Trying to get video from purchased DVD’s onto v1 e260’s for kids to watch on car trip. I’m using an (Intel) Mac running OS X 10.5.6, with the SMC running on Windows XP in a Parallels Desktop VM. I have the video already off the DVD’s and into iTunes and playing on our iPods, but I can’t seem to get it into a format that will work for SMC (4.256).
While I have access to a wide variety of codecs on the Mac side via Quicktime Pro, VLC, ffmpeg, etc., I have nothing funky on the XP side - vanilla XP install, latest security patches, with Quicktime 7.6.
First I tried the same .m4v format that worked for iTunes. SMC didn’t get anywhere with it: after 0% converted it said it “has encountered a problem and needs to close”.
On the off chance that SMC would be better-behaved with a different format, I tried saving it out as a self-contained .mov from QuickTime. Same result. Then I tried using ffmpeg to get as close as I could to the native format of the videos that came on the Sansa. This blew up the file size (30-min video jumped from 500MB to over 2GB), but I had enough room on the player that it would fit even if what SMC output was the same size. This time SMC got to about 25% done converting but then crashed with the same error.
Open to any suggestions here…