[maemo-users] What can I use my N800 for?

From: Kahlil Johnson jzarecta at gmail.com
Date: Fri Jul 6 05:17:02 EEST 2007
N770 is a much under power device compared to your linux desktop. Also the
video that comes with the n770 is the one that puts a lot of buts.
Fortunately this is free software and there is already Mplayer for the N770.
Mplayer will play much more formats with less hassle since it has resizing

However making N770 videos is not that hard. N770 plays Xvid videos pretty
much, so you will have to export as xvid. But also if you have mythtv box
you will be able to encode 'on the fly' to the n770.

There are also other scripts that will help you resize and re-format your
video such as mencoder and ffmpeg. The tutorials are on the maemo website.
3rd party scripts include a perl script to easy encode N770. I use

About Gizmo, you can connect to a Asterisk server you dont need a gizmo
account and you dont need to put money to get a gizmo account.

And the reason why it gets great reviews is that it can do so many things.
You just need to learn how to do them. Fortunately we are here to share tips
and tricks.

On 7/5/07, David Rudder <drig at noses.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm getting frustrated with my Nokia N800 and I hope someone can help
> me.  I bought this for a couple reasons, the 2 big ones are for SIP
> video calling and for playing videos off my MythTV.  I have been totally
> unsuccessful so far.
> The media player finds my MythTV server, but it refuses to play any
> videos.  It turns out that the videos are stored in standard definition
> format, which the Nokia can't play.  Why do they advertise it's video
> capabilities if it can't play standard videos?  I'm using a WinTV
> PVR-500 to record MPEG-4 videos.  They play great on my Linux desktop
> and my Windows laptop, but they refuse to play on my N800, even though
> Nokia advertises that it plays MPEG-4.  Can anyone help?
> I've tried transcoding files to flash, but they look awful and are very
> choppy.  Not watchable.  I also tried transcoding down to a lower
> resolution with similar  problems.  At least they play, but what good is
> a 800x600 screen if the videos have to be 288x160?  And, even then, the
> fast forward doesn't work and it regularly hangs and the video and audio
> doesn't sync.
> One big features that Nokia advertises is the ability to do video
> conferencing.  Can someone tell me how to set it up so I can conference
> from my Nokia to my Linux desktop machine?  Apparently, you have to use
> the Nokia Internet Calling Invitation software, which isn't ported to
> Linux.  I tried the Windows version on my laptop but it refused to run
> until I bought a webcam.  There's no support for one-way video with
> two-way audio?  And, no support for Linux?  *sheesh*
> Beyond that, I can't seem to get a normal SIP voice client at all.
> Tapioca doesn't support SIP.  Minisip supposedly works, but the
> repository is down.  Gizmo supports SIP, but only if you have a Gizmo
> account.  I'm using Allo.com.  Can someone please, please tell me where
> to get a SIP client?
> Is anyone out there having any success with their N800?  So far, I've
> paid $400 for a brick I can play "pipe panic" on.  Why does this get
> such great reviews?
> -Dave
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Kahlil Johnson
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