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 "theunwired.net" 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
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
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