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[Guide] How to encoding HD Video for Windows Phone 7

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27th May 2011, 02:16 PM   |  #1  
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Encoding HD Video for Windows Phone 7

Zune offers by default an automatic conversion of videos for Windows Phone 7. However the quality is not always what you want, the encoding time is endless and often lacks many options such as subtitles.

This guide was produced for encoding high definition video 720p or 1080p to Windows Phone 7. You can use the same method to encode videos lower quality but the result won't be conclusive.

Software & Encoding Setup

Many programs exist to encode each with their advantages and disadvantages. Some are paying others do not.

VidCoder offers all the advantages: free, easy to use while providing many functionalities.

The encoding is configured with the following parameters:
  • Container
    mp4 File

  • Video
    800 x 480 resolution (default for Windows Phone 7) in order to have 1:1 pixel ratio
    Codec : H264 2 Pass
    Bitrate 1200 kbps

  • Audio
    AAC Stereo 128 kbps

Experienced users can manually adjusted the settings.

Install & Configuration
  1. Download VidCoder from official webpage : http://vidcoder.codeplex.com/

    VidCoder-0.9.0-x86.exe or VidCoder-0.9.0-x64.exe

  2. Install application with standard option
  3. Download and unzip from this topic the xml configuration file : Windows Phone 7.xml
  4. Start VidCoder
  5. Click "Tools" and "Import Preset.."



  6. Select the "Windows Phone 7.xml" file and click OK
  7. The new Preset "Windows Phone 7" is used by default


Encoding
  1. Drag & Drop any video in VidCoder



  2. After tools detect your file add subtitles if you want. click Edit on subtitles line
  3. Select your subtitles or import srt file and click "Burned In" to add it on video



  4. Check Preview if you want and click Encode
  5. Send video to your mobile with Zune (zune won't convert it again)

Done



You can now see the Best Video Quality Ever on Windows Phone 7 !


Q&A
  • My video is not recognized after drag & drop
    Before Drag & Drop try to remux your video with mkvmerge Gui : mkvtoolnix-unicode-4.8.0-setup.exe

  • My subtitles doesn't work
    Try to convert them to ass and integer in video with mkvmerge Gui
Attached Files
File Type: zip Windows Phone7 vidcoder config v1.0.zip - [Click for QR Code] (954 Bytes, 1922 views)
File Type: zip Windows Phone 7 Fast v1.0.zip - [Click for QR Code] (905 Bytes, 1228 views)
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27th May 2011, 04:59 PM   |  #2  
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Great guide, thanks.
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Thanks so much
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wow extremely good info!
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where were you at a few months ago??? lol
time to encode some anime for my wp7 mwahaha - with subs!!!!
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I used HDConvertToX before VidCoder.

This application is also very effective but much more complicated for an equivalent result. Drag & drop and direct dvd or bluray encode of vidcoder is very cool.

If you want to limite video size change the video bitrate settings....
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I tried Vidcoder with your wp7 presets and with Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 and It was terrible, the sound slowly goes out of sync and the framerate lags.

Using Zune to convert the film and everything was ok so I'm still sticking to Zune for the moment. Thanks for the information though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by evoga

I tried Vidcoder with your wp7 presets and with Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 and It was terrible, the sound slowly goes out of sync and the framerate lags.

Using Zune to convert the film and everything was ok so I'm still sticking to Zune for the moment. Thanks for the information though.

I watch all my series and some movies.

2 hours action movies without lag on samsung omnia 7. Check your source video.
WP7 can play 2500 kbps video. We are far under this number.
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I use Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, and my blu-ray movies are perfect on WP 7.

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Handbrake
I started using Handbrake to shrink my movie file. Unfortunately, it still takes forever for Zune to transfer. What are the transfer times you guys are getting using this program?

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