#v#ipodanime_kiddy_grade.jpg#v#The new iPod arrived the other day (at last) - some good stuff and bad stuff.
The bad stuff is...
- No more support for Firewire - pay Apple 20 dollars for another spare one for work. [li] You cant use the old docks - the iPod comes with an adapter for their "Universal Dock" but the adapter doesn't fit in the old iPod docks - pay Apple more money for 2 docks (for home n work) - 100 USD for two.
OK, and now the good stuff (just a few)
- The screen is crisp n clear - really nice. Packs in only 320 X 240 but thats enough.
- The video playback is wonderful - I can now catch up with my Anime on the way to work on the trains [li] Thinner and light weight - you can probably fit it in your back pocket (but smash the screen when you sit down)
Anyway, before I purchased the G5 iPod, I wondered about the video quality - at the announcment, Steve Jobs attached the ipod to a mac and showed the playback on the projector which is not really the same as seeing playback on the iPod in the flesh - so for those of you who are thinking of getting one you can now check out what the playback looks like..[/li]
You can see wavy lines on the screen but they only show because I am filming the iPod - they dont show on the actual video.
This DIVX file was encoded using Forty-TwoDVD-VXPlus. Its the first video-file-to-ipod app that I have tried but am looking for something else - the file sizes that it generates are too big for a 320 X 240 24 min anime (about 150MB) and whilst you can set up a queue, you have to do settings for each file you add - you cant just drop 20 files and add default settings for the whole lot which is damn right stupid.
Anyway, this is a good opportunity to announce a new up and coming section on the site - "Anime in the Ipod". When I discover new anime, rather than encode and upload the opening credits for you to see (and probably get in trouble), I will be encoding and showing you new clips playing on the iPod - just like this post (still not sure if its legal but I have not heard of anybody getting arrested, bound and gagged for shooting a clip of their iPod...
As for the Anime - its Kiddy Grade which I have mentioned before. Just like all good anime - Kiddy Grade features two cute ladies who go around beating seven shades of bantha pudoo out of bad people - they sometimes like to do it in their Mecha's too (oo er). Kiddy Grade came out ages ago but I have just come across it during my market research of the Otaku market ;-)