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Sony DCR-SR40 HDD Handycam Reviewed

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,Review,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 3rd, 2006

Sony DCR-SR40 HandycamThe DCR-SR40 Handycam is a small camcorder with a large capacity for video. This video camera holds it’s multimedia with a 30GB hard drive instead of using a tape or miniDV.

After shooting with this camera for a couple of days the best part of it, especially compared to non-HDD camera’s, is the fact that you can view and manage the video files with the touch screen LCD interface. Each time you start and stop the recording, the camcorder creates a new file. The files are automatically organized into dates when they are saved to the hard drive, so navigating them is fairly easy. Also, the files are represented on the screen by the first frame of the video. A few times I would forget to remove the lens cover before shooting, and those videos would all be identified as black, but aside from …

Mvix Wirelss HD Media Center Bridges Gap From PC

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Darrin Olson on November 29th, 2006

Mvix Wireless Media Center with HD Looking for a handy multimedia gadget to bridge the gap between your PC and your HDTV? This multimedia device could do the trick. The Mvix Media Center is really an external hard drive enclosure with it’s own processor, a Linux OS and some tools to playback just about any multimedia file you have.

This new version of the Mvix adds support for HD video output to your TV and wireless connectivity via 802.11b/g. (You can also connect via an Ethernet cable.) You can connect to your TV like you would connect any other audio and video components with composite, component, s-video or DVI, and you connect audio out with RCA jacks or even use a FM transmitter to play the sound on your FM stereo.

Once set up you simply transfer files from your PC to the Mvix device and play …

Microsoft Zune to get Holiday Shopping Dollars

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Microsoft,News,Zune by Paul Patterson on November 14th, 2006

Zune Player WhiteWhile no one can accurately predict how the Zune will fare this holiday season, one can guarantee that it will take a piece of the considerable market share now enjoyed by the iPod.

Microsoft is currently in the midst of celebrating the U.S. launch of the Zune digital media player and Zune Marketplace music service. The celebration consists of six free concerts in public parks and plazas in urban centers across the country.

At the inaugural concert in Seattle, Gates outlined the Zune vision of creating new ways for people to connect, discover and share music. Gates demonstrated that through Zune-to-Zune managed wireless sharing, consumers are empowered to promote and sample tracks, thus increasing exposure for artists. The service logs the music that people have shared, making it easier to purchase the songs they like the next time they synch up their player. Consumers …

Trekstor i.Beat vision

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,TrekStor by Chetz on November 13th, 2006

i.Beat Vision DM MP3 PlayerTrekstor has a pretty cool gadget here with the i.Beat vision. The vision is an MP3 player at heart, with a number of other cool features.

The i.Beat vision can play multiple formats, including MP3, WMA, OGG, videos in TOM format and is WMA-DRM9-compatible for downloaded music. It also is able to receive and play FM radio with the ability to preset 24 different FM stations.

The i.Beat vision has inline recording, as well. This means that you can record FM radio, your voice from a built in microphone or audio from any line-in input device. It records and converts the data into an MP3 file right on the recorder. You can then keep, organize into folders and browse through the files along with any other files on your i.Beat vision player.

The vision also lets you view JPEG photos and has a slideshow …

Archos 604 Portable Video WiFi

Posted in Archos,Digital Audio,Digital Video,Wi-Fi by Chetz on November 12th, 2006

Archos 604 WiFi Portable Video Player

The Archos 604 WiFi is very similar to the previous version of the Archos 604 Video Player that we featured in September, but they’ve added a very cool feature – WiFi. The WiFi feature enables wireless connections to transfer files, as well as wireless surfing of the web and emailing (through web based email systems) right out of the device.

The Archos 604 is still the same great solution for watching portable videos, and also works great for viewing photos and listening to music, a lot of which you can do simultaneously. The 30 GB hard drive allows for storage of up to 25 full length movies, 130 hours of TV shows recorded through an optional DVR station, 300k photos or 15k songs. The video player also has a built in speaker and a little kickstand on the back so …

P!nk Player from TrekStor

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,TrekStor by Quagmire on November 8th, 2006

P!nk player from TrekStorTrekStor has partnered with celebrity pop singer P!nk to create a new MP3 player. The player features a pink front and a glossy silver aluminum rear. An area on the back of the player has been reserved for an engraving of the singer’s signature.

The ultra-slim, compact player features a movie viewer, an integrated FM radio, folder navigation, ID3 tag display and an integrated dictation machine. You can easily store all of P!nk’s greatest hits with the 2 gigabyte flash storage module.

“We are particularly proud to have teamed up with mega-star P!nk – who is currently on tour in Germany and meanwhile a true celebrity here – to present this really trendy player,” says Daniel Szmigiel, CEO of TrekStor GmbH & Co. KG in Lorsch. “Once again, we are able to offer our young, passionate rock music fans

Panasonic HDC-SD1, One Small AVCHD Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Digital Video,News,Panasonic by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2006

Panasonic HDC-SD1 CamcorderPanasonic has come out with the latest in small AVCHD camcorders which will record High-Def video. The video is recorded onto a 4GB SDHC memory card that can hold between 40 and 90 minutes of video depending on the Mbps that the video is recorded at, and it has a battery that allows continuous recording for up to 65 minutes.

Using the 3CCD sensor the HDC-SD1 camcorder can record in full HD 1080i (1920 x 1080) and provide digital and optical zoom at 12X and 30X, respectively. You can watch the video you are recording with the 3″ LCD flip-out monitor and record sound in Dolby Digital 5.1 format with 5 separate microphones built into the camera that adjust based on zoom.

The attention-getter with this camcorder has got to be it’s size, though. At only 490 …

HitchCam Rear View LCD

Posted in Automotive,Digital Video by Chetz on November 7th, 2006

HitchCam Rear View Mirror LCDThis is an awesome safety gadget created by HitchCam to prevent accidents, especially with small children, when backing up with your SUV, pickup or really any vehicle.

HitchCam provides a number of solutions, but the pictured LCD monitor here is one of the coolest. When you put your big rig into reverse, the small LCD monitor slides out from the side of your rear view mirror and displays what is on the camera, allowing you to view what is behind you. When you shift back into park or drive, the camera automatically slides back into the rear view mirror and out of site.

HItchCam Rear View Vehicle CameraHitchCam has a number of video viewing devices available aside from the rear view mirror mount, including a 2.5″ custom color monitor and seamless integration into a video system already installed into …

Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000

Posted in Digital Video,Microsoft,Webcams by Chetz on November 6th, 2006

Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000A webcam designed specifically for notebook computers was the intent with Microsoft’s LifeCam NX-6000.

The design of the NX-6000 webcam let’s it fit nicely on top of the notebook lid, needing no special attachments or stands so it is easy to bring along and easy to attach. A microphone is also built in so that a separate device or connection is not needed.

The LifeCam has a high definition 7.6 megapixel camera for still photos, and can record high def video at 2.0 megapixels for a 1600×1190 pixel picture. The camera also has 3x digital zoom for pictures and video to allow you to be up close and personal with the person on the other end, and the 71 degree wide angle lens let’s the whole family fit in the picture at once.

Being a Microsoft product, it only makes sense that the LifeCam NX-6000 integrates …

NVIDIA PureVideo Enables HD DVD, Blu-Ray On Your PC

Posted in Digital Video,News,NVIDIA,Video Cards by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

Nvidia PureVideo HDNVIDIA has now made it possible for you to watch HD DVD or Blu-ray movies on your PC with some new video drivers having PureVideo HD technology. The PureVideo technology encompasses multiple features that will help improve the video portion of your multimedia experience with your PC.

Aside from just creating the drivers to support the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, PureVideo provides some hardware acceleration to decode H.264, VC-1, WMV and MPEG-2 movies that will make images clearer than normal, and up to six times the detail of a regular DVD movie. The driver software will also help your PC run a little more efficiently when using multiple applications since it takes on some of the video processing instead of taxing the PC’s CPU and 3D engine.

“This is a milestone in PC entertainment,” stated Scott Vouri who is general manager of multimedia at …

JVC HDD/DVD/MiniDV Recorder

Posted in Digital Video,Home Theater,JVC by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

JVC DR-DX5S HDD/DVD/MiniDV Video RecorderThis is a really cool video recorder from JVC with triple action recording for HDD, DVD and MiniDVD. The device can record in multiple formats, including MiniDV, HDD, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R, and it can play almost every popular format currently out there. The list of playable formats for the DR-DX5S from JVC include the same recording formats already listed along with CD, SVCD, VCD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, and JPEG digital still images.

The video recorder records it’s data to an internal 250 GB hard drive and features 6-way dubbing, a bit-rate optimizer and high speeding dubbing up to 64x. Also,this device has a MiniDV deck built right in. Another pretty cool feature is the comprehensive remote, which has a lot of functionality and is probably too big to get lost in the cushion of the couch.

The JVC DR-DX5S is a great …

Nexx NF-810 Personal Media Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Nexx by Quagmire on October 29th, 2006

Nexx NF-810

Coming off strikingly similar to the iPod Nano, the Nexx NF-810 is a slender Personal Media Player capable of playing your favorite music and video.

Measuring 39mm x 88mm x 7mm and weighing just 38 grams, the NF-810 is a handy multi-function device. In addition to its standard duties as a personal media player it operates as a JPEG photo viewer, FM radio, and voice recorder.

The NF-810 is capable of playing video in the form of SMV files and Nexx provides the necessary software to convert existing MPEG/WMV/AVI movies into SMV. The 1.66″ TFT screen is capable of 65k colors.

Other features include a multi-lingual interface and digital equalizer with battery life rated at ten hours.

While the NF-810 certainly borrowed a page from the Apple design book, it is a sharp-looking player packed with features.

Nexx will be offering the NF-810 in 512MB, 1GB, and …

iRecord Directly to your iPod or PSP

Posted in Digital Video by Paul Patterson on October 26th, 2006

iRecordThe iRecord Personal Media Recorder allows you to record movies or TV shows directly to your iPod, PSP or any other USB mass storage device or portable media player without the need of a computer to do the transfer.

iRecord works by recording analog video and audio from any source with S-video or RCA video and audio outputs, including DVD players, TVs, TiVo, VCR or any cable/satellite set-top box.

iRecord uses various compression techniques to give you up to 3 hours of video/audio recording per Gigabyte of storage. The iRecord encodes H.264 video in real-time at the standard iPod and PSP resolution of 320×240. iRecord is also able to record MP3 audio directly to most iPod models.

The iRecord is available now for $199.

Ultra-Versatile Music and Video Player from TrekStor

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,TrekStor by Paul Patterson on October 22nd, 2006

iBeat Vision DM

TrekStor, German designer and manufacturer of external hard disks, USB sticks, and portable digital media players, has released its first portable music and video player in the U.S. The glossy-black i.Beat vision DM is not only aimed at the music and video fanatic, but at those who also want to view JPEG photos, listen to FM radio, or record conversation or dictation.

At less than three inches long and an inch-and-half wide, the i.Beat vision DM features a sharp 1.3″ LCD Screen for displaying colorful menus, viewing photos, or watching videos.

The player incorporates an FM radio which has the capability to record directly off the radio or you can record all of your great ideas with the built-in voice recorder. You can also play your favorite podcasts or audio books making it a flexible solution for you to manage your photos, audio books, videos, and …

Some Sick iPods

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2006

iPod VirusYes, I think the iPod is pretty cool, but we are talking about the more common use of the word “sick”.

Apple said yesterday that it had discovered that a some of its Video iPods shipped with a Windows virus on the player.

“Less than 1 percent” of the Video iPods sold after Sept. 12 were infected with the Windows RavMon.exe virus, Apple said.

“This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it,” Apple said in a statement on it’s web site. “So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy …