How to convert videos for your mobile phone

With modern mobile phones becoming more and more versatile these days, it’s no wonder that people don’t just want them for just making calls, but to be able to play high quality video as well.

Let’s say that you have a film or TV show that you want to be able to watch on your phone or DVD player whenever you want, but have no idea just how to convert that file to a format that your mobile will be able to play. Well, it’s actually pretty simple thanks to Koyote Free Video Converter which you can download here. It’s free to use and has a very user-friendly interface and supports a vast array of devices. In the steps below, I will walk you through how to use the program.

The mobile devices that this program supports are listed below:

  1. iPod
  2. iPhone
  3. iPad
  4. Apple TV
  5. Android
  6. Blackberry
  7. Sony PSP/PS3
  8. Xbox 360
  9. Windows Mobile (Pocket PC, Dell Axim, HP iPaq)
  10. Portable Media Players (Archos 500, Archos 700, Archos 605 wifi, Creative Zen Vision, Zune, iRiver PMP100)

It will also convert your videos to .flv format files, OggTheora, DivX, WMV, DVD PAL or DVD NTSC

First download and install the Free Video Converter from Koyote Software. During the install you will notice that it asks you to install the Dealio Toolbar and set your homepage and search engine to Yahoo! Simply un-check these boxes and click ‘Next’. I get why free to use software suppliers have this option included during the install process, but it’s annoying and unnecessary.

Uncheck these boxes

Here’s another type of window you may see during the install. Again, just uncheck the box and they are not required.

uncheck this box as well

Once you have installed it and run the program, it will ask you for your preferred language. Just select your language of choice and the main screen will be presented as shown below:

main screen

Now locate your video file that you wish to convert to a mobile friendly format and drag and drop it into the main window or click the ‘Add Files’ button at the top and navigate to the file that way. As you can see I wanted to convert an episode of Nikita to an Android friendly format.

Next, choose the device that you wish the video to be able to play in. At the top of the main window, select ‘Video presets’, a sub-menu will drop down showing the available devices/ output formats available:

video presets

Now, for myself I chose Video Presets>Android>HTC Desire. You will notice that the program automatically selects the correct file format for the device you selected as well as the correct aspect ratio. You may also want to choose the output path for your converted videos. I wanted all converted videos to be placed into a folder on my desktop called ‘Test Convert’. To change your output path, just select ‘Output directory’ at the top and browse to the folder you want the videos to be placed into.

output path

Now all you have to do is click on ‘Convert Video’ and let the program do it’s magic.

nearly done

The time the program takes to convert your video will vary a lot depending on the size and quality of the video, your system specs and the quality/ format of video you want outputted (eg. High quality or Medium quality) On my computer it took about 17 mins to convert a 349MB file which when converted grew to 490MB. I was watching a film at the same time, plus I had Photoshop open, so closing down unnecessary programs may speed this up as will having a decent amount of RAM in your machine.

Now just copy the film over to your device (memory card on the phone) and play it. My conversion was great. The audio was in sync and the quality was great!

That’s it, your done!

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