The Basics – What You Need
If you’re using an old-school PSP (model numbers 1000, 2000, or 3000) then you’re going to need to pick up a pretty sizeable Memory Stick to hold your video files. On the plus side, the Sony Memory Stick is quickly going out of style, so you should be able to find them pretty cheap wherever you go. What size you’ll need depends entirely on what you’re putting on your system, but I’d stick with 2 GB or higher.
If you’re using a PSP Go, you won’t need to worry about buying extra memory, but owners of all PSP systems will need to have a USB cord. Chances are you’ve already got one, but if not, any mini-USB to USB cord will work.
You’ll also need a computer, or a friend with a computer.
What Kind of Video Can the PSP Play?
The simple answer is that there’s only one type of video that the PSP is capable of playing, and that’s MPEG-4. That means that if you’ve got a video of your favorite band on there (let’s say it’s Blind Guardian for the sake of argument) your file should be something along the lines of BlindGuardian.mpg.
If you’re ripping video from a DVD, make sure you’re doing so in the MPEG-4 format and you should be good to go. If you’re downloading from the internet you’ll have to be a little bit picky about your selections, but most sites offer video in a variety of formats.
Of course, if you use the right program, you won’t even have to worry about it.
What Program Should I Use?
There are a lot of programs that you can use for synchronization and file conversion, but the absolute best comes from Sony itself. It’s
called Media Go and it’s free to download.
The reason Media Go beats all the rest is that it’s simple to use, it automatically converts your files, and it allows you to download content from the PlayStation Network directly to your computer. It’s a great way to go if you don’t have a wireless setup or if you don’t want to sit and wait while your PSP downloads files.
If you prefer a different approach, you can use a similar method to the one used in our guide on transferring music to the PSP.
How Do I Put Videos Onto My PSP?
Once you’ve got Media Go installed on your computer, the process is as easy as can be.
Start by turning on your PSP. Once you’re at the main menu, scroll all the way over to the left and choose the "USB Connection" option. It’s near the top of the list, just under "System Update."
After you’ve done that, your PSP is ready to connect to a computer. Attach the PSP to your PC with the USB cable. You may have to restart the computer after it installs the drivers.
Next, open up Media Go. Add the video files to the program by choosing "File," "Add Folder to Library," and then selecting the folder with your videos.
After that all you have to do is click and drag the file from your library down to your PSP. If the file needs to be converted, the program will do it automatically.
When it’s done, unplug the PSP, take it out of USB mode and enjoy your videos.