Make Your Own 3gp Video Clips


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        Software mentioned above are retail versions and not freeware.


Encoding Your Video Files

The following tutorial will be provided to offer you optimum results.  I've been working with digital video files for some time now, but if you insist on going against my recommendations, do so at your discretion.

After downloading and registering your copy of mpegable X4 live from the author, install your software and follow their instructions.  It is a very straight forward, easy to use, yet powerful program to use.  Launch mpegable X4 live after you've completed installation.

To begin, you'll need to locate your source video file.  mpegable X4 live currently supports .AVI, .MPEG, and .MOV video files.  I have used this software to encode .WMV and .ASF Windows Media files successfully as well.  This tutorial will not discuss how to re-encode any other file type to fit the supported media criteria; it will be assumed that you have provided or supplied your own source file within this criteria.

First thing to do is start a new encoding job.  Click the 'Add Job' button and locate your original source video file.  Only load one job at a time.  If the default "blank" job is still visible (usually is), simply click on it to highlight it and and the 'Remove Job' button to remove it from the queue.  [ Screenshot ]

mpegable will automatically add in the Input and Output directories on your behalf.  Make certain that the Live Capture Mode is disabled, or unchecked.  If you wish the final file to have a different file name, specify it now in box 2 in the output directory, however do not change the file extension at the end (the ".3gp" part).  [ Screenshot ]

The default profile will not properly resize and encode the audio codec for most mobile phones.  You now need to specify which profile the software is to use for the best end result.  In box 3, scroll down and locate the Motorola profile.  Highlight the profile name by clicking on it and click the 'Apply Settings' button to the right.  [ Screenshot ]

This is where many people have had problems in the past when converting or encoding their videos files for their phone; lack of audio.  Select the 'Interoperability' tab to view your codec options.  You video codec has already been defaulted as part of specifying a profile, so don't change or modify it.  To the right, you'll see your option for the audio codec.  Again, as part of specifying a profile, it will more than likely be defaulted to the AAC codec; click and enable the option for the AMR-NB (narrow band) audio codec.  [ Screenshot ]

Now that you should have everything configured properly, you should now be ready to encode/convert your video file.  Go back and select the original 'Basic I/O' tab and in box 4, click on the red circle (universal symbol for Record) to begin the encoding process.  [ Screenshot ]

Depending on the size of the job (the overall file size of the project), the encoding process can take a while.  Although the optimum file size for your mobile phone will be achieved using the specified profile, you generally don't want to have original video files that are in excess of five minutes in length.  This is not in any way a rule, but more of a guideline.  While encoding, you can view the process and status until the job is completed.  [ Screenshot ]

Once the job is completed, your properly sized and encoded file should be waiting for you in the specified output directory.

Additional Notes

During the encoding, your processor will be used at its maximum capacity; this is normal.  If you're encoding a larger file, the program may appear to have locked, but allow a few moments to be certain that the program didn't crash.

While the program is recording your new file, you can save additional resources from being used on your PC by disabling the preview while encoding.  Saving resources can be important if you're running an older processor and will want to prevent buffer underruns for a smoother looking video on your phone.

Just like mp3 ringtones, your phone is still a phone.  You're not going to get Season 1 of South Park ripped from DVD to fit on a V600, so take it easy on the file sizes and video lengths.  A good rule of thumb is to encode clips that are under 60 seconds in length.

Yes, I'm fully aware that some model phones support external flash memory with higher memory capacities; if you wish to make larger volume video clips, that is at your discretion.

3gp or mp4 video files aren't going to have DVD quality video frame rates or dts audio sound.  Again, file size, bit rate, and compatibility come in higher in priority vs. encoding the files to make them look as close to broadcast or DVD quality.

This guide has the intention of informing you how to create your mobile video clips to be played back on your mobile phone.  I won't go into any further advanced editing of video files such as adding titles, screen swipes, fades, trimming, etc.

mpegable X4 live comes with its own 3gp and mp4 video player to preview your clips before you upload them to your phone.

Apple QuickTime Pro

If you have registered and purchased your copy of QuickTime to upgrade to the Pro version, make certain you've updated your software to the current version.

QuickTime is another great software because with .MOV and many .AVI video files, you can export your video files directly to .3gp by just going in File > Export in QT Pro.  In fact, you don't even need to alter any settings whatsoever, other than the output file name.

QuickTime is also my default .3gpp media player on my PC's to preview the files before uploading to my phone.  [ Screenshot ]


Last updated Dec. 9, 2004 by NineToez.

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