Monday, May 16, 2005

Paul let me borrow a Neuros

Paul of Paul's Blog and One-Egg-Ticket, stopped over for dinner this weekend. We even got some time to get him on the next techADDICTION with James; the show is coming soon. In the meantime, Paul let me borrow his Neruos MPEG4 recorder.

As soon as I can find some time, I'll give it a whirl. It looks to be geared for playback of video on a portable device due to it's resolution, but let's see how it goes. I offered to trade him our R2D2, but he said it wasn't necessary...thanks Paul!

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At 5/16/2005 10:55 PM, Blogger enigma said...

Looks like an OEM (or maybe other way around) of this VideoHome MiniVCR that I just got, I got mine from here.

It does indeed seem to be geared for portable devices, as the choice of resolutions is either CIF or QCIF, something like 320x240 and 160x120. Playback is smooth, but requires an audio codec that Microsoft is no longer allowing downloads of. The codec I refer to is the Sharp G.726 Audio Decoder, and was once available at Sharp still hosts the codec at here.

Without the audio codec, video will play, but you will not get audio. On PocketPC's, if you try playback with the built in Windows Media Player, you will not get audio. There is an application on the drivers cd that will playback the file with audio too, but audio only works with the said application. The application and device speed limit the playback capabilities such that QCIF files playback smooth, but cannot be fullscreened. CIF files can playback full screen, but gets choppy at times. Windows Media Player can playback the QCIF files fullscreen, but then you get no audio.

All in all, I like the device; it has its pros and cons, but it's a very easy to use device, has many functions (doubles as a usb2.0 card reader, has video out for playback on a tv), quality is decent, and can use high capacity memory cards.


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