EXACTLY How to Record Underwater Camera Footage (Marcum & Aqua-Vu)
Everyone loves looking at underwater camera footage. In fact, when I’m in my fish house or even in the boat, I almost prefer watching the underwater camera footage over actual fishing. With modern cameras, the image is crisp, the unit is easy to use – and you can learn A LOT!
However, although many people own an underwater camera, not many know how to set it up.
In the video above, I go through the three types of camera outputs – and teach you exactly how to use them. Keep in mind this works with Aqua-Vu too!
TYPES OF UNDERWATER CAMERAS
There are 3 types of main outputs on underwater cameras, and knowing which one you have is essential in knowing what to buy and how to hook them up.
AV Out (round plug on the back of your unit)
HDMI Out (what you see on modern TV’s, DVR’s, blu-rays)
Your first goal is to determine what your underwater camera has for an output. I’ll show you how to identify that, then I’ll step you through exactly how to set it up below.
IDENTIFYING UNDERWATER CAMERA OUTPUT
This is going to be your most traditional type of underwater footage. This is highlighted by the yellow AV (round) input. This is pretty old technology and will likely need a converter. Otherwise, you can find an old school camcorder or DVR that accepts video in (AV in).
HDMI is much easier than AV out in most instances. You won’t need RCA cables or a converter. Instead, you will simply need the game capture (should come with HDMI cable), power bank, and the camera. It’s that simple. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the camera and the other into the game capture. Then take the power bank and use it to power the game capture.
Of course, you need to make sure the game capture has a microSD card in it.
Solid red means there is a problem with the camera or SD card.
Blue means everything is good to go but NOT recording.
The final and easiest way to record is to do it directly in the unit with a microSD card. The issue is that only a select few cameras have this feature – the Marcum Recon being one (you can read the Marcum Recon review here).
If you have this type of system all you need is a quality microSD card. Make sure you format it before you use it.
My 3 recommendations:
Use VLC player (you can download it for free) when working with your computer.
Use a well-known brand of microSD card when recording.
All you are going to need to do is put the microSD card in the camera, format it, and then hold the record button. It’s that easy!
MORE UNDERWATER CAMERA INFORMATION
Once you have the right gear, recording from an underwater camera takes no time at all. It’s a great way to monitor fish behavior, show off your tips and techniques, and it’s simply entertaining. If it’s in your budget, I recommend getting a quality camera and the gear to record on it.
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