Using FFMpegX

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About ffMpegX:

This software is a Mac OSX 10.3+ utility, currently on version 0.0.9w, (as of 6/26/06) built around several Unix components, designed to convert between various video formats. The project was begun as a GUI project for combining several of these command-line tools, and continued to evolve into a fairly popular piece of software. It finds a fairly wide range of uses, which can be seen in the list of how-to pages here.

ffMpegX is offered as shareware, with a $15 registration fee, which will remove minor restrictions on the software, and the ever-present nag screen.

How to put video on the PSP with ffmpegX software:

The process here is pretty simil ar to the rest of the video conversion software with PSP presets on the market. ffmpegX is a mac-only program, however. For Macs, it seems to be one of the more reliable programs used to put video on your PSP. The ffmpegX homepage is here.

Necessary Components:

  • Sony PSP
  • ffmpegX software
  • MemoryStick Pro/Duo (512MB+ recommended)
  • Source Video
  • USB Connection cable

Step 1:

  • Download and set up ffmpegX. It is availible here. Follow the instruction settings and run the program. The download page does feature installation instructions, which may vary from machine to machine.

Step 2:

  • Open the video file you want to convert from your hard drive. Do this using the Open button, or drag the file to the ffmpegx icon.

Step 3:

  • Select the PSP output setting under To in the Target Format pulldown menu, in the Summary tab. There are options here for quality settings, and aspect ratio, that will have to be chosen based on the format of the original video and the desired quality of the output.

Step 4:

  • Click Encode, and the program will begin to process the file. This will take some time, the software is said, on the ffmpegX site, to operate at "47fps on a G5 1.8 Dual", meaning that a 10-minute movie will take a little more than 6 minutes to encode. A 90-minute movie will take close to an hour.

Step 5:

  • You should find a new .MP4 file in the directory you selected eariler. The name will have been generated automatically for compatibility with the PSP file system. Don't change it, your PSP will likely not display the file.

Step 6:

  • Now, either connect your PSP via USB or insert your Memory Stick into your card reader. On the Memorystick, you should create a folder by the name of \MP_ROOT\100MNV01 in the root (not PSP) directory of the memory stick, if there isn't one already. Copy your video file from your Mac to this folder.

Step 7:

  • Either disconnect your PSP from the computer or put the Memory Stick from the Mac into the PSP. Browse to the Video folder and you should see a thumbnail of your newly copied video. Enjoy!

Time: ~25 minutes

 * Program is under continued development
 * Many options for output format
 * Site has active support forum
 * Installation may be difficult
 * Encoding is fairly slow
 * Must download or create own digital videos to convert
 * Occasional bugs
 * Mac only

Section Links:

Neuros Homepage || Tutorials Top Page || PSP Top Page

More resources and links related to this article:

ffmpegX How-To page

ffmpegX download page

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