Can I Play My Video On My Phone?

Media player software should go beyond merely playing back videos on your computer. With the increasing number of people doing more and more of their daily tasks on tablets or phones, media players are also the interface through which most people manage the content on their mobile devices.

Since you obviously can’t play a DVD on a phone or tablet, find out how a new media player may help you get access to all your media on all your devices, so you can play them anywhere you want!

Watch videos on your phone!

Mobile devices often require a different file format than computers in order to play videos or movies. Many of the free media players we offer also have file conversion support, so you can watch whatever videos you want wherever you want.

For instance, MP4 is the most common mobile video format, and while many players can play MP4 files, not many can convert formats into MP4s. If you want to make sure that you can take any video with you on your phone, make sure that the player you choose can convert file formats into MP4.

Miro can convert nearly any video format from your computer into an MP4 file that will play on your mobile devices, and convert mobile-captured videos to files you can play or edit on your computer.

How to convert videos

Naturally, every media player that offers file conversion capabilities is going to have a slightly different interface, so it’s impossible to give an exact step-by-step guide for each. One media player with more comprehensive file conversion is VLC.

With a process called “transcoding” you can create MP4 files out of every video format file (even DVD), making them ready to watch on mobile. You simply do the following:

  • In VLC, choose “Streaming/Exporting Wizard” from the File menu
  • Select “Transcode”
  • Click “choose” and select the file you want to convert
  • Make sure both “Transcode audio” and “Transcode video” are checked
  • For “Transcode audio” select “MPEG 4 Audio” codec, 192 kb/s for the rate
  • For “Transcode video” select “H.264 codec and 1024 kb/s for the rate
  • Select “MPEG 4 / MP4” as the format
  • Name your file, and click “Finish” to start the transcoding process

Why save videos on your phone instead of streaming them?

With pictures and apps and music and videos and everything else under the sun clogging up your phone’s memory, it may not make sense to want to store video clips or whole movies on your phone. However, in a world of streaming media and cellular data coverage, people don’t usually stop to think about what happens if you go over your monthly data allotment, or, even worse, if you’re somewhere that your device can’t connect to the internet.

For just such a situation, saving digital copies of your videos and storing them on your phone makes sense. This way, you never have to worry about interrupting your favorite songs, movies, or shows just because you’re flying and don’t want to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi, or your subway train lost cell reception.

To manage the data on your phone and make sure that you know how much space you have, we recommend Songbird. While the video playback on your computer itself might not be the most amazing of all the media players we’ve reviewed, the file management and device storage interface is second to none. Check it out and make sure you have all the videos you want on your phone at all times!