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  • HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

    Is there any camera on the market that I can plug into my pc and use my pc as a monitor and where I can record? I am new in the drain cleaning business and looking to add a camera to the operation.

    Thanks
    Brad

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    Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

    you will need some sort of interface. it will take the signal from the camera (rca type connector) and convert it to USB for input to the laptop.

    i know of no (sewer) camera that has a full tilt USB output. that would be cool

    steve
    In the never ending struggle to keep the water flowing.... The Poo Poo Cowboy rides again!!!

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    • #3
      Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

      See this thread http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19287.

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      • #4
        Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

        brad-- if you read my thread u will see that i had a bad monitor and tight budget at that time and needed something now--thats where my system came into play--i use it a lot with no issues---its great and works excellent-pm if u need help

        most important thing to know---i use a ridgid seesnake--not a cheap imitation camera---if u are smart, you will save a little longer and buy the best---seesnake--you will thank me later and ridgid products make our life and job easier

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        • #5
          Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

          There's a camera called an "easy cam" but I would stick with ridgid. The amount of money you would save by going cheap isn't worth it. The ridgid customer service on seesnakes is top notch.
          Buy cheap, buy twice.

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          • #6
            Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

            On the new Micros there is a RCA Video Out and you can buy an adaptor that would make that convert to USB for about $60.

            http://www.usbgear.com/computer_cabl...atid=614%2C125
            Jay
            Ohio Power Tool - Ridgid
            Coptool - Power Tool Blog

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            • #7
              Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

              Bag the whole "notebook PC as display/recorder" thing
              and buy one of these instead:

              http://www.amazon.com/Archos-Wi-Fi-Portable-Media-layer/dp/B000W0OVV2/ref=pd_ys_qtk_k2a_t?pf_rd_p=233144501&pf_rd_s=cent er-1&pf_rd_t=1501&pf_rd_i=home&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER& pf_rd_r=16NN4GPCNEH3RR7XS1MN

              (watch out for URL wrap)

              Or go to amazon.com and search for "archos 705".

              Adding the "travel DVR adapter" ($50) enables this gizmo to become
              a portable digital video recorder.

              I have owned both a 200 Mini and a 325 Regular since
              1998 and have used them on about 2000 inspections of
              everything from electric conduits, water lines (after
              disinfection of camera and cable), elevator hydraulic
              lines, central vacuum systems, etc, etc, etc. And
              of course good old sewers.

              Started looking at digital recording about 3 years
              ago because:
              1. Tired of wearing out portable VHS recorders.
              2. Tired of poor quality control on blank VHS tapes -
              about 1 out of 10 of the TDK HG's I was using was
              just defective right out of the box.
              3. Tape machines don't like really hot weather (I live
              in Phoenix).
              4. Tape machines use a lot of power (my setup is completely
              portable using a 12V gel cell - NO POWER CORDS!!)
              5. Recording to tape adds "noise" to the video.
              6. Tapes are getting harder to find.

              I looked at the Sony direct to DVD burner. I am not
              a big fan of using optical recording media in the field -
              often times I am in the bottom of a ditch with the equipment -
              it's always dirty and often wet down there. Not a great
              environment for a DVD recorder.

              Also gave some thought to capturing video to disk with a
              laptop. I have already been doing this for years - capturing
              my VHS tapes at home and archiving them to CD then later, DVD.

              Running a laptop this way in the field is a PITA. Stuff
              gets in the keyboard. Too much fiddling around getting booted
              up and capture app running. Laptops are too breakable.

              I got the ARCHOS last October. It comes with a wireless remote
              you can carry around in your pocket. Power it up, 2 clicks
              of the remote, and you're recording. No muss, no fuss. No
              farting around with XP or Vista. Runs for about 3 hours off
              a battery charge, and as long as you wish if you use the power
              adaptor. I just plug it in to the inverter in my cig. lighter
              between jobs to top it off.

              With the capture bitrate set to max (2500Kbit/sec) the ARCHOS
              grabs flawless MPEG4 .AVI files. I have the 80G version and
              can store 20 - 30 inspections, depending on length. Uses about
              1 - 1.5 Gb of disk space per hour average. You can
              create folders and store the inspections by job number or
              whatever. .AVI video files are a whole lot easier to edit than
              the MPEG2 files created by recording to DVD.

              When you get to the shop, you can download the files wirelessly
              via 802.11 to your desktop editing PC. I use VirtualDub
              to edit then TMPEGENC to convert to MPEG2 and create DVD's when
              customers request them. I burn the original source MPEG4 video to
              data DVD's for archiving. DVD's are a LOT cheaper (19 cents) than good
              VHS tapes - you can store 10+ inspections per DVD and they take
              up a lot less space in the office than tapes do.

              Customers are impressed when I grab the ARCHOS after an inspection
              and review it with them right on their kitchen table. It uses a
              touch screen for navigation - you can jump to any place in the
              video by dragging the stylus on a progress bar. Pretty cool.
              Device comes with A/V cables so that you can plug it into their
              TV if you want to make popcorn and watch the show in their living room.

              There were a couple quirks to using the thing initially, but I
              have gotten used to them and have never looked back. Bought another
              just to have as a spare, but I have never needed it. Gets rather
              heavy use (several hours of recording per week) under often adverse
              conditions. You don't have to treat it with kid gloves - just don't
              throw it around. Like all video displays, it can be hard to see in bright
              daylight, but you can shield it to get around this.

              Attached image shows my setup - the case measures 24 x 18 x 8 and
              originally came with my Radiodetection RD600. 12V / 7.5 aH gel
              cell upper left, video titler upper right (for overlaying text comments
              on the video - I much prefer that to audio comments), See Snake
              power pack right middle, 400W 12VDC to 120VAC inverter for running
              the power pack lower right. Weight about 20 lbs. - easy to get
              up the ladder for those roof vent inspections. Gel cell runs
              everything for 4 hours. I carry two and keep one charged all
              the time. Top off low ones with inverter & charger in the truck
              so I don't take them inside at night and forget them the next
              morning.

              For me, this is the ultimate solution. And the price is right.
              Attached Files

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              • #8
                Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

                Cool Setup Vance G.

                I have played around with the archos unit with the full size dvr quite a bit.

                Question about the travel adapter.... Do you get the full screen display in record mode or does it have the overlay for the recording controls?

                Nice setup though. The archos DVRs are nice.

                Josh

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                • #9
                  Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

                  Josh:

                  You can have the overlay on or full screen - your choice.

                  I toggle between each - I usually keep the overlay on for the information
                  it provides (elapsed time, etc.)- I turn it off when the client wants a look-see.

                  The recorded video doesn't include the overlay information.

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                  • #10
                    Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

                    Does the Archos display the actual video that you recorded? Or is it just like a little computer screen that you use to direct the video to another screen or monitor?

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                    • #11
                      Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

                      Originally posted by boiledcrabs View Post
                      Does the Archos display the actual video that you recorded? Or is it just like a little computer screen that you use to direct the video to another screen or monitor?

                      it stores the whole video and more
                      The Other Rick

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                      • #12
                        Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

                        What is the model number of the seesnake power source?
                        Seattle Drain Service

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                        • #13
                          Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

                          Originally posted by rick1643 View Post
                          it stores the whole video and more
                          Thanks, I ordered the Archos setup. I had to do something because the monitor on my seesnake was terrible.

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                          • #14
                            Re: HELP!! Camera compatible with laptop pc?

                            Originally posted by boiledcrabs View Post
                            Thanks, I ordered the Archos setup. I had to do something because the monitor on my seesnake was terrible.
                            What was wrong with the monitor?
                            I may have had that problem myself and then re-discovered the three buttons behind the monitor, now it is better than new.

                            Simon

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