More next-gen video formatting: Wii Video 9

Wii Video 9For a start-up company, Red Kawa moves pretty fast. We have word that the Red Kawa has released another video format converter. This time, it’s for the Wii.

Right after creating the PS3 Video 9, they’ve let out the free Wii video converter known as the Wii Video 9. It has the same basic interface scheme as the PS3 Video 9, but converts videos specifically to one type: motion JPEG Quicktime movies (.mov). For those who’ve been able to see the user manual of the Wii, this is apparently the only video format the Wii plays.

The folks at Red Kawa explain the reasoning behind using a video converter a lot better:

The key thing to note here is that the Wii is only capable of playing back Motion JPEG video files. Interestingly enough, the Wii can playback Motion JPEG files in both .mov and .avi containers. This does not mean the Wii will playback any type of .mov or .avi you find on the internet. A lot of .avi movies on the internet are actually MPEG-4 ASP (aka Xvid aka Divx) video files and NOT Motion JPEG. A lot of .mov files on the internet are actually Sorenson, MPEG-4 or H.264 video files and NOT Motion JPEG.

Simply put, the Wii is a picky little video viewing console.

Two things of note for the Wii Video 9. First, file size might be a problem for many conversions as a result of Motion JPEG files taking up more space compared to its source. Investing in a gigantic piece of memory to use in the Wii might be advisable if you plan on watching certain shows through the Wii. Second, video playback occurs through the Wii Photo Channel, though it was originally meant for digital camera videos. Your mileage will therefore vary when attempting to play back other videos.

Still, Red Kawa is made up of the fellows who brought the PSP homebrew community some very good programs. Perhaps any bugs can be worked out once they have more time to study any potential problems in full. Till then, it’s still going to be a pretty nifty conversion device, just like the PS3 Video 9 and their pre-company creation, the PSP Video 9.

Wii Video 9For a start-up company, Red Kawa moves pretty fast. We have word that the Red Kawa has released another video format converter. This time, it’s for the Wii.

Right after creating the PS3 Video 9, they’ve let out the free Wii video converter known as the Wii Video 9. It has the same basic interface scheme as the PS3 Video 9, but converts videos specifically to one type: motion JPEG Quicktime movies (.mov). For those who’ve been able to see the user manual of the Wii, this is apparently the only video format the Wii plays.

The folks at Red Kawa explain the reasoning behind using a video converter a lot better:

The key thing to note here is that the Wii is only capable of playing back Motion JPEG video files. Interestingly enough, the Wii can playback Motion JPEG files in both .mov and .avi containers. This does not mean the Wii will playback any type of .mov or .avi you find on the internet. A lot of .avi movies on the internet are actually MPEG-4 ASP (aka Xvid aka Divx) video files and NOT Motion JPEG. A lot of .mov files on the internet are actually Sorenson, MPEG-4 or H.264 video files and NOT Motion JPEG.

Simply put, the Wii is a picky little video viewing console.

Two things of note for the Wii Video 9. First, file size might be a problem for many conversions as a result of Motion JPEG files taking up more space compared to its source. Investing in a gigantic piece of memory to use in the Wii might be advisable if you plan on watching certain shows through the Wii. Second, video playback occurs through the Wii Photo Channel, though it was originally meant for digital camera videos. Your mileage will therefore vary when attempting to play back other videos.

Still, Red Kawa is made up of the fellows who brought the PSP homebrew community some very good programs. Perhaps any bugs can be worked out once they have more time to study any potential problems in full. Till then, it’s still going to be a pretty nifty conversion device, just like the PS3 Video 9 and their pre-company creation, the PSP Video 9.

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