and DVD players, however it currently doesn't work properly on Boxee (box or desktop software) due to the current buffering implementation.
There are actually a few issues. There are some display errors with regards to showing the timeline - it doesn't always appear and disappear at the right time. It should have a delay causing it to stay visible for a while after it appears.
The 30 second skip doesn't always track to 30 seconds. This can be way off sometimes.
Trying to queue multiple skips with either multiple clicks or holding down the button will not show at least one frame per skip operation and instead the screen tends to go solid black, so you don't know what you're skipping through.
Then of course the issue of buffering which was already mentioned, showing only the buffering bar and again hiding the timeline.
IMO, the perfect example of this functionality working is in SageTV. You can skip around through any file with single button presses, multiple or holding down the button and you always see the timeline update real-time plus you see at least one video frame for every skip position. It's very easy to see what you're skipping through and know exactly when to release the button - at which point it starts playing back instantly.
That's what I want to see in Boxee. The current skipping is unfortunately not ready for massmarket and it really makes the product look somewhat broken. Everyone I've shown the Box to, including the 4 other people I've had buy one, have complained about this to me.
Last edited by twistybox; January 8th, 2011 at 12:25 PM.
January 8th, 2011, 11:54 AM
Why not open up a ticket in jira for this?
January 8th, 2011, 11:58 AM
The Divx Plus has a spec for seeking its actually a lower res videos stream with a lower frame rate used for display for a smoother seek. This is an extension to mkv. Full specs are on the labs.divx.com page
January 8th, 2011, 12:06 PM
This is in the the release notes for the update coming out later today -- not sure if it applys to your "buffering" issue though
Originally Posted by myonkin
( [BOXEE-7301] - hang and video freezes or black screen when Pause Resume and or seeking FF/RWD during playback )