WinFF Video Converter & Android

WinFF is a very nice video converter for Linux and Windows platform. This is just a quick post for those who are getting this error “Unknown encoder ‘libmp3lame'” when trying to convert a video. If you want to explore the tool head over to their website. They also have a very descriptive and well articulated repository of “HOW TO” documentation here.

Installing the libavcodec-extra package resolved the problem for me. Run the following command in  Ubuntu terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg libavcodec-extra-52

I use this tool extensively for converting videos to play on my Android devices (Nexus One and Gtablet :))

Android browsers: HTML5 readiness test

While going through HTML5 specs, I came across an interesting website called “html5test.com” that you can use to test how well your browser behaves and supports HTML5 specs (I know its still under construction).

Just for fun and curiosity I tried running the various browsers I use frequently on my Android tablet (gtablet) through “html5test.com” and observe how well they behave with HTML5 contents. And below are the screens in their undisputed raw format straight out of my Nexus One camera:

  • Stock Android browser (Gingerbread stock): 182 + 1 bonus point
  • Dolphin Mini (v2): 182 + 6 bonus points
  • Opera Mobile (v11): 234 + 11 bonus points

For the curious ones, Firefox v4 running on my laptop scored 240 + 9 bonus points :).

Stock Browser:

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Dolphin Mini:

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Opera Mini:

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Please Note: This exercise is in no way indicative of any browser related performance testing or any attempt to prove one browser is better than another. The idea was to run the website through the three browsers I use frequently on my android tablet (gtablet) and publish my findings. I tried being as generous as I could with the browser settings (like enabled everything, always load images, plugins enabled, etc).

A few caveats worth noting:

  • Not all the three browsers allow/provide all settings (like could not find any setting for enabling/disabling flash or plugin in Opera Mini)
  • Opera has a setting called “Opera Turbo”. I had it turned “OFF” (trying to play fair).
  • To know what all features are tested, head over to http://html5test.com

Feel free to post your findings if you are using any other browser. Also I am not sure if these scores (“practically”) will vary for mobiles (vs Tablet).

Cyanogenmod 6 Stable Release – Some issues that I found after the installation.

This is just to put together some of the issues [none of them critical or showstoppers for me] that I found after installing the latest CyanogenMod 6 stable release. But I must say I simply love CyanogenMods. He always takes the Android to new heights raising the bar and expectations of his fan following which is growing exponentially.

Please note that my listing the issues and finding workarounds for some of them is just an attempt to help the new comers come out of their panic state without freaking and waiting for other’s to respond to their queries.

1. Video Recording Setting had certain important settings disabled. Refer the below screenshots. [Still looking for a solution on this. Found the solution. See the bottom of this post.]

2. Battery started draining like anything as compared to CM R3. [ Calibrating the battery solved my problem]

3. Not able to login into Twitter [Cold booting (shutdown completely and then start) the system a couple of times just worked]

4. Enabling settings for displaying Battery percentage (on Status bar inside battery icon [CyanogenMod settings—> User Interface –> Status bar –> Battery percentage]) did not work. [Cold booting (shutdown completely and then start) the system a couple of times just worked]

5. Though not an issue, but was a kind of irritating for me. LauncherPro was excluded (at least I could not find after the installation) in the final release. [Installed from the Market].

But inspite of all these minor quirks I am loving my Nexus One more than ever 🙂

Thanks to Cyanogen for the awesome work !

[Update]: My bad. There is a “Custom” option under “Video Quality” menu. Selecting Custom option will enable all (and some additional hidden settings) in Video on your device :).

Car Mount + Camera Tripod Stand = Nexus One Tripod Stand

Ever since I gifted myself NexusOne, I have been fascinated by its amazing camera quality. I had my parents visiting US and at many places I took many shots using my mobile instead of my Panasonic Lumix camera. To my surprise, the quality of cellphone shots were nowhere less than the camera photos.

A small step to advance towards mobile phone photography was to make my shots “shake” proof somehow. Considering how lightweight and sleek are today’s mobile phones, traditionally not built for serious photography, shaking hands becomes a major contributor to the imperfection. Shots become blurry and loses the clear vision.

After doing some research, I found a perfect match for my camera tripod stand that I can use as a holder for my NexusOne. I was really surprised by the outcome of the mashup as it looked precisely matching my requirements for a perfect tripod stand for my NexusOne. Now I can shoot stills without complaining about hand shakes.

Below are some of the images about my stand. Any comments or opinion are most welcome. Do write about your similar or better mashup if any.

Its total cost comes around 30 bucks. I bought both Car Mount and the tripod stand in different deals.

Car Mount (its actually for IPhone :)): Arkon Mini Windshield Mount for Apple iPhone 3G
and Original Apple iPhone
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If you plan to buy it, make sure the image matches exactly as shown in my below post otherwise you may run into the risk of holder not fitting on the tripod stand mount.

Tripod Stand: Sorry, I could not find the vendor/item information. Also none is mentioned on the stand. If somebody can identify the exact model, please post a link/name for the same in comments.

Some of My Mobile Snaps: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26668355@N04/

Here it goes:

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