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PSPCasting

Hemos posted more than 9 years ago | from the leaving-post-it-notes:-postitcasting? dept.

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ChipGuy writes "Om Malik points out the launch of Sony PSP in US could actually turn Sony's fortunes around and thinks that new unqiue applications like Sajeeth Cherian's latest software, PSP Video 9, might be the real reason. Cherian created Videora bit torrent client's new hack, PSP Video 9. It takes any video and turns it into a format that PSP can read. So now you can download videos using Videora, and then convert them to PSP friendly format within a few seconds.He calls this PSP casting."

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cool ? (3, Insightful)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11997978)

Besides the geek factor, how would this be cooler than a standard portable mini tv set, especially given its price ?

Re:cool ? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998099)

Its better in that a mini tv set that has neither media card slot, not video decoder (e.g. for films)

Its less good in that it has no TV tuner...

It would let you record from TV, through to media PC, through to PSP. So record that late night show while you sleep, then watch while you commute...

Re:cool ? (1)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998123)

Wasn't it already possible with <insert your palmtop brand, model name and OS here> ?

Re:cool ? (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998182)

Possible, and cheaper(memory sticks are expensive!), with more storage I believe.

Re:cool ? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998247)

But without Gran Turismo and Metal Gear Acid, of course. I'll be buying a PSP primarily for the games, but all this other stuff is a nice added incentive. If I wasn't in a reasonably well-paid job and had been forced to limit myself to buying either the DS or the PSP (rather than both, which I plan to), it'd be a simple decision.

Re:cool ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998505)

have you ever considered moving out of your mothers basement?

Re:cool ? (2, Informative)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998160)

Easy answer: You can't play games on your "standard portable mini tv set"?

Re:cool ? (1)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999957)

I'd use one of these while at the fitness, I cannot use my hands but I'd like a decent device to catch my attention.
Of course if you want me to play games on it, I could use a palm or a wince machine or an ibook...
I guess it would not be geeky it it were not programable.
is the psp prgramable in itself or is it just a *TOY* ?

Not useful (1)

GFLPraxis (745118) | more than 9 years ago | (#12000734)

Unless you've spent money on the PSP AND spent money on buying an especially big memory card for the videos, you can't really use this.

PSPCasting... (1, Troll)

mfh (56) | more than 9 years ago | (#11997983)

PSPCasting? Not sure about that. Sounds more like breaking the shackles of corporate anti-competition, to fix a product.

Re:PSPCasting... (2, Interesting)

OAB_X (818333) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998027)

Its like Podcasting, but your not broadcasting anything, your just playing videos, wheres the casting part of PSPcasting?

Re:PSPCasting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998359)

Probably similar to a type cast in an object oriented language

Re:PSPCasting... (1)

kponto (821962) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999428)

Well, think about it. With podcasting, the person with the "pod" part isn't broadcasting anything, the "pod" is receiving media, or the broadcast. With PSPcasting, the PSP isn't braodcasting, it's on the receiving end of media, hence "PSPcasting". If it catches on, I'm sure we'll see actual video broadcasts for the PSP in the style of podcasts for mp3 players.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11997992)

First

PSP video format (2, Insightful)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998003)

Sony's future prospects would be even more bright if the thing had supported non proprietary MPEG-2/DivX/Xvid and WMW from the get go...

Re:PSP video format (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998069)

Sony's future prospects would be even more bright if the thing had supported non proprietary MPEG-2/DivX/Xvid and WMW from the get go...

Umm out of all of those the only non-proprietary one is MPEG-2.

The rest are all very proprietary. and as the other guy said, WMW, are you daft man. That is as proprietary as it gets.

Re:PSP video format (1)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998118)

Ok. Non proprietary MPEG-2 is one thing I want support for. The other is DivX. The third is Xvid. The fourth is WMV.

This is really hard, isn't it? ;P

The real answer (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998129)

As a programmer I can give you the reason we don't add support for any of this stuff and instead developed (well... bought) a proprietary video playback codec. (Actimagine makes a great codec, easy to program with, but a bit expensive)

We hate our users, it is really that simple, we hate them and want them all to die.

Ok, all joking aside, we used Actimagine for one simple reason. To cut down compatibility issues. DO you realize that both Xvid and Divx are based on other codecs and are constantly evolving. What happens in a year or two when the codecs has become obsolete. We can't upgrade so we are stuck with either claiming support for obsolete codecs or never including them in the first place. From a PR standpoint it is better to be proprietary then to be outdated.

Re:The real answer (1)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998189)

Thanks for the answer. I suspected something like this. It's why I'm hesitant to buy DVD players that supports DivX et. al, and why I'm pretty happy with using my Xbox as a DivX/Xvid-player. The latter works as a computer and can be updated when new or improved codecs are available, while the former often can't be updated in an easy fashion, and so gets outdated.

With regards to the PSP -- it's good that a tool to convert movies to Sony's format has come along. I don't know the details, but if it's possible to just copy a converted movie to a memory stick (Sony's expensive one, that is) and insert it into the PSP & play it, it's going to be widely used and *is* going to be a boon for Sony, whether they approve of it or not.

Details! (1)

yammosk (861527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998869)

Can anyone tell me the details of this? Sorry I would RTFA, but I am weary of following strange links at work. What is the typical size for a video encoded in this format? For instance about how big would an hour show be (I know it depends on the quality, but work with me :P)? How much memory can the sticks hold and how much are they?

Thanks

Re:PSP video format (5, Informative)

sh00z (206503) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998137)

I'm not sure what you mean by "proprietary" in this case, as the PSP uses MPEG-4, which is No more proprietary than MPEG-2 [m4if.org] , your counter-example.

Re:PSP video format (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998199)

there is no one true mpeg-4 format, it's a bucket of metric, whitworth, french, sae, and tanzanian 'coco' nutz.

Re:PSP video format (1)

rdc_uk (792215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998145)

It wouldn't be a proper sony product if it wasn't folornly pushing its own, niche, format of doom.

I mean, when they use the same formats as the whole rest of the world, just look what happens; __nobody__ buys Sony TVs, DVD players, CD Players etc, do they? And as for that "walkman" - see where playing standard Cassettes got them!!

Re:PSP video format (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998184)

Xvid yes, everything else IS a very proprietary format that requires paying a license per player/ device to use it.

sony did not because they did not want to increase the cost of the device past the price point by paying for codec license fees.

Music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998289)

If Sony had made the UMD writable .. they could have had a competitor to iPod with the PSP.

They could also sell writers if they had done this, although the preferable way would have been for the PSP to hook up to the PSP via USB and then do the writing itself.

1.8 Gigs in a UMD .. that a hundreds of songs! A person can carry around multiple UMDs on their keychain. But honestly you'd only need to carry around one because most people have a favorite 400 songs they like listening to at a time.

Unfortunately Sony has become a really stupid company. They should dump their music and movie business so the electronics division can make products consumers want.

Re:Music (1)

Elranzer (851411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999498)

If Sony made the UMD writable, then they'd be open to a bunch of pirated games. Using this proprietary disc is the same reason piracy doesn't exist in the Gamecube. Since the PS2 uses standard DVD, the system's games can be easily pirated. This is the second time Sony copied Nintendo, the first time being the controller (from the SNES).

Kinda ironic that a prorietary disc is called "Universal".

Re:Music (1)

pnice (753704) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999935)

Using this proprietary disc is the same reason piracy doesn't exist in the Gamecube.

I'm sure we've discussed this before but saying piracy doesn't exist in/on the Gamecube is a pretty false statement. Yes, it takes a little more effort to play a downloaded Gamecube game but I assure you people do it every day. It takes a copy of Phantasy Star Online and the broad band adapter connected to an ethernet card on your computer and you're pretty much good to go from there. It's an investment on about $70-$80 bucks and you can play all the Gamecube games you want for free. True, it's harder to do and not every game works perfect but if someone wants to play games for free band enough they'll find a way.

What systems haven't had some form of piracy on them in the past ten or so years?

Re:Music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12000531)

<sir:humphrey>Do the hard part in the title, and everyone will assume the content must fulfil it.</sir:humphrey>

After conversion....How do you get it on the PSP? (2, Interesting)

rubberbando (784342) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998005)

Do you have to burn a mini CD-R / DVD+-R?

Or do you have to connect the PSP to your PC to upload it to it?

Or can you just save it to a memory stick and put in the PSP which will automatically recognize it and play it?

Re:After conversion....How do you get it on the PS (2, Informative)

The Eagle Maint (862053) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998046)

Sony's UMD format discs which they're using for the PSP can't be burned yet as far as I know. For now at least, music, movies and pictures can only be put on the memory stick via a card reader or by hooking your PSP up to your PC via USB and transferring it that way.

Re:After conversion....How do you get it on the PS (1)

chimachima (869508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998093)

UMD's are sony's proprietary media format, which as far as I know, is not going to be disclosed to the public. And, I understand that the memory sticks are bootable, so you just have to insert the memory stick into the PSP, hook up the USB plug, then you just upload whatever.

Re:After conversion....How do you get it on the PS (4, Informative)

SirDrinksAlot (226001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998190)

You put everything on a Memory Stick Duo. Theres no way to write disks for it (yet?)

It uses a MPEG4 format for the videos too, its not some crazy proprietary format just a slightly modified version of mpeg4 IIRC. Makes it easy to transcode. This is why theres already so many converters to toss video onto PSPs

Re:After conversion....How do you get it on the PS (1)

Hast (24833) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998419)

IIRC it's the same format used for mobile phones or Sony Clie devices. It uses the same converter programs at any rate.

This program is more or less just a stream-lined front-end for those other programs.

Re:After conversion....How do you get it on the PS (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12000101)

"You put everything on a Memory Stick Duo. Theres no way to write disks for it (yet?)"

In other words, it's just about as interesting as PocketPC-Casting.

Don't Worry (Segments) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998016)

Sony will be against this as soon as you can say PSP. This is a good idea but we all know Sony will be a bunch of di*kwads and try to cease and disist all the players/users of their portable.

Casting? (5, Funny)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998019)

He calls this PSP casting.
Is 'casting' the new hip catch-all phrase, after being made popular by the term 'pod-casting'?

Next: 'Blogcasting' (reading your fave blog on your cellphone), 'bookcasting' (Ebooks on your PSP), and so on.

Re:Casting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998074)

Or would bookcasting be bringing an acutal book someplace other then your office or home?

Re:Casting? (2, Funny)

akadruid (606405) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998111)

Combining existing dumb ideas with worse catchphrases and patenting the results has replaced innvotation, as shown by the 'plogging' story.

Besides Ebooks on a PSP would be EPSPBookCasting or something. Patent that quick.

Who wants to bet the next four stories will also feature this process? Here's my prediction:

Gridlogging
Nano-toasting
WiFiSatMaxG Mobile
FlashReceipeCasting

I propose a name for this phenomenon:
dotCatchphrasePatentAbuse

Re:Casting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998480)

iPSPSoundMaxFuryCasting XG Gold Edition.

Extreme!

Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11999230)

I think you mis-spelled "Xtreme" there and it's bad grammar to only use one exclamation mark.

Re:Casting? (1)

webagogue (806350) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998463)

As long as it is served via RSS (or its variants) I think you can add the "casting" suffix. Blogcasting? Maybe Textcasting.

Re:Casting? (2, Funny)

chman (746363) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998577)

The Internet, to many people, holds some promise of being able to make absolutely anyone a world wide celebrity - that somehow a tiny idea can spread through the tangled maze of routers and fibre optics and afford its thinker-upper immortality. It probably started when everyone noticed just how much fucking money those Google guys made, or that kid that earned a metric fuckton playing Internet stock.
Unfortunately, this mentality means that absolutely everyone throws around bullshit ideas. Also unfortunate is that any event within the Internet is desperately reported on by the mainstream media without it. So terms such as 'Podcasting' - which comes down to putting an MP3 on your iPod, as though that was some novel use for it - get seized upon and thought of as useful to society.

Fuck it, I've got a new idea. I call it 'ShitZineing'. I came up with it when I used the Times Style section to wipe the excrement from my behind after I ran out of toilet paper. Obviously this idea can't take off without the iPod somehow being involved, so I figure I can Podcast a weekly show on the best pages to use from each week's Sunday magazines when you're out of TP and have a dire cling-on problem.
There we are, throw that one out through the Blogosphere and come back to me with a big fat cheque when someone wants to make it commercially viable.

Re:Casting? (1)

Elranzer (851411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999524)

I'm sure Sony can't wait for game-casting... sending out the roms for all the PSP games to your friends over broadband!

Definition (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998030)

castcasting (vb.) - The act of taking a word or acronym and appending "cast" or "casting" to the end to make it sound up-to-date and cool. See also "gategating".

Thank God (4, Funny)

Ken@WearableTech (107340) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998045)

Finally a way to spread the wisdom in my home movies to the whole world.

Now I'm off to register PSPorn.com

Re:Thank God (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998109)

Remember Sony's attitude towards porn, and how successful Beta was because of it? :)

two things... (1)

danbond_98 (761308) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998065)

a) Do sony's fortune's need turning? Surely they are absolutely giant in quite a lot of markets thus aren't doing too badly for themselves b) From my experience, sony are a total pain with respect to formats and suchlike, the minidisc being a good example. is it really something geeks are going to embrace?

Re:two things... (1)

Albio (854216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998084)

What didn't you like about the minidisc? The fact that the discs don't fit anywhere other than your minidisc player or that you had use ATRAC because Sony was avoiding mp3...

Re:two things... (1)

danbond_98 (761308) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998125)

it's the format. or more accurately the DRM that they included. recommended my father to purchase a himd minidisc recorder because of the ease of copying music from the minidisc recorder to the computer using USB. he is a piano teacher and musician, and likes to record what he does using a high quality microphone and his new minidisc recorder, but when we copied the music to the computer (which only, by the way, works with sonic stage) it wouldn't lets us burn audio cds. the song and dance required to get the music into a format to burn to cd was shocking. and this is not some hardware limitation, it's simply sony choosing not to let you burn to cd what you record with i microphone.

Re:two things... (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998186)

What you describe is quite a niche problem. I have used MiniDisc for years and the *only* time it bit me was when a musician friend gave me a Audio-CD-R with a performance of his. I wanted to listen to it on my portable MiniDisc player since I didn't have a portable CD player anymore. Of course, it didn't want to copy such a Audio-CD-R to MiniDisc. (Allowing only "one digital copy") Apart from that: I only used MiniDisc to make mixes and to have a convenient format to carry my CD's around. (This was before portable MP3 players).

It just did exactly that... with the additional advantage of it being usable to record stuff on the go. (Which I never did, but I do know some people that used it to record lectures)

Re:two things... (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998920)

What you describe is quite a niche problem. I have used MiniDisc for years and the *only* time it bit me was when a musician friend gave me a Audio-CD-R with a performance of his.

That's a pretty big niche, that channel by which much independent music is spread. Or rather, it may be a niche compared to consuming Brittany Spears CDs, but....

Re:two things... (2, Interesting)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12000459)

Well, it is a niche. A small one: people that produce their music aren't that common. Besides, people that produce music try to get professional grade stuff and MiniDisc is consumer grade. It's that simple. MiniDisc was thought as a backup for Audio CD's or mixing stuff. More convenient format (before MP3).

Besides, if my friend would have used a normal Data CD, like anyone would have, I could have copied it to MiniDisc without problems. Copying a MiniDisc itself has not much sense for music professionals, because it's not a master. I found that the DRM restrictions on MiniDisc were actually reasonable: one digtal copy. More than enough for *personal* use.

I don't care about Britney and Co. Other music gernes still produce CD's that I can write to MiniDisc.

My sister studies Audio-engineering. They are required to use MiniDisc for one reason: the DRM that comes with it. They are not allowed to use the recording material for their own uses, and thus the only way to take home their works is by MiniDisc. Listen: yes... copy no... Very reasonable.

Re:two things... (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999697)

Sony's got a non-japanese chief Howard Stringer now. It's probably the boldest any company of that size can make. He's bringing corporate views from the outside, which explain more and more changes to come.

You have to understand, for a Japanese company to break culture to do this, is like Americans letting a non-white individual to be president. Sony lost the mp3 player market, and all other electronics stuff is mediocre. PSP and PS2 is about the only ammo left.

Mobile Cinema (5, Insightful)

LittleGuernica (736577) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998090)

Mobile Cinema isn't going to work, I don't want to sound like Steve Jobs, but watching Jack Bauer say "Dammit" on a 4,5" screen is not quite as good as on a HDTV plasma(or something more modest), even though the screen is fabulous..

Ofcourse as a PornStation Portable it will do just fine..

Re:Mobile Cinema (1)

baker_tony (621742) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998155)

Um, have you ever thought of watching last nights / mornings news/sports on your daily commute? What about simpsons/south park/etc, etc? Or do you live in America and don't know what transport to work without a car is ;-)

Re:Mobile Cinema (1)

Cyn (50070) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998682)

not all of us have our mommies driving us to school during our commute, some of us have to avoid the idiots that are freely given licenses.

Re:Mobile Cinema (1)

baker_tony (621742) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998845)

I'm surprised to see school age kids reading slashdot! Good on ya. What do you want to be when you grow up, a programmer?! Just as a warning, not all those fresh out of School programming jobs are the star studded affairs involving driving to work Jaguar's every day... you'll have to work a few years first :-)

Re:Mobile Cinema (1)

Elranzer (851411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999579)

And how! That's why I took my Computer Science degree (graduated last year) and went into Real Estate!

Re:Mobile Cinema (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12000880)

Wow! So you're a sellout and an asshole!

Re:Mobile Cinema (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998201)

Mobile cinema can take off if there is good enough technology to project the image to the eyes.

I think /. had stories earlier about sunglasses which did this...

Re:Mobile Cinema (3, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998208)

Mobile Cinema isn't going to work
It'll work just fine whenever you are on the move. Back when I frequently made some frequent long-distance flights, I considered purchasing one of those portable DVD units which I previously had dismissed as 'utterly pointless' because of their small screen. But a couple of 12-hour flights with sucky in-flight movies and a boring/snoring fellow passenger changed my opinion of these units real quick!

Besides, if you want a big screen you can always get one of those LCD glasses (Sony's GlassTron).

Re:Mobile Cinema (1)

DeepDarkSky (111382) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998687)

Oh, I disagree...when we can get HDTV resolutions on the PSP (with current resolution of 480x272 on a 4.6in screen = approx. 120dpi, HDTV resolution on the same size screen would require about 480dpi), then let's talk again. I'd like to see Jack Bauer on a tiny yet really crisp screen saying "dammit" at those resolutions.

Re:Mobile Cinema (1)

DarkZero (516460) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998896)

Mobile Cinema isn't going to work, I don't want to sound like Steve Jobs, but watching Jack Bauer say "Dammit" on a 4,5" screen is not quite as good as on a HDTV plasma(or something more modest), even though the screen is fabulous..

Ofcourse as a PornStation Portable it will do just fine..


See, the porn thing is a good point, though. If you're a big fan of 24, then watching it on a PSP isn't going to be enough for you. For watching crap-that-I-sort-of-like shows (porn included), it's worth it, though. I wouldn't watch 24 or Battlestar Galactica on it, but would I watch Enterprise? Or Monk? Or any other show that I download and watch every once and awhile, but don't really follow religiously? Yeah.

If you're in a situation where you're out of the house for awhile and are in a situation where you can watch a half hour of TV, this is sort of useful. For the rest of us, who don't commute by train or anything like that, it's just a fun novelty.

Re:Mobile Cinema (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12000585)

Who the hell is Jack Bauer and why would I want to see him say "Dammit", anywhere?

And who the hell is Steve Jobbs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12000858)

And judging from the grandparent post's implied meaning, why would I want to be like someone who is proven wrong a lot of the time?

Doesn't make sense for the US (5, Insightful)

earthbound kid (859282) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998142)

The only time portable video is useful is when you're away from home/your computer and you're not walking, driving, or otherwise in control of your motion. Obviously, by this set of criteria it makes sense to watch portable video on a train or bus, but since the average American is either driving, walking, or biking to and from home (a place with existing video sources) to work (a place with computers), it doesn't seem like there's much of a need for portable video. Now, I will say there are some places where portable video make sense-- like on a commuter train in Japan. I saw a guy watching TV on his phone just yesterday and thought, "Wow, that's pretty cool." But when does the average American ever have an opportunity to sit around like that while someone else is steering the vehicle? You can slap portable video onto a product people are already going to buy, like a cellphone, as an optional feature, but it doesn't make sense to make portable video the centerpiece of any technology destined for the US market.

I'm with Steve Jobs on this one-- there's no real demand for portable video in the US.

Re:Doesn't make sense for the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998174)

Heads Up: the "centerpiece" of the PSP is GAMES, not video.

P.S. World != USA

Does make sense for the US (2, Insightful)

Mulletproof (513805) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998278)

So is that why whenever those little Portable DVD players drop below $100 on sale at Walmart, they're usually sold out by the end of the day? There shouldn't be any question as to whether there is demand for portable video all over the place. There is. It's plainly obvious.

The real question is whether Sony is offering it in an attractive enough package for people to buy [i]this[/i] product. I'm gonna say the will be successful, but I don't think that success will hinge on it's ability to playback video, frankly. People aren't going to run to the stores and drop $250 just for the device's ability to play Spiderman 2 on the go. The price point is all wrong for that function alone, but combined with everything else the PSP does- along with the ipod like design and marketing focus -I don't think it'll have a problem selling whatsoever.

But why we're focusing solely on it's ability to play movies to sell units when that's barely half it's function is beyond me in the first place.

Re:Doesn't make sense for the US (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998301)

But when does the average American ever have an opportunity to sit around like that while someone else is steering the vehicle?
What about the kids sitting in the back seat of that car? A portable video unit to keep them occupied during long trips would be nice. Why do you think some cars have an option to play DVDs in the navigation unit's drive on screens mounted on the back of the front headrests?

Re:Doesn't make sense for the US (1)

Corngood (736783) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998470)

You can slap portable video onto a product people are already going to buy, like a cellphone, as an optional feature, but it doesn't make sense to make portable video the centerpiece of any technology destined for the US market.

How about:

You can slap portable video onto a product people are already going to buy, like a Portable Playstation, as an optional feature, but it doesn't make sense to make portable video the centerpiece of any technology destined for the US market.

How is it the centerpiece of the device?

Re:Doesn't make sense for the US (1)

earthbound kid (859282) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998559)

You're right, the PSP will succeed on the strength of its video gaming ability, but when people talking about "PSPcasting" they make it seem like they've forgotten this. In the US at least "PSPcasting" is going to be a niche fad for the foreseeable future. The PSP will probably catch on for other purposes though.

let me get this straight (2, Interesting)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998181)

So, this is an app that converts video clips to mpeg4 and then copies them to whichever drive the PSP is mounted as? Gotta agree with others -- where's the "casting" part here?

Re:let me get this straight (1)

rdc_uk (792215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998241)

Thats when you do this:

Take video camera, make home movie.

Load onto PC, encode for PSP.

Host PSP-friendly file on internet.

voila; PSP-casting...

Re:let me get this straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11998268)

The casting part is its integration with his other sw videora. Setup a list of shows in videora and download/conversion/transfer to psp is all taken care of.

Re:let me get this straight (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 9 years ago | (#12000489)

Gotta agree with others -- where's the "casting" part here?

My guess is that it's the other, entirely unrelated part, which consists of using an RSS plugin for a BitTorrent client to automatically locate and download video content.

PSP Video 9 sounds like... (-1, Troll)

alexandreracine (859693) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998292)

PSP Video 9 sounds like Windows Media player 9.

I mean, are they targeting the competition of Microsoft? Where is PSP Video version 8?

Sony's fortunes don't need turning round (4, Insightful)

JaF893 (745419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998380)

Sony's console sales have actually been pretty healthy - its the other parts of their business that are shakey. They have sold 100 million PlayStations and 75 million Playsation 2s. The PS2 sales have dipped recently but thats to be expected. When the PS3 comes out it they will be the market leader again. But I don't think PSP casting will change the fortunes of Sony.

Streaming (1)

icqboy1987 (869529) | more than 9 years ago | (#11998887)

What about watching streaming over Wifi? Set a server up at home, compile the good format And there u go... Everywhere with open wifi ( in holland almost anywhere..No1 knows about security ) Or isnt that possible? it sounds cool do...

Holy Grail for the PSP? (2, Interesting)

dealexander (519049) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999263)

Unfortunately, Sony is also a media company and has large interests in protection of intellectual property (audio and video). The feature the PSP needs to be sucessful (the ability to view content you already own on your PSP) will probably not happen. The reason is simple, Sony wants to sell you yet another copy of your favorite movies. Until we as a society find a way allow people to buy content vs. media (which happen to have content on them) then the PSP will never be a major feather in Sony's hat. I was going to buy a PSP, but without the ability to convert DVD titles that I legally own into the PSP media (memory stick is too small and expensive for this purpose) I won't be buying one. Video clips on memory stick = Too Weak

Re:Holy Grail for the PSP? (1)

radish (98371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999519)

The feature the PSP needs to be sucessful (the ability to view content you already own on your PSP) will probably not happen.

Already has happened. I'm currently trying to "catch up" with Alias (only discovered it recently) so I bought all the box sets. Now I'm watching them every day on my commute to/from work, on my PSP. It's really easy to rip & convert, I even get it in widescreen as originally intended. A 512 mb card can easily hold 2 episodes with excellent quality. I really don't see your problem.

Re:Holy Grail for the PSP? (1)

nitehorse (58425) | more than 9 years ago | (#12000182)

What software are you using for the ripping & converting?

(feel free to email me instead of following up here, I'm really curious about this as I'm looking for excuses to buy a PSP and this would totally close the deal for me)

*Casting (1)

pkcs11 (529230) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999418)

Nowadays we're re-naming commonly used actions into sexier terms.
When did p2p uploads/downloads becoming *casting??
When did a personal webpage become a blog?
The internet is pretty much stuck in 1994 (as are most /. users) and we're simply re-naming things instead of innovating.

Fp g0a7 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11999722)

TO DECLINE FOR crisco or lube. Track of where

Hardly a "new unqiue application" (3, Insightful)

Gravaton (413066) | more than 9 years ago | (#11999945)

Erm, you guys do know that Sony already has software available for the PSP that will convert any video file you can drag and drop onto it (Yes, DivX, XviD, etc.) into MPEG4 and put it on your PSP....and images as well....

It's called Image Converter. It's bundled with the PSP (At least the pack that comes with the memory stick gets a CD with it, otherwise it's free from Sony with registration). What's the point of this guy reinventing the wheel?

Info on the software is here:
http://forum.lik-sang.com/showthread.php?t=1929 [lik-sang.com]

Sure, this works for now... (2, Interesting)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12000135)

Sure, this works for now. But Sony had the forsight to make their system flash updatable through bios updates via a wireless network or gamepack. They could go the same route that Microsoft did with the X-Box and force firmware updates when you play new games or connect to Sony's network, effectively breaking the ability to play video off a memory stick.

Of course, there will always be "the scene" and people hacking the firmware, etc. But I would count on this ability to be broken at some point because Sony is too short sighted to use it as a marketing gimick.

here is how it works (1)

agtwilight (325275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12000759)

In preparation for my psp in a few days I have been converting some movies for use.

The movies need to copied correctly to a MM DUO (DUO!!! not non DUO) memory stick - the little UMD drive doesnt have a writeable format.

Ok so then you download dvd-decrypter (google) and there a few options for the conversion but I like Rapiz lite (google) its spansish just download and change the menu to english.

Ok a couple of faqs that help:
a good guide http://db.gamefaqs.com/portable/psp/file/psp_mp4_c onvert.txt

OK use dvd decrypter to get the VOBs off your DVD - which you own - I do...im just not going to rebuy disks for the UMD format!
Run it thru rapiz...move to disk with existing file structure...

Both programs have a lot of settings - I had to tweak DVD decrypter to get really happy with the VOB - check their forums.

Anyways I have a few movies ready to go. I own them all so don't even look at me like that.

Enjoy - I think its going to be a hellauva device.

Yeah But Does It Run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12000791)

That, to me, is the real question. Seriously. If I know I can get Linux booting on this thing, I will buy one the day they come out. If I can't get Linux booting, forget it. I'm not a gamer, I have a discman for CDs, and a tv for movies.

But Linux, that's worth making it happen. I can set it up as a little kiosk system with the many PSP buttons set as navigational hotkeys. I see great possibilities; how about you guys?
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