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10-22-2004 03:38 AM  13 years agoPost 1
gwallace1

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Well I have searched my brains out and I am trying to fing out if a blackwidow downlink can have a laptop receive the video feed. Basically is there a way to convert the a/v connections to usb (inexpensively), or is a cheap video monitor the best way to go. What is the most common economical method to view the downlink from a digital still camera? Links would be helpful and appreciated if anyone has the info.

Thanks ahead,


Greg

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10-22-2004 04:07 AM  13 years agoPost 2
SkyQuest

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Using a laptop is not always the best as it hard to see the screen in sunlight. Radio shack has some very small TV's that can accept a video in and they work great.

http://www.radioshack.com/product.a...duct_id=16-3011

Radioshack has others better ones but I could not find them on the site

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10-22-2004 04:29 AM  13 years agoPost 3
gwallace1

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Ok, so any portable tv with a/v inputs will work. Thanks for the info, at least it gives me somewhere to start. I found a bunch under 5" for less than $150. Some even run on 12v.

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10-29-2004 03:06 PM  13 years agoPost 4
greri

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Video downlink

try wirelesscameras.com

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10-29-2004 03:07 PM  13 years agoPost 5
greri

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Video downlink

It should be: http://www.wirelesscameras.com

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10-29-2004 03:10 PM  13 years agoPost 6
greri

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Video downlink

Sorry again! (not my day today)
Best down links: http://www.wirelessvideocameras.com
Disregard previous addresses

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10-30-2004 11:48 PM  13 years agoPost 7
mwp

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This was previously discussed here.

http://runryder.com/helicopter/t123637p1/


Two links I previously posted.

http://www.ati.com/products/tvwonderusb20/index.html

ATi TV Wonder USB 2.0 Review - Tom's Hardware

Still planning to try one out when I find one to purchase. Will post the results.

SkyQuest's comment about the visibility in sunlight is very true. Not sure how much better a TV could be.

Mark

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10-31-2004 12:34 AM  13 years agoPost 8
gwallace1

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Thanks for the replies....I'm shopping around right now, & probably won't buy until just before spring.

Greg

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10-31-2004 12:49 AM  13 years agoPost 9
lakespinner2

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might want to investigate a mid-level Radio​Shack mini-TV

I have a VERY cheap (it was on sale) Radio Shack color handheld tv and I tried to use it for the video downlink and it is very marginal, even in the shade.

they do carry much better models than the one I bought and they should work just fine. This was some close-out bottom-of-the-line model I bought a year or so ago ($39 if I remember correctly, one of those too good of an after Christmas deal to pass up. ) It MAY be good enough to frame some shots but I doubt it.

There's a brightness wheel that goes from very dark to washed-out bright with almost no in-between. I chucked it in the case as a backup to the modified eyetops and a small dvd player/lcd screen, both of which works much better. In fact, the dvd player doesn't even work but the 'video In' and the screen still works and the 7 inch screen makes a great downlink monitor.

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10-31-2004 01:16 AM  13 years agoPost 10
JWBurns

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To answer your question, according to blackwidow a/v, yes you can view it through your laptop as long as your laptop accepts standard video composite jacks (RCA)

Jason

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