Generic Media has released gMovie Player and Maker, which let Macintosh users play movies on Palm OS handhelds.

The gMedia Maker runs on Macs and Windows, and can encode AVI, Digital Video (DV), MPEG-1 or QuickTime – as well as still-images – into a format that can be viewed using gMedia Player.

After the movie has been encoded on a desktop machine, it can be transfered to a handheld using Palm's HotSync cradle. Once on the device, movies and the player itself can be "beamed" to other handhelds via Palm's infrared port.

Old PC "Our founder wrote the player because he figured that today's Palm Vx has about the same power as computers 15 years ago did," says Keith Hatounian, vice president of sales at Generic Media. He added: "Users can drag raw DV into the encoder window, and we handle everything, including video de-interlacing. There are no intermediate steps to take."

Unfortunately the solution does not support sound, as the Palm OS offers no sound capability. Generic Media promises to add sound support when Palm does.

The gMedia Maker encoder costs $30. The player is available for free. Both can be downloaded from Generic's Web site.