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Samsung YPP2 & SVI Video Format

February 21, 2009

Samsung’s YP-P2 media player (available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB versions) is easily a very good media player. The touchscreen menu system is fairly intuitive, and the device has good quality of playback of video and music.

First off the device in North America defaults to using MTP so it can be at best troublesome on Linux; although not impossible as there are MTP implementations for Linux and I believe I’ve read a little bit about converting the media player to UMS/MSC.

The next issue this media player gives shows up when you look at the default included video files. Their extension is .svi. I copied one of these files to my desktop and used abcAvi Tag Editor to examine the file as an AVI (which I had gathered they were from googling).

Some quick info, the Stream Header block shows its handler to be XVID and dwInitialFrames is set to 0.

I’ve only experimented a little with different video types, but I’ll state that its best to resize your video to 480×272.

The audio stream’s wFormatTag is set to 0x55, MP3. Other characteristics were 2 channels, and 44.1kHz.

Now, fire up Avidemux. Apply a resize filter to your video stream as 480×272. Set your video format to MPEG-4 ASP (Xvid4) then click configure and go to the Motion & Misc tab and set the Number of B-frames to 0. Set your Audio format to MP3 (LAME). Make sure your container format is still AVI. Now we should be ready to save your video. The filename needs to end with .svi, also for reasons I’m not exactly aware of the media player will sometimes reject having the video transferred to it. When this happens, I’ve found renaming the file (to something shorter usually) tends to get the job done.

Hopefully this will help someone else who’s having trouble with getting video on their P2, good luck!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. bibi permalink
    February 26, 2009 9:29 am

    thanks for sharing this!!!
    It helps me alot

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