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Old 17-07-2009, 6:45 AM
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How to play DVD and Video on Palm Pre/Centro/Treo

With the multimedia capabilities of the Palm we can play DVD and videos on Palm Pre 3.1-inch touch screen, but before transfer the video to Palm Pre we have to convert the DVD and video to Palm format.

Palm Pre supported media formats:
Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV;
Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264;

This tutorial will guide you through the entire process using a DVD/Video to Palm Converter Pro. We took the copy of Pixar's "A Bug's Life" and converted the DVD for use on the Palm Pre. The processing time depends on your computer's processor and the length of your DVD. "A Bug's Life" is 1 hour and 34 minutes. On my computer, the entire process took roughly 30 minutes from start to finish. Since the Palm Pre supports iTunes, we were able add the converted video to iTunes and then sync with the Pre. And this guide work for all series of Palm including Palm Pre, Palm Centro, Palm Treo, etc.

Step1. Download and install Video Converter Pro (here is the directly download link, about 9M). This software is an all-in-one converter that can rip protected DVD movie and convert video to MP4 video for Palm.

Step2: Load your DVD or videos into Video Converter Pro. Here we can load three kinds of DVD's:
1. DVD disc, Insert your DVD into your computer CD-Rom, click 'Load DVD' to import it.
2. DVD ISO image, you can amount your ISO files in the daemon tools and then click 'Load ISO file' to import it. No other DVD Converter can convert ISO file except this one.
3. DVD folder, sometimes you may store the DVD folder in your hard drive, it contains the 'Video_TS' and 'Audio_TS' folders. You can load it by clicking the 'load DVD folders'.
4. For regular video files, you can drag and drop them into the software directly.

Step3: Select Profile, Subtitle, Audio, output directory setting
After you load DVD or video into the software, click the Profile drop-down list to select 'Palm Pre Video MPEG-4 (*.mp4)' as output format.

Regular DVD movies usually have several subtitles such as English, French, German, etc. You can select one you prefer. You can also delete the subtitle by selecting 'No Subtitle'. Selecting Audio is the same. For more advanced settings, you can open the setting panel by clicking 'Settings'.

Step4: After all things done, click the 'Start' to begin the conversion. When the conversion is completed, click 'find target' to locate the converted DVD or video file on your computer.

Step5: If you use iTunes, simply drag the resulting file into iTunes. Select the 'Movies' tab and select 'Sync movies'. I also selected the option to only bring my preferred movies and then checked BUGSLIFE. When the sync completes, eject the Palm Pre from your computer.

Step 6: Select the Application Launcher and open up the Videos application. Select your movie and it will start to play immediately. You've now successfully converted your DVD movie and video for use on the Palm Pre. Enjoy your movies on your Palm Pre!
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