what’s the deal with Sonys UMD and why a portable Media center is far better

I don’t want to compare anything else but the media playing capabilities of the devices. Since Sony is working together with many movie studios these days to make more and more movies available on it’s own proprietary format UMD.

The Sony UMD is simply a standard DVD with 60 mm diameter and 1.8 GByte of storage space. The fact that the disc itself is in some kind of caseing and the fact that there are legal issues if you would try to burn your own UMDs makes it not the media of choice if you want to burn your own movies or recordings to watch them with the PSP. The second media type you could use with your PSP is the Sony MemoryStick. One disadvantage of the MemoryStick is that it’s quite expensive. Around 90 Euro for a 1 GByte MemoryStick DUO is quite a lot money.

Sony UMD

The PSP can play some MPEG4 formats and there are tools/encoders available to create your own movies. But you’re limited to the size of your MemoryStick. Actually there are no tools that allow you to “syncronize” automatically with your video recorder/media center/whatever-media-recording-device. I don’t want to compare the possible video resolutions because they depend on that Portable Media Center you are buying/using.

A different storage idea is behind the Portable Media Centers. These devices commonly use harddisks with about 20 to 40 GByte of space which makes more than 20 to 50 hours of video. The medias are stored in the Windows Media formats like Windows Media Audio (WMA) or Windows Media Video (WMV) (there are some more formats like AVI…but the codecs are very limited…but more to this issue later…). There is an automatic synchronisation software available for the Portable Media Centers. This software even transcodes your media files to WMV/WMA while synchronizing. For me this is the strong argument for the Portable Media Centers: I can sync a PMC with my own recordings for example from my PVR… – I don’t need to buy expensive MemorySticks and do everything manually. I just put the PMC into it’s cradle and it’s going to sync my latest tv recordings for example… It’s the same thing like podcasts and the iPod. The more comfort you get the more you will use the product…

A big advantage of the PSP is that Sony tends to be more open to codecs and new codec developments. For example: The latest Firmware update for the PSP enables H.264 on the PSP… that’s one thing only future versions of the PMCs would have (as far as I know).

Another type of device – the normal Windows Mobile Devices – is not part of this article – but as I wrote some hours and weeks ago there is the same sync functionality built into current devices using the Windows Media Player 10. But if you want to play other formats with other codecs (like MPEG4) you have to use other Software Players like The Core Pocket Media Player.

One last thing: I really don’t get the idea behind the Movie UMDs. Who wants to buy a movie for about 15-30 Euro in a format he can only play in his PSP when you can get the DVD for about 8-15 Euros…I don’t think that this will work for Sony…actually it does not work for me.

BTW: I know…it’s mostly illegal to copy the movie from the DVD to your PC to copy it onto the PMC… but life is not a tickling competition…

Source 1: Sony PSP
Source 2: Microsoft Portable Media Centers
Source 3: Automatically sync Windows Mobile Devices with Windows Media Player
Source 4: The Core Pocket Media Player

Charlottes first TV appearance since months…

So there it was! The first TV appearance of Charlotte since months. And it was great to have her back. Since she presented(together with Matthieu Culleron) a great rock festival she really seemed to be “back in her favourite business”… Now please a new show for Charlotte!!

Source: http://www.laroutedurock.com
Source: http://www.arte.com

Charlotte Roche back on TV in two days!!!

Together with Matthieu Culleron Charlotte Roche will present the TV Show for this years “la route du rock”-Festival.

On 13th of august (so in just two days) at 2235 you’ll have to tune into the german/french tv station “ARTE”…

I think there will be more information+pictures after the show…

Source 1: http://www.laroutedurock.com/
Source 2: Arte Homepage

LOST Season 1 Final….(WARNING: SPOILER!)


It’s unfair that almost nothing concludes at the end of this season. Of course a huge cliffhanger was expected but… Hey come on!

I am very very angry about the fact that obviously no strange event or fact is explained at the end of the first season.

For me it seems that the authors are on the best way to overstress their viewers. In my oppinion they should take care of this issue. Thrill lowers when you push to hard…and to long.

I wished they explained at least something…but there are even more questions to be answered. And that’s why: YOU’RE BLOODY BASTARDS!

Source: http://www.i-am-lost.com/

video cutting for iswision

Because namenlos is managing the media storage array we had to visit the video cutting room. There were some teams cutting their videos and I was impressed by the number of G5s available there…

Namenlos dealing with problems, well…nothing more to say ;)

count them!


You can watch the ISWISION broadcasts via live-stream or even better: Live at in the audience in MKR 102.

HDTV…you don’t have enough cpu power…

It’s great that more and more movies are broadcasted in HDTV. But it’s disappointing how much CPU power you need to get smooth video playback. Especially when it’s MPEG4 and not MPEG2.

This graph shows it: a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 is not really enough to handle high quality MPEG4 compressed HDTV. Almost 50 percent CPU usage when playing a 720p movie… don’t expect 1080i/p to run fluently…. this sucks.

german music television vivaplus to desecrate viva-zwei logo

Vivaplus changed it’s scheme…and 2step is back. 2step is a show mainly focused on electronic music… 2step started in the holy years when viva-zwei was alive and rox0ring… Anyway: Why is Vivaplus, this unworthy successor of viva-zwei using the original viva-zwei logo… this is… this is… horrible… I want my viva-zwei back!

Battlestar Galactica exclusive commentary via podcast

Scifi.com is offering us exclusive content for free. I noticed that this is available just today when the season final aired:

“With the Battlestar Galactica Podcast, you can listen to exclusive commentary by executive producer Ronald D. Moore about each episode, while you’re watching it. There are two ways to enjoy this feature – subscribe to our podcast feed or download individual MP3 files.”

Source: http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/downloads/podcast/

not perfect but they try it anyway: Logitech’s Harmony 880

That’s a remote control. A huge big-ass one of a remote control. But it’s the right way anyhow: It’s unsustainable that you have 3-4 maybe even 5 remote controls in the high-tech-palace some call their living room.

Look, it even has a full customisable color display:

“The Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote puts you in control of your entire audio-video system with just one button. It´s home entertainment the way it should be—simple.

Optimized for complicated HDTV and PVR systems, the Harmony 880 helps you tame tough configurations like switching your television between video aspect ratios depending on the program source. The interactive color display lets you quickly choose a 16:9 ratio for movies and HDTV, or a standard 4:3 ratio for basic television programming.”

Source: Logitech

Stargate Atlantis und die Sache mit dem Strom

okay, auf “Atlantis” gibts Stromprobleme…aber die Sache scheint seltsame Blüten zu treiben wenn die Rechner aus Mitleid schon auf Strom verzichten und trotzdem noch funktionieren:

Offenbar verzichtet dieser Rechner auf so ziemlich alles was ihn mit der “Aussenwelt” verbindet… halt “ancient Technology”…

Quelle: Stargate Atlantis

Why 1984 is not like “1984”.

Ihr schwärmt alle von Apple? 1984 waren auch noch andere Dinge modern.

Miami Vice zum Beispiel

Mit den dicksten Wummen

In nervösen Zeiten

Wo dementsprechend auch viel Gebrauch davon gemacht wurde

In ausgefallener Bildsprache

Wo man noch Spaß an der Freizeit hatte
(Man beachte, wie Tubbs gleich kotzen muss.)

Andere Länder mit anderen Verkehrsregeln

“Dass du uns auch immer in Schwierigkeiten bringen musst, Tubbs!”


Dazu gibts noch ein paar nette Sprüche aus der Serie:

“Macht der noch was anderes außer Klamottenkaufen?” – “Ja, er kauft Autos.”
“Wir haben 20.000$ in bar gefunden, dazu mehrere Pistolen,…” – Die 80ziger, ein Lebensgefühl.
“Wer hätte gedacht, dass unsere Scheidung ein noch größerer Flop wird als unsere Ehe.”
“Du musst nicht immer alles so schwarz sehen.” – “Ich bin schwarz.” Crockett zu Tubbs.
“Das ist Angelina. Heisses Geschoss! Und sogar intelligent.”
“Oooohhh! Geil, Alter!” Tubbs zu Crockett.
“Die kleinen Idioten dort; diese lausig bezahlten Bullen; da kriegen sogar die Jungs mehr, die bei mir das Klo putzen.” Ein Drogendealer zu Crockett.
“Ihr könnt nicht mal nen Mann schnappen, der nur bis zur vierten Klasse gekommen ist.” Der gleiche Drogendealer zu Crockett.

Jens Heymann

der Mac mini als Mediacenter

Engadget hat einen äusserst ausführlichen Bericht über den Mac mini und einen möglichen Anwendungsfall des Mini-Computers: als Mediacenter direkt am TV… keine schlechte Idee – jedoch ist da vermutlich eine Xbox deutlich besser zu verwenden… ist jedenfalls meine Meinung…

“Yep, everyone’s talking about using the Mac mini as a home media center, and there’s a reason why: its diminutive form factor makes it a good candidate to fit unobtrusively into an existing audio/video or home theater setup. It looks more like a consumer electronics device than a computer, so it won’t look out of place in your living room. We think of it as the central brain of our system; the glue that holds all the devices together. It can serve the role of scheduler, controller, audio/video recorder, audio/video playback, audio/video download, and it even makes a decent audio/video production unit, as well. You might not win the next Sundance with your iMovie, but you sure can impress everyone at the next family reunion.”

Quelle: http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000057028826

Vortrag Imagine Cup in Weimar

Heute ging’s nun kurzfristig nach Weimar, in’s “lichthaus kino (e-werk)”. Zusammen mit Nico habe ich im Rahmen des “backup festivals” eine Präsentation zum Imagine Cup 2005 (“Erlaubt ist, was Grenzen sprengt.”) gehalten. Im Vordergrund standen die Kategorien “Short Film” und “Rendering.” Noch bevor es los ging mit der Präsentation, gab’s ein Interview für den Regionalsender Salve TV. Die haben dann auch die Präsentation mitgeschnitten. Neben den Details und Regeln haben wir noch einige Filme der Finalisten aus dem letzten Jahr gezeigt. Danach ging’s noch zum Small Talk an den Tresen um noch gezielt Fragen zu klären.

Nach insgesamt sieben Stunden und völliger Erschöpfung sind wir dann wieder in Ilmenau eingetroffen. Wir hoffen, dass viele Weimarer Studierende sich mit Ihren Filmen bewerben undich ganz persönlich sehe da wirklich großes Potential auch zu gewinnen …

Ach ja, der Fernsehbericht wird am Montag auf Salve TV ausgestrahlt, fragt sich nur, wer das empfängt …

Tino Seeber, NYBlog