The PSP is great for watching movies, but UMD disks are expensive – and the selection is limited. Fortunately, Neuros has developed a solution to this problem with the MPEG-4 Recorder 2.
“The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder is a digital VCR for the portable video age. Instead of buying proprietary UMD discs at $20 each from a limited catalog, now you can create open digital video files from all your content that you can use on all your devices anywhere you want. Your PSP™ now has access to the world’s full catalog of video titles.”
Here is how it works:
“Just plug it into the video-out jacks on any video source (TV cable box, DVR, PVR like Tivo, VCR, DVD player, camcorder, etc) and hit ‘Record’ on the supplied remote. When finished recording, pop out the memory card (purchased separately), pop it into your PSP, and hit ‘Play’. That’s it! You can even do timed recording so you can record last night’s “Sopranos” or “The Daily Show” while you sleep or this afternoon’s ballgame while you work. And it’s just as easy to record from DVDs or to digitize your home movies.”
In fact, the MPEG files produced by the Recorder 2 can be played back on virtually any portable device accepting memory stick or CF memory cards. It can also be played back on your television.
• Record effortlessly from any video source (TV Cable box, Satellite Receiver Box, PVRs or DVRs Like TiVoTM, DVD players, VCR, Camcorders).
• Simple setup that works without a PC and operates like a VCR.
• MPEG-4 video format allows you to view content directly on your PSP™ or any other device that accepts standard Memory Stick or Compact Flash (CF) memory cards (not included).
• The MPEG-4 format is also compatible with most other portable media devices.
• A great way to digitize your home movies for archiving, emailing, or playback on portables and laptops.
• Can play back from Recorder 2 through TV’s and home theatres. Pocket-sized device is small enough to use as a portable VCR.
• Three resolution Settings: VGA (640 x 480) for near-DVD quality playback on TV; QVGA (320 x 240) for high-compression playback on most handhelds; and WQVGA (368 x 208) optimized for playback on PSP™.
• Four recording quality settings: Superfine, Fine, Normal, and Economy.
• Uses Advanced Audio Codec (AAC) format for high-quality stereo sound.
• Upgradeable firmware from www.neurostechnology for future expanded functionality.
• Includes “The Core Pocket Media Player,” an open-source media player for Palm OS-based and Windows CE / Windows Mobile-based devices.
So far, the Recorder 2 sounds like a great product – and if it works like it is supposed to, I would definitely like one myself. (Although I would love to see this device with DVR-like capabilities.)
Currently, the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 retails for around $150. Visit the Neuros website for more details.
Posted by Sean