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MP3 to Cell Phone: Convert MP3(MPEG Layer-3) video to Cell Phone with River Past Crazi Video

What is MP3?

MP3 is a digital audio compression algorithm that acheives a compression factor of about twelve while preserving sound quality. It does this by optimising the compression according to the range of sound that people can actually hear. MP3 is currently (July 1999) the most powerful algorithm in a series of audio encoding standards developed under the sponsorship of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and formalised by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

MP3 is very different from Layer 2, using an additional MDCT layer to increase frequency resolution. Its scale factor groups are more optimised for the human ear, and it uses nonlinear sample quantisation and Huffman coding. MP3 files (filename extension ".mp3") can be downloaded from many World-Wide Web sites and can be played using software available for most operating systems (also downloadable), e.g. Winamp for PC, MacAmp for Macintosh, and mpeg123 for Unix. MP3 files are usually downloaded completely before playing but streaming MP3 is also possible. A program called a "ripper" can be used to copy a selection from a music CD onto your hard disk and another program called an encoder can convert it to an MP3 file.

Windows ships with limited MP3 encoding support. The output sample rate is limited to 24khz and the bitrate is limited 56kbps. However, many add-on packages from open source community make it possible to encode at higher sample rate and bitrate.

A commonly used open source codec is LAME. LAME comes in different forms, including a ACM (Audio compression manager) codec and a DLL (lame_enc.dll). Caution: LAME ACM does not work well on many computers, regardless which software is loading it. It is best to avoid installing LAME ACM and use lame_enc.dll instead.

MPEG.ORG is an excellent source for additional information on MPEG format and usage.

Launch Crazi Video

Install Crazi Video, launch Crazi Video.

Add File

Click on the "Add File" button on the tool bar. The standard file open dialog appears. Select "MP3 - MPEG Layer-3 Audio" in its "Files of type" combo box.

Select the file you want to convert and click "Open". The file will be added to the conversion file list.

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Select Cell Phone Output

Click on the toggle in front of "Output Format" to expand the panel.

Select "Cell Phone" as the device type.

Change individual file settings

Select the file in the conversion list. An additional panel "Convert File" appears.

Click on the toggle to expand the panel.

You can change the output file name here.

Select output directory

Expand the "Output Directory" panel. Use the "Browse" button to select an output directory.

Since this conversion is for generic cell phones, you will need to copy the converted files to your phone manually. The method varies depending on your cell phone model.


Click the "Convert" button on the tool bar.

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