Nokia Multimedia Converter

Nokia Multimedia Converter 2.0

Official converter to the 3GPP/AMR standard

Nokia Multimedia Converter allows you to convert movies to watch on your phone. View full description

PROS

  • Detailed manual included

CONS

  • Poor choice of outputs for video and audio
  • Complicated installation process

Not bad
5

Nokia Multimedia Converter allows you to convert movies to watch on your phone.

Most users will find that their first problem with Nokia Multimedia Converter occurs before they try re-sampling any video files. Those familiar with Nokia applications will be well aware with the developer's impossibly complicated installation processes, which require usernames, passwords, emails and reboots before you get anywhere near the actual program. Nokia Multimedia Converter upholds this brave tradition with tenacity. Every step is explained fairly well but the entire process remains a nuisance. The best advice we can offer is that you ensure you complete the free registration process at Forum Nokia before installing Nokia Multimedia Converter. It’s important to note that you'll also need an Internet connection to complete the setup process.

Once installed, registered and rebooted you can at last start up Nokia Multimedia Converter to have a look at the amazing features Nokia seems to want to protect so carefully. At first sight, the program is pretty underwhelming. A simple interface offers you all the options the converter is equipped with in one small window. On opening our usual test video, we started to explore the different conversion types available. It soon became pretty obvious that Nokia Multimedia Converter is designed to convert video files to just one format: QCIF. This format supports a maximum frame rate of 15fps, a maximum bit rate of 128kbps and miserably poor audio quality.

Encoding woes

Quite why Nokia Multimedia Converter doesn’t support a wider range of output types is never really made clear. Sure, you can reduce the frame rate, reduce the bit rate, set a maximum file size and so on but the truth is that no one is ever going to want to watch video on a mobile handset at 0.5fps. Similarly, the audio encoding element of the program supports only the disastrously poor AMR format meaning that if you're trying to encode video with audio using Nokia Multimedia Converter, you're in for a big disappointment. Unless you're converting from a basic MPEG movie, you can expect serious problems with sound quality including speed-reduction, loss of sync and audible glitches. We've had much better results with other converters and frankly, Nokia Multimedia Converter is sub-standard.

All in all, this is a basic, free tool which does what Nokia says it's meant to do and nothing more. It doesn’t do it very well, but it does it. With several better solutions on the market, this is another example of why Nokia is known for its high-quality handset and OS design and not for its consumer applications.

Nokia Multimedia Converter is best avoided unless you’re looking for a program which is only capable of producing unwatchable video without a useful soundtrack.

Nokia Multimedia Converter 2.0, including an enhanced user interface and support for 128 kbps video bit stream, is a tool for converting common multimedia files (such as AVI, WAV, MPEG, and MP3) into standard 3GPP/AMR, H.263, wideband-, and narrow-band-AMR-supported formats for use in mobile phone applications such as MMS. Original and converted multimedia and 3GPP/AMR formats can be played on a PC.

Main features include:

  • Converts common multimedia files to 3GPP/AMR format files

Video: H.263 (profile 0)

Audio: AMR (AMR-NB and AMR-WB)

  • Console and graphical tool options for converting files
  • Playback common multimedia and 3GPP/AMR format files on PC
  • Support for 128kbps bit stream H.263 video
  • New improved user interface
  • Improved AMR-WB encoder

Play your favourite media files on your Nokia mobile phone.

Nokia Multimedia Converter

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Nokia Multimedia Converter 2.0

User reviews about Nokia Multimedia Converter

  • alony47

    by alony47

    "Input file limitation"

    Couldn't fulfil the task ! See Cons below. Are there any limitations ? If yes it should be published. More.

    reviewed on June 22, 2009