How do I Turn a Digital Camcorder Into an Infrared Recorder?

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Digital camcorders are designed to record video using the wavelengths of light that are visible to the human eye. Turn a digital camcorder into an infrared camcorder by modifying the quality of the light that the "viewing" chip sees. The procedure is straightforward no matter what type of digital camcorder is being used, although the less sophisticated the digital camcorder, the less involved it will be to open it up for accessing the viewing chip. You will need a few household tools and some supplies from a hobby shop or photographic store but no electronic expertise.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • Exposed 35mm film
  • Scissors
  • Cellophane tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Scratch off any stickers from the bottom or back of the digital camcorder with the tip of the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. Remove any screws revealed from beneath the stickers with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Place a soft cloth on a table. Place the digital camcorder on the soft cloth with the lens facing up if set flush with the front, or facing to the right if set at the end. Remove any screws from around the lens with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. Remove any screws from the top and bottom edges of the digital camcorder with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Remove any screws from the bottom edges of the digital camcorder with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Turn the digital camcorder over on the soft cloth. Remove any screws from the top, bottom and left and right edges with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Pull the back cover plate off the digital camcorder with your fingers to reveal the electronics inside

  6. 6

    Cut a 1/2-inch square of the exposed 35mm film with the scissors. Put the rest of the 35mm film away for use another time.

  7. 7

    Locate the CCD computer chip that is on a corner of a circuit board on the digital camcorder. The CCD computer chip has a square shape with a cut out area in the middle with a piece of glass inserted.

  8. 8

    Place two strips of cellophane tape along opposite edges of one side of the 35mm film square.

  9. 9

    Carefully place the 35mm film square on top of the glass that is at the centre of the CCD computer chip. Push the strips of cellophane down onto the sides of the CCD computer chip with your fingers. Smooth the cellophane tape down using the tip of the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  10. 10

    Place the back cover plate back onto the digital camcorder. Reattach all of the screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Removing the stickers voids any warranty that the digital camcorder has in place.

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