How can I rewire the ZOOM on a camcorder to operate it from another location? AKA upgrading a video periscope Answered
I am re-making a "periscope" that I made previously with a CCTV camera at the top and a pair of virtual video glasses (with a tiny lcd screen in front of each eye) at the bottom, and a live video feed in-between. This time I want a zoom control built in, where I can operate the zoom with a little rocker switch at the bottom of the periscope. I found a CCTV camera that will zoom, but I think it needs a whole controller console just to operate the zoom...
I think an easier way is to use a camcorder instead of a CCTV camera, because the zoom function works in real time and it's already right there on board. The problem is that I think the zoom switch on camcorders is kind of complicated - rewiring it is likely more difficult than just running two wires from two solder points and sticking my own rocker switch at the end. Any ideas?
There are "wired camcorder remotes" which seem like they might be easier to open up and modify, but the zoom switch is the same style as on the camcorder body, so I might run into the same problem.