A new version of RealNetworks’ media player is launching today with features for sharing video files and transferring them to iPhones, BlackBerries and other mobile devices.
Called RealPlayerSP, the software builds on the handy video downloading feature that debuted in the previous version, RealPlayer 11, in 2007. When you’re running the player and browse to a Web video clip, a little window appears and offers to download the video.
SP adds Twitter and Facebook buttons, so you can click to share video links on the social networking sites (or simply via email). That’s the social part.
The portable part is a new system for transferring downloaded videos to mobile devices. With a few clicks, the player will convert videos to the proper format and transfer them to smartphones; initially supported devices include the iPhone, iPod, Pre, Sidekick, G1, Sony PSP, Nokia N71x, N95 and BlackBerry Bold, Curve, Pearl and Storm.
The transferring has to be done from a PC, with the device connected by a cable. Real’s looking into ways to make these transfers wirelessly.
A standard version of RealPlayerSP is free. There’s also a $39.99 premium version that supports h.264 video conversion, DVD playback and DVD burning.
This screenshot shows the Facebook and Twitter buttons, and the menu for transferring videos to a device:
Here’s what a Tweet looks like when you use the Twitter post button. Fortunately Real doesn’t require recipients to download the player; they’ll get two links – one to the video that was sent and another to Real in case they’d like the player:
The converter in action:
And the “social” buttons on the task list, within the player’s library: