3gp Video Format on Linux

I don’t know about you, but itĀ irritatesĀ me how many mobile phones I’ve used that only save their video in one propriety format – 3gp. From what I gather 3gp is a format backed by 3GPP – a collaboration of telecoms providers – probably for it’s compact size limit (for sending MMS) but why then can’t they offer another encoding version for video you don’t intend to send?

3gp doesn’t work out of the box on Linux – but I’ve found even with restricted media packages in place that the audio won’t play. Google “3gp audio” and a myriad of results will return with links to free converters. Support for linux seems to range from either some fairly complex command line fu, to manually installing and compiling codecs for working in your media player of choice.

Which is why I was happy to discover Miksoft a little while ago. Miksoft offer a free ‘Mobile Media Converter’ which is not only cross-platform, but it offers a simple GUI interface. The GUI makes it a trivial matter to copy a 3gp (or any media file) you want into the input box, then just specify the output file and the format you wish (e.g. AVI).

I’ve found Mobile Media Converter converts sound perfectly and it also includes a YouTube downloader which I’ve found handy recently.

Get Mobile Media Converter now (and be sure to donate if you have any spare cash).

Stop Motion: Puzzle One

Recently I ordered a couple of Playmobil and Lego Bionicle figures as I want to have a go at creating a storyboard stop motion animation.

It’s probably going to take a while to put together, but for now, check out my latest animation: Puzzle One.

Stop Motion

I have now made two very, very short clips hosted on YouTube with stop motion using my webcam.

The video quality is not great, but it’s a start, I may switch to using a digital camera instead.

Here is my 2nd attempt – Bearactacus: