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Old August 1st, 2011, 12:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Movies converted to H.264 won't play on the Photon 4G

Well I have a bunch of movies that I had converted to H.264 which played flawlessly on the 3D, however they wont play on the Photon it says file extension is incorrect or something like that...I did try to convert one 2 min video to MPEG4 and checked if it played and indeed it worked so I'm now converting a movie now to MPEG4, hopefully video quality is just like the 3D I'll keep ya posted...

Can this be fixed by a software update? I would rather convert them to H.264

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Old August 1st, 2011, 01:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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3023668[/URL]]Well I have a bunch of movies that I had converted to H.264 which played flawlessly on the 3D, however they wont play on the Photon it says file extension is incorrect or something like that...I did try to convert one 2 min video to MPEG4 and checked if it played and indeed it worked so I'm now converting a movie now to MPEG4, hopefully video quality is just like the 3D I'll keep ya posted...

Can this be fixed by a software update? I would rather convert them to H.264
You seem to be confused about file types/containers/codecs. H.264 is MPEG4. Were you trying to play an mkv file? I don't know if the Photon plays those.
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You seem to be confused about file types/containers/codecs. H.264 is MPEG4. Were you trying to play an mkv file? I don't know if the Photon plays those.
Sort of, H.264 is a specific kind of MPEG4. Ive read a review by somebody that said the same thing about supporting MPEG4 but not H.264 and I cant remember if it was Gizmodo or Engadget. As for the OP it is fixable by a software upgrade we will just have to wait on Motorola to release that however. The Asus Transformer guys are slowly but surely getting new video encodings support.
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You seem to be confused about file types/containers/codecs. H.264 is MPEG4. Were you trying to play an mkv file? I don't know if the Photon plays those.
Movies I have are in MP4 format what I'm trying to do is convert them to an H.264 or MPEG4 codec using freemake video converter and when I converted to H.264 codec it wouldn't play on the Photon but when I converted using the MPEG4 codec it does play on the Photon...and no I'm not playing an mkv file to answer your question
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Videos encoded with H.264 play fine on my Photon. Maybe there are specific settings you used on your encodes the Photon doesn't like.
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Videos encoded with H.264 play fine on my Photon. Maybe there are specific settings you used on your encodes the Photon doesn't like.
Which settings you use so I can try it...thanks
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I'm using the H.264 (x264) codec setting in Handbrake v 0.9.5.
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I'm using the H.264 (x264) codec setting in Handbrake v 0.9.5.
So hanbrake automatically adjust the rest of the settings so it can be played on an Android phone like screen resolution, frame rate, bi rate etc?
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So hanbrake automatically adjust the rest of the settings so it can be played on an Android phone like screen resolution, frame rate, bi rate etc?
Handbrake doesn't have an Android preset. I just make a few adjustments to their ipod preset, but you could leave it as is and it should play on most Android devices fine.
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Well I have a bunch of movies that I had converted to H.264 which played flawlessly on the 3D, however they wont play on the Photon it says file extension is incorrect or something like that...I did try to convert one 2 min video to MPEG4 and checked if it played and indeed it worked so I'm now converting a movie now to MPEG4, hopefully video quality is just like the 3D I'll keep ya posted...

Can this be fixed by a software update? I would rather convert them to H.264
Horn is right. You are confusing codecs with containers. Containers are resulting video file types (file extensions) like .avi, .mkv, .mp4, etc. To find what type of video you have you can download a program call "mediainfo" (for your PC). It will give you specific information about your file type and what video/audio codecs are used to create them. Once you have it copy and paste the info here, then I or someone can try to help you.
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Horn is right. You are confusing codecs with containers. Containers are resulting video file types (file extensions) like .avi, .mkv, .mp4, etc. To find what type of video you have you can download a program call "mediainfo" (for your PC). It will give you specific information about your file type and what video/audio codecs are used to create them. Once you have it copy and paste the info here, then I or someone can try to help you.
The file extension is in MP4 format, I tried using H.234 codec to convert but it won't play on the Photon but when I use the MPEG4 codec it plays perfectly fine on the Photon, I guess I'm doing something wrong but this is first time it ever happened and I had the Epic 4G, 3D & Evo 4G never had any issues at all with MP4 file using H.234 or MPEG4 codecs on those devices either way I'm using MPEG4 codec now and have no problems with that...movies look amazing on the Photon 4G even better than on the 3D, though it still looked great on the 3D
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Well if you don't want to go through all the hassle determining codecs and containers, i suggest you download "moboplayer" from the market. It's free. That thing will play anything you throw at it.
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