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DOMINATOR HD3
MODEL FSV1076
USER MANUAL
Revision A 11/01/2016
For more product information, please visit:
www.fatshark.com
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Contents
Product Contents........................................................................................................ 3
Controls Diagram ....................................................................................................... 4
Headset Operation ..................................................................................................... 5
Controls .................................................................................................................. 5
DVR Operation ....................................................................................................... 5
AV Cable Pinout ..................................................................................................... 6
HDMI Input ............................................................................................................. 6
Powering Options ....................................................................................................... 6
ezUHF TX/JR Module............................................................................................. 6
Futaba Radio .......................................................................................................... 6
Base Station ........................................................................................................... 6
1800mA Battery Pack ............................................................................................. 7
Battery Charging ........................................................................................................ 7
Accessories ................................................................................................................ 8
Trinity Head Tracker ............................................................................................... 8
Receiver Modules (1.3G/2.4G/5.8G) ...................................................................... 8
Specifications ........................................................................................................... 10
Operational Advice ................................................................................................... 11
Technical Support .................................................................................................... 11
Warranty ................................................................................................................... 12
Introduction
Congratulations on purchasing the Fat Shark DominatorHD3 modular SVGA FPV goggles with
integrated DVR for analog recording. To ensure your continued enjoyment, please take the
time to read through this operating manual thoroughly before using.
Product Compatibility
The DominatorHD3 has been designed to adhere to established video standards and is
compatible with any product also adhering to accepted video standards. Due to the high
number of different manufacturers and variation in quality, it’s impossible to for us to have
tested with every product combination and some troubleshooting may be required if
mix/matching components. The Dominator HD3 has been thoroughly tested with ImmersionRC
gear. For best results and no compatibility issues, Fat Shark recommends ImmersionRC gear
for your accessory products.
IMPORTANT!!!! Product Warning!!!!!
DO NOT LEAVE HEADSET EXPOSED TO DIRECT
SUNLIGHT.
SUNLIGHT WILL MAGNIFY THROUGH
THEOPTICS AND BURN HOLES IN THE LCD COLOR
FILTER (appears as white open areas).
THIS WILL NOT BE COVERED BY WARRANTY. KEEP
GOGGLES IN PROTECTIVE CASE WHEN NOT IN USE.
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Carry Case
DominatorHD3 Headset
w/ Face Plate
7.4V, 1800mAh Li-po Battery
w/ LED Indicator
Battery Discharge Adapter
AV Cable (2003)
Mini to Mini HDMI Cable
w/ Adapters
Quick Start Manual
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Controls Diagram
Head
Tracker
Brightness(left/right)
Contrast(forward/back)
2D or 3D Mode(vertical)
DVR
start/stop/playback
control
Volume Level
Channel Selection
IPD Adjusters
Rec
Indicator
Receiver on/off
(Power to Rx module)
Earphone Jack
PS/2 Data Port
(Head Tracker)
Mini HDMI
port
DVR Micro SD Card Slot
for Analog Recording
(no HD recording)
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Headset Operation
Controls
Brightness/contrast control: pressing left and right increases/decreases display contrast.
Press forward/back increases/decreases brightness.
Display mode selection: Vertically depressing the contrast/brightness button scrolls through
the following modes: Analog 2D/ Analog 3D/HDMI 2D/ HDMI 3D. OSD indicates mode.
Channel select: Pressing channel up/down buttons will cause the channel to incrementally
increase/decrease from channels 1 to 8 (see relevant receiver module for channel map). Audio
beep on channel change. A long beep sounds on channel top and bottom limits.
Low battery warning: Audio warning if input voltage drops below 6.8V
Volume control: each press of button increments volume up or down. Standard earphones
can be used with the Dominator HD3.
Head tracker: (refer to online Trinity documentation at http://fatshark.helpscoutdocs.com/
RX power switch: The RX module power is independently controlled via this switch. If a
module is inserted, but desired video source is via the AV cable; the RX module needs to be
turned off to avoid image conflict.
DVR control: Connect AV cable to AV out port on right side of headset. Connect recording
device to cables and set up as per manufacturer directions.
DVR Operation
1. SD card MUST be formatted before use to ensure stable recording.
2. DVR is for analog recording only, no HD recording.
3. Do not place alternative files that you want to keep into the DVR. The DVR may not
recognize the file space and write over your files. Use dedicated SD card.
Recording:
After powering goggles, turn on DVR by depressing vertically and holding the DVR control
button for 1 full second (long press).
RED LED should now show solid.
Ensure SD card is inserted and short press to start recording (RED LED will slowly FLASH (~2
times/second). Single beep on record start.
Short press again stops recording (turns to solid RED LED). Double beep on record stop.
Playback
Note: requires turning off external receiver and removing any other AVin sources (to not
conflict with menu navigation OSD).
After turning on DVR and in stop record mode (SOLD RED LED) depress and hold DVR button
for 1 second (long press) to enter menu.
Menu Navigation
Playback (press right to enter)
Now can see: Preview shot with file number
press up/down to change file number
press right to play
Up/down controls playback speed/direction
Right press pause/play
Left press, back to main menu
Format (press right to enter)
Execute (press right)
Record (press right)
Now can see:
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default (no recording until press the button to start)
auto start (auto start recording when power on)
auto start continuous (auto start recording when power on and overwrite the file if
space is full)
press up/down to select the recording mode
press right to enter to confirm
Pressing left from main menu exits menu
AV Cable Pinout
Gr ound Video
AudR
AuL
3.5mm AV Connector: Yellow: Video,
White: Audio Left, Red: Audio Right
HDMI Input
The HDMI port can be connected to HDMI devices via a Mini to Mini HDMI cable (adapters also
included). Best to first connect to the HDMI device then apply the power from the battery (allow
the HDMI device to initiate using power supplied through the cable by the host device before
powering goggles). Disconnect battery when switching between devices to clear the settings.
Note (1): Most HDMI connectivity issues are due to either incorrect monitor settings or faulty
HDMI cable. Before assuming the HDMI is defective, try with alternative HDMI sources and
alternative cables.
Note (2): Receiver needs to be powered off in HDMI mode to prevent conflicting signals being
sent to the display.
Powering Options
If multiple power sources are supplied at same time (i.e. Futaba radio and head strap battery)
the headset will draw power from the highest voltage.
ezUHF TX/JR Module
ImmersionRC’s ezUHF transmitter and JR transmitter module can supply power (and head
tracking control) to the Dominator HD3 goggle via a minDIN cable (included with the ezUHF).
Futaba Radio
The Dominator HD3 can be powered off a Futaba radio via the Data Cable.
Note: Best to upgrade the Futaba radio to a 3S 2200mAh radio lipo pack for this type of
connection as the headset will cause extra drain on the transmitter battery pack. A normal
NiMh radio battery will not have sufficient battery life for safe flying.
Base Station
Use the AV cable to connect the video/audio.
AV cable has Y splitter with male and female DC head to share power with the external RX
supply (up to 13V). We do not recommend powering the goggles off RC packs without our
Safety Shield (see accessories) as RC packs have no current limiting circuitry to prevent fires
caused from shorts.
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1800mA Battery Pack
The Fat Shark 1800mAh pack with a row of stylish
blue LED indicators allows you to visually check its
remaining capacity (4 levels) to prevent a sudden
power/vision lost. Large 1800mAh capacity pretty
much lets you fly all day. It seats securely in the
headset strap pocket. The soft silicone battery
cable extends out of the top of the pack to avoid
contact with head strap. Barrel connector cable
features high strand count wire for flexibility and
long life. Wire stress is minimized by the additional rubber gasket around the cable exit.
Balancing circuit is already built inside, for charging, only need to connect the barrel connector
via the supplied adapter cable to RC charger.
Note: this battery can still be charged via the barrel connector with the original Fat Shark
headset battery charger.
Battery Charging
This lithium polymer battery pack is equipped with an internal cell balancing circuit that allows
the battery to be charged from standard RC battery chargers. Charge the battery by connecting
the barrel connector via the supplied adapter cable and setting the charger for 7.4V, 1800mAh
Li-Po, 1A (1C). Some RC chargers require a balance lead connector to be connected to the
charger, or else the charging attempt will result in an error. The balance lead on the battery is
not a true balance lead and is only used for powering the optional fan faceplate. To
charge this battery set your LiPo charger to Fast Charge mode, which usually disables the
balance lead requirement (set at 7.4V – 2cell - maximum 1.8A).
On some LiPo chargers none of the above procedures will work. In that case please contact
support for alternate charging options at: support@fatshark.com
Note: If battery becomes fully discharged or shorted, an internal safety circuit will trip. To reset
the battery, tap 9V direct to the barrel connector via the discharge adapter cable’s banana
connector. This will instantly reset the battery and it can be recharged as normal.
General Lithium Polymer safety and handling instructions:
• NEVER balance charge this battery.
• NEVER leave a LiPo battery unattended while being charged or discharged
• ALWAYS monitor the battery and charger during the entire charging process.
• ALWAYS charge LiPo batteries in a fireproof location.
• ALWAYS have a lithium approved “class D type” fire extinguisher available.
• NEVER charge LiPo batteries at currents greater than the “1C” rating of the
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battery (“C” equals the rated capacity of the battery).
• NEVER continue to charge LiPo batteries if the charger fails to recognize full
charge. Overheating or swelling of the LiPo cells is an indication of a problem and
the battery should be disconnected from the charger immediately and placed in a
fireproof location
• ALWAYS discontinue charging or discharging a LiPo immediately if at any time
you see smoke or the battery starting to swell up and leave it in a safe fireproof
location for approximately 30 minutes.
Accessories
Trinity Head Tracker
Refer to head tracker module manual for up to date and detailed menu setup instructions. For
individual radio setup instructions please visit our head tracking support forum at
www.FPVlab.com Forum: Sponsors Gate/Fat Shark/Head tracker radio support.
Receiver Modules (1.3G/2.4G/5.8G)
Refer to module manuals for frequency chart.
Note: Dominator HD3only guarantees compatibility with NexwaveRF modules (Fat
Shark/ImmersionRC)
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Diopter Lens
For near sighted users, diopter lens insert sets are
available that include -2, -4 and -6 dpt. Peel off rubber
eye cups and insert into slots seated in front of the lens.
Replace rubber.
SpiroNET Circular Polarized
Antenna
The best performance enhancement for your dollar. SpiroNET
circular polarized antennae are manufactured to machine tolerances
and final tested with top end RF equipment for the best performing
CP antenna on the market.
CP antennae naturally reject multipathing (biggest cause of 5G8
video breakup) and have no mismatch polarization when your
aircraft banks – resulting in no rude range losses during acrobatic
flight.
Tiny Telemetry from ImmersionRC
Conventional OSDs offer a host of features, some of which you don’t need
if you’re just flying FPV around your local field or have a small and light
FPV plane that can’t really carry a full OSD. All you really want in those
cases is for your tracking antenna to point at the plane accurately and
have GPS positional data along with vital statistics such as battery voltage
and current consumption.
TinyTelemetry is a minimal GPS locator that sends EzTelemetry data for the EzAntennaTracker
down one of the audio channels on the audio/video transmitter. The EzAntennaTracker will then
track the plane and offer battery statistics on its LCD display as well as other telemetry data
such as positional info etc.
The new v2.0 EzAntennaTracker will also offer audible warnings for battery voltage and total
current consumption.
The Tiny Telemetry plugs into the transmitter’s dongle power supply located on the back of the
transmitter.
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Specifications
Headset Specifications:
Optics:
FOV (field of view):
Type:
Interpupillary Distance (IPD):
Optional Diopter Lens Inserts:
42 degrees diagonal
plastic optics
59 to 69 mm (adjustable)
-2, -4, -6 dpt
Display:
800 X 600 (SVGA) LCD
Polarized LED backlight
NTCS/PAL auto selecting
Side/Side 3D
Audio:
Stereo
User Controls:
Channel Selection
Volume Control
Mode Selection (Wired/Wireless)
Display Control
DVR Control
HT Control
Electrical:
Power Supply:
Power Consumption:
RF Modules (Optional):
Head Tracker (Optional):
Analog DVR:
7 - 13 V (2S/3S supply – fan plate only accepts 2S input)
440mA wireless/ 250mA direct mode (no RX)
(@7.4V nominal)
Infinite channel support on multiple bands
Modular (sold separately)
MicroSD support to 32 GB
Record Rate: 6Mbps (MJPG compression, 30 fps, AVI)
File playback (native recording, no codec support)
Upgradeable via SD card
Battery:
7.4V, 1.8A (13.32Wh)
Interface:
3.5mm AV in/out port
Power in port
3.5mm 3p earphone port
MiniDIN4 data port (head tracking)
MicroSD
Mini HDMI (720p 50/60 Hz, 16 to 9 display ratio)
RF module port
Mechanical:
Dimensions:
Weight:
Ergonomic molded headset w/ adjustable headband
169.2 x 80 x 45.5 mm
152 g
Package size:
742.5g, 21x 14 x 11cm
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Operational Advice
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For best performance, select a channel that has the least amount of interference.
While the transmitter is turned OFF, turn on the video headset and look at the screen
as you check each channel. Clear channels will have a consistent static background.
Channels with interference will have horizontal static lines.
Always perform a range test before flying. This includes AV and RC controls.
Some RC receivers can be affected by the proximity of other electronic devices
particularly the AV TX.
Try to space out your components as much as possible to avoid interference to your
RC control range (keep stuff away from RX)
Until experienced, practice flying in a familiar area to avoid becoming disorientated.
Due to antenna characteristics, there is a “null” in line with antenna direction. You
may experience excessive video breakup when flying overhead
5.8GHz signal strength drops off very fast (2.4 GHz is more gradual). If using
5.8GHz, stay safely within solid AV range.
For maximum distance it is very important that a clear line of sight exists between
the transmitter and the video headset. 2 of the worst causes of interference are
human bodies and reinforced concrete.
Place your TX antenna in open area in a vertical orientation
Multipathing (reflections off buildings/ tall objects) causes signal cancellation and
result in broken video. Fly in open areas away from buildings or other tall structures
(i.e. barns, hills).
The headset may become warm to touch during use particularly in the top center
region. This is normal. If you are unsure, run the headset for 30 minutes fully
powered before flying to ensure normal operation.
Even if you don’t require any license to operate this device, you are still legally
responsible for operating in a responsible manner.
Technical Support
Documentation/ troubleshooting: http://fatshark.helpscoutdocs.com/
Forum: www.fpvlab.com (SPONSORS GATE/ FAT SHARK/SUPPORT)
Support:support@fatshark.com
Note support should be attempted in the following manner. Initial enquiries to
Fat Shark support will expect you to have exhausted the online and retailer
resources:
1) Research Fat Shark helpdocs.
2) Research FPV Lab forum for relevant posts.
3) Post on Forum if can’t find answer.
4) Contact retailer for support.
5) email Fat Shark support.
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Trouble Shooting
Observation
No image, display is completely
dark
No image, display is glowing
dark grey
Lots of interference lines
(horizontal lines) with 2.4Ghz
receiver
Poor image, dark or not enough
contrast
Lots of interference lines
(horizontal lines) when using
5.8Ghz receiver
Head tracker not working
(no response or beeping)
Short range
Short range (con’t)
White dots on LCD display
Lens fogs up
Head tracker does not work
(can enter menu)
Head tracker drifts or has
excessive error correction
(jumpy)
Possible Cause/Solution
- No power supplied. Check power connections.
- If using wireless module, turn on RX power on bottom of
headset.
- If using AV in cable, check video source.
- Ensure TX is on and camera connections solid
- Choose a cleaner channel.
- Change to 5.8Ghz AV
- Check correct frequency antenna is used
- Adjust display with contrast/brightness button
Check to see if cause is harmonic interference from
2.4Ghz RC controller (turn radio on/off).
- Use CH1 on TX/headset (Ch1 not affected by 2.4Ghz)
- check correct frequency antenna is used
- Ensure module pins are aligned correctly into headset
socket
- Ensure correct antenna are installed
- Check for other sources of interference
- Ensure transmitter has clear LOS to headset. Test in
wide open area, away from any obstructions
- Ensure that a compatible antenna is installed. 2.4Ghz
must use a 2.4Ghz antenna and 5.8Ghz must use a
5.8Ghz antenna
- do not use other manufacture antenna, they may be
dual band or may be reverse SMA (no center pin to
connect to receiver)
You were careless and left goggles exposed to sun. Sun
burnt off LCD color filter.
Cooler optical lens are heated by your humid face
causing condensation.
- Power anti-fog mini fan on faceplate from headset
battery, each time press the button can run 8-10m.
- Radio doesn’t support selective trainer function
- Settings incorrect
- Trainer switch on RC controller not activated
- In Pause mode
- Operating inside so compass sensor not correct (use
outside)
- RC radio interfering with compass sensor (keep RC
controller antenna away from headset
- Standing near large metal object (such as a car)
Warranty
The system can be exchanged for a new unit within 7 days for any manufacturing defects if
returned in new condition. The video headset will be warranted for repair for 2 years if no signs
of excessive use. Buyer will be responsible for shipping costs. If beyond the warranty period
we will provide repair services.
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