June 8th, 2009 3 comments
With the addition of video recording to the Android G1 via the Cupcake update, there is more interest in video on the phone than ever before. Â While I’m still waiting to see some live-streaming solutions emerge for the phone, there are some new applications that help to optimize the video experience of the G1.
EncodeHD is a very nice program developed by Dan Cunningham that provides super simple one-click encoding of video into a bunch of mobile device friendly profiles. Â I sent Dan the specs I had discovered and put together forÂ MeGUIÂ encoding, and he very quickly was able to add a G1 profile to his program. Â UnlikeÂ MeGUI,Â EncodeHDÂ usesÂ ffmepgÂ instead of x264 as its encoding engine, but otherwise it does a great job of making a complex task very straight forward. Â It’s also very fast! Â He is still doing some tweaking to the G1 profile ofÂ EncodeHD, but I would encourage users to try it out right now and then just update when he has a new version. Â One thing to be aware of though, is thatÂ EncodeHDÂ is not very sophisticated when it comes to cropping, so if that is an issue with a video you have, you may want to useÂ MeGUIÂ or another encoding application for that. Â But if you have no Â interest in digging into the details of video compression, EncodeHD is a great option.
The other G1 application I’m excited about is the Act 1 Video Player, an actual Android app that can be downloaded from the Android Market. Â There are other video players available for the G1, but this is easily the most full featured and sophisticated. Â I really like the sophisticated user interface that blows other players out of the water. Â In fact, I liked the program so much that I purchased the $.99 full version (there is a free lite version as well), which makes it the first for pay Android application I have ever bought. Â Can’t think of higher praise than that.
WithÂ EncodeHDÂ and the Act 1 Video Player any Android user with a desire to maximize the phone’s video capabilities would be off to a very strong start. Â Now if we can only getÂ QikÂ to provide streaming, we’ll be in business…