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:
800 x 480 resolution (default for Windows Phone 7) in order to have 1:1 pixel ratio
Codec : H264 2 Pass
Bitrate 1200 kbps
AAC Stereo 128 kbps
Experienced users can manually adjusted the settings.
Install & Configuration
- Download VidCoder from official webpage : http://vidcoder.codeplex.com/
VidCoder-0.9.0-x86.exe or VidCoder-0.9.0-x64.exe
- Install application with standard option
- Download and unzip from this topic the xml configuration file : Windows Phone 7.xml
- Start VidCoder
- Click "Tools" and "Import Preset.."
- Select the "Windows Phone 7.xml" file and click OK
- The new Preset "Windows Phone 7" is used by default
- Drag & Drop any video in VidCoder
- After tools detect your file add subtitles if you want. click Edit on subtitles line
- Select your subtitles or import srt file and click "Burned In" to add it on video
- Check Preview if you want and click Encode
- Send video to your mobile with Zune (zune won't convert it again)
You can now see the Best Video Quality Ever on Windows Phone 7 !
- 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