Blackberry Video: YouTube Video Capture & Conversion for Your Pearl, Curve, or 8800

Capturing and Converting YouTube Video for Blackberry Pearl, Curve, or 8800
Downloading YouTube videos and putting them on your Blackberry keeps getting easier. And why not take advantage of the media player built into the phone?

It only takes a few tools and a little bit of time and you can be playing any videos you want on your Blackberry.

I keep watching videos at lunch, on the bus, waiting for a doctor, or even when I just have a few minutes and nothing else to do. And the great thing is if you get a call the player will pause the video while you are on the phone.

Now, here are the 3 things you will need to do to put YouTube video on the Blackberry.

3 Steps to Putting YouTube Videos on a Blackberry Pearl, Curve, or 8800
1. Download YouTube Videos with FireFox & Video DownloadHelper Plug-in
2. Convert YouTube (FLV) Files to MPEG-4
3. Copy the Video to Your Blackberry

Battery Life
Lasts a long time, much better then my iPod Video player.

Video Storage
Get a media card. Files can ger rather large when it comes to video. For a converted DVD for your blackberry they average 100-600 Megabytes.

This is why you want the microSD storage card. They are cheap and I wouldn't use anything less than a 2GB card. 4GB cards are better and think of all the movies you can get on it. :)

Download and start using it!

Video DownloadHelper 2.4.5 by mig

You will need a plugin to download YouTube Videos. I like Video DownloadHelper. It is easy to use and works well.

Here are some more details on what this plugin will do.

The easy way to download Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites. This works also for audio and picture galleries.

DownloadHelper is a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites.

Just surf the Web as you are used to, when DownloadHelper detects it can do something for you, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item

For instance, if you go to a YouTube page, you'll be able to download the video directly on your file system. It also works with MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost and others.

Most of the videos you will download from YouTube will be FLV files. These will not play on your Blackberry by default. They will need to be converted.

Option 1 - Videora - IPod Video Converter
Yes, we are going to use an iPod video converter for our Blackberry videos. The Blackberry has similiar characteristics to the iPod.

The most noteable difference in the lack of support for H.264 video on the Blackberry.

So we will create a custom profile for the Blackberry and then the videos will play fine.

Profile Details
Create a new profile with the following settings:
Video Codec: MPEG-4
Bitrate (kbps): 576

Width: 320
Height: 180
Bitrate (kbps): 128

Also, uncheck the "send videos automatically to iTunes" option. This will keep the videos from showing up on your iPod as well (if you have iTunes installed).

Finally, Videora can be setup to automatically convert videos. Simply define a conversion directory and leave the program running. When files are placed in the directory they will automatically be converted.

Option 2 - Blackberry Video Converter

Watch the Videos
I take the converted files and copy them to a thumb (USB) drive. Then I add these to Roxio Media Manager for the Blackberry. You can also copy the files to the phones media card as well.

Once the files are copied over you can watch them through the media player.

Now start downloading all your favorite videos and converting them for your Blackberry.

Was this helpful? Anyone else have a better tool(s) for doing this? Let me know ...

Blackberry Video & Audio Formats

Here are some really helpful settings from Blackberry on what video and audio types are supported.

BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Video & Audio Settings

8100 Video Settings

Video format: MPEG-4
Video file extension: .AVI
Resolution (4:3): 240x180
Resolution (16:9): 240x135
Video bitrate: 400 kbps
Frames per second: 24

8100 Audio Setting

Audio format: MP3
Audio bitrate: 128 kbps
Sample rate: 44 khz
Channels: 2 (Stereo)

BlackBerry Pearl 8800 & 8300 (Curve) Video & Audio Settings

8800 & 8300 Video Settings

Video format: MPEG-4
Video file extension: .AVI
Resolution (4:3): 240x180
Resolution (16:9): 320x180
Video bitrate: 400 kbps
Frames per second: 24

8800 & 8300 Audio Settings
Audio format: MP3
Audio bitrate: 128 kbps
Sample rate: 44 khz
Channels: 2 (Stereo)

Free Video Converter - Blackberry Video Conversion using Handbrake

Blackberry Video Conversion for the 8800 & 8300 using Handbrake

Many thanks to jes5910 on the Handbrake Forum for discovering these settings for the Blackberry 8800 (which is the same resolution as the Blackberry Curve 8300).

HandBrake Settings for Blackberry Video Encoding

Format: MP4
Codec: MPEG-4 Video/AAC Audio
Frame rate: 15fps
Encoder: FFMpeg
Frame rate: 15fps
Quality: Avg Bitrate 1500 kpbs
Unchecked chapter markers
Output: 320 x 128 (kept aspect ratio for widescreen version)
BB screen size is 320x240 so if you keep aspect ratio just set the first # to 320 and the second will default
I have not had a chance to try this but will in the next few days.

Has anyone else tried this setup? Leave a comment and let us all know.

How-to Convert DVDs to Blackberry Video Converter Tutorial

Blackberry's are fun but sometimes you want something more than email. Take the time to convert a few movies to Blackberry video and make your co-workers jealous!

Follow these directions and you will be watching video in no time.

Here is a quick tutorial for converting DVDs to Blackberry videos. When I have time I will make a tutorial specific to the Blackberry.

Special Note: Purchase a 2-4 GB micro SD card for your Blackberry before you install any videos. I bought a 2 GB card for $29. Check here for good prices.

5 Steps to Create DVDs to Blackberry Videos

1. For Encrypted DVDs convert the DVD with DVD Shrink. Save the output as an ISO image on your harddrive.

Here is an excellent tutorial on how to do that.

Make sure you have plenty of diskspace on your drive. DVDs in ISO format average 4-8 GB to store. Once you have converted the video in the next step you can delete the ISO file.

2. Download Blackberry Video Convert and install it on you computer.

Blackberry Video Converter Steps

3. Select Welcome tab and Choose or Change Device. Select either the Pearl (240x260) or 88xx & Curve (320x240). This set the device resolution for the video file.

4. Select the Quick Convert File button. Blackberry Video Convert does not say it will support ISO files but it does. Select All Files in the browse window and locate the ISO file you created with DVD Shrink and select it.

Blackberry Video Converter will start a new command window for the encoder to convert the file from ISO to AVI. This will create a new file with an AVI extension for Blackberry.

5. Install the video file to your Blackberry with Rozio or installed to the memory card by copying it over.

That's it! Start the Media Player on your Blackberry and watch the video. Also, the default Windows Media Player does play the file. Don't worry it will play fine on your Blackberry.

Enjoy converting and watching movies on your Blackberry.

Has anyone else tried converting video for Blackberries? How did you do it?

Free Blackberry Videos

Here is a link from Seabyrd of converted videos in the Public Domain.

Download and enjoy!

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