UMC is built up around profiles, the settings in the profiles can be rather complicated for inexperienced users. This page should make things abit easier.

  1. When you create a profile they are three key settings which are very important. These settings are: Bitrate(5), Framerate(1) and Resolution(2) the values of these settings is often the key to whether your device will be able to play the encoded movie or not!
  2. Framerate. Most videos are encoded with 29.97 or 25 frames per second although this can often be too much for a PDA to handle. The recommended setting here is "Decimate by two"
  3. Resolution. Depending on the screen size of your PDA you may want to resize the video files you encode. It's recommended that you set X and Y to the resolution of your PDA's screen and select "Auto resize to fit video and maintain aspect ratio" that way UMC will automatically resize the video's to fit on your PDA.
  4. Codec. Here you can select the video codec you wish to use when you encode with this profile.
  5. Passes. 1-pass encoding is faster but 2-pass encoding gives better quality. Unless you have a slow computer or if your short on time I recommend using 2-pass encoding.
  6. Codec settings. These two buttons will bring up the NATIVE codec settings window for the corresponding pass. UMC has nothing to do with these windows they are a part of the codec you have selected (3). Here is an example of how the Xvid settings dailog looks:
  7. Rotation. Some devices don't allow the screen to be rotated others run slower when the screen is rotated therefore you can pre-rotate the videos when you encode them.
  8. Audio mode. Here you can select if you want to re-encode the audio, leave it as it is or have no audio at all.
  9. Audio Codec. Here you can select which codec you want to encode the audio with.
  10. Audio Channels. Here you can select if you want stereo or mono sound.
  11. Contrast. Lets you adjust the contrast of the videos you encode.
  12. Brightness. Lets you adjust the brightness of the videos you encode.