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  1. #51


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    Thanks a lot. I will try that again.

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  2. #52


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    Thanks for that tutorial WHS, not sure I will use it, but it's good info none the less.
    Could come in handy some day.
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  3. #53


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Thanks for that tutorial WHS, not sure I will use it, but it's good info none the less.
    Could come in handy some day.
    See my comment in the tutorial thread about a little caveat I just found out.
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  4. #54


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    There is another interesting detail I found in the W8P. I made myself a playlist of music files (just a folder with a bunch of files) hoping they would play one after the other - but no deal. Those were all WMA files. I later found out that it works perfectly with MP3 files. Go figure.

    Another problem I had with the videos. I converted a bunch of FLV videos to WMV using Format Factory so that I could play them on the phone. They appeared a WMV but the bitrate was all screwed up. I could play them on the desktop but they would not run on the phone. A second conversion with Freemake fixed the problem.
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  5. #55


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    There is another interesting detail I found in the W8P. I made myself a playlist of music files (just a folder with a bunch of files) hoping they would play one after the other - but no deal. Those were all WMA files. I later found out that it works perfectly with MP3 files. Go figure.
    Hmmm, I will have to check this out as well.
    But, you can add music files to the now playing list and save that a a Playlist.
    Strange about WMA's... I have all MP3's on the phone, but I have some WMA's, will check it out...
    Also, check out

    Windows Phone app for desktop (Preview 3) | Windows Phone 8 | Windows Phone How-to | Windows Phone (United States)

    It has some growing to do, and hopefully it will get developed on further.

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Another problem I had with the videos. I converted a bunch of FLV videos to WMV using Format Factory so that I could play them on the phone. They appeared a WMV but the bitrate was all screwed up. I could play them on the desktop but they would not run on the phone. A second conversion with Freemake fixed the problem.
    This may have been the fault of the Format Factory.
    I haven't done a lot of testing with video formats on my WP. I will see what I can figure out also.


    EDIT:
    Ok,, I was able to play WMA's with no issue.
    One thing you may have to make sure of is that the ID Tags are setup properly.
    I use Mp3tag - the universal Tag Editor (ID3v2, MP4, OGG, FLAC, ...)

    I did more testing and deleted all ID3 Tag info
    After the first song it took about a minute, but it did advance,, then they started advancing without issue after that
    So, I did not have any problems after that with WMA's not playing the next song in the Unknown Artists list.
    Also. they played just fine with all the ID3Tag info included
    However, you have to make sure the tags are proper and that you are actually playing the songs from that folder
    If the Album and Artist info is included, they will show up under diofferen't locations based on how you are sorting

    You might be aware of this, but I will post it anyway.....
    Say you drop 3 files (WMA, MP3, doesn't matter) in one folder, If the ID3Tag is configured for different albums and whatnot
    It will only play the ones for that album, if that is where you sorted from and started playing from.
    If you run from Songs List, then they should advance as normal.
    If not,t here could be an issue with the files, or the player, but I did not have any issues after that first delay with WMA's

    Side note: I converted an MP3 to a WAV with CDex and copied it over to my phone,
    it prompted and I accepted to Auto Convert the file, It converted to a WMA file on it's own.

    I converted an mp4 video to a WMV video and copied it over to the Video Folder
    I was able to play it without issue as well.

    Video... I used Freemake to convert an FLV to WMV that I downloaded from youtube
    Copied it over to the Video folder and had no issues playing it.

    I do not like Freemake though.

    I personally recommend Download Mobile Media Converter
    You can get the Portable Version and not have to install anything.
    It will extract what it need to your Temp folder
    But, there is no crapware bundled into it, and no ad's, very clean and works.

    This app doesn't appear as powerful as it acutally is
    It uses FFmpeg as it's converter and is mainly just a frontend GUI for that
    If you are familiar with FFmpeg command line syntax, you can do almost anything with this app.
    The advanced settings are under the Conversion to: Add and Remove Profiles
    There are about 31+ different profiles, and you may (I have not searched)
    be able to find custom ones if anyone has made any for this for download.
    However, the Youtube download function does not work in Mobile Media Converter.

    However,, one issue I have with FLV's is that they are really low quality.
    If I want to save and convert a video, I want the highest res format I can get.
    Generally from youtube that is about 720P using DownloadHelper in FF.

    So I found this,,, Download Youtube Downloader HD
    I use the Portable Version and can d/l 1080P videos from youtube.
    Generally MP4's, so no need to convert.
    Last edited by Tepid; 14 Mar 2014 at 22:43.
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  6. #56


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    Vista and Win7


    This may have been the fault of the Format Factory
    This was definitely a Format Factory fault.

    Regarding the WMAs - that's not a problem. Convering the files to MP3 was a breeze. My i7 loves tasks like that, LOL. But anyhow, in single file the WMAs play well.

    I met the WAV conversion too. That is very strange because WAV id a MS codec. You would think they support it. WAV is lossless and for the little speaker it may make no difference. But if I play symphonies on quality speakers, you can notice the difference.

    Right, Freemake is good. WMVs play well. Have not tried MP4s yet.

    I'll have a look at those converters but I do not really need anything very sophisticated. But thanks for the tips.

    I now got Word working too. That is handy because I have link files in Word. That way I can easily get into my TV and Radio channels.
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  7. #57


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    Win 8.1 Pro


    You should check out OneNote and get familiar with it.
    It's a breeze to configure and synch automatically through Office 2013 OneNote and OneDrive.
    It does work as well as Word to synch to phones. But I like the organization a lot more in OneNote.
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  8. #58


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    Win 8.1 Pro


    Going back to Audio Files
    WMA is a Lossless format, and I think MS are trying to get away from WAV as a general audio format for music files
    I am not sure about the differences in lossless formats. Maybe you can get them converted to WMA's?
    Again, I had no issues with WMA's on my phone except when I deleted all the ID3Tag info.

    I would definitely recommend adding the ID3Tag info to all Audio files where you can anyway.

    Download Windows Media Encoder 9 Series from Official Microsoft Download Center

    BTW, it says that the Media Encorder 9 is not compatible with Win7, but I can tell you it works on Win8.1 without issue.
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  9. #59


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Thanks for all the good info. I think you are right, I should have a closer look at OneNote. That was always the stepchild in Office.

    I am a big PowerPoint fan (see here) and I know Word pretty well. But Excel and OneNote were never on my radar screen.
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  10. #60


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    Windows 7 Enterprise X64/ Windows 10 Pro X64


    I am hereby subscribing to this thread. There is a lot of good information here, at least the little I understand is good. I am waiting on MS to deliver my W8 Lumia 521. As much as I am embarrassed to admit it, this will be my first smart phone and I am not sure what to expect. And yes, I am aware this is kind of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to smart Phones, but it will be great for me. I have no intention of connecting it with T Mobile. The service where I live and need it is almost non existent. So, I'm sure I will have a lot of fun trying to 'fix' that issue. Hope I can learn much here, and already have.
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