video widget format question

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I'm very new at this. I'm trying to use the video widget.  What format and resolution would work best? I have tried a few resolutions with webm but they all look the same, grainy. I'm using the Rise storage as the source. Should mp4 work ? I could not get it to work.
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Display works at 72dpi (most of them) resolution at 100%. If you are using full screen video on 1080p display, then video must be saved at 1080pxX1920px @ 72dpi. If you are not playing full screen video, then make it whatever size the video placeholder is @ 72dpi.

If you are using 'weaker' device, such as 'stick' type, then you might want to cut the size of your video in order to put less stress on processor and avoid heat related problems. Often 720p @ 72dpi will look fine on 1080p display. This is also important for slower bandwidth Internet connection or WiFi.

You also must be mindful about the quality of your initial video. If it is already low res, then there is no way to upscale the quality. You can save it then whatever you want, but it is gonna look lousy anyway.

Also the quality of your display is very important. If it is some low end TV then you should not expect good results even when playing proper quality video.
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Although, RV is recommending WebM format, I personally use MPEG4 videos without any problem when converted with Adobe Media Encoder. Works 100% and you get better quality videos compared to WebM. The video size is also larger in this case.
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Thanks Darius,
I'm starting with a good quality wmd file. I'm displaying the video on a bit less than a quarter of my screen, the screen is set to 1920x1080. I have converted the video to webm 720 and the result is acceptable but grainy, my YouTube videos show greater and not grainy. I have also tried mpeg4 720 and high quality & size, they both play audio but the screen stay black. Just as a note the source of the videos is the RV storage. One other strange behavior is I display the same presentation on two separate display, both show all the info: wx, schedule, logos... but the video only shows on one of them not both. Any ideas? 
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Try different video converter. Like I said, Adobe Media Encored works very well, but it is not free; it comes with Adobe Graphic Suite. What is that player that you have problems playing video on?

Another idea for you. If you are happy with you YT videos, then use that. I find YT very handy for organizing and playing videos on RV. I create a playlist on YT and embed it in a presentation using the HTML Widget. This way I do not need to worry about individual vidoes on RV side; I simply edit YT playlist.

Also, try ClipGrab https://clipgrab.org/. Get the link from YT of your video and ClipGrab will do the rest. I do not know what it is, but ClipGrab's MPEGs always work for me in RV.
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I finally got it working. I use Format factory to convert my video wmd to mpeg4 but this time I use ACV1 720p instead of Divx. Now the quality is great and they play perfectly. Thank you for the help.

Format Factory 4.0.0 is an open source media converter, it can convert just about anything to anything. Very powerful and it is free!
http://www.pcfreetime.com/ watch when installing not to install  not to install ad software you don't need this software is an ad-supported freeware multimedia converter.