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How to record your FPV flight?

Postby Oops » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:55 am

What do you guys use to record your FPV flight from the receiver?

I connected my wife's Sony cam recorder (dcr-dvd653e) to the second out port on the 5.8Ghz receiver but get only a blue screen. Tried the video (and to be certain) the s-video input on the camera but no difference there.

Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby opix » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:02 am

Hi,

If you have a laptop you can use usb Easy CAP 2.0 to record flight video!
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby Oops » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:56 am

Thanks Opix, I looked it up and they are not too bad in price. My laptop is a bit old and the batteries die after 30 minutes. I had hoped to be able to get something simple to record the same picture I see through the FatShark glasses which I can later put on the HDD or stick.
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby opix » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:29 am

:) heh I have the same problem, my laptop runs un batt only for about 50 min, on the field I usualy after each flight put it on standby to save the batt power :D
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby RCModelReviews » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:04 am

I use my camcorder.

Most camcorders are a bit fussy about the quality of the video they'll record -- if the frequencies (frame/scan) are a little bit off, they'll blue-screen.

Make sure you're not using a 30fps camera with a 25fps video or v/v.
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby Oops » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:14 pm

What camera do you use, Bruce?

I have no idea how to change frame rates on our camera. When plugging it does gives the typical initial crackle for the audio.
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby RCModelReviews » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:03 pm

A camera's framerate is usually determined by the standard it supports (ie: PAL, NTSC, SECAM etc) and the country in which it is designed to operate.

In the case of PAL it's 25FPS, NTSC is (almost) 30FPS.

You can't usually record a PAL signal on an NTSC camera and vice-versa and I'm not aware of any consumer-level cameras that allow you to switch between PAL and NTSC.
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby Oops » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:27 am

Bruce, what video works with your system?

I use a BEV 5.8G 500mW (pulg and play system specially designed for FPV) and BEV-KX171 pro-PAL which I believe is PAL and the Sony is bought in NZ so is likley to be also PAL. But no luck. I went to the local second hand store for an old video camcorder but non had an external A/V input. I am now trying an AV recorder from Jaycar (QM-3824) which is also PAL input but has a resolution of only 480x234. I'll report back.
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby RCModelReviews » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:52 am

My camcorder is a Panasonic MX500 (old-as) but it has a VCR mode where you can record from and play back to any composite PAL video source.
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Re: How to record your FPV flight?

Postby Oops » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:31 am

Looked on TradeMe but non showing. Old is not the issue here (look at us), the newer camcorders have only an output.
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