Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Now Available

The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available!  The emulator is downloaded through Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your existing Xbox player.  The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator can run projects from an optical disc, an external USB drive, or from a network drive, and logs API calls, errors, warnings, and exceptions with time code…

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Exception Handling

An HD DVD player may throw exceptions during the execution of script, and if not caught will result in a player crash (showing an error code of 0x4094C00C on Toshiba or 0xC667000B on Xbox).  While it’s always a good idea to check conditions which could cause an exception to be thrown, an exception could still be…

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Error Codes, Toshiba Edition

If you know what an error code means, it can be immensely helpful in diagnosing the problem with your project. Below are some of the more common error codes found on Toshiba Players and their potential cause.  There is a similar post for Xbox HD DVD add-on error codes. Note: the contents of this post…

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Error Codes, Xbox Edition

If you know what an error code means, it can be immensely helpful in diagnosing the problem with your project.  Below are some of the more common error codes found on the Xbox HD DVD add on and their potential cause.  There is a similar post for Toshiba player error codes.  Note: the contents of…

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Advanced Subtitles

In HD DVD subtitling can be done via a subpicture stream or an Advanced Subtitle.  An advanced subtitle is very similar in structure to an advanced application.  It has a manifest, markup file, and font and is declared with its resources in the playlist.  But, an advanced subtitle has some unique characteristics as well.  The…

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Virtual Keyboards

The input tag has four options for mode: password, singleline, multiline or display. When an input element with singleline, multiline, or password mode receives focus, the player may launch an onscreen keyboard to allow user input or a software player may enable use of the computer keyboard. This is not required, though (currently, only the…

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HD DVD Script Object Model

Have you ever been working on an HDi project and needed to look up a method name in Annex Z, but you don’t have it handy (or access at all)?  Well, luckily the Interactivity Jumpstart Kit ships with the HD DVD Script Object Model as a Visio file and a PNG.  You’ll find this very…

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Dynamic Content

Today’s sample was created upon a request from my very nice and hard working office-mate Chris.  Last week Chris began learning HDi.  He whizzed through all the Jumpstart samples and the projects on my blog, and jumped into creating a project that would dynamically generate content on the fly.  After messing around with his project for a…

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HD DVD FAQs

General Why is Microsoft involved in HD DVD?Microsoft supports HD DVD because the mandatory player features such as persistent storage, picture-in-picture, and network connectivity lead to greater interactivity and a better, more consistent user experience.  Read more in the white paper available at ThisIsHDDVD.com: http://www.thisishddvd.com/Downloads/WhatIsHDDVD.pdfWhat is HDi?HDi is Microsoft’s implementation of advanced interactivity for HD DVD.  Players…

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Saving Resume Information, part II

In a previous post, I stated that when you press the stop button on your player, you have 2 seconds to continue to execute code before the player shuts down.  But, that statement needs to be qualified.  If you try to delay the application_end (or the deprecated stop_request) event by calling preventDefault when the user has pressed…

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