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RIM Recommends Opensource Tools For Transcoding Video

mediacoder I came across this interesting knowledge base article RIM posted a bit back. In it somebody at RIM describes how to transcode video from an unsupported format to a format that will play on your BlackBerry. It is actually a pretty decent guide but one part of it really stuck out. Guess what software RIM recommends for transcoding video?

They recommend the very powerful opensource MediaCoder application. They also recommend that you use the free GSpot or Sherlock codec information applications to see what kind of file you are dealing with. They even recommend the free command line MEncoder application.

Kudos to RIM for being so open minded!

At the end of the knowledge base RIM’s lawyers have fun with some classic CYA:

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  1. I use VLC for my transcoding.
    Takes some knowledge a fiddling but more flexible. VLC or the RIM recommended above both easily outperform the bundled Roxio tool.

  2. I download shows from my hacked Tivo straight to a format that works well on my curve. All I do is select recordings from the Tivo “Now Playing” and it downloads and converts on the fly. I come back later and copy them to my SD card.

    It’s a package called TySuiteJ and uses ffmpeg as the transcoding engine. Go look for it on dealdatabase dot com. Search the posts as someone provided a blackberry specific config.

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