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> Video Player Success stories, SL-5500 with 2.38
madsenj37
post Oct 30 2004, 12:28 PM
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I had the 3.10 rom and used the built in video player. I know video can play on the Sl-5500. Recently I flashed my Zaurus with the 2.38 rom for Qtopia sync capabilities. Most video freezes my system and I have had no luck installing mplayer and vlc. Any success stories? Any help/suggestions? Any other video players?
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post Oct 31 2004, 01:33 PM
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I have the SL-6000L and Kino2 version 0.22 works well. I'm not sure if it can work on the SL-5500, since the processor is different.

Kino2 is basically mplayer with a GUI on top of it. Maybe there is a version compiled for the SL-5500.
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post Oct 31 2004, 10:22 PM
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I have successful installed Kino 0.22 for my SL-5600 with original Sharp ROM. The GUI is not functioning, but you can activate the mplayer from terminal.

I use the following options in the command line:

mplayer -cache 256 -vo fbdev -framedrop -quiet -ses 0 -slave -fs -vop scale =320: -2 abc.mpg

I hope the above will help.
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post Nov 1 2004, 12:46 AM
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QUOTE(GoLinux @ Oct 31 2004, 01:33 PM)
I have the SL-6000L and Kino2 version 0.22 works well. I'm not sure if it can work on the SL-5500, since the processor is different.

I tried once but the mplayer with kino2 uses x-scale instructions and the strong arm in 5500 doesnt support them. Just got an illegal instruction message.
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post Nov 1 2004, 05:23 AM
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QUOTE(madsenj37 @ Oct 30 2004, 08:28 PM)
[...] and I have had no luck installing mplayer and vlc.  Any success stories?  Any help/suggestions? [...]

I started tinkering around with Video just recently and had similar experiences. Most of the stuff out there either requires you to run some sort of patched ROM or, even worse, OpenZaurus tongue.gif

The remaining stuff seems to be fairly flaky -- if it works at all. In the end, I gave up on the idea of using something pre-built and decided to do what I should have done from the start: build my own binary.

In the end I decided on vlc, since it turned out to be the easiest code to handle. I built myself a nice statically linked binary using ffmpeg, libmpeg2, theora, faad2, libmad and Tremor. Granted, it's almost 2MByte in size (and that's stripped and compressed with uclx!), but it's the first player that will happily play most of the files that I want it to play (with the exception of 3GPP files with AMR audio -- but that's an issue with vlc, as it seems) ... on my (somewhat patched, I'll admit) 2.38G ROM.

I even QAD-hacked a bit of code into the QTE video_out module that allows skipping forward/backward 30s or a playlist item and quitting the player using the Zaurus keys.

If you're interested, I'm sure I could find some way to provide you with the binary.

Best regards,
Chris.
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utrokz
post Nov 1 2004, 01:17 PM
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I'm running the latest TKC rom with the home on SD script, found a pre-compiled compatible release of opieplayer2 so I can compress vids using the latest codec's (XviD, DivX, etc.) Played around a bit, and I can now run full screen 25fps video. I compressed the movie Anchorman to 55MB and it plays great. Small space, full screen 25fps. The Zaurus is truly a tweaker's dream handheld!
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post Nov 1 2004, 03:37 PM
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QUOTE(utrokz @ Nov 1 2004, 01:17 PM)
I'm running the latest TKC rom with the home on SD script, found a pre-compiled compatible release of opieplayer2 so I can compress vids using the latest codec's (XviD, DivX, etc.)  Played around a bit, and I can now run full screen 25fps video.  I compressed the movie Anchorman to 55MB and it plays great.  Small space, full screen 25fps.  The Zaurus is truly a tweaker's dream handheld!

Utrokz, I haven't reflashed my 5500 in quite a while and haven't been online for a while. I'm running TKC rom version 1. When I last followed it, they were working on version 2 with the home on SD script but it seems development on it has stopped. What is the latest version, and where can I find it along with instructions on how to run the script?

Paul.....
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post Nov 1 2004, 06:55 PM
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QUOTE(chrget @ Nov 1 2004, 01:23 PM)
If you're interested, I'm sure I could find some way to provide you with the binary.

If there is an easy way for you to transfer it, I would be happy to try it out.
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post Nov 2 2004, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE(madsenj37 @ Nov 1 2004, 06:55 PM)
QUOTE(chrget @ Nov 1 2004, 01:23 PM)
If you're interested, I'm sure I could find some way to provide you with the binary.

If there is an easy way for you to transfer it, I would be happy to try it out.

I second that! rolleyes.gif
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utrokz
post Nov 9 2004, 08:39 PM
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Look in the ZUG downloads section for the Alpha version of TKCrom, that's what I'm running, and it's been completely stable for me. Can't remember exactly where I got the home on SD script, but I know it was from one of the posts here on ZUG, just do a search for it, and if you can't find it let me know, it's small and I can email it to you.
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post Nov 10 2004, 09:36 PM
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QUOTE(utrokz @ Nov 9 2004, 08:39 PM)
Look in the ZUG downloads section for the Alpha version of TKCrom, that's what I'm running, and it's been completely stable for me.  Can't remember exactly where I got the home on SD script, but I know it was from one of the posts here on ZUG, just do a search for it, and if you can't find it let me know, it's small and I can email it to you.

Thanks. I actually found it and got it working. Got the script going as well. Too bad development stopped on this one. It's a great ROM. Even now I like it the best. I'm playing with the latest OZ on a spare 5500, and it show's a lot of promise. Adding apps to it is a bit cumbersome though. I'm trying to get the latest OPIE PIM installed on tKcRom. I really like that PIM.

Paul.....
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post Nov 23 2004, 12:59 PM
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QUOTE(chrget @ Nov 1 2004, 01:23 PM)
In the end I decided on vlc, since it turned out to be the easiest code to handle. I built myself a nice statically linked binary using ffmpeg, libmpeg2, theora, faad2, libmad and Tremor. Granted, it's almost 2MByte in size (and that's stripped and compressed with uclx!), but it's the first player that will happily play most of the files that I want it to play (with the exception of 3GPP files with AMR audio -- but that's an issue with vlc, as it seems) ... on my (somewhat patched, I'll admit) 2.38G ROM.

I even QAD-hacked a bit of code into the QTE video_out module that allows skipping forward/backward 30s or a playlist item and quitting the player using the Zaurus keys.

If you're interested, I'm sure I could find some way to provide you with the binary.

Best regards,
Chris.

Just started playing around with VLC on win32 yesterday to get a streaming server up at my home. Pretty impressive code.

Mr. Chris, if you can .ipk your setup for the rest of us to try it would be AWESOME!

I'm trying to resurrect my 5500 as a portable multimedia player. It turned out that my work and lifestyle wasn't lacking a PDA as I thought 2 years ago.

I wish somebody with more linux experience than I (windows power user rather than *nix programmer sad.gif ) could put together a dedicated multimedia ROM...
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post Nov 24 2004, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE(tgeorge_okstate @ Nov 23 2004, 08:59 PM)
Mr. Chris, if you can .ipk your setup for the rest of us to try it would be AWESOME! 

Uhm, don't get me wrong, but an IPK for a single executable does seem like major overkill to me and hardly justifies the effort of packaging -- especially since I would have to find and set up a packaging environment to do so in the first place.

On top of that, VLC on the Zaurus may not be everyone's cup of tea, since it does not provide a real Qtopia user interface, i.e. can only be used from the command line.

Now I like working from the command line, and even I am thinking about adding at least a basic UI to it for easier handling biggrin.gif

Given the fact that I positively hate UI programming, that should tell you something rolleyes.gif -- I'd much rather put effort into optimizing FFMPEG's H.264 implementation for better performance ... wink.gif

Anyway, the offer stands for anyone who is still interested considering the aforementioned points. Unfortunately I currently do not have access to unrestricted webspace, so I can't put it up for general download. If someone wants to help out here, offers are welcome unsure.gif

Best regards,
Chris.
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post Nov 29 2004, 05:58 AM
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PM me, I may be able to help with space.
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post Dec 3 2004, 10:56 PM
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Just checking in to see if you've found a space for your binary...

I am definately interested in this!
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