3Gp contains both audio and video information that can be used by mobile phones. Since some phones aren’t yet 3G and the move to 4G is happening faster than ever, to not let those 3GP files go to waste, converting them to Flash will ensure that they’ll have a longer shelf life and will be available to more users.
Luckily, even though 3GP isn’t the most common multimedia container format, it’s relatively easy to transfer it over to Flash or something similar. Keep on reading to find out how.
You’re going to need to install some software before you can get started with the actual converting process. My favorite software to use is Moyea Flash Video MX Pro. Although there are other programs available, I find this to be the easiest to use and it’s what we’ll be using throughout the tutorial to help you get started.
- With Moyea installed and open, you’ll notice a folder icon in the top right corner of the window. By clicking on the folder you will open up a browser that will allow you to browse for your 3GP video file on your computer.
- Within the editing window you will be able to trim and crop the video however you’d like so that it fits standard video dimensions of mobile phones and YouTube.
- If you like, you can add a watermark to your video so that your content can’t be copied without your logo appearing over top of the video.
- This next step is where things get a little tricky. After you click next from the main screen you will be brought to where you can output your video. Choose where you would like to export the video to and look in the left hand column of the window to see your options about what type of file you’d like to export. Typically, I choose “Generate Flash video FLV” and “Generate Flash SWF.” Under the Generate Flash SWF portion, select “Embed the video in SWF to play in timeline.” Note: Be sure that the “Create HTML file” option is selected below the output video type. This ensures that you’ll be able to embed your video onto websites and blogs.
- The next part is pretty fun as you get to choose not only what type of player your video is embedded in, but also any special effects you’d like the video to have. You can get creative here and move onto the next step when you’re ready.
- Finally, you’re going to export your video. Your video will be exported to a folder containing the SWF video file alongside the HTML file you generated.
Uploading your video to the internet is easy. Simply put the video and HTML file you created into the same directory on your website. Be sure that the HTML file is in the same directory, as it’s a necessary part of having the video play correctly.