The SanDisk V-Mate’s job is simple. Stick in a flash card (SD, MMC, MMCplus, MMCmobile, SDHC, MiniSDHC, MicroSDHC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo), connect the device to a composite video source, and it will record video onto the card using MPEG4 compression. SanDisk says a 1GB flash card can support up to 3.5 hours of whatever video you throw at it. The MPEG4 format makes it easy to just stick the card into a phone or a portable media player and start viewing your video.
The estimated price is just $123 when it comes out in October. It’ll be useful for people who haven’t quite gotten the hang of re-encoding stuff on their PCs for iPod/Cellphone/PSP format. But if you do want to save yourself the $123, get yourself a copy of Videora iPod Converter and you can format your stuff for MPEG4 yourself.
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