Max video bitrate

mskaplan

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Folks-

Have been doing some comparison between the stock video player and Act 1 video player. So far, I've been encoding using handbrake, 850x480 resolution (so it takes up the entire screen, the "stretching" doesn't look to bad and is worth it IMHO) it seems as though Act 1 can only read files encoded using FFMpeg, while the stock player can do x264 and also XViD. Can anyone else confirm this? Also, I've been setting the bitrate to 1500. Does anyone know a max / recommended? When seeking, I've had the video and audio become out of sync slightly, which is very annoying. What are your thoughts on this?
 

cj100570

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I'm using the videos I encoded with handbrake using the iPhone settings and they look perfect with no issues at all.
 

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1500 kbps seems like overkill, IMO. Have you tried lower settings? I'm sure 1000kbs would look fine and leave you with smaller files on your card.
 

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Is it my imagination, or are we stuck w/the black boarder/bars along the sides of the video? I'm hating the waste of screen real estate, and it's pissing me off. Please tell me the correct dimensions for video encoding to take FULL advantage of the screen - or is this just how it is?
 

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it depends on your source video, you will probably have to crop a small bit of the movie (if you don't want to stretch it) to get it to fit perfectly since most movies are shot in 2.40:1 vs the 1.78:1 ratio of a 16:9 screen.

something like Format Factory makes it pretty easy to crop since it gives you a sample of the movie and then you just drag the bars around to cut out the letterboxing.

for you, with the black bars on the side since it's a 4:3 image you're trying to get to fit on a 16:9 screen and fill completely, you'll either have to stretch it if you don't want to lost anything (makes everything look squashed and fat) or crop it where you'll loose some of the top and bottom of the image, but it will then be in a widescreen aspect. again, format factory can do that for you (so can handbrake)
 

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@TheDarkSide

I am sure you can encode with those dimensions but remember videos were not made to be this wide of a screen so the ratio will have to stretch the video for the Droid cause of the dimensions of the droid screen.

But use the program and stretch the screen if you would like to. Personally I had skewing a picture so I don't mind the black bars.
 

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