AirKnight HD2 3G-SDI High Definition Airborne Video Recorder

Datatoys AirKnight HD2 Airborne Video Recorder is a pivotal component for rugged aerial video systems

AirKnight HD2 is a full 1080p60 3G-SDI airborne video recorder designed for professional aircraft operations. Record one or two 3G-SDI, HD-SDI or HDMI Inputs to USB flash or SD solid state media.

  • High Definition 1080p60.
  • 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI or CVBS.
  • GPS Data Recording.
  • On-screen GPS Data Video Overlay.
  • Record to USB or SD.
Features

Record Audio and Video

Single, Dual, and Quad Channel Optionsairknight_rail_web

  • AirKnight-HD – Single Channel Recording
  • AirKnight-HD2 – Dual Channel Recording
  • AirKnight-HD4S – Single Channel Recording with Quad Switching
  • AirKnight-HD4Sa – full 1080p60 3G-SDI and HD-SDI airborne video recorder designed for the professional helicopter tour industry

Each version has the option for bottom mounting, side mounting, or Dzus rail mounting. GPS option is also available with all versions.

Record one or two channels as separate video files to SD or USB media. Add up to 4 cameras with the HD4S which allows you to switch between four cameras with our Director Video Switcher. Use existing bullet or gimbal cameras with our HD-SDI, HDMI and composite inputs or use our HD bullet cameras.

Data Recording and Overlay

With the optional GPS, record and overlay geospatial data including: time, lat long, altitude, heading and speed. Included with the GPS option is your choice of a Garmin 18x 5Hz, or 1Hz GPS receiver or you can use most standard GPS units through the RS-232 input on the AirKnight.

GPS Data Recording

GPS data will be recorded a KML and GPX format. These files can be viewed directly in Google Earth, or the included FlightSync software which synchronizes your video and data. These files also work with most third party Geospatial software applications.

Overlay GPS Data

In addition to a separate data file, you can also overlay GPS data and other text on top of the video. Using the web user interface, individual data points can be turned on or off and positioned anywhere on the video. Text size options range from 8pt to 40pt (pixels) in height. Multiple font and color options are available.

  • Coordinates
    • Degrees, Minutes, Seconds
    • Degrees, Minutes
    • Degrees
  • Speed
    • Knots (KT)
    • Miles per Hour (MPH)
    • Kilometers per Hour (KPH)
  • Altitude (AMSL)
    • Feet (F)
    • Meters (M)
  • Heading (Degrees)

Overlay Custom Text (Character Generator)

A built in high definition character generator allows you to overlay custom text on the video. Users can enter the text in the web user interface or send real time text information via RS-232. Up to three independent lines of data can be sent at nearly any baud rate, text must simply be sent as ASCII$,text1,text2,text3(CR)(LF) . Font type, size, color and position can be customized in the web interface for each text line.

Record to USB or SD Mediaproduct_av_udvp_desc_media

Record straight to off-the-shelf USB or SD cards. No hassle downloading. No exotic memory cards.

Record Headset Audio

Video is only part of the experience. Include all headset audio throughout your flight with the included Aviation Headset Cable. Cables plug into your audio panel and any GA headset on the market. U174 helicopter headset cables are an available option.

High Quality, Small Files

Using the same AVC/H.264 High Profile compression as Blu-Ray. Our AirKnight recorders offer the highest quality with maximum efficiency meaning you get the highest video quality while having files sizes that are easy to store, edit, playback, and upload. Universal file containers allow for easy editing and playback on a PC or Mac.

The AirKnight-HD records in the “Sweet Spot” balancing video quality and small file sizes. HD recordings under 8mbps offer poor quality, pixelation and blocking in the image, on the other hand once compression data rates surpass 20mbps there is little or no visual improvement in video quality. By keeping the data rate between 8Mb/s and 16Mb/s, quality to file size ratio is maximized, meaning its the highest quality, yet easy to use.

MJPEG compression is a menu option with data rates up to 50Mb/s. MJPEG compression is ideal for production film applications where high speed editing is required.

Sync Time and Overlay

Synchronize system time to an NTP server and overlay time right on the video. Ideal for flight testing applications.

Control

Record Stop/Start Switch

Trim down your post flight editing time by starting and stopping recordings with an external record switch. Mount the Start/Stop Switch on the dash. An LED indicator lights up to indicating there is power to the unit. Flip the switch to start recording and the LED indicator will flash, indicating recording.

A record LED is also built into the front of the unit. The AirKnight-HD2 can be wired to record each channel independently or simultaneously.

Network User Interface

Access more advanced settings via the network user interface.

  • CBR and VBR
  • .H264 AVC and MJPEG Compression
  • Baseline or High Profile Compression
  • Bit Rates
  • GOP Size
  • Video Down-scaling
  • Pre and Post Alarm
  • Custom File Size
  • Video Motion Detection
  • Live Streaming
  • Custom Text Overlay
  • Audio Gain Level
  • Overwrite When Full (Yes/No)

Connect

Connect HD-SDI, HDMI, or NTSC/PAL cameras directly into the AirKnight. All standard resolutions up to 1080p60 are supported. BNC HD-SDI connectors make connecting the AirKnight to your Gimbal camera system a snap.

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Datatoys HD Bullet Cameras

The HD Mini Bullet is our very own waterproof 1080p bullet camera, offering superb quality, automatic adjustments and a rugged, compact design. Mount one or several HD Mini Bullet Cameras inside or outside the cockpit.

Aviation Grade HD Cabling

Aviation grade jacket rated to FAR 25 standards provides maximum protection and performance.

Military Grade Connectors

Connect your cameras with ruggedized and weatherproof Military Grade connectors.

Live Viewing

Input loop-through provides a live output from HD-SDI, HDMI, and Composite inputs. Connect straight to your EFIS, monitor, or use one of the 7″ Datatoys monitors to keep an eye on the action in real time. Great for hook operators or pilots who want to watch their tail rotor.

Protection for your AirKnight

Great Warranty with Excellent Support!

A one year warranty that covers your unit front to back. At Datatoys we take pride in our customer support. Just call us (414) 639-9085!

Accessories

The AirKnight-HD has the following accessory options available for purchase:

HD PLUS PACK

Includes:

  • HD-SDI Mini Bullet Camera
  • Super Clamp or Suction Cup Mount
  • Universal Mount
  • Click Mount
  • 3, 6, 9, or 12 ft Extension (Longer Lengths Available)
    • RG-179 Video Coax Cable with BNC Connector
    • Tefzel Mil-spec Locking Power Cable with HRS LF Connectors

HD-SDI CAMERAS

  • HD-SDI Mini Bullet Camera (1080p60) – 19mm x 56mm
    • Quick Disconnect option aviailable
  • HD-SDI Mini Bullet Camera (1080p30) – 23mm x 77mm
    • Quick Disconnect option available
  • HD-SDI Cube Camera (1080p60) – 29mm x 29mm

STANDARD DEFINITION CAMERAS

  • E600 Mini Bullet Camera
  • WDR600 Mini Bullet Camera

BULLET CAMERA LENSES

  • 2.5mm for 150 degree FOV
  • 2.8mm for 130 degree FOV
  • 3.6mm for 92 degree FOV (Standard)
  • 6.0mm for 53 degree FOV
  • 8.0mm for 40 degree FOV
  • 12mm for 28 degree FOV
  • 16mm for 19 degree FOV

AUDIO CABLES

  • Standard Aviation Headset Bypass Cable
  • Aviation Headset Bypass Cable with U174 Helicopter Audio Plugs
  • Standard Audio Cable with open leads – Custom lengths available

CAMERA MOUNTS

  • Aluminum Pro Mount
  • Universal Mount
  • Click Mount
  • Suction Cup Mount
  • Super Clamp Mount

EXTERNAL TRIGGERS AND SWITCHERS

  • Start/Stop Switch (Wired) with Green LED
  • Start/Stop Switch (Wireless Key Fob)
  • Way Point Trigger (Wired)
  • Way Point Trigger (Wireless Key Fob)

GPS UPGRADE WITH OVERLAY FUNCTION

  • Garmin 18x GPS Puck 1Hz
  • Garmin 18x GPS Puck 5Hz
  • Overlay:
    • Coordinates
    • Altitude
    • Heading
    • Speed
    • Time/Date

DEBRIEFING SOFTWARE

  • LineVision Pro

AIRKNIGHT HD MOUNTS

  • Dzus Mounts
  • Side Mounting Brackets (Included)

POWER CONTROL MODULE

  • PCM Power Control Module

MIL-SPEC POWER CONNECTOR

  • 3-Pin MIL-SPEC Power Connector Upgrade
Includes
  • AirKnight-HD2 Recorder
    • Media Ports (Internal)
      • 2 SD Slots (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
      • 2 USB Port, for USB flash drive or expansion
    • Connections (Rear Panel)
      • Video Inputs (2 x HD-SDI, 2 x HDMI, 2 x Composite NTSC/PAL)
      • Video Outputs (2 x HD-SDI, 2 x HDMI, 2 x Composite NTSC/PAL)
      • Audio (2 x Stereo)
      • Auxiliary (2 x Switch, LED)
      • Ethernet (2 x Network User Inteface/Streaming)
      • Power (12-32VDC)
    • Power Cable (2.1 x 5.5mm Locking Connector)
    • Ethernet Cable
    • Side Mounting Brackets
Specifications
SPECIFICATIONS
VIDEO x 2
SDI 3G-SDI SMPTE 424M 1080p60/59.94/50
HD-SDI SMPTE 292M 1080i60 / p30
SD-SDI SMPTE 259M PAL/NTSC
HDMI V.1.4 1080p
COMPOSITE NTCE 720 x 480
PAL 720 x 576
RESOLUTION MAX 2048×2048 30fps Progressive
Composite PAL, NTSC
SD-SDI PAL, NTSC
HD-SDI 720p30, p50, p60
HD-SDI 1080p25, p29.97, p30, i50, i59.94, i60
3G-SDI 1080p50, p60, p59.94
HDMI 640x480p60
HDMI 480p30, i60
HDMI 576i50
HDMI 720p50, p60
HDMI 1080i50, i59.94, i60
HDMI 1080p25, p30, p50, p60
HDMI 800X600p60, p75, p85
HDMI 1152x864p60
HDMI 1280x768p60, p75, p85
HDMI 1280x960p30, p60
HDMI 1280x1024p30, p60, p75
HDMI 1360x768p60
HDMI 1400x1050p60
HDMI 1440x900p60
HDMI 1600x1200p60
HDMI 1680x1050p60
HDMI 1920x1200p50, p60
HDMI 2048x2048p30
COMPRESSION h.264 AVC HIGH, MAIN, BASELINE PROFILE
MJPEG
BITRATE 32Kbps – 16Mbps (h.264) 32Kbps – 55Mbps (MJPEG)
FILE TYPE .AVI
.MP4
AUDIO x 2
INPUT STEREO L / R LINE LEVEL – AVIATION HEADSET
SDI EMBEDDED, HDMI EMBEDDED
COMPRESSION AAC 64Kbps – 128Kbps @ 32/44.1/48kHz
G.711 64Kbps @ 8KHz
OUTPUT STEREO L / R LINE LEVEL
INPUT & OUTPUT x 2
TRIGGER RECORD FRONT PANEL, REAR CONNECTOR OR WIRELESS
WAY POINT REAR CONNECTOR OR WIRELESS
INDICATOR FRONT – POWER, GPS, RECORD, STATUS
REAR – ETHERNET
DATA I/O x 2
SERIAL RS-232 – BAUD RATE 2400 – 115200bps
GPS GPS GNSS NMEA 0183 GPGGA/GPRMC/GPGSA/GPVTG parsed
1Hz AND 5Hz
OVERLAY COORDINATES/SPEED/AMSL/TIME&DATE
CONCURRENT KML & GPX FILES
USER TEXT Supported, up to three lines per sample. Sample rate 1 or 5Hz
STORAGE SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 6 or better) No Max Size
USB 2.0
NETWORKING ETHERNET PORT, REAR; WI-FI OPTIONAL
POWER
INPUT 12 – 34 VDC
WATTAGE 4.8W [400mA @ 12VDC] UNIT ONLY
PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL
TEMPERATURE -34°C TO +85°C [-30°F TO +185°F]
HUMIDITY 20% TO 80% RH
DIMENSIONS 4.956″ x 1.720″ x 4.900″ [125.9 x 43.7 x 124.5mm]
WEIGHT 1.51LB [685gm]
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