Sony Announces MemoryStick Video Recorder
Sony Japan has announced a Tivo like device, that records television and video in a format for Handhelds. The VR100K records video to a memory stick in a format optimized for playback on a Clie handheld.
The new PEGA-VR100K Video recorder records broadcast television and video directly to any memory stick. The video is stored in a format optimized especially for Sony Clie handhelds, but can likely be used on other computers and devices..
The device has a TV Tuner built in that can receive VHF channels from 1-12 and UHF broadcast from 13-62. It has a external antenna connector and what looks like standard RCA input and output jacks.
The recorder comes with software that allows your handheld to download TV listings and times. From the application you can instruct the device what and when to record.
The device can record video in a number of different sizes and quality settings. It supports video in 320x240, 176x144, and 160x112 each in 15 frames per second with 24kHz mono or stereo sound. With a 1gig Memory Stick Pro media card the device can record over 16 hours of video content in the lowest setting, or 4 hours in top quality. A 128MB stick can store approximately 130 minutes in the "long haul mode." It records to all memory stick, memory stick pro and duo formats.
The video is compatible with all of the Palm OS 5 Sony Clies, including the NX series, the TG50, NZ90 and the UX series. It uses the MPEG4 Simple Profile video codec. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan on November 1st and a price has not yet been announced. It is unknown at this point if the devices will be sold outside of Japan.
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