Questions

I’m thinking about getting the Sansa Fuze, so I can watch videos when I travel. But I have a few questions… How many hours of video playback would I get at 128 kbps? According to the specs at amazon.com, it says 5 hrs at 512 kbps & it also says 12 hrs… but at what bitrate? I’m confused about this. Also, I have .avi videos that I would put on the Fuze. MUST I use use the media converter to convert them to mp4? My .avi files use the mpeg4 codec. Would I still have to convert them? I use Linux, so I won’t be able to install the media converter.

I don’t know all of the answers but I know that I cannot put my .avi files in it directly, I guess you HAVE to use the converter. I think it has to do with the resolution and things like that.

@sasafrass452 wrote:
I’m thinking about getting the Sansa Fuze, so I can watch videos when I travel. But I have a few questions… How many hours of video playback would I get at 128 kbps? According to the specs at amazon.com, it says 5 hrs at 512 kbps & it also says 12 hrs… but at what bitrate? I’m confused about this. Also, I have .avi videos that I would put on the Fuze. MUST I use use the media converter to convert them to mp4? My .avi files use the mpeg4 codec. Would I still have to convert them? I use Linux, so I won’t be able to install the media converter.

I’m not sure if you’ll be able to get videos on the Fuze if all you have is Linux.  Maybe you should create a new thread and ask that particular question in the subject line.  Or maybe edit this message and change to a more descriptive subject line.  I’d use something like: How do I put videos on my Fuze using Linux?

Another thread listed these specs:

Video Container: Fully interleaved AVI
Codec: MPEG-4 (Simple Profile level 1 or 2)
Bitrate: Up to 512 Kbps
Resolutions: QCIF+ (224x176)
FPS: Up to 20 fps

Audio:

mp3

bitrate:128kbps
no. of channels:2
sample rate:44100khz

I don’t know of anyone who’s successfully gotten video to work on the Fuze unless it was converted with SMC, though.

Hmm… doesn’t sound too promising. My videos have a bigger resolution, & a faster fps. I guess that means I can’t put them on the Fuze? Maybe I should look at other models that play video…

@bdb wrote:

Another thread listed these specs:

 

Video Container: Fully interleaved AVI
Codec: MPEG-4 (Simple Profile level 1 or 2)
Bitrate: Up to 512 Kbps
Resolutions: QCIF+ (224x176)
FPS: Up to 20 fps

Audio:

mp3

bitrate:128kbps
no. of channels:2
sample rate:44100khz

 

I don’t know of anyone who’s successfully gotten video to work on the Fuze unless it was converted with SMC, though.

Message Edited by Sasafrass452 on 08-03-2008 05:23 PM

You’re not going to be able to drag-and-drop them. That’s what the Converter is for: to change their frame rate, etc. You probably need a video player that can accept more different filetypes.

Since I use Linux, drag & drop is the only way I can do it. I guess I’ll need to look elsewhere…

@c1u31355 wrote:
You’re not going to be able to drag-and-drop them. That’s what the Converter is for: to change their frame rate, etc. You probably need a video player that can accept more different filetypes.

If you can find a v1 model e200 you can use Rockbox to play MPEG1 or MPEG2 videos via drag and drop.  Chances are any new one you get will be a v2, though.  If you can find a refurbished one it will be a v1 most likely.  Check the rockbox.org website to see a list of compatible devices if you’re interested in going that route.  There are a few devices from a few different vendors that are listed as compatible, including Toshiba and Creative.  Not sure if any are still in production.

The Fuze can ONLY have video transferred to it via the SMC. Drag and drop regardless of having the exact specs will not work due to the metadata restriction. It should be okay on linux as long as SMC can install

The SMC is for window$, so I can’t use it. Linux doesn’t run .exe files.

@apix wrote:
The Fuze can ONLY have video transferred to it via the SMC. Drag and drop regardless of having the exact specs will not work due to the metadata restriction. It should be okay on linux as long as SMC can install

Call me silly, but aren’t there multiple linux applications allowing Windoze to run in a shell?

Perhaps this will allow the SMC to do its thing… Or you can always send MS a pile of cash, so you can feed Bill Gates’ latest ego trip.  Let me put it this way.  If I want to spend billions helping mankind, I’ll do it wisely, in the background, free of advertising and the inevitable corruption.  If I want to see the results of my work, I’ll take the Gulfstream there, borrow an old car, and go see those who’ve been helped.  No camera crew required.

Bob  :smileyvery-happy:

@neutron_bob wrote:

Or you can always send MS a pile of cash, so you can feed Bill Gates’ latest ego trip.

I expect that still won’t get SMC to run on Linux.

I haven’t tried SMC without the Fuze connected, but if it can work that way, perhaps he can run it in one of those emulator windows (or even on another system), then use Linux to move the files SMC creates from the hard drive to the Fuze.

@apix wrote:
The Fuze can ONLY have video transferred to it via the SMC. Drag and drop regardless of having the exact specs will not work due to the metadata restriction. It should be okay on linux as long as SMC can install

Does anybody know exactly what SMC is putting in the metadata?  It seems like the AVI/MPEG specs are pretty standard and could be created by any number of tools.  If we could just figure out the necessary metadata I’m sure there would be some way to get around SMC.

I haven’t tried it myself, but I think it’s possible that the Rhapsody 4 client, latest build, my be able to handle Fuze video.  I’m going to have to start crunching a few video files and see.

I’m running version 4.0.4.311 if I recall coerrectly, but that’s on another network…Speaking of which, I had better quit here and head home.

Bob :wink: