The iPod video recorder

If you've listened to our inaugural podcast (yes, yes, the one that hit number 4 in the iTunes downloads chart and is currently still riding high at n

If you've listened to our inaugural podcast (yes, yes, the one that hit number 4 in the iTunes downloads chart and is currently still riding high at number 11, seeing off Radio 4's Today programme and Johnny Vaughan. That's the one) then you'll know the devil of a time you can have getting video onto the latest iPod.

But now news reaches us of an innovation from PC and Mac TV-card maker, Hauppauge.

It's come up with Wings, an add-on for its PVR software, to encode TV shows directly in to Apple friendly H.264 video for whacking on your iPod. Wings'll also convert your existing videos, albeit at paint drying speeds – encoding around three quarters real time - so a one hour programme takes 45 minutes to convert.

PSP and other video player users needn't feel left out. There's a specific recording mode for Sony's baby and the option to record in DivX or DVD formats. It makes the app an inexpensive alternative to the likes of StorVision's miniVCR.

The catch? The software only works with the company's own hardware. An official UK version isn't available yet but Hauppauge UK's main tester assures us the US version - available here - will work with UK kit. You'll just have to pay in dollars - 25 of them, to be precise. And Apple heads have no need to fret, since a Mac version is due in the new year.