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Myka is a new internet video player with built-in BitTorrent client for direct downloading of the multimedia files on the device. Video and audio files are downloaded from the internet on to Myka’s internal hard drive and after that these files can be played back directly to a television. Myka is controlled by a handy remote control or can be programmed remotely trough the web. This cool device has all the features you need in order to connect it directly to your new or old TV and yes there is even HDMI output as well as all the needed analog and digital sound output for your audio system. You get the option to use Ethernet cable connection to the internet or wireless network if you already have such in your home, eliminating the need to put any more network cables around.
BitTorrent is the leading peer-to-peer file-transfer protocol with more than 160 million installed clients. That means the more popular a large video file, the faster it can be transferred with BitTorrent. The result is quick, easy-to-use, high-quality, video downloads from major studios and other content providers without tying up you computer for hours. And you don’t need to do any work to figure out how to get the file to actually play on your TV. With a wide range of file formats supported, you don’t need to think about it at all. Just plug it in and enjoy. Myka comes with an internal hard drive with a choice of an 80-gigabyte, 160-gigabyte and a 500-gigabyte model. That translates into hours of continuous, high-definition video content. And yes, Myka supports HD video playback, although only up to 720p or 1080i.
Myka Key Features
– WiFi enabled – 802.11g
– Direct Ethernet connector for direct connection
– HDMI, Composite, S-Video and SPDIF ports for maximum flexibility
– Internal hard drive choice of 80, 160 or 500 gigabytes
– BitTorrent peer to peer software built in
– USB port for expansion
Supported Video Playback
– MPEG-2 MP@ML (ISO/IEC13818), up to 10Mb/s
– H.264/AVC MP HP up to L4.1
– VC1 AP@L3, Simple and Main Profile
– WMV 9 Simple and Main Profile
– DivX 3.11,4.11 and 5.x support
– MPEG-4 part 2 SP/ASP
– Aspect Ratio:4:3 and 16:9,auto format detection
– Out Definition:480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p or 1080i
Supported Audio Playback
– Decoding Formats: MPEG (Layer1,2), MP3, AAC, WMA
– Volume Control: 32-level adjustable, mute
– Output Modes: Mono/Stereo/Dolby Digital
You can pre-order Myka in 3 different models for $299 (80GB), $349 (160GB) or $459 (500GB).
Intensity is an ultra low cost HDMI capture playback card. For the first time, low cost consumer cameras with HDMI video connections can move beyond the quality limits of HDV compressed video to a new world of uncompressed editing and design.
Intensity is an incredibly small HDMI capture and playback card that instantly switches between 1080HD, 720HD, NTSC and PAL video standards. Once Intensity is plugged into compatible PCI Express Windows or Mac OS X computers, users get the amazing quality of uncompressed video via HDMI from cameras, decks and set top boxes, enabling them to playback to any HDMI big screen television or video projector for video editing, in SD or HD, and with real time effects.
Using the same Blackmagic Design technology as used in the latest Hollywood feature films, Intensity is designed to allow people with consumer level cameras to benefit from uncompressed video quality, allowing direct-from-CCD recording for the highest uncompressed quality. Users can capture to disk arrays for high speed uncompressed video, or when disk speed and space is tight, choose from a range of professional compressed codecs that go well beyond HDV for quality.
Intensity is fully compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and any DirectShow or QuickTime based software application. Intensity works with almost any video software.
– HDMI in for capture from HDMI video cameras and HDMI HDV decks.
– Uncompressed video capture and playback
– Edit with Apple Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X or Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows
– Professional Compression codecs
– True 64 bit 1 lane PCIe support.
– Instantly switches between HDTV 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/60, 720p/50, NTSC and PAL video standards.
Intensity has a recommended retail price of only US$249 and will be available beginning October 15th.
Memorex announced it started shipping its highly anticipated HD DVD recordable media. Compatible with HD DVD capable recorders and set-top players, Memorex HD DVD-R discs can record up to 15 GB of digital content, up to 75 minutes of HD-quality video, or about 7 hours of standard DVD-quality video, depending upon method of encoding used. The HD DVD format uses new state-of-the-art, blue-violet laser technology to support HD broadcasts and video recording and also serves as a high capacity back-up medium for data and photo storage from PCs and servers.
Memorex HD DVD-R media can record and preserve the digital quality of HD broadcasts, including enhanced 7.1 channel surround sound, brilliant widescreen aspect ratio, high resolution 1080i picture, and content-rich interactive features. Memorex will also bring rewritable HD DVD-RW media to the retail market in the fourth quarter of 2006.
The only problem is the lack of a variety of HD DVD recorders and the quite high prices of the already available models…
The suggested retail price of Memorex HD DVD-R media is $19.99 for a single disc.