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GBA SP Movie Player (New Version) Review
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GBA SP Movie Player (New Version)
New Features of the GBA(SP) Movie Player
from playing movies, music and displaying standard text files, the new features
- Image Viewer that converts nearly every kind of image format
to be viewed on the GBA SP.
- NES ROM emulator that allows you to play NES
games on the GBA SP that are less than 200K in size.
The Encoding Software
encoding software that comes with the Version 2 Player has been greatly improved.
There are still no wizards to guide you, but the software is broken down into
three separate programs for movies, images and music. There are also mouse-over
help tips for each option in the program and since the programs themselves are
relatively sparse, figuring it all out is quite easy. Basically, all you need
to do is select the files you want to convert, choose where you want to save them
to, and then press the "Convert" button.
The movie conversion
program has preset options that allows you to choose the quality of the files
you want to convert. If, however, you'd like to tweak the various setting, there's
also a "Manual" option where you can tweak the bitrate, contrast and
compression levels. The same goes for the music conversion program.
new image conversion program is also easy to use and self-explanatory.
no conversion necessary though if you want to play NES ROM files. All you have
to do is copy the ROM files, which must be less than 200k onto the CF card together
with the Pocket NES emulator file. I didn't have a chance to test this feature
but will do so later and post it as a separate write up.
The Player Menu
you can see when you first insert the Player and switch on the GBA SP, the new
menu sports 2 new icons - "IMAGE" and "FC GAME". Provided
you have the relevant files, clicking on the icons will lead you to the file or
folder list where you can choose the file you want to play.
After playing and testing the new player,
I can safely say that overall, I am greatly impressed by this new version. Conversion
quality and playback is pretty darn good, and provided you follow the suggestions
I offered in my first review, you will be impressed by what you'll see and hear
on your GBA.
My favorite though is the Picture viewer. There are quite a
few options available when using the program, and what I particularly liked was
the fact that the program could downsize a pretty large image file and make it
look really good on the GBA SP screen. Although picture width was limited to 240
pixels, the height can be scaled accordingly, thus allowing you to scroll down
when viewing it on the GBA SP.
More importantly, everything works. Unlike
the 1st version, the built-in forward and backward controls for movie viewing
in this 2nd version was flawless.
Well, what can I
say? Although the 2nd Version player is a vast improvement over the first, it
still isn't as feature rich as I'd like it to be. As an E-Book reader it still
sucks, mainly because it doesn't support bookmarks. On the other hand, as a nifty
little multimedia gadget, it sure is one hell of a performer. Yes, the conversion
process is a little tedious, but the amount of stuff that you can play on it far
outweighs the tedium now that high capacity CF cards are getting cheaper.
also like the fact that the Player is firmware upgradeable, and that the developers
at MovieAdvance.Com are working hard to promote and upgrade the player with better
features (note - those who own version 1 can get a free upgrade to their firmware
now). As such, I'm giving this new version 5 stars!