Seth Wisely said

November 20, 2009

Sansa Media Converter thinstalled? portable? not-evil?

Filed under: Stuff — Seth Wisely @ 17:34

You are probably looking for something similar.  You don’t want to install Sansa’s proprietary BLOATware merely to view videos on your Sansa.  While I don’t endorse watching movies or episodes on a tiny screen, it is less horrifically boring in waiting rooms, and far less likely way to contract a disease than magazines — sick people are in non medical waiting areas too.

If you don’t want Sansa mangling your nicely configured Direct Show filters (codecs) then you’ll get to transcode videos, neither a fun nor a fast process, to a very narrow, bordering on inane, profile:

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/101
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29

The best part is the lack of audio specification.   Fortunately I like black box guessing games.

Why not add more codec capability to the device? No, that would be obvious!

Support for an easily streamed format but ZERO ability to receive wired/wireless streams?

Yeah, that is a great idea

Where have all the brilliant, bold engineers gone?

Solution: Virtual Machine.  Sure it’s not elegant but it’s viable.  If you do not have a VMware WS license then Virtual Box will do… until someone thinstalls Sansa’s bloatware or Sansa makes their devices- and software less horrible.

… though anything is better than an ipod!

Windows Restore Points are cute.. instead backup your registry with erunt if you are planning to install SMC other than creatively

+ download Sansa Media “Converter”
+ either
++ extract from installer then unpack the cabs
++ or install into virtual machine

Why do you suppose Sansa bundles WMFDist11.exe? But the sansa fuze does not play the expected formats?

Lo, and only 278 files!  What a steal.. it comes with all kinds of bits that you’ll never use! woohoo!

edit1: While doing some reading I found this much earlier anything but ipod forum post claiming to have portablized SMC.  It makes different assumptions as to what you have installed.  I have assumed a Virtual Machine whereas he has assumed (you will want to install) portable app creator — I detest such naming schemes.  While Haller has gained a bit of notoriety for portablizing firefox and other applications his new site sets the bar low for leaving the host untouched.

Seth Wisely said: I would rather dismember myself than become an itard

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