Using the Bird Box Camera with the Video Grabber Bird Box Camera Computer 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. Recording 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 recording 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 ‘Next’ 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 recording. 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 chosen 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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