This tutorial explains how to modify inexpensive micro-cameras to disable the time/date datestamp overlay feature and get unobstructed video capture.
This is the third and final video in this series which explains how anyone with skill using basic tools can inexpensively modify one of these commonly available micro-cameras so that the date/time overlay is no longer displayed.
The lack of a setting to shut off the date/time overlay in these micro-cameras has been a common complaint among users, so we have combined the groundwork done by several members of the Water Rocket Forum (waterrocketforum.com) with our own hardware and software talents and produced a video which we hope will be useful to the numerous people who own one of these cameras.
This segment explains how to download our freeware program for the Texas Instruments MSP430 Launchpad Evaluation Board that turns it into a Serial Flash Memory Programmer and use that to modify the firmware chip extracted from one of these cameras in Part 1 of the tutorial. We then show how to reinstall the modified chip in the camera and test it.
As a bonus, we included a rocket launch onboard video taken with a camera modified using this method from an altitude of nearly 2,000 feet.
(Special thanks to Chuck, Philippe, and Bill for their efforts in hacking these cameras)