Hi to everybody,
I have an Archos 405, and I've been very happy with it since recently. I've tried some movies and they looked "squared" in the archos while they are not in the computer. I've took some pictures from my television to compare them to the frames extracted in my pc with VirtualDub.
The first one in the archos (TV):
Same in my pc:
This could be because of the motion (although movement here is quite slow), so I took a second one.
The second one in the archos (TV):
And in my PC:
This is interesting because it's an static image (in the movie, I mean). Pay attention to the letters in the upper-left corner. They are surrounded by some white squares that look even worse when watching in real life. Here is the archos picture zoomed:
Now some technical information so I can help you to help me
Archos 405 2Gb with Firmware 1.8.07 (and its menus look perfect, without any kind of squares). The probem is noticeable while playing in the TV or directly in the Archos LCD.
I think that probably the problem is in the way the movie was encoded. Hope this helps (info about this .avi file, although I have the same problem with more movies):
Format : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile : Streaming Video@L1
Format settings, BVOP : Si
Format settings, QPel : No
Format settings, GMC : No warppoints
Format settings, Matrix : Default
Codec ID : XVID
Codec ID/Hint : XviD
Duration : 1h 48min.
Bit rate : 1 645Kbps
Width : 704pixeles
Height : 368pixeles
Display aspect ratio : 1.913
Frame rate : 25,000fps
Resolution : 24bits
Colorimetry : 4:2:0
Scan type : Progresivo
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.254
Stream size : 1,24GIB (92%)
Writing library : XviD 1.1.2 (UTC 2006-11-01)
Could you help me? Should I update the firmware? I've read here that the newest version has problems, and I didn't see any of the updates fixes anything related to video playing, so I prefer not to update unless necessary.
Thanks in advance for your help and ideas!