The PSVita has yet another similarity when it comes to absurd software lockdowns with iOS. Like iOS, importing videos (and music) into the stock music or video application is a pain and a half since it requires you to use iTunes. That means you need a computer to import a video/music file and the Vita has a similar system but it’s with QCMA. MediaImporter makes life easier.
The main use of this utility is to import videos you copy over to your Vita without needing a computer. This means you can copy video files via FTP or via USB and not require QCMA to import them. While QCMA isn’t as restrictive and painful as iTunes, it’s still relatively annoying to make every pass through it in order to copy a media file… With this utility, all you need to do the following:
Install it (duh)
Copy the mp4 files to ux0:/video
Run the homebrew and update the video database
Run the Videos application and profit!
This being said, the Vita’s stock video app isn’t the best but it’s good enough to render your favourite show unless it’s in some obscure format. The developer ‘cnsldv’ of /talk forums said that more features may be implemented and I seriously hope they get implemented as the Vita will become more useful. Opening the VitaShell to listen to an mp3, unless you have a computer near, is a tad inconvenient in my opinion. Some possible new features are the ability to import photos and videos into the camera app and music into the music app.
How do I get it?
As always, you need to install it via grabbing the VPK which can be found below. As this is a homebrew, it’s recommend you get it from a trusted source as it uses other directories than ux0:/data so it’s unsafe homebrew. After getting it, it’s recommended you re-read the instructions in the forum thread below. This may make the PSTV a relatively useful video watching device with a big external HDD.