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UNDERWATER CAMERA RECORDING

by , Posted to on 12/22/2007 3:13 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/30/2007
Location: ND
I just ordered a Marcum VS380 underwater camera. It has a video output jack for recording. I would very much like to dosome recording and am wondering how.

Can I somehow plug the underwater camera into my digital camera? The camera has memory sticks of 1GB. The compact nature of the camera would be nice. Or maybe record directly to my laptop hard drive? I could then view or burn onto a DVD.

Anyone with expertise here that can advise me how to go about this?
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by on 12/22/2007 3:22 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/30/2004
Location: ND
Shuter,
It depends if you digital camera has a rca video input on it. More than likely you will have to bring a small tv-vcr that has a video input on it to record.
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by on 12/22/2007 3:36 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/30/2007
Location: ND
My digital camera is a Nikon Coolpix 5900. I see a port that says "A/V OUT" Can't find my manual at the moment.
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by on 12/22/2007 3:59 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I just talked to Nikon and the Coolpix 5900 can not be used to receive and store the video from my underwater camera. They had no suggestions as to how I should go about this.

Anyone have any ideas?
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by on 12/22/2007 4:04 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/30/2004
Location: ND
You won't be able to hook it up to your digital camera. That is an output on your digital camera. You need an input and digital cameras do not have an input only an output.
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by on 12/22/2007 8:24 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/02/2005
Location: ND
The best way would be to get an item called a Dazzle. They are sold at best buy and maybe some other electronics stores. It comes with an adapter to plug rca inputs into your usb port on your laptop or any other computer. It also comes with video editing software so you can cut out clips and burn it to a dvd or make it into a movie file you can play on your laptop. I think they sell for between 50 and 100 dollars depending on the type of software you get with it.
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by on 12/23/2007 11:44 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I took a look at two dazzles on the Best Buy site. I sounds to me like there is no storage in the dazzle. Isn't the dazzle just an editing tool? Don't I have to save the video first on some other device?
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by on 12/23/2007 4:46 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
The dazzle is basically just an adapter to hook the rca cables to your usb port. It comes with the software to edit the video and the storage device would be your laptop computer.
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by on 12/23/2007 6:00 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
emhoffer1 - Appreciate the info. I have decided against using my laptop as the portable storage device. Probably not advisable to be carting it around on the ice fishing or in my boat. I can imagine a number of unsatisfactory outcomes.

I think a smaller more portable storage device would be better. How about an inexpensive digital video camera? Would the underwater cameras video output jack plug directly into a video camera? If that was possible then I would be able to store the video on a memory card that would plug into my computer for viewing. What do you think?
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by on 12/23/2007 6:39 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/02/2005
Location: ND
Most camcorders don't have a video input on the camera. I don't know of another affordable way to do it. I actually work at Best Buy and I used to work in the camera department. I will do a little bit of research at work tomorrow and I will let you know if I find anything else out that will work. We have a small handheld camcorder called the flip that holds 60 minutes of video and has a built in usb jack on it. I will see if that has a video input on it and let you know.
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by on 12/23/2007 6:56 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Thanks emhoffer1. I appreciate the help.
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by on 12/24/2007 5:16 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I don't know how much you are willing to spend but other than the dazzle and your laptop the only other idea I could come up with was called DVDirect by sony. Best Buy sells them for just over 200 bucks and they allow you to plug in RCA cables and it burns your video directly to a dvd. This would require ac power however.

I talked to the Camera Supervisor and he thought we used to have a smaller handheld camera by Aiptek that had a video input but the one we had in the store didn't have an input on it. I checked their website and couldn't find anything either.

Hope this helps.
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by on 12/24/2007 7:07 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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emhoffer1 - The DVDirect would not work if it requires AC current to function. I will be wanting to record underwater happenings in real time on the ice, in a fish house or in a boat. What I need is a 12V. compact storage device that I can connect either inline between the the camera and the monitor or maybe plugs into the monitor output jack to store the video. Something with a memory card would be nice as the memory cards are inexpensive and will plug directly into my computer for viewing and editing. Thanks for looking around for me. I have an email into Marcum that they should respond to maybe Thursday or so after Christmas. I am hoping they will be able to advise me. Aqua Vu makes a small video storage unit for recording video that plugs inline between their underwater camera and their monitor. It uses a memory card. It sells for around $100.00. Maybe there is a way to connect it inline to the Marcum system.

Anyone else have any ideas about how to do this?
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by on 12/24/2007 8:37 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I was still curious about this so I did some more looking online and found two more options. Looks like it is closer to what you are looking for. They don't show the price though.

http://www.ffv.com/ -- Mini DVR Pro

http://www.cctvco.com/CCTV_DVRS.html -- Portable DVR's

Neither one of these sites has prices listed but they have contact info.
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by on 12/24/2007 10:17 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
emhoffer1 - Thanks for the leads. Found the ffv portable unit. Looks like it would work nicely but costs $1500.00. Cctv specializes in security cameras ect. also quite expensive.

Still looking.
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by on 12/26/2007 12:25 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I talked with customer service at Marcum this morning and they told me that the Aqua-vu video recorder can not be used with the Marcum underwater cameras. They suggested using a video camera. Since I don't own a digital video camera I guess I'll take my Marcum to the store and look for an inexpensive digital camera that will do the job.

Marcum did say that they are working on a video recording system. It should be available next year. Had I known this I may have bought an inexpensive Aquaview underwater camera and their recorder and considered upgrading next year.
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by on 12/26/2007 3:49 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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The small C-camcorder I have has RCA video and audio in and out ports.Some do some don't. My daughters cheap digital camera has import capabilities and my Olympus does not! Go figure. I will be doing a bit of recording this weekend and see how well the quality is with the C-cam!
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