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How To Convert Videos for your Portable Device

Sometimes you might want to convert your home video and save it into a format compatible with your portable video player or a mobile phone. For this purpose it will have to be a certain size and meet exact parameters so it can play back on your device with no problems. AVS Video Tools are the perfect solution.
Published: Aug 30, 2007
Author: Galina Smirnova
Related OS: Windows

Convert video for your portable device

by Galina Smirnova of Online Media Technologies, Ltd.


Introduction

Sometimes you might want to convert your home video and save it into a format compatible with your portable video player or a mobile phone. For this purpose it will have to be a certain size and meet exact parameters so it can play back on your device with no problems.

The solution is AVS Video to GO which is part of the AVS Video Tools . The program has a simple, user-friendly interface and does the conversion of your video for you in just a few, easy steps. It will also upload the resulting file to the portable device and the only thing you will have to do is to take it along to watch.

Read the step-by-step instructions below on how to convert your video and upload to a portable device using AVS Video to GO.

  • Step 1. Download and install AVS Video Tools
  • Click here to download it. After the download is finished, run the AVSVideoTools.exe file and follow the installation wizard instructions.

  • Step 2. Run AVS Video to GO and select your input video file
  • First you need to choose what file type you would like to convert: DVD video or some other video file. To do that click the Browse... button and select the appropriate source from the list:

    Make sure that the All video files option is selected so that you can find your video file in the files list:

    When you are ready to proceed to the next step press the Next button to go to the next step:

  • Step 3. Select the conversion range
  • If you're sure you want to convert the entire DVD movie or video file then leave that option checked and click Next. Normally it's better to try and see the result a test conversion first. Choose a small part of a movie and convert it into the selected format. After that if you are satisfied with the output and have made sure you can playback it on the chosen device, you can convert the whole movie with the same settings or change the settings if needed. Partial conversion is also useful when you want to cut the scenes from the movie or select only a part of a movie, for instance a music video clip.

    If you want to convert just part of a DVD movie or video you need to select the amount that is to be converted. You can do this by using the "Range" box or by entering the start and end time. After you've determined the conversion range press the Next button to proceed.

  • Step 4: Select the portable device and output file parameters
  • Here you will only need to point out which device you are going to use to watch the movie after you've converted it, the type of the storage for the output file, and its capacity. The other video settings (audio and video formats, bit rates, video frame rate, frame size, encoding type, audio frequency and number of audio channels) will be adjusted automatically according to the chosen device preset. The conversion speed will depend not only on the source video file type and the chosen conversion range, but also on the chosen device: video will be converted faster for portable devices that have smaller screens with lower resolutions (video with smaller frame sizes), and slower for the devices that have larger screens.

    If you want to edit some of the advanced settings you can click the switch to custom mode button. Note, however, that if you change some of the settings the output file might become unplayable on your portable device.

    After you select the device, type of file storage, and its capacity press the kNext button to continue.

  • Step 5. Set the output file location
  • During the next step you can specify the path for the output file and its name:

    Here the Path can be selected either from the pull down list or, if you choose Browse, you can specify a folder on your PC where the output file will be created. Note that you will need enough free hard disk space to store the output file. It depends on the file size you selected in Step three (simple or custom mode - 512 to 1500 megabytes). You can also change the File name to anything you like or leave it unchanged.

    If you are satisfied with all the parameters press the Start button to start the conversion process.

  • Step 6. Convert video
  • The fifth step is the longest in the conversion process. It takes up to several hours depending on different parameters: movie duration, CPU strength and file and codec settings. In this window you can choose to preview the conversion process marking the Preview box:

    You will see the Overall progress in percentage and on the progress bar. The Elapsed time shows how much time has passed since the beginning of the conversion process and the Remaining time shows estimated time left till the conversion finishes.

    You can press the Stop button to cancel the process.

    After the conversion is over you will be offered to upload your file to the device selected:

  • Step 7. Upload video to your portable

Connect your portable device to your computer with the help of a cable. Turn on the device.

When you press the Send to DVR button the AVS Mobile Uploader will start to let you upload the converted video to your mobile device:

If your portable player is not displayed in the list you should press the Find Devices button to search for it.

When you click the Upload button the upload process itself will take place. It will take some time depending on the output video file size.

Now you can watch your video using the portable device of yours.


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About Galina Smirnova

Galina Smirnova is senior marketing manager for Online Media Technologies, Ltd., makers of AVS audio and video products. She has been working with computers since she was a child and loves helping users with software. In her spare time she likes horse-back riding, playing the piano, and yachting.

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