How do I watch Video Files in Droid

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    I uploaded a couple of movies to my droid but cannot find how I would play them using the phone. I'm sure they probably have to be in a certain format or something like that but there seems to be no support for video files.

    Anyone know how to do this?
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    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-audio-video/396-ideal-video-format.html

    download Video Player in the Market. works well with the formats listed in that link
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    You can play videos through the gallery.
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    Through the gallery? My video files aren't showing up on there.

    @wuyanks Thanks will definitely check it out
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    They should show up in the Gallery under All Videos if it's in the right format. The ones successful for me so far are .mp4 extension and were converted using an iPhone profile for specs. There's freebie converters like:
    QuickMediaConverter - cocoonsoftware.com
    I'm still learning the ideal settings as well, but the iPhone settings using h.264 should work (might have to tweak the width/height to fit best).
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    This is the most frustrating thing about this phone so far... all that processing power and it can't play common video formats like AVI and DIVX. My Palm Treo 700 could play full resolution AVI files with TCPMP player. I'm hoping a developer comes up with something similar.

    Actually, that's what's so exciting. Who knows what will come out in the next few weeks.
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    The thing is that I don't thing that a DIVX deconder can be done as a java based app. It has to be done at a lower hardware level with the processor and that would need to be built into the OS by Google and/or Motorola.
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    Crap. Do you think there might be any kind of OS hack that might allow that?
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    it's no biggie to convert the files... just put a few in a queue overnight and voila :)
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    so what format is best to convert the files to? It's sad that it doesn't come with a divx decoder.... :(
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    It really is a bummer not having native Divx/Xvid support.
    I recommended QuickMediaConverter before testing it myself and after my first attempt, I got a black screen in the video player. It was only one test of format settings, but I apologize in advance if it doesn't do the job. I have, however, successfully converted several shows/movies to mp4 (h264 codec) that play well on the Droid using Wondershare MP4 Video Converter, but didn't mention it since it's not free ($30).
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    Any way to get tversity.com to work on it?
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    $30 for an app to play video files!? that's ridiculous hoping that a fix is going to come out soon.
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    what folder does the video have to be in? Got my droid mounted but only thing I see is
    dcim
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    weird, I don't know which did it. Video's were not coming up. Rebooted droid and also mounted the sd card with an adapter (not using droid) and added a second video. Now they show up. it also took awhile to process them
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    So looks like the gallery will not show up when the droid is mounted.
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    You can't read any files off the SD card while its mounted. MP4 format like the iPhone uses is prolly your best bet atm.
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    just converted an HD clip to Mp4

    Converted an HD clip and it plays fantastic.

    this is truly amzing. :):):):):)

    I guarantee you iphone wont look this good.

    Now just fix the voice and a few ergonomic issues. LOL.
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    Try this:

    The best mp4 converter I've found is at DVDVideoSoft.com: Download free DVD, iPod, YouTube video converter and editor software and freeware

    Download their full converter suite (one file for all programs) and it has an entire suite of free utilities (download and install on your computer, not on your Droid).

    They have video/audio dubbing, YouTube to iPod and Video to iPod (converts to mp4), video to mp3, etc.

    I've successfully converted avi, DivX, etc, to mp4.

    Occasionally I've run into a file that says "CODEC NOT SUPPORTED". If you get this, convert using "vido to flash", then take the flash video (*.flv) and use the video to iPod and it should work now.

    I have not tried to play any while docked, but it works great playing over the DROID.

    To get to my mp4s, I created a directory in the SD card and access it through "FILES", "Phone files", then the directory I created for my mp4s.
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    Hi Ben,

    There is a dedicated video section on these forums that has all your answers.

    Droid Audio / Video - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum
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