Movies on Mobile Phones

By: Ian Ball

Many mobile phones have two movie capabilities. It is possible to take video on the phone itself, much like the camcorders of old, but newer technology makes it possible to download and actually watch videos and movies on a mobile phone. As videos become more a part of our everyday society, movies on mobile phones will help lead the trend to make memories and share them with others.

Making Movies
Many phones offer still pictures, but fewer offer high-quality video capabilities. The Nokia N series is one line specialized in quality camera phones. Other companies such as Sony Ericsson are also well known for producing notable camera phones.

For example, the Nokia N93 is an integrated 3.2 mega pixel camera combines with a Carl Zeiss lens. The phone also has optical and digital zoom, and in landscape mode, the camera is capable of making DVD quality videos. The N93 then can store the video or send it to friends via wireless internet. By connecting the phone to any compatible television, the video can then be played for an audience.

Movie making on cameras has become so common, classes are now being offered at the university level on making films using camera phones. These classes take students beyond the basic methods of capturing images and into the finer points of movie magic. In fact, the first full length motion picture, SMS Sugar Man, was recently released and was shot entirely on mobile phones. It was filmed using a Sony Ericsson W900.

Enjoying Movies
Short videos on internet sites such as YouTube can be readily downloaded to mobile phones. In fact, this is one of the major selling points of the new Apple iPhone. Short internet films are not the only features available on mobile phones, however.

Major motion picture studios such as Sony are now releasing certain films in a 128 megabytes size. This size of movie is capable of playing on a mobile phone and these films can be downloaded much like music from the internet.

As screens on mobile phones get larger, and companies continue to push technology into new realms, it is only a matter of time before watching any new movie is a simple as pulling out your mobile phone.

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