Stream Blu-ray movies from NAS device to Xbox 360 (Slim)

If you want to play Blu-ray discs on Xbox 360, read the tutorials to learn how to stream Blu-ray movies from NAS device to Xbox 360 (Slim) without any problem.

A NAS (Network-Attached-Storage) or home server enables you to build up a home network, and playback your music and movie collections anywhere in the house using DLNA-compliant player such as a PC running Windows Media Center, an A/V receiver, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (Slim), and even some network-connected TVs. The following post shows you how to get Blu-ray movies onto NAS so as to stream movies to networked Xbox 360 Slim box.

Xbox 360 is sold and used worldwide presently. The new Xbox devices are not only a game cansole, but also a media player that could store and play various HD movies. But Xbox 360 has no Blu-ray drive.

So when it comes to backing up blu-ray movies to Xbox 360 Slim, there is something you need to pay attention to. The Xbox 360 will support as big of a storage device as you can format using FAT32, and the maximum size of any single file on FAT32 is 4GB. Besides that, the maximum file size for an AVI, MPEG-4 Part 2, and H.264 file that can be played is 4 GB as well. To play a file greater than 4GB on Xbox 360, you have to stream videos from your NAS/ PC to Xbox 360 console, and notice that the file format must be WMV only. Why is it WMV format? That maybe WMV is a codec developed by Microsoft. That is to say, we can consider WMV HD as the optimal format to play or stream to Xbox 360 to some extent.


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There are multiple blu-ray/DVD ripping applications for you to choose from. It hard to decide which one does the best when ripping blu-ray and DVD to NAS for streaming to Xbox 360 Slim, and most are capable of ripping Blu-ray/DVD to WMV videos for Xbox playback. Personally I recommend Pavtube BDMagic for newbies that are blown away by format settings like codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio channels, etc. The app, unlike most blu-ray ripping software, features intuitive interface and provides users with presets for Xbox 360, which cover 640*480, 1280*720 and 1920*1080 full HD WMV (yet it allows you to adjust the bit rate, frame rate, etc of preset formats as long as you like).


A most impressing feature of the Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper lies in fool-operation: you load the BD/ DVD movie from target BD or optical drive, select a desired format for Xbox 360 game console playback, and click the big Convert button to start ripping blu-ray/ DVD movie to Xbox 360 optimal formats. The full process is completed in several clicks. And the WMV HD format creates high quality video 5.1 surround sound, resulting in perfect sound affect with you home theater system.

The Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper works well with Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Ripping time (duration) differs, ranging from one hour to 8 hours. In a word, the higher quality the video is, the longer time it requires. It is a common sense that blu-ray ripping is time-consuming (due to the huge file size); using a speedy computer will greatly reduce processing time. FYI, Pavtube also posted step-by-step guide for ripping blu-ray and DVD to Xbox 360. (Click the link to check more details).

Below shows a snapshot from Xbox 360 optimized WMV HD video clip (1920*1080) generated by Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper and its partial area.

The thumbnail is from a segment of ripped blu-ray movie Avatar, in 1920*1080 mode, the picture is about 127KB. The clip itself displays stunning picture on 48-inch HDTV when streaming ripped Blu-ray/DVD movies from NAS to Xobx 360 Slim.


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