How to format and load video files for Papermotion


You can play all of the standard video file formats on Papermotion. MP4, M4V, AVI, RMVB, MKV, WMV, VOB, MOV, FLV, ASF, DAT, 3GP, MPG, and MPEG. Papermotion will not play 4k video or any formats larger than 1920x1080.

For the best results we suggest the following...

For Professional Use:

If you are using professional editing software like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere  we recommend exporting your video file with these settings...

  • MP4 file format using H.264 codec

  • 1024 x 600 to match Papermotion screen

  • Bitrate between 2.4≤ X ≤8.5 Mbps

  • Frame rate between 20≤ X ≤26 FPS

A note on using Final Cut Pro, to adjust the frame rate, bit size or resolution of your file you need to go through Compressor or a third-party application. Here is a quick tutorial on how to use Premier Pro to export your video in 1024 x 600.

For General Purpose Use:

If you are using lighter weight tools like iMovie, Apple Photos or Animoto to make slideshows  we recommend...

  • MP4 or M4V file format

  • 1080p (1920 x 1080)

  • If there is a quality setting available, set it to  “Medium”

Here is an example of export settings in iMovie that work well for Papermotion…


How do I get files to play in a certain order?

If you want files to play in a certain order Papermotion will play them in alphanumeric order, files starting with the lowest number play first followed by files starting with letters in alphabetical order. This is also how your computer sorts files by name so if you sort a column of files by name on your computer this is also the same order Papermotion will play the files in.

For example in the screenshot below Papermotion will play file “1024.mp4” first then file “apapermotion-wfs-device-1024x600.mp4” second, and file “b1048_sized.mp4” third.


How to load files on Papermotion

You can load and delete files on your Papermotion the same way you would on a thumbdrive.

Step 1:

Plug Papermotion into your computer using the microusb cable.

Step 2:

You should see a new drive appear in the sidebar of your Finder window on a Mac or File Explorer window on a PC, named “papermotion” or “untitled”.

Step 3:

Adding files: Drag and drop the files you want to add onto the drive. This works just like copying and moving files onto a thumb drive.

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