In this article you will learn how to convert (transcode) video files in an easy manner for playback on an Nokia N900 mobile device.
As some might have experienced, it can be tricky to get the right settings for file playback on your device. The process here is quick and easy.
1. Download and install Handbrake. Handbrake is an open source video transcoder application available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. For Linux and Mac there are dedicated 64 bit versions available.
2. Once installed, start the application. Then, select your source (input) and destination (output) video files. Be sure your destination file is not the same as you source file, unless you want to overwrite the original.
3. Click the Toggle Presets icon in the upper right corner of the UI. There you will find a number of preset conversion settings for various Apple products.
Select Apple -> Universal.
4. Change the picture settings by clicking on the Picture Settings icon at the top.
Under Picture Settings, select Anamorphic -> none.
5. Verify that your output image looks good by clicking the Preview button in the Picture Settings window. You will see a preview of your video. If your source video has subtitles embedded, it may be necessary to add some space underneath the video frame so your subtitles are not cut off.
You can adjust the cropping of the output video by clicking Cropping -> Custom, and then make adjustments with the arrow buttons. For best results, make certain that your output resolution is a multiple of 16 for both height and width (in the example 352 = 16*22 and 224= 16*14).
6. Click the green Start button to begin the conversion. Handbrake will alert you when the conversion is done with a beep and a pop-up window. Transfer the converted file to your Nokia N900 and enjoy the movie using the video player included in the device.
The process described in this article was tested using a Macbook running OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and the 64 bit version 0.9.4 of Handbrake.