Playing videos in Nook Color

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  1. avi

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    Hi all !

    I have read in a review that nook has some issues playing videos in it. Is it true ?

    can anyone confirm that does it plays videos flawlessly from a SD card ?

    TIA ;)
     
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    Not issues per se, just format limitations. Needs to a ".mp4" file encoded with either mpeg4 or h.264 video, and less than 854 pixels wide. Anything besides that will not play at all on the built in media player.

    You can install a 3rd party media player on a rooted NC that will expand compatibility (such as Rockplayer), but there are performance issues files encoded with other codecs (divx/xvid etc).
     
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    Handbrake is said to be able to convert files from unusable formats to one that the NC can read. I've tried it, but had no luck so far. Others do it daily and it works great. I'd say it's an IO (idiot operator) error.
     
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    No worries - it is not the most user friendly app of all time. Though I think, what people is say is "when it doubt, choose standard iphone defaults"
     
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    been using handbrake for my nook - excellent video quality for me - my settings are 480x256 resolution, mp4 container, h.264 codec, bitrate 800 to 1000 kbps depending on my storage space (higher bitrate = more space ) - so at 800 kbps, i have 2.5 hours movie at 680MB, plays really smooth, looks really good
     
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    That's where I got the nook profiles. It took my 500mb avi and made a 1.7gb mp4 out of bit. Dang thing still wouldn't play. I'll try the iphone defaults tonight.
     
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    hmm, that seems a lot (1.7GB from a 500mb file) - make sure you are at avg bitrate of 700 not constant quality, check picture tab and make sure video res is 480 width - also try using mVideoplayer from the market to playback


     
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    Did you use the constant quality setting? What movie/video did you try to transcode? As I mentioned in the how-to, Transformers 2 had so much high-speed action that it came out at 2GB and a much higher bitrate than other non-action movies. So trying again with a fixed bitrate (like AnimaTechnica suggested) may be the best option.

    -Matt
     
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    I tried again (Avatar, extended..) using the suggested settings and it works just fine. I set my bitrate to 800 and it looks really good. Before I left for work I restarted it using a bitrate of 900.. I want to see how much difference it makes to the filesize. Once I'm happy with the output, I'll do the rest of my movie collection.. That'll take a while!
     
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    @all - thank you for replies guys !

    please post your encoding profile settings :)
     
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    I'll post screen shots of all the Handbrake tabs when I get home tonight. I know they work, but I bet they could be better.. Maybe some bigger brained person can look at them for me at the same time and help me tweak my settings.. Everyone wins!
     
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    Hey we can collectively figure this out - we each test a specific bit rate
    Based on converting a common file

    That way we quickly narrow down ideal file size n quality settings


     
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    Ok, here are all my tabs.. If there are more settings, just tell me and I'll post them..

    $1.jpg $2.jpg $3.jpg $4.jpg $5.jpg To be continued..
     
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    Part II...

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