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Old 04-21-2007, 10:25 PM   #81 (permalink)
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Yeah sorry I'm an idiot, it was black and white in media player but looked ok in every other player and on the blackberry. Must be some sort of codec issue, I've had this problem with other videos as well but still have not figured it out.

Anyways all is good, my bad.

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Old 04-27-2007, 12:04 PM   #82 (permalink)
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any help for those of us with a Mac?
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:19 AM   #83 (permalink)
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I converted DIVX video files with the BlackBerry Video Converter using the standard settings. On the BlackBerry the video only ocupies 50% of the available video display area. What do I have to do to display it over the whole area?
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:42 PM   #84 (permalink)
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Default medium resolution only for 8800 using Seabyrd Video Converter

In Seabyrd's BlackBerry Video Converter, I can only convert it to medium resolution. The outcome video is not that great.

Before I switch to 8800, I use a software called Super to convert video into my E61. Very powerful software (probably overkill if you only need to convert video for just the BlackBerry platform) and the resolution is great. Here is the link:

SUPER .

Lately I am switching back to Nokia E61. The multimedia functions on the 8800 need improvement. Perhaps I will switch back after a software upgrade.

I am using BlackBerry Connect on E61 so that would serve my e-mail needs. I am also enjoying the 3G benefit with my E61: I can receive e-mails while I am talking on the phone.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:19 PM   #85 (permalink)
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My video is a .wmv taken by my Canon Powershot. When I use the converter this is whats the pop up screen that encodes the file reads.

MEncoder 1.0rc1-3.4.2 (C) 2000-2006 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 2.00GHz (Family: 6, Model: 13, Stepping: 8)

CPUflags: Type: 6 MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 0 SSE2: 0
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
success: format: 0 data: 0x0 - 0x9edf494
AVI file format detected.
VIDEO: [MJPG] 640x480 24bpp 30.000 fps 12490.5 kbps (1524.7 kbyte/s)
[V] filefmt:3 fourcc:0x47504A4D size:640x480 fps:30.00 ftime:=0.0333
================================================== ========================
Opening audio decoder: [pcm] Uncompressed PCM audio decoder
AUDIO: 11024 Hz, 1 ch, u8, 88.2 kbit/100.00% (ratio: 11024->11024)
Selected audio codec: [pcm] afm: pcm (Uncompressed PCM)
================================================== ========================
Opening video filter: [expand osd=1]
Expand: -1 x -1, -1 ; -1, osd: 1, aspect: 0.000000, round: 1
Opening video filter: [scale w=320 h=-2]
================================================== ========================
Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
Selected video codec: [ffmjpeg] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MJPEG decoder)
================================================== ========================
Couldn't open codec mp3, br=64.

Exiting...

C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\My Images\Cannon SD 550\Berth
a & Me

What am I doing wrong?
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:40 PM   #86 (permalink)
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I have tried transferring Tivo files to my 8800. The Tivo Desktop Plus software has several "profiles" to convert to. I have used them all, and none of them work really great. Some are choppy (like the mpeg4) , some had audio sync problems (like the treo 650), some had no video and audio only.

Any ideas?

Anyone successfully transfer these videos to their 8800? or 8100?

I have also used the Seabyrd bbvideo 1.13 frontend for the mencoder with similair results. There are segments of video that freeze while the audio continues. Regardless of the input file size, they always end up at 66mb.



Any suggestions appreaciated.
Yes, I was having a similar problem, but I've since solved it. I'm running TiVo Desktop 2.3a (Plus) on Vista Ultimate (not, technically, supported but it works if install file is "Run as Administrator") and the latest version of BlackBerry Video. The process I engage in is 4 steps: (1) download show off of TiVo; (2) "unwrap" it from the .tivo "wrapper" (however you want to do this; you can use the "Plus" function in the TiVo Desktop software, but that has proven to have some problems; I suggest a google search); (3) take the "unwrapped" program and convert it using BlackBerry Video; and (4) transfer it to the device.

It's SO cumbersome that I don't do it much, but it does work.

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Old 05-01-2007, 11:40 PM   #87 (permalink)
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My video is a .wmv taken by my Canon Powershot. When I use the converter this is whats the pop up screen that encodes the file reads.

MEncoder 1.0rc1-3.4.2 (C) 2000-2006 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 2.00GHz (Family: 6, Model: 13, Stepping: 8)

CPUflags: Type: 6 MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 0 SSE2: 0
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
success: format: 0 data: 0x0 - 0x9edf494
AVI file format detected.
VIDEO: [MJPG] 640x480 24bpp 30.000 fps 12490.5 kbps (1524.7 kbyte/s)
[V] filefmt:3 fourcc:0x47504A4D size:640x480 fps:30.00 ftime:=0.0333
================================================== ========================
Opening audio decoder: [pcm] Uncompressed PCM audio decoder
AUDIO: 11024 Hz, 1 ch, u8, 88.2 kbit/100.00% (ratio: 11024->11024)
Selected audio codec: [pcm] afm: pcm (Uncompressed PCM)
================================================== ========================
Opening video filter: [expand osd=1]
Expand: -1 x -1, -1 ; -1, osd: 1, aspect: 0.000000, round: 1
Opening video filter: [scale w=320 h=-2]
================================================== ========================
Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
Selected video codec: [ffmjpeg] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MJPEG decoder)
================================================== ========================
Couldn't open codec mp3, br=64.

Exiting...

C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\My Images\Cannon SD 550\Berth
a & Me

What am I doing wrong?
There is a special check box in the advanced settings for the canon powershot...

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Old 05-09-2007, 12:16 PM   #88 (permalink)
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Apple Mac Users- I have just managed to get good results with Handbrake 0.8.5b1. File format MP4, codec mpeg-4 video/aac audio, framerate 15, ffmpeg, 2-pass encoding. Audio sample rate i reduced to the minimum 22.05 hz (which is adequate) the same with bitrate 32. I have only made a 2 minute sample and made the sample size 2mb, I will try a full movie with varying file sizes and post the outcome.
As far as transferring the video from the mac to the 8800 - only worked for me with a memory card, but was then very easy. Plugged in usb the BB then asked if I wished mass media storage, yes, the card appears on desktop, copy info, eject from desktop. Once you unplug the usb the file became visible and played in good quality with no delays.

Thanks to the previous posters who provided format info etc.
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Default Convert to h3263 with Quicktime?

Did you convert the Handbrake file (h.264) to h.263 using Quicktime or did the BB accept the Handbrake file as it was?

Thanks

Never mind, tried it for myself and worked great with your settings. First video conversion I have had work.

Thanks greatly.


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Apple Mac Users- I have just managed to get good results with Handbrake 0.8.5b1. File format MP4, codec mpeg-4 video/aac audio, framerate 15, ffmpeg, 2-pass encoding. Audio sample rate i reduced to the minimum 22.05 hz (which is adequate) the same with bitrate 32. I have only made a 2 minute sample and made the sample size 2mb, I will try a full movie with varying file sizes and post the outcome.
As far as transferring the video from the mac to the 8800 - only worked for me with a memory card, but was then very easy. Plugged in usb the BB then asked if I wished mass media storage, yes, the card appears on desktop, copy info, eject from desktop. Once you unplug the usb the file became visible and played in good quality with no delays.

Thanks to the previous posters who provided format info etc.

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Old 05-09-2007, 03:09 PM   #90 (permalink)
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Apple Mac Users- I have just managed to get good results with Handbrake 0.8.5b1. File format MP4, codec mpeg-4 video/aac audio, framerate 15, ffmpeg, 2-pass encoding. Audio sample rate i reduced to the minimum 22.05 hz (which is adequate) the same with bitrate 32. I have only made a 2 minute sample and made the sample size 2mb, I will try a full movie with varying file sizes and post the outcome.
As far as transferring the video from the mac to the 8800 - only worked for me with a memory card, but was then very easy. Plugged in usb the BB then asked if I wished mass media storage, yes, the card appears on desktop, copy info, eject from desktop. Once you unplug the usb the file became visible and played in good quality with no delays.

Thanks to the previous posters who provided format info etc.
Now converted 1h20m of commercial animated DVD to 60mb, the results are very good and easy to watch. The sound is mainly in synch, it occasionally drops to maybe half a second out but only occasionally. I am sure you could get the files smaller, but that will be down to the type of movie and personal taste.
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:03 AM   #91 (permalink)
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anyone get video to work for the 8830? i've tried all sorts of codecs... no luck..
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:21 AM   #92 (permalink)
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I've been using Visual Hub on the Mac to convert all kinds of videos and full DVD's (unencrypted) to my 8800. It works reliably, no issues with the conversions. But I am having issues with the audio getting out of synch about 2/3 of the way thru the video on the longer stuff. It's not out of synch when I play it on my Mac post-conversion, but once I xfer it to the 8800, it is.

I've been trying different methods and formats, although most are set to convert to 320x240/320x180, 15fps, 250 bitrate for video, 22.05 sample rate, 64 bitrate for audio. File sizes are averaging about 250meg for a 2h15m full DVD set for Mp4 encoding. I've not tried any other format other than h263 yet.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:08 AM   #93 (permalink)
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Free with DM 4.2 sp 2, it will convert videos on the fly for you. It supports playlists on the Curve (don't think it will on the others but have not tried it). Get it here BlackBerry - BlackBerry Desktop Software | Applications to Synchronize Your BlackBerry and Desktop Data
Go to the bottom of the page and click on the download link.

Best I can tell it only supports .mov, .avi and and .wma media files, so conversion still needs to be done of You Tube videos.



Roxio uses My Media accross their product line which is described below. They BB specific actions are then described followed by how media is transferred to the device. Note that I doubt playlists are supported on the 8800 but I have not tried it yet. It does convert videos for you.



Working with My Media

The My Media view shows your Smart Views and albums.
Smart Views are media file groupings automatically created and maintained by Media Manager, based on common characteristics such as media type, date, or keyword. You can also create Smart Views from your search queries, or from existing Smart Views.
Albums are media file groupings that you create and manage yourself. You can use albums to group media files from vacations, events, or special occasions. If youxxx8217;ve already organized your photos and videos into folders, Media Manager automatically creates an album for each folder. When you add a photo or video to one of these folders, Media Manager automatically adds it to your album.
A single media file can be included in multiple Smart Views and albums. Moving media files from one album or Smart View to another does not affect the filesxxx8217; physical location on the disk. When you remove media files from Smart Views or albums, the media files are not physically deleted from your disk.
You can remove a media file from a Smart View, which removes the file from all other Smart Views to which it belongs. (The files are not removed from the Windows file system.)
You can also rename files within a Smart View, which renames the file in all other views to which it belongs, as well as in the Windows file system.
You cannot delete, rename, or move Smart Views.


Media Manager for BlackBerry

This version of Media Manager is specially designed to be used with your BlackBerry device. It differs from the standard version of Media Manager in the following ways: [list][*]It includes a BlackBerry view in both Media Manager and Media Selector, which you can use to browse media files on your BlackBerry device. (This view may be referred to as the My Devices view in this guide.)[*]It contains a BlackBerry Options tab. (This tab may be referred to as the Cell Phone Options tab in this guide.)
Tip: For more information about the fields on this tab, choose Tools > Options, click BlackBerry and then click Help.[*]The procedures for transferring files to and from your BlackBerry have been enhanced

Transferring files from your computer to your BlackBerry
[*]Media Manager always opens in Split view, so you donxxx8217;t need to click the Split View button when instructed to do so in the procedures in this guide.[*]Media Manager allows you to quickly and easily create and manage playlists

Transferring files from your computer to your BlackBerry

You can copy media files, including playlists, from your computer to your BlackBerry.
Note: When you copy playlists, all associated audio files are also copied.

To copy files from your computer to your BlackBerry:
  1. In the top part of the window, browse to and select the media files you want to transfer to your BlackBerry.
    Tip: To select more than one file at a time, press and hold Ctrl while you select the files.
  2. In the bottom part of the window, click BlackBerry to show the BlackBerry view and browse to the folder where you want to save the files.
  3. Click Copy Down.
    The Copy Files dialog box appears.
  4. Use one of these methods to copy the files:
    • To automatically convert the files to the optimal format and size for your BlackBerry, select Convert for optimal playback, and click OK.
    • To copy the files with the existing format and size, select Copy with no conversion, and click OK.
    • To select a destination format and size, select Advanced conversion options, and click OK. Change the options as desired, and click OK.
      Tip: For more information about the Advanced options, choose Tools > Options, click BlackBerry and then click Help.
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Curious in that Roxio would seem to change your workflow. For example, it won't see a YT video but it will see and .avi and convert it on the fly to put on your BB. It won't see an .avi converted with BVC either. It just doesn't list unsupported formats. So I guess you would need to convert movies to supported .avi and then let it convert.
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Clamder- I'm curious if you are getting an error with it. I also have an 8830 and for every video am getting a "The media being played is is of an usnsupported format" error, even if I've converted it with the converter..

I also downloaded some of the videos from the seabyrd website and transfered it to the blackberry and got the same error(s). Anyone else seeing this? help?
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Clamder- I'm curious if you are getting an error with it. I also have an 8830 and for every video am getting a "The media being played is is of an usnsupported format" error, even if I've converted it with the converter..

I also downloaded some of the videos from the seabyrd website and transfered it to the blackberry and got the same error(s). Anyone else seeing this? help?
I'm hearing reports on HOFO boards that users are finding out that VZW, in addition to crippling the GPS on the 8830 also modified the media player as a means of allowing users to access VCAST content. Could it be that they intentionally crippled certain codecs on the 8830's media player?
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does this work on 8320
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:45 PM   #98 (permalink)
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yep, i get the same error message. however, i got videos to work now after using the roxio converter that comes with blackberry desktop manager 4.2 sp2. it works pretty well, but i'd rather use another program to convert. i'll check out the codecs that the roxio converter uses and see if i can use something else.
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I'll give that a try, thanks for the info.

(Sounds like runamuck is correct: Verizon has definitely crippled the GPS feature and even the media player with 'normal' codecs. Thanks Verizon ;-(

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videos look great on it! too bad videos freeze waaayy too often. even vids i converted with roxio freeze.
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