Introduction: Put Lag Free Videos From Your Computer/Youtube Onto Sansa Players

Sansa video players experience audio lag on most videos over 5 minutes long. My Instructable will walk you through the steps to put Youtube videos and videos on your own computer onto your Sansa video player.

Step 1: Download Software

The only software you will need to download is Rhapsody, which is Sansa'a 'version' of iTunes, and is developed by RealNetworks.

Download link is here: http://www.rhapsody.com/-software

It is free, and since you only need it to transcode the videos, the 25 free song plays they give you shouldn't get used. You have to make an account I think, I did anyway.

Step 2: Get Your Videos

You need videos to put on your MP3 player, so you have 2 choices. If you have a long video on your computer, you can use that. If you just want to test it out, go to Youtube. Find a song, or video or whatever. I chose Enya's 'Only Time' Song, because it rocks. Once you find the desired Youtube video, go to Vixy.net and put the URL into the given field. make sure it is set to .AVI, and press start. Once it has finished, download it to your computer, and rename it to whatever you are going to call it.

Step 3: Place Videos Onto the Sansa Aka the Meat of This Guide

Sansa comes with it's own converter, the Sansa Media Converter, but honestly, it's crap. That's why you are using Rhapsody :P

Anyway, connect your Sansa to the computer, and open up Rhapsody.

It will spend some time reading your device and then it will be ready.

Now, in the upper right hand corner of the screen, there are 3 button's. One says 'Device Options', the other 'Cancel' and 'Disconnect'. Click on 'Device Options'.

It gives you options for Pictures, Music and Video. Click on video.

This is where you change the compression rates for your videos. At 'High Quality' (692 Kbps) One minute of video takes up around 2.5 mbs of space, so my 8 gb Sansa Fuze can hold about 54 hours of video.

Set it to whatever rate you want, ( I use high quality) and then drag your video onto the Icon for your Sansa player. It will automagically convert your video into the right format and quality level, and transfer it to your player.

The best part: If you do it with long videos like TV shows, or movies, the audio will stay in sync.


Step 4: Warning|Advertisement|Peligro

Rhapsody transcodes REALLY SLOWLY. It takes the same amount of time to convert as the video is long, so your 3 minute music video will take 3 minutes to transfer to your player, and your 2 hour long movie of Die Hard will take 2 hours to transfer. I suggest putting your movies over at night, before you go to bed, or in the morning, before you go to work.

Comments

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foxtrot4697 (author)2009-01-10

yeah i know, i got this with my xmas money and the media converter always tells me to download the correct codec and wont read any of my videos.

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netbus (author)foxtrot46972009-12-30

I got 8 gig for Xmas too! XD Sansa Fuze rocks!!!

And I agree, SMC sux. It converted me Planet 51 (for a looong ride in a bus) for about 30 mins and lagged as soon as I fired it up! Man, The Rsharpsody thingy won't download in Israel... "Not available in Israel right now", But luckily they was stupid enough to put it on softpedia, here:
http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Rhapsody-25-Download-26727.html

Enjoy! Happy Xmas!!!

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foxtrot4697 (author)netbus2009-12-31

thanks for the link man,

Happy New Years!

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bounty1012 (author)foxtrot46972009-03-29

yeh I needed a youtube video for school assignment and it took me days to find the right codec >.<.

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foxtrot4697 (author)foxtrot46972009-02-10

oh whoops it said INSTALL the correct codec

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Trid (author)foxtrot46972009-01-10

<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm">http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm</a><br/><br/>the k lite codec pack has piles of codecs for most video/audio. You should get it.<br/>

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Trid (author)2009-12-30

Yeah. I finally said 'screw it' and put Rockbox on my Fuze. It's totally flippin' sweet. Video playback is kinda a pain though.

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scott1634 (author)2009-08-08

thanks for posting. it works, but do you have an area that looks terrible right below the video? if so, do u know how to get rid of it?

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foxtrot4697 (author)2009-02-10

whut???? not available in canada?????

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Trid (author)foxtrot46972009-05-14

Just say you are not in Canada. Rhapsody prolly has issues with the Canadian Govment when it comes to distributing songs. One reason why you can't get Pandora in the UK is because it is too expensive to operate there.

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foxtrot4697 (author)Trid2009-05-16

well, even if i click teh download link it says that its not available in Canada, and i haven't even said im in Canada. Have they been stalking me????!!?!? Well i'll prolly just go and find a torrent for it.

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Trid (author)foxtrot46972009-05-16

You might want to try using a proxy.

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foxtrot4697 (author)Trid2009-05-16

this is gonna sound nooby(prepare yourself) but.... how?

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Trid (author)foxtrot46972009-05-16

Go to proxy.org, and type in the url for the rhapsody page, and the server will think you are not from canada.

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foxtrot4697 (author)Trid2009-05-26

kk proxy wont work with the DL(oh yeah, i got AVG un-illeagly)

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foxtrot4697 (author)Trid2009-05-18

well, my pc just got a virus anyways, soooo yeah

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bounty1012 (author)foxtrot46972009-03-29

lol.

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foxtrot4697 (author)bounty10122009-04-07

seriously, it says rhapsody is not available in canada!

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bounty1012 (author)foxtrot46972009-04-08

That sucks >.< Lol "Blame canada!..."

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Haijj (author)bounty10122009-05-14

the're not a real country anyways.

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bounty1012 (author)Haijj2009-05-14

What do you mean?

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bounty1012 (author)Haijj2009-05-15

XD

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Haijj (author)bounty10122009-05-15

yeah, good movie, my favorite quote Mr. Garrison: " I don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die"

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bounty1012 (author)Haijj2009-05-16

lol...

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Trid (author)bounty10122009-05-14

He's being silly.

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bounty1012 (author)Trid2009-05-15

Lolz..

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scott1634 (author)2009-05-18

hey, i just downloaded rhapsody and when i tried to go to device options, it only had a music option. is there a specific version of rhapsody? if there is another device options button please tell me where. and if its the only one, its device options, then transfer, then disconnect. if u have an answer, email me at wiseguysg@aol.com with the subject rhapsody. thank you.

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Trid (author)scott16342009-05-19

In the system menu, you should be able to change the USB mode. Change it to MTP

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bounty1012 (author)2009-04-08

Or instead you could just use the new media converter...

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bounty1012 (author)2009-03-29

it takes like 10 mins reading your mp3 player, then it takes another 10 to restart it >.< but well worth the time :D

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joshuanuber23 (author)2009-03-04

I needed this cuz i bought one and i didnt know how to get youtube videos on my player thxs i hope it works

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lopez8675 (author)2009-01-11

Just letting you know, rhapsody isn't only sansa. verizon and bestbuy also have a rhapsody