updated 09:00 am EDT, Wed October 4, 2006
Hagiwara Easy Recorder 2
Portable video recorders that write to flash memory are usually media players, such as those from Archos or Doghouse. If there's no immediate need to play the video on the recorder itself, a simpler device in the vein of Hagiwara's Easy Recorder 2 should work equally well. Its sole function is to record video from an RCA connection to a Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo for later use. As this video is recorded to MPEG-4, the company encourages users to transfer recorded clips to portable devices: video from the Easy Recorder 2 can either be played directly from the PSP or transferred to a computer through USB, where it can then be synchronized with an iPod. The option also exists to adjust the recording quality if the length of the video exceeds the amount of free space. Hagiwara estimates that a 1GB card can hold 4 hours of video at normal quality. The recorder is now shipping to the US for $140 without a Memory Stick.