Transcoding video for Blackberry on Mac OS X using ffmpegX

The newer Blackberry models all have media players installed on them out of the box. I recently started using a Blackberry Curve and wanted to transcode some of my podcast videos I download to watch on the bus.

ffmpegX handles this conversion well. You’ll need to use the following settings for the transcoded video to work on a Blackberry.

These are the important settings for the video to work.

  • Video Codec: MPEG4 (MP4) (ffmpeg)
  • Video Bitrate: 600–800 kbit/s (higher bitrates will lead to stuttering)
  • Video Size: 320×240
  • Autosize: 4:3
  • Audio Codec: AAC (MOV/MP4/3GP)
  • Audio bitrate: 96kbit/s
  • Sampling: 44100Hz

To save everyone time, I saved these settings to a ffmpegX preset file.


  1. video to blackberry on mac said…

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