Sunday, March 19, 2006

Using media on the phone

I was wondering if anyone knows how to make a playlist on the A780 using different types of media. For example to show a picture and then a video.

Also I was wondering if there is a way to play mulitple things at once. Like a video with a separate audio file


Blogger Frank said...

You can use the messaging application to create a MMS with SMIL, a format for displaying animated "slides" of content. You can attach any content you want to any slide and set transitions, etc. between them.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Oh, and then you can send that message to an email address and then it'll send you all the files you need to play it on a computer. There should be a SMIL file which is an xml document and then all of the media files.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Jen Lee said...

I'm trying out Ulead VideoStudio (30-day free trial from CNET's to edit/merge audio and video together. It seems to have a pretty straightforward and easy user interface so far.

Btw, I found that the A780 recorded videos in QuickTime format (.mov?), which weren't compatible with VideoStudio so I found a separate video converter on to first convert the videos to .avi before loading to VideoStudio.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Jen Lee said...

Oops, correction-- VideoStudio was fine with QuickTime, but wouldn't play iTunes audio (.mp4 or something), so I used Free Mp3 Wma Converter (also from to convert the audio to .mp3

10:03 PM  
Blogger Jake Muhleman said...

I am confused as to how exactly this is supposed to work. Using the messaging application with MMS format, it seems like the largest message I can create is about 300k. This is only enough for a couple of pictures. I am also not sure about what you mean by SMIL or see how to get to any program that allows use of transistions or anything.

10:59 PM  
Blogger philipp reist said...

The format of the videos is 3gp, a movie standard developed by Apple. See

I used QuickTime Pro to edit the videos. Fortunately, my home college provides this software for free. Maybe you can get a trial version for free.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

jake, the mms editor automatically composes the SMIL XML when you are editing the individual slides of your MMS. That part is hidden to you until you send it to an email address and receive it on the PC side. You can use RealPlayer on the PC to play the SMIL file. 300K is actually fairly large as the MMS app should be able to scale the images down to a small (screen) size.

12:51 PM  

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