On video quality

On video quality blog maintenance I know the title reads like it doesn't belong on an ebook blog, but I need to post it anyway. I have to revise my review of the Archos Arnova 8 and while I could do it quietly, I'd rather avoid the appearance of hiding the revision. Plus, this way i get a post out of it.

The video playing ability wasn't as bad as I thought. I described it along the lines of horrendously bad, and it's not. It's only poor, not horrendously bad. (The screen itself still sucks, so don't get the Arnova 8.)

My mistake was that I tested the Arnova 8 with a marginal quality video.   The Arnova 8 made it look horrendously bad, but that's not entirely its fault. The video was marginal to begin with. Let me explain.

Let's say you have 2 videos with the same resolution, file format, and runtime. The only difference is that the first video is significantly smaller than the second.  The first video is smaller (usually) because it has a higher compression, which means that it also likely has a poorer image quality.

Guess which video I watched on the Arnova 8?

Yes, I did know this before hand, but I didn't realize it was important. I'm not a expert on video tech; I just like to watch movies. (Obviously I'm going to have to learn this stuff if I plan to review more tablets.)  I only figured this out after the fact. I was testing a different device and happened to switch between a good and poor quality video. I noticed the differences straight away, and that inspired me to go back and try the Arnova 8 again.

Anyway, I thought this might be useful to someone.

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About Nate Hoffelder (9904 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on On video quality

  1. Just a note on a similar thing, Nate. The recent NookColor update added Adobe flash and that gave us very good quality YouTube.

    BUT you need to go into web settings and select “Desktop” mode instead of the default “Mobile” … as the latter gives the lower resolution video.

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