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Thread: update to 2.2... lost video playback. a common problem?

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    update to 2.2... lost video playback. a common problem?

    I updated to 2.2 followed the instructions perfectly and used the build.prop file to fix the market problem. I went to go playback a video i had taken before 2.2 and I get the error file cannot be played or displayed. Just to check I took another video after the 2.2 update and it took it just fine but when i go to play it back it gives the same error. Anybody else having this problem? Or does anybody have a fix for it?
    I am rooted but other than that and the 2.2 update thats the only major thing i have done to my droid x as far as i can think.
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    Yes changing that option in the build prop is causing errors due to the fact that media player has issues with 3gp which is what phone records.
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    If your build.prop file has stagefright enabled, you'll lose the ability to playback video taken with the phone.

    Just open up build.prop with your favorite text editor, change the stagefright lines to false, push it to your sdcard and then move it over to /system.

    It's a pity stagefright framework is broken with the motoblur video viewer, because (though I concede I may be imagining it) it seems like it makes things like YouTube and the flash stuff seem a lot smoother.
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    In the future, you should post links to the instructions and file you use... it would be helpful.
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    Thank you Sydman and fwaggle it was definitely the build.prop file... I changed te lines to false and it fixed my video playback problem. If i wasn't so freaked out that i lost video playback i might have thought of checking the build.prop file but I am very glad you guys were able to help me with my limited information on problem and current phone state.. armedmonkey I didn't think about posting the directions and files I used it might have helped even more. The next time i post something i will remember to do that. Thanks
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    No problem, I knew what you were talking about I tried that last night to get a better Quandrant score. Changed it back though having a video player enabled just to get a better benchmark is useless if that video player does not support the files the phone records.
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    A different workaround, is to not record in HD. Then you can playback videos, but without HD functionality. So pick one, high (fake) quadrant scores, or HD video.

    The reason I say they are fake is because quadrant is skipping the H.264 encoding all-together. So you cant really count that as "performance".
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    Quote Originally Posted by LexusBrian400 View Post
    A different workaround, is to not record in HD. Then you can playback videos, but without HD functionality. So pick one, high (fake) quadrant scores, or HD video.

    The reason I say they are fake is because quadrant is skipping the H.264 encoding all-together. So you cant really count that as "performance".
    I dont think its skipping it. I just think its decoding H.264 like 10x faster than it was before.
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    If you want to view the HD videos you took, a workaround is to touch (long press) the video when in the Camera Roll view till the menu box pops up. then select 'edit', then select 'advanced editing', then play the video. I doubt this will play over hdmi, but it will play on the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hijackerjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LexusBrian400 View Post
    A different workaround, is to not record in HD. Then you can playback videos, but without HD functionality. So pick one, high (fake) quadrant scores, or HD video.

    The reason I say they are fake is because quadrant is skipping the H.264 encoding all-together. So you cant really count that as "performance".
    I dont think its skipping it. I just think its decoding H.264 like 10x faster than it was before.
    It's not decoding anything at all, because with Stagefright enabled, H.264 is for the most part a no-go.

    I just disabled Stagefright on my Droid, after reading this thread, and I am happy to report that ALL videos on my SD card that have been broken since the installation of Froyo, now play perfectly. And my Quadrant score is back to the mid-700s, down from the 1500s.

    Thanks guys, for helping to solve this 2-month old mystery.
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