As a portable media player, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 excels once again. The love-it-or-hate-it larger screen is perfect for viewing media, as one would expect. And media is certainly a priority for Samsung. Not only do you get 16/32/64GB storage built in, but you can also bump that up by another 64GB. The hybrid supports HD contents up to 1920*1080 a wide range of multimedia codec: DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and more. Mostly you can play MP4, WMV, AVI videos to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 without a hitch. But before that you need to put your media to Galaxy Note II. The article details how to transfer photos, videos and music files to Galaxy Note 2 for playback.
a. How to transfer files between Galaxy Note 2 and a Windows computer?
If you're connecting to your computer to get media across and you're a Windows user, you'll have few issues; just make sure you have installed the USB driver.
1. To get a Windows PC recognize Galaxy Note 2, you should download and install the USB drivers for the Galaxy Note 2.
2. Connect your Galaxy Note 2 to your PC using the supplied USB cable.
3. A prompt will appear on the screen of the Galaxy Note phone. Now tap the indicator icons area and drag it downwards to open the notifications panel.
4. Select Connected as a media device > Media device (MTP) – Use this selection if you wish to use Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder to manually transfer files between the PC and the Galaxy Note 2 phone or to utilize Windows Media Player.
5. Transfer files between your Galaxy Note 2 and the computer.
Note: Before disconnecting the device from the computer, safely remove the mass storage device. Otherwise, you may lose data saved in your device or damage your device.
You may also use the Samsung Kies software to manage files on the Galaxy S3. You can download and install the Kies software from the Samsung website. Lean to use Kies to transfer video files from PC to Samsung devices.
b. How to transfer files from Mac to Samsung Galaxy Note II?
Your Galaxy Note II can transfer music and videos using Samsung Kies software for your Mac, Kies air on your phone, or 3rd-party app Android File Transfer. You can download the Kies software by visiting the Kies website.
1. Open the Samsung Kies software.
2. Connect your device to your Mac using the supplied USB cable.
3. Your device should connect automatically and show in the left panel of Kies. You may need to change the USB settings if you cannot connect; swipe your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom to open the Notification Panel and touch Connected as a camera. Touch Media device (MTP) to change the USB settings. The Notification Panel should show Connected as a media device, as shown in the screenshot below.
4. In Kies library, mark the media (photos, music, and videos) you want to transfer to your device and then click “Transfer to device”.
c. How to transfer 1080p/720p MKV, AVI, MTS, MPG, MOV, etc to Galaxy Note II video?
Despite its powerful multimedia processing ability, the Galaxy Note 2 does not play all the video collections on your computer. As we mentioned, mostly MP4, WMV, AVI videos play well on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Sometimes you can’t transfer 1080p videos to Galaxy Note due to file size limit. When Samsung Galaxy Note 2 refuses to play/sync a video, it could be due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Unsupported video format (e.g. *.vob format)
- Unsupported codec (e.g. AC3)
- Huge file size (e.g. H.264 MP4 video of 10GB+)
- High resolution (e.g. 1080p video and above)
- Protections (e.g. iTunes videos)
In order to play universal video and movie clips on Samsung Galaxy Note 2, you may need to convert the incompatible movies into Galaxy Note supported MP4, WMV or DivX AVI files. For any video file over 4GB, we suggest you convert and compress it to 720p MP4 of 2-3GB.
How to play Blu-ray/DVD movies on Galaxy Note 2?
Commercial Blu-ray Discs and DVDs are protected, and you can’t get them to computer hard drive until you use a Blu-ray ripper to hack the protections. Read on for a typical guide of ripping Blu-ray for Samsung Galaxy Note 2:
Step 1: Import 1080p Blu-ray movie/480p DVD to the Blu-ray ripper. Launch the software, click the disc-like button to load Blu-ray movie from BD drive (on Mac you need an external BD drive). Keep your computer networked.
Step 2. When the HD Blu-ray movie is loaded, you can select subtitles and audio track (English, French, German, Spanish…) for the main movie. Expand the BD folder to check the main movie (longest one).
Step 3. Set compatible format for ripping movie Blu-ray Disc to Galaxy Note 2 compatible videos. Click the “Format” bar, and choose “Samsung Galaxy Note (*.mp4)” under “Samsung” column. If you find the default preset does not work for your need, refer to the custom settings in part 3.
Step 4. Start ripping 1080p Blu-ray to Galaxy Note 2 playable videos. Click the “Convert” button at bottom right to get the Blu-ray Ripper started.
How to sync DRM-protected movies from iTunes, Digital Copy, Amazon to Galaxy Note 2
Movies from Digital Copy, iTunes, Amazon and other online movie stores don’t work with Galaxy Note 2 simply because they are protected by DRM. These digital movies extend the enjoyment by allowing you keep a compressed copy of the movie on computer hard drive and play it as you like. However, these movies are restricted to computer and iOS devices only – not any Android smartphones will support DRM media. If you’re an Android fan and feel unsatisfied with the limitation, get a DRM removal app that lets you converts movies from iTunes, Digital Copy, Amazon to Galaxy Note 2 supported free videos. 9
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