I've never seen an audio player with volume normalisation in it, if you mean that; the opposite of dynamic range. I've just found out how I can do it ahead of time using ffmpeg to preprocess video, but it's not normally something I want to do because I use headphones mostly.
Yes, that's what I thought you meant by volume normalisation. The LotR movies are not in my collection, but I've never had any trouble with any of my movies. If I really needed to I could alter the volume in VLC instantly using the up and down keys, but if you're using a device without a keyboard I guess that's tricky.
Am I missing something or on Android there are no video players with volume normalization, is Android stuff so "empty" ?!
Virginia Chen said:Hi Everyone,
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR PIQO PROJECTOR. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT TO ANYONE TO BUY AND FOR THOSE THAT HAVE THIS PRODUCT ALREADY, PLEASE STOP USING IT NOW.
The reason why I say this is because today 07/01/20 my piqo projector literally WENT UP IN SMOKE and I was NOT EVEN USING IT FOR DAYS. I woke up to my room flooded with smoke and it put me and my boyfriend in danger. The fact that this tiny projector reacted this way on standby definitely shows it’s NOT SAFE to use.
HERE IS A PHOTO AS PROOF THAT I HAVE THE PRODUCT: https://i.gyazo.com/13fb40d11cb6d98de51e3ee74eea342c.jpg Please note I sent an email to them about this issue and before that I've sent emails about concerns of my piqo not working properly. Apparently lots of overheating issues and nothing got resolved. I've seen this product overheat and it's DANGEROUSLY HOT. Please be careful and safe everyone. This is definitely a product not designed well or properly with safety in mind
Haha fair enough - glad to hear you’re enjoying it! I guess a lot of AnyBeam backers must feel similar...@Phlyra : I don't worry about that, first of all because no one else reported things like that, when people complained at every occasion, and also because the girl told that the device was in "standby"... but the device has no "standby" mode... it is on or off... maybe it was in charge, but still why leave a thing like that in charge for days ?
@Askarus : As I told, "2 Months"
Now, for the real things... and you will never expect what I will say, so fasten your seat belts !!
I did a mistake... buying the Philips projector... because the PIQO is AWESOME !! (no, really, no sarcasm here i swear !!)
I could have really waited for this thing to come instead of rushing for another projector, because it is exactly what I needed.
It was a bet for me to fund a project so discussed, and I had to read trough the promises to find what I would have considered an acceptable truth, but in the end I feel I actually won that bet.
The PIQO was highly criticized for many points, and now I can look at them by myself.
So let's start with some demistifications:
- "The Speaker volume is too low" -> NO, I tried a random movie in my room and I had to lower volume to half to not lose my ears. Maybe if you are in a movie theater could be difficult to ear it anyway... you know how sound works...
- "It is not bright" -> NO, I have to actually lower its brightness in a dark room. By default it is set to the max, and like this is perfectly visible in a shadowy area of a room lit by the sun. (As a comparison, its maximum setting somehow corresponds to half the maximum brightness of the PicoPix Max)
- "The fan is loud" -> The fan is loud almost exactly and the one of the PicoPix Max... personally I hear it only if I want to hear it... it's like watching the TV while you are cooling down yourself with an actual fan, that is even more loud...
- "It becomes too hot" -> Maybe because it's a projector? Anyway it's summer, and as far as I don't cover the fan holes, the temperature doesn't give my troubles to my hand. The PicoPix Max could become even hotter, but because it's heavier/bigger you don't totally grab it with your hand, like could easily happen with the PIQO.
- "It's not 1080p" -> Well, technically it's a YES, but the way it looks requires a more indepth explanation that will follow. (tl;dr -> Android interface is visibly pixellated, but movies are good)
- "It's blurry" -> I rotated the manual focus wheel and wasn't blurry anymore.
- "The tripod attach is not standard, you want that we use only your tripods !!" -> NO, I tried all the 2 tripods and the wall hang with the PicoPix Max, and matches perfectly. Them are anyway meant for the weight of the PIQO and becomes flat under the PicoPix Max heavy weight
Considering the lack of comunication from the developers, it could be also possible that the hardware I have differs from the one of the previous owners, and maybe those complains actually were real for their devices... but in my case, it feels almost perfect.
There was only a thing missing from my package, the europe wall plug adaptor for the charger... so I can't use the charger right now, but there's the USB cable too anyway... I'll contact the support to see if they can send me one. (But in the worst case it's not difficult to find one anyway.)
The menu and the apps are visibly "low res" somehow, you can see square pixels and black dots between them like in the old CRT monitors.
This thing is particularly visible on text fonts...
But the strange thing, it that videos are really sharp... maybe they are not 1080p, but they are really good.
If I force my eyes to focus on those black pixels I described before, I can actually see them only if I remain REALLY focused on them AND the image remains still... because if some color or something else changes in the video, I loose the focus and I can't see them anymore, but just a sharp and really good image...
This is how difficult is to see them... so, in my opinion, all the people who were complaining about video quality, were actually exaggerating.
Anyway the strange thing is that, for example the YouTube APP, shows a beautiful video, but if I click on it, making visible the player interface, it has the text font horrible, while the video playing in the background is still good !!
I don't know how Android works... but seems to me like the Android interface resolution if different from the one of the video... or maybe is just an optic joke...
The important thing is that the projector is good for movies, and that was the main reason for me to have it.
...more to follow...
Sounds like the AnyBeam would have another advantage there in the sense that it pretty much doesn’t have an OS, let alone Google limitations!One of the things I don't like about PIQO is that is uses a full google environment... so I need to use an account to have access to the PlayStore... a thing that I want to evade, if I can...
There is the possibility to install APKs manually, but I'm not sure where I can download them, considering the compatibility to the Android version of the device, that it's pretty old. (7.1 Nougat)
I'm principally interested in getting "Night Video Player" for it... because its internal player has the same limits (if not more), then the ones I found on the PicoPix Max.
With "if not more" I mean that the internal player complains about Copyright on almost every video I encoded, and some logo like "Dolby Surround" appear over the video for some seconds, and I don't like that... then, as in the other projector, some can't be played and some are without audio, but the most strange thing is that in some of them an error message appears telling that the video can't be played, and then it plays it perfectly...
So, well I just need to get an alternate player to solve the situation, exactly as I did with the other projector... the only difference is that it had a more recent Android version and to find APP was just like a "APPNAME APK DOWNLOAD" on google... but in this case I'll have to specify what version of the APP I could use...
Where I can find APKs for a particolar version of Android ?
I can't see versioning anywhere when I search for APKs... them are just "for Android"...
I found out that it's not the Android version the problem, but the architecture !!
I'm not sure if the one working was " armeabi-v7a " or " arm64-v8a " because the files were downloaded all with the same name numbered...
Anyway Night Video Player now it is doing it's job perfectly !!