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Treo 600 DVD Movies: As Simple as 1, 2, 3...

Following an email request, I thought that I should answer the question of how to watch DVD movies on your Treo 600 in a definitive way.

While I was bracing myself for some pretty tough times ahead doing this (crossing my fingers that nothing 'terrible' would suddenly happen), in the end I found that converting my DVD movies to watch on my Treo 600 to be as easy as, well, counting 1, 2, 3...

What you'll need:

1.  Pocket-DVD Studio (Free 30 Day Trial download with 5-10 minutes encoding limitation or $32 to buy)
2.  MMPlayer (Free Trial download but limited by message overlay when viewing movies or $14.95 to buy)
3.  A DVD like the Star Wars Trilogy (You must own the DVD that you're copying... see disclaimer in read more...)

Getting started:

1.  Install Pocket-DVD Studio on your PC or laptop (Aprox. 10 minutes)
2.  Install MMPlayer to your Treo 600 (Aprox. 10 minutes)
3.  Insert DVD in your PC or laptop (Aprox. 10 seconds)

Encoding your DVD:

1.  Launch Pocket-DVD application
2.  Select 1) 'Open DVD' button; 2) Use the right-most 'Crop' selection; 3) 'Resolution' of 160 x (YYY) [Treo 600 has a screen resolution of 160x160 so there's not much point encoding at higher ones...]
3.  You'll have to wait for about 1 hour for encoding of the entire DVD to complete (don't try to launch any other apps while doing this as Pocket-DVD will already be using 100% CPU...)

Encoding Results:

1.  Picture Quality: Great considering that you'll be watching it on a minute screen
2.  Sound Quality: Absolutely awesome!  I was so surprised to find that the audio quality was superb particularly once you plug in your earphones
3.  Compression Quality: Brilliant!  A 4.7GB DVD will be reduced down to between 80MB and 120MB depending on the length of the movie and all in avi format

Viewing on MMPlayer:

1.  Transfer your Pocket-DVD movie to your SD card
2.  Launch MMPlayer + fit the earphones
3.  Select 'Playlist', find your movie, hit play and enjoy!

That's it... told you... couldn't be simpler than 1, 2, 3...!

Legal Notice:
Pocket-DVD Studio Software allows you to view DVDs on your Palm device only if you are the DVD''s owner. Rented DVDs cannot be viewed on your Palm device. Unauthorized or improper uses of this software are strictly PROHIBITED and subject to severe penalty. You CANNOT distribute your movie to any other parties. When converting copyright protected DVD, your information may be encrypted within the file. Unauthorized distribution of those files may lead you to legal trouble. Usage of this software are subject to regulations and laws of your country. It is controversy in USA, Norway and Malaysia. Citizens of those countries may not use this software to view copyright-protected DVD on palm device, use it for non-copyright-protected DVD, such as your home-made DVD video is legal.

coolgadgets > Treo 600 does not in any way promote or seek to promote the illegal copying of DVD movies.

Posted by Andrew on July 30, 2004 at 11:24 AM

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by Adil | Sep 12, 2004 2:39:32 AM

I tried to watch a movie on my Zire 72 using the 1,2,3 steps mentioned, but the process was extremely slow, i.e. it would take more than 40 hours (yes real time 40 hours) to transfer one movie to avi format, I have a pentium3 with 256Ram and 2GH on my hard drive.

Any suggestions, comments ??


by Adil | Sep 23, 2004 5:16:26 AM

Forget about my last comment, as I found out that there was a "bug" in my PC which had nothing to do with the Pocket DVD Studio, I recently purchased it and it is superb.

by chris | Oct 12, 2004 3:35:11 PM

Is anyone aware of a Mac-compatible program that does the same thing as Pocket DVD Studio?

by cle | Jan 11, 2005 1:33:00 PM

Can I assume that this will work for the Treo 650?

by Andrew | Jan 11, 2005 6:53:55 PM

Absolutely, this entire setup will work just as well with the Treo 650. The only thing that will change is that you can use a higher resolution output when converting your DVD since the Treo 650 benefits from a 320x320 screen instead of the 160x160 found on the Treo 600.

Cheers, A.

by Broc | Feb 15, 2005 4:16:57 PM

I did all of the steps above but cannot get MMplayer to find and play the file. I can go to pics and video on my Treo and play the movie there, but not in MMplayer. If I had known this I wouldn't have spent the $15 on MMplayer. I would like to use it since I paid, what am I doing wrong?

by Cool Cat | Mar 11, 2005 12:33:10 AM

Is there a way to do this with Kinoma? I've got Kinoma Producer on my PowerMac and Kinoma Player on my Treo 650. I can rip DVDs to my hard drive, and have done so for backup purposes. Any help would be great.

by Henry | Apr 12, 2005 11:40:14 PM

I am having trouble finding the movie on the MMplayer after sync.

by Mark | Apr 19, 2005 12:36:55 AM

The recording process always freezes before completing. Sometimes very early, sometimes close to the end. I've tried different settings and codecs, and it still happens. I have tried ten times, with multiple DVDs, and only one Disc has sucessfully completed recording. I have a brand new 3.4 P-4, 1gig RAM with DVD ROM, and DVD+-R/RW/DL. I have tried recording with both drives. I've tried all the suggestions on their support page.

So far Pocket DVD has been a waste of my time and money.

by video locadora | Jun 3, 2005 6:33:03 PM

The recording process always freezes before completing. Sometimes very early, sometimes close to the end. I've tried different settings and codecs, and it still happens. I have tried ten times, with multiple DVDs, and only one Disc has sucessfully completed recording. I have a brand new 3.4 P-4, 1gig RAM with DVD ROM, and DVD+-R/RW/DL. I have tried recording with both drives. I've tried all the suggestions on their support page.

So far Pocket DVD has been a waste of my time and money.

by rdavis | Sep 5, 2005 1:23:18 AM

I am interested in a blue tooth head set for the 650. Looking at the Sony Ericsson HBH-300 any thoughts.

by Mindfctx | Sep 10, 2005 10:11:41 AM

Anyone up for a free solution for an avi viewer for this senario?

Try out the core pocket media player
(aka TCPMP). Google it or check out this url
makes the process of 1, 2, 3 easier and less expensive....cause it's FREE :)

by Maurice | Sep 20, 2005 12:23:48 PM

I have problems transfering the proccesed movie into my sd card. I use the quick install software to put it into my sd card and then synchronize. Synchronization crashes before being able to transfer all of it. I have tried the same thing with smaller videos and it works, but bigger than about 10 mb it doesn't. Can somebody please tell me how to solve this problem?

by PRINCE T PENSO | Oct 14, 2005 2:09:31 AM


by kyle | Nov 19, 2005 9:13:25 AM

what program is better for the treo 600?mmplayer or dvd pocket studio?

by Zippy | Jan 12, 2006 7:47:14 PM

I've successfully used iSquint to convert AVIs to mpeg4 and HandBrake to rip DVDs to an mpeg4 files, and have no problem using TCPMP to view them on my Treo 650 off of my 1GB SD card.


Smooth A/V, stereo, 30 FPS - nice.

Good luck!

by susan clark | Jan 19, 2006 11:24:03 PM

All seemed to work but after I put it on my phone I can't locate the download anywhere....any thoughts on where to look?

by randy | Jan 27, 2006 6:34:39 PM

how do i transfer movies to my treo 650 i downloaded at dvd player onto my treo now what do i do im not to smart on this stuff

by pfestejo1 | Feb 27, 2006 4:57:39 PM

Will this work on a treo 700 from verizon? if so how can i go about installing this dvd player onto my treo.

by mike | Apr 4, 2006 11:41:35 PM

what you said seems right, but i also found a more useful tool Pocket DVD Studio! it can Watch DVD movies on mobile devices (Pocket PC, Smartphone, Portable Media Center, Palm).


by anton | Nov 14, 2006 3:26:44 PM

ok i have pocket dvd studion for my treo 650 i have pocket divx and dvd decrypter but i tried to put a real movie like fast and the furious for example on the pocket dvd studio but everytime i open it it says loading on that little screen below open dvd and start dvd i think thats what its called but any way it just keeps loading but there is no dvd in my cd-rom. and i tried doin it from pocketdivx these are the insruction.to make movie for phone:
bring up dvd decrypter, goto mode select IFO, INSERT MOVIE TO BE COPIED AND CLICK GREEN ARROW.
CLICK DIRECT ENCODING, WHEN POCKET DIVX IS FINISHED, FIND MOVIE AND INSTALL ON SD CARD. now i put the dvd in but the green arrow doesnt show up can anybody please help me.

by Jacob | Jun 4, 2007 11:19:04 PM

I have successfully compressed movies with free software called "Fair Use" I then have been able to watch the movie(around 200mb or less) on my Treo 650. Only problem, that I cannot figure out... when I watch the moive on my phone it is backwards. So any credits or subtitles(not that you wanna watch a subtitled movie on your Treo) are all backwards.

Does anybody know how to fix this?


by MICHAEL bUTLER | Jul 30, 2007 12:40:41 PM


I wonder if you have any movies you could sell us at a very very very deep discounted rate or possibly donate some to us please.

We are a 60 person Army unit located at a Forward Operations Base (FOB) near a small town called Khost, Afghanistan located on the Afghan Pakistan border. We are building schools, putting in water wells, building small stream diversion dams for irrigating fields, working on small medical clinic facilities, building access roads, public toilets, etc. in very remote towns and villages where there are ample people living in mud and straw housing with no power, etc. Having been raised in orphanages allows me to better understand the needs here. Although conditions are not the best out here, I’m happy about being able to help these people.

Movies are about all we have time for and most of these guys spend their free time, day or night, watching movie and most over and over again. It's rare that we get a new or different movie because we are at the end of the line out here. Most everything designated for remote sites is picked through at most every stop location or mostly just don't arrive due to trucks being attacked, burned, hijacked, bombed, stolen, etc.

So I got the bright idea of soliciting some different movies from outside Military sources. USPS mail is brought in by helicopter so that works pretty well. We would most definitely appreciate any thing you could send us or sell us at really cheap rates.

I thank you for your time.

Michael Butler
PRT Khost

by denise | Aug 3, 2009 5:07:54 PM

i need help um im trying to put a moive on to my palm centro but it wont work with the pocket dvd thing can some one help me

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