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Old 11-11-2006, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Dumb newbie here...need help converting file

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I am going to start off this comment by stating the facts. I know enough about computers to get me in trouble. I am the kind of person that needs the step by step "blackberry pearl for dummies" method.

All i want to do is play my videos and audio books on my pearl.

I have m4b files for my audio books and movies. I know these are ipod compatable.

I have been trying to follow all the thread on here about encoding (been sitting at this computer attempting this for 4 hours) and I can get nowhere!

If someone knows of a program I can download, or has TONS of patience and can walk me through this I will be eternally greatful!!!

All I want to do is be able to listen to my audiobooks and watch movies when on the train to work!

Thanks in advance!
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I use the mencoder method. I've never tried converting m4b files. it's always been either mpg or avi. I know the SUPER program should be alot easier, but I like mencoder because it literally shrinks a 700mb movie to about 250mbs. What method you using?
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I've tried to use the mencoder method and I keep getting error messages. I take the <> out and I still can make it work.
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here is an example of one of my files that I've recently converted:

mencoder -vf scale=240:180 mi3.avi -o missionimp3.avi -of avi -ovc lavc -oac lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=230:acodec=mp3:abitrate=64

the "mi3.avi" file was placed into the same file as the mplayer folder(c drive-mplayer). The new file which I renamed "missionimp3.avi" is the converted file. Have you ever been able to convert any files? I would start off with avi files first.

ps---did you make sure to input in ms dos?......c\program files\mplayer
and then paste the mencoder info.
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This is where my "I know just enough imfo to get in trouble" comes in

This is the error I get
"is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"

I guess it must be in how I am putting in the code. I think I am throwing in the towel for the night!

Any more suggestions would be very helpful!
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throw in the towel. Im sure someone else will answer this by the time you wake up tomorrow. I tried. gluck
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Do you have a micro SD chip? If not, that is 3/4ths the battle because you cannot transfer files on to the Pearl's 64MB memory beyond a certain size.

For MP3, the files have to be MP3. Are yours NOT MP3?

As for video, see my thread on using BlackBerry Video Converter, a $15 program.

http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...ighlight=%2415

I cannot go through another hand holding session on "how to" because there are just too many people out there and I do not have the time to keep repeating myself, notwithstanding all the "please help" and confessions that one is a newbie.

Get BBVC and follow the directions in the above thread.

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I've tried to use the mencoder method and I keep getting error messages. I take the <> out and I still can make it work.
The program I recommend does NOT require you to do anything except "one click" your files, then the program converts the files for the Pearl.

Some people will point out that BBVC uses the free mencoder, so why pay $15 for a free program.

But BBVC is worth $15 for the precise problems you are having. Using BBVC does not require you to enter DOS code or anything else. You simply click the BBVC icon, a menu comes up asking you to select the video you want converted, you click "open" and the program does the rest.

You can listen to some of the critics of BBVC and spend another four hours trying to get the mencoder settings correct, or you can spend $15 and start converting files.

I guess it all depends on what you think your time is worth. For me, I have no interest in learning DOS commands, nor having to enter such each time I want to convert a video for the Pearl.

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Old 11-12-2006, 04:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Unless you have a microsd card, you won't be able to transfer a file over I think it's 2.8mb......might be a little less, but it's 2.?mb. You can get a music file shrinker like say dietmp3, but get a microsd card. Your blackberry doesn't have but so much space after all the apps are installed. You can get a microsd as high as a gig with your default RIM OS installed. I've heard on here that the upgraded version supports up to 2gigs though.
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