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Topic # 113842 29-Jan-2013 18:15
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So I finally bought the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit.
It works, but I have hit two very frustrating limitations.
My intention was to use it with my Navman MiVue dashcam, so I could directly transfer video from the camera onto my iPad, then edit it up using iMovie and upload to youtube or whatever.

The problems are thus.
Using the SD card reader: the iPad photos app will correctly recognise the SD card, and allow me to import videos from the /DCIM folder.
However, the camera, when you press the "Emergency" button to save a clip and prevent it from being overwritten, saves the video file into another directory /EMER. The Photos app can and will only look in the /DCIM folder.
So I can't access the videos I actually want, the protected ones on the camera. I can successfully import videos in the DCIM folder, so the process does otherwise work.

Using the USB connector: when I connect the Navman to the USB connector, I get the error message "The connected device uses too much power".
A well documented work around is to use a powered USB hub.
This may indeed work but is completely inconvenient, the whole idea was to be able to copy off selected videos onto my iPad, without leaving the car.

There does not seem to be any way to browse the contents of a device (outside the /DCIM directory) without jailbreaking, which I do not particularly want to do.

Any clever ideas?

Cheers,
Joseph

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  Reply # 752880 29-Jan-2013 20:08
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A 12 volt automotive usb hub would solve your power problem. I see none in NZ but several overseas.

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  Reply # 754778 2-Feb-2013 14:36
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Hmm - You've probably tried, but maybe there's a way to use the camera to transfer the movies from the emergency folder back into the normal folder... it's kind of a standard thing to browse images via a DCIM folder, so the camera OS would be the place to look to try and reverse this operation.




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  Reply # 754989 3-Feb-2013 11:00
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Maybe get an app like Awesome Files, so you can put the files wherever you want?
I've never used it, but I've used their other product iExplorer, which is a program for your PC or Mac that let's you browse the contents and files on your iPhone or iPad etc. Doesn't need to be Jailbroken.

Awesome files is the same, but is an app installed on the device itself that lets you browse folders, move files, rename etc. No need to be jailbroken either.

It's sold in the iTunes App store for NZ$6.49 so it's worth a try. Maybe you can move the pics where they should be.





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  Reply # 755043 3-Feb-2013 13:02
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Thanks da5id, looks promising. I've read thru the instructions and FAQ, it doesn't mention my specific situation so I will research a little more.

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Joseph

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  Reply # 755050 3-Feb-2013 13:19
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Filesystem is some kind of FAT or something else? FAT may not have symlinks defined as spec but they can be faked. eg; Writes and access to /EMER would be writes and access to /DCIM.

There is dependency on exactly how the MiVue names files but many devices like this check/get the highest numbered file and create the next file with an incremented name so it will probably be ok.

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