Some potential issues:
1) Videos are using an unsupported codec. Like divx, xvid, sorenson, spark, etc.
2) Videos are H264. The N97 seems to have an issue and doesn't play H264
3) Videos are WMV but high bitrate. Currenlty the N97 only plays low bitrate WMV videos.
The N97 can handle higher rez videos than the iPod.
Video rez is 640x360 so in using an iPod converter you are losing some of the resolution.
I`m having the same problems and more. It wont play video no matter what i encode it to. Whats the point of a phone that plays high def video but wont actually play high def video, nokia? Most down load films theses days are encoded in dvix ect so might it be a good idea to design your poxy flagship phone to play it.
People dont want to mess about converting stuff just to find you can only listern to it. People just want to upload a movie and have done with it!
The one time i have manage to convert a DVD that will play on my (cough) device i found the quality very poor.
Oh and the software that comes with the phone? Was that meant as a joke, nokia? Everytime i open the app on two of my three pc`s it crashes. I cant sync music with it, it takes ages to upload stuff onto your phone and your lucky if it plays.
The phone its self stinks! Its touch screen is slow and imprecise. Apps are slow to open, the screen scratches as soon as you get it out the box.
Honestly, i`m bitterly disapointed with my N97. I`m stuck with the poxy thing on a 18 month contract but i will probaly lob it up the wall before that time!
Sorry Nokia for this rant but i wish i had gone with the iphone instead.
The N97 is trash
Well very few phones play DIVX out of the box. Only Samsung and some LG do.
There's divx mobile player you can use in N97 but it's not completely compatible read here
Converting DVDs is very simple if you buy a DVD to Mp4 or 3GP converter. There are some examples in my blog.
All you need to know is the right formats to use read here
Even OVI suite 1.1 seems to work for me. It's slow and you can't control too much the results but it gets the job done most of the time.
2009-08-30 14:35 - edited 2009-08-30 14:37
Thanks for the reply, but why the hell would i want to BUY software to make my "multi media" phone play media? After spending all that money on the phone in the first place, i will NOT open my wallet again.
Nokia should bundle the nesseary software with the phone. Or design the phone to play "multi media"
You don't have to BUY anything.
A little reaseach would have told you that DIVX, XVID, .avi files are not supported by N97.
The necessary software is in the box. You need OVI suite to convert DIVX files to your phone format.
Like I said it's not like AVI files are widely supported in phones, there's only a handful devices that support that OUT OF THE BOX.
Hey guys, I was wondering that if I download and install Dvix player for mobiles on nokia N97, would that work? cause I have tried it on my previous mobile sony ericsson and it worked, and it really helped me to play .wmv or .avi files at that time!!!
I have upgraded my N96 to an N97 and the latter simply will not playback video, even when it has been recorded with the built in camera.
I had no such issues with the N95 or N96, considering the phone is more up to date this is really frustrating.
Also converted files only sound plays back, this was never an issue on the N96.
Also it will not install BBC Iplayer, which I suspect is linked in some way.
Can anyone help, the firmware is up to date.
You may need to reset the phone and start fresh.
Back up all your data before the reset.
Many thanks, I performed a hard reset, which I was reluctant to do as it can be dangerous (it killed a N95 a few years ago) but I had no choice.
The soft reset was useless, when I couldn't play videos taken with the N96 or N97 I suspected that it was something deep rooted.
The hard reset worked like a dream, IPlayer is still an issue as I'm struglling to get the installed program to pair with the wi-fi connection.
Work in progress.......once again thanx for the reply
Without getting into the Nokia/IPhone debate, the last 3 Nokia's I have had N95/N96 & N97 have been perfectly able to handle video.
Not only that the video they produce is near DVD quality, I guess the next generation of Nokia top end handsets will go beyond this and probably into HD!
IPhone's although they look like works of art really are design over function, the camera in next to useless and as far as I can tell the video performance is non existant.
Try replacing the battery in a IPhone without destroying the case and your warranty!
Ovi store is also hot on the heels of IPhone App store too, there are some fantastis free apps if you have a look.
You simply need to get a reputable video converter, there are plenty out there or use the PC suite as this, in the case of the N97 will convert video's as you move them across across.
I hope this helps
I suggest you read this - Convert Movies and Videos for the Nokia N97 and N97 Mini
It's a full guide on how to convert videos and movies for the Nokia N97 and N97 mini. Converted videos are playable in full screen and in hi def. Hope that helps.