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Oops, Sony did it again

Posted on 2005-11-03 by Kenneth Falck


Not only has Sony excelled recently in Rootkit DRM technology, they've also managed to create Yet Another Video Format solely for the PlayStationPortable device. Yep, you can't play ordinary MPEG-4 files on PSP.

The 2.0 firmware does support MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), which provides very high quality in low bitrates. But you need to package the video stream in a special, Sony-only video format and directory structure. And of course, you can buy software to do this.

Since I needed this at work, I just purchased Nero 7 Premium Edition, which promises to do PSP video with Nero Recode. It does, except that it's apparently MPEG-4 Simple Profile only (no AVC), so quality sucks and the video doesn't even scale to fullscreen.

It turns out there is a free alternative called PSP Video 9 that supports MPEG-4 AVC. In fact, it works like a charm. Very crisp image quality and fullscreen video. So there.