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Old 03-25-2005, 10:06 PM
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I bought a cheap 50 dollar wireless mini camera and I am looking to mount it to my hobbico nexstar, but the only thing is I dont what to use to record the video while im out at the field. I oviously cant bring a vcr out there with me. I was wondering if anybody could tell me what they use to record with. thanks

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Old 03-25-2005, 10:37 PM
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There must be many ways to record , we have used a 12 volt TV VCR combo with front plug ins and remote works good, of course you need someone to tune and operate the remote. I seen others use a laptop w/capture card that seem to work too.

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Old 03-26-2005, 05:32 PM
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Actually you can take a VCR out on to the field. Most of my recordings have been done with my old mains powered VCR running off of a 12v battery and an inverter. My 120W inverter cost approx. £100 some years ago but now 150W and 300W are available for approx. 25-30% of that price. So if you've got an old VCR it's probably the cheapest way to go. Me, I'm looking to lash out £250 or so on one of the new cheaper breed of digital camcorders that include an analogue input. This will give higher quality and easier editing but of course at a price.

Another way I have discovered but not actually tried uses a video receiver with buit in USB output. Its available from an Amateur Radio chap in the UK. I could probably find out the web address if any one is interested. I don't know how good it is in terms of image resolution/size although if it is anything like my Dazzle 80 USB capture unit it won't be particularly wonderful but just think how convenient it would be.
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Old 03-26-2005, 06:36 PM
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We have use inverters works ok, but you almost need a monitor, the camera transmitter tunning gos out off frequency and need adjusting often during recording
and must be monitored. could be some cheap setup ??? I guess there are some good video camera and cheap stuff.

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Old 03-26-2005, 10:32 PM
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Camcorder with RCA type AV inputs.
Here is a picture of my entire ground unit. Plastic toolbox carries all the various wiring crap I use, different receivers, etc. The bottom half holds a Sears Die Hard lawn tractor battery.
The camcorder is my Sony TRV-120 digital 8 camcorder.
The tripod supports my BlackwidowAV 2.4ghz rx and patch antenna.
All my aerial videos used a variation of this setup depending on whether I was using 1.2ghz, 2.4ghz, or 900mhz at the time.
We have also used my father's Sony Hi-8 camcorder.
Any camcorder that has AV inputs will work.
The nice thing about my Sony Digital is that it is Firewire equiped allowing me to upload to my computer.
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Forgot to mention that the camcorder has a fold out 3" LCD screen.
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Fubar's got a really nice setup but for around a hundred bucks or so you could just get an AC DC TV/VCR combo and run it off your car battery.
If all you want to do is record flights and not want to worry about dragging a tv set to the field or all that equipment, my solution is to save what you would spend on the recording devices and get either a Mustek DV 4000 or a Nikon 3700 camera. Either one will record video with very realistic motion and all it takes is a computer to see your video when you get home.
Another plus is no ham license or FCC laws to contend with
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That should definitely work using you camcorder now that I think about it I 've seen it done with digital camcorder with good results, nice set up.
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thanks for everybody's idea's, I really appereciate it.





thanks again
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Old 03-27-2005, 01:57 PM
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Heres anther few ideas...
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I designed a camcorder that will video up to 20 min good quality digital and when done your flight you download it to your PC in an AVI format. I can supply hardware and the software is an icon that will install everthing you need in about 10 seconds. The video cam can be re-used over and over................

Let me know if anyone out there is interested, a friend of mine is using one and loves it.
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sounds like the CVS/Pure Digital camera you are talking about.


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WOW, who would have thunk? It's very affective though.
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