RealNetworks has introduced a free public beta of RealPlayer SP, which can convert online video so that it can be played on a range of smartphones.
“Consumers have embraced mobile devices as being more than capable of providing a rich, media-intensive experience. Understanding video formats and management, however, is still far too difficult for most consumers,” said Michael Gartenberg, vice president of Strategy and Analysis at Interpret llc, a market research firm. “RealPlayer SP helps solve that problem with abundant support for multiple formats and devices, allowing consumers to move content where they choose with only two clicks — making this one of the most effective consumer tools for allowing content to flow with them from screen-to-screen.”
This desktop app can convert video for playback on Blackberry smartphones, a range of Nokia S60 devices, Palm Pre, iPhone, iPod, and many others.
All the user needs to do is tell the software which device they are using, and the video will be converted to the correct device format, whether it’s h.264, MPEG4, Windows Media, QuickTime, or RealVideo.
Support for h.264 video conversion, DVD playback, and DVD burning is available to those who upgrade to RealPlayer Plus SP for $39.99.
This Microsoft Windows app works with latest versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome.
RealPlayer SP Beta is available now as a free download from www.realplayer.com.