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Old 03-12-2008, 04:35 PM
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hey, i'm thinking about purchasing a Zen, i made a thread earlier asking which was better that or the ipod nano v3, but no-one has replied yet ----->http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ad.php?t=27367

anyway, i heard when you want to put videos on your zen, you have to use download a convertor and convert the files, (.MPEG, .avi for example), also i have read threads that sometimes you have to configure the FPS and screen resolution on the videos, and i'm asking is it worth all that trouble for videos. I mean is the video quality good??, finally do you have to do all that configuring stuff with the ipod nano v3??, thanks in advance
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:47 PM
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Neither the iPod or the Zen play all video formats. With both devices, encoding video prior to syncing may be required. iPods natively support H.264, Quicktime (MOV) and MPEG-4 SP. The Zen also supports MPEG-4 SP - there's your common ground on codec support. Zen also supports WMV and MJPEG. But, the Zen only supports resolutions up to 320x240. iPods support up to 640x480. Since iPod is (unfortunately) the de facto standard, most content providers format their videos to accommodate.

The Zen's video quality is superb if you know what you're doing. The trick is to know what the hardware is capable of.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:12 PM
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the zen also comes with the zen video converter, which is extremely user friendly. just a click or 2 and you've converted a file. but there are also other converters out there that have more options. the zen converter pretty much ensures that it will play on the zen fine, but most people like other converters better.

viewing videos on the zen is definitely better than the nano v3.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:18 PM
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By the way, if the video isn't the right format, you will have to convert it for the iPod as well. Don't forget that.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:47 AM
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The Zen also supports MPEG-4 SP - there's your common ground on codec support.
Are you sure?
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:27 PM
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Likely. MPEG4 ASP is the industry name for DivX/XviD. That's a fairly widely supported codec.
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The creative converter has converted just anything I have tried to put on there.....
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:03 PM
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Likely. MPEG4 ASP is the industry name for DivX/XviD. That's a fairly widely supported codec.
Which requires conversion before it will play.
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Which requires conversion before it will play.
conversion to a different codec or to the correct resolution?
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I just drop any video into the converter, and it does the rest......
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conversion to a different codec or to the correct resolution?
Both depending on the native resolution.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:32 AM
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Transcoding is usually required but the main cause of it is the resolution which is 320x240 for the Zen.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:16 PM
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i just bought the 2GB version today and found this site while looking for some info about it.

it is my first MP3 player so please bear with me.

can i get a tv show from itunes and have it be viewable on the Zen?

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Old 03-22-2008, 11:29 PM
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You have to convert the video first (depending on its file type).
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:59 PM
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can i get a tv show from itunes and have it be viewable on the Zen?
Any video can be transcoded to play on Zen, but the bad thing is that you may have problems if you'll use Creative's Converter to do it. You can try but: be ready to wait longer than with any other software and sometimes it won't convert a file at all.
I encourage you to read Video subforum and try some of the software presented there, you'll surely find something that suits you most. You should also look on Bobby's FAQs (great to start with).
What format are these shows? Is it MOV?
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hey, i'm thinking about purchasing a Zen, i made a thread earlier asking which was better that or the ipod nano v3, but no-one has replied yet ----->http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ad.php?t=27367

anyway, i heard when you want to put videos on your zen, you have to use download a convertor and convert the files, (.MPEG, .avi for example), also i have read threads that sometimes you have to configure the FPS and screen resolution on the videos, and i'm asking is it worth all that trouble for videos. I mean is the video quality good??, finally do you have to do all that configuring stuff with the ipod nano v3??, thanks in advance
Zens Software Has a Built in Converter so when you try to Transfer non compatible files it will prompt you if you want it to convert them to a zen friendly format, the process is actually quite simple.
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:12 PM
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This player is getting more worth it....

I just got a 8GB SD card for 28.99$ actually ordered 2 of these, as my wife has the same player....

So now I will have a 12GB player for 109$ (now it's 99$) + 28.99 = 137.99
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