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Intervideo's DVD Copy 5 converts any footage to 3GPP format for mobile phones
Using InterVideos DVD Copy 5 Platinum and a couple of inexpensive media storage devices, I recently discovered a way to convert any video footage to the mobile 3GPP format and save it to my Verizon Motorola RAZR V3 phone. Although I only tried the conversion with the Motorola RAZR phone, the process should work equally well with 3G-capable phones from LG, Samsung, and Nokia.
Although DVD Copy 5 PPlatinum (MSRP $ 49.95) is primarily intended for copying video to and from DVDs, it has a lot of other functions, too. One of those is converting video files for use with a wide variety of mobile devices, including iPod, PSP, Gameboy, portable media player or 3GPP mobile phones (Motorola, LG, Samsung and Nokia).
Converting an AVI to the 3G format is a simple process. After launching DVD Copy 5, youll notice four buttons at the top, one of which is File to DVD. Click that, and a large window opens in the middle of the interface, called Source. Drag the desired video clip into this window.
Under the Source window is a Target menu, where you can select where youd like the converted video to be saved.
|Available file formats for conversion in DVD Copy 5|
At the bottom right hand side of the interface is a small icon with a picture of a disc, which the rollover identifies as Start Copying. Click this.
The file I converted for this article was a small (117 MB) AVI file which I snipped from some old vacation footage I had shot. The conversion took only 10 seconds.
|Schematic drawing of IOGear's MicroSD card reader|
Finally, I ejected the IOGear reader, removed the MicroSD/T-Flash card and inserted it in the phone. The video played back flawlessly.
The process involves a small amount of Rube Goldberg-style finagling, but the ability to transfer any video footage into the RAZR phone makes its video capabilities much more versatile.