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Old June 13th, 2011, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Today I found a article"Video Format for Sumsung Galaxy S 2 Play Test" from the blog: Video Format for Sumsung Galaxy S 2 Play Test - Tablet & Smartphone FAQ

I think it's useful for us, so I share it here.

Samsung has produced some good Android smartphones ever, and Galaxy S II is not a exception. It has a brilliant screen, a fast processor and a great camera, and also offers blazing performance. After playing with Galaxy S II for over two weeks, I did some sample test for playing movies on it.

From user manual of Sumsung Galaxy S 2, we know its supported formats.
Audio Formats: MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF
Video Formats: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1, Recording & Playback
1080@30fps

When I import video file into the smartphone, it prompts that “Is transcoding at first and then reproduce, or directly copy(direct copy may not play)”. I propose transcoding at first and then reproduce. If you choose to convert, it will be converted to WMV format (video WMV3, the audio WMA, frame rate, bitrate will be maintained with the original video). If the format may not be supported, your PC will prompt that” Your device may not play or view the file. No, skip this file / Yes, it will copy the files, but the device may not play or view the file”.
Followings are several popular formats which I have tested.

MP4
This phone is its video recording MP4 format
However, when you import other MP4 files to the smartphone, it also prompt to convert your video. Just ignore the information direct copy, the phone can play it well.


WMV
For WMV, if you choose to convert and then copy the video, the video will be automatically converted to WMV files: the video is WMV3, the audio is WMA, and frame rate, bitrate will be maintained the original video.


MKV
If you import MKV and select conversion with Sumsung, you can only generate WMA audio, no video.
However, the built-in player of Sumsung Galaxy S II can play MKV videos well. So you need to directly copy MKV to the phone, don’t need any conversion by itself.
Tip: I tried High@3.1 high profile MKV video, and it played well. But for High@L4.1 high profile MKV video, it can’t be played.


60fps Video
I tried different bitrate videos, as long as the video format can be supported by the smartphone, the videos can be played well. Whether the 60fps video or 25fps video.

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Yesterday when I tried to play a .avi format file on the phone, it said format not supported cannot play.
But when I transfered a different video file, same .avi format, the phone was able to play it.
I do not know why it was able to play one, but reject the other, when they have same formats ? Any suggestions....?
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I know one thing... It doesn't play AVCHD.... Sadly.
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Yesterday when I tried to play a .avi format file on the phone, it said format not supported cannot play.
But when I transfered a different video file, same .avi format, the phone was able to play it.
I do not know why it was able to play one, but reject the other, when they have same formats ? Any suggestions....?
AVI is a container format, which could include several codings, but only limited codings can be supported by Galaxy S 2, like MPEG4, H.264, Xvid. So in the first place, you need to ensure that the video coding is correct. I suggest you install Mediainfo and drag your video file into it to check the detail of video coding. If the video coding is not mentioned above, you need to convert your video coding to correct one.
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I know one thing... It doesn't play AVCHD.... Sadly.

Yes, your are right.
I think we need a video tool as a galaxy S 2 user, if you like play AVCHD files on your galaxy s 2
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Pity as I have some full uncompressed 1080p Samsung demo videos (Yes I know the phone resolution is not as high though the colours are VERY vivid!)
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Galaxy S 2 have lots of limit at formats. if you want to play videos no problem anytime anywhere, i recommend you use foxreal video conveter, it can help you convert videos for galaxys2 without problem.
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With the right app, SG2 plays most common video formats just fine, i use a mixture of divx, H.264 and xvid myself.

Moboplayer is the best video app i've tried by far (and i've tried about 5).
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With the right app, SG2 plays most common video formats just fine, i use a mixture of divx, H.264 and xvid myself.

Moboplayer is the best video app i've tried by far (and i've tried about 5).
Yes, I am a Mobopalyer user too, it's a powerful tool, but sometime AVI, MKV container format can not be supported well.
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Updating this topic on my experience over the year, whilst the right video app can play any video format, it plays some in 'software encode' mode which can cause the phone to crash completely.

9 times out of 10 soft encode mode leads to my SG2 locking up completely, resulting in me having to take the battery out to restart it (thankfully i have a phone that has a removable battery).

I moved from Moboplayer to MX player because i incorrectly believed it was the app, but MX player makes it more apparent which encode it uses with the start of each video, thus i noticed that only the software encode videos cause the crash, not hardware mode (which i'm assuming is the codecs the phone hardware is programmed to play).

So yeah, unfortunately whilst the SG2 can play a lot of video formats, some that play are forced into software encode mode and can cause the phone to crash / freeze complete so be warned.

I shall be converting the videos that my phone currently plays in software encode mode to a format the hardware supports, such as H264 / Xvid.
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I have found the problem is with the player that is standard on the Galaxy, have just installed MX player and this is playing all formats so far. Just tell the system to transfer the file without converting to your handset.
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