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Old July 10th, 2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Portable Media Player for AVCHD?

Since the GH1 can't play back native 24P video, does anyone have a recommendation for reviewing footage in the field? Obviously, a laptop would do the job, but I would be thrilled if I could find a portable device capable of playing AVCHD for less than $300... Any thoughts?
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Old July 11th, 2010, 07:19 PM   #2
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Check out portable Blue-Ray players with a SD card reader. Unfortunately, most that I've seen are more than $300-. Then again, most laptops struggle with AVCHD footage.

An internet tablet like the Archos 5 or 7 or 9 might be able to do it, but the specs seem to say 720p @ 2.5Mbps or so.
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Old July 11th, 2010, 11:46 PM   #3
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Thanks Kin - I had looked at the Archos tablets, and I think the 5 and 7 would not play AVCHD - at least, they don't advertise it. I'll have to check out the 9 series - don't think I have seen one yet.

Shortly after posting my question, I came across the Cowon V5, which claims to support "H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC)" and M2TS, so that seems somewhat hopeful. However, Cowon claims a maximum resolution of 1280x720, but offers no insight into bitrate.

I guess I'll have to run up to Fry's some time this week with some footage and see what they have to offer...
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