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Peter



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: Rush down to ALDI Reply with quote

ALDI have their nestbox (hole or robin) and camera offer on again - just bought one for 39.99.

Camera is colour, cabled (30m), with a mic, IR for night time, plug into TV or card in PC. 3 year warranty. Yipeeeeee

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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for letting me know, been down to get one. Will build it up over weekend and put it up. Anyone had any experience with them before? I read somewhere its best to cover up the plastic side panels. Any idea if its true
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Peter



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just opened the box and am now struggling to think how I can plug it into my pc. ..need more kit...
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Peter



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incidentally they are selling FSC wood bird boxes some some ridiculously cheep price (<5) too. They look very reasonable.
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Kit



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need something to covert the analogue signal from the box into a digital signal that your computer can read, Peter. If it's a desktop, a video capture card will do it. If it's a laptop, you'd be best with a DV converter. I have the latter, and found the DV converter surprisingly expensive (over 100!) but it's far superior to cheap systems that convert using a USB device. I think video capture cards for desktops aren't nearly so dear.

I hope you get some tenants, anyway, after all the effort!

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marski



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

My bird box camera was from Aldi last year. It is not the best but at least for a first time user it is nice to see inside the box. The colour is not good and it tells you that on the instructions. I have not been able to get it on my computer and the cost of a converter is not worth it. The sound from the mic is very good Very Happy.

My next camera will be a webcam with better quality.
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Peter



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sssssssssssssssssss That's the sound of the air going out of my balloon Sad

Only joking.

Thanks for advice. Fortunately I have a card in my tower pc for such cameras, I just required a SCART converter which I have bought cheaply over the internet. Will get back to you about the quality.
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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just replaced my old box, with this camera one. I noticed there was a few droppings in my old box and on the roof. The droppings didnt look fresh but surely this is stil a gd thing? Could you tell me the name of the hardware peter please
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Peter



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seb-mac wrote:
I have just replaced my old box, with this camera one. I noticed there was a few droppings in my old box and on the roof. The droppings didnt look fresh but surely this is stil a gd thing? Could you tell me the name of the hardware peter please



Sorry but I cannot remeber the name of the card for my pc - its a PCI card with some round posts like my TV has. IT allows my to attach my current wireless webcam receiving unit to my pc

The converter that I have bought is: "MHP 10m PC / Laptop to TV Video Kit 3 Piece - SCART Adapter / S-Video Cable / 3.5mm Jack to 2 x RCA Phono Cable" Hopefully it will work
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marski



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

That is interesting because my laptop is a multimedia one and can be a TV if I install the card. I am now wondering if all I need is a scart converter, I will be looking into it.

Thanks for the memory jog. I've had this laptop for 2 years and never bothered setting up the TV as yet!
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marski wrote:
Hi

My bird box camera was from Aldi last year. It is not the best but at least for a first time user it is nice to see inside the box. The colour is not good and it tells you that on the instructions. I have not been able to get it on my computer and the cost of a converter is not worth it. The sound from the mic is very good Very Happy.

My next camera will be a webcam with better quality.

I've been looking at this site for ages - http://www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/ - because I like doing the jigsaw puzzles that Howard puts there regularly, and he shows some beautiful photographs. However, the other day I noticed that he has written a lot about a HandyKam box which (I think) comes with all the necessary bits and pieces. Prices of their nine boxes range from 58.95 to 114.95, depending on the specification of the camera.

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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seb-mac wrote:
Thanks for letting me know, been down to get one. Will build it up over weekend and put it up. Anyone had any experience with them before? I read somewhere its best to cover up the plastic side panels. Any idea if its true

I seem to remember someone here saying that their birds seemed bothered by the translucent panels in their box, because the birds kept pecking at them - so they covered them over. What they probably didn't realise (as first time camera box users) is that birds constantly peck around all over a box. Presumably the panelsare there to let some light in - so if they're covered over the photos will not be as good.

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marski



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Elizabeth, I have looked at the site you mentioned. The cam boxes look very good, I will try to sort one out for this coming autumn.

Also, I absolutely love JIGSAW puzzles!! Now you have given me another site to do them Party
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phoebe -I'm pleased to "meet" another puzzler. I bought the software then I could make my own puzzles, and we put two on our bluetit website. However there was hardly any response - although I'd mentioned them here - so we didn't continue. Sad I have saved over 200 of Howard's puzzles - and I love his "Surprise" puzzles, though some of them can be very difficult.

I hope you like the HandyKam - I believe one or two members may have them, but I think it hasn't been mentioned here recently.

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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the plastic panels shouldnt bother the birds then elizabeth?
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