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Nokia N810 and Videos

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Dear LazyWeb,

I have ripped/encoded a bunch of (my own) movies previously in order to watch them on my PSP. The command I’ve been using is a variation of this:

mencoder -sws 9 -af volume=10.1:0 \
-vf pullup,softskip,scale=320:240,harddup,unsharp=l3x3:0.7 \
-ofps 30000/1001 \
-oac faac -faacopts br=128:mpeg=4:object=2:raw -channels 2 -srate 48000 \
-ovc lavc -lavcopts aglobal=1:vglobal=1:vcodec=mpeg4:acodec=libfaac\
:abitrate=128:vbitrate=500 \
-of lavf -lavfopts format=psp \
-aid 128 dvd://1 -chapter 01-04 \
-o $HOME/Movies/Seinfeld/Seinfeld-Season5-11-TheConversion.mp4

… which plays fine on my PSP. Unfortunately, these mp4 movies do not play on my shiney new Nokia N810. I’ve tried using Canola, as well as the built-in media player application, and they both don’t recognize the data as something they can play. I tried installing MPlayer on the N810 and, while I seem to remember it thinking it could play it, I also seem to remember it skipping, stuttering, and falling all over itself in trying to actually make it viewable. I also tried installing VLC, but when I try to launch it, no UI comes up?

Anyway, if someone could point me to either a way to view these movies on my N810 or to the best mencoder command to watch the best resolution/quality movies on my N810, I’d greatly appreciate it. =:)

[UPDATE]  Actually, it looks like MPlayer on the N810 does a really nice job! I think the problem that I was having previously was that i was trying to do something else (why does copying/pasting from a UPnP share use so much CPU??) at the same time that MPlayer was trying to play a video. But I just pulled over an mp4 of Office Space and MPlayer played it beautifully–without any hiccups or stutters. Here’s to hoping I don’t have to re-rip everything I’ve already done for my PSP!

Author: Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper

My name is Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper. I am the ring leader of the amazing Kasper family. I am unashamedly a Christian Nerd. These are our stories....

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  2. Look here for encoding options: http://wiki.maemo.org/Video_encoding
    Mplayer works great for most TV-Shows-rips as long as the bitrate stays below 800Kbps.
    I don’t want to spam, but there is one great resource on the net about NITs: http://www.internettablettalk.com

  3. For best quality:
    $ mencoder INPUT -vf scale=400:240 -ovc lavc -lavcopts
    vcodec=msmpeg4v2:vhq:vbitrate=430 -oac mp3lame -lameopts br=128:vol=9 -o
    OUTPUT

    For “Ok” quality:
    $ mencoder INPUT -vf scale=400:240 -ovc lavc -lavcopts
    vcodec=msmpeg4v2:vhq:vbitrate=320 -oac mp3lame -lameopts br=96:vol=9 -o OUTPUT

    Haven’t tested it yet, I’ve got the tip from morpheuz.

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