updated 06:40 pm EST, Fri January 6, 2006
Create MPEG-4 files
Pictureal has announced a new service for video iPod owners: . Customers can use a pre-paid FedEx kit-- or upload data online- to send raw footage to Pictureal who will post the edited version online along with unedited footage and a scene index within days. Pictureal offers templates and tools for turning home video footage into short music videos, video greetings and photo montages. These shorts, as well as raw unedited video, can be transferred from Pictureal to the video iPod in MPEG-4 format. Once finished, the MPEG-4 files can be transferred to PDAs, cell phones, Sony PSPs, and personal websites as well as the iPod. Pictureal accepts video by upload or in any format including VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, MiniDV, Hi8, Digital8, MicroMV, DVCAM, Beta and DVD. Pricing for tapes shipped begins at $30 per hour of video sent, with prepaid packages ranging from $100 (3 hours of video and one DVD) to $300 (12 hours of video and three DVDs). Finished files may be stored online, or downloaded for $2 each.