Using the Bird Box Camera with the Video Grabber

Using the Bird Box Camera with the Video Grabber
Using the Bird Box Camera with the Video Grabber
Bird Box Camera
Video Grabber
Hang the nest box in a suitable place where it can attract
wild birds. Please note that if you are fixing the nest box to
a tree, you can use the stainless steel screw provided.
Open the lid of the nest box to reveal the preinstalled
colour CMOS camera. Slide the cover of the PVC trunking,
and you will see there is a wire with three connectors
hanging out of the camera cable. The yellow connector
carries the nest box picture (video), the white connector
carries the nest box sound (audio) back to your PC and the
red connector carries the low voltage power (12 C DC)
back to the camera.
Locate the 30m-extension cable and you will see that it has
three connectors on each end. The yellow and white
connectors are the same on both ends, but the red
connectors are different-one end is a red (male) plug (the
camera end) and the other is a red (female) socket (the
Video Grabber end).
Connect the extension cable to the connectors on the
camera-yellow to yellow, white-to-white and red-to-red as
shown in the picture below. Please remember that the red
power connectors on the power cable are different on each
end, so if one red end doesn’t fit, the other red end will.
At the Video Grabber end of the cable (indoors) you can plug
the red connector into the power lead, and the yellow and
white connectors into their corresponding yellow and white
sockets on the Video Grabber (the red & black connections on
the Video Grabber are not used)
There is a small pack of fixing nails, which you can use for
fixing the cable in a suitable place to avoid people from being
tripped over.
After you have set up the bird box, remove the lens cap from
the camera. Please note that the camera has six infra red
LED’s on the front of its case to enable it to work in pitch
darkness, so that you can watch birds day and night.
Open the Video Studio program
Select ‘Movie Wizard’
Click on ‘Capture’
The live image from the
camera should now appear
in the preview window
Make note of the ‘Capture
Folder’ location as this will be
where your recordings are saved
on your computer, you can
change the save location by
clicking the folder icon.
Click ‘Capture Video’ to record
the image. Click ‘Capture Image’
to take a still picture of the image.
The ‘Elapsed Time’ counter will
start, this indicates recording
Click ‘Stop Capture’ to end
Because reordered video can take up a
large amount of space on your computer,
we recommend converting the video file to
a smaller size.
This is not a compulsory step because at
this point the video is saved to the
‘Capture Folder’ location on your
computer that was chosen earlier.
If you chose not to convert the video you
can click ‘Close’ to end the session and
then simply go to the chosen ‘Capture
Folder’ location on your computer to open,
view and play the video file.
If you wish to convert the video click
The recording will
appear in the bottom
row to indicate
successful completion
Converting the Video
Click ‘Next’ again
Chose ‘Create Video File’
Chose your desired video format,
this is what the video file will be
converted to and will determine the
size and quality of the finished
Chose where the finished video file
will be saved on your computer
Chose a name for the video file
Click on ‘Save’
The program will now convert the file into
your selected video format and save it in
your chosen location on the computer. The
amount of time it takes to convert will vary
depending on the file size and video format
This conversion process creates a copy of your original recording, this copy should now
take up less space on your computer than the original. Please note however that the
conversion will not remove the original which will still be saved in the ‘Capture Folder’
location on your computer, to save space you may wish to delete this original and keep
only the smaller converted recording.
The video file can be burned to DVD by using a CD/DVD burning program, there are many
different free types of DVD burning software available such as iTunes, Windows Media
Player etc. Most computers running a Windows XP, Vista or 7 will have Windows Media
Player pre-installed as standard.
Because the DVD burning procedure differs depending on the software you use it will be
necessary to refer to the manufactures instructions for your specific program.
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