Movies on a tablet for novices
Ok, I'm new to all this. I ordered my first tablet last night. I'm getting a WIIPad slim with Android 2.1. My question is, for this or any other tablet I end up getting, my wife or daughter will want to watch movies on it. What software is everyone using to convert, and what file format is most prevalent? Any advice or direction from anyone would be appreciated.
08-11-2010 03:34 PM
Depending on what hardware you have, you may be able to play certain videos while you can't play other videos. This is typically related to the bitrate and not necessarily the filetype... however, certain bitrates are often associated with certain file-types. For example, MKV is typically used for HD video (720p-1080p). AVIs were originally used for lower bitrate encodes, but now can be used for HD encodes as well.
The lower-mid range devices will often struggle with video: the low end devices won't play video at all and the mid-range devices can usually play standard definition video, but struggle with most HD video. I typically just play standard definition videos on my Moonse E-7001 -- it can play some HD AVIs, but the quality difference on such a small screen is minimal to me.
Hopefully with some of the better quality devices coming out soon, we will see better adoption for playback of high bitrate HD media (eg 720p-1080p).
You can read my earlier post, which sort of talks to your question. In Summary, I have come around to Xaueious recommendations in that thread. Use Media-Corder (Click on the Link) to Transcode your movies. What you will need to do is play with bit rate and whether you need to split your videos. I have found if I create too high of a bit rate, it goes into jerky freeze mode. Too low and you get fuzzy pixelation. I use MP4 for my ePAD, but you may have better luck with H.264 MKVs than I did. I also played about with frame rate. Remember to use the same frame rate or half it as close as possible for lower quality. NTSC (US) is 30, PAL (UK) is 25. Most YouTube FLVs are 15-20 frame rate which even when 720 do not have the clarity.
All I can suggest is download MediaCorder, Find the Frame Rate that matches your zone and the bit rate which gives you the best clarity without freezing.
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Best to get the max microSDHC which is for you: TF card, Flash Drives extend to 16GB Class (4) you might be able to get away with Class (2) on the Android 2.1 OS. Class (2 or 4) is measured in MB/sec more you can load up the faster the video will start and play. There is Class (6) that will cost dearly. MP4 will compress the video but the quality is very good. WMV (Windows Media Video does handle 1080p) uses less space. MKv is more popular, DivX AVI, Xvid AVI Most videos even if they're 1080p will play on 720p. There are some 1080p videos that are 5GB in size though. 2.5-3.5GB for 720p depends what your watching. The default player should be able to play the video if now there are plenty of free player.apk around.
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so i have the via wm8505 7'' tablet. i know that it sucks for video but i have been able to get one video to play lovely...evil dead! but i can't get any others to play. i get sound but no video. ive tried matching the specs to evil dead to transcode but it doesnt seem to work. any suggestions? in media coder what would be the best specs to get it to work on my tablet or what have people used with the tablet i have that have worked for you?
i use any video converter and then select avi and put it on the lowest quality possible and it works and then i use the "video player" app by jeff hamilton in the market and it works great
twees i just pm you but i forgot to mention the video player app maybe that will help
oh you use avis? i've been ripping them as mp4 and they are quite ****e to be honest...but viewable lol.
nope sorry twees i do use mp4's i just double checked because avi's didnt sound right. So i felt bad for maybe leading some down the wrong path earlier today so i took some time to night to try and refine the video conversion to make it run smoother and be synced better and this is what i came up with in any video converter select customize mp4 and then mess with the video and audio options this is what mine looked like. Test this out for yourself and see if it looks as clean to you as it does to me, and then let us know your findings. thanks
Last edited by probbiethe1; 08-15-2010 at 01:50 AM.
I am having an issue trying to play movies. I have them in MP4 format and at one point, I was getting them to play. Now just getting a message that says "sorry unable to play video". Don't know what I did different because it was working. It also plays a MP4 Music video fine, but not the movies. I like this tablet, but need to be able to watch movies as I have a 5 year old who loves dispicable me. thanks
These answers are exactly why the iPad is better. And I am an Android fan/user. But they have to solve the music/movie ease of purchase/download. They need gtunes or whatever they'll call it... otherwise people will continue to own ipods and pads even if they have droids... I'd love to get the HTC flyer but I want easy movie downloads with zero anything other than "click here to download."