Watching movies on your E71? Why not!

Paused DivX movie on E71Weekend has just started, so maybe it is time for more entertaining post? What do you do with your phone while travelling by train, bus or subway? You might listen to the radio (not probable underground, as long as it is not Internet Radio 🙂 ) or mp3 player. You may browse the Web, but E71, as many other S60 devices, allows watching movies too! I’m not talking about short video clips from YouTube, but real movies from your DVD collection.

A friend of mine having Nokia N95 encouraged me last week to try mobile DivX player. On his way to work Michal watches on the phone some of his favorite movies, not seen for years. What do you need to do to enjoy watching movies as well? Where can you find a player?

The answer is very simple, as in case of PC codecs, go to www.divx.com and look for a mobile player. DivX organization informs now that some of phones available on the market are officially”DivX certified”. Mostly those are Windows Mobile smartphones and fortunately you Paused DivX movie on E71don’t need one to watch some movies. DivX player is available for Symbian-based phones as well. Simply install the player on your mobile and that is really all you need to do. The player is able to play back a movie file, coded with DivX codec, without any additional conversion needed. The player has simple UI allowing to pause the movie and move fast forward or backward to find a specific moment of the movie. It also asks if you want to proceed with watching movie since last viewed moment. The only disadvantage is that PC formatted movies uses about 700MB of memory, so it is comfortable to have for example 8GB big memory card inside your phone. I really enjoyed playing with DivX on my E71 this week.

You might ask “what about build-in Real Player”? Good point! The player present in E71 by default requires movies to be converted to a mobile movie format like “.3GP”. It is possible to convert a source file in AVI or DVD format into 3GP using free software called ABC 3GP Converter. The advantage is that you save some space on your memory card with this action. Additionally before conversion you can define the number of FPS, output resolution and sound quality to adjust it to phone capabilities. Unfortunately the conversion process takes some time. Moreover my personal experience with Real Player says it is not very stable, causing phone crashes sometimes. There is no worse thing in the middle of Lost episode right?

DivX player on E71[Update]: First of all I think Sebastian asked in comments very important question. Indeed video playback is quite power consuming, but from my observation it should be to display whole 2-hrs long movie without recharging.

I wanted to share with you also some observations about watching longer files. It happened unfortunately that the phone has problems with some of vidoe files. After several minutes of playback the sound and video are annoyingly desynchronized, which looks like CPU issue. It looks that this might have its root in codeing used for creating the file. I wonder how are your experiences with different DivX format played on S60 phones? Please share it here.

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35 Responses to “Watching movies on your E71? Why not!”


  1. 2 AC February 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    So does this DivX app do playback without additional conversion? That would make it even better than CorePlayer, right?

  2. 3 Sebastian February 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    what about energy consumption? is it enough to watch the whole movie?

  3. 4 Lukasz February 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    In my case Ive experienced delay in sound or motion while playing divix vidoes on divix mobile with my E71. There was no such us problem with my previous phone E51. Im using Kingston 4GB SD HC card. Any solution to make it run smooth?

  4. 5 Uni February 25, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Many phones have issues with playback.
    In my experience, HD 720 media is never a good idea, unless you have an high end mp3player that supports it.

    320×240 resized interlaced Divx, 400kb/s stream max (incl 112kb/s mp3) should be easy for the phone.

    Also: Why not use Realmedia or Flash movie formats? The phone natively supports those, and as long as you don’t go crazy on the resolution or frames/second, it should be a smooth ride.

    Nevertheless, good post.

  5. 6 Sebastian February 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

    i heard about problems with longer videos especially using SD-Cards with 8GB or 16GB. sounds does not play synchronosly at the end

  6. 7 Thompson March 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Does it support VOB format?

  7. 8 Aditya Singhvi March 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    You need to reconfigure the settings in the DivX player on your phone. Additionally since the E71 is not capable of playing 30fps, reducing the frames would be a good idea and also the resolution too…

  8. 9 David March 19, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Aditya Singhvi Hello,

    I read your comment with interest, and I did not understand How exactly should I reconfigure the settings in the DivX player on my phone –

    1. You recommended reducing the frames per second (since – “E71 is not capable of playing 30fps”) – How can I do that?

    2. Also you recommended to reduce the resolution too – How can I do that too?

    Also in “http://labs.divx.com/MobileCommunity” (where i downloaded the Divx from)it says- “DivX Mobile Player is beta software available for a limited time only. DivX Mobile Player will expire.” – it is limited? OK, but for how long? when will it expire? it does’nt say? any body knows?

    Best regards,
    David

  9. 10 Vladislav April 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    i didn’t find how to change sound volume. Anybody can help me please?

    • 11 toni April 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

      same with me, plays video well, audio goes out of sync easily is the problem though. But no volume control is a big problem for me too.

  10. 12 Enkay May 21, 2009 at 3:56 am

    I watch downloaded Sitcoms on the go, and with my 2GB card, it makes perfect sense to convert them to a mobile-friendly format first.

    In terms of saving memory, .3gp is definitely the best, but for better quality (trading off with filesize), mp4 seems to be a good option.

    I use SUPER for all my conversion needs. It is freeware and has a LOT of conversion options.

    http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html#Dnload

  11. 13 Adduboy May 27, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Hi,

    I just got a new E71, and I’m trying to figure out how to play video files on my phone. I would most likely like to resize them and play it in real player but somehow all the files I have converted from .avi (using Free Video Converter) does not seem to work in RealPLayer on the phone. I tried using the Nokia Video Manager as well..in that it converted the Video just fine and looked really nice but there was no sound….any idea how to get a video playing on RealPlayer on an E71?…Please help…thanks 🙂

  12. 14 willstay July 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I installed DivX player in my E71. There is no volume control. Volume rocker at the side does not work.

  13. 16 Leah July 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I have the E71 and went through video conversion (built in to Nokia PC Suite). Put two TV series episodes (approx 45 minutes, each file about 150 MB after conversion). They play beautifully for about 10 minutes, then start stopping, starting, eventually hanging to the point where I have to remove the battery. Cannot find ANY support from Nokia or my local cell service provider (they claim they have never heard of the problem). Even downloaded an MP4 splitter application and tested what would happen if I split into 10 minute chunks and guess what: it gets halfway through and the same problem. Do you know if this is a memory issue with the the phone’s built-in media player? Will your fix (using a divx mobile player) fix this? Many thanks in advance!

  14. 18 clyde July 23, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Download coreplayer… it plays video and music in almost any format. Also streams audio/video from the net. Great product!

  15. 19 peter August 1, 2009 at 8:55 am

    i’ve installed the divx on my phone, but the realplayer remains the default player. can’t find an option to start movies in divx. pls help

    • 20 Leah August 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm

      Start divx, and open a movie from it, rather than trying to open the movie directly from your media list.

      • 21 peter August 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm

        the movie is too large for the phone memory and is in my memory card and seems the divx only opens files from the phone memory. it doesn’t give me an option to open files from different locations.

  16. 22 jet73 September 10, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Why use divx? if you convert your movies to 3GP all mobiles support that natively (Except iphone). on the E71, it can be played with the pre-installed real player as well as any of the players mentioned above.

    I encode to 320×240@190kbps you will end up with a really good quality video that is small in size and works on all mobiles.

  17. 23 niyo December 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

    how can i get divx player for my e71

  18. 24 aritmeticos December 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I instaled it, but after I “refresh list” I can’t find any of mine video files including my .3gp files …

    Does it only read divx files or I’m doing something wrong?

  19. 26 Jonas March 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Can i use mp4 in E71?

  20. 27 Julio April 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Of course, mp4 works fine!
    I use ImTOO Video Converter with the blackberry mp4 preset.
    The fps recommendation for E71 videos is 15.
    The problem with players unlike real player is the volume control at the side. Doesn’t work.
    I’ll like if the real player could make a reproduction list like mp3 players.

  21. 28 focus May 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    i am getting disappointed with the way Nokia E71 is misbehaving. I cannot play media player video online. Likewise, i cannot install, flash player.

    focus.

  22. 29 create dvd May 17, 2010 at 1:54 am

    This solved my big problem

  23. 30 chhaya January 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    i have installed Divx player in my E71 but it can not open? And i have default real player in that some videos are opened from mp4 format but some can not.plz suggest me something. Thanking u.

  24. 31 Saidul February 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

    how to fast forward and rewind the video in Divx player on Nokia E71?

    please reply soon.
    Thanks


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