April 1, 2009 by Cyprian
iPhone/iPod Accessory Review: iRecord Pro
Reviewed by: Cyprian Peters
There are tons of different iPhone and iPod accessories on the market that do just about anything you could ever want to do with your device. One thing that has been a notorious annoyance for me has been the issue of getting video onto my iPhone. Always converting, and syncing, this can be time consuming as well as slow down your computer. iRecord Pro is quite a unique little device that allows you to capture all sorts of audio and video sources, and put it directly on your iPod/iPhone.
iRecord Pro is a little box which can easily hooked up to a variety of different devices. It has RCA and S-Video inputs. A USB output allows you to connect an iPod, iPhone, USB flash drive, and other USB devices. One of the best things about this, for me anyways, is the ability to record television directly on my iPhone. All you need to do is run the RCA’s out from your cable box to iRecord Pro, hook up the iPhone, and press record! After it’s done, you have a properly formatted video file in the videos section.
There is a remote control that comes with iRecord Pro which allows you to start/stop audio or video recording as well as set the timer. You can choose to set a time limit on the recording, 30, 60, 120, or 180 minutes. Kind of a handy feature there. As soon as you plug in the device, the light will go to green signaling that it is ready to record. From there you are one button push away from recording. Its incredibly easy.
Television recording is just one of the many ways to use iRecord Pro. You can hook it up to your Xbox, computer, video camera, dvd player, you name it. In each case you can record video and/or audio. There is also a mini-USB port to connect it to your PC or Mac. Software, which is available for download via the website with a valid serial number lets you do a variety of things.
As I mentioned earlier, converting video files into proper iPod/iPhone format can be a tedious process, often slowing down your computer dramatically. iRecord Pro has built in encoders that allow you to convert video files for you. You can convert a file from your computer, and put it back in a specified location on your computer, effectively freeing up your CPU from the processing duties. You can also get firmware updates, create schedules, and record music and videos directly to your computer from the music device.
This little box has an incredible amount of different ways you can use it and is compatible with a wide variety of devices. Unfortunately, with such a unique device, comes a hefty price tag of $260. If you want a super easy way to record to your iPod/iPhone, and you don’t mind paying a bit of a price to do it, iRecord Pro would definitely be an asset to have.
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