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renamed wtv files broken

Jan 11, 2014 at 5:33 AM
I'm trying to use MCEBuddy to simply rename and file WMC recorded live tv so that it looks nice in Media Browser 3. However, after MCEB did it's thing, the renamed files fail catastrophically in WMC in that they result in a pop up telling me WMC has to shut down. During the time the pop up is there, i get sound, but no video. I've tried this on multiple files that were all renamed during the batch conversion. Is there a way to get these back to operational status - they did work before, but had the inconvenient wmctv type file structure. I could have just renamed by hand, but thought i'd be smart and automate with your good product. I'm sure it can do it and I just have some wrong settings.

This issue does sound similar to:

I'm running the pre-release 14 so i think the while KB issue is resolved (I didn't check if i had it or not, but i am up to date on my windows patches)
I am running shark007 and I did agree to install the codecs/filters when in installed MCEBuddy -if that's of any help.

these next two links are shots of the error pop up. clicking debug just tells me the same thing, that there was an error. mce gets shut down automatically.

One of the links below is the general log file, the other is for a conversion of a live tv recorded show that is "broken"

1) what did I do wrong so i can do it right next time
2) what can i do now with the recorded shows i have that won't play? If I can recode them, what settings ought i use?))
Jan 11, 2014 at 5:41 AM
it's your shark codecs that are playing havoc. You should get rid of them , although I think the damage done by them are permanent, you may need to reinstall windows to fix it, but try to uninstall it first. That codec pack is a put together by a bunch of hacks they destroy the windows registry and media foundation.

For WTV to work you will need to move the latest 2.3.15 where the issues have been fixed (and again it works without any additional codec packs).

None of your issue have anything to do with renaming, it's all to do with 3rd party products. (how can a filename crash as system?).

Jan 11, 2014 at 7:26 AM
Thank you. I'll look into the shark thing more. I've used it for a while and it has it's fans for sure, like your product. I would hope Shark, MediaBrowser, and MCEBuddy could all play nice :)

Thanks for all your hard work and great product.

Jan 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM
One other question... What do you recommend for settings to get the wmctv files simply renamed and moved to the right folders. I'm on rev15 now.

I'm also able to convert the wmctv files that didn't play into MP4 with your prog (rev 14 was tested one 1 file) and it plays. So I'm doing a batch convert tonight.
God bless your day.
Dan Bruski

Jan 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM
I use the mc compatible renaming option which works with mediabrowser personally.

You can use custom rename also.

Jan 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM
It does have anything to do with all "playing" nice. Just how they are installed.
Shark is popular I agree. However the way it has been designed is not entirely correct. Windows 7 was a platform that works very differently from windows xp. Microsoft decided in its infinite wisdom not to allow 3rdpaty codecs to wok with WMp and WMC by using the windows media foundation layer. Honestly the platform is darn good for most purposes.
So work around the limitations shark codecs pretty much had to destroy the foundation to get the custom codecs to work. That was a bad approach.

There is a cleanser approach now available. Use the direct show media foundation tweaked tool. It plays "nice" and disables the media foundation and allows you to use 3rd party codecs that also play nice with windows like ffdshow and also allows you to revert / undo the changes very cleanly.

Marked as answer by rboy1 on 1/29/2014 at 12:55 AM