The NGI Mini DVR Recording System gives hunters the ability to
digitally record their exploits directly through their thermal imaging
system. This device mounts to a variety of rifle buttstocks via an
exclusive, custom-designed pouch and connects to either a FLIR or IR
Defense Corporation Thermal Device (see specs for compatibility chart),
allowing for real time digital video recording at the push of a button.
Record your hunts and post your trophy videos online or just keep them
The Mini DVR features a 2.5? LCD screen with a real time display
(960×240), recording at 30fps with date and time stamp. Video records
to a removable 8GB TF Memory Card at 640×480 or 320×240 and can be
downloaded via an included USB 2.0 cable directly to a laptop or PC in
MPEG4 format. The unit is powered by a removable high-capacity Lithium
Ion battery for up to 5 hours of continuous playback. Settings and
controls are manipulated by on-board buttons while power on/off can be
actuated via integral power button or remote fob.
The Night Goggles Inc Mini DVR Package also includes a custom
designed/built video interface cable. Made in the U.S., these cables
are built exclusively for NGI and are proprietary to this DVR system.
Rugged and reliable with attention paid to to the details, these cables
are field-ready and can interface with multiple FLIR and IR Defense Corp
products (depending on which cable package is chosen). An integral
microphone is secured with the video cable, allowing for better sound
capture than a built-in microphone in the DVR itself. The cable is also
designed with filters that remove all the horizontal noise allowing your
horizontal cross hairs to be seen during playback.
The Mini DVR secures multiple platforms in a custom-designed,
U.S.-made pouch that is made in the same factory as our very popular RISER STOCK POUCH
Since the Mini DVR will most often find itself on a rifle, the pouch
attaches to a variety of buttstocks via an elastic/webbing harness
platform. The harness can be attached on either the right or left side
of a stock. The actual pouch adheres to the harness with Velcro and
snap closure for a secure attachment. The pouch is constructed of 500d
Cordura Nylon for durability and has several very useful features as it
was designed with painstaking details. We did not just want to slap
together some material and call it a day. You can see below how
meticulous we were in designing the pouch to function either rifle of
- Silent Opening/Closure Mechanism allows users to quietly
open the pouch to access controls without the telltale "riiiiip” of
Velcro fastening. This is achieved with an integral polymer substrate
that slides into a captured sleeve between the pouch body and stock
harness. When opened, the cover flap (with integral padding) reveals a
clear window for accessing menu controls and watching video playback.
to be mounted on the opposite side of the stock, the pouch places the
Mini DVR upside down. This allows the shooter simply roll the gun
towards him, keeping it pointed downrange, to view the controls/video
- A mound of red stitching on the bottom of the pouch
produces a tactile surface over the power button. This allows users to
easily find this very important control in the dark, without looking.
- A Velcro/Shock Cord Security Strap holds the Mini DVR in place while providing easy access for the AV-In Cable.
pouch can be removed from its Velcro harness platform and affixed to
any surface that has a loop pile patch. This is ideal for mounting the
Mini DVR to a helmet when devices such as the IR Patrol M250 or M300W
are being used in a hands free configuration.
We are also
including a full NGI Mini DVR Recording System Kit FREE with the
purchase of every IR Defense IR Hunter Mk2, IR Patrol M250, and M300W!
The NGI Mini DVR Recording System is a great, cost-effective way to
record your thermal scope adventures. As you can see, our recording
package is priced accordingly from $171.99 — $205.99.
We do not feel cables and such should be priced so expensively. This
package comes with everything you need to become the next YouTube
The DVR can also be used with other cables that the user supplies as long as they have an NTSC/PAL 3.5 TRRS connector.
With what seems like a popularity surge in thermal and digital NV
past 2 years, we have been seeing and increase in hunting videos posted
to blogs, forums and YouTube. Don't get me wrong, DVR's have been used
for years with thermal devices to record, we're not saying that is a new
sensation. In the past though, most folks used to just purchase the DVR
separately, then piecemeal their cables with some solder know-how, or a
ton of pre-made adapters. You can actually make a pretty nice DIY DVR
recording system for your thermal devices if you know what you're doing.
Hell, even we have a few lawmate dvr's and radio shack cables with
adapters. However, there are a lot of people that don't have that kind
of time, and just don't have the patience to be bothered with sourcing
We put together the Night Goggles DVR package simply out of that customer
demand. When we did research on what a good package should include, we
found that there were a few kits already offered. Some were pretty good,
and some were just sort of alright. Even with the good packages that we
found, they were all missing a few things about them. They either had a
pouch that we thought could have been better, priced higher than we
thought was reasonable, or we just didn't like the functionality of the
DVR. So, we took our product design experience, and went to the drawing board.
Let's break down our kit piece by piece, and explain in detail what we did differently where we were able:
Now unfortunately, we weren’t able to find a DVR that was
manufactured in the USA for less than $1,000 per unit. We know that people most
likely aren’t going to fork over that kind of cash just for something like
this. We had to settle for what the market currently offered. We chose the
AngelEye mini DVR to be the base of the package. Let’s just go ahead and get
this out of the way; yes, it’s made in China. Again, good luck finding a DVR
that isn’t. We tested several different DVR’s that were on the market, and we
liked the performance of the AngelEye. It also has been being used for quite some
time by the hunting world, and there seemed to have been a decent amount of
good reviews. It’ll get the job done without breaking the bank, put it that way.
It’s not bombproof by any means. Then again, neither is your
smartphone, and you probably paid several hundreds of dollars for that. In
fact, we recommend you treat it like you would your smartphone in terms of
care. No prolonged direct sun exposure, don’t submerge it in water, don’t run
over it to see if it can withstand the weight of a car, etc. You get the idea. All
in all the system is decently rugged, and will more than pay for itself after
The DVR itself utilizes a micro SD card for its memory. The
DVR also features a wireless remote. You can use this remote to auto-record
without having to touch the DVR itself. There are several different options to
how this operates in the menu. So let’s say you’re proned out looking for
hogzilla, he comes into your FOV. But wait, you want to record the shot and you’re
not currently recording. Hit the button on the wireless remote, DVR vibrates
letting you know its recording and boom; headshot. That is why the wireless
remote is a nice feature. It can be clipped on a belt loop, on a lanyard around
your neck, placed in your pocket, or even attached to the rail of your rifle.
Configuring the settings on the DVR, and the overall
operation of the unit is pretty straight forward. After the DVR powers up and
you see the Night Goggles logo, press okay and it will bring you to the options
screen. Configure resolution, frames per second, vibrate functions, time and
date stamps, etc.
Our pouches are 100% US made, and are sewn in a factory here
on US soil. They are made from 500D Cordura for durability. We set out to
design a pouch that didn’t just hold the DVR. We wanted it to be able to serve
several roles, and also offer some really unique features.
Designed to be mounted on the opposite side of the stock, the pouch
places the Mini DVR upside down. This allows the shooter simply roll
the gun towards him, keeping it pointed downrange, to view the
Silent Opening/Closure Mechanism allows users to quietly
open the pouch to access controls without the telltale "riiiiip” of
fastening. This is achieved with an integral polymer substrate that
slides into a captured sleeve between the pouch body and stock harness.
When opened, the cover flap (with integral padding) reveals a clear
accessing menu controls and watching video playback. The flap is an
integral and very important component in this pouch, because LCD screens
are pretty bright at night, and you definitely want to keep them
A mound of red stitching on the bottom of the pouch produces
a tactile surface over the power button. This allows users to easily find
this very important control in the dark, without looking.
A Velcro/Shock Cord Security Strap holds the Mini DVR in
place while providing easy access for the AV-In Cable.
The pouch can be removed from its Velcro harness platform
and affixed to any surface that has a loop pile patch. This is ideal for
mounting the Mini DVR to a helmet when devices such as the IR Patrol M250 or
M300W are being used in a hands free configuration.
You can also attach the pouch to your forearm as well if you
are planning on using your thermal device in a tertiary or handheld manner.
Just fold the rear buttstock strap inward against itself, place your arm inside
the straps and fasten tightly. This is a great option if you have a buddy that wants to tag along on a hunt, just to film.
Our cables are 100% US made, and are built in a factory here
on US soil. They are built by a company that specializes in building cables for
robotics, typically EOD stuff. We "beefed” up the cables a bit, and they are
what I would consider milspec. Rigid enough to keep from creasing or kinking,
but with enough flexion to not cause issues with snags or looping. The cables
also feature a built in microphone. These microphones are typically used for
surveillance in an array of different devices and they are ruggedized. They
draw in very good audio quality and capture a pretty dynamic range of decibels.
We found that with all of the IR Defense devices, a right angle
connector is what is needed. It is more streamlined this way, and you
don't have a huge cable curve that sticks out from your rifle. We also
found that with right angle connectors, they are more reluctant to be
pulled from the device, should they become snagged by foliage. The
cables feature an internal filter, that cuts down all of the horizontal
and vertical video noise, that you can sometimes see in cheaper DVR's.
We are offering these cables at a fair price, and we think that for the
quality you're not going to find a US made cable at a cheaper cost.
IR Patrol M300W Edge Detect
Overall, we think this is the most affordable, all inclusive system on the market.