Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Core Pocket Media Player

Yesterday, I posted about my trouble with the Clie audio, but failed to mention the program that I'm using for multimedia playback. I'm a big fan of open source, and have discovered The Core Pocket Media Player. TCPMP is an open-source media player for Palm OS and Windows CE/Windows Mobile devices. It works well on the Clie once you've installed MCA2 to fix the lack of audio playback. I may check out one of the non-free programs, such as MMPlayer to see how it compares, because I'm not 100% satisfied with my frame rates. At 29.97 frames per second, it drops about a third of the frames and causes the audio to skip a little. Since I have to convert video down to fit on the smaller screen anyway (if I don't convert, the video still plays. It just takes up a lot more space on the memory stick) I may play around with the frame rates a little bit to see if I can smooth things out a little bit. Ideally, I'd like to get at least 24fps. I'd imagine anything over 15fps will be watchable, though. Anyone out there have any suggestions? Is adjusting frame-rates the way to go? Or is one of the non-free solutions going to make a huge difference?

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