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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JB4times4, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. JRSly

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    I'm not sure I understand. If it's a standard definition TV show in 4:3 aspect ratio, you shouldn't want a full screen on the widescreen format Droid, because that means it will stretch and distort your picture.

    Or are you saying it doesn't even fill the screen height wise with 480 pixels? I have no Droid yet, so I've not been able to test videos on the device.
     

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  2. je2345

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    There is a pretty good app called Meridian that is free and I got videos converted and playing awesomely!!! I used a program called Total video Converter and converted music videos to mpeg4 H.264 with custom screen size set at 854*480 with aspect ratio set to 16:9. Videos look flawless and work well with the app mentioned above. Also as stated in an earlier post all you do is just connect the phone to your pc and bring your notification tab down,select USB connected and select MOUNT and then just create a folder labeled Videos (same for Music) and your all set!!
    Hopefully this works for you all!

    Also as i just read above I'am using Windows 7 x64 bit. Everything works flawlessly with no lag during video playback!
     
  3. Fabolous

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    Hi, read through the thread, and I'm still wondering, have we found definitive Handbrake settings that work?

    I think I read that 848 width will work. Is that using iPod Legacy and just changing the width?

    I am converting some 720/1080p .MKV files, if that makes a difference.

    Anyways, I've started a conversion already. Luckily, my quad core finishes these pretty quickly :D

    I'll report back soon with results.


    UPDATE:

    Using iPod legacy settings, just up the width to 848. Looks FANTASTIC. Almost as if no quality was even compromised (from 1280x720).
     
  4. diddiyo

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    if you're on tiger (10.4.11) try "mpeg streamclip" (free) which worked fine for me.

    btw this post deserves it's own thread as a sticky.
     
  5. drj400m

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    I'm using Handbrake and cannot change the width! How are you guys doing that? I am using a dvd and letting Handbrake do it all, but it will not let me change the width in picture settings!

    Thanks for all the info!

    Jeff
     
  6. Jacqueline

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    Agreed. Sticky going up now.
     
  7. autobahn

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    I was able to get it to work using:
    PowerDirector 8 ? Video Editing Software
    I converted my BeyondTV DVR file (*.tp) to
    Portable MPEG-4 with options iPhone/Best Quality H.264.
    I made a filed that was 640x360 and a bit rate = 1500000
    I am able to play it fine with the free video player by Jeff Hamilton on the Android Market. Just dragged and dropped the file using the USB connection on my PC to a directory I named /video on my SD card.
     
  8. blazingwolf

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    That might be the difference. I'm using widescreen (16:9) based videos. So I want to be able to use the full screen. If you are converting a 4:3 then my settings might not work well for you.
     
  9. blazingwolf

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    Handbrake works just fine on Windows 7 64 bit.
     
  10. blazingwolf

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    No issues for me on the same OS.
     
  11. MicroNix

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    I'm still experimenting but the update to doubleTwist yesterday which added Droid support, is automatically converting my videos to mp4 when it syncs them! I tested one which was an AVI and it dumped it to the Droid as an mp4 and plays perfectly. No settings to tweak, no other software to use. Just plain simple as it should be! It also created the directory for it on the card.

    Now, whoever labled the photo AND media player "Gallery" on the Droid should be fired!!! I had to look back at the droidguide.pdf that was floating around to find where to play the videos from. That guide should have been with the phone.
     
  12. cherriza

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    so I have a bunch of training podcasts downloaded on iTunes. I'm on a mac. Can I just drag those over to a video folder? Will the droid see them?

    I don't have my droid yet my ne2 is on monday so I'm getting it then.
     
  13. spectrrr

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    soooooooooo all this talk about CONVERTING video to h.264 to play properly.......

    But when I want to take a video file with me, it's kinda a last minute thing, I don't really have time to "convert" the file, that's a HUGE drawback IMO. What are the chances that someday there will actually be a supported DivX/XviD CODEC for the phone?
     
  14. JRSly

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    Even so, a video that's 480 tall will be as large as possible for the Droid screen. If you're trying to force every video to be full screen, you might be distorting the picture. Or it's possible that when forcing full screen you're chopping off part of the picture vertically, to force it to fit in 848-854 pixels..which isn't optimal either. Only in the extreme cases would the video be wider than 480px would allow and you would instead choose to fill the horizontal. These are the proper dimensions for various source files:

    DVD 4:3(they're easy)
    720x480=720x480

    TV at 720p or 1080i/p
    1280x720=853x480
    1920x1080=853x480

    Film Aspect Ratios

    16:9=853x480
    1.85:1=853x461
    2.35:1=853x363
     
  15. blazingwolf

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    Why are you caught up on the 480? My height is 480 and width is 848 so where would I have an issue?
     
  16. JRSly

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    Maybe it's just quibbling and I'm being really anal about it, I just thought it was wrong to simply always 'want the video to fill the screen' as opposed to making it as large as possible for the Droid(which would be 480px tall in 85% of the time) while maintaining the proper aspect ratio, which is what leaving the horizontal dimension blank does. If all your ever going to be doing is standard 16:9 movies, yeah, that's great and those dimensions work fine.
     
  17. holokaustos

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  18. blazingwolf

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    Right, I could see where on a 4:3 ratio that would have some issues and I should have mentioned that my sources where 16:9. That is why I mentioned it in another post.

    So far the videos I have done have no distortion and no clipping of the frames so I'm pretty happy with it. :)
     
  19. landis73

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    Only the phone software makers could answer that one, I'm not sure myself. I don't have many xvid or divx videos, just a few. Most of mine are H264.
     
  20. MicroNix

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    Update: I successfully took a full length divx movie which was in AVI format, added it to "Movies" in doubleTwist, told it to sync the movies and it auto converted it to the mp4 format which the Droid then picked up in the "Gallery". Video playback was full screen and perfectly smooth with great quality. I don't know why anyone would want to go through the trouble of setting up a conversion program when this simplistic option is available...

    Next test is the dvr-ms files that my Windows Media Center generates. DoubleTwist sees them so I'm wondering if it will convert those as well. Results in my next post.
     
  21. holokaustos

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    Anyone care to give us an all-in-one tutorial of how to do the video conversion, with proper resolution size and all that? I've just gone through two pages of technical conversations and a definitive wrap-up would really help.

    As for me, I'm trying CloneDVD Mobile to see if any of its settings will work. I'll post the results in a bit.
     
  22. almostemerica17

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    How long does it take to convert?? Thanks
     
  23. MicroNix

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    To be honest I didn't pay much attention but it didn't seem all that long. I will time another one and see. I do have a quad core machine though.

    I did have trouble with doubleTwist until the update yesterday. Now it seems fairly stable and syncs playlists for music, the videos it converts to the Droid are seen by the "Gallery" and native Apple podcasts sync as well.
     
  24. almostemerica17

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    Okay, let me know thanks. Also what is the file size u are converting??
     
  25. syntrix

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    I'll have to check what resolution I did for when I used to have an iphone, but I noticed that when I copied over my music folder that I left a movie in there..... worked like a charm!
     

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