11-21-2010 08:40 PM
Many TV show episodes are available via a secure stream only. These are intended for viewing on the PC. Others are supported by advertising that is played with the video file. Naturally, there are many different online video formats.
Some episodes are available for download to your computer as a complete file for playback. This type of file is more readily transferred to your device for later viewing. Taking that file, and retransmitting it via a filesharing network is most undoubtedly of questionable legality.
For a user to view that file on his own personal device is a different case, as you're the "end user". "Sharing" the file or public performance of it is the key issue, as media rights have to be respected. This varies from different media sources (rights holders), of course.
Check with the website hosting the video about details on their intended media distribution rights. More specifically, if it's a legal site like Hulu and others, this should be available. Often, if teh video is intended to be diaplayed only on the computer, this is because the episode is supported by the advertising seen on the screen.
There are episodes available for some programs, hosted on YouTube. These are available as special pages.
11-23-2010 08:44 AM
After reading the specs for video conversion, I decided to give things a test run. I fired up HandBrake and put in the specs, as close as I could... couldn't get 192kbps audio so I settled for 168, and used 29.97 fps instead of 30 (close?)
The video was output as a .m4v file. Does the file extention matter, or just the way it's encapsulated? I copied it to my Fuze+ and it... didn't work.
When I attempted to copy it the first time around, Windows 7 (compliments of K-Lite) detected the "wrong" type of file, and offered to convert it to the proper type instead. I said yes the second time around, and it made a file that was playable... somewhat. It took about 10 more minutes to convert the file into a proper MP4, with an inferior size of 176x96, 271kbps total, and a framerate of 29FPS.
But what irks me is that while the video works if you press Play, that's it. You can't fast-forward, pause, resume... anything, without screwing up the video.
So I'm off to try SMC right now, see what I did wrong. Should I be using something besides Handbrake maybe?
11-23-2010 08:33 PM
Having some minor issues regarding video transfer. SMC changed my files into AVIs (again, does the extension really matter?) but they were about 5-6x bigger than the original MP4s I thought I would be able to use, which failed. However, the audio/video in both of the videos I converted were badly synced.
I'm trying again using the recommended profile for Any Video Converter, and hoping everything will work smoothly this time around.
12-20-2010 07:17 PM
hi. i am using ubuntu 10.04 ond have winff w/ the extra lybsincodec package. can someone please help me with a step by step "for dummies" of how i can convert video for the fuze+? i tried to do the command line commands but didn't get very far. help using winff and it's gui would be awesome. the winff forums are down or i would ask over there. thanks so much if anyone can help.
12-20-2010 10:25 PM
Just some info I thoguht I'd add in to the thread. I have an microSD card with some video files I made for my PSP using mencoder. (Have an adapter for Memstick Duo) Anyhow, the video I made for my psp played perfectly fine in my fuze+.
12-21-2010 12:52 AM
I had the same problem as "primetechv2". I convert a movie onto the Fuze+ using SMC. I then play the movie on the player. It plays for about 12 minutes, then randomly cuts out. It did convert the whole movie, because in the videos menu on the player it says the movie is about 2 hours long. When I go to pause the movie, it pauses, but when I try to resume the screen goes black and the player freezes and doesn't resume. When I try to skip, fast forward or resume play from the menu, the player freezes, screen goes black and I cannot resume play of the movie. This is very frustrating, as I am doing everything right, using SMC and converting everything fine. Any suggestions?