For this How-To you'll need a Portable Media Center, we're using a Creative Zen, you'll also need iPodder and
WindowsMedia 10. That's about it, as an added bonus you can also add MP3 and other types of feeds as well.
Download and install WindowsMedia 10, if you haven't already
it can be found here.
You can check the version you have by going to Help > About WindowsMedia Player while using Windows media.
Download and install iPodder. The good news is, you don't
really need a Portable Media Center you can use this How-To and watch all these videos on a Mac, PC or even Linux, as
more video players become available this How-To can serve as a building block to add video to most likely any device,
any way—time to configure iPodder.
Configure iPodder's downloads to go to a folder called downloads, start up iPodder or double click the lemon in the
task bar and click the Preferences tab.
Click browse and add the folder "downloads" if it's not already selected.
Click the Scheduler tab and choose times that make sense based on your connection and likeliness to sync up.
We choose 2 hours, also select "Check for new podcasts automatically" while these are not podcasts (audio files) it
doesn't matter, iPodder will work with any files, including video.
RSS (Video feed)
Add the BlogDigger WindowsMedia Feed by typing the following in the Add field:
This a RSS feed, or "Really Simple Syndication", it basically has a list of videos from around the web, other RSS
feeds have text news, some have music, other have images or all of this, but this one specifically has WindowsMedia
videos ripe for the snatching.
Click Add and then click "Check for new Podcasts". This will go out on the web, check the RSS feed on BlogDigger and
then download the videos.
For more about BlogDigger visit their site.
Set up Smart Plalists in WindowsMedia
First, open WindowsMedia Player, click Tools > Options, click the Library tab, click the Monitor folders button and
add "downloads" which is in the iPodder directory, this will make WindowMedia look at this folder and fish out the
videos that download.
Click the Library Tab. Right click the Auto Playlists and click New.
Name your Playlist "BroadSnatch" hilight (click) "Music in my Library" then click remove.
Click the plus to add criteria, choose "Video in my Library" from the pull down list.
Click the plus, to add criteria, scroll down and click more in the pull down list. Choose Keyword, click add
criteria and type "Downloads" where it says click to set. This will pull in all the videos in the Downloads
Click OK, you'll see all your videos now appear in the library.
Right click the BroadSnatch Auto Playlist and click "Add to Sync List".
This will add the files in a new panel called, you guess it, the Sync List.
Sync the Portable Media Center
When you plug in the Portable Media Center it will usually present you with a list of options, if you haven't already
choose the following.
Now depending on how much video you have this may take up to an hour to transfer and/or convert the videos.
Watch the weirdness
A bit of warning, perhaps we should have said this sooner, but there's no way to know what you're going to get.
Usually we get Daily Show clips, video game trailers, Japanese anime, music video mods, home made movies and many of
the popular videos people send each other or post about around the web, oh, and once we got topless boxing.
So, all this being said, it's likely not something you want to play for your kids, but hey, maybe you're kids are
Want a taste? Click here to watch a video
(WindowsMedia). WARNING: NOT SO SAFE FOR WORK.
This video is what we recieved on our Portable Media Center last night! The weird thing is, this will show up on our
Each day we get up to 8 hours of video, it's almost like a video pulse of the world, from videos shot in the Middle
East to clips from comedy shows, it's random, creepy and amazing all at the same time.
If you're thirsty for more geeked out videos,
here are a couple other feeds. The first is from Microsoft's Channel9 which usually has some great interviews with the
engineers and product people from uber-blogger Robert Scoble and the other feed is our test feed here that has a robot
dance party, really we're not kidding, it's a dance party with robots.
Also, feel free to post up other feeds you find in the comments here!
Channel9 video feed:
Engadget Video feed test:
So there you have it, with a Portable Media Center you can sync TV with a Media Center PC or something like
SnapStream, transfer home videos, watch DVD movies you've converted and now "BroadSnatch" videos, images and music from
around the web. So go fill up those drives with RSS on your PMC, ASAP.
Update: There's another application that you may want to try as well, we
will cover this in another How-To, but do check it out since it automatically makes playlists.
Doppler can do the same, but without setting up a smart playlist. Doppler will create the playlist for you in
Windows Media Player just like it does in iTunes. Basically in Doppler it means: go to the website hosting the video
feed. Drag the URL to Doppler, click ok to subscribe. And Doppler 1.1.1 also supports al kinds of other nice goodies,
like spacesavers, which can help you to manage your precious disk space.
Doppler is freeware. As in free.
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