Video Input Formats?

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  1. narcsisuss

    narcsisuss New Member

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    Does anyone know what formats a Tivo Series 2 (Tivo Series 2 Lifetime Service (274549960907)) accepts at INPUT? I'm trying to hook up a security camera to it and the HD one I bought does not display. I'm thinking a need a SD camera, but there appears to be different options. If I knew what the format the TIVO could accept would be it would be helpful. (can't find it in any manuals)>
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Which Inputs? Not all are active until you re-run Guided Setup.
     
  3. kpeters59

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    HD Camera's over coax is an entirely different signal than Composite Video.

    Many Camera DVR's do have an option to change the output.

    Or, there's a Spot Monitor output that might be available to use.

    Depends on the Model of the DVR.

    -KP
     
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    So I was trying to use the RCA connections because the camera has a BNC connector, but we already had a BNC to RCA connector. When I connect it, even though I've verified the RCA input works with other inputs (I connected a DVD player to it), the camera will not display. My assumption is that because the new camera is HD and the old dead camera was likely a SD).
    I saw a couple of BNC to COAX adapters that I was thinking of trying, but I don't know much about BNC video transport and how that all works.
    Thanks for the reply! I was very afraid these forums might be a little stale.
     
  5. kpeters59

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    I just swapped a few Cameras a week or two ago.

    The new cameras were capable of HD-over-coax or Composite Video by flipping a switch on the Camera.

    -KP
     
  6. narcsisuss

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    KP. THanks for the reply! Sounds like you have vastly more experience in this than me. So this is the STORY:
    1. Swim coach figured out that he could connect a SD Camera to the tivo and use the remote to instantly replay the video to review the dive with the players. This was a Series 2 Tivo and an generic camera he picked up 5 years ago from walmart. It has a BNC connector and a POWER connector.
    2. Camera Dies
    3. Coach goes buys new HD camera (same BNC connector, same power connector). Hooks it up. Nothing.
    4. Calls the tech department (me) and says he's stuck.

    I took the TIVO home and verified it worked on coax and composite/RCA by using a DVD player I had laying around. I think the TIVO is still working, I think I just need to figure out how to get a video signal into it.

    Any ideas on an adapter/a convertor or a camera spec I should look for? I tried to google your "spot monitor" and a bunch of medical equipment came up.
    Thanks again for the help!
     
  7. narcsisuss

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    Ah, that's interesting. I didn't notice anything like that. This is the camera specs from the box:
    AHD Camera Digital Video Camera
    Model:TP-60L-2MP
    SKU:S4622-N
    System:pAL/NTSCZ
    Power:DC 12V
    S4622-n (Made in China)
    IP66 INGRESS Protection
    EasyConnect (Connects Directly to your cctv system)
    Safe City Recommended Prodcucts
    AHD Million HD Video Camera
    Image Sensor 1/3" mega prixel IR-CUI CMOS SONY
    Video standard : Follow the AHD standards
    Video Frame Rate: 1280x720@25fps:
    1280x720@30fps:
    1280x720@50fps:
    1280x720@60fps:
    1920x1080@25fps:
    1920x1080@30fps:
    Max Trans Distance: twisted pair or 75-3 above video transmission distance to 500 meters
    Video Output : 1 way AHD HD BNC output
     
  8. kpeters59

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    A Model Number of the new Camera would go a long way...

    -KP
     
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    It seems to me that that unit can't do what you need it to do...

    -KP
     
  10. ej42137

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    (To expand on what you said) because a Series 2 can only record an SD signal, either RF or composite. Unless the camera can create a compatible RF or component SD signal, OP is certainly out of luck.
     
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    Do you have a camera recommendation that would work?
     
  12. ThAbtO

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    You might try a digital to analog converter box like ones used for OTA digital HD broadcasts.

    Series 2 Tivo have analog tuners, so Digital/HD signals cannot be received without a digital converter box.
     
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  13. kpeters59

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    I don't have a real suggestion.

    I get what I need from a local wholesale vendor.

    -KP
     
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