Makayama Software has released a Mac OS X-native version of Moviemaker for P800, available for download from
Handango’s Web site.
Moviemaker for P800 enables users to create movies on their Mac that can be played back on Sony Ericsson’s P800 cell phone. The software takes movies from DV camcorders, Web sites and other sources and converts it to MPEG-4 optimized for playback using the P800’s built-in video player. The software can reduce file sizes enough to get a half-hour TV show down to 32MB, according to the developer — feature films can be crammed into 128MB. (The P800 supports Sony Memory Stick storage, which can handle files of this size.)
If you’re familiar with Makayama’s PC version release, you’ll find new features in the Mac version, like advanced settings that allow you to custom-convert video footage, with manual tweaks to audio and video quality.
The developer notes that most AVI, DV, QuickTime and MPEG formats are supported, but certain movie files can’t be converted, like muxed MPEG, RealVideo and WMV files. Protected files, like those found on commercial DVDs, also can’t be converted. “Other than that, you can pretty convert anything that moves,” said the developer.
A G3/300MHz or faster is required with QuickTime 6.0 or later. The basic version is all that’s necessary — users do not need a QuickTime Pro license to operate this software.
The download is a trial version; Moviemaker for P800 is offered as shareware and costs US$9.99 to register.