The Bottom Line
The Easy Recorder 2 from Hagiwara Sys-Com is tiny -- a littler smaller and a lot light than the PSP itself, but it packs in pretty much all the features you need for recording PSP video.
- Records video to a memory stick for direct playback on a PSP.
- Can also be used as a memory stick reader/writer.
- Recorded video also playable on a Video iPod, PC or Mac.
- Can record from any device with standard RCA video output.
- Has 3 compression/quality settings.
- If your video player only has one output, you can't see what you're recording.
- Not compatible with memory sticks over 1GB or under 128MB.
- Item: Easy Recorder 2
- Type: Memory Stick Recorder
- Manufacturer: Hagiwara Sys-Com
- More Info: In-depth Review -- Images -- Manufacturer's Site
Guide Review - Hagiwara Sys-Com Easy Recorder 2
The Easy Recorder 2 from Hagiwara Sys-Com is a stand-alone memory stick video recorder. It's meant to record video from any video device with a standard RCA output directly on to a Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo, already formatted for PSP playback. That means that the recorder automatically formats the video for the small PSP screen and saves the files in the PSP's file hierarchy, so you can take the memory stick out of the Easy Recorder 2 and put it directly into your PSP for playback. In other words, you don't need a computer at all to record and watch video.
The Easy Recorder 2 saves video as MP4 files, so it is also viewable on a PC or Mac computer, or on a Video iPod. To view the recorded video on anything besides a PSP, you have to transfer the video off the memory stick to the computer or iPod. The Easy Recorder 2 also works as a memory stick reader/writer, though, and it comes with a USB cable, so you don't need a separate reader to transfer the recorded video to your computer -- just plug in the Easy Recorder 2 with the USB and transfer away.
What's in the Box
The Easy Recorder 2 comes with everything you need to start recording and watching video. In the package, you'll find:
- the Easy Recorder 2
- an AC power cable/adapter
- an AV cable (RCA)
- a type A to mini-B USB cable
- a user manual (a pamphlet, really)
It's a fairly simple to get the unit set up and to start recording, though you won't be able to copy anything with Macrovision copy protection. The unit will record for up to 5 hours straighy and you can fit about 8 hours of video on a 1GB stick at the lowest quality setting.
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