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Record video directly to iPod with iRecord device


Streaming Networks has introduced the iRecord, a new digital recording device that allows you to record video directly to an iPod or Sony PSP. The iRecord uses H.264/AVC for video encoding and AAC for audio encoding and gives you three hours of video/audio recording per gigabyte of storage. Music only recording is supported by MP3 audio compression. “Simply connect the iRecord device to any analog video or audio source to record video or audio contents,” explains the company. “The digitally recorded files can be immediately played back on your iPod, PSP or any other USB mass storage device that plays audio files as MP3 or video files as MP4. The recorded contents can also be taken to other players supporting H.264 video and AAC audio in MP4 file format.” The iRecord sells for $200.

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I hope this device will accept a direct cable input, the way a VCR does, so that I can record analog cable directly. 

(I don’t want to have the device control my cable box and output from the cable box to the device.)

Posted by Shahid on October 17, 2006 at 6:26 PM (CDT)


Nevermind, its worse than I thought.  It looks like it doesn’t even have a programming feature to set timers for recording programming.

Posted by Shahid on October 17, 2006 at 6:28 PM (CDT)


WOW, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for!! I’ve been lugging around a camcorder just to record video from a spy camera that I mount to my helmet when I ride. Since I usually carry my iPod anyway, this saves me from carrying one more box!

Very exciting.

Posted by ArcticGabe on October 17, 2006 at 6:50 PM (CDT)


I got one of these it is awesome! 
It does have analog input, you just connect your video or s-video cable, audio cables and record away.  It automatically stops at 3 hours so you can set it and walk away.  It stores video quality better than what you get from iTunes, and on my PSP, the recordings look as good as the UMD movies.  This thing rocks!

Posted by John Oleynick on October 17, 2006 at 7:18 PM (CDT)


Wonder what bit rate audio MP3s are recorded at?

Posted by Jackonicko on October 18, 2006 at 6:25 AM (CDT)


according to the websit.. its 192Kbps

Posted by mik on October 18, 2006 at 7:35 AM (CDT)


Would like to see a IEEE 1394 connection in addition to the analog inputs.  And just USB output limits it.  Also, video resolution is small 320x240 so not practical to view media on anything other then a hand-held media player. 

That said, it still an impressive piece of hardware for the iPod/PSP users.  If they upgrade the specs. to a HD capable digital recorder playback unit without the need fo a TIVO subscription service then a HUGE market would open up.  I be first in line then to buy one to replace my VCR and DVD recorder units.

Posted by Johnny on October 18, 2006 at 8:41 AM (CDT)



I’m with you on your post.

This product contributes far more to the iPod world than the mountain of other useless rubbish conceived for the iPod.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on October 18, 2006 at 11:20 AM (CDT)


We will be posting a configuration utility that will allow you to change the bit rate from 32 to 320.  You will also be able to configure the default timer on recording.  The factory setting is 3 hours.

The iRecord PRO model will be released next year and will include the ability to record in much higher resolutions.

Posted by David R. Foley on October 18, 2006 at 5:10 PM (CDT)


i wonder if you can just record to a computer via USB. reason being is that i don’t have a video iPod, but i do watch video on my treo 650. it would be cool to just be able to use this to get video that is stored on my DVR onto my computer so i can then transfer it to my treo.

Posted by 3ntr0py on October 19, 2006 at 10:50 AM (CDT)


If your treo can play H.264/AAC files in MP4 format, at 768Kbps, then you can record to a USB flash drive, and move the it to your PC.

Posted by mik on October 19, 2006 at 11:01 PM (CDT)


Can you get this to work in the UK? Cant see if they will ship here in the first place…

Posted by Ian Street on October 20, 2006 at 5:09 PM (CDT)


can it record streaming videos playing on demand from a laptop or computer

Posted by Dr Singzon on October 21, 2006 at 12:17 AM (CDT)


Ok, here’s my theory/question:

Say you want to record something minus commercials. The iRecord website says it saves files with a xxxx identification tag, such as 0001.

So, does this mean that one could use a program such as HJsplit to join the files if you recorded something like the Super Bowl without commercials?


Posted by Alex Beckwith on October 22, 2006 at 2:53 PM (CDT)


Yes you can use any of MP4 editing utility to join/split multiple mp4 files.
I prefer MP4 box with YAMB GUI interface.

Posted by mik on October 31, 2006 at 7:07 AM (CST)


do the movies go to itunes after you put them on your ipod, or do they only stay on the ipod?

Posted by derek on October 25, 2007 at 9:12 PM (CDT)


My question is this( sorry I am very non-technical):  I have an 80 G video ipod, and I have many DVD’s I would like to copy onto my ipod, will the irecord do this?  Or do the DVD’s have a built in block on them?  Thanks

Posted by pamela ullery on September 9, 2008 at 12:53 PM (CDT)


The iRecord can copyright protected movies onto your ipod that is a great thing about the iRecord you can record movies that you own or rent directly to your iPod. I recorded the movie Iron Man to my dad’s iPod. There is a new device out now that can record directly to the iPhone it is the iRecord Pro

Posted by Brenton Ganschow on October 31, 2008 at 6:22 PM (CDT)

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