Zaurus SL-C760 Movie Player Conversion
Taken from http://www.double.co.nz/zaurus/ This page has images to go with this how-to so you might want to check it out.
This is a step by step 'how to' detailing converting existing movie files to the image format supported by the Sharp Zaurus SL-C760 movie player. The Zaurus movie player only plays files with a .wmv or .asf extension, and these files must have the video encoded as MPEG 4 and the audio as MP3.
I got most of the information from two Japanese web pages and from experimenting with various options. The two pages I got the information from were:
* http://mobile.j-speed.net/windowsce/linuxzaurus/movieplayer.htm * I used Babelfish to convert these pages to english and then attempted to understand the conversion.
The program used to do the conversion is Windows Media Encoder 9. It is a free download from Microsoft but requires a Windows machine to run it on. Once installed you need to make a registry entry change. Go tothe registry key at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Windows Media\WMSDK\!AudioEncoder. Add a new string value under this key set to "85". See this screen shot. I have no idea what this does, I suspect it adds support for MP3. Can anyone shed any light on this for me (email me if so)?
Once installed, run Windows Media Encoder. From the initial dialog select 'Convert a file' and press Ok:
The next screen allows you to select the original file and the name of the resulting .wmv file that you will copy to the Zaurus. Note that the files types you can select from for the original are limited so you may need to convert the original to AVI format first.
The next screen asks how you want to distribute the converted file. Choose 'File archive':
The 'encoding options' screen will appear. It doesn't really matter what settings we choose here since we will be changing them later. I use 'Medium quality video (VBR 75)' for the video and 'FM quality audio (CBR)' for the audio:
The next page allows you to enter details about the encoded file. These details are used by some players to display titles, descriptions, etc. Finally we get a confirmation page. Make sure you 'uncheck' the checkbox titled 'Begin converting...'. We need to adjust more settings before we actually start:
The main encoder screen will now appear with our settings. From this screen, press the 'Properties' button at the top:
From the properties page choose the 'Compression' tab and press the 'Edit' button on that screen:
From the 'Custom Encoding Settings' screen, change the Audio mode to 'CBR' and choose 'MPEG Layer-3 Codec' as the codec. Change the Video mode to 'CBR' and choose 'ISO MPEG-4 Video V1' as the codec. Highlight the line that appears in 'Target bit rates' (in the screen shot it is '429 Kbps (429000 bps)' but your screen will be different). Press the 'Delete Button'. Then press the 'Add' button:
From the 'Add bit rate' screen, enter '500K' bps and press OK.
In the 'Custom Encoding Settings' dialog that appears change the audio format to '56 kBit/s, 22050 Hz, Stereo'. Change the video size to be '320 x 240' and the frame rate to be '15'. Set the 'video bit rate' to be '500K'. Press Ok. You can play with these settings as much as you want. Make the audio higher quality, try 29.97 frames per second, etc. 29.97 worked for me some times but other times I ended up with skipped frames so experiment and find out what is best for your video and Zaurus
You'll get a summary screen outlining the options you selected. Press 'Apply' and then close the properties window by pressing the 'x' in he top right corner of the 'Session Properties' window.
Press the 'Start Encoding' button on the main window. After some time the encoding will be complete and you'll have a new .wmv file which you should copy to your Zaurus. This will be playable in the movie player and even plays at full screen.