coolest use i've found for PSP video...

technocoy

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Since memorystick is to god awful pricey for decent movie storage on any realistic level, i just realized the coolest use for the video feature. the first is my cartoon network collection (clone wars and aqua teen). and the second is using the iTunes script to download my favorite videos! one of my suggestions would be "ribbon" and "the shouty track". great videos.

just chiming in.
technocoy
 

GFLPraxis

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technocoy said:
Since memorystick is to god awful pricey for decent movie storage on any realistic level, i just realized the coolest use for the video feature. the first is my cartoon network collection (clone wars and aqua teen). and the second is using the iTunes script to download my favorite videos! one of my suggestions would be "ribbon" and "the shouty track". great videos.

just chiming in.
technocoy
Thats the one use I would have for the PSP's video function- the Clone Wars cartoon. w00t. I have episodes 1-20 on my HD already and intend to add the newly released 21-25.

Since the DS PDA software is supposed to be a PalmOS port, it should be able to play videos, so I can hopefully put them on the DS...
 

angelneo

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Although I don't own a PSP but I used to convert sitcoms to portable format and put onto my mobile phone to watch as well. Unfortunately, this has a side-effect; unable to control my laughter on bus trips resulting in people giving me weird looks.....

yelp, I have given up doing that....
 

HiRez

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If I had a PSP, what I would do is make myself an MPEG-4 movie of me playing WoW, then play it on the PSP while I mash buttons to make people think I was beta-testing a secret PSP WoW version. And of course when they ask to play it I can just say I can't because of the NDA.
 

chameeeleon

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Lol Hirez, that's actually mildly clever.

I was going to buy a PSP solely for the video aspect (I like my portable games simple, ala Yoshi's Touch and Go) but at the moment it really doesn't make all that hot of a player. Memory Stick's are only up to 1 Gig or like 3 dramas/6 sitcoms, and I'm not going to pay $20 for UMDs. Plus I'd only watch videos on the thing like maybe once a month.
There was a cool iPod screen that was going to read movies off the harddrive a while ago... It's probably really expensive though. Will Google it after (speaking of which, has anyone read the Spotlight PDF and noticed Apple's attempt at using Spotlight as a verb? "You can right click on any word to Spotlight it", or "Have a contact who you'd like to Spotlight" or whatever. I'm surprised they aren't calling it "You can right click on any word to put it in the Spotlight", lol)
 

Yvan256

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HiRez said:
If I had a PSP, what I would do is make myself an MPEG-4 movie of me playing WoW, then play it on the PSP while I mash buttons to make people think I was beta-testing a secret PSP WoW version. And of course when they ask to play it I can just say I can't because of the NDA.
LOL, nice idea... :D

You could also do the same with, say, Metroid Prime 2, and tell people you're beta-testing a GameCube emulator. ;)
 

dan-o-mac

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Well I tried to put a video clip in my friends PSP this weekend and it was a pain in the a$$. Conversion of a five minute porno clip took about thirty minutes, the video would show up on the PSP, but the PSP would freeze when you try to play it. In time I guess you'll find special PSP formated movies on your favorite Bittorrent site. just seems like too much work for me personally. 1 gig stick is kinda pricey also. can't wait to see what kind of hacks they come up for this machine, Emulators would be great. depending on the size of the games i'm sure someone will also figure out how to put the games on a memory stick, wouldn't that be nice.
 

HiRez

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dan-o-mac said:
Well I tried to put a video clip in my friends PSP this weekend and it was a pain in the a$$. Conversion of a five minute porno clip took about thirty minutes, the video would show up on the PSP, but the PSP would freeze when you try to play it.
I read one review that said the PSP won't play movies (that you encode yourself) at sizes larger than 320x240. Seems wrong, but who knows? It could have a lot to do with the settings you use and what you use to encode it, just like how in the early days of JPEG there were many problems with compatibility, or how we have all kinds of issues now with the different HDTV formats and devices. H.264 is a new codec, I'm sure everyone hasn't gotten it completely right yet (possibly including Sony).
 

MacManDan

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dan-o-mac said:
Well I tried to put a video clip in my friends PSP this weekend and it was a pain in the a$$. Conversion of a five minute porno clip took about thirty minutes, the video would show up on the PSP, but the PSP would freeze when you try to play it. In time I guess you'll find special PSP formated movies on your favorite Bittorrent site. just seems like too much work for me personally. 1 gig stick is kinda pricey also. can't wait to see what kind of hacks they come up for this machine, Emulators would be great. depending on the size of the games i'm sure someone will also figure out how to put the games on a memory stick, wouldn't that be nice.
Wow, something went very wrong there. I can transcode a video on my three-year-old powerbook in only double the length of the video (so, it transcodes a 5 min clip in 10 mins). Takes only 5 clicks (including double-clicking the program) and one drag-and-drop. I fit 2 hours of video in 430 megs, so that leaves plenty of room on a 512 duo.
I agree, hacks will be nice.. I'm waiting for the official browser to be released, should be nice.

HiRez: you are right about 320x240. There's some explanation for it, but it seemed like complete crap to me. I can't wait for someone to crack the ability to use native (480x262 or something) as the UMD uses.. Please forgive me if my data is incomplete, but based on my own experience and research I believe that these are the options:
Resolutions:
- 320x240
- 368x208 (16x9, native dimensions of screen and great for film. I have not tried this myself but people have done it with success by using PSPWare)
- smaller

FPS:
- 15 (meh)
- 30
* 24 (some people have had success. I can't use 24fps without the PSP playing it at 30fps, so the audio gets WAY out of sync just a few mins in)

bitrates:
- up to 1500 (using ffmpegX I find ~400 to be the sweet spot)
 

MacManDan

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dan-o-mac said:
on your favorite Bittorrent site.
recommendations?
Not bittorrent, but try:
http://psp.connect.com/
http://www.29hdnetwork.com/psp_guide.html

chameeeleon:
Check Amazon.com, search for "UMD". You'll find that only one of the announced-but-not-yet-released videos is $20, the rest are $14. Granted, these titles aren't too great. There's rumor the price will come down yet again before they are released. I'm looking forward to cheaper UMDs, Kill Bill and Pirates of the Caribbean (not listed on Amazon but announced)..

To the original poster: I've transfered both movies and cartoons (Family guy) to my 512 stick with great success .. very cool and PSPWare helps add in Apple-like-ease-of-use. Overtime it will get cheaper and easier. Too bad I don't have enough scripting experience to help you out with your iTunes video script.. I would go for that too!
 

technocoy

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MacManDan..

you should give the script a try... it's super easy and you can just copy and paste it into the terminal... you go to iTunes (trailers or videos) and let the video load in completely. then you open your terminal window and paste the script in and hit enter... WHALLA! the file appears on your desktop and you just rename it so your next one doesn't save over it. it's great. do a search for iTunes video download script... you should find it pretty easily.

and i too downloaded some family guy last night and hooked it up. I love stewie!

enjoy!
technocoy
 

cb911

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also CMI Studios are releasign their new tutorial videos in PSP format. that's a great idea. you can watch that stuff on the train or bus, then you're ready to do some cool stuff once you get to work. :D
 

MacManDan

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technocoy said:
you should give the script a try...
enjoy!
technocoy
technocoy,
wow! I misunderstood your first post. I thought you were LOOKING for a script that did this ;)
Thanks for the terrific hint ..
Heheh .. now we only need to script it to automatically transcode to PSP-friendly format
 

nightdweller25

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Palm OS on my DS

Since they are supposed to start coming with the DS later this year, will there be any way for me to load the OS to my DS since it obviously doesn't have this?
 

GFLPraxis

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nightdweller25 said:
Since they are supposed to start coming with the DS later this year, will there be any way for me to load the OS to my DS since it obviously doesn't have this?
There is very little concrete information on this.

All we know is that Nintendo has licensed PalmOS and it has something to do with V-Pocket.

Whether it will be on a cartridge, or pre-installed on special edition DS's, we don't know.
 

chameeeleon

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MacManDan said:
chameeeleon:
Check Amazon.com, search for "UMD". You'll find that only one of the announced-but-not-yet-released videos is $20, the rest are $14. Granted, these titles aren't too great. There's rumor the price will come down yet again before they are released. I'm looking forward to cheaper UMDs, Kill Bill and Pirates of the Caribbean (not listed on Amazon but announced)..
Yeah, sorry I meant Canadian - they're like $21 each here, and DVDs are only usually $22 at Futureshop/Best Buy, so it's (in my opinion) a pretty huge ripoff. Something like $8-10 Cdn I could justify. There's not even any risk of the movie being ripped with it on UMD either!
 

applekid

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Just a reminder, no piracy posts on these forums. Some of you should watch what you're saying.

Anyhow, back on topic... Gotta say Clone Wars was pretty sweet. Glad I bought that DVD.

In all honesty, the only things I can actually imagine watching on a small screen like the PSP's are cartoons. Got plenty of DVDs and some Red vs. Blue; toss it on a PSP or whatever handheld it may be and be happy.

Linux is probably being ported to the PSP and DS as we speak. :p The PSP will have an easier time with its Memory Stick. For the DS, my guess is you'll need one of a developer's rewritable cartridge or the third-party ones that are slowly appearing.
 

GFLPraxis

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applekid said:
Just a reminder, no piracy posts on these forums. Some of you should watch what you're saying.

Anyhow, back on topic... Gotta say Clone Wars was pretty sweet. Glad I bought that DVD.
When Clone Wars originally came out, it was free for the public, I downloaded most of the episodes legally off of AOL's official mirrors. Lucas later got the bright idea of charging for them :mad: Luckily I had already downloaded them. Legally.

Also, Chapters 21-25 are legally available in .mov format from starwars.com.

Linux is probably being ported to the PSP and DS as we speak. :p The PSP will have an easier time with its Memory Stick. For the DS, my guess is you'll need one of a developer's rewritable cartridge or the third-party ones that are slowly appearing.
Well there was psplinux.org, but it disappeared recently :(

dslinux.org has made progress though.
At the moment, they are using a custom built device that plugs into the top slot that boots up like a DS game, then runs whatever is in the GBA cartridge (you can buy GBA flash cartridges and put anything on them).

Later on they'll probably find other ways of doing it, say, having your Mac or PC send a downloadable boot file to it that boots up Linux off the GBA cart or something.
 

absolutmp5

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if you would really like to put movies onto your psp, i highly recommend ffmpegx which has a psp preset. If you use that you should be fine.