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    Does anyone know of a cheap external (portable) video recorder?

    Basically I have a night vision sight which has a video out (SD analogue) and I want to record the output. There is an "add on" at 200 but I suspect that there must be a lot cheaper ways to do this.

    Any ideas?

    I was even considering a secondhand SD camcorder but don't know of any with a "video in" capability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rembrandt Rob View Post
    Does anyone know of a cheap external (portable) video recorder?
    Technically not a problem, but commercially limited appeal - hence high process compared with cameras.Even when SD ruled the roost (and hence demand was as high as it was ever likely to be) stand alone recorders were 700-800 at a minimum.
    If you can attach a PC or laptop (and assuming you have one) there are various capture cards available.

    I have a Panasonic NV-GS400 which has a video/audio in. Later models (eg the GS500) only have audio out. I've never used it and don't even have the cables, having purchased second hand. You're welcome to borrow it, but I can't give it to you as it is the only means I have of trabnferring my old MiniDV tapes back onto the computer. They seem to be going for 150 on eBay.

    None of these are realistically going to get you much cheaper than the 200 add-on. Hopefully someone will know different.
    Tim

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    Thanks Tim, that was the sort of thing I'm looking for. When SD ruled the roost, some camcorders had a "video in" and that's probably going to be the cheaper way. I just can't find details of which ones could be used as recorders without going through each make and variant individually, which would take days, if not weeks.
    I think that some external monitors also have the possibility to record to SD cards ( the small 5" sat-nav sized screens) but, again, information is rather difficult to find.

    The laptop is not really an option I'm afraid, it needs to be portable.

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    What about a DIY solution? (Not really a serious answer) http://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/201...e-unit-part-1/

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    Oh, thanks mate.

    That's really great of you to build it for me, just let me know how much the parts cost and I'll paypal you!

    Cheers Marc, I appreciate it!

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