1080p HD movies onto your Android SD card [fat32] [solutions]
Q. Hi. I read your 1080p phone/tablet MKV playback list and tested my SGS2 and you are right it works with 1080p MKVs amazing! Really enjoy it. However, I only have a few 1080p things that fit under the 4GB limit of FAT32 🙁 How can I get full 1080p HD movies onto my phone??? I don’t mind doing a little bit but I don’t want to re-encode a bunch. Thx! –AndroidMovieFan
NOTE: AndroidMoveFan is referring to the limitations imposed by the FAT32 file system currently used to format SD cards for use on Android devices:
The maximum possible size for a file on a FAT32 volume is 4 GB minus 1 byte or 4 294 967 295 (232−1) bytes. This limit is a consequence of the file length entry in the directory table and would also affect huge FAT16 partitions with a sufficient sector size. Video applications, large databases, and some other software easily exceed this limit. Larger files require another filesystem. Wikipedia
A. Great question and I’m glad you are enjoying 1080p on your phone! I totally understand not wanting to fully re-encode your movies to fit the 4GB limit, since it would take time and would degrade the video quality. So, here are a couple strategies you can try for full 1080p MKV files on your FAT32 SD card:
#1 Split your MKVs into < 4GB pieces easily and without re-encoding:
This is a nice, an relatively easy, method for taking large movies and simply splitting them (without re-encoding) to make them work within the FAT32 file size limitation.
#2 When you backup your BluRay discs, do it in a manner compatible with FAT32:
I do not recommend downloading this movie since that would be illegal, but you CAN just look at the file listing to see that it is an example of a movie that someone has backed up into (2) parts which will easily fit on FAT32 partitions!
The Dark Knight 1080p [PS3 & fat32 Compatible]http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6587991/The_Dark_Knight_1080p_%5BPS3__amp__fat32_Compatible%5DType: Video > Highres – Movies Files: 2 Size: 7.25 GiB (7782985868 Bytes) Spoken language(s): English Tag(s): The Dark Knight Batman The Dark Knight The Dark… (download torrent) – TPB
So, there you have it, a couple rudimentary options for getting your nice HD movies onto your sweet phone!
The future: better file system support for SD/SDHC/SDXC formatting
Android will likely eventually support other filesystems (ext2/ext3/ext4 etc.) that will make this all moot 🙂
2011.10.01 Update from: AndroidMovieFan
Q. Thank you for the tips! I tried #1 and it worked and I had no idea that #2 people were already encoding movies to get around this limitation! Thanks again 🙂 Android rocks I just wish they had better SD card formatting 🙁
A. You are very welcome, enjoy your movies on your phone 🙂 –JD
MISC LINKS : info on just what filesystems Android does support and misc links related to this struggle with video and FAT32…