We reviewed the Neuros MPEG-4 recorder in January. Since then, we have been finding ALL kinds for fun ways to use this amazingly versatile digital recording device.
The all-digital, battery-powered MPEG-4 NeurosCAM was one of those ways :-) The setup was highly portable, totally shock resistant, and lasted all day/until we ran out of memory!
The one problem we constantly came up against with the NeurosCAM was finding a convenient way to view the MPEG-4 videos when we were not in the office. We came up with a partial solution, but had to go all the way to Australia to get the missing piece needed!
The partial solution is to record on a Sandisk miniSD card and view the video on our Motorola MPX 220 SmartPhone. The missing piece was a SD to CF adapter from Mittoni.
The Mittoni SD to CF adapter is the same size as a standard CompactFlash (CF) card, and will fit into the slot just like a normal CF card.
The obvious difference is the Mittoni adapter has no physical intenal memory. The advantage is that ANY memory (SD, miniSD, t-Flash) in an SD form factor can now be used in a CF device!
In order to record videos with the NeurosCAM that can be viewed on the cell phone, we needed a miniSD card, a miniSD-to-SD adapter, and an SD-to-CF adapter! The recorded video then has to be converted from MPEG-4 to .3gp format before it can be played on the cell phone. Wheww :-)
It all works, but this approach obviously will not work for the NeuroCAM out in the field. Our next goal is to find a way to view the MPEG-4 videos captured by the NeurosCAM without having to do a format conversion. It would mean finding an MPEG-4 viewer for the SmartPhone. The first reader to point us to an app which works will get something from us in the mail :-)