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    Default Blackberry Storm Video Conversion HowTO

    If you got a Storm like me then you're no doubt absolutely in love with the gorgeous screen. Sure it comes with a sweet Babylon A.D. trailer, but I just had to have some more video to pack onto that 8 gig card to show off to all my friends. So I slaved away looking at the video settings of the Babylon A.D. trailer to figure out the optimal video settings for the Storm. If you already know what your doing here's the dirty details.

    Output Container: mp4
    Video Codec: MPEG-4
    Audio Codec: AAC-LC

    Video Scale Size:
    If your source is 4:3 use 480x360
    If your source is 16:9 use 480x270
    Use 1:1 Aspect ratio for both.
    Frame/Sec: 25
    Video Bitrate: 1248kbps

    Audio:
    Audio Bitrate: 64kbps
    Sampling Freq: 44100
    Channels: Mono (will reduce file size) or Stereo (Might sound better with headphones, but probably not worth it for the size increase.)

    Now if you have no idea what to do with that, then here's some simple instructions for you.

    First Go to SUPER .
    Scroll to the bottom and click " Start Downloading SUPER "
    On the next page in the middle of all that red text click the "download and use" link.
    Scroll to the bottom of that page and click "Download SUPER setup file"
    That should start the download of SUPERsetup.exe. I know it sounds real shady, and I agree the website is a total mess, but the program is real, and free and gets the job done.

    If your on vista then right click the Super icon and select "Run as administrator" or it may crash on you.

    Once you have SUPER then you can plug the settings in as you see below.

    If your source file is 16:9 (If it looks Widescreen then use this one)



    If your source file is 4:3 (Looks like a square video)



    Once you have your settings correct before you convert a file press ctrl+t and select a new location to put your converted files because the default is [C:\Program Files\eRightSoft\SUPER\OutPut] which is not convenient at all.

    Next Press ctrl+a and select the file(s) you want to convert.
    Make sure the boxes beside the files you want to process are checked.

    Next click "Encode (Active Files)" It will take a while, but when it's finished you will have a beautiful mp4 video to put on your Storm!

    Finally copy the newly created mp4 video file(s) to your Storm's Micro SD card. Put them in the \BlackBerry\videos directory of your Micro SD card.

    After they are copied over then unplug your Storm and show off your video!
    Hope this helps

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    So there were a few common questions. . .

    I think there's a virus in this Program!!??
    There's no virus in Super. One person reported being infected by Backdoor.Graybird, but if you got it from the site I linked to in my post it did not come with the download. If you downloaded it from somewhere else on the web then there's your problem. The site repeatedly tells you to only download Super from them. So I'm guessing that malware/spamers have probably uploaded it to phishing sites to snag people. Always make sure you download things from their original website, or from a trusted location like download.com, and always run antivirus and scan stuff you are installing.


    Where do I find the files?
    You were suposed to change the output directory by pressing CTRL+t
    C:\Program Files\eRightSoft\SUPER\OutPut

    Why are there black bars on my video?
    Even though it looks "widescreen" the storm is native 4:3 not 16:9. So unless you want to streach everybody and make them tall and skiny you will still have the black bars.

    Is there a way to make it fullscreen without the black bars?
    Yes you can crop the file when you do the transcode, but I haven't done it yet. I'll post it when I figure it out.

    Anyone tried to convert youtube .FLV files? i always seem to get an error, following hte first post's settings. i changed the video size to 320x240, yet it still doesn't work. anyone know what i can do? maybe use a different video encoder?

    Just go to KeepVid: Download and save any video from Youtube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, iFilm and more! and paste the youtube url. Then download the "High Quality" MP4. It will play perfect on your Storm.

    When i go to encode the video file it only does about 2 min of the movie and then stops. the resulting file is very small and is only the first couple minutes of the movie with very fast speed and audio that does not line up to picture. I checked the settings and everything is the same, any ideas on why this is happening?

    Your source video file is corrupted. I've had this happen on a few files. The only thing you can do is try to find a different version of the file.

    I'm trying to convert a movie purchased from itunes but the super software gives me an error. When I view the details of the error it tells me not enough space on my drive. I have plenty of space.
    Now when i tried it with a movie (same extension .m4v) that was ripped in the past, it works.
    Any suggestions??


    Meet DRM.

    Itunes store video files are encoded with fairplay digital rights management that means they will only play on Itunes, Ipod, or AppleTV. There may be a way to strip the DRM from them, but I don't know it.

    <RANT>Wouldn't it be nice if we could actually pay money and download video content in a format we could use on our portable devices? I'm absolutely willing to throw down a couple bucks to be able to get some heroes or prison break action on my Storm/psp/whatever else I have with me. How awesome would it be for my phone to just automatically download the latest episodes of shows I've subscribed to when my phone goes to bedside? I'm willing to watch adds, I'm willing to pay a premium price! I'm willing to download some piece of crap software and spend all stinking day encoding files just so I can watch their shows!! I want to pay them for their content!! But the archaic studio execs would rather tick off their fans by making them jump through crazy hoops forcing them to become video format experts just so they can figure out that amazon won't play on my iPod, but Itunes won't play on my tivo or xbox, and none of them play on my Storm, I have to use one resolution for my psp, a different one for my Storm/iPod!!! I just want to scream!</RANT>
    Last edited by pastorhudson; 12-06-2008 at 01:08 PM. Reason: Updated Common Questions
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    Sticky this please! great info thanks
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    damn. you guys here are all genious!! Kevin should open up a crackberry lab for all the crackheads out there!!

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    Smile Thank You

    I was just going to start figuring out the best settings for my storm delivery in the morning. Thanks for doing it for me! Time to encode some movies.
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    Never tried this. Does Super also rip the DVD before encoding?
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    Does this work for dvds as well? I guess what i am wondering is will it convert a full dvd to one file or will it be separate each .vob into a different mp4 file? If it does make separate ones is there a way to combine them into one? Thanks awesome find though i hope it works for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcorcoran01 View Post
    Does this work for dvds as well? I guess what i am wondering is will it convert a full dvd to one file or will it be separate each .vob into a different mp4 file? If it does make separate ones is there a way to combine them into one? Thanks awesome find though i hope it works for me
    For us video newbies, can you give us some instructions on how to rip the DVD and what format?
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    Nope, it only converts video files you already have. It will not rip DVD's besides that's technically illegal so I would not recommend that. If you've recorded video with a tuner card, or have other content already stockpiled, this tells you how to get it to the phone format looking beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorhudson View Post
    Nope, it only converts video files you already have. It will not rip DVD's besides that's technically illegal so I would not recommend that. If you've recorded video with a tuner card, or have other content already stockpiled, this tells you how to get it to the phone format looking beautiful.

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    Thanks. Does it work with avi files?
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    Yep it will take just about any DRM free video format you throw at it.
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    hey if i were to follow the directions you have posted, will the resulting video file be larger or smaller than the orginal? by how much (a general ratio)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOALbyRONALDO View Post
    hey if i were to follow the directions you have posted, will the resulting video file be larger or smaller than the orginal? by how much (a general ratio)?
    If you use the mono setting, a 358MB XVID .avi file becomes a 188MB .MP4

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    I used another program to convert the video to mp4 but when I go to transfer it to the phone it says that the format isn't supported and I can transfer it to the card but I wont be able to play it. Any idea why that is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorhudson View Post
    If you use the mono setting, a 358MB XVID .avi file becomes a 188MB .MP4

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    okay wow thanks you solved my problem. much love.
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    We should post videos that have been converted for trading etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmglakewood View Post
    I used another program to convert the video to mp4 but when I go to transfer it to the phone it says that the format isn't supported and I can transfer it to the card but I wont be able to play it. Any idea why that is?
    I'm not using the Media Manager. I just drag and drop the file in windows explorer to the video folder on the Micro SD card.

    If the Storm video player is the one telling it doesn't support that format. There could be a whole lot of things wrong. If the audio or video codec isn't right, if the bitrate is too high, if the video dimensions aren't properly scaled. It could even hiccup on a weird aspect ratio. Try to match the settings in your program to the ones I gave above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwackberrwii View Post
    We should post videos that have been converted for trading etc
    Unless it's a video you made or have the rights to that would be illegal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwackberrwii View Post
    We should post videos that have been converted for trading etc
    Definitely not. Lets keep this thread above board. You can find creative commons video content to play with, or use your own stuff.

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    So the Aspect Ratio setting in SUPER stays set to 4:3 regardless of the source media? It's just the scale size that changes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by D_Dog View Post
    So the Aspect Ratio setting in SUPER stays set to 4:3 regardless of the source media? It's just the scale size that changes?
    No the aspect ratio in SUPER actually stays set at 1:1.

    But you are correct as far as the scale size being the only thing that changes from 4:3 to 16:9.

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    Just a quick note for (ex-iPhone) Mac users...

    I use HandBrake (free program) to convert my DVDs into MP4s. It is a super simple program and layout. On the side of the main screen, there are a bunch of choices for output, and I use the one titled "iPhone, iTouch". The movies look great on the Storm using that setting.

    I've got all my kids' movies on the Storm already. Great stuff.

    (and on a side note...so glad to *hear* the Storm. It was almost impossible to hear the iPhone movies, speaker volume sucked)
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    Quote Originally Posted by katiedis View Post
    Just a quick note for (ex-iPhone) Mac users...

    I use HandBrake (free program) to convert my DVDs into MP4s. It is a super simple program and layout. On the side of the main screen, there are a bunch of choices for output, and I use the one titled "iPhone, iTouch". The movies look great on the Storm using that setting.

    I've got all my kids' movies on the Storm already. Great stuff.

    (and on a side note...so glad to *hear* the Storm. It was almost impossible to hear the iPhone movies, speaker volume sucked)
    Awesome! I'll have to check it out! I'm curious if it fills as much of the screen as the method above since the iPhone screen is a bit different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorhudson View Post
    No the aspect ratio in SUPER actually stays set at 1:1.

    But you are correct as far as the scale size being the only thing that changes from 4:3 to 16:9.

    pastorhudson
    Sorry i have another question. In both pictures the aspect ratio selected is 4:3. So should we select 1:1 or 4:3?

    EDIT** Nevermind either I am seeing things or I think you fixed the pictures.
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    it fills out the screen completely side to side. However, there is a very little black part on top and bottom . That's just because of the original aspect ratio of the movie, though.

    You can manually control all the settings in HandBrake too. I just prefer the "easy button" method cause I almost never run across super helpful threads like this one in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOALbyRONALDO View Post
    Sorry i have another question. In both pictures the aspect ratio selected is 4:3. So should we select 1:1 or 4:3?
    I noticed he just changed the screen shot. That clears it up. Thanks Pastor!
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