iPod Movie Player!!!

G-Prime

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Check this out, I found it over at iPodlounge,

MoviePlayer, an add-on that "transforms the iPod into a complete multimedia center," allowing users to transfer and play movies, videos and photos on a 3.5-inch 65,000 color TFT screen with built-in control pad

It is going to be released by Nyko at CES.
 

emw

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$250 for video pod? Seems pretty nice to me, depending on real video quality.
 

wordmunger

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emw said:
$250 for video pod? Seems pretty nice to me, depending on real video quality.
Well, not really. It's $250 to add video functionality to a $300-plus iPod. Considering you can get portable stand-alone DVD players for less than $150, I wonder how successful it will be.
 

whocares

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wordmunger said:
Well, not really. It's $250 to add video functionality to a $300-plus iPod. Considering you can get portable stand-alone DVD players for less than $150, I wonder how successful it will be.
...but the added value would be being able to take loads of films/videos with you. You could jam just short of 10 full quality DVDs into the largest 'Pod, and just think about DivX movies!
 

emw

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wordmunger said:
Well, not really. It's $250 to add video functionality to a $300-plus iPod. Considering you can get portable stand-alone DVD players for less than $150, I wonder how successful it will be.
I suppose, but if you're looking to add video to a device you already have, this is pretty nice. A stand-alone DVD player has it's advantages, I suppose, but I could theoretically store 10-15GB of music + 4 or 5 DVD movies on my iPod and carry it all around fairly easily. Plus I have the nice functionality of the iPod on it's own when not watching movies.

I guess in the end I'd have to see the video quality, and if it supports DVD video (VIDEO_TS folders) directly, or if you need to convert to MPEG or something like that, which wouldn't be worthwhile.
 

debroglie

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emw said:
I guess in the end I'd have to see the video quality, and if it supports DVD video (VIDEO_TS folders) directly, or if you need to convert to MPEG or something like that, which wouldn't be worthwhile.
I believe that you have to convert it to their own Video Player format
 

emw

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debroglie said:
I believe that you have to convert it to their own Video Player format
Sure, show off by actually reading the press release. It does look like it supports only mpg, avi, etc. files. Anyone know how bad it would be converting DVDs to one of these formats?
 

whocares

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emw said:
Sure, show off by actually reading the press release. It does look like it supports only mpg, avi, etc. files. Anyone know how bad it would be converting DVDs to one of these formats?
Well depending on your computer, somewhere between ok and blow-your-brains-away-painfully slow. ;)

My case would be the latter...

And that's not even considering lagal issues with copy protected DVDs.
 

dsharits

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Neat idea, but I would rather take my PB 12" with me instead.
Agreed. That's what I can't figure out about these people who buy portable DVD players, when for a couple hundred dollars more, they could have an iBook, with a larger screen that plays DVD's and can be used for countless other things.

Daniel
 

railthinner

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dsharits said:
Agreed. That's what I can't figure out about these people who buy portable DVD players, when for a couple hundred dollars more, they could have an iBook, with a larger screen that plays DVD's and can be used for countless other things.

Daniel
Agreed. that's what I can't figure out about the ipod photo, when for a couple hundred dollars more you can have a device to import and edit your photos on and so much more.
 

wordmunger

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dsharits said:
Agreed. That's what I can't figure out about these people who buy portable DVD players, when for a couple hundred dollars more, they could have an iBook, with a larger screen that plays DVD's and can be used for countless other things.

Daniel
I don't know where you're buying your portable DVD players, but you need to look around. Many are sub-$150 these days. I don't think you'll find many iBooks for $343....
 

dsharits

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Agreed. that's what I can't figure out about the ipod photo, when for a couple hundred dollars more you can have a device to import and edit your photos on and so much more.
Good point. However, being one who uses slideshows and digital pictures all the time, there is something attractive about being able to carry so many pictures and slideshows in an iPod and being able to connec it to a TV or projector on the fly. Still, I love my iBook, I take it with me everywhere, and I just don't have any use (or money, for that matter) for an iPod Photo in that case.

Daniel
 

puckhead193

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I saw that on pcworld's website, looks cool, but what about battery life... Don't tell me the ipod will power that thing.... there will be like 5 mins of video! Also it seems pretty big..... i would perfer to watch movies on my 15" pb!
 

Chip NoVaMac

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wordmunger said:
I don't know where you're buying your portable DVD players, but you need to look around. Many are sub-$150 these days. I don't think you'll find many iBooks for $343....
Yeah, but you get what you pay for. Bought one of those sub $150 units and it crapped out after 13 to 114 months.

With programs like Mac the Ripper and DVD2ONE X, you have the ability of taking your movies on the road. I have a LaCie 40gb Mobile that I will use when I hit the road.
 

Chip NoVaMac

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railthinner said:
Agreed. that's what I can't figure out about the ipod photo, when for a couple hundred dollars more you can have a device to import and edit your photos on and so much more.
One of the reasons that I would like to see Apple take on Sony with the the Sony TR series(?). 10" screen, decent computing power.
 

starcrossed

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Man that is pretty nice, especially the ability to record video directly into the iPod. But hopefully we can get someone to develop just a device that will read movie files from the iPod and send them out to a television screen or such. Now that is a product I would be willing to shell out some money for. Forget showing photo slideshows, I could be showing home movies from my iPod.
 

debroglie

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puckhead193 said:
I saw that on pcworld's website, looks cool, but what about battery life... Don't tell me the ipod will power that thing.... there will be like 5 mins of video! Also it seems pretty big..... i would perfer to watch movies on my 15" pb!
Once again, the article states that "An internal lithium ion battery powers the unit"
 

jxyama

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kinda gimmicky... it's not *really* adding video capability. it's a device that plays video that happens to use iPod as a glorified HD...
 

iindigo

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I like it... In fact I might just buy one. I like the fact I would be able to take it places that a laptop we be to large still (school lol, this little fella is a lot easier to hide than my 12" iBook) and I also like the recording feature, which I'll probably be using a fair bit, depending on the recording's quality.

EDIT: I wonder if it had video out on it... if it did, that would rock - no more wasting CDs/DVDs testing my 3D animation on the TV.