Category Archives: Zaurus

New Kino2 out 0.4.2

There is a new Kino2 out (a movie player for the Zaurus).  This time it works with the SL-6000 (mostly).  I am still playing with the setup to see what is optimal.  Already the mplayer you install with it has decent performance.  I will try it out later tonight with some movies I have encoded.  If everything works out ok, I will update the feed and movie tutorial.  I am still working on the DVD9 to DVD5 tutorial, making it as newbie friendly as possible, with screenshots and everything.


Posted by on March 3, 2005 in Zaurus

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More Boring Encoder Stuff

Did some more playing around, and I found I really hated the audio in the recommended encoding, so this is what I came up with:

mencoder dvd://1 -aid 128 -srate 48000 -vop scale=400:300 -o /home/david/movies/zaurus/Transformers_Z2.avi -oac mp3lame -lameopts preset=96:mode=0:vol=8 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vhq:vbitrate=175:autoaspect -ofps 15 -sws 2

The preset=96 gives you 96kbps audio MP3, and the mode=0 gives you true stereo.  The file size is not too bad, less than 200 meg, and it can stream over my wireless 802.11b network.  Time to get a bigger compact flash card.


Posted by on October 9, 2004 in Linux, Zaurus

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Zaurus Movies

Well, I found a few things encoding for the Zaurus.

From other websites, the mencoder scripts have stripped out the stereo sound, dropped it to 24,000 Kbps, etc.  I found with the SL-6000 it really doesn’t matter what the audio is, it plays fine and sounds better, so, here is what I have been using to convert an 1.85:1 dvd to a Divx AVI:

mencoder dvd://1 -aid 128 -srate 44100 -vop scale=432:243 -o /home/david/movies/zaurus/Score_Z.avi -oac mp3lame -lameopts preset=15:mode=1 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vhq:vbitrate=200:autoaspect -ofps 15 -sws 2

dvd://1 <-DVD, Title 1 -aid 128 <- Define the audio track, 128 is usually English, 5.1 surround -srate 44100 <- Encode to CD quality MP3 -vop scale=432:243 <-Resize to fit the Zaurus screen, wierd number, but it works, use 400x300 for 4:3 aspect movies. -o /home/david/movies/zaurus/Score_Z.avi <-name of the file to record to -oac mp3lame -lameopts preset=15:mode=1 <-MP3 encoder options, stereo sound -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vhq:vbitrate=200:autoaspect <- Divx encoder, mpeg4, very high quality, 200kbs, auto aspect ratio.  Most websites recommend 150kbs, but the 200 looks better, and the Sl-6000 can handle it ofps 15 -sws 2 <- 15 frames per second, I tried 20, but too much frame dropping, and quality of the encoder. I use Kino2 or mplayer from the command line to play movies. Well, that's it for now, time to encode some more movies.


Posted by on October 4, 2004 in Zaurus

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Got a new toy!

Well, my wife surprised me with a new Sharp Zaurus SL-6000.  It is the most amazing hand held computer I have ever seen.  The screen is so sharp you can’t even make out the individual pixels.  640×480 on a 4″ diagonal screen is just undescribeable.  It makes up for, what I felt, were the weaknesses of the SL-5500 (which has served me well):

Short battery life, the SL-6000 has 5 times the life.

No integrated wireless, the SL-6000 has 802.11b built in.

No integrated speaker/microphone, the SL-6000 has both.

Dim screen, the new screen is bright and sharp.

As I discover the in’s and out’s I will update the Blog.


Posted by on August 30, 2004 in General Comments, Zaurus

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