Want to watch your favorite TV show or movies on your iPod video, PSP, or mobile phone without hassling with an online subscription service? Turn to the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 Plus, which works like a mini digital VCR but eliminates all fees, hassles, and file conversion. The Recorder 2 Plus--an enhanced version of the original Recorder 2--is easy to use, as it plugs into any existing home theater component via simple RCA cables. Once connected, it records from any analog video source, including cable or satellite TV, DVD players, camcorders, VCRs, and PVRs such as TiVo. And because the Recorder 2 Plus uses compact memory cards as the storage medium, you can play back the resulting video files on your TV or easily transfer them to the digital devices you already own, such as PSPs, iPod videos, laptops, PDAs, and SmartPhones.
The applications of the Recorder 2 Plus are virtually endless. You can watch your favorite late-night talk show or morning news show on your commute or during your lunch break, enjoy the movies of your choice during a cross-country flight, capture your video game highlights and e-mail them to friends or opponents, or digitize your home movies for viewing with friends. Everything is at your fingertips.
The quality of the recordings depends on the quality of the original content and signal, but the Neuros Recorder 2 Plus captures its footage at 30 frames per second with a 640 x 480 resolution (close to DVD quality). Users can then save the content via one of several resolution/compression options. The resolution methods include VGA for TV playback; WQGVA for the PSP; QVGA (15 and 30 frames per second) and QVGA 3GP for handhelds such as the PSP, iPod, SmartPhones, PDAs, and Pocket PCs; and QCIF and QCIF 3GP for mobile phones. The compression options, meanwhile, consist of superfine, fine, normal, and economy. Note that the superfine and fine settings are only available for the VGA resolution.
Operating the Neuros requires almost no learning curve, as the device uses your TV screen for all the menu controls. With its credit-card-sized remote, it's a cinch to move through the menus and select the handheld device you want to use for viewing. Simply choose the iPod or PSP, for example, and the Recorder 2 Plus encodes the recording into the proper format, so you don't have to worry about details like frame rates, bit rates, or codec types. The device even offers programmable and timer recording functions, just like a traditional VCR.
The Recorder 2 Plus records onto the following memory cards: Secure Digital (SD), MiniSD, MicroSD (Transflash), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Compact Flash (CF) type I and II, Memory Stick Pro, Duo and Pro Duo, and Microdrive. Other details include a JPEG photo viewer with a slide-show option, a one-click record feature from the remote, and upgradeable firmware. The Recorder 2 Plus measures 4.6 by 0.71 by 3.42 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a 90-day warranty on labor and a one-year warranty on parts.
What's in the Box
Recorder 2 Plus system, standard A/V RCA cables, power supply, remote control, software CD-ROM, user's manual.
1)NO FEES - Record Live TV, movies, TV shows and home videos from any source (Cable/Satellite TV, DVD, DVR/PVR, VCR, Camcorder, Console Games...) 2)NO CONVERSION - Files play directly on most handhelds .. Video iPod, PSPs, Smartphones and mobile phones, PDA/Pocket PC, PMP and laptops. 3)NO HASSLE - No PC required. Set up and use like a VCR. Record onto standard flash memory cards, memory stick, Mini-SD and microdrive.