Yes, I had ripped the .264 files straight off the hard drive. I had played around with the files a bit and was hoping they were simply missing their wrapper. I tried comparing the raw .264 file to the unit-converted .mp4 file to see the if I could copy a generic mp4 wrapper from a preconverted video onto the rest of the raw files.
From what I could see, the similarities between the .264 and .mp4 start at offset 800 on the .264 and 393 on the .mp4, with the first matching hex values being D3 18 B3 for the given video I was testing. I had hoped copying everything prior on the mp4 and overwriting everything prior on the 264 would give me a working solution.
It seems odd that the unit can ‘convert’ the files so fast, I believe it’s simply adding the mp4 wrapper to each file and copying them over. It would make sense, for a given number of videos you’d save a few hundred megabytes by storing them wrapper-less then adding a generic wrapper when the user wants to back it up. I was just hoping for a way to do it manually or a tool that could do it for me.
The video itself is not visible from the camera. I’m only watching motions and I’m concerned the camera is too imprecise with detecting motion; it considered the police officer walking down my driveway to be motion, but walking back up in the exact same spot a few minutes later was not considered motion.
ZPlayer will ‘load’ the .264 file but just display a grey screen. The scrubber bar moves for the correct time (i.e., if it’s a 5-minute video, it takes the bar 5 minutes to move across the window).