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Ask Dr. Root: Video Encoding, Tablets, Weather Widgets

Our resident expert when it comes to anything Droid or Android related, but what he really loves is dissecting rooting questions.  There is nothing our Dr. doesn’t know, so ask away!  Ask Dr. Root.

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Dear Dr. Root,

What are the best settings to encode video for use on my Droid  X?

To answer your question I did a bit of digging and came across this.  This should give you a great starting point. There is a good wealth of information here and it comes strait from Motorola.

Dr. Root, What is the best android tablet out right now?

In my opinion the tablet game is still very new. I would wait until the Christmas shopping season swings into full gear. Not only will you have more choices, you will most likely find that Black Friday deal of a lifetime. I’ll leave you with a teaser that Google is supposedly building one with HTC.

Dr. Root, why does my weather widget not update correctly?

Well there are a number of of reasons this could be happening, first check and make sure that you do not have it set to be killed by your task killer if you are using one. Next, see if your widgets support more than one option to pull your weather information in. Google offers weather information for a lot of widgets, but this doesn’t mean you have to use them. Weather forecast widget (paid app) and Snowstorm weather widget (free app) are both some options to check out. Both come with options to skin the widgets.These are both available in the market.

The top widget is Snowstorm and the bottom widget is Weather forecast

Dr. Root,  RSD Lite 4.7 wont  recognize my Droid X. What do I do?

If you downloaded RSD Lite 4.7 it should have come with a patch file named pst flash. First, make a copy of the orignal pst flash file and save it somewhere on your computer. Replace that file with the updated patch file. If you need this file it can be found here. Once this is put in RSD Lite restart the program and it should find the phone. Good luck and remember, flashing sbf files can be risky.  Now for the disclaimer. (This information has been provided as is and Droid-Life assumes no responsibility for any problems that may arise.) Happy flashing and be careful.

Thats it for this week. Please keep sending those questions my way!

mrpicolas.. aka doctorpicolas@gmail.com

  • His_egghead

    Dr Root, I downloaded the beta flash 10.1 for my droid x that has 2.2 on it. I still can't see hulu. Any suggestions

  • His_egghead

    Dr Root, I downloaded the beta flash 10.1 for my droid x that has 2.2 on it. I still can't see hulu. Any suggestions

  • http://twitter.com/Chanceman512 Keith

    What does overclocking really do for your phone? Does it make your phone process faster? I overclocked my phone at max 800 and cant tell. Also, I have EASY ROOT and am rooted through it. Do I need to unroot my phone to receive any updates, and would I need to reset my overclock to stock settings before selecting “unroot”? I hear some horror stories about people messing up their phones and am worried about messing mine up too.

  • MarimbAndroid

    How can I get Live Wallpapers enabled after installing them onto the Zenithink ZT 180 tablet running Android 2.1 ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/coachsimpson Jeff Simpson

    Ok – so my friends have told me to root my phone.. This is a bit odd because usually I'm telling them these types of things. I've been busy and you know, no time to learn a new skill.. Then last week I get the 2.2 upgrade that I've been waiting for. At first I was like wow, the call log is different, the camera works better when finding photos I just took, and I thought this was great. Monday morning comes and I'm back to the grind, and my Sirius XM app is messed up. It loops every ten seconds, I do the normal fixes first uninstall, battery out, you know the drill.. Come to find out this is a problem that has a fix coming at some point in the future. Not a good answer for me. I'm ready to take the plunge, I want to root my phone, the best advice comes from people not rooting from 2.2. If I can't root from 2.2, how do I first go back to 2.1 or below? I'm sure I'm not the only one that has an issue with Froyo, I also notice that my youtube videos won't play. What up wit dat?? First things first, lets root, and get sirius working.

  • http://twitter.com/Chanceman512 Keith

    What does overclocking really do for your phone? Does it make your phone process faster? I overclocked my phone at max 800 and cant tell. Also, I have EASY ROOT and am rooted through it. Do I need to unroot my phone to receive any updates, and would I need to reset my overclock to stock settings before selecting “unroot”? I hear some horror stories about people messing up their phones and am worried about messing mine up too.

  • MarimbAndroid

    How can I get Live Wallpapers enabled after installing them onto the Zenithink ZT 180 tablet running Android 2.1 ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/coachsimpson Jeff Simpson

    Ok – so my friends have told me to root my phone.. This is a bit odd because usually I'm telling them these types of things. I've been busy and you know, no time to learn a new skill.. Then last week I get the 2.2 upgrade that I've been waiting for. At first I was like wow, the call log is different, the camera works better when finding photos I just took, and I thought this was great. Monday morning comes and I'm back to the grind, and my Sirius XM app is messed up. It loops every ten seconds, I do the normal fixes first uninstall, battery out, you know the drill.. Come to find out this is a problem that has a fix coming at some point in the future. Not a good answer for me. I'm ready to take the plunge, I want to root my phone, the best advice comes from people not rooting from 2.2. If I can't root from 2.2, how do I first go back to 2.1 or below? I'm sure I'm not the only one that has an issue with Froyo, I also notice that my youtube videos won't play. What up wit dat?? First things first, lets root, and get sirius working.

  • Lane252

    hey where can i get this sweet docking station at anyone anyonee

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThinkPete Peter Souza IV

    Or you could use:

    http://www.petersouza.com/Software/VideoToDroid/

    Which does most of the magic for you — I wrote this software a while back and it just wraps around FFMPEG.

  • jdm113

    Dr. Root…so you're from Akron?

    • jdm113

      Nevermind…saw you already said you were from Akron (firestone park area)

      • http://twitter.com/iDecay Justin

        Such a small world! I'm from Akron too (Highland Square area), moved to Houston about a year ago.

  • BAoxymoron

    Do you think that could be ported to an update.zip theme for sapphire?

  • KEITHSMNR

    Dr. Root. WHAT THE HECK IS THAT AWESOME LAUNCHER THAT YOU HAVE THERE?!?!?1

    • KEITHSMNR

      Themed launcher pro and icons…well…where can I get these icons and launcher background?

      • Mrpicolas

        Over at The launcher Pro Forums

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmcdorman Michael McDorman

    It should also be noted when running RSD Lite, you need to run the program in administrator mode (by right clicking on the program) otherwise it wont detect your phone. Took me awhile to figure that one out.

  • tiptoptommy

    handbrake works well for video encoding

    • guest

      I had issues trying to set the right settings in handbrake. Could someone post proper settings that worked for them?

      • tiptoptommy

        I use the iPod legacy settings then switch the resolution to strict and audio to whatever track you want don't forget to turn off subs unless you want them. gets you a pretty good picture looks great on the Droid.

  • Oenoke

    What skin is that on Snowstorm?

  • Axel

    The tablet looks really cool, but for the sake of clarification, it looks like it's running ChromeOS, not Android.

  • locutor

    What kind of a doctor doesn’t know the difference between “straight” and “strait?”

    • tbaybe

      be nice….

    • TechDeft

      What kind of person with the name “presenter” doesn't present anything?

    • Mrpicolas

      a ghetto dr with a handwritten phd lol

  • Urugami

    When I encode TiVo files for my Droid, the cropped source usually comes out to ~620×352. I'll scale this in Super to be as tall as possible (under 480) while maintaining the original aspect ratio. For 16:9 sources, this is usually 768×432, and it looks pretty good on the phone. Personally, I wouldn't downgrade the resolution to less than the source if you're just going to be playing it back locally. For streaming, though, it makes sense.
    Haven't really played too much with bitrate to see what's acceptable, but ~1000kbps looks good enough.
    Size-wise, I've got the Super Bowl in 4 files that total 2.32 GeeBees. Might be able to make them smaller, but if you're gonna watch the Saints beat the Colts time after time, why skimp? :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

      +1 for the “GeeBees” reference. That video was hilarious!

  • http://twitter.com/MrCapcomSama MrCapcom

    Whats that menu and stuff at the bottom?

    • EC8CH

      Themed Launcher Pro dock and icons

    • tbaybe

      pbly launcherPro, you can customize it, and he talked about it in his last post :)

  • Plower.Net

    Regarding Video Encoding:
    I found 1000 kbps bitrate to look terrible on Avatar and Zombieland when I encoded them. I opted for 2400 instead and it looks fantastic. Another thing to note, is that Gallery (not sure if anything else) won't play a video larger than 2 gigabytes in size. I had to cut Avatar into two files to get it to play.

  • EC8CH

    look out.. the h.264 goon squad will come and take all your moneys.

    Webm FTW!

  • mikehoncho

    What is the launcher in the last picture!? That thing is sweet!

    • Mrpicolas

      launcher pro the dock can be found over at http://www.launcherpro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?… as well as the icons

      • http://twitter.com/MrCapcomSama MrCapcom

        I'm looking thru the thread andI can't find it at all

        • http://ian.cazabat.com IanCaz

          Same here, found several “eyes”, but not that one.

          • GJB

            I think this is it: http://www.launcherpro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?…

            I'm assuming it's that dock, plus custom icons, with the launcher icon being an eye and the app icons being text icons. All of those can probably be found in that thread as well.

  • Randy

    I wrote up a lengthy, but detailed how-to on converting video for playback on a mobile device. Although it was geared toward an EVO 4G, the software and settings should work just fine on Droid X's and 2's. The URL for the article is:
    http://www.robotbriefs.com/howto/multimedia/how
    Hopefully you find it helpful if you're looking for more info on this topic.

  • Droidzilla

    All you need to know about tablets: Notion Ink Adam. Seriously. It's the only tablet that's gotten me over drooling at blurry Samsung Galaxy Tab shots.

    I think that last sentence was geekier than laughing at the Star Wars line in Jedi where Darth Vader says to the Emperor, “I have . . . FELT him.” I'm going to go play my Commodore 64 now while watching the original TRON.

  • http://www.facebook.com/republicansaredumbasses Ебем Огайо Deutsch

    This is why i got rid of my ipod- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8eQDUL9tJ4

  • Anunnaki

    I second the fantasy football request… Packers FTW!

  • Fadiaz117

    I use rockplayerbase. It let's me watch avi/divx/xvid files without encoding.

  • Guest

    great information on the video encoding!

  • villian1998

    On a unrelated note, what's up with some fantasy football with DL'ers? I would like to get my bragging rights on.

  • NorCalGuy

    I want a tablet….

  • poeddroiduser

    Dr. Root is it true that iPhone users are the same people who used to have AOL accounts in 1998?

    • TechDeft

      No, because literally everyone had AOL in 1998.

      • Mrpicolas

        wow that brings back memories lol i use to love kicking aol mods out of rooms running chat room scripts

        • TechDeft

          Hahaha, and every commercial ended with “Enter the Keyword InsertProductName on AOL for more information!”

      • tbaybe

        hey hey your back!

        • TechDeft

          SORT OF! So much work travel. Officially completely back in the office on the 31st.

  • Nichess54

    O-H!!!

    • onDroid

      I-O

    • tbaybe

      I-O

  • jonny6pak

    Screenshot shout-out to Akron… cool!

    • Mrpicolas

      you in akron too huh Firestone park here

      • jonny6pak

        Nice, I used to live out that way. I'm in Wallhaven for a few more weeks then it's moving time.

  • Mrpicolas

    hey kellex im not that fat lol…

    • TechDeft

      The MSpaint adds 10 pounds.

    • Anonymous

      O wise dr.root what would happen if I use the universal anroot to unroot my droid? Im running simply stunning. Would it make it go away? And woill it go back to stock? or what will happen

  • skltr21

    first?