Universal Video Format for Any Mobiles? Truth Inside

BelindaCherry By BelindaCherry, 2nd Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Universal video format for any mobiles? You may think it is unimaginable. This article will reveal truth about the universal output video solution through my own experience.

The solution for sharing videos on all any cell phones easily

Once in a while I’ve shot a video for my child (she’s dancing with young brother) and would like to send it immediately to my families and friends’ cell phones. But I found it was really hard to do because they are all using different types of mobile phones. Some bought Apple iPhone 3GS or 4, while others were using Blackberry, HTC Sensation or Windows Phone. It wasn’t possible to do the sharing among those mobiles from different manufacturers. At the time, I felt frustrated and have to give up the sharing dream.

However, recently I came across a solution to make a universal video format. I found a do-able encoding method which made output videos be played well on all mobile phones around me. I’m not sure if it can be called a universal video format or universal solution, but I’ve tested it again and again on so many mobile phones, computer, laptop and even iPad 2, to prove that it really can do the work. The result is not surprised. So, here I would like to share the solution to get a universal video format and hope it will also help others who encountered the same problem.

The solution is quite simple. Generally speaking, the workaround is to select a specific one option of encoding methods in converter software, click the conversion button, and then the output video can be worked on many devices. The software I was using is sothink video converter, a completely free video converter software. I’m not sure if other converters have the same function, but this video converter from sothinkmedia is what I used and got the universal video format occasionally.

When you launch the program, the steps are quite similar with those in other video converters. Just add source videos, do some encoding settings or remain the default and then start conversion. But there is only one step you must be careful if you want to get the universal output video format. In “Encoding Settings” panel, you must choose a specific profile “Google Android Video (*.mp4)”. It is the key point. I don’t know why it will work for all other devices not only just Google mobiles as it means. After conversion, the output mp4 file can be even played on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Nokia, HTC, BlackBerry, Samsung, Windows Phone and even more. Really sounds interesting?! :P

Encoding Settings:

Encoding profile: Google Android Video (*.mp4) => IMPORTANT!
Video Dimension: 480×320
Zoom mode: Letterbox
Video quality: Standard
Audio quality: Standard

Tested and Played on:

iOS: iPhone 1-4, iPad 1-2, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, Apple TV
Android: HTC G3-G10, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola ME600/MB600/Droid/Milestone and more.
Blackberry: Bold 9000-9700, Curve 8910/8900/8520, Pearl 9XXX, Storm 1-2, Torch, Tour
Symbian: Nokia 5230/5233/5800, Nokia N97
Windows: Sony Ericsson, Samsung i8000U, HTC Touch Pro/Diamond
Computer: All if installed media player such as QuickTime Player
Other: Web, PSP(1.5+), PS3, Xbox 360,Zune

Furthermore, I also have some other tips to share. When we got a universal video format we have to consider a proper video dimension that will work for most popular mobiles. Nowadays, the screen sizes of mobile phones are made bigger and bigger. The biggest screen that you see in a phone today is the 5 inches screen. But the size from 3.7" – 4.3" are more common in daily life. If you want to get a universal dimension of output video which can be displayed properly on all common size of mobile screen, I suggest that 480*320 seems a good choice.

At last, after conversion is done, save the converted mp4 video into my mobile phone, white iPhone 4, and turn on the Bluetooth of the device. Transfer the video file between my iPhone and other devices via Bluetooth. Then I can share the dancing video of my child with all my families and friends, no matter what mobile phones they are using. All problems are gone after just one conversion. It is cool, isn’t it?


Format, Mobiles, Universal, Universal Video Format, Video, Video Conversion

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

Your on a roll Belinda. Great article. Thanks.

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author avatar BelindaCherry
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks, Buzz, your articles are also great.

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author avatar Frogo
6th Sep 2011 (#)

w o w ~~~

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