View Poll Results: How well does YOUR Athena play UNCONVERTED videos?
The Athena can handle whatever I throw at it! 18 15.52%
The Athena can play most things well 37 31.90%
The Athena's performance is average 20 17.24%
Performance is below average unless converted 27 23.28%
Video performance is absolutely dreadful! 24 20.69%
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Athena Video Performance - Prove yourself!

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16th January 2008, 01:36 PM   |  #1  
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Let me first state that I AM NOT decrying the needs of Athena owners, nor am I suggesting they shouldn't own one. Everyone has different devices to fit different needs, HOWEVER in the course of heated debate on these forums people have frequently stated that their Athena is MORE THAN CAPABLE of playing video, without optimisation which neither skips, jumps or loses sync. I owned two and over the course of nearly nine months NEVER managed to get a high quality, non-optimised video to display solidly without losing sync.


What I ask is for people to describe a high quality (700mb+) Divx or Xvid file that their Athena can play fluidly and without losing sync, and for the sake of credibility upload a video of this in action. When I get chance later today I will upload a video of an N95 playing a full-size divx movie - I will demonstrate the video size and specifics, show the device playing it whilst multitasking and demonstrate fast-forwarding, pausing and playing and how this affects lip-sync and general playback quality.

Let me re-iterate that I understand that the N95 is not a competitor to the Athena and that for the most part it is unsuited to the needs of people on these forums; but if you're going to state that your video performance is good I'd appreciate if you could prove it! It is after all a powerful machine with loads more RAM and processing power than the humble N95.

Just a bit of fun.


EDIT: DISREGARD THE 'BUT DISAPPOINTING' ASPECT OF THE 3RD QUESTION WHEN VOTING AS I WILL ADMIT IT SOUNDS BIASED
MidgetEdit: Fixed the poll
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16th January 2008, 01:56 PM   |  #2  
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Here we go again and this time i didnt start it
16th January 2008, 02:23 PM   |  #3  
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Voted for second option, "can play most things well". I'll try and demonstrate that tonight, hopefully. :)
16th January 2008, 02:44 PM   |  #4  
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hey i think i've been very fair with my questions
16th January 2008, 02:52 PM   |  #5  
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Well... Didn't want to point it out, but in all fairness, the "but disappointing" should be removed or brought to the option below.

For one can find the Athena's video performance average and NOT be disappointed...
16th January 2008, 03:29 PM   |  #6  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HeartOfDarkness

Well... Didn't want to point it out, but in all fairness, the "but disappointing" should be removed or brought to the option below.

For one can find the Athena's video performance average and NOT be disappointed...

Fair point. If you can tell me how to remove the 'but disappointing' bit from the poll I will, otherwise we'll imagine the 'but disappointing' bit doesn't exist for the purposes of the poll...


Here's my video. If it's out of sync please report as I've had this problem before and didn't have chance to check the upload before I left the house. Cheers.
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16th January 2008, 03:55 PM   |  #7  
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I can't say that I'm impressed by the video performance of the athena because it's my largest problem eversince I got it last week especially in 128 dpi settings. I'm neither in the position to say that I'm disappointed also because I really haven't had the chance to play with it that long. I would have to vote later. I appreciate though these types of threads because it forces people to look for ways to either extend their capabilities in trying to know and teach what they can do with their athena to prove that it's a really good machine or to simply shoot down the opinion of others. Suffice it to say that it may bring out the best of the athena or bring it down to te gutter. The best part is that people get to choose base on their best judgement who to believe and which opinion to discard.
16th January 2008, 09:33 PM   |  #8  
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Any performance videos yet?


I genuinely would like to know if the claims about video performance being good are true, I'm not trying to catch anyone out
16th January 2008, 10:31 PM   |  #9  
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Sorry, I did'nt see the word UNCONVERTED and picked A. I guess it should have been a B. But why would anybody play it unconverted? The files are just far too big unconverted, isn't it? Also, it would carry so much useless information designed for home theatre systems at least, that it would literally chock any small device movie player to dealth. What I do play include a 900MB movie which is crystal clear, does not skip at all, and never have any out of sync problem. But I'm not sure if it has gone through conversion, as I downloaded it from the net.

If I want a home theatre movie quality experience, I'd not use Athena to do it. I'll use my home theatre system.

Would you play movies unconverted on say a viewty or N95?

Midget, could you transfer my vote from A to B?
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16th January 2008, 10:37 PM   |  #10  
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If I want a home theatre movie quality experience, I'd not use Athena to do it. I'll use my home theatre system.

Would you play movies unconverted on say a viewty or N95?

quite to the point ha?

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