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How can you connect an LCD screen to a YSB001 (MD80 rip-off) camera so you can see what you are filming? Answered

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When you film with a good video camera, you can usually see what you are filming by looking at the LCD / viewfinder...

but I have bought one of those very cool, tiny cameras that cost about £10, can be bought on eBay and which come from Hong Kong

But in return for being tiny, it does not have any kind of viewfinder.

I bought mine to experiment with fixing it to my hang glider/microlight to film flights. I figure I can, by trial and error, work out what the actual field of view/ frame is

but I'd much prefer to be able to set up my camera with a monitor of some kind (perhaps using my mobile phone camera?)

Better still, I would like to be able to monitor the camera all through the flight (perhaps be able to move the mount remotely?)

Is there a simple method for achieving this or do I need to do electronics?

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lemonie (author)2010-01-10

You need electronics. And you're probably best buying one rather than trying to adapt what you've got.

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Tinworm (author)lemonie2010-01-10

I hear you regarding not adapting the current camera, so what do I need to do, electronics-wise?

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lemonie (author)Tinworm2010-01-10

If you want a view-finder, you need to get a camera with one. You could think about getting a view-finder from somewhere, but the expense and hassle of adapting isn't going to be any less.
I would have suggested that you make a wire-frame view-finder through trial & error, but you'd like to move the camera, which would be why you want the viewfinder I guess.
I'm a bit stuck for something that isn't complicated or expensive or large. Let's hope someone else can think of something better, or I get some new idea.

OK - how about mounting it on your head? If you do it right it'll film what you're looking at.

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Tinworm (author)lemonie2010-01-10

that is one of the options....and I have been working out the field of view that way (with a tape measure and marks on the wall)...and I guessa  similar method will work with my plane's wing etc....I just hoped that a means of connecting an lcd would made it easier.

I did wonder, for instance, whether it would be possible to use the camera screen on my mobile phone linked via a cable to the camera, perhaps?

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lemonie (author)Tinworm2010-01-10

Your phone might pick up a web-feed? - if you could make the video camera a web-cam, but you don't have to think too long about that to see what's involved. Phones aren't designed to act as displays for external video feeds, but can you add a large memory-card to the phone and use that instead?

Think about it again - if the camera is on your helmet and it sees what you see, you've got the viewfinder and movement in your own body.

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Tinworm (author)lemonie2010-01-12

will look into webfeeds

but from your various projects, it is clear you know your stuff, and if you seem sceptical, maybe there is good reason.

Yes, I am going for a head mount (but still wanted a wing mount and another on the fuselage)

thanks anyway

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lemonie (author)Tinworm2010-01-12

Post what you do with this, we'd like to see how this problem is solved.
(Yes I do look at things in "different" ways, but I like to try things I think will work. The ideal set-up would require quite a bit of equipment / or expense I think.)

Best wishes for it

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Tinworm (author)lemonie2010-01-15

ok, check this first test out. It is a line of sight option, mounting the cam on the side of my flying helmet. At the bottom of this link is a short test film

(I may need to put markings on the mount and even a scribed viewfinder on the visor to show the actual camera angle and its limits


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lemonie (author)Tinworm2010-01-15

That's very good, please package it into an Instructable, use the image with the camera as #1 and embed the video.

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Tinworm (author)lemonie2010-01-16

Thanks for the encouragement, lemonie, I have done it, I have posted an instructable! It is my first one ever!

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