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  • Reflex - Thursday, September 30, 2004 - link

    http://news.com.com/Microsoft+focuses+on+camera+co...

    Thats the announcement on MTP. Its an open standard and anyone can support it. Its NOT tied to Windows Media Player 10.
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  • crepticdamion - Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - link

    Hello, it seems some people know more than AnandTech concerning this article.

    There are other MUCH better solutions that are not from Microsoft. I don't have anything against Microsoft (even had a lot of PocketPC generations and still have 2 PocketPCs) but when the Microsoft product is worse than the others, well I won't have it because is Microsoft. With me, the better product (overall) always wins.

    Put that apart, this PMC is completely so MUCH weaker than Archos AV400 product, that my heart screams with indignation regarding this article. The diference in Size, Weight, Performance, Capacity (AV480 has 80GB, while AV420 is 20GB as PMC), and what Archos does more is infinite. Microsft ALWAYS looses.

    I advise everyone that read this article to go search on Yahoo or Google for an Archos AV400 Review. Your mind will be boggled with its capacities and it is already available.

    Archos AV400 is several years ahead of everyone else in these products and they deserve it, they've been working on this for almost a decade.

    Good Hunting and always compare the alternatives.
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  • Pjotr - Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - link

    #14, That's why the Archos is so much better. Reply
  • Wizkid - Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - link

    That hard drive is capable of 16MB/sec minimum. The rediculously slow transfer rate must be a software or implementation issue. Reply
  • mindless1 - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Transcode the video?
    I think I'll wait for a non-crippled PM player.
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  • ViRGE - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    At 320x240 and 10MB/min needed for the best video quality, it seems Microsoft is working way too hard here. Those specs are right around the sweet-spot for MPEG1 of all things, which is fast & easy to encode and decode, and at such a low resolution would return very similar results. Obviously MS is planning for the future here, and on that note, these devices will be much more notable once they start using full VGA screens instead of QVGA. Reply
  • michael2k - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Hmm, I call.

    This thing can only do 2MB/s with USB2.0 on video transfer? And you blame the laptop drive for that?

    My laptop (PowerBook 400) can field 16MB/s, and my iPod 2G with it's PCMCIA sized drive can field 12MB/s.

    Of course they were both using the FireWire interface, and they were talking to other, faster, hard drives, but still...
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  • Reflex - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Pjotr - I have nothing against the Archos or anything, however no special software is needed for the Creative product. The only reason WMP10 needs to be installed is to add MTP support to Windows, but you are free from then on to use any MTP aware software to transfer data, or you can do so simply through explorer if you wish, its browseable through there(something Anandtech forgot to mention).

    Not saying anything bad about Archos, just pointing out that MTP devices are just as easy to transfer to and from.
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  • val - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    9: yes but think about use case, i do not want to watch movies so often somewhere to buy such a device. PDA makes much more fun on long trips, holiday or waiting for the bus. And if i would watch them, i like to record them in full quality and than convert from PC. Reply
  • Pjotr - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    #8,

    Maybe for the Windows PMC device, but not for Archos. Archos AV series are fully stand alone with video input for recording straight into MPEG-4 to the device HD for later playback to the video output. Read the product info on the link I posted above. There is no need to transfer movies from a computer, or record onto a computer, or covert into formats readable by the device.

    I think the Archos is light years ahead of the Windows version in practical applicability.
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  • val - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Pjotr: no you cannot use it as VCR, because you must anyway have it on computer available (TV, video out, not counting the quality,...) Reply
  • val - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    this is again some discovering of the wheel. Can anybody explain me what this single purpose device can offer me when i have e800 PDA (USB + VGA output)? Wouldnt be better to work on making PDAs yet more cheaper? I can play DivX, WMA, WMV, MP3, XviD and i have usefull computer and gaming console with screen ten times better than this one. HDD i have 1 GB (more than 5 movies in XVID) and i can connect USB HDD to it too. Maybe if price will compete with MD player or MP3 player and not be compareable to notebooks or top line PDAs Reply
  • Pjotr - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Well, you can basically replace your VCR with one of these. It has scheduled recordings and you can view them on your TV instantly. Also, you don't need to manage cassettes, DVDs etc, only files on a HD. It is also a lot smaller than your typical VCR/DVD-recorder. Reply
  • icarus4586 - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Portable video players seem to me to be of limited usefulness. Definitely would be handy for long trips, but otherwise it seems like the only function you'd use would be the audio player. And there are smaller, less expensive, more battery efficient music players. Reply
  • Pjotr - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Oh, forgot, the AV400 also acts like a regular USB 2.0 hard disk, no special software needed to transfer files. Reply
  • Pjotr - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Sorry, Anand, but you make it sound like Microsoft invented a new type of product. There is no mention at all of non-Windows portable media centers. Archos ( http://www.archos.com/ ) have had this kind of device available for almost a year now. Their second generation model (AV400) seems a lot more attractive than the Creative device: Video input for recording, longer battery life, remote control, docking cradle for easy hookup to your TV, online scheduling of recordings via Yahoo, support for various codecs including DivX. (BTW, why wouldn't you want support for varying codecs on a portable device?) Reply
  • Reflex - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Windows Media Player 10 was not a 'choice' Microsoft made to get data to the devices. These devices, and virtually all future MP3 players, digital cameras, and other 'media' peripherals are now using a protocol known as 'MTP' which stands for Media Transport Protocol. It is an attempt to standardize the method of transmitting and recieving data to media devices of all types, so that you do not need to have a custom driver for every little doodad you plug into your PC.

    Furthermore, down the line it could allow devices to communicate with each other, and it makes it so that any MTP aware application should be able to sync and send/recieve data from any MTP compatible device, ending the days when you are stuck with a custom app that a company wrote for their particiliar device.

    Right now the only application that is MTP aware is WMP10, however that is to be expected since the protocol is brand new and was developed by Microsoft. However there is an API and any other application can become MTP aware and sync with such devices, and I am certain that Real, MusicMatch, and virtually everyone else is working on it right now.

    So my point is that while currently WMP10 is the only way to sync with such devices, this is not by design, its merely a byproduct of the introduction of MTP as the new standardized interface for portable devices. It won't be the case for long and is not a true drawback. Its also not exclusive to PMC's, as MP3 players and other devices are all going to soon be using this standard.
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  • Novaoblivion - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    Very interesting read as I was looking at this earlier. I might get one since I do have plenty of video content to take with me on vacation. However does anyone know if it has problems displaying languages other then english? A lot of things seem to display other languages as squares which I find really annoyying. Thanks! Reply

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