For those who has bought Motorola Xoom or Xyboard 16GB for movie purpose, things may turns out painful- there's not enough free space to put movies. Nowadays an 720p/1080p HD movie of 100mins can take as much as 4-8GB. The good news is that you can add an MicroSD card to extend up to 32GB more storage. However, Android compatible MicroSD cards are mostly formatted in FAT32, which means they will not accept any file over 4GB. If your SD card will not let you put movies over 2GB, then it is FAT16 formatted.
So how to get around with files over 4GB? Now that Android system is not compatible with NTFS, the only way is DOWNSIZING YOUR MOVIES that exceed 4GB. When your movie is downsized to less than 4GB, it will be recognizable and you can then have your Xoom play it from the MicroSD card.
There are 2 ways to go downsizing HD movies to fit for the FAT32 file system:
1. Compress the movie to less than 4GB. There will be some quality loss, but that's not distinguishable on such a small screen.
2. Split the movie evenly into several files, with each one less than 4GB in size.
All lines of Pavtube products (Video Converter/DVD Ripper/Blu-ray Ripper) let you downsize videos in both ways.
Here I'll to show you the first way- compressing videos to less than 4GB.
The file I'm using is Avatar DVD lossless backup in .mkv format, 6.97GB in size.
First, drag and drop the file to Pavtube Video Converter.
Next, click on "Format" bar and choose "Android">>"Motorola Xoom Full HD 1080p(*.mp4)" from pop-up profile list.
Next, click on the big red Convert button, and it will starts compressing the movie. Wait till the conversion ends, then click "Open" to locate compressed file. Pavtube Video Converter encodes files to .mp4 when compressing source video. So this is also a solution for playing unsupported video file types - just drag those HD footage (.mts, .m2ts, .mov, .mxf, .tod, .mo) and TV recordings (.tivo) and flash videos (.flv, .f4v) to the software and convert them to Xoom supported videos.
How do I preview the result file size ? How do I control the file size?
You can preview the file size before conversion starts. To do this, click on "Settings" button.
In the pop-up Profile Settings window you can find set settings and check task details. The upper parts shows you the a/v settings you're using. The lower part displays the file information. Click the << to check info of previous file and >> next.
In the above image, you can see that the target file size for "Avatar" is 3.1GB.
File size depends on the bitrate you use. For instance, in this case, I use the defualt bitrate 2500kbps, and it ends up generating a 3.1GB .mp4 file. If I set video bitrate to 2250kbps, the final file will be 2.76GB in size. If you want smaller file size, set video bit rate down. If you want it bigger, set bitrate up.
Don't set bitrate lower than 1500kbps (unless you're fine with visible grains and block on the video); and don't set bitrate higher than 8000kbps (it's too good for your Xoom tablet).
If you prefer splitting the videos than compressing them, refer to the following Pavtube guide:
How to split a large video file into several small files under 4GB?
Having a problem on watching videos with Xoom? Start a new thread either here or in Pavtube Community.