neuros mpeg-4Neuros has announced a standalone MPEG-4 recorder that can be used to rip video from a TV, cable box, DVD player or other sources without using a PC. While this sounds like a great way to get video into your portable media player, the unit lacks a hard drive or the requisite USB or FireWire ports to connect one, relying instead on SD and CF card slots for storage (it does have a USB port to connect to a PC, so maybe there's a hack-in-waiting to hook up a hard drive). That could make it a real hassle to record anything longer than a sitcom, and makes the recorder a lot more expensive than its $129 street price unless you have a lot of high-capacity cards lying around.

[Thanks, a.sintic]

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