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SITE: Video Streams now Windows Mobile optimized as well [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 04.10.07 - 16:56:04 CET under 06 - Site News - Viewed 20270x
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As you might know, for some weeks the::unwired is offering "Video Views" in addition to the "Photo Views" where either devices are unboxed or devices or features are reviewed with video streams. So far I've used, with great success, the Flash Video format which works on virtually any PC and Mac operating systems, as long as the Adobe Flash Player is installed on your PC/Mac. But well, offering videos on PCs and Macs is one thing, providing the same content on mobile devices is something different and since I've launched the::unwired and all its forerunners, I always tried hard to make the content available on Windows Mobile devices as well.

I mean which sense does it makes to have a site about Windows Mobile if the content isn't accessible from Windows Mobile PDAs and Smartphones.
While the Windows Mobile optimized site isn't anything new (and no, you don't have to remember any mobile URLs but simply type "" into Internet Explorer Mobile - the server is doing the rest for you) today I've made the first video available for Windows Mobile devices as well:

Since Windows Mobile isn't natively supporting Flash Videos, I'm going to provide all future videos (and maybe some of the previous videos as well) as a Windows Mobile optimized WMV stream which you can watch straight from your Windows Mobile PDA or Smartphone, thanks to Windows Mobiles inbuilt Windows Media Player Mobile. All streams will be converted in something around 225 Kbps which should be good enough for UMTS, HSDPA and WiFi. Bitrates for GPRS aren't provided.

Please keep in mind that we are talking about streaming, not downloading any videos or Vcasts since I have a strong believe into streaming, which makes content available anytime on any place. However, streaming also takes its amount of bandwidth and for a 6 minutes video you can roughly calculate 9 MB. So please - if you stream any videos from the::unwired over a WWAN network like UMTS or HSDPA, make sure in advance that you either have a data flat or any other data packages which allows you to consume a good amount of data over the air. However, in any case you can also stream the::unwired videos via WiFi to your Windows Mobile device.

I need to fine tune some CMS configuration to make the whole process more automatic for me but this shouldn't keeps you away from starting to stream the first contents from the::unwired now.

UPDATE: Okay, fellow Windows Mobile fan and Web developer Radek Hulán (who also helped me relaunching the::unwired on the new server) just jumped into the game and made the tweaks I mentioned above. Now, the CMS is automatically providing a WMV link, if Flash isn't available. And it shows you the actual size of the stream in KB that you know in advance how big the stream is.
Okay, time to convert the old Flash Videos into WMV... That's a nice task for tonight.

UPDATE: Okay, I finally made it an converted all existing videos into a Windows Mobile Windows Media Player Mobile compatible WMV stream, thanks to Microsoft's new "Microsoft Expression Encoder" (and I was even able to do a batch conversion).

While I hadn't had all the original AVI video files anymore, I've initially used to produce the FLV videos, with the right FLV directshow filter you can even convert FLV media files (pretty hand - thanks to Radek for the tip).

So here we go - now "the::unwired Desktop" and "the::unwired Mobile" is fully synchronized again and more multimedia than ever!
Hope you like the new feature as much as I like it, please let me know how it worked for you.

Cheers ~ Arne


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