11-19-2008 10:11 AM
Well, I think I have found a pretty good solution. Here is what it looks like. I use an application called AVS Video Converter. I can't recall what I paid for it, about $20 I think. A simple Google search will find it. I have experimented with several settings and here is what I've settled on:
So that's it. This produces excellent quality, removes letter-boxing and reduces the file size to about 30% of the original file. In some cases even less.
If I discover anything else worthwile, I'll post it here.
11-19-2008 10:33 AM
Thanks very much indeed - that's extremely useful. So far, every file I have tried has lasted about 60 to 90 secs and then stopped with an "error" message. I shall download this programme and use your settings and try again.
11-19-2008 06:59 PM
I have found for those of us who don't have a suped up pc with giant video and graphics cards a program called handbrake along with software such as DVD43 will change video, DVD, etc into MP4 and you can direct it to drop on your microsd card. I have uploaded several DVDs that are compressed into less than 1 GB per movie with no problems. There is other software out there that is WAY faster but these work and their free.
Hope it helps
11-19-2008 07:31 PM
Thanks for the tip - but, following Senator's previous post, I have now downloaded AVS convertor (6.2) and, as Senator said, it is a very complete programme that allows conversion of all types to all types.
In the .avi section, there are 2 presets profiles specifically for Blackberry - 81xxx (560kbps, 320x240) and 8xxx (420kbps, 240x180). I have also used the .wmv preset Microsoft Zone (568kbps 320x240). Both formats play ok.
But I am intertested to read that you can play full length movies on your Blackberry? Do you have problems with fast forward or reverse? I am new to this but, unless there is a keyboard shortcut that I am missing, I roll the track ball up to the time line and click - then roll it forward and click again. This works with the supplied demo videos (that are around a minute in length) but so far, whenever I try it on a video of more than a few minutes, it cause the blackberry to freeze. I thought it might be an issue of the length of the video - that's why I am curious to learn you can play full length films.
The woefully inadequate user guide has no instruction for video playback - and there is no supplied manual - so am I missing something? Is there a shortcut or keyboard sequence to control fast forward and reverse that doesn't cause freezing? if anyone could let me know I would much apreciate because, so far, I can now play videos and impoert them from any format - but they all freeze if I try to fast forward or reverse.
11-19-2008 07:52 PM
11-19-2008 08:00 PM
No problems with fast forwarding or rewinding. I just highlight the line and move track ball. in an effort to make the full length features small there are no title menus or chapter changes allowed but you can scroll to about any point in the movie. handbrake has built in settings for Iphone and touch and since the bold has the same screen only smaller it works great as a full screen viewing.
I figured all this out by seeing this link in another posting www.legitreviews.com/article/826/1/ when I tried what the author said my laptop said that it wasn't compatible (no graphics and video card) with the software suggested so I emailed him and he told me to try those. They have worked great so far.........a little slow to upload, but nonetheless GREAT! Hope that helps out.
11-19-2008 08:25 PM
Maybe there is something wrong with my unit (?) - am I the only one who has this problem with selecting a section of video further up the track?
I highlight the line, click the trackball, roll it to the right - and the cursor moves to the new point - and then click the trackball again. But almost every time the video freezes and locks up and I have to exit the programme. Am I doing something wrong????
11-19-2008 09:26 PM
11-20-2008 05:15 AM