How to encode videos for the Retina iPad or Samsung Galaxy

When creating mobile web sites or apps and using video footage, it can be hard to find the best setting for video conversion. Often choosing the wrong format for encoding or conversion, the audio track or the whole video will not show or play incorrectly.

There are many great video encoding tools and converters, but most I find overkill or their settings hard to remember. So about a year ago I was searching for a simple yet reliable tool for video conversion for tablets and smartphones and choose Miro Video Converter as my tool of choice and shared it here: http://forums.quark.com/t/26892.aspx

When I was just recently attending a Digital Publishing conference I was surprised to hear that many designers face the same issue, having the hard disk full of powerful tools but still not satisfied and not yet having found the one-click solution.

So allow me to recommend Miro Video Converter: http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/

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I have used it in several app projects and so far never had a problem of a video not playing correctly. So I can highly recommend it.

What I like about it are the one click preset for the following devices that have never failed me. Presets are available for:

  • iPod (Classic / Nano)
  • iPod Touch
  • iPod Touch 4+
  • iPhone 4+
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad
  • iPad 3
  • Apple Universal
  • Apple TV
  • Samsung Galaxy Y
  • Samsung Galaxy Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace
  • Samsung Admire
  • Samsung Droid Charge
  • Samsung Galaxy S / SII / S Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • Samsung Infuse 4G
  • Samsung Epic Touch 4G
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Droid Incredible
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC One X
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Motorola Droid X2
  • Motorola RAZR
  • Motorola XOOM
  • Sanyo Zio
  • PSP
  • Kindle Fire

Best of all, it’s available for Mac OS X and Windows and it is donationware.

Let me know your experience please.

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Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people. Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software. Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark's interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup. Matthias is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences worldwide, helping both individual designers and large organizations to uncover the possibilities and implications of digital publishing, including the business considerations, design and technology implications, and business capabilities offered by digital design and publishing tools. Follow me here: Twitter & Forums

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