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sambobber2
01-15-2011, 01:02 AM
I have a bunch of VLC Player movies I want to play on my phone.. how do I put them on and watch them if it is possible?

What about WMP?

Garemlin
01-15-2011, 07:24 AM
Moving to a/v

xrazedx
01-15-2011, 07:39 AM
Put them on the sd card and then use a media player to play video files. Arc media player is a good one you can use. Just search in the market, there are quite a few.

Swyped n sent from my X

dennyjones
01-15-2011, 07:41 AM
Rock Player is the best player that I've used.

DebianDog
01-15-2011, 07:46 AM
VLC is not a file type. Give Act 1 video player a shot too

Beamed from my DroidX

closer
01-15-2011, 02:45 PM
I've tried just about every player. I would say by far the best player I've used is Vital player. I haven't found another player that had better playback performance or was able to handle as many formats without issues.

dvdcatalyst
01-15-2011, 06:03 PM
I have a bunch of VLC Player movies I want to play on my phone.. how do I put them on and watch them if it is possible?

What about WMP?

VLC is a player that supports just about any video format, but the Droid X does not. Files need to be either in a proper, compatible format such as iPhone-compatible MP4.
Supposedly a VLC player for Android is coming out very soon, which should support all those file types you have, but until then, you will either have to use an app such as vPlayer or RockPlayer, or convert them to a format that will work.

sambobber2
01-21-2011, 12:51 AM
Where do I put them? Media folder?

DebianDog
01-21-2011, 09:14 AM
Does not matter I made a directory called /Movies

sambobber2
01-21-2011, 11:13 AM
Ok cool. I'll put them on when I get home and let you know how it works

sambobber2
01-21-2011, 08:35 PM
What about WMP videos? will those work too?

closer
01-21-2011, 11:57 PM
WMV should work fine, well at least on every thing suggested. I would forget about the built in player.

sambobber2
01-22-2011, 01:01 AM
I tried some of the suggested players.
Vital player video and audio skips non stop
Rock player same

DebianDog
01-22-2011, 01:31 AM
The bit rate for the movie is too high. You can't play 4000 kbs dvd rips on your phone man. 1500 max.

Beamed from my DroidX

dvdcatalyst
01-22-2011, 09:51 AM
The bit rate for the movie is too high. You can't play 4000 kbs dvd rips on your phone man. 1500 max.

Beamed from my DroidX

If you use MP4 and a hardware-enabled player (Gallery/Act1) 3000Kbps works just fine, as long as the file doesn't get bigger than 2GB

DebianDog
01-22-2011, 10:08 AM
If you use MP4 and a hardware-enabled player (Gallery/Act1) 3000Kbps works just fine, as long as the file doesn't get bigger than 2GB

True but given how good encoders like x264 are there is almost no reason to... unless you are going to use the HDMI port to a BIG screen.

dvdcatalyst
01-22-2011, 10:23 AM
True but given how good encoders like x264 are there is almost no reason to... unless you are going to use the HDMI port to a BIG screen.

I admit, 3000Kbps is overkill for the Droid's screen size, but with MP4 I was referring to MP4 as the container/file extension. x264/h264/avc and mpeg4-sp. In my hdmi tests, I played 3000Kbps x264 encoded video without issues tied to the bitrate.
When you use the 854x480 resolution, 3000Kbps plays without problems whatsoever. If you up the resolution to 720p, the framerate needs to be lowered to 24fps, and even then, the playback is a bit iffy in my opinion, but bitrate wasn't a factor. I even tried a couple of different settings, lower bitrate (1000Kbps) lower audio bitrate etc with the 720p res, but no difference(besides the quality).

DebianDog
01-22-2011, 10:33 AM
Umm good to know thanks for all your research!

sambobber2
01-23-2011, 12:00 PM
Alright, so what should I do to make them play right?

dvdcatalyst
01-23-2011, 12:07 PM
Alright, so what should I do to make them play right?

As I mentioned before,


you will either have to use an app such as vPlayer or RockPlayer, or convert them to a format that will work.

You can try to set your Droid to "Windows Media Sync" for the USB mode when you connect it, and then try and sync your WMV files that way, which might make them play in Gallery, but for the rest of your files, either convert them, or try and play them in one of those video player apps.

closer
01-23-2011, 02:40 PM
Found this site with some test files. Testing videos (different codecs & kbps) - maemo.org - Talk (http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=33128)
I ran the higher bitrate files on a couple players. Act1 and stock player played back wmv better than vital player. Vital player played back divx/xvid better. H.264 seemed to playback fine with all of them, it looked like act may have had a advantage. Act1/stock failed to play the mpeg2 and flash. Vital player played them fine. Also had a h264 mkv container, fails to playback on act1/stock works fine with vital.
Rockplayer, v player should be able to playback everything vital player plays. Also tried qqplayer and it seemed to have issues with most file types.
They're small files so someone should try some other players or compare them all.
You may need to rename some of the files to .avi to easily open them.

I was using act1 trial and im not sure if it's limited.