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TourMaster4 Recorder & Switcher

 Four Camera HD Recorder & Camera Switcher with GPS Automation for Flight Tours


Capture the Experience

The TourMaster4 was designed with the purpose of streamlining the video capture process by eliminating the need to edit post-process.  The TourMaster4 creates professional high definition videos with seamless switching between up to four cameras, automatic soundtracks and narrations, and titles and credits on the video, all while in flight.  Videos from the TourMaster4 can be delivered to customers with one of 4 identical USB Flash Drives copied in real time during the flight, with digital delivery, or Burned to a BluRay or DVD.

Capture Professional Edited Video

The TourMaster4 is built on a powerful encoding platform which can encode 1080p video from a variety of sources.  Integrated within the TourMaster4 is an audio mixer, four camera switcher, and GPS Automation control unit designed to automatically create a high-end professional video with no post process editing and no input from the pilot.   Recorded videos can be delivered to the customer on up to 4 USB drives directly from the aircraft, or via digital delivery with GetOurVideo upload software.

HD Video

The TourMaster4 can record video up to 1080p using the same high quality compression algorithms as Blu-Ray.  Accepting a variety of inputs, compatible video sources include: four 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SD-SDI as well as an HDMI/DVI and even a composite (NTSC and PAL) input (with signal conversion).  The TourMaster4 accepts up to four 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, or SD-SDI inputs to be switched to a single output and recording.

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.  Video can be played back using most standard media players and edited in nearly any post process software.

Seamless Camera Switching  TourMaster_System_Med

Switch between up to four HD-SDI or 3G-SDI inputs to create a professional edited video while recording.  Switching is triggered the following ways: on the front panel, using a remotely mounted trigger such as a “Coolie Hat” or “China Hat” switch, or automatically based on GPS with the built-in Automator functionality.  Cameras views switch seamlessly on the recording to create a single finished video the moment you’ve finished recording.

Overlay Credits & Labels

Using the built-in Automator functionality the TourMaster4 can overlay credits, land mark labels, and branding information right on the recording.  Define up to three lines of text, each with its own location, size, and color.  Text can be added based on time, waypoint, direction, waypoint & direction, or speed.  Text overlay is great for identifying landmarks, branding the recorded video, and adding welcome messages and credits to the video.  Additionally, a full color logo image can be overlayed on the video at any location, and a 5 to 30 second branding/advertisement intro video or “pre-roll clip” can be automatically added to the beginning of every video recording.

USB and SD Media

USB-SD Record video via USB to drives as large as 2TB (terabytes) for over 300 hours of video.

The TourMaster4 records copies of the video on up to 4 USB flash drives, which are all available for sale directly to the customer the moment the skids hit the pad.  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.  For applications not allowing for USB flash drives, the TourMaster4 can also record to the built-in SD card slot.  An additional built-in SD slot allows for loading of pre-recorded MP3’s, including soundtracks, narrations, and safety messages.  The SD card also contains the optional automation path that defines the waypoints, and other events that can automatically trigger: recording, camera switching, text overlay, snapshots, and playing of audio

Live Viewing

The TourMaster4 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 rugged monitors.  Additionally, a composite video output is available for viewing on legacy monitors and some MFDs.

Advanced Audio

Video is only part of the experience.  The TourMaster4 is designed to capture audio from various sources including: Aircraft Headsets, iPods, Amplified Microphones, and the GPS Automator.  A built-in amplifier and audio mixer creates a balanced and professional sounding video.  Two controls on the front of the unit make setup and adjustments easy.

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 TourMaster4 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 TourMaster4 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.

Automated Audio with MP3 Support

The TourMaster4 features a built-in GPS Automator, in addition to automated recordings, camera switching, and text overlay, can also feed soundtracks and narrations to the recorder.  The Automator is automated based on pre-defined GPS waypoints, direction, waypoint and direction, time or speed triggers.

Robust Data

The TourMaster4 features the same robust GPS integration as our Crusader recorders.  The TourMaster4 also has the option for an external data input from a GPS or other RS-232 source.  

GPS Integration

The TourMaster4 ships standard with 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 TourMaster4 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 TourMaster4 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 TourMaster4 was designed to be operated directly or remotely mounted while controlled using external triggers and status indicators.  The TourMaster4 also has the option of complete automation through the built-in GPS Automator, which controls: recording, camera switching, text overlay, and audio all based on predefined GPS events.

Complete Control

Camera Switching and recording can be controlled via the front panel with built-in tactile buttons for camera switching and a rotary switch for record activation.  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, such as a push button.  Switches are available as options with the TourMaster4, or it can be easily wired to existing switches.

ProducerThe TourMaster4 is also compatible with the Producer Video Control unit which allows the TourMaster4 to be mounted remotely and features all of the indicators and switches in a sleek, low-profile enclosure.  The Producer also features option for remote USB mounting allowing the USB to be conveniently located on the side of the producer.

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 its ready to record or if there is a problem.  Indicators are mounted on the front of the TourMaster4 and indicators can be remotely mounted when the system is mounted out of view.  Indicators display: record status, fault indication, and GPS status.


The TourMaster4 features built-in GPS Automation for complete automation of: Camera Switching, Recording, Snapshots, Audio, and Text Overlay.  Designed for flight tour operators, the Automator will automatically create professional videos without the need for pilot input.  The Automator uses GPS and can be configured to: start/stop recording, switch to a specific camera or group of cameras, play an audio track, overlay text, or take a snapshot, based on predefined waypoints, heading, or speed data.   The Automator has override options so the pilot can manually control the system at any point during the recording.

Internal Power Control Module

The TourMaster4 features a robust internal power control module allowing it to operate as a blackbox, and save recordings in the event of a power failure.  In addition the TourMaster PCM accepts any standard aircraft voltage from 12-32VDC with power filtering, and reverse voltage protection, in accordance with FAA standards.  Using an intelligent charging system backup power cells are recharged every time the system powers on automatically.  Best of all the charging system is built into every TourMaster4 as a standard feature.

Capture - Upload - Share

The TourMaster4 Flight Tour Video System is the first piece of the Capture-Upload-Share process.  Capture-Upload-Share is a set of technologies designed to simplify the video capture, sale, and distribution process for tour operators.


Step one in the process is capturing high quality, professional HD video using the TourMaster4.  Real time editing can be controlled be the operator during the tour or completely automated using the built-in Automator.   Video is recorded to a USB and handed to support staff once the tour is over.


Previously, operators had the option of burning a DVD or Blu-Ray for the customer.  This process is time consuming and requires long wait times or having to mail the video.  The digital copy concept and proliferation of USB drives allowed operators to create a digital copy to sell to customers after only a few minutes of copying video.  Digital copies are quick and easy, and are now possible directly from the aircraft with the built-in USB duplication of the TourMaster4.  However, USB and DVD/Blu-Ray distribution can be expensive and only a small percentage of users ever upload and share their videos online, despite the prevalence of streaming video in their lives.  To remedy this situation, our solutions are compatible with the GetOurVideo Kiosk Upload Software to simplify and automate the video upload process in a format that is easy for customers to share online.

The software helps operators quickly organize and distribute videos to customers, regardless of the size of the operation.  The GetOurVideo software is designed to be easily operated by a member of the support staff.    The process begins by inserting the recorded media into a computer with the GetOurVideo Kiosk Software.  The software automatically recognizes the recorded videos.   The software has options to select a “Batch Name” (typically identified by the aircraft name or tail number), and a time slot.  The user can then select if they want to: copy, upload, or copy and upload their videos.  The software backs up the files on a local server or hard drive automatically.

If the operator chose to copy, the system can automatically copy the recorded videos and defined stock footage to attached USB flash drives.  Using USB 3.0, this process can take as little as 30 seconds.

If the operator chose to upload, the software will display a four digit code which is then hand written onto a card and sold to the customer.  In the background, the software will: upload all of the videos to Youtube, create a custom webpage that is populated with the videos from that flight, and correlate that page with the custom code sold to the user.  Depending on internet speed, uploads take about 30 minutes and then the webpage can be accessed by the customer.


The customer takes their four digit code with instructions to visit, a website created by Rugged Video specifically for our tour operators.  The website asks the user to enter their code and takes them to the webpage with all of the videos from their specific tour.  Customers then have the option to share their videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and nearly every other social media platform.

Videos are uploaded and linked directly from Youtube to make the process as easy and familiar to the customers as possible.  The website has built-in support and help options as well as the option to order a copy of their video as DVD or Blu-Ray.

The Marketing Revolution

With the Capture-Upload-Share process, operators are not only generating revenue but increasing their marketing exposure to viral proportions with thousands of satisfied customers sharing their experience of that tour online.  YouTube, owned by Google, is the 2nd largest search engine in the world.  When someone is searching online for things to do on their vacation, the first thing you want them to see is a video of your tour with a link to your website.  The GetOurVideo Software allows your customers to do this for you.



The TourMaster4 accepts four SDI camera signals and records a single channel.  The TourMaster4 can be ordered as a BASE recorder/switcher with no cameras (RV-TM4) or as a PLUS system which includes; HD camera(s), cabling, and mounts (RV-PLUS{HD19, HD23, HD25, HDX, HD29}).  Optionally, the TourMaster4 can use the built-in Automator functionality which controls camera switching manually, on a timer, or via GPS waypoints.

RV-sFOUR Flight Tour Configuration

RV-sFOUR Flight Tour Configuration

4 x SDI HD-SDI—SMPTE 292M (1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 720p60, 720p50, 720p30)   SD-SDI—SMPTE 259M (576i, 480i)
Resolution/ Framerate Resolutions: 1920×1200, 1920×1080, 1680×1050, 1600×900, 1440×900 1280×1024, 1280×920, 1280×720, 1024×768, 800×600 640×480, 640×360, 352×288, 352×576, 352×240, 352×480 720×240, 720×288, 720×480, 720×576   Framerates: (60,50,30,25)
Compression/ Bitrate H.264 (AVC, MPEG-4 Part 10) Baseline, Main, and High Profile 32Kb/s to 16.5Mb/s   CBR or VBR  
Input/ Sources External: Analog Stereo, Line Level up to 8V P-P General Aviation, Helicopter (U174), Bose 6-Pin Microphone, AUX Jack Input, RCA Input, 1/4” Input, XLR input   Internal: MP3 (Automator SD Card) Soundtracks, Narrations, Safety Messages, Background Music   Embedded: SDI, or HDMI
Output/ Destination Output to Headset(s)/Audio Panel MP3 Narrations, Soundtracks, etc. via Automator and/or Mixed Automator Audio & AUX Input (iPod, etc.)
Audio Mixing External/Internal Source Mixing Independent Level Adjust 0 to 10x Volume 2 x Master Gain
Triggers Front Panel:  Power On/Off, Record   Rear Connector (Remote Mounting): Record, Snapshot, Waypoint   RF Remote: Record, Snapshot, Waypoint (Optional)
Indicators Front Panel: Power, Record, Fault, GPS   Rear Connector (Remote Mounting): Record, Fault, GPS


Event Triggering Time, Speed, Direction, Waypoint, Waypoint & Direction
Trigger Action Start/Stop Recording Take Snapshot(s) Play MP3 (Soundtrack, Narration, etc.) Overlay Custom Text on Video (Three Positions)
Input RS-232 Baud 2400 to 115200 Garmin 18x LVC, 5Hz, Garmin Aviation NAV Standard NMEA 0183
Sample Rate Overlay: 20Hz KML/GPX: 1Hz or 5Hz
Overlay Data Coordinates (Degrees, Degrees Minutes, Degrees, Minutes, Seconds) Speed (KT, MPH, KPH) Altitude (Meters, Feet) Heading (Degrees)  *VTG only Time/Date Custom (Three Lines)
GPS Companion Files KML & GPX  – Synced with Video GPS Supports Waypoints
SD SD, SDHC, SDXC (For MP3 & Automation Information)
USB USB 2.0/3.0 ( 6MB/s write speed or better) up to 2TB Supports Most USB 3.0 Drives
Input 10 to 36VDC  4.25W Compatible with 12V, 14V, 24V, and 28V Aircraft Power Systems
Temperature Range Operation: -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to 185°F) Storage: -55°C to +105°C (-67°F to 221°F)
Dimensions L, W, H 5.00” x 5.00” x 3.34” / 127mm x 127mm x 85mm
Weight 31.4oz / 890g

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