Video in the classroom – equipment

This post is about the player that I use to show video. Please note that this is not the most ideal player – an ideal one would play any and all video formats and be very easy to use for the average person.

The GP2X (model F100)

This is a handheld from Korea, it is able to play DivX/Xvid video files. I use a video convertor to convert files to the DivX format. It crucially also has a TV out port (S-Video) so that you can hook it up to a TV or a projector. The first picture shows the player in a case.

The following pictures show it with the case closed and a mobile phone next to it for a size comparison; the player in my bag along with a portable speaker (the blue object) and a see through case containing the power adapter and video cable; and finally a shot of my bag when closed.

Hopefully the above pictures should give you a good idea of the portability of the player.

Plus points:

  • Portable
  • TV out

Negative points:

  • Can only play DivX formated files
  • Not very user friendly

Note that there is a new version of the player – model number F200, which has a touchscreen and more powerful speakers.

My next post will describe the software and related processes needed to use video files taken from the net on this player.

Update:

See updated equipment post