When the PSP first went head-to-head with the DS, many saw it as having a huge advantage of being a personal multimedia player, as well as a gaming device. Unfortunately, UMD movies were a total flop, and converting your own movies for most people was a total pain in the ass with free 3rd party software.
Sony did release their own software, for a fee. Yes, amazingly they decided to charge money to use one of the most highly-touted features of the PSP. I actually paid $20 for the first version of PSP Media Manager, and was actually quite happy with it at first. Then it wouldn’t install at all on Windows Vista. For Vista support, you would have to use version 2.0 – which was NOT a free upgrade for those of us who paid for 1.0!
Thankfully, Sony came to their senses and released PSP Media Manager 2.5 to the masses for free on the Playstation Store – in Japan at least. Luckily, you can easily download it here (direct link here). Although the site and installation are in Japanese, the program itself runs in English. And it works with Vista!
If you have been converting your videos with one of those free ad-supported, spyware-supported programs, you might want to give this one a try. I’m sure Sony will be releasing it on the US store, but there is no word on when that will occur.