sansa media converter on ubuntu

I can’t get the SMC to download onto a laptop running Ubuntu.  Help!?  It’s not my computer, so I don’t know anything about the OS.  So any instructions for “dummies” would be nice.

Hopefully, thanks in advance.  Hazel

You need a Windows machine. SMC does not work with Linux.

Why does it not work with Linux? Come on guys/gals, this is the year 2008 and Linux is all over the place. You need to make a firmware that will accept and play Avidemux’d videos or work with the wine community to make the ever so problematic SMC work on Linux. Period. No, this is not flame bait. I’ve been using Linux since 1999 and know how hard it can be to get support. Sandisk should take the bold move of full out Linux support.

With the Economy of this world in a shambles, you can’t afford to lose any sales. And believe you me, you will lose sales. You’re just about to lose mine. I can get a Cowon player that will work with Linux right out of the box and support movie playback without windows.

People will take these back…to stores that throw your product away. I know they do dump products even in hard economic times.

Please find a way to make this work for us.

@nomasteryoda wrote:

People will take these back…to stores that throw your product away. I know they do dump products even in hard economic times.

I doubt that they get thrown away. Where do you think all the re-furbs on the market come from?

But, just so you know, SanDisk is in the process of finding an alternative to SMC as we speak, so there may be hope. :wink:

I am as keen as mustard to get this thing working in some form or fashion.  Let’s face it though, video on the Fuze is gonna be pretty lame, but you just want to know you can do it! :smileyvery-happy:

I don’t have access to a Windows box and all the solutions / workarounds I have seen have suggested people use WinAVI or AVSforyou or some stuff which doesnt work for me in Ubuntu with Wine.

What’s the latest on a working version of the media convertor for Linux?

Message Edited by ChimaI on 01-06-2009 12:06 AM

Take a look at the links in this thread:

http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=smc&thread.id=1254&view=by_date_ascending&page=1

Any update as to either a firmware upgrade that allows for the use of standard video files to be played on the Fuze (best option) or a media converter that would work under *nix? I have to say that I agree with all that I’ve read so far in that this is a really really great mp3 player but to require individuals undue suffering from using such a primitive and harmful thing (I can’t even honestly call it an Operating System because that would imply that it actually operates) as Windows should be up for review as a human rights violation. Yeah I’m going to go spend $300 on something that’s going to crash my computer a lot and require pretty much hourly security updates just to upload video files to my player and while I’m at it I might as well just post all of my personal information on every board on the internet.

Alright, so maybe that’s a bit harsh…I’m not trying to flame but to be told that I absolutely HAVE to use Windows to put video files on my Fuze makes me feel like I’m being asked to shoot a baby in the face just to eat a cheeseburger I already purchased. I’ve been a huge fan of Sansa products and I can’t honestly believe that Sansa wants nothing to do with the estimated 29mil+ Linux users of the world (h$$p://counter.li.org/estimates.php)

@kaferenza wrote:

Any update as to either a firmware upgrade that allows for the use of standard video files to be played on the Fuze (best option) or a media converter that would work under *nix? I have to say that I agree with all that I’ve read so far in that this is a really really great mp3 player but to require individuals undue suffering from using such a primitive and harmful thing (I can’t even honestly call it an Operating System because that would imply that it actually operates) as Windows should be up for review as a human rights violation. Yeah I’m going to go spend $300 on something that’s going to crash my computer a lot and require pretty much hourly security updates just to upload video files to my player and while I’m at it I might as well just post all of my personal information on every board on the internet.

Alright, so maybe that’s a bit harsh…I’m not trying to flame but to be told that I absolutely HAVE to use Windows to put video files on my Fuze makes me feel like I’m being asked to shoot a baby in the face just to eat a cheeseburger I already purchased. I’ve been a huge fan of Sansa products and I can’t honestly believe that Sansa wants nothing to do with the estimated 29mil+ Linux users of the world (h$$p://counter.li.org/estimates.php)

Nope.There hasnt been a new Firmware since this thread was started. New one is due out by the end of march.

The firmware updater does NOT work on XP64.  Do the people at Sansa think people only use XP?  I am bummed that such a great mp3/ogg/flac player sucks as bad as it does for video.  I use UbuntuStudio and 64 Studio.  At home I also have XP64 so I can get SMC to only kind of work. (and it doesn’t even encode movies over 1 hour).  WHAT EVER THE FIX, are you kidding!!  I am tired of SansDisk over complicating a task other companies have already easily mastered.  

Summary:

  1.  Linux: YES!  Support it

  2.  Throw Avidemux a bone and have them put the SMC preset in their list…

@canezila wrote:

The firmware updater does NOT work on XP64.  Do the people at Sansa think people only use XP?  I am bummed that such a great mp3/ogg/flac player sucks as bad as it does for video.  I use UbuntuStudio and 64 Studio.  At home I also have XP64 so I can get SMC to only kind of work. (and it doesn’t even encode movies over 1 hour).  WHAT EVER THE FIX, are you kidding!!  I am tired of SansDisk over complicating a task other companies have already easily mastered.  

 

Summary:

  1.  Linux: YES!  Support it
  1.  Throw Avidemux a bone and have them put the SMC preset in their list…
  1. I would bet that it is comming. SMC and the Updater dont work on Macs either, so I bet when (If ever they fix this) they will do both together.

  2. They are actually working to eliminate or reduce the need for SMC as we speak.

This might (or might not) be off topic… BUT if the SMC is not mandatory, I bought the new Nvidia encoder Badaboom. It is amazingly fast!!! I can encode a DVD .iso into a nano-ipdo sized video in under 10 minutes! It clocks around 168+ frames per second… compared to handbrake’s 24… since it uses the GPU of new Nvidia cards… And the audio sync is flawless. If the firmware allows the use of Badaboom then I would be the happiest camper in town!

Message Edited by canezila on 02-26-2009 11:36 AM

Try it. There have been others who have found successful work arounds to SMC. If IT works this may be the solution our Linux using friends are looking for (Or at least some of them)

In XP I use a program called “DVDFab Platinum” to convert a DVD to a video format for my Sansa View. There are several options in the converter but I use the iPod option and change some of the parameters to accommodate the Sansa View (like 320x240 resolution). Works great and I’ve been successful with several DVDs that I’ve tried.

My dream is to either replace my favourite apps with Ubuntu compatible software or, failing that, get them to work in Wine. As yet, I haven’t tried DVDFab with Wine. While Wine is a great app, it still needs work. My problem is that when a Windows application doesn’t work in Wine, I don’t know what to do. So, I search the boards in the hope I can find a solution.

Anyway, I hope my suggestion about DVDFab Platinum might be of some use to someone. BTW, DVDFab Platinum will also rip an entire movie even if it is copy protected.

Message Edited by bblnctt on 06-26-2009 12:09 PM

I really hope to see some closure on this thread as I use ubuntu 10.04LTS.  After several google searches have yet to find someone successfully convert video on linux using ffmpeg for my Sansa Fuze.  The following thread on ubuntu help seemed very close but final post regarding ffmpeg settings did not yield success for me:  http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1092291.html

thanks

These related threads brought me to the video4fuze solution which allows video to be converted for Sansa Fuze on ubuntu

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?p=286477
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=827693&page=4
http://code.google.com/p/video4fuze/

Hope this helps

What is a good OS for this?Is it compatible with W7?

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