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Source: Dollars 5 Community :: View topic - Getting videocasts to your Blackberry

The Blackberry devices at present support MP4 as MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple profile only which comes with extension mp4. But most videocasts available are not of this MPEG-4 Part 2 format and uses a proprietary MPEG-4 format from Apple, and only products that are licensed can play it, and unfortunately the Blackberry is not a licensee of that format and will not be supported on the devices. more details on the supported format is available from BlackBerry Search Results

This can be evident from the bundled Blackberry player will play only the AAC audio in the M4V file and will not render the video. Hence we did not include to support that format in the Dollars 5 mediaPlayer.

But there is a work-around to get the videocasts into your Blackberry - but is a time consuming process (takes about 10 mins for a 250 meg videocast, but the resultant file is just 150 megs)

We used Seabyrd Technologies - Blackberry Video Converter "Blackberry Video Converter", a free tool; on the "meet the press" videocast to create an "avi" file which played successfully on the Blackberry - the following settings were used:
1] Select Input tab - open, use 'all' files to get displayed and select the M4V file
2] Select Video tab - set the proper settings for encoding
3] Select Save and Encode tab - set the destination file by hitting the save to button, now click convert file to process.
it takes some time as the videocasts will mostly be of larger in size, once the whole conversion activity is done - you should see the the command prompt with no activity in the command window - now hitting OK, will complete the process. Copy the converted avi video to your device and should play fine.

Hope this helps you. Should you have any queries, feel free to get back to us, we can help.

Some popular videocasts that we experimented are:
NBC's "Meet the Press" videocast:
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