I want to use my pc for streaming movies; I have a cheap video card. How can I make it to sound good? Do I need to get a sound card for it? What software do I need to play all file types (audio and video)?
Right now I use samsung BD player to read movie files I have. it does a good job, but it doesn't read every movies I have. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Without getting into the whole debate about ripping physically owned movies…..
I rip all my movies with Makemkv to my server. If you need to shrink the size and still have good quality playback use Handbrake. Software playback I use old media browser still preference I guess as my interface within WMC. For video playback I use MPC-HC and here is a general setup guide on that. For a low end video card to playback I started with this one - XFX HD 6000 Radeon HD 6450 . I have gone to a better one to take advantage of madVR with MPC.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2015 13:31:18 GMT -5 by cburbs
As far as software, I prefer Kodi. If you will be using your HTPC for storing as well as viewing media you don't really need anything else. I second MakeMKV and Handbrake for ripping and converting files. If you will be storing media on a server or NAS you can run Emby server and run the Emby plugin through Kodi, works very well. Other alternatives include previously mentioned plex, which can cost money for installed apps or jriver, which costs money for the software. I have used all three and prefer Kodi/Emby but this is mostly just personal preference, the other options work well.
Do you care about surround sound? Because if not just connect youro PC to your XMC-1. As for the interface I think these guys can help you more.
Transport: Sony UBP-X700 UHD-Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)