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Yes you can. It's a great thing. I'm glad you asked because I wanted to bump the thread to the top again but felt like that would sorta be shoving the topic down peoples' throats. I mean, how many people both have a ReplayTV AND a PDA?
Womble works great on my tests. I would like to find a command line mpg conversion program so I can make a batch script to do whole directories at a time.
I'd like to get my harddrives organized (still living at my g/f's even though she made me get my own apartment 5 months ago..been there about 20 times(too much info I know, but it really gets me).
When I do get them organized, I can move tons of shows off the replay at one time, then just run a big batch script on them all. I'm not the type that buys a 32 meg mp3 player and spends time loading up 5 mp3s at a time.
There's some unnoticed beauty here. A half hour show at 320x240 looks pretty darn good and only takes up about 53 megs of space. That means I can just batch convert 100 shows and it would only take up 5.3 gigs.
100 shows takes up only 5.3 gigs
I don't care if shows are old when I'm stranded waiting. In california, I have appointments I have to meet so I leave 1:15 hours early, to get someplace 0:35 min away. Sometimes I get there in the nick of time and sometimes I'm there 30 early. that 30 min is a serious drag. Many, many people in california try to cut travel time to the edge and it gets them in trouble, makes them look bad; people always stumbling in late looking like fools. I find that showing up early is like getting paid for it. There's an art of getting places early and knowing what to do with the time no matter where one lives-- not one i've mastered, the time drives me nuts.
I can fit about 6 half hour shows on my 512 card and still have abundant room for everything else.
If you get a card reader for your computer you can load up a SD really quickly from your '100 show partition'.
Sometimes my ReplayTV gets full of stuff I never got around to watching, but want to watch, and I want the space back on the replay. Converting them down to 53 megs each and putting them on my pda is a great solution.
I think the trick is coughing up for another 160 harddrive to make it all work. People think of harddrives as storage space, but graphic artists, video people, ect should think of them as 'dedicated processing space' too. a 53 meg video doesn't take much room, but a 100 replay shows is going to be 100 to 200 gigs. If you fill the 100 to 200 gigs of space with storage then you can't process 53 meg shows can you? So instead of doing 5 shows at a time and beating yourself up, ask yourself, "is it worth $80 and filling out a rebate to watch TV on my PDA?" I'd go with yes. ..you can use the 'temp' space for tons of things as long as you know what 'temp' really means.
Back to your question, there's a free beta program called 'rejig' out there (search this forum for rejig for info), but I can't figure it out. It keeps spitting out huge files no matter how small I put the %. I just don't get it.
There's also mpg to avi programs out there. I had a problem runing divx files on my PDA player. There are other players out there, and tons of mpg to divx programs out there. Plenty of posibilites. For now, I'm just going to convert a ton of shows to 53 meg MPGs. Time will go on and I'll discover players that do divx, and better ways to do things, but I'm not in a hurry, and I don't mind waiting time for hardcore enthusists to come and fill everyone in.
btw, I was at ************** last night and saw you can buy a 512MB SD card for $99 after rebate if interested(at Sears online of all places). That's a really hot deal. I thought i was swift getting the low price of $155 with a -10 coupon. It would be too much of a bpain in the butt to return it and get this one. bye bye $50 bill.