Dash cams and Macs

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  1. Allanm

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    My Jaws Dash cam arrived a few days ago, got it set up and recording fine. ( great service Jaws, thanks)
    In the instruction book, it says it works with Macs, however, my Macbook won't recognise the SD card ( I have 3 Macs and have tried in all 3)
    Has anyone successfully been able to review the video on a Mac?
    ( I know it records because I have been able to view the video on a friends Windows 8 tablet)
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    What OS are you on? I have had trouble with stuff on mavericks and not having flash now is a real pain sometimes. I have an old mac that is still on lion and that normally get me out of trouble....

    What OS does the instruction book recommend? sometimes you see they stop at mac OS9.
     
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    Have you tried formatting the card in Fat 32 on your Macbook?


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    Is it because the Mac will not 'mount' the volume on the SD card, or because the Mac cannot play the video format. If the latter, does the dash cam create a Windows Media file (WMV)? If so, Flip4Mac should enable you to play it with Quicktime. http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/17787/flip4mac-wmv-player
     
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    I am using Mavericks. I also tried Win 7 on Bootcamp. The card will not mount on any machine although the card is shown in disc utility.
    I can format the card in my Roadhawk HD and it will mount and playback as normal. I can also format the card as Fat 32 and it will mount, however this isn't read on the dashcam and it insists on formatting it in the camera.
    The instructions say it will work on OSX 10.3.6 and above!
    I am borrowing a Macbook running Lion today to see if it works on that.
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    I suspect you may need to go back earlier than Lion. If the dashcam instructions refer to 10.3 and above, that is OSX Panther I believe - pre Tiger (which was 2006-8 if my memory serves). So they are referring to an OS from about 10 years ago - pretty ancient in computer terms!
    The big underlying OS change came with the switch from 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to 10.7 (Lion), then Mavericks moved it on again so that OSX and iOS (for tablets and phones) work better together.
    I am still running 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) because I bought my MacBook Pro just four months too soon to enable me to run Mavericks. :( However, having recently 'upgraded' my wife's white plastic MacBook to Mavericks, I have to say that mine runs a lot faster on Snow Leopard - it's just no longer updated unfortunately.
     
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    I had the same issues with the dash cam Andrew (Mr Motorhome) recommended on his Morrocco trip.
    It stopped working so I managed to get a refund. I have been looking for a replacement so will follow this thread with interest.
     
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    Also received mine from Jaws, thanks John, great service, nice cam.
    Put card in, charged, etc but not used yet as van is way from the house.
    The only info I cant find in the destructions is how to use the GPS function.
    Do we just plug the stick on dongle thing and leave it plugged in?
    Anyone know?

    Keep it simple, my grandkids call me "techno muppett".
     
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    AllanM :- The instructions say it will work on OSx above 10.3.6

    JohnP 10 :- Mine is plugged in and left, when you play back recording you can switch on GPS maps.

    Excellent picture quality.
     
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    Unfortunately, it doesn't work with 10.9.5. I was just wondered if anybody else had got theirs to playback with a later version of OSX.
    Allan
     
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    I hope someone will put you in the right direction... I use windows...
     
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    Thanks, Ben.(y)
     
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    Well, apparently my Macbook sd card slot should read most cards including Fat formatted cards. I just looked in the System Report for the card reader and although the card size shows up, the format shows as unknown.
    Does anybody know what format these cards are formatted with in the dash cam and what type of files the video and audio files are?
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    I looked at a YouTube video posted somewhere else on Fun demonstrating the dashcam that Jaws has been ordering. It said the video files needed JPlayer in order to see them. The YouTube video says that needs a Windows PC but according to the JPlayer website, it is simply a JavaScript player and can be downloaded for a Mac.
     
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    I can download the player ok, but the problem is, I can't mount the sd card on the desktop so wouldn't be able to play the files.
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    I went through that a while ago, but thanks for the link.
    I'm still trying to figure out what the dash cam formats the card as. My TV and DVD player can't read the card either, they just say it's an unsupported file system and they can both read all my cards including Apple and Fat formats.
     
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    How far have you got with reading the micro disk? did you install the video player onto your computer?
    <x2 player>
     
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    I can't find a Mac compatible X2 player from Neptune, but I have VLC which handles the same formats and is classed as an X2 player.
    Still can't get the drive to mount though.
     
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    Mine doesn't work on windows 8..... Can't sort it but cam works fine cheers jaws.
     
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