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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, with limitations, June 22, 2011
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This review is from: Sylvania SDVD8732 7-Inch Dual Screen Portable DVD Player with Built In 3.5 Hour Lithium Battery and USB/SD Card Reader (Electronics)
I have all of my kids movies in video files, so I wanted something which could read movies off a flash disk. It understands mp4 and avi containers. It hangs when trying to play h264 video. I re-encoded the desired movies into a lower resolution (to save disk) and used mpeg4/xvid video in an mp4 container. Works well with these files on a 16G SD card.

As others have mentioned, using the straps makes accessing the DVD difficult. That is a pretty big issue if you plan to use the DVD drive. (There may be more than one model/revision of this product. My manual clearly shows the straps covering the edges of the door, and there are no "pegs" of which another reviewer speaks of.)

The primary unit has AV out only, the secondary has AV in only. I would have liked to simply use my existing video devices (phones, iPads, PVPs, etc) to supply the video for both and forget the local flash entirely, but for the price I can't complain.

The devices themselves are thick and appear cheaply made. Only time will tell how long they work.

When playing movies from the flash drive, the unit automatically plays the next file. I have a good 24+ hours of video that it plays through on long trips. Really convenient. Of course it is battery powered as well so even during fuel stops the kids are entertained.

Update: How to convert video to use on this device. I use handbrake. It works on Windows, Linux, Mac and its free. I set up a simple profile with the following setup:
- Container: MP4. No additional options necessary
- Picture: width 480, anamophic "none", cropping automatic
- Filters: none should be necessary but with some (older) interlaced DVDs it may be necessary. YMMV
- Video: Codec MPEG-4, framerate same as source, constant framerate. I use average bitrate of 1500, but you can play with this for better quality or lower if video stutters.
- Audio: AAC(ffmpeg), stereo, 128kbps, "auto" sample rate.
- Subtitles and chapter markers are up to you, but I don't want them.

Handbrake will open just about any video source but if you are converting from DVD or Bluray with copy protection, that is a whole other issue entirely. I'll just say "AnyDVD" and leave it at that.
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Initial post: Sep 17, 2011 8:52:57 AM PDT
G. Stevens says:
Love the sd card slot too, couldnt find any other portable dual player that came with it, mine only lasted 11 months, just a heads up for you:(

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 7:22:38 AM PDT
Jim Arnett says:
Just to confirm that this will play Divx/XVID files? What resolution should I use to save space on the memory card?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 8:33:58 AM PDT
Lorgan says:
Yes, it will play mpeg4/divx/xvid video provided it is in a compatible container (avi and mp4 work for me). I find that 480x200(ish) is a good compromise of quality and size on these devices. It can play 720x480 if you want better quality. I use handbrake to create mp4s (xvid video, aac audio) and haven't run into any issues.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 8:31:19 PM PDT
Lorgan,

Thanks for your advice and steps to encode the video. It works like a charm. I struggled for 2 days with other programs. When I applied your steps with handbrake, everything worked out beautiful. Even Avatar is now on the SD Drive and plays beautiful. Really appreciate your advice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 10:25:39 PM PDT
I'd like to add my thanks, too - without your advice in the review, I'd be very frustrated. It's kind of sad that an Amazon review provides better technical support for it than the manufacturers "manual" or their website.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 8:58:43 PM PDT
Amy Spain says:
Thank you for posting this info!!!!!

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 7:33:12 PM PST
ATLien says:
Thank you for confirming the handbrake will convert using standard MP4 settings. I was getting worried by the misinformation in several other replies saying it only support mp4 with Xvid codec since Handbrake deprecated xvid/divx back in 2010. Seriously, big thanks.
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