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 Post subject: Tracker Screen (the easy way)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:11 am 

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https://youtu.be/wgQk_kIFuPw

Easy solution.
Next step is adding a speaker.


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What parts did you use? It looks great.

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retrogarde wrote:
What parts did you use? It looks great.

This!


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 Post subject: Re: Tracker Screen (the easy way)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:57 pm 

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The Viewer itself an actual Hama B101/3642, with the proper Vivitar pieces.
Built using the Hyperdyne guide.
Had trouble finding the large 1/4" stereo jack shown in the guide (since Radio Shack is pretty much non existent these days)
But the very same jack can be found as "Switchcraft 1/4" 6.5mm Right Angle Plug".

* Inside the Kango body, instead of the boxy female jack shown on the Hyper-Guide, I used a "NEUTRIK NYS2202"
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Less cutting, takes up less space, and is a little "fancier" on the outside.

The video screen is one of these:
"Craig 4GB MP3 Plus Video Player"

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It has a touch screen, accepts MP3, JPG and AVI video files.
Comes with a mini CD to install the program that converts videos to .Avi that it can accept.
Can be found on the bay for under $20

Drops right in place inside the Hama viewer. No trimming, No cutting, No gluing.
Snap the lid back on the viewer and it locks in place.
Can be left as is, but if deciding to do a little trimming, the player can be moved closer to the lens and appear larger.

I used the video on this page as a first try.
https://www.hollywood-collectibles.com/ ... ctid=16589

The player automatically loops the video, so it just keeps going.

It has a mini headphone jack, so that is where the speaker is going to come into play.
I believe if the wires were stripped on a pair of mini headphones, you could even use the 1/4" jack as a connection.
Headphone jack in the Viewer... Speaker in the Kango.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:10 pm 
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Thank you!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:26 pm 
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Excellent! Thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Tracker Screen (the easy way)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:01 pm 

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TS826 wrote:
"Craig 4GB MP3 Plus Video Player"
... accepts MP3, JPG and AVI video files.
Comes with a mini CD to install the program that converts videos to .Avi that it can accept.

Very nice.

Some questions, please
- Any idea if it'll accept /run the animations for gif files too? Would you be able to test it?
- is there a d/load link for the software as well, some of us don't have CD players any more?

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 Post subject: Re: Tracker Screen (the easy way)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:33 am 

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I tried adding a Gif animation file and although it shows on screen as an available file, it doesn't seem to want to play it.
I also tried converting a MP4 to an Avi using VLC Media player, and when trying to playback, it gave an error as an incompatible file.

( VLC has a lot of sub-settings during conversion, so I may have just clicked the wrong ones )

It is sold by CRAIG Electronics.
craigelectronics.com
I'm guessing an email to them will determine if the converter is available online.

The conversion program which is included is called - "CMP648F AVI Converter".
But after installing, it then calls itself - "Nano AVIConverter 1.1.6"

With a little searching around, I am believing this video player is a knock-off of the iPod Nano 6th Gen.
Not sure if the overall dimensions between the Craig and the Ipod are exactly the same between the two, but if so, that may be another route to go.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:48 am 

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Perfect! Cheers very much for the info!

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you gotta be kidding me, that looks awesome, I love the depth of it.
I'm guilty of forgetting to actually be creative in my hunt for solutions to creative problems.
This is the type of thread that causes me to bang around in the shed until 4am like a mad scientist.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 6:06 pm 
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Ordered! Be careful though, they sell some rectangular ones in very similar packaging.
I wonder if a speaker could be fit behind it in the slide viewer (with some trimming to the player housing). I would love to have everything self contained right there, instead of opening my drill body back up. We'll see...

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 Post subject: Re: Tracker Screen (the easy way)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:31 am 

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Here is a video I pieced together using various clips and sounds scoured from the net.
* Aspect ratio altered to take up the full area, and a few seconds of beginning delay to allow the play/pause buttons to fade from the video player screen.

https://youtu.be/mn7QJIFK0Fw
(Fair warning... it includes a jump scare)

I would also suggest turning this (or any video you plan to use) sideways before loading into the player.
Doing so will allow you to point the headphone jack to the side, rather than the bottom, giving more room to work with.
I am also thinking, to minimize space, a right angle headphone plug will work better than a straight one.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:48 pm 

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Thats a really excellent guide thanks for sharing


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I got my player and it has fully charged but it won't turn on. I'm still figuring it out...

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