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CharredPC
Posts: 29
Registered: ‎04-11-2010
My Device: Bold 9700
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

Okay, at risk of going off topic (this is branching into WMV encoding instead of MP4, sorry) what do we all think of this clip?

 

Major plus points for me:

 

- (should) play on any BlackBerry with OS4.3 or higher

- created using a single FREE program in reasonable time

- buffers and plays in less than 30 seconds on my miserable Edge service!

- looks... acceptable (still wish it were better, but it's certainly not bad)

 

Love some feedback on this. Between the HTTP streaming issue and h.264 / h.263 compatibility, MP4 appears to be a much bigger hassle for universal compatibility on the BlackBerry platform.

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elogic
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎04-08-2010
My Device: Storm 9530
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

No luck - Blackberry Storm 9530 v5.0.0.328 of OS. BTW, I don't this is really off-topic because it has evolved into successfully pushing video to the Blackberry via http.. 

 

- elogic

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CharredPC
Posts: 29
Registered: ‎04-11-2010
My Device: Bold 9700
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

@elogic:

 

Was it the same as before- you could click "Open," it buffered, but then video was unsupported?

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elogic
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎04-08-2010
My Device: Storm 9530
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

The difference is - I heard audio last time... this time it just buffered, loaded and sat there (no error messages just no action).

 

@elogic

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CharredPC
Posts: 29
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My Device: Bold 9700
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

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@elogic:

 

 That's odd... and more difficult to diagnose. How long did you wait? I did notice that my 9700 stopped saying "buffering" and sat at a black screen for a few seconds, but then started the video just fine (the 'data transferring' arrow indicators were still going, so I didn't panic).

 

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elogic
Posts: 15
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My Device: Storm 9530
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

indefinitely...

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CharredPC
Posts: 29
Registered: ‎04-11-2010
My Device: Bold 9700
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

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Just played it here again, and it looks like most of my waiting was at a black screen, not at a "Loading" or "Buffering" message. Hrmm. If waiting doesn't produce results (or an eventual error), perhaps you can try this one, or this one. Small differences (CBR vs VBR video stream, a couple more options unchecked) but maybe the "Simple" profile is a very picky thing. And thanks for playing guinea pig and testing these :smileyhappy:

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zelaza
Posts: 44
Registered: ‎02-15-2010
My Device: Blackberry Storm 9530
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

Charred,

 

Tried the WMV clip - no luck - got a very quick LOADING indicator and then an infinite black screen.

 

- zelaza
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zelaza
Posts: 44
Registered: ‎02-15-2010
My Device: Blackberry Storm 9530
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

Charred.

 

Tried the clips in your message posted 04-27-2010 at 4:10...

 

 First one:  gives me HTTP Error 413: Request Entity Too Large

 

Second one: get LOADING indicator just 1-2 seconds, then the music plays but no video.  Music contunues to play fine, just no video - black screen.

 

 

- zelaza
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CharredPC
Posts: 29
Registered: ‎04-11-2010
My Device: Bold 9700
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Re: Blackberry Browser cannot Play Embedded MP4 Videos

That's very odd. The only thing I can think of is that I'm still bending the "Simple" encoding profile specs too far with my custom resolution and framerate (though they should be well within acceptable norms). To test this, here's a totally unoptimized clip (176x144 @ 15fps). The only other possibility I can think of is that Windows Media format is only HTTP stream-able in audio form, not video (as sort of shown in the compatible media types from RIM, where Storm2 9520 / 9550's have WMV audio listed with RTSP support, but not video). 

 

If that above clip works, maybe it was just a resolution thing... in which case, I'll keep the 176x144 (surprisingly doesn't look too bad) and see about raising the framerate to something less jittery. 

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