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Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions.
Can I use the Neuros OSD to make backups of my DVDs?
Yes. Connect your DVD player to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), insert your DVD in the DVD player, play it and hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control. The OSD will convert your DVD into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on a storage device of your choice.
What is the Neuros OSD?
The Neuros OSD connects to your TV or home theater system and allows you to archive all of your DVD and video content.

Plug the Neuros OSD into your TV, connect your DVD Player or VCR, and hit play. Your movie will be safely and legally transferred into a digital library! It works with home movies too. Just plug your video camera into the OSD, push play, and your memories are digitized.

With the Neuros OSD, you can store hundreds of hours of video in one location (like an external hard drive), get rid of those bulky cases, put an end to DVD damage, and instantly access any of your videos with the push of a button on a remote. You can even transfer your video content to a portable device (video iPod, PSP, mobile phone, etc.) to watch on the go, or email your home movies to friends and family.
What are the key features of the Neuros OSD?
  • Record Anything (DVDs, VHS tapes or TV shows) from standard video source with RCA or S-video output. Videos are saved in the open MP4 video format. You can even schedule timed recordings of your favorite shows and movies.
  • Store Anywhere. Use the Neuros OSD USB or Ethernet port to save files onto USB external hard drives, NAS (networked attached storage), or networked PCs.
  • Play Everywhere. Enjoy the recorded content on your TV or on-the-go on laptops and Portable Media Players like the iPod, PSP, Smartphones...
  • And much more! The Neuros OSD will also allow you to play MP4 videos downloaded from the internet, music, slide shows of photos and even has a Youtube browser. See our product spec sheet for more information on the device capabilities.
Do I need a PC to use the Neuros OSD?
No, the Neuros OSD is a stand-alone device. You don't need a PC to use it.
Can I use the Neuros OSD to convert my VHS tapes?
Absolutely, connect your VCR to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), insert your VHS tape in the VCR, play the content and hit record on the Neuros OSD remote. The OSD will convert your VHS tapes into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on the storage device of your choice.
Can I make copies of VHS tapes and commercial DVDs that are copy protected?
Yes, the Neuros OSD records the analog video signal sent to the TV and makes a legal, digital copy of it, as this signal is not copy protected.
How long does it take to record/convert videos?
It happens in real-time, 1 hour of video takes 1 hour to record.
What video format does the Neuros OSD uses for the recording?
The Neuros OSD records in the standard and open MP4 format compatible with a wide range of devices. Videos recorded with the Neuros OSD can not only be played a TV set using the OSD as a player, but can also be viewed on PC/Laptops and popular PMPs like the iPod/Nano/iPhone, the PSP, smartphones etc...
How big are the files recorded?
For the highest setting, 1 hour of video is about 1GB. It means that even on the highest setting, you could have a video library with all your favorite content on a single hard drive.
Does the OSD come with a built-in hard drive?
No, the OSD has no internal storage, but you can plug in any USB external hard drive (with the FAT 32 format), use standard flash cards or networked storage devices (NAS, PC, etc...).
Does the Neuros OSD support HD content?
The OSD records in standard definition from any source that supports composite (RCA cables) or S-Video. If your content source supports those outputs, you can record.
What is the largest capacity memory card that can be used with the OSD?
We have tested up to 8GB in size for memory cards with the OSD with working results. Using the OSD's USB connection, you can hook up external hard drives and expand your space to almost unlimited levels. SDHC cards are compatible with the OSD when using an adapter.
What type of memory cards does the OSD accept?
The OSD accepts SD memory cards, MMC memory cards, MS (Pro and Pro Duo) memory cards, CF memory cards, and microdrives. This includes all mini/micro variants of the previously mentioned cards assuming you have the proper adapters. The OSD is compatible with the newer SDHC cards, if you use an adapter.
Is the OSD network ready?
Yes, the OSD can be hooked up to a home or office network and interact with devices on that network. You can record to and playback content from NAS devices, or even a PC connected to your network.
What is the recording quality?
The recording is near DVD quality on the highest setting. Note that the recording quality depends on the quality of the video source. Please stay tuned, as we will publish original and sample recordings for your comparing pleasure.
What is included with the OSD?
OSD unit, stand, remote, 2 sets of RCA cables, IR blaster cable, VGA output cable, batteries, AC adapter, and instructions.

You can watch a video of the contents of the Neuros OSD box below, from our friends at Gear Diary.
What video file formats/codecs can the OSD play?
Please see the detailed table of supported video formats for playback.
Can the OSD view images?
As of firmware update on 8/2/07, there is a beta photo viewer. Stay tuned for updates!
Will the Neuros OSD work after the digital over-the-air conversion happens on February 17, 2009, in the United States?
Yes. Users who record TV directly may need to adjust their settings. Please visit the Digital Conversion Compatibility page for detailed information on which devices will be affected and how to adjust your setup.
Can I use the OSD to browse the web?
Turning your television into a general purpose web browser is not one of the goals of the OSD development team. Due to the lack of a mouse and keyboard, and the low resolution common to most televisions, TV's tend to make pretty bad web browsers.
Is there a record time limit on the OSD?
For high-quality recordings, there is a 4GB limit to the file size, and for low-quality recordings, there is a 2GB limit. Typically, this translates to approximately four hours of recording. After reaching the limit, the Neuros OSD will finalize your file and start a new file. During that 15-20 second period of time, your Neuros OSD will not record.
Can I save the content recorded with the OSD on a DVD?
Absolutely, once in the digital format, video can be edited and even changed to a different format like MPEG2 (this step requires a PC). Once in the MPEG2 format files can be burned on a DVD. Note that saving a file on a hard drive make it easier to manipulate and access the content than if it was stored on a DVD.
Do I need a PC to use the Neuros OSD?
No, the Neuros OSD is a stand-alone device. You don't need a PC to use it.
Can I record straight from a camcorder?
As long as the camcorder has an output of either S-video or RCA (red, yellow, and white connections) then yes, the OSD can record from the camcorder.
What is included with the OSD?
OSD unit, stand, remote, 2 sets of RCA cables, IR blaster cable, VGA output cable, batteries, AC adapter, and instructions.

You can watch a video of the contents of the Neuros OSD box below, from our friends at Gear Diary.
Can I record straight from a coaxial cable line?
No, you will need a VCR that will act like a cable box tuner or you will need a special converter/tuner.
Where can I buy replacement/better quality video cables?
We deliberately chose standard cables that you can buy just about anywhere. Look for mini AV connectors, or just ask for mini-to-composite connectors at your local RadioShack. Replacement cables can also be purchased directly from the Neuros Technology Store.
How do I turn it off?
You may have noticed that the OSD does not have an on/off switch. If it is plugged in, it is turned on, and vice versa. However, there really is no downside to leaving it on ALL the time. The OSD draws little to no power when it is not being used and the heat generated by the OSD is negligible. If you are truly concerned about leaving it on, you can simply unplug it, but this really isn't necessary.
Can I control the OSD WITHOUT the Remote?
At this time, there is no way to control the OSD without using the remote. Currently osdmain (the app that plays movies, music, shows the menu...) is one monolithic app that doesn't allow interaction from the outside. Once this barrier has been overcome people can start work on ways to interact with the OSD over the web. There have already been several successful attempts at running web servers on the OSD itself. Stay tuned for updates.
How do I set up the Neuros OSD?
With the supplied cables, you use one for your source (DVD player, cable box, VCR, etc), then the other cable will go to one of your video inputs on the back of your TV. The cable from the source will go into the AV IN on the back of the OSD, and the cable to your TV will be coming from the AV OUT on the Neuros OSD.
I hear sound, but don’t see a picture, what do I do?
This may be due to the cables being plugged in incorrectly. Please verify that the White/Yellow/Red cables are plugged into the appropriate color coded ports on the source and the TV. If you are using the S-Video input, please note that S-Video does not cover Audio. You will need to use the White and Red audio cables to ensure you are receiving audio from your source.
Why is my audio/video recordings distorted?
If the cables aren’t securely inserted, or crossed this may cause interference. One thing that usually works is swapping the cables around. A wireless card may also cause interference if it's near the OSD.
Will the Neuros OSD work after the digital over-the-air conversion happens on February 17, 2009, in the United States?
Yes. Users who record TV directly may need to adjust their settings. Please visit the Digital Conversion Compatibility page for detailed information on which devices will be affected and how to adjust your setup.
If I try to play a audio file while making a video recording, will the recording stop or pause?
The video will not pause or stop unless you choose to pause or stop it.
How long does it take to record/convert videos?
It happens in real-time, 1 hour of video takes 1 hour to record.
Can I use the OSD to browse the web?
Turning your television into a general purpose web browser is not one of the goals of the OSD development team. Due to the lack of a mouse and keyboard, and the low resolution common to most televisions, TV's tend to make pretty bad web browsers.
How do I know when the OSD is powered on?
Once the power is connected, the green light will be on. Then once you go to the right video channel on your TV, the menu will be displayed on there.
How do I know what version of firmware I am currently running?
In the menu screen you go to settings, then properties and it will be displayed there.
The volume and power buttons on my remote don't do anything, what gives?
The OSD remote is actually a universal remote, and those buttons can be programmed to control your TV. Here's a nice tutorial explaining how to do just that.
How do I record video using the Neuros OSD?
Once connected, you preview what you want to record through the TV. Then when you know what you want to record, you hit the record button and enjoy the show. Then after you're done, hit the stop button, your file will be saved to whatever storage device you use. You will be able record to either a memory card, USB device (PSP, iPod, external hard drive, etc.) or PC (network required).
Is there a record time limit on the OSD?
For high-quality recordings, there is a 4GB limit to the file size, and for low-quality recordings, there is a 2GB limit. Typically, this translates to approximately four hours of recording. After reaching the limit, the Neuros OSD will finalize your file and start a new file. During that 15-20 second period of time, your Neuros OSD will not record.
Why is my recorded video choppy?
There are many reasons why recorded video can be choppy. Here are a few solutions to this problem:
  1. Upgrade your firmware. Each release has better playback ability than the previous. An upgrade may immediately fix the issues you are seeing.
  2. Change the device for which you are recording. This is especially true if you are intending to play back video on portable devices such as a Palm Treo or other smartphone. Under "Video" > "Recording Settings" menu, you can change your intended playback device.
  3. Defragment the memory card/device you are recording to. As you record video, chunks of video get stored in different locations on the storage device, resulting in "fragmentation". Fragmentation slows down the Neuros OSD, as it requires your device to have to find the chunks in different areas of the disk.
If I try to play a audio file while making a video recording, will the recording stop or pause?
The video will not pause or stop unless you choose to pause or stop it.
Can I use the Neuros OSD to make backups of my DVDs?
Yes. Connect your DVD player to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), insert your DVD in the DVD player, play it and hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control. The OSD will convert your DVD into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on a storage device of your choice.
Can I make copies of VHS tapes and commercial DVDs that are copy protected?
Yes, the Neuros OSD records the analog video signal sent to the TV and makes a legal, digital copy of it, as this signal is not copy protected.
Can I record content off the hard drive of my TiVo or DVR with the Neuros OSD?
Yes. Connect your DVR/TiVo to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), and play the content you wish to remove from your hard drive. Hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control, and the OSD will convert the file played from your DVR into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on a storage device of your choice.
Can I record live TV (TV shows, movies, sports events, etc…)?
Yes. All you need to do is connect your Neuros OSD to a video source (DVR, Cable or Satellite receiver box, VCR, etc...) using the RCA cables provided. Get your video source on the channel you want to record and hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control. You can even use the IR blaster included in the accessories to schedule recordings on different channels at different times. The IR blaster will emulate the IR signal used by your remote to set the tuner of your video source to the channel of your choice at the time of the recording.
How long does it take to record/convert videos?
It happens in real-time, 1 hour of video takes 1 hour to record.
What video format does the Neuros OSD uses for the recording?
The Neuros OSD records in the standard and open MP4 format compatible with a wide range of devices. Videos recorded with the Neuros OSD can not only be played a TV set using the OSD as a player, but can also be viewed on PC/Laptops and popular PMPs like the iPod/Nano/iPhone, the PSP, smartphones etc...
How big are the files recorded?
For the highest setting, 1 hour of video is about 1GB. It means that even on the highest setting, you could have a video library with all your favorite content on a single hard drive.
Does the Neuros OSD support HD content?
The OSD records in standard definition from any source that supports composite (RCA cables) or S-Video. If your content source supports those outputs, you can record.
Can I record straight from a camcorder?
As long as the camcorder has an output of either S-video or RCA (red, yellow, and white connections) then yes, the OSD can record from the camcorder.
What devices can I record to other than memory cards?
You can record to micro drives, USB thumb drives, external hard drives, to the PSP, iPod video (among many USB storage/portable media devices) and PCs (network required).
What is the recording quality?
The recording is near DVD quality on the highest setting. Note that the recording quality depends on the quality of the video source. Please stay tuned, as we will publish original and sample recordings for your comparing pleasure.
How do I record video using the Neuros OSD?
Once connected, you preview what you want to record through the TV. Then when you know what you want to record, you hit the record button and enjoy the show. Then after you're done, hit the stop button, your file will be saved to whatever storage device you use. You will be able record to either a memory card, USB device (PSP, iPod, external hard drive, etc.) or PC (network required).
Is there a record time limit on the OSD?
For high-quality recordings, there is a 4GB limit to the file size, and for low-quality recordings, there is a 2GB limit. Typically, this translates to approximately four hours of recording. After reaching the limit, the Neuros OSD will finalize your file and start a new file. During that 15-20 second period of time, your Neuros OSD will not record.
Why is my recorded video choppy?
There are many reasons why recorded video can be choppy. Here are a few solutions to this problem:
  1. Upgrade your firmware. Each release has better playback ability than the previous. An upgrade may immediately fix the issues you are seeing.
  2. Change the device for which you are recording. This is especially true if you are intending to play back video on portable devices such as a Palm Treo or other smartphone. Under "Video" > "Recording Settings" menu, you can change your intended playback device.
  3. Defragment the memory card/device you are recording to. As you record video, chunks of video get stored in different locations on the storage device, resulting in "fragmentation". Fragmentation slows down the Neuros OSD, as it requires your device to have to find the chunks in different areas of the disk.
Why is my audio/video recordings distorted?
If the cables aren’t securely inserted, or crossed this may cause interference. One thing that usually works is swapping the cables around. A wireless card may also cause interference if it's near the OSD.
Can I use the Neuros OSD to convert my VHS tapes?
Absolutely, connect your VCR to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), insert your VHS tape in the VCR, play the content and hit record on the Neuros OSD remote. The OSD will convert your VHS tapes into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on the storage device of your choice.
How can I edit the files that I've recorded with the OSD?
We recommend Free Video Dub. It is free and it allows you to cut sections and edit files without having to re-encode. This means that you can preserve the original quality of the file.
How do I format my USB hard drive to FAT 32?
For Windows
If you want to record to/play from an external hard drive, you will need it to be formatted in FAT 32 file system. However, Windows imposes a limitation that prevents users from formatting a drive to a size greater than 32GB. As most drives these days are greater than 32GB, we recommend the following:
  1. Format your drive using Windows and a free program called SwissKnife. A manual on how to use this program can be found here.
  2. Some customers have experienced problems with SwissKnife. If you are one of them, please try using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
  3. If this solution does not work as well, try using the RidgeCrop FAT 32 Formatter. You will have to download fat32format.exe. Please save this file to your C drive (C:\). From Windows, click Start. Click Run. Type cmd. From the comand prompt, type C: and press enter. Find the drive letter for your external drive in My Computer. For example, say it is drive X:. "Type Fat32Format X:" without the quotes. Your hard drive will be formatted. Make sure to use the drive letter of your external drive. Do not use C:! This will format your computer's HD!
  4. If you are still having trouble, please try mkdosfs FAT 32 Formatter.

For Mac OS X
We have found instructions on how to format your external hard drive to FAT 32 on your Mac OS X here.

Please note that these tools and references are not supported by Neuros Technology.
Why isn’t my external hard drive recognized by the Neuros OSD?
For Windows
If you want to record to/play from an external hard drive, you will need it to be formatted in FAT 32 file system. However, Windows imposes a limitation that prevents users from formatting a drive to a size greater than 32GB. As most drives these days are greater than 32GB, we recommend the following:
  1. Format your drive using Windows and a free program called SwissKnife. A manual on how to use this program can be found here.
  2. Some customers have experienced problems with SwissKnife. If you are one of them, please try using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
  3. If this solution does not work as well, try using the RidgeCrop FAT 32 Formatter.

For Mac OS X
We have found instructions on how to format your external hard drive to FAT 32 on your Mac OS X here.

Please note that these tools and references are not supported by Neuros Technology.
Can I record content off the hard drive of my TiVo or DVR with the Neuros OSD?
Yes. Connect your DVR/TiVo to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), and play the content you wish to remove from your hard drive. Hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control, and the OSD will convert the file played from your DVR into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on a storage device of your choice.
What video format does the Neuros OSD uses for the recording?
The Neuros OSD records in the standard and open MP4 format compatible with a wide range of devices. Videos recorded with the Neuros OSD can not only be played a TV set using the OSD as a player, but can also be viewed on PC/Laptops and popular PMPs like the iPod/Nano/iPhone, the PSP, smartphones etc...
How big are the files recorded?
For the highest setting, 1 hour of video is about 1GB. It means that even on the highest setting, you could have a video library with all your favorite content on a single hard drive.
Does the OSD come with a built-in hard drive?
No, the OSD has no internal storage, but you can plug in any USB external hard drive (with the FAT 32 format), use standard flash cards or networked storage devices (NAS, PC, etc...).
What is the largest capacity memory card that can be used with the OSD?
We have tested up to 8GB in size for memory cards with the OSD with working results. Using the OSD's USB connection, you can hook up external hard drives and expand your space to almost unlimited levels. SDHC cards are compatible with the OSD when using an adapter.
Can I record straight to the iPod video and PSP via the USB port?
With the iPod, your mileage may vary. Apple has changed the way the iPod interacts with its USB port. As a result, there is a risk that your iPod will be formatted if you plug your iPod directly into the USB port. We recommend you record your video to a USB storage device, CF card or SD card, and then import your files into iTunes. Or, if your OSD is connected to your home computer via a network, you can do this automatically. See the Neuros Forums for more details.
What type of memory cards does the OSD accept?
The OSD accepts SD memory cards, MMC memory cards, MS (Pro and Pro Duo) memory cards, CF memory cards, and microdrives. This includes all mini/micro variants of the previously mentioned cards assuming you have the proper adapters. The OSD is compatible with the newer SDHC cards, if you use an adapter.
What devices can I record to other than memory cards?
You can record to micro drives, USB thumb drives, external hard drives, to the PSP, iPod video (among many USB storage/portable media devices) and PCs (network required).
Can the Neuros OSD play songs stored on my iPod?
You will be able to play only DRM-free songs. This excludes most songs purchased through iTunes, but includes most songs purchased through DRM-free sites, such as Amazon Unbox.
How do I record video using the Neuros OSD?
Once connected, you preview what you want to record through the TV. Then when you know what you want to record, you hit the record button and enjoy the show. Then after you're done, hit the stop button, your file will be saved to whatever storage device you use. You will be able record to either a memory card, USB device (PSP, iPod, external hard drive, etc.) or PC (network required).
Can I save the content recorded with the OSD on a DVD?
Absolutely, once in the digital format, video can be edited and even changed to a different format like MPEG2 (this step requires a PC). Once in the MPEG2 format files can be burned on a DVD. Note that saving a file on a hard drive make it easier to manipulate and access the content than if it was stored on a DVD.
Can I use the Neuros OSD to make backups of my DVDs?
Yes. Connect your DVD player to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), insert your DVD in the DVD player, play it and hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control. The OSD will convert your DVD into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on a storage device of your choice.
Can I record content off the hard drive of my TiVo or DVR with the Neuros OSD?
Yes. Connect your DVR/TiVo to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), and play the content you wish to remove from your hard drive. Hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control, and the OSD will convert the file played from your DVR into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on a storage device of your choice.
What video format does the Neuros OSD uses for the recording?
The Neuros OSD records in the standard and open MP4 format compatible with a wide range of devices. Videos recorded with the Neuros OSD can not only be played a TV set using the OSD as a player, but can also be viewed on PC/Laptops and popular PMPs like the iPod/Nano/iPhone, the PSP, smartphones etc...
Can I record straight to the iPod video and PSP via the USB port?
With the iPod, your mileage may vary. Apple has changed the way the iPod interacts with its USB port. As a result, there is a risk that your iPod will be formatted if you plug your iPod directly into the USB port. We recommend you record your video to a USB storage device, CF card or SD card, and then import your files into iTunes. Or, if your OSD is connected to your home computer via a network, you can do this automatically. See the Neuros Forums for more details.
What devices can I record to other than memory cards?
You can record to micro drives, USB thumb drives, external hard drives, to the PSP, iPod video (among many USB storage/portable media devices) and PCs (network required).
Can the Neuros OSD play songs stored on my iPod?
You will be able to play only DRM-free songs. This excludes most songs purchased through iTunes, but includes most songs purchased through DRM-free sites, such as Amazon Unbox.
How do I record video using the Neuros OSD?
Once connected, you preview what you want to record through the TV. Then when you know what you want to record, you hit the record button and enjoy the show. Then after you're done, hit the stop button, your file will be saved to whatever storage device you use. You will be able record to either a memory card, USB device (PSP, iPod, external hard drive, etc.) or PC (network required).
Can I record a film from video source AND watch youtube at the same time, with out stopping the recording?
You can. The OSD will not cancel your recording unless you choose to cancel it, yourself.
Can I record content off the hard drive of my TiVo or DVR with the Neuros OSD?
Yes. Connect your DVR/TiVo to the Neuros OSD with the included RCA cable (red, white and yellow), and play the content you wish to remove from your hard drive. Hit record on the Neuros OSD remote control, and the OSD will convert the file played from your DVR into a standard digital MP4 file that will be saved on a storage device of your choice.
Can I use the OSD to browse the web?
Turning your television into a general purpose web browser is not one of the goals of the OSD development team. Due to the lack of a mouse and keyboard, and the low resolution common to most televisions, TV's tend to make pretty bad web browsers.
How do I turn it off?
You may have noticed that the OSD does not have an on/off switch. If it is plugged in, it is turned on, and vice versa. However, there really is no downside to leaving it on ALL the time. The OSD draws little to no power when it is not being used and the heat generated by the OSD is negligible. If you are truly concerned about leaving it on, you can simply unplug it, but this really isn't necessary.
The volume and power buttons on my remote don't do anything, what gives?
The OSD remote is actually a universal remote, and those buttons can be programmed to control your TV. Here's a nice tutorial explaining how to do just that.
I have a hard drive connected to my OSD, can I copy files to it remotely?
This capability is not built into the OSD by default, but there is an easy 5-minute "hack" that will allow you to add this functionality. crweb has ported an ftp server that can be downloaded and run on the OSD. Follow the README for directions. You should then be able to use any ftp client to connect to your OSD and upload videos, pictures, music... whatever.

Note: work is actively being pursued to add windows file sharing capabilities to the OSD, so the above method will no longer be necessary.
Can I control the OSD WITHOUT the Remote?
At this time, there is no way to control the OSD without using the remote. Currently osdmain (the app that plays movies, music, shows the menu...) is one monolithic app that doesn't allow interaction from the outside. Once this barrier has been overcome people can start work on ways to interact with the OSD over the web. There have already been several successful attempts at running web servers on the OSD itself. Stay tuned for updates.
Can the Neuros OSD play songs stored on my iPod?
You will be able to play only DRM-free songs. This excludes most songs purchased through iTunes, but includes most songs purchased through DRM-free sites, such as Amazon Unbox.
Can I save the content recorded with the OSD on a DVD?
Absolutely, once in the digital format, video can be edited and even changed to a different format like MPEG2 (this step requires a PC). Once in the MPEG2 format files can be burned on a DVD. Note that saving a file on a hard drive make it easier to manipulate and access the content than if it was stored on a DVD.
How can I edit the files that I've recorded with the OSD?
We recommend Free Video Dub. It is free and it allows you to cut sections and edit files without having to re-encode. This means that you can preserve the original quality of the file.
How do I edit the MP4 files in Sony Vegas?
If Sony Vegas does not accept your MP4 files, you will need the K-Light Codec pack. When installing, use the standard install.
How do I record to and play from my Windows PC?
To connect to your PC, please follow the instructions here.
How do I record to and play from my Mac?
Sharing files with your Mac is straightforward. Please follow the instructions here.
Is the OSD network ready?
Yes, the OSD can be hooked up to a home or office network and interact with devices on that network. You can record to and playback content from NAS devices, or even a PC connected to your network.
What devices can I record to other than memory cards?
You can record to micro drives, USB thumb drives, external hard drives, to the PSP, iPod video (among many USB storage/portable media devices) and PCs (network required).
Can my OSD record and play back over WiFi, wirelessly?
When you plug the Neuros OSD's LAN port to a wireless bridge, you give it the ability to share files over your wireless network.

We recommend the Linksys WGA54G Wireless-G Game Adapter. First, follow the instructions on the included CD to set this device up with your PC or Mac for your home network. Then, plug your Neuros OSD into the device and you should be up and running in no time.

Because of interference with everyday household objects (microwaves, cordless phones, garage doors, etc.), recording and playing back over a wireless network may be choppy at times. If you wish to record over your home network, we recommend that you do so over a wired Ethernet connection and not a wireless one.
I have a hard drive connected to my OSD, can I copy files to it remotely?
This capability is not built into the OSD by default, but there is an easy 5-minute "hack" that will allow you to add this functionality. crweb has ported an ftp server that can be downloaded and run on the OSD. Follow the README for directions. You should then be able to use any ftp client to connect to your OSD and upload videos, pictures, music... whatever.

Note: work is actively being pursued to add windows file sharing capabilities to the OSD, so the above method will no longer be necessary.
How do I know when the OSD is powered on?
Once the power is connected, the green light will be on. Then once you go to the right video channel on your TV, the menu will be displayed on there.
How do I know what version of firmware I am currently running?
In the menu screen you go to settings, then properties and it will be displayed there.
How do I turn it off?
You may have noticed that the OSD does not have an on/off switch. If it is plugged in, it is turned on, and vice versa. However, there really is no downside to leaving it on ALL the time. The OSD draws little to no power when it is not being used and the heat generated by the OSD is negligible. If you are truly concerned about leaving it on, you can simply unplug it, but this really isn't necessary.
I broke something and my OSD doesn't work! How do I do a factory restore?
Please consult the following page for instructions on performing an Emergency Upgrade.
Why isn’t my external hard drive recognized by the Neuros OSD?
For Windows
If you want to record to/play from an external hard drive, you will need it to be formatted in FAT 32 file system. However, Windows imposes a limitation that prevents users from formatting a drive to a size greater than 32GB. As most drives these days are greater than 32GB, we recommend the following:
  1. Format your drive using Windows and a free program called SwissKnife. A manual on how to use this program can be found here.
  2. Some customers have experienced problems with SwissKnife. If you are one of them, please try using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
  3. If this solution does not work as well, try using the RidgeCrop FAT 32 Formatter.

For Mac OS X
We have found instructions on how to format your external hard drive to FAT 32 on your Mac OS X here.

Please note that these tools and references are not supported by Neuros Technology.
Why doesn’t my memory card work?
If you haven’t reformatted your card, that may be the issue. A simple format in the device that you are going to be using should work.
Why does my OSD keep freezing?
If you haven’t reformatted your card, that may be the issue. A simple format in the device that you are going to be using should work. Staying current on your firmware can also resolve this. If it doesn’t, please contact support.
I hear sound, but don’t see a picture, what do I do?
This may be due to the cables being plugged in incorrectly. Please verify that the White/Yellow/Red cables are plugged into the appropriate color coded ports on the source and the TV. If you are using the S-Video input, please note that S-Video does not cover Audio. You will need to use the White and Red audio cables to ensure you are receiving audio from your source.
Why is my recorded video choppy?
There are many reasons why recorded video can be choppy. Here are a few solutions to this problem:
  1. Upgrade your firmware. Each release has better playback ability than the previous. An upgrade may immediately fix the issues you are seeing.
  2. Change the device for which you are recording. This is especially true if you are intending to play back video on portable devices such as a Palm Treo or other smartphone. Under "Video" > "Recording Settings" menu, you can change your intended playback device.
  3. Defragment the memory card/device you are recording to. As you record video, chunks of video get stored in different locations on the storage device, resulting in "fragmentation". Fragmentation slows down the Neuros OSD, as it requires your device to have to find the chunks in different areas of the disk.
Why is my audio/video recordings distorted?
If the cables aren’t securely inserted, or crossed this may cause interference. One thing that usually works is swapping the cables around. A wireless card may also cause interference if it's near the OSD.
Will the Neuros OSD work after the digital over-the-air conversion happens on February 17, 2009, in the United States?
Yes. Users who record TV directly may need to adjust their settings. Please visit the Digital Conversion Compatibility page for detailed information on which devices will be affected and how to adjust your setup.
Neuros OSD Pre-Sales

Pre-Sales Questions concerning the Neuros OSD

What is the largest capacity memory card that can be used with the OSD?
We have tested up to 8GB in size for memory cards with the OSD with working results. Using the OSD's USB connection, you can hook up external hard drives and expand your space to almost unlimited levels.
Can I record straight from a camcorder?
As long as the camcorder has an output of either S-video or RCA (red, yellow, and white connections) then yes, the OSD can record from the camera's feed.
What are the dimensions of the OSD?
5.5 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches (14 x 14 x 3.2 cm)
Does the OSD come with a built-in hard drive?
No, the OSD has no internal storage, but you can plug in any USB external Harddrive.
Can I record straight to the iPod video and PSP via the USB port?
With the PSP, yes.

With the iPod, your mileage may vary. Apple has changed the way the iPod interacts with its USB port. As a result, there is a risk that your iPod will be formatted if you plug your iPod directly into the USB port. We recommend you record your video to a USB storage device, CF card or SD card, and then import your files into iTunes. Or, if your OSD is connected to your home computer via a network, you can do this automatically. See the Neuros Forums for more details.
What type of memory cards does the OSD accept?
The OSD accepts SD memory cards, MMC memory cards, MS (Pro and Pro Duo) memory cards, CF memory cards, and microdrives. This includes all mini/micro variants of the previously mentioned cards assuming you have the proper adapters. The OSD is now compatible with the new SDHC cards, if used with an adapter.
What are the key features of the OSD?
Recording and playback of video, audio and picture to and from a variety of sources, in addition to the commitment to our open source community through the release of software tools and code, the support of a wide variety of audio and video formats, and its ability to act as a home media center just to name a few.
Is the OSD network ready?
Yes, the OSD can be hooked up to a home or office network and interact with devices on that network. You can record to and playback content from NAS devices, or even a PC connected to your network.
What devices can I record to other than memory cards?
You can record to micro drives, USB thumb drives, external hard drives, to the PSP, iPod video (among many USB storage/portable media devices) and PCs (network required).
What is the max video resolution for the OSD?
672x448 is currently the highest resolution.
What is included with the OSD?
OSD unit, stand, remote, 2 sets of RCA cables, IR blaster cable, VGA output cable, batteries, AC adapter, and instructions.
What video file formats/codecs can the OSD play?

Please see the detailed table of supported video formats for playback.

Can I use the OSD to browse the web?
Turning your television into a general purpose web browser is not one of the goals of the OSD development team. Due to the lack of a mouse and keyboard, and the low resoultion common to most televisions, TV's tend to make pretty bad web browsers. However, there are a number of cash bounties out there for people to create specialized flickr, YouTube and Google Video browsers. Stay tuned for updates!
Can the OSD view images?
As of firmware update on 8/2/07, there is a beta photo viewer. Stay tuned for updates!
Can I use the OSD to record live TV?
Yes you can. All you need to do is connect your Neuros OSD to a video source (DVR, Cable or Satellite receiver box, VCR, etc...) using the RCA cables provided. Get your video source on the channel you want to record (the Neuros OSD does not have a built-in tuner), and you are all set. You can even use the IR blaster included in the accessories to schedule recordings on different channels at different times. The IR blaster will emulate the IR signal used by your remote to set the tuner of your video source to the channel of your choice at the time of the recording.
Is the OSD suitable for average users or just open source developers?

It's suitable for both. The OSD user interface is intuitive so that mainstream consumers can make recordings, play back content, etc without even having to consult the user's manual. We even have menu-specific help screens and options menus available at any time just by touching a button on the remote control.

On the other hand, the OSD is GNU/Linux-based and built on free and open source software, so that our growing worldwide community of open source developers can get as involved as they want in creating new applications. Our community has been with us every step of the way, from designing the basic hardware to developing our operating system, and will continue to be essential as we make the OSD even greater. If you'd like to bring your hacking skills to the table (or just see what all the fuss is about), check us out at http://open.neurostechnology.com/.

And everybody benefits from open source because, once we make sure these new applications are suitable for mainstream users, we make them available to all OSD owners via free downloadable upgrades, which take only minutes to install.

Neuros OSD Usage

How to use the Neuros OSD

Can I record straight from a coaxial cable line?

No, you will need a VCR that will act like a cable box tuner or you will need a special converter/tuner.

How do I know when the OSD is powered on?
Once the power is connected, the green light will be on. Then once you go to the right video channel on your TV, the menu will be displayed on there.
How do I know what version of firmware I am currently running?
In the menu screen you go to settings, then properties and it will be displayed there.
Where can I buy replacement/better quality video cables?

We deliberately chose standard cables that you can buy just about anywhere. Here's one example but it's a generic part, look for mini AV connectors, or just ask for something to connect your camcorder to your TV with composite connectors. Replacement cables can also be purchased directly from Neuros here.

The volume and power buttons on my remote don't do anything, what gives?

The OSD remote is actually a universal remote, and those buttons can be programmed to control your TV. Heres a nice tutorial explaining how to do just that.

How do I turn it off??
You may have noticed that the OSD does not have an on/off switch. If it is plugged in, it is turned on, and vice versa. However, there really is no downside to leaving it on ALL the time. The OSD draws little to no power when it is not being used and the heat generated by the OSD is negligible. If you are truly concerned about leaving it on, you can simply unplug it, but this really isn't necessary.
I broke something and my OSD doesn't work! How do I do a factory restore?

In order to do a factory restore, you must reload the OSD firmware. Please see the Emergency Upgrade Instructionsfor more information.

I have a hard drive connected to my OSD, can I copy files to it remotely?

This capability is not built into the OSD by default, but there is an easy 5-minute "hack" that will allow you to add this functionality. crweb has ported an ftp server that can be downloaded and run on the OSD. Follow the README for directions. You should then be able to use any ftp client to connect to your OSD and upload videos, pictures, music... whatever.

Note: work is actively being pursued to add windows file sharing capabilities to the OSD, so the above method will no longer be necessary.

Can I control the OSD WITHOUT the Remote?
At this time, there is no way to control the OSD without using the remote. Currently osdmain (the app that plays movies, music, shows the menu...) is one monolithic app that doesn't allow interaction from the outside. Once this barrier has been overcome people can start work on ways to interact with the OSD over the web. There have already been several successful attempts at running web servers on the OSD itself. Stay tuned for updates.
Can I connect it to the network via WiFi?

Neuros is working on officially supporting this functionality through USB. Some in the community are already using WiFi. In the meantime, as another alternative, the forums have information on using a common wireless bridge to do the job.

Can the Neuros OSD play songs stored on my iPod?
You will be able to play only DRM-free songs (which exclude most songs bought on iTunes).
How do I set up the Neuros OSD?
With the supplied cables, you use one for your source (DVD player, cable box, VCR, etc), then the other cable will go to one of your video inputs on the back of your TV. The cable from the source will go into the AV IN on the back of the OSD, and the cable to your TV will be coming from the AV OUT on the Neuros OSD.
How do I record video using the Neuros OSD?
Once connected, you preview what you want to record through the TV. Then when you know what you want to record, you hit the record button and enjoy the show. Then after you're done, hit the record button again, your file will be saved to whatever storage device you use. You will be able record to either a memory card, USB device (PSP, iPod, external hard drive, etc.) or PC (network required).
Neuros OSD Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Questions concerning the Neuros OSD

I have a question that wasn't answered here. Where can I get some more help?

You're in luck! There is a forum designed especially for this purpose. Developers of the OSD and various members of the community check the forum multiple times a day, and theres a good chance they can answer your question. If you get your answer, we invite you to come back here and update this page with what you learned. Of course, you can always email (support@neurostechnology.com) or call (866-563-8767).

Why isn’t my external hard drive recognized by the Neuros OSD?

If you want to record to/play from an external hard drive, you will need it to be formatted in FAT 32 file system. A complete step by step guide on how to do so using Windows and a free program can be found here.

Why doesn’t my memory card work?
If you haven’t reformatted your card, that may be the issue. A simple format in the device that you are going to be using should work.
Why does my OSD keep freezing?
If you haven’t reformatted your card, that may be the issue. A simple format in the device that you are going to be using should work. Staying current on your firmware can also resolve this. If it doesn’t, please contact support.
Is there a record time limit on the OSD?
There is no hard time limit in place for recording, however there is a 2GB file size limit per recording when recording on storage media with a FAT partition.
I hear sound, but don’t see a picture, what do I do?
This may be due to the cables being plugged in incorrectly. Please verify that the White/Yellow/Red cables are plugged into the appropriate color coded ports on the source and the TV.
Why is my recorded video choppy?
There may be a few solutions to this problem: 1.Upgrade your firmware 2.Defragment the memory card/device you are recording to 3.Choose a higher video recording resolution in the settings
Why is my audio/video recordings distorted?
If the cables aren’t securely inserted, or crossed this may cause interference. One thing that usually works is swapping the cables around. A wireless card may also cause interference if it's near the OSD.
Neuros MPEG4 Recorder Pre-Sales

Pre-Sales questions about the Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2 | 2Plus

Is the Neuros compatible with all kinds of CF and SD cards?
The Neuros works with both CF I and CF II cards and all speeds of SD cards. However, there is a known compatibility with the Kingmax SD cards which prevents them from operating properly with the recorder.
What version of DivX is supported?
The recorder supports DivX version 4.0, 5.0 or above, (not DivX 3.0) and resolution of 320x240.
Will there be an upgrade program for Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
Like all Neuros products, the recorder is intended to be an evolving product, developed in as open an environment as possible. The firmware is upgradeable to allow for future functionality and will be supported on the Neuros Audio website.
Is the firmware on the recorder open source?
Not yet. We are currently working with our partners to get the source code released. For more information see open.neurosaudio.com.
What software is included with Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
There is no additional software necessary, but the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder comes with the Ulead Video ToolBox(TM) 2 Home Edition software bundle pack for the PC for additional file conversion and editing functionality.
What types of digital devices are compatible with the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
Since the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder uses a standard MPEG-4 video file format, and standard CF/SD memory storage, it is compatible with most digital devices such as PCs, and laptops, and select PDAs, SmartPhones and other digital media players.
What are the specifications and file compatibility for audio playback?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder features an MP3/AAC music player with stereo MP3 decoding, stereo AAC decoding; 32-320 kbits per second CBR & VBR; 16-120 kbits per second CBR.
What are the specifications and file compatibility for viewing photos?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder features a photo viewer with a JPEG decoder for resolutions up to 16M pixels; with thumbnail view, rotate, zoom and pan features.
What are the specifications and file compatibility for video playback?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder features an MPEG-4 AVI movie player compatible with MPEG-4 SP with G.726 audio; MPEG-4 SP with MP3 stereo sound, near DVD quality; 30 fps at 352x240 resolution Microsoft ASF file format; 30 fps at 362x240 resolution AVI file format, encoded by DivX 4.0 & 5.0.
What are the specifications and file compatibility for recording?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder features real-time MPEG-4 movie recording with ISO standard MPEG-4 encoding with G.726 audio; 30 fps at 352x240 resolution Microsoft ASF file format.
Does the resolution set automatically based on the size of the storage card and program length or do I select the resolution?
The resolution/compression is a user-controlled option.
What are the resolution/compression options with the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder has four resolution/compression options. Using a 512 MB CF or SD memory card, the approximate amount of content can be recorded per option: * Super Fine - 45 minutes, 32 seconds * Fine - 59 minutes, 36 seconds * Normal - 118 minutes, 32 seconds * Economy - 177 minutes, 48 seconds
What kind of video quality will I get with the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
The video quality is dependant upon the quality of the original content and signal, but the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder records at 30 frames per second at 352 x 240 resolution. The content can then be saved in one of four resolution/compression options.
What additional equipment and system requirements are needed for the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder uses standard CF and/or SD flash memory cards as a storage medium, but these are not included and must be purchased separately. A PC or Laptop is needed for additional file conversion and editing functions, but is not necessary for the creation and playback of MPEG-4 video files.
What is included with the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder System?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder comes complete with: * A/V Interface Cables * PC 2.0 USB Cable * 110-240V AC/DC Power Supply * Remote Control * User's Manual * Driver and Software Bundle Pack * Standard CF or SD memory storage cards are required, but not included.
What are the dimensions of the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder measures 118 x 87 x 18 millimenters and weighs 140 grams.
What are the key features of the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder * Records in real-time from any analog video source, including cable and satellite TV, DVD players, camcorders, VCRs, and Tivo(TM) * Variable resolution/compression settings * Simple RCA cable Setup - works without a PC and operates just like a VCR * Uses standard Compact Flash (CF) or Secure Digital (SD) memory cards * USB 2.0 Connection allows fast file transfers to and from PC * Handy remote control * Upgradeable firmware allows for expanded functionality in the future * Ships with Ulead Video ToolBox(TM) 2 Home Edition software.
Why should I use the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
With the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder you can: * Record TV and movies to digital MPEG-4 files * Archive home movies * Watch movies or TV shows on your laptop or PDA * Play MP3 audio files through your home stereo * View photos on your television -all without worrying about complicated set-up, additional equipment, or file format compatibility.
How does the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder work?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder is easy to use, as it plugs into any existing home theatre component via simple RCA cables. It records from any analog video source, including cable or satellite TV, DVD players, camcorders, VCRs and PVRs such as Tivo?. Since the Neuros MPEG-4 recorder uses compact memory cards as the storage medium, the resulting video files can then be played back on your television or easily transferred to the digital devices you already have, such as laptops, PDAs and SmartPhones for playback.
What is the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder?
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder is an innovative new device that represents the easiest and most affordable way to create and play back compact standard MPEG-4 video files.
Neuros MPEG4 Recorder Usage

Usage questions about the Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2 | 2Plus

How is the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder different from products like the Dazzle Digital Video Creator and the Plextor ConvertX?
The Dazzle Digital Video Creator is USB video capture device intended primarily for encoding camcorder video into a DVD compatible format. Serving as a bridge between video source and PC, it has no onboard memory. The Plextor ConvertX is another USB video capture device that is used to encode video from TVs, DVD players, and VCRs into a DVD compatible format or a compressed format like DivX. Like the Dazzle Digital Video Creator, it has no onboard memory and must be used with a PC at all times.
How do I play Recorder files on my Palm handheld?
You will need to download TCPMP - The Core Pocket Media Player, you can do so FREE by doing a search on Google. Some handhelds might need the TCPMP AAC audio plug-in codec, which too can be downloaded off of Google.
How do I play Recorder files on my Pocket PC?
You can play them directly with Beta Player for PPC, which can be downloaded for FREE at: http://www.pdagold.com/software/detail.asp?s=498
Neuros MPEG4 Recorder Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting questions about the Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2 | 2Plus

My MPEG4 Recorder is showing a black and white preview of the DVD I want to Record. How do I fix it?
Check the settings on your DVD Player. If the player is set to progressive scan mode, try changing it to the standard setting. Progressive scan mode can cause problems with the pass-through.
Why don’t I hear anything when I play my recorded videos on my PC?
To play files created by the Recorder, you’ll need to download and install the G.726 codec using the following link: http://www.codec-download.com/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=search&que...
What are the system requirements for Neuros?
Minimum System Requirements: * PC with 1 available USB port * Pentium 233 MHz * 64 MB RAM * 160MB available hard disk space * Microsoft ® Windows 98SE, Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP
How long does the battery last?
The rechargeable, non-replaceable batteries inside Neuros provide 10 hours of continuous playback. The batteries in the Neuros and Neuros HD benefit from the avoidance of full-discharge conditions, so feel free to keep the Neuros plugged in whenever convenient.
How do I charge my Neuros?
Charge the battery by connecting the wall power adapter to the charger port on the bottom of your Neuros, and begin charging battery. For best performance, charge battery for 8 hours at first use to give it a full charge. You can use the Neuros while it is charging.
What software do I need to use Neuros?
Outside of the software already installed on your computer, all you need is the Neuros Synchronization Manager Software (included with your Neuros) to create playlists, and synchronize with your Neuros player. To identify HiSi samples, you need access to the Internet.
What computers does Neuros work with?
Neuros works with the following Windows Operating Systems: Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP. Neuros does not support use on Apple computers at this time.
What should I do if my battery no longer recharges? I understand these are non-replaceable batteries.
The NiMH batteries in the Neuros and the Lithium Ion battery in the Neuros HD are expected to last at least 1 ½ - 2 years (depending on usage). Only our Neuros technical team can replace the battery for you and, as a result, it is not consumer-serviceable. Our battery replacement policy is as follows. Within Warranty (90 days parts, 1 year labor) -If within first 90 days of purchase - NO CHARGE -Past 90 days, but within 1 year- $7 Outside of Warranty Neuros 128- $8 Neuros HD- $12 To have your battery replaced, please contact customer support for instructions via email at support@neurosaudio.com or by phone at 866-5-NEUROS.
Neuros 442 Usage

Usage questions about the Neuros 442

Is the battery affected by memory? (I know the neuros is not)
The 442 battery is Li Ion, the same technology as the original Neuros and does not have memory effect.
What is the battery lifespan on the 442?
Approximately 2 years.
How are similar, comparably priced devices like the Creative Labs Zen PMC and the Archos AV420 different from the Neuros 442?
Unlike the 442 in its ability to not only play back a wide variety of media formats but also record digital audio and video, the Creative Labs Zen PMC is purely a portable AV player with video formats limited to WMV, ASF, and AVI. It has just 20GB of storage space, half the capacity of the 442’s 40GB hard drive. The Archos AV420 features AV playback and recording like the 442, but has only half its drive capacity (20GB compared to 40GB), less battery life for video playback (3.5 hours compared to 5 hours), and a complex video conversion process.
How do I play 442 AV files on my Palm handheld?
You can play them directly with The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP), which can be downloaded for FREE at: http://tcpmp.corecodec.org/download
How do I play 442 Audio/Video (AV) files on my Pocket PC (PPC)?
You can play them directly with Beta Player for PPC, which can be downloaded for FREE at: http://www.pdagold.com/software/detail.asp?s=498
Is the Neuros 442 compatible with all kinds of SD and MMC cards?
The Neuros works with all speeds of SD and MMC cards. However, there is a known incompatibility with the Kingmax SD cards which prevents them from operating properly with the recorder.
What versions of DivX are supported?
The recorder supports playback of DivX versions 3.11, 4.0, 5.0 or above.
Not yet. We are currently working on a Linux Port for the 442. For more information see
Like all Neuros products, the 442 is intended to be an evolving product, developed in as open an environment as possible. The firmware is upgradeable to allow for future functionality and will be supported on Neuros website. Further, all Gamma purchasors of the 442 have a 6 month no-questions-asked return policy. This ensures you not only will be happy with the product but are guaranteed to be included in any changes as the product evolves, even if those changes are hardware changes or new models!
Is the firmware on the 442 open source?
Not yet. We are currently working on a Linux Port for the 442. For more information see: http://open.neurostechnology.com/
What types of digital devices are compatible with the Neuros 442?
Since the Neuros 442 uses a standard MPEG-4 video and MP3 audio file formats along with standard SD/MMC memory storage, it is compatible with most digital devices such as PCs, and laptops, and select PDAs, SmartPhones and other digital media players.
What is the file compatibility for audio playback?
The Neuros 442 features an music player with the ability to play MP3, ADPCM, WMA and AAC-LC formats.
What are the specifications and file compatibility for viewing photos?
The Neuros 442 features a photo viewer for displaying JPGs (6M pixels), BMPs (max. 1600 x 1200 pixels) and GIFs (max. 1023 x 1600 pixels). The device also features a slideshow mode during which music can also be played.
What is the file compatibility for video playback?
The Neuros 442 features an MPEG-4 AVI movie player compatible with MPEG-4 SP with b-frames (ASF format), DivX, 3.11/4.0/5.0 and v9 WMV.
What are the specifications and file compatibility for recording?
The Neuros 442 features real-time MPEG-4 movie recording with standard MPEG-4 SP encoding with G.726 or MP3; 30 fps at 704x240 resolution Microsoft ASF file format.
Does the resolution set automatically based on the amount of storage space and program length or do I select the resolution?
The resolution/compression is a user-controlled option.
What kind of video quality will I get with the Neuros 442?
The video quality is dependant upon the quality of the original content and signal, but the Neuros 442 can display up to 320x240 at 30 frames per second on its built-in screen and up to 720x480 at 30 frames per second (4 MB bit rate) when outputting the video signal to a TV. In recorder mode, the unit can capture up to 704x240 (HVGA) video at 30 frames per second.
What additional equipment and system requirements are needed for the Neuros 442?
None. The Neuros 442 is a stand-alone device. Since the 442 can use standard SD or MMC flash memory cards as a storage medium, but are not included in the package, they must be purchased separately. A PC or Laptop is needed for additional file conversion and editing functions, but is not necessary for the creation and playback of MPEG-4 video files.
What is included with the Neuros 442 System?
The Neuros 442 comes complete with: * Stereo headphones * Carrying case * USB 2.0 Cable * AC/DC Power Supply * AV cables * User's Manual / warranty card * Installation CD * Standard SD or MMC memory storage cards are not included
What are the dimensions and weight of the Neuros 442?
The Neuros 442 measures (WxHxD) 5.35 x 3.07 x 1.04 inches and weighs 11.4 ounces (136.1 x 78 x 26.5 mm; 325g).
What are the key features of the Neuros 442?
* Brilliant 3.6” TFT transreflective LCD displays crystal clear imagery * Records in real-time from any analog video source, including cable and satellite TV, DVD players, camcorders, VCRs, and Tivo™ * 40GB hard drive stores 10,000 songs, 20,000 high resolution images or 150 hours of video * Plays back DVD quality video on your TV or digital audio through your stereo * Variable resolution/compression settings * Simple RCA cable Setup - works without a PC and operates just like a VCR * Uses standard Secure Digital (SD) or Multimedia Card (MMC) memory cards * USB 2.0 Connection allows fast file transfers to and from PC * Upgradeable firmware allows for expanded functionality in the future
Why should I use the Neuros 442?
Why should I use the Neuros 442? * View / listen to downloaded media right on the device * Record TV, movies, and music to digital MP3 and MPEG-4 files * Archive home movies * View stored movies, TV shows, or photos on your television * Play MP3 audio files through your home stereo * Watch movies or TV shows on your laptop or PDA -all without worrying about complicated set-up, additional equipment, or file format compatibility.
How does the Neuros 442 work?
The Neuros 442 is easy to use. As a portable media player, you can transfer digital media files from your computer via the high speed USB 2.0 port onto its 40 Gb hard drive and then enjoy your downloads on the 442’s brilliant built-in 3.6” LCD display and stereo headphones. For an even bigger multimedia experience, you can connect the 442 to any TV, stereo, or home theater system. When using the device as a video recorder, simply plug it into any existing home theatre component via simple RCA cables. It records from any analog video source, including cable or satellite TV, DVD players, camcorders, VCRs and PVRs such as Tivo. Since the Neuros 442 can use Secure Digital (SD) or Multimedia Card (MMC) memory cards instead of the hard drive, the resulting video files can then be played back on your television or easily transferred to the digital devices you already have, such as laptops, PDAs and SmartPhones for playback.
What is the Neuros 442?
The Neuros 442 is a versatile, handheld multimedia device that can display downloaded video content on its built-in 3.6” LCD screen or output it to any TV. In addition, it can play back digital audio files through headphones or a connected stereo. Finally, the device can record high resolution video from any analog source, including cable / satellite TV tuners, DVD players, camcorders, and video game consoles.
Neuros 442 Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting questions about the Neuros 442

Why don’t I hear anything when I play my recorded videos on my PC?
If you selected G.726 for audio output, you’ll need to download and install the G.726 codec using the following link: http://www.codec-download.com/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=search&que...