12-29-2008 09:52 AM
I use "123 DVD To PSP" to put my DVD movies on my harddrive (such as Wanted and Iron Man). When I created MP4 files (which SMC said it supports) SMC just locked up. I then had 123 create a WMV file. When I used SMC to convert it everything came out fine. The volume is a little low so my plan to fix it is to use Windows Movie maker. I will import the WMV into WMM, increase the volume, then render the movie as another WMV. I will also try to render it as an AVI to see if that worked better.
Does anybody want to know the results?
12-29-2008 10:25 AM
Keep in mind that Winavi will allow you to convert your videos into a format that can be dragged and dropped onto your player without needing SMC. Skips that step completely. Also converts vids very fast.
12-29-2008 11:07 AM
Excellent find on the winavi application. Hey, they bottom line here is to share our findings in the hope of having a better experience for everyone, right?
But I feel compelled to mention that in a two party system, it's rather pointless to blame the Republicans for every problem we have. Bulldogging the system is a sport played by both parties, with the requisite blame on the other side of the aisle. Look long enough at the whole picture, and you'll see that corruption knows no specific party. There are other differences that I will refrain from delving into, as these touch upon human nature.
As for SanDisk and the Sansa Media Converter, rest assured that they are trying to invent a better mousetrap. The proof is in the successive iterations of the SMC, one from ArcSoft, and one from InterVideo. It gets really nasty when you take into account that we are all running different computers, and the installed codecs and operating systems will fight eachother.
The repair involves subvendors, rights, and negotiations from a corporate side. Heavy stuff.
I have found that installing a codec pack like k-lite or CCCP, the latest Quicktime, among others, gives the SMC the tools it needs for proper conversion. On my particular system, I have a standalone version plus the 4.236 I/V release. I prefer the usable photo cropping tool for the e280, plus it is happy with the Fuze.
12-29-2008 12:42 PM
I have absolutely no problem with what you've said, in this or your initial posting. It was the tone and attitude projected in your subsequent 2nd post that spurred my response. 'Bumping' a thread to keep it at the top of the board is very irritating to everyone except the 'bumper'. And is considered immaturish and troll-like behavior and not tolerated on most forums.
I'm in full agreement with you that there are problems, and they need to be addressed. You (and everyone) have the right to expect a product to work as advertised. But I don't believe this forum is the most direct way to convey your unhappiness to the powers that be, is all. And seeing the same thread 'bumped up' daily to make you feel like you're doing what is necessary to make yourself heard is unfair to everyone else. I have no problem with people protesting their unhappiness with a situation, but when that protest infringes on my rights or inconveniences me, then yes I take offense to it.
You have and can continue to calmly state your objections, opinions and suggestions. I will even defend your right to do so. But when you inject a tone in only your 2nd post ever on this forum and announce that you are going to subject everyone here to seeing this thread daily until SanDisk does something about the SMC problems; I just think that's a little extreme. Had you not purposely stated your intentions and instead just added a new post every day with relevant discussion or suggestions, it would accomplish the same result, but be a lot less irritating and insulting to everyone. Just seeing a post with the word 'Bump' in it though, you have to admit gets old real quick.
So I apologize for misinterpreting your intentions and simply reacting to the 'way' they were conveyed. First impressions and all. I was not attacking you personally, only the manner in which you words read on my computer screen. But in the future, let's at least leave politics out of it, can we?
12-29-2008 03:50 PM
@ neutron_bob: I understand the differences between codecs, operating systems, media players, ect. The issue I am having is no matter what I do, SMC won't even launch. If it had been a matter of the wrong codec, the problem would have been solved much sooner. I have the latest k-lite, quick time, xp codec pack, ect, ect. I simply cannot get SMC to do anything but seemingly die of stagefright as soon as I launch it. Thankfully, someone came forward with an alternative program to SMC. Also, I apologize for using political labels, coming off an 8 year republican binge will put just about anyone in a sour mood about it.
@ Tapeworm: I understand how things work, but you have to understand that I did contact sansa. I took the 'correct' steps to try and solve the problem. I got no where. What do you do when you have written your congressman for the 15th time to no avail? You call 10,000 of your closest friends and picket in the streets. Good think I chose to just 'annoy' people on a message board instead.
Oh, and BTW, BUMP.
12-29-2008 08:54 PM - edited 12-29-2008 09:12 PM
Message Edited by kevin02454 on 12-29-2008 09:04 PM
Message Edited by kevin02454 on 12-29-2008 09:12 PM
12-30-2008 05:08 AM
Gosh! You are my hero! Converting with WinAVI works fine for me. Now I play a little bit with the settings to increase the quality a bit.
But as for now I'm quite confident
12-30-2008 05:40 AM
so are you converting a DVD straight to some flavor of AVI and then D & D into the Fuze? Or is it already some AVI that goes into WinAVI which then produces another flavored AVI that is D&D?
12-30-2008 07:09 AM
Since WinAVI is a commercial software, I do not think that anything is solved here. Initially SMC should do the job for the most common video formats. Sansa sells a not ready for market product which needs additional investment. This is not acceptable in any way.