Friday, November 11, 2005

New ARCHOS Gmini 402 Camcorder is the Premier Audio and Video Podcast Device with 50 Hours of Video Capture

Today at the Portable Media Expo and Podcasting Conference in Ontario, Calif., ARCHOS(R), Inc., the global consumer electronics manufacturer and leader in portable digital entertainment solutions, showcases two new podcast and videoblog devices aimed at consumers who want not only to play back audio and video content, but create personal feeds as well. The new Gmini(TM) 402 Camcorder and AV 500 Mobile Digital Video Recorder (Access CNET Video Review) with video capture accessory are the first portable media players to provide audio and video recording, editing and playback functionality directly on the device. The Gmini 402 Camcorder features a 20GB hard drive while the AV 500 is offered in 30GB or 100GB capacities and both are available today.

The sleek and slim Gmini 402 Camcorder is the first portable media player with an integrated camera and camcorder for capturing still pictures and video, making it the perfect device for those wanting to self-publish and syndicate personal radio and video shows -- podcasts or videoblogs. Podcasters and video enthusiasts can record up to 50 hours(1) of personal video or 650 hours(1) of audio. The Gmini 402 Camcorder measures only 4.17 x 2.37 x 0.69 inches and is 5.64 ounces, fits easily in a pocket and displays video on a bright, 2.2-inch color LCD screen. The AV 500 Mobile DVR (photo) features a 4-inch color screen and a hands-free camcorder accessory that allows for easy capture of everyday experiences, while both products enable easy editing of video files directly on the devices themselves.

Videoblogging, the ability to deliver personal video content via blogs, RSS feeds and emerging TV over the Web, is still in its infancy as video capture devices with significant hard drive capacities were not readily available -- until now. Analysts believe that videoblogging is in the midst of explosive growth fuelled by products such as the ARCHOS Gmini 402 Camcorder and AV 500 that empower consumers to easily capture, edit and share content.


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