How-To: Convert Films for your Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Galaxy Tab is a very good device for watching films: the 7″ high-resolution display makes it a real pleasure to watch films when you’re on the move. But, what is the best way to convert these films so there is a right balance between file-size and quality? XDA member TheGrammarFreak came up with this great guide that’ll help you with this.
Originally posted by TheGrammarFreak
given that I normally watch films on a television, watching them on the Tab is only gonna happen when I’m on the move. So a >1GB video seems pointless, as on a screen that size you’ll barely notice the difference in quality. So I aimed to get a film in to ~500MB and to a quality that is still watchable. I went for 500MB as a target because a film that’s ~700MB on a 15.6″ laptop screen is perfectly watchable. On the Tab the screen is smaller, and the pixel density higher, so we can afford a smaller file size for a video of the same dimensions. I chose to upscale during the encode instead of during playback because the Tab does a really bad job of upscaling (horribly pixilated, especially in high contrast). I think that you could get a film to 400MB, but that’s too far for my taste.
Remember that converting a film this way will take about the same time as the movie plays, so you’ll need to be pretty patient.
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