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Mio MiVue 388 Drive Recorder
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I am having trouble with updating the MiVue Manager software at the moment so having to connect to PC as an external device and coping videos to a file in My Documents, support at Mio have said the problem should be sorted by the end of the day
Can the videos be extracted easily from the SD card? I can see on one of the pictures that the format is MOV, but can I save that on my PC and use that video as I wish or do I have to use it inside the Mivue Manager only? thnx
What if someone breaks into your car and steals your in-car camera. There goes your evidence. Can the images somehow be stored on the cloud? I don't suppose so.
Could someone please explain What it mean Assuming the organisers will let you use a camera attached via suction mount Ive just bought the MiVue 388 is ilegalPlease help before I take it out of box
Anything used on a vehicle at track days has to be securely fixed in case it comes loose while at high speed. A suction mount is not sufficiently reliable.
You can copy the videos from this device easily using any mini-USB data cable on the market or directly from the MicoSD card using an appropriate cardreader. The file structure in this device is quite the same like in any digital photo camera. The main problem of this device is it's ugly compression algorithm showing about 12 Мbit/s bitrate. That's too low, so you never get an advantage of nice optics provided. The square blocks and blurred out image in fast movement conditions would never let you read car plates or other useful information in captured video. Don't buy. Go for GoPro Hero 3 instead.
Upon checking it appears that if you mount one of these cameras on your windscreen, using a suction mounting, as per the above picture (it cannot be placed anywhere within the wiper area) then you are committing TWO dangerous driving offences. The first would be for obstructing your view of the road and the second for driving whilst you can see the LCD video of the road ahead!! In other words you cannot mount a camera within the wiper area and you must be able to turn off the video whilst driving. It is also a crime for a business to sell you a camera without checking that it can go on your windscreen legally.
It doesn't obscure your view. You're supposed to position it up near your mirror (stated in instructions) where it gets a better view of the road. You can adjust the time the video output stays on. Off completely, on for 3 minutes or on all the time. You need it on when you first fix it to the screen to ensure it's covering the right area but wouldn't want to have it displaying your whole journey.
You can connect this and watch your videos on your TV using a mini to full size HDMI cable, (if your TV has an HDMI slot) or transfer your video to your comp using a mini USB to USB cable or by putting the Micro SD card into the full size SD card adapter that comes in the package into your computer's SD card slot (if it has one).
I bought one today, fitted it in the dark in the Halfords car park and recorded my 20 mile journey home. Watched parts of the video in the car when I got back and was pleasantly surprised to find it also recorded audio. So I went out again ! Came home, downloaded the video to my laptop and watched a couple of driver antics that I knew had been recorded. Downloaded the safety camera update and then connected the Mio to my TV and watched the antics again. It was dark, raining, I hadn't taken the protective plastic film off the camera lens and the quality was great. Yes you can read number plates. Looking forward to using it again tomorrow in the daylight and without the protective plastic on the lens. My only criticism is that the quick start guide isn't that great. You need to put the CD that comes in the box into your comp and view the detailed instructions and/or go to the website to really know what to do with it.
i have just bought a 388 and can not fix it in front of my rear view mirror as the holder is to bulky can you get slimmer holders
I think it is a great dashcam. So simple. Put in the date/time and stick it on your windscreen and that's it. Will be getting one for our second car. The only probs I found was that the hard copy user guide did not contain explanations of a couple of the options. Regarding safety camera detection, I queried this with Navman as mine did not detect any. Navman informed me that this camera is a dash cam only and has no facility to detect safety cameras so I am very confused.
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