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RV-ONE – High Definition Video Recorder

Single, Two, or Three Channel Recorder for Aviation

HD Video for Harsh Environments

The RV-ONE is designed to record the professional video, integrate data, and meet the needs of our Aerospace and Military customers.

The RV-ONE is still available for sale but has been superseded by the Crusader Recorder.



Capture HD Video

The RV-ONE is built on a powerful encoding platform which can encode 1080p60 video from a variety of sources.  The RV-ONE can be operated as a stand-alone single channel recorder or stacked and operated in synchronous as a two or three channel recorder.

HD Video

The RV-ONE can record video up to 1080p60 using the same high quality compression algorithms as Blu-Ray.  Accepting a variety of inputs, compatible video sources include: 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SD-SDI as well as HDMI/DVI and even composite (NTSC and PAL).

Stack 3 units together

Video can be recorded in it’s full native resolution or down sampled by cropping or scaling.  Video is recorded as an .AVI file using h.264 compression at up to 16mbps or MJPEG compression with bitrates up to 55mbps.  Video can be played back using most standard media players and edited in nearly any post process software.

Multiple Channels

Stack up to three RV-ONE recorders to make a multi-channel recorder.  Multiple RV-ONEs operate in synchronous using a multi-link cable which allows for recording via a single switch while also synchronizing audio and GPS inputs to all units.  Stacking brackets make for a clean installation while still maintaining the ability to operate recorders separately.

Overlay GPS Data and Text

A robust text overlay function allows for various datum to be displayed on the recorded video.  Text overlay can be configured to display different: fonts, sizes, colors, and locations.  Text can be generated from: the GPS, the recorder menu, or external RS-232.  Up to three lines of custom ASCII text can be overlaid onto the video by sending the following sentence structure via RS-232 – $ASCII,TEXT LINE 1, TEXT LINE 2, TEXT LINE 3,. ASCII text can be updated at 20Hz, ideal for displaying custom parameters, such as telemetry.

Parameter Source Units
Altitude (Above Mean Sea Level) GPS AMSL: M, F
Heading GPS Degrees
Coordinates GPS N, W: DMS, DM, D
Time/Date Unit or GPS MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS
Custom Text User (Menu) TEXT

Note: Large amounts of data overlay options may limit encoding performance.

USB or SD Media


Choose between USB or SD solid state media by using the built-in select switch on the front of the RV-ONE.  Large capacity drives allow for long record times which can amount to days of footage depending on the drive capacity.  As a general rule, HD video will require ~4GB per hour of record time.  By using these universal media types, it streamlines the download and playback process making it easy to view and transfer video on any PC or MAC.

WiFi Streaming & Live Viewing

The recorder features a WiFi option as well as Ethernet connectivity which allows for streaming HD video to your iPad, PC, or capable tablet.  WiFi also allows for easy access to the system menus for setting changes.  Video can also be streamed via Ethernet for over a LAN or WAN. The RV-ONE recorder loops through video inputs with no latency allowing for live viewing on a dedicated monitor.  Since the output is a loop through, any monitor that is compatible with the camera would be compatible for live viewing.  Rugged Video also offers a line of ruggedized monitors.


Advanced Audio

Video is only part of the experience.  The RV-ONE is designed to capture crisp vivid audio from various sources including: Aircraft Headsets, iPods, Amplified Microphones, and the Commander Controller.

Connecting Aircraft AudioHEADSET

Audio cables are available for General Aviation, Helicopter (U174), and Bose headsets.  Cables are available to connect directly to an audio panel or as a headset pass through.  With these cables, the RV-ONE will record everything you hear and say, including ATC transmissions.  For aerial patrol, a push-to-talk control box is an available option so that spotters can narrate the video on command.

Connecting Auxiliary Audio

The RV-ONE can also record audio from standard auxiliary sources, such as an iPod or MP3 player.  Standard input cables include: 3.5mm(1/8″) TRS jacks (also known as a headphone jack), 1/4″ audio inputs from professional audio sources, and XLR connectors from professional microphones.


Robust Data

The RV-ONE features a robust GPS data integration for Aerial Patrol, Survey and Mapping, and Mission recording applications.  The RV-ONE  has the option for an external data input from a GPS or other RS-232 source.

GPS Integration

The GPS option includes a Garmin 18x LVC or 18x 5Hz GPS Receiver Antenna with a plug-and-play connector.  Most standard external GPS sources may be used, including: GPS pucks, portable GPS receivers, and Flight Decks.  Custom adapter cables are made to order for external GPS sources. GPS data is recorded along with a video file as a .KML or .GPX companion file.  KML and GPX GPS data files can be viewed and played  back in third party software, such as Google Earth.  Recorded KML data includes lat, long, and altitude information.  GPX files include lat, long, altitude, speed, heading, and optional waypoint information.  GPX files also support the waypoint feature which allows operators to “Tag” a specific point of interest along the flight path in real-time.

Rs-232 Data

The RV-ONE can accept data from various RS-232 sources with options available to overlay and record this data along with video.  Three lines of ASCII character data can be overlaid on the recorded video.  The RV-ONE will parse and overlay ASCII data that is sent via RS-232 and follows the defined sentence structure:  “$ASCII,TEXT LINE 1, TEXT LINE 2, TEXT LINE 3”.  Each line of data can be configured to appear on the recorded video with custom positioning, size, font, and color.


Complete Control

The RV-ONE was designed to be operated directly or remotely mounted and controlled using external triggers and status indicators.

Complete Control

Recording can be controlled via the front panel with an easy to operate rotary switch.  In addition to the built-in control, recording can be wired to any discrete on/off switch, including standard toggle switches.  Snapshots and waypoints are triggered using a momentary switch, like a push button.  Switches are available as options with the RV-ONE or can be easily wired to existing switches.

Our most popular switch option is our Record Toggle which features a real-time record status indicator built directly into the toggle.  This type of switch is ideal for installations where the Recorder is remotely mounted and the operator needs a simple, clean interface.

Waypoint and Snapshot toggles are available as a handheld or panel mounted push buttons.  Each time the button is pressed, the system will save a snapshot from the video or tag a waypoint along the GPS path.

System Status

Simple, yet informative set of LEDs that tell the user when it is ready to record or if there is a problem.  Indicators are mounted on the front of the RV-ONE and indicators can be remotely mounted when the system is mounted out of view.  Indicators display: record status, fault indication, and GPS status.




The RV-ONE can be configured as a single, dual, or three channel recorder.  The unit(s) can be ordered as BASE systems with no cameras (RV-ONE-BASE{1, 2, or 3}) or as a PLUS system which will include: an HD camera, cabling, and mounts (RV-ONE-PLUS{1, 2, or 3}).

Stack 3 units together

Stack 3 units together

Multi-Sensor Gimbal Recorder

Multi-Sensor Gimbal Recorder


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SDI 3G-SDI – SMPTE 424M (1080p60) HD-SDI – SMPTE 292M (1080i60, 1080p30…) SD-SDI – SMPTE 259M (480i, 576i)
HDMI Version 1.4 (1080p)
Composite NTSC (720 x 480) PAL (720 x 576)
Resolution up to 1920 x 1200 at 60fps (Progressive or Interlaced)
Compression h.264 (AVC) High, Main, and Baseline Profile. MJPEG
Bitrate 200Kb/s to 16Mb/s (h.264), 200Kb/s to 55Mb/s (MJPEG)
File Type .avi
Inputs Analog Stereo, Line Level up to 8V P-P (Aircraft Headset) SDI Embedded HDMI Embedded
Compression ACC at 64kb/s or 128kb/s (32kHz, 44.1kHz, or 48kHz) G.711 at 64kb/s
Triggers Record – Front Panel, Remote via Rear Connector Waypoint – Remote via Rear Connector
LED Indicators Power – Front Panel Record – Front Panel, Remote via Rear Connector, Multilink Fault – Front Panel, Remove via Rear Connector, Multilink GPS – Front Panel, Multilink Harness
Input RS-232 – Baud 2400-115200
Sample Rate 1Hz or 5Hz
Overlay Data Coordinates (DMS, DM, D) Speed (KT, MPH, KPH) Altitude above mean sea level (Meters, Feet) Time/Date
File Type GPX, KML (Google Earth)
Input RS-232 – Baud 2400-115200
Sample Rate 20Hz
Sentence $ASCII, TEXT 1, TEXT 2, TEXT 3(CR)(LF)
SD SD, SDHC, SDXC (Class 6 or better) no max size
USB USB 2.0 (6MB/s write or better) no max size (Compatible with most USB 3.0 drives)
Temperature -40C to 85C (-40F to 185F)
Dimensions 4.956″ x 1.720″ x 4.900″ (125.9 x 43.7 x 124.5mm) w x h x d
Weight 22.6oz (640kg)
Input Range 10-32VDC Nominal, 6VDC Minimum, 40VDC Maximum
Current Draw 3.9W (325ma at 12VDC)


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