Sync videos/music between Mac and Win Mobile device

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Note:

Since SyncMate version 4.1, you have a possibility to access root folder of your Android devices. Now you can sync any storage connected to your device, not only the one located in /mnt/sdcard.

To configure access to root folder, go to Connection settings for your device.

Note: when checking/unchecking this box, all previous sync pairs for this connection will be deleted, because files paths will be changed. You will have to add sync pairs from the very beginning.

To start the synchronization, take these steps:

1. Click “Add new pair” button.

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2. Select the source device (the sync direction, in other words):

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3. Choose iTunes playlist or a folder with music/videos on your Mac.

You can create new playlists in iTunes on Mac directly from SyncMate interface. Read the instruction:

/wiki/user-guides/syncmate-mac-os/itunes/create-playlist-mac.html

4. Choose the folder with music/videos at your remote device.

CautionYou can import music/videos from your remote device’s folder either into a local folder on Mac or into iTunes playlist. Smart iTunes playlists synchronization is currently performed in one direction only (from Mac to device).

5. Click OK button to add the sync pair to the list.

6. Tick the items you want to be synchronized.

7. If you are syncing from your Mac to the remote device, you can also convert video and audio files into another format. It is useful, if you need to make your video/audio files size smaller (compress them), because they may take up a lot of space on your hard drive, or the original file format is not supported by your device.

Read how to convert video and audio files into another format in detail below in this section:

8. Click “Sync now” button to start the synchronization process.


Notes:

1. If you enable “Move files to Trash on deletion (if possible)” option in SyncMate Preferences, then, when some files are deleted on Mac during the synchronization process, they will be moved to Trash. It will help you easily restore deleted files in future if required.

2. Conversion of video and audio files into another format is not available for “Other side –> This Mac” synchronization direction. Video and audio can be converted only when syncing from Mac to the remote device.

3. Currently, only folders with files (videos/music) can be synced to Dropbox via iTunes & Video plugin; iTunes playlists are not synced to Dropbox.


How to convert video

If you are syncing from your Mac to the remote device, you can convert video files into another format. SyncMate permits to convert your video into MP4, AVI, MPG, WMV, ASF or 3GP format, up to your choice.

To convert a video file to another format, follow these steps:

1. Click the folder, containing video files you want to sync, so that all files in this folder are displayed in the list below:

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2. Tick the checkbox right to the video file, if you want it to be converted before synchronization.

3. For conversion with default settings choose the required format from “Conversion profile for video files” drop-down list and click “Convert” button.

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Once the conversion is over, you can click “Sync now” button to start the synchronization process.

4. You can also create a new profile for video conversion, where you can customize some advanced conversion settings. This profile will appear in “Conversion profile for video files” drop-down list, so you will not need to customize the same settings manually next time you want to convert video files. All you will need to do is choose the required profile from the list.

To create a profile, click “Add new video encoding profile” option from “Conversion profile for video files” drop-down list:

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In the invoked window enter profile’s desired name in the corresponding text field:

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Choose the file format you want to convert your video files to: MP4, AVI, MPG, WMV, ASF or 3GP.

Select video codec which will encode the selected video file.

Customize some additional settings:

  • Resolution is the size of a video image. When changing resolution, make sure that your device supports it, to ensure that your output video is displayed correctly.
  • Frame rate is the number of still pictures (frames) produced per second of video. The higher frame rate, the smoother the movie. But note that the higher frame rate requires more disk space. Try to experiment with frame rate value to achieve the required video file size and quality.
  • Bitrate is the amount of data in bits decoded per second. Higher bitrate value results in higher playback quality. But note, that the higher the quality, the bigger the file size.

5. You can also switch to “Audio” tab to customize audio settings for your video file. For details refer to this section.

Once all advanced settings are customized, click “OK” button.

Now click “Convert” button and wait until video files are converted. Once the conversion is over, you can start the synchronization process.


Note: If you’ve chosen some video files for conversion and then click “Sync now” button without clicking “Convert” button, you will get the following message:

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Click “Yes” to convert the selected video files or “No” to skip them.


How to convert audio

If you are syncing from your Mac to the remote device, you can convert audio files to another format (WAV or MP3).

To convert your audio file to another format, do the following:

1. Tick checkboxes of audio files you want to convert:

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2. For conversion to default MP3 format, choose it from “Conversion profile for audio files” drop-down list and click “Convert” button.

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Once the conversion is over, you can click “Sync now” button to start the synchronization process.

4. You can also create a new profile for audio conversion, where you can customize some advanced conversion settings. This profile will appear in “Conversion profile for audio files” drop-down list, so you will not need to customize the same settings manually next time you want to convert audio files. All you will need to do is choose the required profile from the list.

To create a profile, click “Add new audio encoding profile” option from “Conversion profile for audio files” drop-down list.

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Enter profile’s desired name in the corresponding text field:

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Choose the file format you want to convert your audio files to: WAV or MP3.

Select audio codec which will encode the selected audio file.

Set bitrate and sample rate values:

  • Bitrate specifies how many kilobits the file can use per second of audio. Higher bitrate value results in higher playback quality. But note, that the higher the quality, the bigger the file size.
  • Sample rate is the number of samples (per second) that are taken to convert analog signal into digital one. It is measured in hertz (Hz). Higher sampling rate provides better quality reproduction, however it requires more space on hard disk.

Once all advanced settings are customized, click “OK” button.

Now click “Convert” button. Once the conversion is over, you can start the synchronization process.


Note: If you’ve chosen some audio files for conversion and then click “Sync now” button without clicking “Convert” button, you will get the following message:

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Click “Yes” to convert the selected audio files or “No” to skip them.


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