Nokia N91: Unable to play Quicktime Mov’s

Email in from Matt with what im sure is a question most users have asked..


Hiya, thanks for your site, it’s come in very handy, particulary seeing as I’ve only had the phone for 2 days. I’m trying to transfer a quicktime mov off my powerbook to the phone. There’s nothing in the manual that specifies that the N91 can’t deal with Quicktime files but I don’t seem able to get it to accept it. I’ve tried various ways, including copying the mov into iTunes and using music manager to transfer the file but it doesn’t come up on my phone after the transfer is complete.
Any clues?
Thanks again,


Well Matt this is something i tried ages ago and it doesnt work.

Here is the reason why……

Q: What Video Formats does the Nokia device support? What settings should I use to encode videos for my Nokia device?

Nokia device incorporates a media player that can support many different formats both in local playback and streaming (3gp, 3g2, mp4, rm). It???s important to note that the video screen size is 176×144 (qCIF) in normal mode and 208×176 in full screen mode. Keep this in mind when encoding video content. The best experience will be when you can match the resolution pixel by pixel. Other resolutions supported are 128×96 (sub-qCIF), 176×96, 160×120, 352×288 (CIF) The maximum bitrate is affected by the number of frames per second, the size of the video and the quality (bitrate) of the encoding. The higher the bitrate the bigger the files.  For most applications a frame rate of 11-15 fps is good enough, 20-30 fps is needed for fast moving videos.  Higher bitrates in general create better quality videos but larger files. If the bitrate is too high there could be a drop-off in framerate during playback. AMR (narrow band NB or wide band WB) produces smaller files but the audio quality is low. This is best used for voice tracks or when optimizing for file size. For best audio quality use mpeg4 AAC audio. A bit rate of 48 kbps in AAC produces good quality audio for most situations. At low bitrates (e.g. 64kbps) MPEG4 video codec produces sharper pictures than h263. In order to encode videos to enjoy in your Nokia device you can use several encoding applications. Nokia PC Suite???s Multimedia Player allows you to convert some file types to .3GP in various resolutions and bitrates, for the most part the Multimedia Player will optimize for file size, the audio format is converted to NB-AMR 8kHz Mono. Other commercial converters are available, when encoding you can use the following formats:
– 3GP, 3G2.  (3GPP, 3GPP2)
– Video:  Several resolutions up to CIF (352×288) up to 25 fps with a maximum recommended bitrate of ~ 350 kbps. Use h263 or MPEG4 encoder. Best results are when using VBR (Variable bit rate)
– Audio:  NB-AMR, WB-AMR or MPEG4 audio in mono or stereo, up to 128 kbps @ 44.1 KHz. Sample rate.
Sample settings:
– Video: 176×144 (normal screen) or 208×176 (for full screen), Mpeg4 or h263 15 fps, 350 kbps bitrate or VBR
– Audio: Mpeg4aac stereo 48 kbps bitrate, 44.1 KHz sample rate, MP4

This is a different container for the video and audio use the same settings as with 3gp or 3g2.
– RM Realvideo codec 8, 9 and 10 is supported. Bitrates of up to 128 kbps.
– .rmvb (variable bitrate) is supported.
– At this time Realvideo 7 is not supported. For video streaming Helix server 6 is not supported.

Hope that clears it up.

Be sure to have a good search of my blog on HOW to encode your video.




Filed under Nokia N91 General Info, Nokia N91 Questions

5 responses to “Nokia N91: Unable to play Quicktime Mov’s

  1. HelloWorld

    Peace people

    We love you

  2. srikanth

    I can’t play video songs on my phone where can i get the video converter software.

  3. Arsalan Arif

    Hey everybody

    Can anyone help me hot to play online videos in Nokia N91. I want to play youtube videos but I can’t. So can anyone help me how to play and what software do I need.

    Thank you very much to the person who will help me with that problem.
    Take Care.

  4. Nokia's Asshole

    Suck my dick nokia if you cant help your customers

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