Now that Brad Green’s review of the streaming features of Kinoma 4EX has sunken in, our new author Jonas Sell brings along a piece about Konoma 4 in use as a local media player(read: TCPMP replacement;.)).
Though Kinoma is designed for streaming, it is possible to play media which is located on SD card. Kinoma supports file types such as wmv, flv (from Google Videos and Youtube) , asf, jpg, mp3 etc. All supported files are displayed in a list at startup. A tap on it, and Kinoma opens them. When you e.g, open an image you have the ability to zoom and to drag. The image viewer decreases the quality of the image, so it is not possible to zoom in without getting stray pixels even when the image is in high quality. A slideshow is possible, too.
But it supports video files, too. Kinoma is the first program for Palm which is able to play WMV formats. But especially this causes several problems: a lot of files need much system power which is sometimes not available so that the video is ‘jumping’. In this case on can convert the files with KinomaProducer but then other, free, solutions are more powerful. In addition, sometimes sound is not available or there is no picture (because of the WMV 8/7 codecs which aren’t licensed by Microsoft any longer).
Sound files can be played, too. But it is not possible to play them in background: exiting Kinoma – the music stops. The volume control via one-hand-navigation is a bit difficult: you have to navigate to the volume-control-icon. Next, you have to press the center-key and you can change volume with up-down buttons.
Here ends the TamsPalm team’s take on Kinoma 4 EX – what about telling us how you feel?