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Uploading .AVI to camera

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Uploading .AVI to camera
« on: 17 / December / 2007, 16:58:32 »
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Hi, I would like to upload small .avi movies (not produced with the camera!) to my Canon A710IS but the firmware does not let me write to the card. Also the format of standard .AVI files (as well as standard .JPG files) does not seem to be recognized by the camera software so that writing to the card using a card reader/writer does not help either. Has anybody succeeded in overcoming these difficulties somehow? your help would be appreciated.
many thanks
kbforge

Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #1 on: 17 / December / 2007, 18:01:23 »
Thanks Barney for your very helpful and quick info. I downloaded the software and am now left with only one problem (I think). How do I upload the converted file to the camera as I don't have a card reader/writer,  how can I overcome the camera firmware write block. Does CHDK offer such an option or do I have to buy a reader/writer?
Many thanks
kbforge

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Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #2 on: 17 / December / 2007, 19:30:11 »
Thanks Barney for your very helpful and quick info. I downloaded the software and am now left with only one problem (I think). How do I upload the converted file to the camera as I don't have a card reader/writer,  how can I overcome the camera firmware write block. Does CHDK offer such an option or do I have to buy a reader/writer?
Many thanks
kbforge
Do you mean the write block by the little switch you moved to "lock" on your SD-card ?
btw. a cardreader is a really good thing to have  ;)

Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #3 on: 18 / December / 2007, 01:55:12 »
Many thanks again for your help Barney (and Emu), I appreciate now the need to get a card reader.
Cheers,
kbforge


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Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #4 on: 18 / December / 2007, 04:35:45 »
Audio > Conversion > Sampling Rate: 11025Hz > Precision: 8-bit > Channels: Mono
I think you can try an other sampling rates for S-series cameras, because they can record and play videos with better sound quality. But for other series you should use the settings above.
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Offline GrAnd

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Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #5 on: 18 / December / 2007, 04:42:17 »
I want to hear back from someone that converted Lord of the Rings part IV (V?) to fit on an SD card and watched it in their camera now.

:D
...
Then, connect your camera to your plasma TV and Hi-Fi audio system... :)
And use USB remote control during watching to control the playback. :D
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Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #6 on: 21 / December / 2007, 15:11:08 »
Hi, sorry for the delay, I have been busy coming to grips with the issues and software and buying a card reader! The outcome is as follows:
1) I am able to convert an mpeg file to Canon AVI using three programs: SUPER, VirtualDub and canonavi.
2) the movie shows perfectly well in the PC based Canon software that comes with my Powershot A710IS (ZoomBrowser Express).
3) I can copy the resulting .AVI file and .THM file to the SD card using the card reader.
4) and here is the problem. Nothing at all show in the camera. It's as though the file is not there. BUT, when I connect the camera to the PC, the movie file is found and downloaded by the Canon software (CameraWindow) and it even shows in the preview pane of the PC! but nothing at all shows in the camera.
5) I checked the properties of the file and it shows as follows (among others):
File size: 152 MB
Image size: 640x480
Camera Model Name: A540
Recording time: 468:00
Frame rate: 30

The frame rate was set at 15 in VirtualDub and I assume the model number comes from canonavi. Could this be the problem and if so can anybody offer any suggestions on how to overcome it?
Many thanks

Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #7 on: 10 / January / 2008, 12:01:35 »
First hi everybody and thx for the precious CHDK FW!

I have subscribe to this forum for one thing and with little search it seems that this topic is the closer to my question:
Can we imagine playback any mpeg or divx video on a powershot using a custom fm that can support those file format?
Im mean watching 640x480 AVI (canon) on a TV is a lot of fun but im thinking about watching any compressed video using my S2 IS will but really great!
Transform the camera in a kind of media player center? (!)

Possible?

Thanks,
regards,
onecut.


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Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #8 on: 01 / February / 2008, 18:07:54 »
I'm having a problem with the "There is not a MJPEG Handler" error.

The console output is:

 Warning: File size is smaller than AVI RIFF file size
dwMaxBytesPerSec = 0
dwMicroSecPerFrame = 66667
dwWidth = 320
dwHeight = 240
dwTotalFrames = 397
dwSuggestedBufferSize (MaxFrameSize) = 0
Warning! fccHadnler!='mjpg', set to 'mjpg'

Edit:

I was able to get another version of the program from GrAnd's second link, http://elfsoft.narod.ru/

http://elfsoft.narod.ru/files/avi2canon.rar

I ran that on the file, like it says: avi2canon.exe <source.avi> <destination.avi>

and it didn't make the .thm file, but then I used canonavi.exe on the destination .avi and it worked!

Thanks a lot to everyone who explained how to do this.

Edit 2:

I also found that it's limited to the first 3 minutes.  Then I noticed the explanation on elfsoft is that it's "caused by the properties of fotika".
« Last Edit: 01 / February / 2008, 20:42:59 by coupdeforce »

Re: Uploading .AVI to camera
« Reply #9 on: 05 / February / 2008, 18:53:39 »
Well done coupdeforce, you solved the last problem. But the 3 minute limit makes the victory somewhat hollow.
Is there anyway to overcome it?
Cheers

 

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