In the following guide you will learn how to use the new, fast conversion program ViO, to convert your video files to phone capable formats such as 3GP or MP4. There also settings optimized for hundreds of specific phone models as well as the Apple iPod.
Introduction & Requirements
|Software you must download and install|
|ViO Mobile Video Converter|
|Required: You need to download and install ViO Mobile Video Converter on your computer. Download!|
Install the program and open it up for the first time and check out the interface. For the most part it is pretty straightforward.
The top section allows you to browse for the file you want to convert, the bottom left allows you to scroll through pre-optimized settings for over one hundred specific phone models and the bottom right is all the encoding statistics for the new file you are creating.
One thing you will want to do here is hit the Enable Advanced Options though so we can see all the bitrate info of the file we are creating.
Another thing to note is the default directory of the saved file is C:\VIO\ although that can be changed manually.
Browsing for your video file
To browse for the video file you want to convert, hit the large blue Browse button in the top right and search your computer. The file support is immense and the only format I have not seen the converter accept is FLV.
For this example, I have browsed for a TV episode in Xvid format and an initial file size of 175MB.
Picking an output format
It is now time to choose the type of phone you have so that the program can optimize its settings for that brand or type. For my example I will be using the Apple iPhone choice because I have an iPod Touch which have identical specs for the most part. If your phone is not on the list, don't fret, find the phone closest to your model or your model's family and the settings will work. If you are worried, refer to your instruction manual for the what file format your phone accepts and the screen resolution and add that manually.
There is an interesting feature in this section as well, which is the ability to preview your file and crop the sections you want, if you don't want the full file. First hit the double arrow on the left of the phone selection drop down and that will begin the Start Recording Here. To move ahead to where to stop the recording is just as easy. To do this hit the small white arrow to the right of the phone selection drop down and that will move the preview 10 seconds ahead. You can keep doing this until the point you want to stop. If you overshoot, you can use the arrow on the left of the phone selection drop down and move back 4 seconds. When you have found the spot you want to stop, hit the double arrow on the right of the phone selection drop down, to stop the recording. At this point you will have cropped your file to your needs.
All that is left now is to check the settings of the output file that you are making. For my example I have changed the settings to Full Quality because file size is not an issue and I would rather have better quality. By putting Full Quality, the file size of my encode is 146MB, down from the 175MB original but understandable given the shrinking of resolution. If you do not have very much space on your phone or memory card, you may want to switch to Good for your settings but I will tell you the quality is not very good. For my example, video bitrate on good would be a measly 100 kbps compared to 768 kpbs on Full Quality and over 1000 kpbs in the original file. Depending on your situation, choose the settings that work best, although I would recommend Full Quality if you want good quality.
Finish up by hitting the large Convert Video button and checking how long the estimated completion time is. On average, using a dual core computer, a TV show shouldn't take longer than 4 minutes. Full movies will obviously take longer depending on their size.
Installing the video on your phone
After the video is done converting a new window will pop up explaining how to get the video to your phone. If you chose the Apple options then obviously all you need to do is move the file to iTunes and sync your device as usual. If you are using a memory card or another phone read the instructions above, as explained by ViO.
That has been our guide on using the new very fast ViO Mobile Video Converter and we hope it has been instructive. If you have any questions please ask them in our Afterdawn Discussion Forums.
v1.0 -- 25th December, 2008, First version online (Andre "Dvdback23" Yoskowitz)
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz