Digital Decor TV Picture Viewer video encoding explained

The Digital Decor TV Picture Viewer, as I’ve written about in previous posts, features video playback and, for quite some time, I searched for information on how to encode video for this device.  In my last post, I wrote about using Prism Video Converter and DivX to do the transcoding.  I am achieving fairly decent and consistent results now and I thought I would share it with you.

What you will need:

  • DivX v6 or higher
  • Prism Video Converter (or comparable application)
  • Patience

Disclaimer:  your mileage will vary.  What I am about to post is based on my own experiences and may not necessarily translate into success for others.

The one ‘positive’ about the device is that the video output quality is less than stellar, so that fact will mask some of the degradation of quality.  I don’t I’d want to watch the new Star Trek movie on this device, but it is more than adequate for downloaded YouTube videos, home made videos and most downloaded and DRM free movies.  Old black and white material will look pretty good and will playback a bit more smooth as well.

OK, lets dive in.

Fire up your converter software.  I am using Prism Video Converter Plus.  I liked the free version so much, I spent the twenty bucks and purchased the ‘plus’ version.  It gives you a bit more control and handles more formats.  I also purchased DivX PRO for the additional control you have.  These instructions will be specific to Prism, but the method should apply to other software.  

  • In Prism, click the Add File(s) icon.  When the dialog opens, find your video file and select it. 
  • Click OKPrism Encode Setup
  • Select .avi for the output format 
  • In the Encoder Options, select the Divx compressor (NOT DivX Filter) 
  • Click the Video compression settings
  • Select the Mobile Profile
  • Leave ‘Encoding Presets’ unchecked
  • Under rate control, select 1 pass
  • Set the bitrate to something between 200 and 300.  300 will push the device and can cause stutter
  • Click the Codec tab
  • Under Encoding mode, select Fastest OR High PerformanceDivx setup
  • Set the Max Keyframe interval to 30
  • Click OK
  • The Divx window should disappear and you will see the Prism Encoding settings window
  • Select MPEG Layer-3 for the Sound compressor
  • Select 64k Bit/s, 24,000 Hz, Stereo as the Sound format
  • Click OK
  • Click Convert
  • When the process is complete, copy the resulting video file to a memory card and play in the TV Picture Video

Sample propertiesYou can tweak the settings under the Divx setup panels to get your desired results.  A bitrate of around 250 seems to be a good compromise between quality and smooth playback.  Of course, the lower the bitrate, the smoother the device plays, but the video will be blockier.

I’ve not tried doing the conversion with software since this setup seems to work well.  If you achieve better results, please share them with us. 

This little device may actually live up the expectations I had for it:  use as a small DV player.  Kind of a Roku like device for SD cards.  And for video podcasts, home video and old movies, I think it work nicely.

 

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