Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is one of the best video players on the market. However it lacks one key component, a hard disk. I guess Sony thought the UMD optical drive would be sufficient, but they were wrong.
Now the market is finally catching up. Each week a number of new portable video players are announced. It appears Santa Claus is going to have a big bag of gadgets to distribute this Christmas. I wonder if Santa will have a Zune video player this fall…
Since I already have a 2gb, a couple of 1gb, and a 512mb Memory stick for my PSP, I’m not rushing out to replace it. I usually travel with 5–7 movies loaded across my sticks. It sure would be nice to have a 30–40gb hard drive but then I’d have to figure out which 50 movies I want to take.
By the way, the Core Duo T2500 chipset in my laptop has cut the conversion times down pretty significantly when compared to my Pentium 4 2.66 based MCE 2005 machine.
Keith, out of curosity, what are you using to rip the movies to the PSP? PSP Movie Creator?
I've been using Pocket DVD Studio to rip DVDs to a 4GB SD card for my iPaq and I've been pretty happy with it. But the PSP definitely has a better screen.
I use a two phase process. In phase one, I use DVD Decrypter. In phase two, I use PSP Video 9.
I would love to be able to use a product that does everything in a single pass. Is anyone using one that works?
I want control over the video quality and therefore the resulting file size. I also want to crop pixels so I can remove black bars. PSP Video 9 does a nice job on both of those requirements. And it's free. :)
I use my Dell axim to watch movies, gps, not particulary good for games, however I can get about 12 hours of battery life out of two small batteries and CF/SD are very cheap now which allow me to take several movies on a trip and find my way around when I arive at my destination. Also sometimes useful at airports that have wifi.
I forgot to mention I use DVD to Pocket PC which allows me to rip a dvd straight to a single file or compress avi files recorded from my TV card at home