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Get the best video output from your mobile phone

|August 15 2010 |Tips


Most of the multimedia phones now come with the ability to play video clips on it. But most of us rarely use this feature just because we don’t know how to convert a video to get the crystal clear output on the screen. Video files which we play on our computer are not supported by the mobile device and the videos files which we download from internet are of very low resolution and deliver very bad quality on the screen. You will be amazed to know that you can watch movies comfortably on a screen as small as 2.4”.

After reading this article you are gonna be the geek of your group by flaunting your videos on the go. Lets go through the process step by step.

1. Identify the screen type : First of all you must be aware of the screen type you are going to use for the video output. See the specifications of your mobile or MP4 player. If its a mobile, put the model number in our search box and see the specifications. Normally screen size ranges from QCIF (176x144) to WSVGA (1024x600). Lets have a look on all the screen sizes and their dimension.

Resolution Label - Dimensions (pixels)


QCIF  - 176x144


QVGA - 320x240


HVGA - 480x 320


VGA - 640x480




Lets consider the average screen of 2.4” or 2.8” which normally falls in QVGA with dimension of 320x240 pixels if you want to view in landscape mode.

2. Get the convertor : Next you need to get a software which will compress the video to the required resolution. A number of free and paid video converters are available around. I use Any Video Converter which is available for free on FileHippo.

3. Know the optimal output settings : Now this is the only technical part in this complete process. There are 4 main inputs here:-

- Video Codec : Almost all mobile supports 3gp or MPEG4, You can choose any one. I prefer MPEG4 over 3gp.

- Frame size : As per the resolution level. e.g. If its QVGA, it must be 320x240

-Video Bitrate : Represents Maximum kilobits per second. Lets follow the same table again

Resolution Label - Dimensions (pixels) - Max Bitrate


QCIF - 176x144 - 384 kbps


QVGA - 320x240 - 512 kbps


HVGA - 480x 320 - 768 kbps


VGA - 640x480 - 1024 kbps




In our case it should not be more than 512 kbps

- Frames per second (FPS) : Anything between 15 – 30, Lets keep 30 in this case

mobile_video
Important : Always try with the maximum Bitrate and FPS initially, if your mobile returns an “unsupported file type” error, go on decreasing them until your device start playing the video file. Initially it annoys but once you get to know the correct settings, things will get easier from the next time.

After inputting the correct specification click on the convert button. It may take time in case of bigger files.

4. Transfer and Enjoy : Once converted, just transfer the files to your mobile and enjoy.

Feel free to ask via comments if you stuck somewhere.

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