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How To Watch Videos In Best Quality On Nook Color

Nook Color VideosA lot of users who attempt to watch high resolution videos on Nook Color get disappointed due to mediocre or choppy playback and skips between frames. With this tip, we will help you make the best out of your video playback experience on the Nook Color.

Despite being an eBook reader, Nook Color uses a quite good graphics chip – it is the same as the one used on Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X. While the device is capable of video playback of several formats, the best quality is achievable with formats that the chip supports at hardware level, as other formats are decoded using software, resulting in low quality performance.

The trick is to use MP4 files encoded with H.264 Base level encoding. You can therefore use one of the several popular encoding and conversion tool to convert your videos into MP4 with H.264 Base level encoding and they will play on your Nook Color utilizing its full hardware capabilities and giving excellent performance.

These tools include Handbrake, SUPER, MediaCoder, Freemake Video Convertor, Hamster Free Video Converter and the list continues. You can find many of these and more featured by us at our Video Converters tag and just choose one to convert your videos to H.264 Base level encoding. Advanced users can utilize the power of ffmpeg at the command line and use this command to convert their videos:

ffmpeg -y -threads 8 -i myvideo.avi -b 800k -bt 1000k -vcodec libx264 -vpre default -vpre baseline -acodec libfaac -ac 2 -ar 44100 -ab 128k mynewvideo.mp4

This will convert myvideo.avi to mynewvideo.mp4 with H.264 Base level encoding.

[via XDA-Developers]

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  • DRV

    The image you have in this article is of the plain, i.e., non-color 1st generation Nook. To see the latest NookColor, please visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookcolor/index.asp?cds2Pid=35700#productimg.

    And yes, the graphics are stunning for a $250 device.

    • Thanks DRV. I’ve never used the device so I couldn’t tell the difference heh. Lemme update the image 🙂

      • Dennis

        Much better!

  • R

    Very nice! Exactly the info I was needing and the Hamster tool is great.


    • Glad you found it useful. And yup, Hamster completely rocks! Way better file sizes than other tools, plus a killer interface that doesn’t resemble an airplane’s cockpit unlike the interfaces of most other conversion tools.

  • Ken

    I think in the cyanogenmod 7 nightlies, even mp4 video is being software decoded and is quiet choppy. Any research on that?

  • SID

    Installed nook color with cyanogenmod 7 nightly #31 into internal memory. Youtube app playback video is choppy. All video playack are choppy on web browser and also with movies that i put on SD card. I have froyo 2.1 on NC before and video playback is OK. Any suggestion. Thanks.

  • Ken

    Aha! On Cyanogenmod 7rc4, they added hardware acceleration for video. It’s much better now. Try it out!