Unlike the Palm OS platform, Microsoft has not created a free, easily accessible emulator for our use. Fortunately, a third-party developer called SOTI, Inc. (www.soti.net) has stepped up to the plate and created a software product that will let you project the contents of your Pocket PC onto the monitor of your Windows PC. You can even overlay a device skin to make it look like just about any kind of Pocket PC device in existence. The product is called Pocket Controller , and their professional edition is currently $34.95. It’s the best method I know of for getting Pocket PC content onto your desktop, where it can then be recorded.
The one downside is that you need to have access to an actual Pocket PC device (or some kind of Windows CE-based device) in order to use it. The program supports a number of ways of connecting the unit to your PC, from LAN (wired or wireless) to USB to Bluetooth to serial. Some connection types are faster than others, but you should be able to find some acceptable way of establishing a connection. Once you have the software installed on both the device and your Windows system, it will beam the contents of your handheld into a window on your desktop. Follow the instructions in the previous (Palm) section to set your capture area, change the mouse cursor to simulate a stylus, and execute the recording.
Up to this point, we’ve talked about how to get information from small screens onto your Windows desktop. But what about doing the reverse? This isn’t limited only to video iPods - Camtasia Studio can produce videos that look amazing on other mobile devices, too. Now, you’ll often require a third-party application to get these videos onto your machine of choice, as these devices and their various media applications
Here’s a brief list of software that can help get those little videos all ready for display on smaller devices:
TealMovie (http://www.tealpoint.com/softmovi.htm) - Palm devices. Comes with both a Windows-based conversion tool and a media player. The produced file format is proprietary, but file sizes for Camtasia Studio videos are low and the quality is outstanding (practically lossless). Cost: $29.95 for both producer and player.
Kinoma Producer and
Pocket DVD Wizard 2005 (www.pocket-dvd-wizard.com) - Pocket PC, Portable Media Center, Palm, PlayStation Portable (PSP), and a host of other portable media devices. In addition to converting DVDs, this handy application will also convert your AVIs, MOVs, or WMVs created in Camtasia Studio. This is a Windows-based conversion application. It is a producer only - you’ll still require a player app on the device that can play one of its available output formats (AVI, WMV, MP4). Cost: $24.95 for the producer. Keep in mind that this application’s main advantage lies in selecting the proper dimensions, file type, and level of compression for use on particular media devices. With the exception of MP4 output, Camtasia Studio can do all this natively if you know what you’re doing.
PSP Video 9 (www.pspvideo9.com) - PlayStation Portable (PSP). Donationware app that converts Camtasia Studio AVIs, MOVs, and WMVs for viewing on the PSP’s standard media player. Windows-based. Cost: free.
Keep in mind that there are a