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How to record Video for your Sony PSP

Record, Transfer, Enjoy. Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2: The Ultimate PSP™ Accessory.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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There are really only three steps involved to capture and transfer video onto your PSP. In the following step-by-step instructions, you'll discover how to use the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 to capture and transfer video onto your PSP. Hook up the Recorder 2 to your video source and TV, turn on the Recorder 2 and record the video, and then pop the memory card into your PSP. We have detailed instructions here to guide you along the way.

Record

1. Set up the Recorder 2

Plug it in, connect it to your TV, power it on and do all the great set-up things you've read about in your owners manual (such as recording to your smartphone). The Recorder 2 pretty much records from any device that produces a video signal out of a yellow-red-white set of RCA plugs. If you need to connect a male RCA connector, like from a PS2 or xBox, to the Recorder 2, you can simply use a double-female RCA connector, like the one here. Got a VCR, DVD player, cable box or TiVo? The Recorder 2 can capture video from any of these. Do you have a secret network of video security cameras? (Hey, who are we to judge?) The Recorder 2 can connect to these, too. In a nutshell, if you've got a set of RCA plugs that output a video signal, the Recorder 2 will digitize it.

2. Insert a memory card

The Recorder 2 works with both Compact Flash and Memory Stick Pro/Pro Duo cards. The Recorder 2+ also supports MMC and SD. For the PSP, you should use a Memory Stick Duo, if possible, since that card is also accepted by the PSP. Video takes up quite a bit of space. A large capacity (say, 512MB or 1GB) card gives you plenty of room to store several hours of video. Gently but firmly insert your memory card into the slot in the front of your Recorder 2 unit. Note: The Recorder 2 is incompatible with high-speed flash cards.

3. Load the Main Menu

If you are not already at the main menu display, press Home on your remote. The main menu consists of 6 icons, displayed in a row at the top of your screen. It looks like this.

4. Select the Recorder

Move the menu selector to Recorder (the film clip with a red dot inside) by pressing and . When selected, a live preview appears below the menu line. It shows you whatever video is playing on the device you've connected to your Recorder 2.

5. Enter the full-screen live preview

Press enter . The live preview goes full screen as the main menu hides. You should be able to see and hear the video as it plays. Notice the writing at the top of the screen. It’s important. If you don’t see it, press the display button .

The top-left corner indicates the kind of card inserted (in this case, a compact flash card), the amount of free memory on the card and the number of minutes you can record at the current settings. Here, there’s just over 750 MB to spare on this CF card -- plenty of room to record nearly two hours of video at these settings. The top-right corner shows you what those settings are, in this case 320x240 pixel video at "Normal" quality. These are the proper settings for recording PSP video. NEW: If you would like to record videos on the 'Fine' or 'Superfine' settings for the PSP, see the additional instructions at the end.

If your settings are okay, skip to step 11, otherwise continue on. The next few steps walk you through the settings adjustment procedure.

6. Open the Recorder Menu

While in the full-screen preview, press the menu button on the remote. The Recorder Menu options open, cutting off the live preview. (The sound and video will stop playback.)

This menu consists of two columns. The first, which you cannot select or do anything to, identifies the name of each option. The second lets you adjust its value. Notice the light blue rectangle that surrounds the selected setting.

7. Set the Resolution

Use the and buttons to move the blue selection to the Resolution row. Then, use and to choose the QVGA or WQVGA option. (Other options are QCIF and TV VGA). QVGA records at 320 by 240 pixels, and WQVGA records at 368×208, for widescreen. These are the best-suited resolutions for PSP.

8. Set the Quality

Move down to the Quality row and select the Normal quality option. Although your PSP can play back both Economy and Normal video, Normal produces better quality and more watchable results. If you would like to use higher quality settings, see the end of the article for instructions. Fine and superfine are higher quality settings, with Superfine approaching the quality of UMD movies.

9. Return to the full screen live preview

Press to exit the recorder menu and return to the live preview. You should once again be able to see and hear your video.

10. Check your settings

Press display to bring back the overlay text you saw in step 5. Confirm that the top-right corner says both 320x240 or 368x208 and Normal. That "Off" in the upper left corner? It means you are not yet recording video.

11. Queue up your video

Adjust your video source (by rewinding, etc) so it's ready to begin from the start of the sequence you want to record.

12. Record!

Here's where you need to be quick. Start playback and then press record . The text in the upper-right of the screen changes. A red recording indicator appears at the top-right corner of your screen just underneath the name of the new video file.

13. Let your video play through

Watch and wait as the Recorder 2 does it job and your video records to your memory card. After it plays through, press record again to finish recording.

14. Return to the main menu

After recording, press on your remote to leave the recording session and return to the main menu.

Transfer

1. Place your memory card in your computer

After you finish recording and return to the main menu, gently remove the memory card from your Recorder 2 and insert it into the PSP's memory stick slot. You can now play the video directly from the memory stick, congratulations! If you aren't using a memory stick, or you are using Fine or Superfine settings, you can still take your memory card and put it into a card reader on your personal computer. It will mount as a new drive. You can also connect the PSP to your PC via USB.

2. Find the movie file

Open the new drive window. In Windows, access it from My Computer. In OS X, you can reach it from your desktop. Navigate down to the MP_ROOT folder and then to the 101MNV01 inside it. Inside this subfolder you'll find your newly recorded video. Each one's named M4V followed by a number, like you saw in step 11 (e.g. M4V00003.MP4).

3. Connect your PSP

Connect your PSP with the USB cable, turn it on and navigate to the "USB" option on the PSP. It should now appear as a new drive on your PC.

4. Drag your video file onto the Memory Stick

Now, copy the video file (M4VXXXXX.MP4) to your PSP's video folder: MP_ROOT\100MNV01\. (with Firmware 2.8 or greater, you can also place video files in the "VIDEO" folder on the memory stick, but note that .thm files in this folder will not create visible thumbnails.)

5. Wait

It may take several minutes for your video file to fully transfer.

6. OPTIONAL: Renaming & High Quality settings

If you'd like to record and watch videos with the 'Fine' or 'Superfine' settings, here are a few steps to do exactly that:
6a. Proceed with the above instructions as normal, except when you select the quality, choose 'Fine' or 'Superfine' (these settings take up more space on the memory card, but look better). Then proceed with the remaining instructions as normal.
6b. The files will not save the MP_ROOT/101MNV01 folder. Instead, you'll find them in the PDA-iPOD folder. Luckily, they will be named according to PSP naming conventions. All you need to do is move these files into the MP_ROOT/101MNV01 folder on the PSP's memory card. You can also use the VIDEO folder if you're using PSP firmware version 2.8 or greater.
6c. Once you've copied the new videos into this folder, you're ready to put the memory card into the PSP and watch your high-quality videos.

Renaming Files for PSP If you are using firmware version 2.8 or greater, the PSP will read video files in a "VIDEO" folder on the memory stick. It will also read files that have normal names! No more of this M4V012903 stuff. The downside is that videos in this folder will not have thumbnail preview enabled in the PSP's video browser. You win some, you lose some. In order to use this feature:
-Create a folder names "VIDEO" (must be all CAPS) in the root directory of the memory stick
-Move your video files into this folder.
-Use the file browser to rename the file. Since you can't use a thumbnail, use a descriptive name like "Star_Wars_Kid_2.mp4"
-Either disconnect PSP from the USB port or move the memory card to the PSP. You should now see your file in the video browser with the name you chose.

Enjoy!

The only thing left for you to do is to watch. Eject your PSP, plug in your headphones and find a comfortable place. You’ll find your new video in the PSP's Videos > Movies section. It will be listed among your other video selections. Select it, play and kick back. Cool, huh? In this article, you’ve discovered how to use the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 to record videos for your PSP. The step-by-step instructions walked you through the process of setting up your recorder, capturing your video and putting it onto your PSP. As you’ve seen, it’s not rocket science, it’s not neurosurgery, it’s just fun. The moral of the story? You can take it with you. So why don’t you? If you’ve got a PSP, don’t you need an Recorder 2?

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Troubleshooting

I can't get the Recorder 2 to show anything on my TV! What gives?
First, make sure it's plugged in all the way. It does not run on battery power. Make sure the green light on the front is showing. Next, make sure that you have the AV OUT jack plugged into an AV IN or similarly labeled set of RCA jacks on your TV. You need to connect the AV OUT on the Recorder 2 to a red, white and yellow set of plugs on your TV. If that's all set, then make sure you have your TV on the right input or channel. Take your TV remote and change the channel to 2,3 or 4 (the normal channels for AV input) or, hit the 'input' or similarly labele button on your remote to select the right input. The Recorder 2 will show up on an input like "Video 1" or "AV".

I record things but they come out blank!
You probably haven't connected your video source to the Recorder 2 correctly. Make sure that the AV OUT (red, white and yellow) plugs are connected to the AV IN jack on the Recorder 2. You'll know it's right when the video shows up in the Recorder 2's viewing window.

It won't recognize my memory card!
First, make sure your memory card is supported by the Recorder 2 or Recorder 2+. The Recorder 2 supports CF and MS Duo/Pro Duo cards. The Recorder 2+ supports CF, MS Duo/Pro Duo, MMC and SD. Many others are supported with adapters. Next, make sure the memory card is inserted properly. The metal contacts should be facing up. Next, try hitting the storage button on the remote. Last, try turning the unit off and on again. Please note that as far as we know, the Recorder is not compatible with high-speed compact flash memory.

The video quality looks poor on playback!
There are many possible causes here. If you were using the Economy or Normal settings, you might try using Fine or Superfine. If you're playing back on an iPod, PSP or smartphone, you should use QVGA. Check what source you are recording from. If you recorded video through your TV's video output, try recording directly from the source, whether it be a DVD player, Cable box, etc. Make sure your video is being displayed properly on your portable. For example, if you try to view a QCIF-resolution video stretched to widescreen, it's going to look terrible. If your video player is skipping or stuttering, you should try using a lower resolution, framerate or quality. This is because some devices may not have the CPU power to keep up with the biggest, highest quality videos that the Recorder 2 can produce. Using a smaller or lower quality video will correct that problem. The last thing you might want to check is for sources of noise near your recording setup- do you have a large fan nearby, or do your video cables cross power cables? Try to minimize electrical interference with your video by turning off other applicances and keeping your video cables isolated from power cables. If you're recording an over-the-air broadcast you may need to adjust your reception before recording. The noise in any analog signal or TV channel will unfortunately always be recorded so artifacts are ineviatble, and some channels are cleaner than others.

My PSP won't show the files!
Make sure the videos are stored in the MP_ROOT/101MNV01 folder. If they are not, move the video files there. ALso make sure they have filenames like M4V#####.mp4. Make sure the files were recorded in QVGA or WQVGA. If you are using firmware 2.8, make sure the videos are in either the above mentioned folder or /VIDEO/. These files do not need to be named in a particular way. Make sure, though, that they are at the correct resolution. Make sure you give your PSP enough time to read the new files on the card and display them in the menu, this can take a minute after recording new videos, especially long ones.