Convert hi-res/hdtv video for mobiles

Here’s how to convert and HDTV/Hi-Res video into one that can be easily viewed onto a limited resources hardware like a mobile.

It uses ffmpeg. To install it on debian-like

$sudo aptitude install -P ffmpeg

while to convert the video

ffmpeg -i holiday.avi -sameq -s wvga -ac 2 -ab 192K holidays-low.avi

it works as well with mkv files.

if you get the message like

[mpeg4 @ 0x99e1e80]timebase not supported by mpeg 4 standard

try adding the following flag before the output file

-r 25

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