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Sansa Fuze Video Format

written by: Rochelle Connery•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 12/20/2010

Are you trying to find which videos your SanDisk Sansa Fuze device supports? In just a few minutes, you will learn which Sansa Fuze video format is compatible with your player and how to convert your other videos if they’re not already in the proper format.

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    Sansa Fuze Supported Video Formats

    The main Sansa Fuze video format is MP4. This file type is a fully interleaved AVI file that is compressed into an MPEG-4 codec. This format is one of the most common digital video formats online, as it is also used in Apple iPod products such as the iPod Nano, iPhone and iPod touch.

    MP4 files are often the preferred format, especially for the Sansa Fuze, since they are smaller than other formats like WMV or AVI. And since Sansa Fuze devices do not contain high volumes of storage, their owners appreciate the Fuze’s compatibility with small video data sizes.

    You can transfer Sansa Fuze video format files from your computer to your Sansa Fuze via the Sansa Media Converter software, which is free.

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    Converting Non-MP4 Videos

    SanDisk realizes that not all of your pre-existing videos are already in the correct format. For instance, videos that you purchase from online retailers might come in MOV, WMV, FLV or AVI files, not MP4. If this is the case, you need to convert those videos using the Sansa Media Converter software.

    This software is a free download available from Sansa’s website. It actually comes bundled with the Sansa Firmware Updater. Once installed, you can access it from the Start menu on your computer. Just select “Programs,” “Sandisk,” “Sansa Updater,” “Sansa Media Converter” and you’re good to go.

    Once you open the program, click the “Add Media” button, browse for your files, import them into the software and select the “Convert” button. As long as your Sansa Fuze is plugged in, the software will immediately transfer them without any further action on your part.

    The Sansa Media Converter supports many video file formats, including ASF, DAT, AVI, QT, WMV, DVR-MS, and videos with the DivX codec. It also converts photos into the proper format for the Sansa Fuze in addition to videos.

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    Using Any Video Converter to Convert Files

    The Sansa Media Converter doesn’t support every video file under the sun. If you find that it fails to convert your video type, download the free version of Any Video Converter. This takes almost any unprotected video file and transfers it to a format readable in Sansa Fuze or the Sansa Media Converter.

    Try to use free methods of video conversion whenever possible. If you find that this is impossible, there are paid versions of software like Any Video Converter that can potentially be more powerful or more useful. However, in most cases, you’ll find that the free versions are all you need.

    Additionally, make sure you download only spyware-free software. If a software gets high reviews from PC experts and critics and is found on a reputable website, you’re better off than downloading media converter software from a file sharing or shareware site whose reputation is shady or unknown.

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