Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Media Converter 1.3 released!

1.30 7.2.2007

About a month since the last update. Now that I have N800, I have been able to work a bit on making media converter to be a one stop program for N800 and 770 users for their video conversion needs.

Latest version contains separate resolutions for 770 and N800 users. There is a drop down at the top left where you choose your device and resolutions will be listed accordingly. Also, once you have tuned your favourite settings (such as output dir, device, resolution, bit rates), MC will remember in the future what settings you had. How cool is that?

There has been some problems with videos that do not tell mencoder how long they are. Thus mencoder doesn't report that to MC and grief will ensue, as the progress bar isn't moving. As a quick solution, I have added a seconds counter that reports how many seconds of the video has already been processed. It's a bit of a quick a dirty, but much better that the 0% progress bar.

And while not yet completely debugged, I have added a HD resolution of 400x480 to the N800 resolutions. It looks terrific, but the automatic cropping of video doesn't do a prefect job at the moment and the video is in 1/2 fps for the time being. I should work for 770 mplayer users as well.

Windows users should also be happy to hear that any previous users with problems opening the media converter (due to java installation problems) should now be able to open MC.

As always, thoughts, comments, recommendations are welcome to

Downloads for windows, OSX and Linux here:

Oh, new release of Theme Maker is just around the corner. I've put quite a bit of work to it and I just want to test it out really well before launching it. However, if you are interested in it, pop me an email and I can send out a beta now.


  1. Nokia 770 and MC 1.3
    Don't know everything but this works for me.
    I've tryed Lathe, AVS video converter and MC
    1.3 worked far better than them. Used output file
    on Nokia 770 as well as Arhos 402, and
    both played. Sound was OK but had to back up
    and got sound to stop flashing in and out.
    Probably due to slow processors in the Archos.
    Thank you so much.
    Archos needs help, they seem to be going
    strong but their recommended converter
    doesn't work for me.

  2. I've noticed that, for your last few versions of Media Converter, you are only posting the PowerPC Mac version.

    Do you plan to release an Intel Mac or Universal version, or should i jsut replace the mencoder resource, myself?

    Thanks for a great tool!

  3. only tried a red vs blue, but it worked great. Going to try something bigger and longer as soon as I can

  4. Hi!
    I've just installed MC1.30 on my Ubuntu 6.10 (+java6) box and here is what I get in error console when trying to convert an AVI with MPLAYER OPTIMIZED settings:

    Processing file (0): /home/laurent/tmp/dora.avi
    Checking video resolution and fps with:
    OUTPUT>MEncoder 2:0.99+1.0pre8-0ubuntu8 (C) 2000-2006 MPlayer Team
    OUTPUT>CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1.60GHz (Family: 15, Model: 1, Stepping: 2)
    OUTPUT>CPUflags: Type: 15 MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
    OUTPUT>Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
    OUTPUT>success: format: 0 data: 0x0 - 0xad08d36
    OUTPUT>AVI file format detected.
    OUTPUT>VIDEO: [DX50] 720x512 24bpp 25.000 fps 965.3 kbps (117.8 kbyte/s)
    OUTPUT>[V] filefmt:3 fourcc:0x30355844 size:720x512 fps:25.00 ftime:=0.0400

    No specific error for what I can see but both progress bars run to 100% in less than 1 sec. and nothing is produced :-/
    Things run OK when using Medium Quality.

    Any idea? TIA.

  5. Hi,

    Did anyone succeed to stream a video file on the N800 with Darwin? If so, can you please contact me: desjard ( at ) gmail.


  6. i have problems with cyrillic subtitles. they doesn't show right.

  7. Are we sure this works with windows? Nothing seems to happen- there is no visible sign of...anything.

  8. I cant seem to get Media Converter 1.31 to run on my Vista machine...

  9. Alright, I'm up and running, I was able to open Media Converter by double clicking the executable jar file in the program files\Media Converter folder, and bypassing the batch file that was installed in my start menu.

  10. Anonymous16:45

    Media converter seems to be great, and the image quality is certainly good, but I get no sound at all - just white noise - no matter what I seem to do.

    This is converting on a power PC mac, under OSX 10.4.10.

    Any ideas anyone?

  11. Anonymous21:35

    Using Mac OS X 10.4.10, no sound for me, either. I'd certainly appreciate some help with this.

  12. Anonymous22:56

    again- same here on osx 10.4 and now on 10.5. Great video output, white noise for audio at any setting except no sound ( where it is understandably silent)

  13. Anonymous11:42

    Like a couple of other posts...Running Media Converter 1.43 on a Power Mac, Mac OS 10.4.9
    I ran a few options, they all complete the process, the image is great, but the sound is just white noise...

  14. Anonymous18:10

    Took me a few minutes of wondering why it opened then closed before I realized I needed to install Java. Worked fine after that.