1. JohnnyTheCanuck's Avatar
    mpeg's and avi's are not showing on my PB.

    I have done a bit of searching etc of the forums and haven't seen anything of any real help yet.

    I'm talking about certain files I have sent over to my PB via the USB Cable from my Laptop. One movie of the 5 is showing up. I'm guessing avi and mpeg is not supported by the playbook?

    Does anyone know of a freeware file converter and to what type of file I should be converting to?

    Thanks for the help in advance.
    11-16-11 11:31 AM
  2. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    Well, Avi is a container format. Within, you can have numerous codecs that are used for compression. So, the main point isn't what extension your file has, but what type of encoding (codec) has been used for its compression.

    Thanks to BBthemes and others, you'll find probably all you need here : http://forums.crackberry.com/blackbe...codecs-601213/ to identify them.

    Then, using any classic converter (I personally use AVS4YOU), it'll be quite easy to get the best from your PB !

    Hope it helps
    Last edited by Superfly_FR; 11-16-11 at 12:32 PM.
    11-16-11 12:29 PM
  3. FF22's Avatar
    See page 2 of this thread. There have been other threads on the issue. As I mention in those threads, I believe that the pb does not update some index/pointer/housekeeping and loses track of new videos. Extension, size, name do not matter. Usually, the video app will show them all but FileManagers do not


    Here's a list of my videos sorted by TYPE:

    Flying low.3gp


    OtterBox_Defender_Series_for_BlackBerry_Playbook_I nstructions.avi

    BlackBerry_PlayBook_Teardown_Repair_Directions_By_ DirectFix.com.mp4
    PlayBook HiDef DEMO.mp4
    FULL_HD_Sonic_Night_of_the_Werehog_Short_Movie_in_ High_Definition_HIGHEST_QUALITY_HD_1.5GIG.mp4
    Last edited by F2; 11-16-11 at 04:42 PM.
    11-16-11 02:45 PM
  4. JohnnyTheCanuck's Avatar
    I got Files & Folders, when I try to open filename.mpg or filename.avi through F&F I get a prompt from the video player saying " Media Error This file type isn't supported"

    of the 4 vids I have three are for work and don't physically work and the one that does is a full motion picture
    11-16-11 03:12 PM
  5. FF22's Avatar
    Have you tried opening those files directly from the video app?

    You can google and find gspot (safe) which identifies the nature of video files, including the video and audio components and report back and someone can say whether the formats are supported.
    11-16-11 04:43 PM
  6. JohnnyTheCanuck's Avatar
    The files that won't work don't show in the videoapp. They show in the Files & Folders directory but will not open as previously mentioned.

    here's a screenshot after I opened one file with gspot.
    11-16-11 05:08 PM
  7. FF22's Avatar
    one question - did you download directly to the pb? does the file have an extension like mp4 or avi or....

    usually the video file should show up in the video app but then not play if the format is bad.

    how large are the files?
    11-16-11 06:56 PM
  8. Innovatology's Avatar
    here's a screenshot after I opened one file with gspot.
    In the top-right corner of your screenshot you can see the video codec identifier (often called FourCC) used inside this .avi file. The FourCC in this case is CRAM, which means Microsoft Video 1, a very outdated codec from 1992!

    The PlayBook does not have a decoder for this codec. You'll need to convert the file in Windows or QuickTime to an encoding that the PlayBook does support.
    11-16-11 10:02 PM
  9. JohnnyTheCanuck's Avatar
    How does one covert a file inside windows or quicktime?


    FS: No I have these files on my lappy and sent them to the PB via USB and Device Manager
    11-17-11 11:41 AM
  10. ja68grfan's Avatar
    Just got a playbook and tried to put some movies on it. The movies transfered fine but when I went to play them on the playbook it said they were an unsupported video file. What I tried to correct this was I used the windows movie maker program to publish the files into WMV instead of AVI. To my joy this worked. It is a little time consuming, took close to an hour to convert but it worked for me and I don't have to try and find a video converter.
    11-19-12 08:33 PM