SanDisk SDMV1-R V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder
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- Select desired playback device "profile," or manually set video format, resolution, and quality levels
- User-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on your TV
- Schedule recordings of television programs based on channel, date, and start/stop times
- Compatible with all major memory card formats
- Connects to your TV and any composite video source
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The device features all the connectivity and media compatibility you need. View front and rear.
The V-Mate makes it easy to get your media onto your favorite devices.
Simply connect the V-Mate to your TV and any composite video source, including your cable/satellite/terrestrial set-top box, DVD player, VCR, personal video recorder (PVR), or camcorder. The V-Mate allows you to select your desired playback device "profile," or manually set video format, resolution, and quality levels via a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on your television screen. The GUI makes it very easy to navigate through the menu and select recording and viewing options.
The V-Mate allows you to schedule recordings of television programs based on channel, date, and start/stop times, including daily and weekly repeats. You may program up to 30 time slots. And because the V-mate is compatible with all major memory card formats, you can record to the media that works with your devices.
Playback on Your Device
You can view your recorded video content by simply inserting your flash memory card into a compatible portable device. Now your mobile phone, handheld game console, PDA, video music player personal media player (PMP), and PC are just a few steps from playing your video on your terms.
Top Customer Reviews
The recording quality is about what one would expect. On the small screen, it is beautiful, plays smoothly, and is easy to configure for your device. (It will automatically set itself to your device by simply choosing it from a list, or you can set it manually in about 5 minutes). Your options include size/resolution; format (mp4, 3gp, etc); and FPS (15 or 30). I use MP4, 320x240, and 15 FPS. This records about 500+MB per 1 hour of recording. This allows almost 8 hours of recorded video on my one card.
One tip: I use TCPMP on my device installed to a different SD card. However, by putting a copy of the TCPMP folder on both cards, I can swap them out and still see the video recorder to the card without hassle. Works great!
Back to the video quality, this is NOT a device for recording video files that look great on your TV. Even at the highest resolution and 30 FPS, the video on the TV is quite fuzzy. This is only slightly dissapointing, however, as you don't buy it for your TV - you buy it for your portable. (If you want something like this for your TV, get a TiVo already! =)
So in the end, I love this product so far! It installs in minutes (just a couple of cables to route in your system). From there it has a rudimentary yet simple system for either recording on the fly, or setting a schedule to record things later. My 'best practice' is simply to check the 'satellite' for interesting shows/movies over night, schedule them, and then in the morning I have a full card.Read more ›
1. Resolution is OK - good for playback on a portable device - but not your computer.
2. The channels on the SanDisk menu only go up to 199 - my digital cable goes up to 899 - there's a lot that I can't record.
3. The included remote is tiny, all black (easy to misplace) and isn't labeled very well.
4. The menu blocks out the entire screen and doesn't go away - kind of annoying if you want to schedule a recording and watch something else.
5. Different quality for different channels. Not sure why this is as most of my analog channels look the same.
6. The included IR emitter totally whacked out my remote for the cable box - can't seem to figure out how to fix it.
If you have a small TV in a bedroom or office and want a cheap alternative, or if you are looking to copy programs and make them even smaller for your iPod, iRiver, etc., it's a good CHEAP alternative. But if you are looking for quality recordings to save in a collection or play back on a bigger TV, buy something else.
The SanDisk does have a better interface, and is easier to understand and set up quickly, but in the end the picture and sound quality are poor.
FYI - I'm using a PSP as my viewer.
The first thing you should do after you purchase it is to go to Sandisk's site and download the new firmware (I wonder how many critics did that before they complained), install it and check the settings. By using the MP4 setting with the highest resolution, the video produced is as clear and smooth as the original. (Remember the video is only as good as its weakest link. Jumpy or low quality VHS doesn't miraculously get better.) This does fill the flash memory card faster, but if you are preserving family videos or obscure tapes this allows for high quality videos for DVD transfer or just to show from the V-Mate itself. What is high quality? I just showed a video from VHS on a 60" television a few days ago with excellent reproduction.
To me, the concept of having hours of video on a memory card half the size of a postage stamp is still hard to comprehend. This device, or something similar, will be the future of video storage and transfer.
What this has over the other model is that there is on screen programming and video recording options.
I purchased this to supplement my PSP and new Sony-Ericsson w850i phone. It works like a charm...
Not only was it a snap to integrate with my set top box but the recoring options ie. bitrate, protocol etc. give you the opportunity to record for any phone that you may own or your PSP or whatever will play a list of A/V formats.
What I love about the unit is that you can record off of your TV or DVD player in the exact format that fits your playback device. My Sony phone works well with 3GPP so that's what I just recorded '8 Below' in and WOW, there's no stuttering or pixelation...it's great...what can I say. I found another gem in my quest for entertainment freedom. Any questions, please eMail me....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The device is a nice idea but it leaves a great deal to be desired.
The video suffers from weird transitions. Read more
I LOVE THIS MEMORY CARD RECORDER! I don't know why people say that it doesn't look good on a hdtv I think it's awesome. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JOSHUA MARKS
The very small size is so portable and the memory cards hold a lot.
I take it with me when traveling to avoid the outrageous movie charges in hotels. Read more
Works OK but not real user friendly. Hard to use because you can't see what it's doing while it's doing it. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Dave Mathyk
I love it because it did what it suppose to do, plus it was the same size for the itemPublished on March 8, 2013 by Cal Browne