HandBrake and Palm thread

Discussion in 'Multimedia (Palm OS)' started by Varjak, Jul 16, 2008.

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  1. Varjak

    Varjak Mobile Deity

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    Actually, I'm primarily trying to get video onto my LifeDrive. I had fully intended to buy an iPhone, which is why I investigated HandBrake in the first place (plus I was hoping to do one conversion and use it on both devices since they share a 480x320 resolution), but was disappointed with the new version of the iPhone. I'd like to stick with MVK for now, since it seems to be one of the better output formats, but I may try your method (Vorbis).

    I've been using a copy of the DVD 'Rendezvous' that was given to me by a friend, and it supposedly does not have copy protection on it; but I'm beginning to think that it may.

    I believe you, but why do you think that H.264 won't work on TCPMP? There is a decoder for it.

    MPEG4 was the 'default' video format that approximates what is actually on DVD's. One of the better sources for info on the various formats and container formats is Wikipedia.
     
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    When I loaded a test file that was in H.264, TCPMP could not run it. I've googled decoder for H.264 but don't understand enough yet to use it. Is this a codec to load onto the Launcher like the others that came with TCPMP? There are no instructions, just a Download now button so I'm hesitant since it might be an advanced thing (for me). Something new to learn usually means I'm headed for multiple crashes so i find it safer to get some more solid info before downloading and plugging away. I could also not be reporting accurately since I 'm still learning all these acronyms, file ext.. As i understand it from Wicki - H.264 is a standard for video compression. It is also known as MPEG-4 Part 10. However, TCPMP can run previous mpegs - MPEG-2, H.263, or MPEG-4 Part 2. So it's confusing for me since the file says mpeg4 but there seems to be different standards in the H.xxx level. At first I though it was some sort of codec to load along with the others but its a standard. Anyway, all confused and so I just did the workaround for simplicity until I learn more.
     
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    Hi Varjak,
    when you put in your h.264 file and TCPMP plays it, would you mind posting instructions? Rougheo (see his H.264 post) and I both have been unsuccessful.
    I've looked at raspabalsa and jigwashere links. I see a FFMPEG add on so I will try that new .prc add on.
     
  4. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    In my experience, h.264 doesn't work, despite the claim for the mp4 codec to handle it. It tries to play it, but things get botched up quickly. Frankly, since a Fairuse created Xvid .avi file does so well on a TX with TCPMP, I haven't been terribly motivated to look at it closer. Really, on such a small screen, additional quality falls into the realm of diminishing returns.

    By the way, I can take any Fairuse .avi file and convert it for the ipod Touch/iPhone using the free VEMode. It plays perfectly in iTunes, though I don't have an iPod Touch to test it on. ;)
     
  5. Varjak

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    FireNWater,

    Actually, from what I've read, H.264 format files SHOULD be able to be 'read' by the AVC+AAC plugins on Jig's signature. H.264=AVC as far as I can tell. The AAC part is for the audio (although I guess you could use another audio format as AAC is very lossy).

    I have not had the time to make another attempt but I will absolutely post any relevant info I obtain.

    Edit: (I forgot the link I wanted to show)


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC
     
  6. Varjak

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    There's one other thing I thought of. When I transferred the file from my HD to my SD card using a USB card reader/writer, do I put it in one of the folders like Audio, DCIM, or Palm? or can I just put it on the card? The first try I made I could find the file on the card, it just wouldn't play.
     
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    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    TCPMP doesn't care where the file is on the card. I drop them at the top level.
     
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    Thanks. I actually got some results for my second run through. It wasn't the location on the card, but the first encoding which failed. My second attempt was much better but not quite satisfactory.
     
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    I know that many people here use DivXEncoder and get an XviD file. What plugin does TCPMP use to play this kind of file? I'm going through the plugins and I don't see one for XviD or AVI. although there is an MPEG4 plugin. Thanks.
     
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    TCPMP uses the MPEG4 plugin to play an XviD file. If you want to know which plugin is used for the formats you use, try this: Install all plugins to your TX's main memory, then with a file manager (such as Filez) move all plugins to the SD card. Move them, do not copy them. So now TCPMP is stripped of all its plugins. Open TCPMP, then open your video. TCPMP will complain that it's missing a required plugin, and will also tell you which one it is. If unclear about which one, then try moving plugins one by one back to main memory, testing until TCPMP can play the video.
     
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