Original post here.
The basic idea of how to convert a video for the Sansa Fuse Mp3/Video player is simple. What’s not so simple is directions.
1. You will need to make sure you Sansa Fuse is set correctly. Set it to MSC Mode.
2. If not installed already, you will need to install k9copy. You can do this simply by:
sudo apt-get install k9copy
Note this is a KDE application, so it may add the required KDE libraries to make this application work, and this may take some time. As Alton Brown says: “Your patience WILL BE rewarded. Your impatience, will be punished!”
3. Follow the directions give in the post above, to install fuzemux, and video4fuze.
4. Now the k9copy part. To change the settings, bring up k9copy, and find “configure k9copy”
Hit the MPEG-4 encoder and select the vido tab:
It should look like this: Encoder: mencoder
Width: 224 Height: 176
and I arbitrarily set the file size to 500 meg.
Video part done!
5. Now to the audio. Select the Audio tab (still under MPEG-4) — codec is mp3 (lame) and bitrate: 128. The gain was preset to 7 (I did NOT change this)
It should look like this:
6. If you have never used k9copy, it can be a bit intimidating. What you want to do, is to OPEN the DVD. All the title sets will be presented: (make sure you check ALL the title sets)
Set you input/and output as shown in the image above. Your name is going to be different then: “SOUTH_PACIFIC”
7. Hit the COPY button, and then go do you favourite 30 minute activity: walking, biking, television, reading. You know: something other then watching k9copy work!
It will create an output file called
8. While the directions say to start video4fuze on the command line, in reality, that didn’t work for me. Why? Because at least in Ubuntu 10.10 (64 bit), it installs it into /usr/share/video4fuze
And while that’s NOT in-correct, it’s probably NOT in your path either.
either manually navigate to the directory
create a launcher:
You will note, that this is a Python Script.
so to run it: python /usr/share/video4fuze/video4fuze.pyw
And the screen pops up. Select the input file. The output file will be called, /home/username/input_file2_fuze.avi
You will note, that video4fuze – is really a front end for mencoder.
Again, this is NOT fast. So yea, another 30 minute thing.
10. Plug in your Sansa Fuse to your usb port. My Sansa Fuze has 8 G internally, and a 16G external drive. So I put this on the external drive. Videos will be 300 – 500 meg.
You MIGHT need to create a VIDEOS folder on the Sansa Fuze. (mkdir or nautilus will do this).
11. Copy and Paste time. Simply copy the /home/username/input_file2_fuze.avi file video4fuze created to your mp3 player VIDEOS folder. This will take some time, depending on how fast your ram is. Mine isn’t so, this time a 15 minute break. (Who said any of this was fast?)
12. When it’s done copying:
sync to flush the buffers to disc.
13. Unplug the usb cable, let the fuze refresh, and enjoy!