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Newbie
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-28-2014

What are the requirements for video conversion?

I'm experiencing difficulty playing video clips on my Sansa Fuze, despite using the required Video Converter..

 

Of the dozen or so different video clips of different formats (listed in Help) that I have attempted to process with "Sansa Video Converter," only one has successfully upoaded to my Sansa Fuze v1.01.07 player, and it plays OK.

 

Must I firstly convert a video file to 220 x 176 frame size, 20 fps and a certain bitrate, must the upload be managed by Windows Media Player, anybody know the trick?

 

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 2,954
Registered: ‎09-06-2008

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

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Newbie
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-28-2014

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

Thanks. Your kind response was very helpful.

SanDisk User
Posts: 84
Registered: ‎09-15-2014

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

Hi Djard. So which converter worked here if I may ask?
Newbie
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-28-2014

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

 

Sanza is utterly dishonest in advertising that Fuze supports the following file formats: "ASF, AVI, DAT, DivX(ver 6.0), DVR-MS, MOV, MP4, MPEG 1, QT, WMV, and 3gp/3gpp2.: It does not!

 

I loaded a large number of video clips in a variety of file formats, encoded with XviD, DivX, H.264 and many others. None are supported by Sansa Fuze.

I have over a dozen excellent video converters, like XMediaRecode that genuinely supports AVI, MP4, etc. My guess is that Sansa Fuze is a proprietary-based device requiring its own app and codec for converting media files. A more honest ad by SanDisk would be that owners of Sansa Fuze media players must firstly convert AVI files to Sansa AVI files.
 
After installing Quick Media Converter, a colorful GUI for FFmpeg, I batch converted about six video clips to 3gt format. They all failed to play. I think Fuze requires the ceation of a thumbnail file (*.thm), which is an image taken from the first frame of the video, before the associated video file can be played. Such restricting technology lowers SanDisk to the rank of a company like AOL.

I'll play with the issue a little more before concluding that I need to be cautious when buying any SanDisk product in the future.

 

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 16,177
Registered: ‎04-17-2008

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

Might want to try Video4fuze, a video converting program written by a former member here after he too encountered frustration in converting videos that would play sucessfully on his Fuze player.

 

I haven't used it myself, but many, many people who have recommend it highly. Smiley Wink

Newbie
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-28-2014

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

Thanks. I'll give it a try.

Newbie
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎09-28-2014

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

Yep, it works nicely. Unlike the "Sansa Media Converter" that succeeds in properly converting any media file, "Video4Fuze" has converted every file type I have tried. I also tried using XMediaRecode to perform the same task but could not adjust the parameters low enough at level 1. Below are the specs at which "Video4Fuze" renders video, if anyone is interested. 
 
V   I   D   E   O  :
FORMAT: AVI/MPEG-4 (H.263)
BITRATE: 683 kBPS
CODEC: DivX5.0
RESOLUTION: 224 X 176
DAR: 1.273:1 (14:11)
FRAMERATE: 20
LEVEL: 1
BIT DEPTH: 8
BITS/(PIXEL*FRAME): 0.864
GOP: 15 (IPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP)

A   U   D   I   O   :
FORMAT: MP3
CH: 2 (Joint stereo)
BITRATE: 128 Kbps
MODE: CBR
SAMPLING: 44100 Kbps

 

 

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 2,954
Registered: ‎09-06-2008

Re: What are the requirements for video conversion?

Great that it's working--and that it's still around. Love the open-source geeks.