Thanks to the help of the folks over at AVSForum (especially Tulli who provided much of the information for this guide, Andy o, vladd, and Samuri HL) and of course the work by Damien on FFDShow I now have bitstreaming working!
The steps are slightly different for setting up using MPC HC (Part I) or WMC/WMP (Part II), so I will try to work through each situation.
If you have been following along with my last few posts (The Family IT Guy and Setting Up MPC) the main goal that I was working towards was to finally set up bitstreaming of HD Audio (DTS-MA and True HD) with my HTPC.
Leading up to the last few months this was only possible by using an expensive sound card (such as the Xonar HDAV1.3) along with dedicated software (such as Power DVD and Total Media Theatre).
Things started to get more interesting with AMD releasing the 5xxx series GPU which supports bitstreaming, and Intel released the core i5/i3 CPU which had built in support for bitstreaming as well.
However, you are still stuck with the same requirement of having your videos in a Blu Ray structure and having to pay for a 3rd party solution (although I know TMT has yet to release a patch for this to work with the 5xxx GPUs). Damien Bain-Thouverez (also known as Albain on Doom9), developer of Media Control, has devised a way to allow for full bitstreaming of HD Audio through FFDShow.
Most manufacturers are constantly upgrading the firmware for their Blu Ray players in response to customer feedback and to improve performance.
This was less then ideal for me since whenever I purchase a Blu Ray movie the first thing I do is rip it to my server in either ts or mkv format, so I would need to reformat my Blu Ray rips into a Blu Ray structure and also pay to use one of the 3rd party softwares.Download the upgrade files and save them to the Desktop.Insert a blank compact disk into the CD-RW drive and copy the upgrade files to a blank CD-R.Many people consider Blu Ray players to be static devices that require no additional maintenance after purchase.However, Blu Ray players actually have more in common with computers than with traditional DVD players.