Ubuntu : Convert video for Nokia Mobiles in MP4 format 5

Most Nokia handsets feature symbian s60 platform v9.0 and upwards. Natively they have option to record and play MP4 files with MPEG-4 part 2, which is h.263. Higher end Nokia mobiles like N8 will support mp4 files with MPEG-4 part 10 H264 codec. This means that most videos you find on the internet viz. youtube will play on these devices.

However for little older models like Nokia e63 ,71,e72,5800 mp4 files with MPEG-4 part 2 (h.263) codec are only supported.

To convert media files to be played nokia mobile phones Use Handbrake, a GUI tool to convert media files to be used for Apple products like iPod, iPhone and the iPad.This is an cross platform tool that works on Mac, Linux and Windows.


Launch handbrake, and choose Normal preset shown on the right of the screen.

Container: MP4

Video Tab:
Video Codec: MPEG-4 (FFmpeg)
FrameRate: Same as Source
Avg Bitrate: 240 or 320 (Depending on the quality you want, for small screens such as e63,
a 240 kbps bitrate looked fine.
Audio Tab:
Audio Codec: AAC
Mixdown: Stereo
Bitrate: 96
Subtitles: Add subtitles if any.

Picture Settings:
Anamorphic: Off
Size: Choose 320 as the width , select keep aspect ratio so the correct height is selected.
Generally its 320×240 or 320×176

Save the preset and give it a name like ‘nokia mp4’.

To encode video files for Nokia mobile phones the best option in Ubuntu is by Far Handbrake. Although you can compose few scripts using mencoder to encode video files, but still the best transcoder for movie files is still Handbrake.

For more info on MPEG-4 codecs check this post here.

5 thoughts on “Ubuntu : Convert video for Nokia Mobiles in MP4 format

  1. Reply Sigourney Jul 21,2013 7:54 pm

    Amazing 🙂 I know I’m behind in my phones. Infact I only just brought a E72 a week ago. Yay for Symbian. I had a 6210c before this and could never get video onto it. Extremely happy I found this. 🙂

  2. Reply KARTHIK Dec 13,2011 1:30 pm

    I recently brought NOKIA X6, But is not plying MP4 files. Is there any soft ware to this mobile for paly the MP4 vedios.

    • Reply Ajo Paul Dec 13,2011 2:24 pm


      Its probably because the mp4 files are not compatible with your player, your best bet is to convert those files as mentioned above and try to play it.

  3. Reply Oliver May 24,2011 7:41 am

    This doesn’t clear things up entirely, but it’s a helpful post all the same.
    MPEG-4 isn’t actually a codec, it’s a group of codecs.

    Older Nokia Phones support MPEG-4 part 2, which is h.263 – the ffmpeg codec can be used to encode this in handbrake (free program).
    Newer nokia phones support MPEG4 part-10 (h.264) which is used in most apple kit.

    The file extension ‘.mp4’ or ‘.3gp’ is indicative of the ‘container’ that holds the audio & video data. I’m not sure if older phones support the mp4 container it might just be 3gp.

    For more info on this, see my blog post

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