Exporting to mobile devices
With the array of mobile devices that support video, it would be nice if there were a way to see what a video project would look like on various mobile devices. That is exactly what Adobe Device Central is designed to provide. In this exercise, you will export your project to Adobe Device Central and see how your video looks on various mobile devices.
Most mobile devices, such as iPods and 3GPP (third-generation) cell phones, support video encoded in the H.264 format. Two flavors of H.264 are available in the Adobe Media Encoder Format menu:
H.264: This is an MPEG4–based standard for encoding for a variety of devices, including high-definition displays, 3GPP cell phones, video iPods, and PlayStation Portable (PSP) devices.
H.264 Blu-ray: This is an MPEG4–based standard for encoding in high-definition for Blu-ray Disc media.
You’ll be using H.264 for this exercise.
- Make sure your Timeline sequence is selected in Lesson 20-1.prproj; then choose File > Export > Media.
- Select H.264 as the encoding format.
- Open the Preset menu.
Notice the variety of mobile devices set up for easy export. For example, it’s easy to create video that will play on the Apple iPod by choosing the iPod preset.
Many popular mobile device presets are already listed, and you can create or fine-tune your own presets. You’ll work with a generic preset for now.
- Choose the 3GPP 320 × 240 15fps preset, which you can test on multiple devices.
- Make sure the Open in Device Central option (shown here) is selected.
- Name the file, and click Queue. This adds the export to the Adobe Media Encoder queue. Click Start Queue to process the file.
If the files from the previous section are still encoding, the H.264 export will start when they are finished.
Adobe Device Central launches. The available devices are listed in the left panel of Adobe Device Central by category or manufacturer. If no manufacturers are listed, click the Browse button on the upper right to browse for devices online, and drag the devices (shown below) into the Test Devices panel.
- Click Emulate Video to return to the Emulation workspace.
- Double-click the BlackBerry Bold 9700 device. This loads your encoded video into an emulation of that device.
- In the right panel under Scaling, experiment with the various modes, clicking the Play button under the phone emulation to see how the video will appear.
- Choose different options from the Reflections menu under Display to see how the video might look under different lighting conditions.
- Double-click Asus P527 to see how the video will look on this phone with a smaller screen.
- Quit Adobe Device Central. Remember your exported encoded file is in the file location you chose in the export options.