Video on the Go: Using a Video Player with Your Portable Media Player
Back in the old days, it was a common scene to see the youth donning large-speaker headphones with a tangle of audio cables connecting the speakers to an audio player, particularly portable cassette players or Walkman sets. Some would even bring boom boxes if they're not satisfied with the audio capabilities of their portable players - oblivious to the difficulty of lugging such a big and bulky device anywhere they go.
But those days are gone now. The youth of today may not even know what a cassette player is. These portable players were soon replaced by portable CD, then later DVD players delivering high quality audio tracks which people can listen to at their convenience. Technology took it another step further, making these devices more compact and portable with MP3 players and the iPod.
Enter: Video on the Go
A whole new level of entertainment capabilities though video on a portable medium was made possible with the wide variety of MP4 players, iPod Video, iPod Touch, DKY, GSI, Archos, Cowon, Zen, Zune and other portable media players. These devices and portable players are capable of playing video tracks from short clips to full-length movies, giving users portable viewing pleasure anywhere and anytime at their absolute viewing convenience.
Not only that, portable game consoles entered the market providing both gaming and video entertainment capabilities to the delight and convenience of their users. These portable gaming consoles include the DSi, GameKing, Gizmondo, GP2X, Zune, Dingoo and the PSP among others. On top of that, the portable media players have additional built-in features that go beyond gaming such SMS, MMS, camera and recording capabilities. Devices like the iPhone and the iPad have raised the level even further with telecommunications and portable computing capabilities that were only imagined years ago.
However, the wide variety of available devices in the market brought with it an intrinsic problem - compatibility. While most devices are able to play video in standard mpeg4 or avi formats, others maintain their own video formats that can be played with these devices. This problem calls forth the need to have a video converter able to convert video tracks from one format to another depending on the need and capabilities of your player.
The Advantage of Using Video Converters for Your Portable Media Player
Given the problem with compatibility, video converters allow users to convert video clips from any format to something that can be played on their portable media players. These includes video formats that include AVI, FLV, MPG, MP4, MKV, Real, Quicktime, Windows Media (WMV), 3GP, iPod, PSP, DAT, TS, VOB and other video types.
These video converters also allow users to extract or convert video files from their favourite DVDs or VCDs so they can watch these clips on their portable media players. Aside from the portability and convenience of converting these video files, scratches and potential damages related to the direct use of media materials on discs can be avoided – as long as it is used for personal use and convenience only!
Users who are delighted with a shared video entry from YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and other social network or video sharing websites can download their favourite clips which they can later convert to the format usable in their portable media players. This gives them the added convenience of enjoying these videos with friend or family offline and wherever they may be. It's a whole new world of visual and aural experience.
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