[mythtv-users] Mobile Video Player Recommendations (MPEG4)

Kevin Hulse jedi at mishnet.org
Sat Jan 27 00:53:39 UTC 2007

On Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 07:56:43PM -0700, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Jan 25, 2007, at 7:21 PM, Kevin Hulse wrote:
> > Hullo,
> >
> >     I am interested in something like the video ipod. However,
> > I am not interested in re-transcoding everything to be
> > compatable with the video ipod. Are there any units like from
> > iriver or archos that are more mythtv friendly. What exactly
> > is the variant of MPEG4 being used by mythtv (since it's not
> > H.264) and are there any portable video players that support
> > it?
> >
> I don't have a lot of time right at the moment but I just wanted to  
> mention one thing: resolution.
> The small players, be they an iPod or an Archos or whatever usually  
> have screens that are not "full resolution". I have a Zaurus that is  
> actually 640x480 but even that is not the 720x480 that is "standard"  
> for SD NTSC video. The small players are more typically 320x220, but  
> I haven't looked at them recently, maybe they are getting better ?

	That kind of reminds me of the PIP in the recordings
browser. That's downscaling on the fly and not great but 
respectable. So it looks like a portable player shouldn't 
need the videos transcoded even if it doesn't have a suitable

> So to play a video that was made on a Myth system you will either  
> have to have Myth create a file that has sub-optimal resolution for  
> display on a home TV set or reduce the resolution of the Myth file to  
> "fit" on your player.
> I have a GP2X with a 320x240 screen that can play just about any  
> "MPEG4" file that any Linux system can, but of course the resolution  

...including MPEG4 nuv files?


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