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Old 11-02-2009, 08:56 AM
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Best way to play videos on Imagio

I don't know about you, but my Imagio has a whole lot of trouble playing full 480p movies. They are choppier than a bruce lee movie. Even if I bring the bitrate down to practically nothing, it still is choppy, suggesting its less of processing issue, and more of a graphics support issue.

High-bitrate movies at a 240-ish resolution, however, do work quite well. So I've attached my solution- Encoder profiles for both widescreen (16:9) and full screen (4:3) videos. It was difficult finding settings where the movies expanded to fullscreen, but these seem to work in Windows Mobile Media Player on the imagio. I use them mostly for tv shows recorded in windows media center. These profiles work in a lot of windows-based programs, like DVRMS Toolbox, Windows Live Movie Maker, and Microsoft Media encoder. The quality isn't superb, but at least its smooth.

For Movie Maker, copy the attached four files into C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\Video Profiles. The prx files are the ones with all the encoding details). Then, when you reopen WLMM, they will appear as Imagio icons in the export list. For Widescreen movies, make sure you change your imported movie in View> Aspect Ratio before exporting.

Are other people having any better success for playing videos on the Imagio? If so, what are your file format/bitrate/size/videoplayer?
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:25 AM
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Re: Best way to play videos on Imagio

I've had the same issues. I've encoded some movies at around 300-400 resolution and was seeing choppy video. It seemed like it was around 8-15 fps.

I'll try what you suggested.
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Re: Best way to play videos on Imagio

I encoded the digital copy of Star Trek that came with my Blu-Ray using MP4 ad MP3. 480x800x25 FPS 768 bitrate, runs smooth using the Album player and WMP Mobile. Kinoma is choppy.
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Re: Best way to play videos on Imagio

I use CorePlayer and it reads full movies off my MicroSD card without any issue. I would worry too much about the whole 480P things, since this screen has a high resolution but is on 3.7" you won't be able to tell the difference from 720x420 or 640x360.
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Re: Best way to play videos on Imagio

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I encoded the digital copy of Star Trek that came with my Blu-Ray using MP4 ad MP3. 480x800x25 FPS 768 bitrate, runs smooth using the Album player and WMP Mobile. Kinoma is choppy.
what did you use to re-encode it into mp4?
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Re: Best way to play videos on Imagio

I started a video encoding thread here: Encoding Video / Video Tools

I posted some links to tools and codec packs.

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This is what I have posted...

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If anyone needs to encode video for both desktop or mobile phone. Here are some tools for ya.

I use Super / Windows Live Movie Maker / Handbrake.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_super/
http://download.live.com/moviemaker
http://handbrake.fr/

If you need some codecs the KLite packs have been great! I always download the Mega Pack.

http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
http://www.codecguide.com/klcp_64bit.htm

You can use both the 32-bit and 64-bit in conjunction.

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Re: Best way to play videos on Imagio

just use coreplayer ..
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I use Winavi to convert movies or if I dont want to waste time converting use Divx mobile player its free!
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Re: Best way to play videos on Imagio

No skipping here.
Tons of 720*480 xvid's @ 2-3mbps play fine peachy.
Got some newly converted (staxrip, x264) 800*480 h264's @ 500-1mbps playing well also.
All from the SD card slot.
I had a short 480i mpeg 2 stream @ 8mbps!!! play well off the phone's memory. Doubt any but the best mSD cards would have the bandwidtht to play those tho.



Stop using third party video playing software that has no hardware accelleration support. Wherever possible use the built-in player & save yourself headaches.
Even CorePlayer has only limited hardware video accelleration support. Just because it can "play anything" doesn't mean it can play anything well. (Just pointing that out... Love CorePlayer, but LIMITED hardware accelleration folks...)
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Oh, and unlike alot of mobile players,
we can use CABAC, lots of B-Frame's & Pyramid in our h264 encodings.

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