powerful video converter and DVD Ripper software: 4/1/09

iPhone VS Blackberry Storm

There is no doubt that the iPhone has changed the smartphone world and forced cellphone manufacturers to sit back and rethink how they create new devices and features and how they can compete. Nokia recently announced a very compelling entertainment-focused iPhone rival and Blackberry have launche an stronger competitor - BlackBerry Storm. so which of them is much better? Let's make a comparision.

The BlackBerry Storm features a high-resolution 360 x 480 touchscreen, which gives it a 4:3 aspect ratio akin to older TVs, versus the iPhone 3G's 320 x 480 touchscreen which is a 3:2 ratio. Not much to choose between the two, though.
The Storm offers several virtual keyboard options, including standard QWERTY in landscape mode and SureType in portrait mode
The iPhone offers several keypads (QWERTY, numeric, symbols) in both landscape and portrait modes.
The BlackBerry Storm features a modest 3.2 megapixel camera, still beating the iPhone's two megapixel affair. Additionally, it supports video recording out of the box.
The Storm uses BlackBerry Maps and offers Touch Screen Navigation. The iPhone features Google Maps and navigation.
Both units handle 3G where available, have GPS and Bluetooth. The Storm's Bluetooth implementation is better than the iPhone's.
Web Browsing
Both units feature web browsers, though as far as I'm aware exact information about the Storm's software isn't yet public. Various forums have suggested it's based on "WebKit", which is what Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome (among others) are based on.
Operating System
The Storm appears to be running BlackBerry OS 4.7, whereas the iPhone runs OS X.
The Storm features 1GB of internal memory, 128MB of Flash memory, and support for microSD expansion cards up to 16GB. The storage of iPhone is 16 GB, but no expansion.
We all know that iPhone 3G is the best iPod Apple has ever created. iPhone 3G supports a wide range of audio formats including AAC, MP3, WAV and video format MPEG-4 , while the Storm pipping the iPhone with WMA and WMA ProPlus audio formats. And video formats, the Storm also able to handle WMA files. The music and video playback experience of iPhone is awesome. We can image that the experience of enjoy video and music with Strom is more wonderful.

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Share my way of free download videos and songs into video player from Internet

When I come to forum about video like this, or some other community like answers.yahoo, I always see someone ask the same question: How to get videos or free download videos from Internet into their iPod, iPhone, Sansa, PSP Blackberry, Nokia or some other popular players. Right now I own an iPod Touch 2. With my funniest iPod I enjoy my favorite movies like Gone with Wind, Ironman, The Dark Knight etc and other 180 songs. So you may wonder how did I get so much beautiful movies and songs into my player. In the below I will share my experience with you so that you can get video and songs you want in your portable player.

I get all the videos and songs from Internet. There are many free resources on Internet that you can download. I usually download movie and music from those famous video website such as Youtube, Google video, Yahoo video. There are also many other free website for you to free download videos such as Hulu, MySpace, Reuters, Metacafe, Break, Dailymotion, iFilm, Music, StreetFire, etc. Of course you may select videos according to your interest. For example, you can get more videos about International news, financial information and trading products information on Reuters.com. On Hulu.com you may get more TV shows and movies from NBC, FOX and many other networks and studio, but Hulu videos are currently offered only to users in the United States. For metacafe, I like the short entertainment video on it, which is really funny. Youtube, Yahoo and Google display a wide variety of video content, you may search movie clips, TV clips, music videos you want and free download it into your computer.

Ok, after surf on Internet, now you must harvest lots of videos in your computer. Next you need to transfer these videos into your portable player. You may find that most of your videos are flv format files. So you need to transfer your videos with a flv video converter. What I use is Nidesoft FLV Converter, probably the best flv converter available. You may free download its trial version on its official website to have a try.
The free trial version can convert video for 2 minutes, you may free try it first. If you like it you may go to its official website to buy it for full version.
Download Nidesoft FLV Converter (free trial version) and install.
Then you may transfer your videos from computer into portable player in the below step by step way.
Step 1: open the program, click “continue trial” to begin.
Step 2: add your flv files into the program:
click the “add” button and select your downloaded flv videos from your computer. Of course, you may select several video files and convert them at one time. You may also preview your video on the right screen: select video and then press the play button then you will view your video.

Step 3: Click “format” drop-down list to select format of your videos. Here I suggest you select format according to your player. For instance, I select “iPod Touch Video MPEG-4 (*.mp4)” for my iPod Touch videos. If you want to convert videos into Xbox, then you should select “Xbox 360 Video – Windows Media Video (*.wmv)”.

Step 4: Click “convert” button to start conversion. Then process would be completed in few minutes, then drag them into your player and enjoy.
Besides video, you could also get cool ringtone for your iPhone, Palm, Blackberry and other mobile phone in this way. Free download music videos on Internet, then extract audio from the flv video file with Nidesoft FLV Converter in the above way, but pay attention to the output format, here you should select a audio format supported by your mobile phone such as “MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)”.

Ok, that’s all my way and you could have a try. Below are some problems I have encountered. Maybe you will have the same problems. Here are my solutions:
Q: Does the software contain virus? Is it safe to install and uninstall?
A: I download the software from its official website and install it in my computer. For nearly two month, I have never found any virus. So I am very sure it is safe. However if you downloaded it from somewhere else on the web then I am not sure. Probably malware/spamers have uploaded it onto sites to snag people. So 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.

Q: What tools should I use to download videos from Internet?
A: There are many free video downloader you may get on Internet. For example, you may go to http://www.videodl.org/ to free download Youtube video, Google video and Break video. http://keepvid.com can do the same job. Just google it you may find different downloaders to download different videos.

Q: Some movies are split into several clips by uploader, and I want to merge those video clips into one whole movie. How to do that?
A: You can do it with while convert your flv videos. After add your videos on the flv converter, select your videos, click the blank box before “Merge into one file”, then those video clips will convert into one video.

Q: What is flv? Sometimes I met some special flv files that could not played on my player, why?
A: Flv is a file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player. It is widely used on Internet, notable users of flv format include YouTube, Google video, Yahoo! Video, Reuters.com, metacafe and many other providers. Beside the commend flv format, there are other four new flv files format including f4v, f4p, f4a, f4b. Flash player does not check the extension of the file, so these special formats could not played on your player.

Q: How to do with those special flv format files, are there any special players or other solutions?
A: In fact this FLV Converter could also work as a super flv player. You may preview the flv movie before convert. And with the powerfule decoder, it could decode all kinds of flv format, including those special formats. After add your flv file, you just need to select your flv files then click the play button to preview your videos on the right screen.

Ok, those are all the information I want to share. Now you may follow my way to get videos and ringtones for your iPod, Iphone, PSP, Zune, Sansa, mobile phone and all other popular players. If you still have questions, post here!

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Google Phone G1 - Begin to enjoy your DVD and Video with its powerful functions!

On Oct. 22, Google Inc has unveiled its first phone T-Mobile G1, informally known as the Google phone. Based on the Android platform, the T-Mobile HTC Dream G1 phone is the first phone to be powered by Google’s mobile operating system. Everyone all over the word pay attention to this phone, so do I. I got that this phone have the below main functions:

Google phone lets you to search for everything- from images to news, weather, products and much more. You may get the information you want, right on your Android-powered phone.

Google Maps on Android gives you both map and satellite views of the area you're looking at, using an interface that feels just like it does on the desktop. Scroll in a direction to see more of the map, or zoom in and out by tapping the magnifying glass.

You may access millions of YouTube videos, right from your phone.

You may send gmail on phone, gmail on Android shows new messages in your inbox as they arrive, you needn’t to refresh or check mail.

Calendar allows you to switch between Day view, Week view, Month view and Agenda view, giving you the exact amount of information you need at the moment you need it.

Talk on Android allows you to easily switch between chats or even create a group chat with several friends at a time.

you may contact with your friends, family with call, email or send an IM or text message.

This phone support multiple audio formats including MP3, M4A, AMR, WMA, MIDI, WAV, OGG Vorbis and video formats including H.264, streaming, 3GPP, MPEG4, and Codec 3GP. The music player of this phone is so nice, best since iPhone. Thus we may enjoy our favorite movies and music anytime and anywhere with this portable phone. We just need to drag and drop video and audio files onto a memory card. I was deeply fascinated by this phone of its entertainment function. Then I also got ways of how to get movies and music from DVDs and other video files.

Way 1: how to get movies and music from DVDs for Goole Phone?
To get movies and music on google phone, I recommend you wonderful software. It is Nidesoft DVD to Google Phone Converter. This converter is the first professional DVD Converter software which could convert DVD to Google Phone format in high quality at fast speed. You may free download it here and have a try.
and get more information about this software here:

After download and install this powerful software, only three steps are needed to complete the conversion.
Step 1: Insert the DVD disc into the DVD Drive. Click the Open DVD button, browse your computer, find the DVD folder of the movie and open it. Now you could click the Titles and Chapters to preview the movie sections as you like. If you want to convert some of them, you could check it.

Step 2: click the “profile” button and show the list of profiles, you just need to click the “Google Phone Video (*.mp4)” profile.

Step 3: click “convert” button to start the conversion. The conversion will be completed in few minutes.
Tips: this converter have full functions that enable you edit your video during the conversion. You may edit your video with crop, trim and effect functions.

Way 2: how to get movies and music from other videos for Goole Phone?
To get movies and music from other format video, I will recommend you another powerful software. It is Nidesoft Google Phone Video Converter. This software is first and best Google Phone Converter software which could convert all video files (AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, FLV, XviD, MOV, YouTube, etc.) to Google Phone video and audio format to support G1 Android system with fast conversion speed and excellent quality. You may free download it here and have a try:
And get more information about it here

After download and install this converter, you may convert your videos to Google Phone in this way:
Step 1: Click “add” button to import your video from your computer. Nidesoft Google Phone Video Converter supports batch conversion, so you can import multiple files at one time.

Step 2: click the “format” drop-down list to select the format. Here you just need to select “Google Phone Video MP4 (*.mp4) format.

Step 3: click the “convert” button and start the conversion. The conversion will be finished in a short time and you can view the speed at the bottom.

Notes: you can customize the output video by a few clicks on the right. You can set the video size, choose the crop mode to cut off the black edges, set the video and audio quality.

The first Google Phone wowed, yet still there is plenty of room for improvement. For example, there’s no standard 3.5mm headphone jack (only a proprietary USB-based port) and no stereo Bluetooth support. You have to buy an adapter while listening to music or watching videos. It has no video camera and doesn’t support video recording. However, I am optimistic with the second version. The G1 will improve in the future, so does the Nidesoft software. Then we can enjoy the video and songs on phone more convenient. I am looking forward to.

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How to convert DVD to Blackberry Storm, convert AVI, FLV, WMV, MKV, Youtube videos into Blackberry

Introduction: This guide will show you how to Convert DVD to Blackberry Storm, convert flv, avi, wmv, mkv and other format video into Blackberry Storm. How to transfer mp3 audio files into Blackberry as ringtone. How to set videos resolution, video size, How to put DRM protected files into Blackberry Storm.

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 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 Nidesoft
If you get videos from DVD, you should do in this way:
download and install Nidesoft DVD to Blackberry Converter
step 1: Insert the DVD disc into the DVD Drive. Click the Open DVD button, browse your computer, find the DVD folder of the movie, open it and select tiles and chapters you want.

step 2: set your output videos according to the settings above including video format, video size, bitrate, resolution and so on.
step 3: if you thought you have complete the settings, click convert button to convert videos. OK, done.
If you get videos from movie maker or other format videos, then you should follow this way.
download and install Nidesoft Blackberry video converter.
step 1: Click “add” button to import your videos from your computer. Select the video files you want to convert. Also you may preview your video in the right window.
step 2: click the “format” drop-down list to choose format for your videos. set your video size, crop mode, video quality and audio quality on the right.
step 3: after all the settings made, click convert button to convert, then in few minutes it done.

After that copy your converted videos then drag them into your Storm and show off the videos.

Ok, so there may be some commen problems here:

Besides Storm, How do I convert videos into other Blackberry phones such as pearl, bold and curve?
go to another thread on my blog: http://bestvideoconvertersoftware.blogspot.com/2009/02/references-best-settings-for-all-your.html and get the settings for all other Blackberry phones, follow the same way as Storm to convert your videos. Of course, make different settings according to different phones.

I think there's a virus in this Program!!??
There's no virus in Nidesoft. 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 Nidesoft 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 may change the output directory by pressing "open folder", or it the destination will be set automatically at C:\temp

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 with Nidesoft Blackberry video converter yet. I'll post it when I figure it out

Anyone tried to convert youtube videos? i always seem to get an error, following the above instuction, it still doesn't work. anyone know what i can do? maybe use a different video converter?
Just go to Nidesoft Youtube video converter to got the converter and paste the youtube url. Then download the "High Quality" MP4. It will play perfect on your Storm. More details you can go to another post of my blog: http://bestvideoconvertersoftware.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-get-videos-from-youtube-and-use.html

I'm trying to convert a movie purchased from itunes but the Nidesoft 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. I have find a way to solve this problem, go to: http://forums.crackberry.com/f135/howto-put-drm-protected-files-your-storm-pics-118585/

The higher the resolution the better the quality right?
Not necessarily at all. If you’re converting a video that is 640×480 and convert it to the same 640×480 resolution then all you’re leaving is more work for your phone. I understand the login behind it, the pixels get compressed and shop up more clear and sharper. But if you compress these pixels in the conversion process wouldn’t the same thing happen? So why not just convert straight to a 480×320 and 320×240 and save your Bold/Curve/Storm the trouble?

The higher the bitrate/frame rate the better the quality?
Yes, that is true. However, RIM won’t release the Bold Video Playback Specifications. That is why we are left guessing and people like me spend hours working different settings. So far the best results have hovered around 1500 bitrate and the frame rate doesn’t seem to be an issue. Usually when you receive bad audio/video lag it is because the bitrate is simply way too high.

OK, I just got those commen problems here now, if you encounter some other problems I haven't mentioned, you may post it here. I will update my thread everyday to solve your problems.

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