November 22, 2009

Casting Call: Looking for a MP4 player

No, you read that right.

As part of a recent artistic awakening that I will reveal in January 2010, your Projectionist and would–be Moviemaker is researching MP4 media players.

No, the search will not include any members of the Apple iPod® family, although it won't surprise me if an iPod® does eventually come my way. After all, Apple rules big time in the personal media player realm… except when it comes to open source file formats. As in XviD, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis. Yes, I do take patent–free audio and video seriously. And so should Apple (what would it take to wake them up?).

In the meantime, the Projectionist will be reviewing a small handful of MP4 players sold by MP4 Nation (which has its own house brand, Nationite), House of DAP, and even Chinavasion. No stone will be left unturned in this quest.

Just to see if anyone wants to weigh in on this virtual shopping excursion, here are some demo/review videos of the players that are being considered (or not). Don't hesitate to leave your thoughts in the Comments.

First up: the Nationite S:Flo2 (also sold as the Teclast T51):

and the Nationite ONE Series OS–81:

Here's a short piece on the Teclast C410HD player, which offers H264 support:

Here's a two–parter on a SmartQ Q5 MID unit that's running on Linux (an adapted version of Ubuntu in this case) and offers WiFi as well:

Finally, out of fairness to Chinavasion, a short piece featuring an unbranded MP4/MP3 player which only lacks H264 support:

That's enough for the moment. So, which looks best to you?

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