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    Hey everyone, just got my Bold and I have a quick question...what video format is the best/most compatible to use with the Bold. I really love the video demo's on the Bold and I wanna convert some of my DVD rips and take advantage of the screen on this beast.

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    The following video formats are supported:
    MPEG-4 Part 2 - Simple Profile + bvops (including DivX? files in this format)
    MPEG-4 Part 2 - Advanced Simple Profile
    H.263 Profile 0 and Profile 3 (Supported file formats are .avi, .3gp, .mp4, .mov, Video - up to QCIF (176x144))
    WMV 9 Simple Profile Video Decoder
    The following video file extensions are also supported:
    .avi containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .mov containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .3gp containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .mp4 containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .m4v containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .mpg containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264

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    I have seen the official specs, I guess what I was trying to figure out if there are any formats that are more efficient in terms of file size and video quality.
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    .mp4 will be the best choice for quality and file size. sometimes seen as .avi too.
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    I'll give .mp4 a shot, I just want a solid 24-30fps with decent video bitrate without huge file sizes.
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    Has anyone had the problem with the phone rebooting after rewinding or fast forwarding video in the media player?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier87 View Post
    Has anyone had the problem with the phone rebooting after rewinding or fast forwarding video in the media player?
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    I haven't had any restart issues either, related to the media player or not.

    I'm fairly satisfied with .mp4 @ 1,500kbits/s 480x320 for most movies and tv show rips...holy hell I love the screen and speakers on the Bold! This phone is a work of art compared to all past BB's and the multimedia capabilities are nothing short of outstanding!!!

    Kudos RIM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srl7741 View Post
    The following video formats are supported:
    MPEG-4 Part 2 - Simple Profile + bvops (including DivX? files in this format)
    MPEG-4 Part 2 - Advanced Simple Profile
    H.263 Profile 0 and Profile 3 (Supported file formats are .avi, .3gp, .mp4, .mov, Video - up to QCIF (176x144))
    WMV 9 Simple Profile Video Decoder
    The following video file extensions are also supported:
    .avi containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .mov containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .3gp containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .mp4 containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .m4v containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    .mpg containing MPEG4 Part 2, H.263, H.264
    Fantastic info, I've been searching high and low for this.

    So - my guess is that the 'highest' quality encode would be MPEG-4 Part 2 "Advanced Simple Profile" (ASP) @ 480x320 pixels. Probably doing a 4-pass encode if your encoder supports it.

    I'll take a look tonight and see what program is capable of doing this.

    Out of the box programs will make the ripping/encoding easy, but will be unlikely to produce the 'highest' quality.

    Of course, chasing the 'highest' quality goal is probably a royal waste of time, as the difference would be largely invisible, but the encoding is half the fun for some of us, right?

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    Conufzzled after some more reading.

    MPEG-4 Part 2 is roughly equal to H.263.
    MPEG-4 Part 10 is the same as H.264 is the same as MPEG-4 AVC

    Now, since I know that this phone supports "H.264", I need to know which encoding profiles it supports within this standard.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264#Profiles

    My guess would be that it supports only up to Baseline Profile (BP), but it might support higher, more demanding profiles, like High Profile (HiP).


    Does anyone know what this device can handle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornelious0_0 View Post
    I haven't had any restart issues either, related to the media player or not.

    I'm fairly satisfied with .mp4 @ 1,500kbits/s 480x320 for most movies and tv show rips...holy hell I love the screen and speakers on the Bold! This phone is a work of art compared to all past BB's and the multimedia capabilities are nothing short of outstanding!!!

    Kudos RIM.
    What encoder do you use? Maybe what I'm using is the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier87 View Post
    What encoder do you use? Maybe what I'm using is the problem.
    Its not free, but I use the "Cucusoft Ultimate DVD+Video Converter Suite". The capabilities of the software are amazing, I could go on ranting about it forever, just check it out.

    I'm not sure what free alternatives are out there though, sry if that's what you're looking for.

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    I could use some advice with adding videos to my Bold. I used Prism Video converter and selected 480x320 pixels. The video plays great but it does not fill the screen. Actually it's not even close, it's in the widescreen format and I'm only guessing i needed to choose 500x400 in order to fill the screen.
    What is everyone else using as their output screen size?
    I'm re-doing a video now and selected 500x400 so I will see what that does when I'm done.

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    ps. The Video converter Software works great and it's free. I'm using it on my Mac but I think there is a PC version also.
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    I am setting my videos to 480x320 to Cucusoft Video Converter. There's no reason why the video wouldn't fill the screen if the video is done @ 480x320. Instead of setting the conversion to widescreen try leaving it on auto if possible, 480x320 is not a 16:9 widescreen resolution...setting it to 480x320 widescreen could be aquishing the video or resizing it so that it doesn't fill the screen as it should.

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    An update of sorts? I set the video size to 500x400 and it's still the same as previous 480x320. I selected to fit to selected size selected but I see there is a setting to crop. Anyone have any more advice on that one?

    It's should not be this difficult

    Edit* When I selected Crop 480x320 it seems to fill the screen with the correct size.
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