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Making a Flip video camera into a video player...? Answered

Ok, I was looking at this camera I just got (Flip Video Ultra) and I thought, "Gee, I wonder if I can play videos from my computer on it?" I got a converter (Mpeg Streamclip) and got it to convert to a .AVI file. It worked (after a quick name change... Who woulda thunk changing the name to VID0000# would work?)! Sort of...

A few problems:
1. video quality is iffy. It looks all... I don't know the term, but I'm going with random colors.
2. no sound

Any suggestions?

(P.S. There is some footage I took with my other Flip camera. I'll post it in a bit...)

Here is the "stream info" of footage I took using the camera. It could help:

Path: /Volumes/FLIPVIDEO/DCIM/100VIDEO/VID00001.AVIDuration: 0:00:20Data Size: 6.63 MBBit Rate: 2.65 MbpsVideo Tracks:Generic MPEG-4, 640x480, 30 fps, 2.59 MbpsAudio Tracks:MS ADPCM mono, 16 kHz, 64 kbpsStream Files:VID00001.AVI (6.63 MB)

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frollard

Best Answer 9 years ago

The internal player on the camera will likely only be able to play back files encoded in the same codec as the camera itself creates - and at similar bitrates - such that the camera displays them properly. It's in the wrong codec if you get random-coloured pictures.

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robotguy4frollard

Answer 9 years ago

Hmmm... I think I got a similar codec as to what the camera plays. Actually, the video playing works quite well. Its the audio I'm not able to get to work, really.

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frollardrobotguy4

Answer 9 years ago

You need to recode your mpeg with those audio settings - ms adpcm mono 16khz - and you'll lose a LOT of quality doing that.

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robotguy4frollard

Answer 9 years ago

Meh, no kidding about the low quality... Can you suggest any free software that can do this? I've been using Handbreak and MPEG Streamclip.

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frollardrobotguy4

Answer 9 years ago

handbrake is one of the best... its not the codec or program - 64kbps is gonna just...suck.

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robotguy4frollard

Answer 9 years ago

No kidding. Thanks though! I should have thought of using Handbreak in the first place.

Handbreak-its not just for ripping off DVDs anymore!

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robotguy4frollard

Answer 9 years ago

Also, this "stream info" is what the camera records in:
Duration: 0:00:20Data Size: 6.63 MBBit Rate: 2.65 MbpsVideo Tracks:Generic MPEG-4, 640x480, 30 fps, 2.59 MbpsAudio Tracks:MS ADPCM mono, 16 kHz, 64 kbpsStream Files:VID00001.AVI (6.63 MB)