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Old 10-13-2011, 06:34 PM
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Default Go Pro as an Underwater video camera?

decent selection for underwater video cams, but unless you drop huge coin all are low res picture quality and no where near HD images.

I was reminded by another thread of the GoProHD cameras and their tuff and waterproof housings to 180'.

Anyone know if these GoPros can be wired to show live video on to a MFD?

Could attach a tether and ballast and send the unit down, but i'd really like live video and not review recorded material.
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Would be cool, like the Charlie White vids.
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There is an HD video out but it will not pass realtime video to your MFD.

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F Y I -- HDMI interface is a pure digital connection. Component RGB is analog - you'll need a scan converter. Use your A/V receiver so you can get 5.1 surround sound - make sure it has HDMI and Component switching up/down conversion.

Short answer - you can't convert HDMI to RGB with a cable and MFD's require Component RGB input -- No Can Do
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ideally my Furuno MFD accepts analog COMPOSITE video (yellow RCA connection).
I know composite video is NOT HD, but definitely capable of showing more than 380 or 400 lines which is average resolution for video cameras and much lower quality than can be utilized on my 12" MFD.

any other suggestions on an underwater video camera with high(er) resolution that simply plugs into the back of my MFD? would like at least 100 feet of cable.

thx for providing the pic BluewaterP, and thx for explanation NoFear!
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With the latest software update HD Hero can output live feed, both in composite and HD format. I've been showing the live feed from HD Hero on a NSS and a E80 using composite video.

But the big problem would be to get the signals out of the waterproof housing. I'm using the skeleton housing with an opening for the cables for live feed.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
With the latest software update HD Hero can output live feed, both in composite and HD format. I've been showing the live feed from HD Hero on a NSS and a E80 using composite video.

But the big problem would be to get the signals out of the waterproof housing. I'm using the skeleton housing with an opening for the cables for live feed.
What cable did you use ??

I looked at the web site and manual and can't find the composite connection on camera or the composite cable--
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Whooops--just re-read the spces--they do show a Component (HDMI) and a Composite cable + Audio Out Cable as included--pictures of connectors on camera are not very informative and haven't found picture of cable or more ddetail than as below

Foun picture of the Composite cable on another site -- http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mposite_A.html -- it plugs into the USB conncetor on the camera !!

How cool is that !!!

SETTING VIDEO LIVE FEED ON / OFF
You can set your camera to send a live video signal out the side TV or HDTV ports by toggling the VIDEO
LIVE FEED setting on and off .

Video Live Feed via the USB port is not supported.

When Video Live Feed is set to OFF (LFF) the camera will switch into video / photo playback mode when one of the included TV
cables are plugged into the camera
. If Video Live Feed is turned on (LFO), the camera will stay in normal
camera mode when plugged into a TV and will send a live video signal to the TV.

Plugging in the component cable will send an HD video signal out from the camera, and plugging in the composite cable will send a
standard defi nition signal out from the camera
.

Video Live Feed On allows for plugging the camera into wireless transmitters and TVs for live viewing from the camera.

NOTE: If the component cable is used to send live HD video out from the camera, and you begin simultaneously recording
HD video to the SD card, the live video feed will be reduced to standard defi nition as the camera cannot record and transmit
HD video at the same time. If you wish to have an HD live video feed from the camera you cannot begin recording HD
video to the SD card. If the composite cable is used to send standard defi nition video out from the camera,
then the camera can simultaneously record HD video to the SD card

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All necessary cables came with my package. The composite and the HDMI cables are plugged into separate sockets in the housing using 2.5mm jacks, not USB.
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As mentioned - to get live feed - you lose the waterproof of the housing.


I dive with one mounted onto my Full Face mask all the time. I have video down to 144 feet and this camera is great.
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contacted GoPro with my inquiry. They confirmed that live feed underwater at this time is NOT possible due to the skeleton case not being waterproof. Skeleton case is the only case that enables cables to be connected to the camera while in a case.

Also told me that my inquiry was not the first and that many others have been looking for a similar case to allow underwater live feed.

Told him to make a note that the customers have spoken and also left a similar message in GoPro's suggestion box online along with the idea to also have the accessory cables to send the camera and signal on a nice strong cable to the depths.

Hopefully sooner than later we'll see something.

might buy one with hopes that they soon develop a case with cable pass thru's.
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But the big problem would be to get the signals out of the waterproof housing. I'm using the skeleton housing with an opening for the cables for live feed.
Buy the LCD display kit and cannibalize the plug (or if you can get your hands on an iPod generation 1 plug) and connect your cable with a mini-gland (and epoxy in) through the rear housing cover that came with the LCD.
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Buy the LCD display kit and cannibalize the plug (or if you can get your hands on an iPod generation 1 plug) and connect your cable with a mini-gland (and epoxy in) through the rear housing cover that came with the LCD.
have you done this before or is this an idea to do so?

Is there space in the case on it's side for a cable to be plugged?
Case looks pretty tight and "form" fitting with very little room for a cable.
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