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Portable Movie Player

Portable video player (reads from USB Flash drive)
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It's such a pain and waste to have to burn DVDs for a portable DVD player, only to watch them once and throw them out. It would be much easier to transfer the video files to a USB Flash drive.

So, think of a portable movie player, like the DVD players that have become ubiquitous...except instead of reading data from a DVD, the data gets read from a USB flash drive.

Store the MPEGs, AVIs, or any other commonly supported video formats on a USB flash drive. Plug the flash drive into the video player, and you can select which file you want to play from the flash drive.

There would probably be some video encoding issues to work through.

joetcochran, Feb 08 2007

On the Wiki... http://en.wikipedia...rtable_media_player
A quick run-down of the current market in media players [neutrinos_shadow, Feb 08 2007]

Google... http://www.google.c...h&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
...turns up a whole host of "Portable Media Players". Some support flash. [st3f, Feb 09 2007]

Archos http://www.archos.com/
Makers of hard drive-based video players. [phoenix, Jun 17 2008]

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       Wouldn't that be for computer or a PC? I thought the idea was more for standalone portable (or why not also domestic) DVD players, to let them play from a memory stick. If so, then sounds sensible to me [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 08 2007
  

       Apart from being able to accept a USB flash drive, this is very baked (see link).
neutrinos_shadow, Feb 08 2007
  

       this is a good idea. i'm surprised it doesn't exist. [+]
lilsis, Feb 09 2007
  

       my iPod stores and plays videos.... not sure that a flash drive would be that much more convenient.
xenzag, Feb 09 2007
  

       I think you can get these cheap from Dish Network. (if you are a subscriber).
Galbinus_Caeli, Feb 09 2007
  

       Baked: Philips has a product that does this (now)   

       Philips DVP5982
joetcochran, Jun 17 2008
  

       "It's such a pain and waste to have to burn DVDs for a portable DVD player, only to watch them once and throw them out."
So send them my way!
phoenix, Jun 17 2008
  
      
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