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04 Mar 2012 - 00:2480114
Video Goggles / Costume Visability Ideas
Problem now solved, but below is a list of different ways to get visability in a costume if anyone else is having problems with it including my origional post on this subject!

Okay so here is everything I’ve found after a few weeks of searching around, not all of them are good for me, but I’ll leave them here for other people who are looking for something for their costumes.
If anyone has any other ideas I'll add them to the list and give you credit.

1:- Rear view car camera kit (Kata-san's idea)
Cheapest price found - £47.87
Where – Ebay
Link - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAR-REAR-VIEW-KIT-7-LCD-MONITOR-IR-REVERSING-CAMERA-UK-/150664965411?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item231454ed23
Advantages – Large monitor for easy viewing, night vision for dark conventions/areas
Disadvantages – Heavy (740g), needs a 12v power supply, which is also heavy (it’s designed to run off a car battery, a drill battery could be used but not sure how to attach them together or how long it would last)
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2:- Baby Monitors
Cheapest price found – £39.12
Where – Ebay (also available in baby shops, but more expensive)
Link – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-2-4GHz-Wireless-Camera-Baby-Monitor-Voice-Control-Pink-/200652951715?pt=UK_Baby_BabyMonitors_SM&hash=item2eb7d910a3
Advantages – Light weight, wireless between camera and screen, runs off batteries, night vision
Disadvantages – Tiny screen (1.5”) would be very hard to concentrate on in a moving costume. Not the smallest camera in the world to hide easily.
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3:- Playmobil spy car kit (Kata-san's idea)
Cheapest Price Found – £50
Where – Amazon
Link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Playmobil-4879-Camera-Set/dp/B003AQBWN0/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1330910231&sr=8-9
Advantages – Small camera easy to conceal, wireless between camera and device, package includes a mounting bracket for monitor.
Disadvantages – Semi heavy around 500g, tiny screen again
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4:- A periscope
Cheapest Price Found – £2.92
Where – Amazon
Link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dtoys&field-keywords=periscope&x=0&y=0
Advantages – Cheap, lightweight, non electrical so it’s a lot less lightly to break, doesn’t require batteries
Disadvantages – limited as to movement, i.e. it’s rigid as to where you have vision out the costume to where you see through, potentially large hole required for vision out of costume
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5:- Taking apart a camera with LCD screen

Cheapest Price Found – £20 (very variable)
Where – Ebay
Link – N/A
Advantages – Cheapish, light weight, easy to find replacement batteries, small camera easy to hide, could possibly randomly take photo’s when wanted from inside costume, or record
Disadvantages – Would need to know about electronics to take apart the camera, small screen usually around 2.5”, potentially short battery life, some cameras automatically turn off after a while.
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6:- Vigeo Goggles

Cheapest Price Found – £99 for goggles, £10 for camera
Where – Ebay for camera, Vizux for goggles
Link – http://store.vuzix.co.uk/acatalog/Wrap_280XL.html
Advantages – Lightweight, get choice of camera (means you can choose night vision/quality of camera/size of camera), easy vision (don’t have to concentrate on a wobbling around 2” screen, don’t have to mount a screen to the costume
Disadvantages – Not wireless, expensive
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7:- Netting in the costume
Cheapest Price Found – £0.50
Where – any fabric shop with netting
Link – N/A
Advantages – Very cheap, uses your own vision so you don’t get disorientated
Disadvantages – Limited vision, can destroy the look of the costume, may not even be possible in some costumes.

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(Origional Post, Now Out Of Date)

Greetings my fellow cosplayers. I'm currently in a dilema and was hoping you wonderful people could help.

I'm doing this costume:
http://cosplayisland.com/files/costumes/1235/52661/Cenarion%20Skin.jpg
(A Cenarion War Hippogryph from World of Warcraft)

And I'm going to be standing like this in it:
http://cosplayisland.com/files/costumes/1235/52661/CI_52661_1330820294.jpg

As you can see my head will be quite far back, I've done other costumes with bad visibility and just used netting. But putting any amount of netting in that area will be highly visible. So I decided Id like to try an alternative,,, video goggles.

I've seen quite a few other people using them but I've never had the luxury of being able to try them myself or the oppertunity to ask the people.

I've done some looking around online, but have just seen the goggles being sold seperately,, I realised I'd need to buy a camera as well obviously to feed into the googles, but I don't know what type, or where to find them ect.

Any help would be wonderful, or any alternative,, cheaper suggestions on how to see in the costume would be wonderful!


Silantre
Thanks in advance



Last edited by Silantre (21 Mar 2012 - 11:23)
05 Mar 2012 - 01:2380169
my friend and I were discussing something similar and there were a few options we considered but I haven't gone into great lengths investigating them but I thought even if I suggest them they might help you think of options.

Before I start, I have no idea how much video goggles cost so what I might suggest might even be more expensive if it is, sorry

My niece got a playmobil spy car kit for Christmas, this came with a camera and a small screen that attached to the remote control, there is a bit of lag on the display but not enough that you can't drive the car so might be suitable. It costs about £50.

Another option we thought of was car reversing cameras, the cameras to let you see out the back of the car when you're reversing, as these run off the car battery you would need a 12v supply, and probably one with quite a bit of storage, so I don't think you could get away with 8x AAs but maybe a battery drill battery or something. These range greatly in price (and probably quality) but I found one for £60.

but as I say, I have no experience with this stuff and I would be interested to know whatever technique you go for as I think it would be something pretty useful to know


05 Mar 2012 - 01:3780170
Quote Kata-san:
my friend and I were discussing something similar and there were a few options we considered but I haven't gone into great lengths investigating them but I thought even if I suggest them they might help you think of options.

Before I start, I have no idea how much video goggles cost so what I might suggest might even be more expensive if it is, sorry

My niece got a playmobil spy car kit for Christmas, this came with a camera and a small screen that attached to the remote control, there is a bit of lag on the display but not enough that you can't drive the car so might be suitable. It costs about £50.

Another option we thought of was car reversing cameras, the cameras to let you see out the back of the car when you're reversing, as these run off the car battery you would need a 12v supply, and probably one with quite a bit of storage, so I don't think you could get away with 8x AAs but maybe a battery drill battery or something. These range greatly in price (and probably quality) but I found one for £60.

but as I say, I have no experience with this stuff and I would be interested to know whatever technique you go for as I think it would be something pretty useful to know


Many thanks for your help and ideas! Anything and everything is useful at the moment. And those options are definatly cheaper as the only goggles/glasses I've come across have been £99, and that's without the camera >.>, though I have seen some cheap spy cameras on ebay for about £15 that should attatch to them.

I managed to find one of those car reversing camera kits on ebay for 47.87Rear view kit
I've also foud a website that sells 12v batteries! Axminster

Ohhh along your ideas of alternatives I also came across Baby monitors ! Down to about £39 now XD trouble is the tiny screen >.>



I'll definatly look more into your ideas and when i have some research together I'll send you what I found out in a PM =3



Last edited by Silantre (05 Mar 2012 - 11:26)
05 Mar 2012 - 01:4780171
Cool, thanks. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing your Hippogryph. Good luck with your search


21 Mar 2012 - 11:0981181
(I moved this post to the top of the page)



Last edited by Silantre (06 Apr 2012 - 12:12)
04 Apr 2012 - 11:2281828
Extremely helpful summary! Thank you. I shall add this to my favourites.

Out of curiosity, what method did you end up using?


06 Apr 2012 - 12:1181938
Quote Nomes:
Extremely helpful summary! Thank you. I shall add this to my favourites.

Out of curiosity, what method did you end up using?


The video goggles, I've just won some off ebay so I got them cheaper then I listed above. I'll write a review of how everything works out.


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