Samsung Captivate and Divx support

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Samsung Captivate and Divx support

So does anyone know why are phones don't play Divx files consistently?  I thought the Galaxy S device was divx certified but it is clear that there is no way my phone will play all Divx files.  Does anyone know how to fix it by any chance or am I just doing something wrong?

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Re: Samsung Captivate and Divx support

Can you please post more details about the problems you're having?  What happens when you try to play a divx video?  What steps are you taking prior to that?

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So I run the Video player.  I then get a list of videos that I have on my phone then I click on the video I want to play.  Then I get the error that says "Unsupported file type."  Then I have to click okay and then the video player keeps looking for a file that it can play.  All I am doing to put the movies on the phone is taking out my SD card and putting it into a USB device and drag and drop movies to it.  It seems that movies that I made with the Divx codec, using AutoGK, don't work.  If I remake the video again using Xvid it works.  I hope that is not the reason it works because that would just be incredibly silly.

 

Also I have copied these same videos to the internal memory and it doesn't work either.

 

That is pretty much all I do.  All my movies are premade that I have made over the years from my DVD collection.  All the movies I am trying work just fine on Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Sounds like the limitation of the Divx playback capability of the phone. I've played one Divx file and it plays fine. That's all I know about Divx Smiley Happy

 

You probably need to re-encode all your files or ask Samsung to fix the divx codec (good luck on that one).

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After digging around and testing on my own phone, it seems that DivX (standard definition) is not supported by the stock Video Player.  According to the specs on samsung.com, the officially supported formats are MPEG4, AAC, AAC+, H.263, H.264.  Many people report also being able to play xvid (avi) and mkv.  I, myself, was able to play xvid but not divx.

 

As for being DivX certified, it's not; it's actually DivX Plus HD certified.  Hence it plays mkv/h.264.  Odd that it can play divx plus HD but not standard divx.

 

Anyhow, your options seem to be to convert to mp4, re-encode with xvid, or get a different video player from the market with DivX support such as Rockplayer.

 

 

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So I was digging some more, it turns out the Verizon Fascinate (Galaxy S phone) is Divx capable and talks about it on the verizon website and in their user manual.  I look at the Captivate and in fairness ATT doesn't mention Divx at ALL on the web nor in their user manual.  Looks like ATT screwed us again on a feature that we should have had but probably took out for some reason that I am sure didn't make sense.  Maybe they did it so we could have an LED flash... wait we didn't get that either Smiley Happy

 

Also on your comment of being Divx HD only, it shouldn't be the case as Verizon clearly states the following in their user manual

 

"DivX Certified® to play DivX® video up to HD 720p, including premium content."

 

http://www.wirelesszone.com/admin/uploads/11452192014c8f6de50ea6a.pdf

 

 

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Well it is almost Official, are phones are NOT Divx Certified.  I just went to the Verizon store and put in my memory card into their Fascinate, which is a Divx phone from the Samsung Galaxy S line and it played EVERY Divx file I had.  It didn't matter if it add AC3 audio or mp3.  It played Xvid too. 

 

I just hope the reason our phones don't do it is because of software and not hardware. 

 

Now i just need to call ATT and ask.

 

 

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Re: Samsung Captivate and Divx support

Which firmware are you running on your captivate? Facinate comes out the last in all four carrier and the Divx certification didn't happend until Captivate was released. I'd bet it is just software related.

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Oh I hope your are right.  i just called ATT and they gave me Samsungs number to call so I am calling them next. 

 

Here is my info:

 

Firmware version

2.1-update1

 

Kernel version

2.6.29

 

Build

Eclair.ucjh7

 

I would imagine all Captivate users have the same info

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Well I called ATT, they told me to call Samsung.  I did, I got to a Level 3 tech and talked to him.  It turns out that ATT CHOSE not to license Divx.  That is why we don't have it.  Verizon and Tmobile chose to license it so that is why they have it. 

 

So needless to say it most likely will never come out in a firmware upgrade or anything like that because it is a licensing issue that is why are phones aren't Divx certified. 

 

Boy ATT you really ticked me off this time.

 

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I call it BS. As far as I know the certification is for Galaxy S line, not specifically for individual carrier branded phones. It is possible that since AT&T is not interested in Divx playback capability that Samsung could just stop update the video codecs but I doubt it.

 

If you want, you can try the leaked JI6 Froyo ROM. I have it running on mine but I have no way to verify for you. I have only one DIVX file and it plays just fine even in JF6 stock ROM.

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Re: Samsung Captivate and Divx support

foxbat - there is a way you can test it.  Divx has short movies you can download from their website.  Download this movie and let me know if it works.  I tried it on the Captivate, it didn't, but it did work on the Verizon phone

 

http://www.divx.com/en/electronics/solutions/mobile/get-video

 

Big Buck Bunny - get the mobile version (just so we are being consistent)

 

 

Thanks!

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Unfortunately, they didn't work for Froyo ROM either.

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I guess I will just need to convert all the movie files I want to play then.  I was really hoping to avoid that, but it looks like we have no choice since ATT decided not to get the Divx license at the time.

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I am using Rockplayer on my Captivate and it plays Divx, avi etc. very well.

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