We should clarify -- the new PS3 app lets you view and organize video from your Sony-branded digital camera, not the footage captured by the Sony cams hidden throughout your home. As you know, those are designed to detect the arrival of new, exciting games and then send notice of a new firmware update just as you're putting in the disc.

There's no need for a disc when accessing "Filmy," the sounds-like-a-cute-mascot video app that becomes available on the PlayStation Store today. Once downloaded and installed, it allows viewing of AVCHD-encoded video from any USB-connected Sony camera that supports the format. Videos can be searched quickly and organized into digests based on camera metadata (such as "Face Detection") or geographical tagging, if the camera has a GPS. If you've been anywhere remote and/or remotely interesting, you'll be able to find those clips marked on a fancy representation of our space-faring orb.

There's a free version of Filmy that allows full feature operation for fifteen minutes, but the less curtailed version will run you $5. You could probably earn that back by turning your camera on the bedroom, recording a spooky message written on a fogged-up mirror and then selling the whole thing to a Hollywood studio as "Abnormal Happenings."

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High-Definition Video Viewing Application "Filmy™" Exclusively for PlayStation®Network

February 8, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced the availability of "Filmyä," by Sony Corporation, a new movie viewer application that enables AVCHD video recorded with Sony cameras to be played and viewed on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. Exclusive to PlayStation®Network,the "Filmy" application allows users to conveniently enjoy AVCHD videos on the PS3 system. In addition, the "Filmy" application also includes specialty features such as "Earth View," which uses the GPS exit data in Sony video cameras for location-based video tagging. In the media category of PlayStation®Store, PS3 users can access a free 15-minute trial of "Filmy"or unlock all content functionality for $5.

"With the introduction of Sony's 'Filmy' application, users will be provided with more fun and intuitive options to view personal content via their PS3," said Susan Panico, senior director of PlayStation Network, SCEA. "The Filmy application is another addition to the PlayStation Network portfolio as we continue to expand our offering of entertainment options, including games, movies and TV episodes, sports programming, and content that can't be found anywhere else."

Key features of the new "Filmy"application include the following:

High Operability to Enjoy AVCHD Videos: The high processing capability of the PS3 system provides a powerful search performance and processing speed that enables users to easily locate and view AVCHD videos.
Organizing AVCHD Videos: With the "Filmy" application, users will have a variety of display options to organize AVCHD videos. For example, thumbnails of videos will be displayed by date with Date List and by time with Time List, as well as Earth View, which displays thumbnails of videos on a globe based on the position information recorded with the camera's GPS function.
Enjoy Custom Highlight Reels with Digest Play: "Digest Play" enables users to easily enjoy highlights of videos without editing them by using the metadata recorded with the videos, such as "Face Detection," "Smile Shutter" and other camera operations. The "Scene Search" feature enables users to find their favorite scene and can also register them with a "Favourite Stamp."
The "Filmy" application is available today for download under the media category of PlayStation®Store. Once downloaded, the application will be accessible under the Video icon in the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar).

This article was originally published on Joystiq.