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Old 01-17-2008, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all. This is my first post here. I've done a lot of research in trying to solve my problem, but can't come up with a solution, so I thought I'd try here to get some help.

I'm having a lot of issues trying to encode videos and getting them to play on my 8130 with Verizon. When I try to play the encoded video, I get a "Unable to play content" message. I can play the BB demo video as well as videos taken with my 8130 just fine.

I've tried using Super C, as referenced here. I've also tried mencoder with various switches with the same results.

My 8130 is running v4.3.0.65. I've tried reloading the OS to no avail.

Source videos are in both avi and mpg format. I read some where Verizon did something to their 8130 so it reads formats different from other 8130's. Is this true?

Any help would be greatly appreciate it.

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Old 01-18-2008, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm using a Telus 8130 with the same os. I found some settings here in the long thread towards the end that worked great, i'm writing this from my pearl or I'd reference it for you. It was using superC btw.
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I have the 8130 from Sprint and have loaded and played videos with no problems. I don't believe I tried AVI but I've loaded MPG and ASF and used the media manager to convert. I haven't tried putting the videos directly on the Pearl without conversion.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ahoyhoy, might want to try changing the application permissions for the app you use to stream video, set all three to allow...now if that doesn't fix it, consider upgrading your os to .81...these seem to be the most popular suggestions out in the forums.

believe me, i did a heck of a lot of research to get my video stream app to work...just to find out in the end that telus towers apparently can't support the volume of transfer required. oh well :P

good luck.

fyi : my first post! woot woot!

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Old 01-19-2008, 09:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I can tell you that original OS on the Verizon is crappy. There are issues with the BT not doing voice dialing when in the holster and some other dumb stuff. I would load the newer OS from Alltel first. It will provide some fixes like the BT, better memory management, and better overal performance.

I have noticed that if Media Manager has a generic thumbnail for AVI or MPEG, then it can' convert the file. I don't grasp which ones it can or can't handle but it likes my Xvid files but not my Mpegs I convert from my dvr-ms for my Tivo so I use my WinAvi9 to convert them to AVI and then Media Manager can convert them to my Pearl as mp4s. It seems dumb to me that I have to convert a file from one format to another to have yet a third program convert it to another format. Cue the circus music...

There's a dozen ways to do it. This is working for me right now.
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Personally, I use Ultra Mobile 3GP Video Converter. It works perfectly, and I've converted a ton of videos for my 8130(Alltel 4.3.0.81).

I have converted, and watched, 15 mins clips, all the way to a full movie, Saw IV for example. I have watched the entire first season of the original transformers as well lol.

I think this program works, but I can't remember...
Blackberry Video Converter - Reviews and free Blackberry Video Converter downloads at Download.com
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Ive had the same problem for the most part. my verizon 8130 will play some of the videos but not others. most likely has to do with the fact that some are mpg4 and others are "windows media clip?" I dont know. Im fairly new with the phone so Im learning.

Does making the files 3GPP work best on mobile phones? Cause thats a new file type to me.

Also, when i try to play a video ive loaded thats 45 min long, it gives me "an error has occurred attempting to play media." and its the same file of the ones that work. what gives?

i downloaded ultra 3 and im gonna see how that works.
thanks for the help on the same topic, later guys.
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I can't confirm for sure that Verizon has modified the types of file formats that the 8130 can play, but I do know that I absolutely cannot play any videos in avi format. I've encoded video files to 3gp mpeg4 and 3gp H.263, and both of those have played with few problems. I'd say if you're trying to get a video onto Verizon's 8130, stick with 3gp. That seems to be a safer bet.
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Baily's right. When you are in the Roxio Media Manager, select the file to "copy down" to the media card. A window will pop up and ask if you want to copy without changes, or copy for optimal playback. I tried both: if you start with an .AVI file, let it convert, because the .avi files do not play on my Verizon 8130.
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I can't confirm for sure that Verizon has modified the types of file formats that the 8130 can play, but I do know that I absolutely cannot play any videos in avi format. I've encoded video files to 3gp mpeg4 and 3gp H.263, and both of those have played with few problems. I'd say if you're trying to get a video onto Verizon's 8130, stick with 3gp. That seems to be a safer bet.
Verizon has not done this as far as I can tell, and I can't imagine why they would futz w/video at all, as they don't have a "vcast-ish" offering on the Pearl.

Agree that 3gp is the best bet...as far as "turn-key" solutions go, Media Studio for Blackberry converts DVDs and files that play perfectly, but it's expensive at $35 and it doesn't turn a DVD into one movie file...you get separate 3gp files for each VOB.

Mobiloa Video converter/studio (not the "Pro" version) is very easy to use (drag-n-drop) but I've had results from complete failure to perfect conversion, so it's a real crap-shoot w/that program...if it works for you (and they have a fully functioning demo) it's probably the easiest to use, and allows conversion of files, DVDs, You-Tube videos, etc., all via drag-and-drop.

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