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How Do You Debug A Movie?
How do you debug a movie? Before I get too old and forget, here is the story of one bug that I had to find when playing King Kong in the Xbox HD DVD player. It concludes with yet another reason I am so glad we’re not doing a Blu-ray player. The HD DVD team originally wrote the player software for...
5 Mar 2009
Blu-ray on Xbox 360: Never. Thank goodness for that
The President of the Entertainment & Devices group has made it crystal clear, hopefully for the last time: Xbox 360 won't ever get Blu-ray . Woohooh! Glad to see we're not about to throw money into that particular pit and support that other HD format. Maybe, just maybe, the crazy rumors might...
21 Jan 2009
What did you do in the Format War, Daddy?
My kids are 2 and 4 yrs old so have little concept of what Daddy does, though they do know the words DVD, Xbox, and Lightsaber. However in a decade or so they might be able to understand what Daddy did in the format war, so here’s how I plan on explaining the last three years of my work: In early...
7 Mar 2008
Xbox 360 HD DVD Version List
Here I will try and document the various releases of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player, in reverse chronological order. Major releases are in bold (a major release either has new features or has a boat-load of changes, minor releases are pure bug fixes). To see which version you have, while playing a disc press...
18 Dec 2007
Now Available: HD DVD Emulator for Xbox 360
As of this morning the product I have been focused on for much the last year or so has at last been released: the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator . This is based on the Xbox HD DVD player, but designed for content authors to test and debug their titles without having to burn a disc. Content is created on a...
13 Dec 2007
Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive: Movie Specific Known Issues
The purpose of this post is to highlight the most common current title issues and, where possible, supply work-arounds. For general troubleshooting see the previous post first : the most common problems are described there. Items will be listed in reverse chronological order (ie newer titles will be...
25 Oct 2007
Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive: General Troubleshooting
I thought it might be useful to post about general troubleshooting on the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive. For issues with specific movies, see my other post , this one covers the more general case. (I use the term "title" which you can read as "movie", its a habit I have got into from working on this for the...
25 Oct 2007
Xbox 360 HD DVD Update Now Available
[Player version list now moved to separate post ] As of 2am this morning, the latest software for the Xbox HD DVD player is now available via Xbox Live (and will be posted on xbox.com in due course). The three teams involved (HD DVD, Xbox and the Codec folks) have all been hard at work for the last...
12 May 2007
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