How many of you watch anime on the go?
I’ve been doing that lately and it’s rather productive. I suppose I’m in a small minority in the US who commute by train, but I imagine some of you Europeans and Asians might find it just as appealing.
The rise of cheaper PMP makes this really a breeze too; my current piece-of-crap is a no-name Chinese thing that I got for free because of connections. It holds 2 gigs and has a SD slot (but I can’t get to it from the default UI…), plays the usual mix of encodes and media including whatever that may run on an iPod. The battery life is acceptable but the quality of everything is about as bad as it gets. The screen works fine, I guess; but in its cruddiness lies a comfortable simplicity and wide compatibility.
Watching fansubs on it is a bit of a challenge simply because some fansubs have a text size of TOO SMALL. Some are pretty ok however and suddenly it is as if my eyes are opened to all the neat little optimizations some fansubbers put out on their videos to make those who do watch anime on their PMP easier, like encoding it a certain way or the use of certain sort of typesetting. I never noticed these things before.
I haven’t really experimented with what pay-to-download solutions there are for this file format.
If you got any pointers or tips as to optimize your experience in doing so please share. I don’t know anyone who are into PMPs that care enough about anime to use it to sway what they may purchase hardware-wise, but I suppose I can hit up the usual venues about what’s a good transcoder and the like. I think I’m just using some generic anything->ipod converter. Alternatively I can just use something like TVersity, which is what I’m using to stream to my PS3…