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Those unrecorded observations of sasquatches demonstrated the effectiveness of thermal imagery in this context, but even ardent bigfoot researchers were reluctant to pay several thousand dollars for the first batch of recording handheld thermals (made only by FLIR), because the very first units shipped out had so many flaws, and the flaws were not even uniform among the units. Wally Hersom bought a few for testing and we ran into issues with them right away. A firmware upgrade from FLIR solved some of those problems, but some remained.

The resolution and contrast was awesome, but it was clear that FLIR would need to come out with a new model with the bugs worked out. And that's what happened ...for the most part. The original H-series was discontinued when FLIR announced the upcoming release of the Scout, a smaller and more reliable version of the H-series. Nobody wanted to buy an H-series device at that point, but a few people did, fortunately, including Kirk B. in Washington state.

Unfortunately the new FLIR Scouts still have some issues which need to be worked out before they will be the perfect device for bigfoot research use. The Scout is geared primarily for law enforcement / military use. The recording capability is there, but it's not like a camcorder. On a camcorder you can push the record button and the device will continue to record until the record button is pushed again. On the Scout, by contrast, you must hold down a button continuously if you want to record a long clip. The button is not easy to hold down and it hurts your finger after a while. It's a challenge to record continuously for more than about 30 seconds.

The FLIR Scout does not record sound either. Sound could be useful in many contexts, like wanting to hear the sounds made by the subject being recording, or dictating notes along with the footage, etc. It doesn't have to be excellent sound, but having some sound would add an important dimension to a video recording, naturally.

There may have been a deliberate decision among FLIR designers to conserve battery life and recording space by not including audio recording capabilities like a camcorder. That may also be the reason why recording shuts off as soon as the record button is released, but those limitations make the Scout less useful in a variety of ways. Sometimes you need more than just a thermal spotting scope. Sometimes you want show other people what you spotted through that scope, and that may require letting it record for several minutes at a time. There may be an important audio component of what you are recording as well.

The video from a Scout (and an H-series) is recorded onto an SD card. An SD card with several GB of space can hold a few hours of footage from those devices ... so the recording space issue can be dealt with by the user. A set of lithium batteries will power the device for a few hours, even if the device is recording the entire time, so the power issue can be worked out by the user also. The user should be able to decide how fast the batteries can be consumed in a given situation.

Fortunately the FLIR Scout uses disposable AA batteries ... but unfortunately you need a small philips-head screwdriver to remove the battery cover. In other words, you can't swap batteries in the dark. The L-3 handheld thermal scope, by contrast, was brillantly designed to make it easy to swap out batteries is total darkness. You can feel the knob for opening the battery cover, and then you can feel which way the fresh batteries need to be oriented in the battery compartment, without having to turn on a light to look at them.

The FLIR Scout would be more usable if the battery cover can be removed without a screwdriver and the batteries could be easily swappable without turning on a light.

Continuous video recording would also make the Scout more friendly to TV production, where several cameras need to be synchronized with a clapperboard to allow efficient editing later. In those situations video cameras need to be left rolling for several minutes at a time. That is hard to do if you need to hold down a record button the whole time.

Even with these drawbacks, some bigfoot researchers have learned how to use the Scout and H-series pretty effectively, as was demonstrated by Kirk B. in New Mexico this past April.


 

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Those unrecorded observations of sasquatches demonstrated the effectiveness of thermal imagery in this context, but even ardent bigfoot researchers were reluctant to pay several thousand dollars for the first batch of recording handheld thermals (made only by FLIR), because the very first units shipped out had so many flaws, and the flaws were not even uniform among the units. Wally Hersom bought a few for testing and we ran into issues with them right away. A firmware upgrade from FLIR solved some of those problems, but some remained.

The resolution and contrast was awesome, but it was clear that FLIR would need to come out with a new model with the bugs worked out. And that's what happened ...for the most part. The original H-series was discontinued when FLIR announced the upcoming release of the Scout, a smaller and more reliable version of the H-series. Nobody wanted to buy an H-series device at that point, but a few people did, fortunately, including Kirk B. in Washington state.

Unfortunately the new FLIR Scouts still have some issues which need to be worked out before they will be the perfect device for bigfoot research use. The Scout is geared primarily for law enforcement / military use. The recording capability is there, but it's not like a camcorder. On a camcorder you can push the record button and the device will continue to record until the record button is pushed again. On the Scout, by contrast, you must hold down a button continuously if you want to record a long clip. The button is not easy to hold down and it hurts your finger after a while. It's a challenge to record continuously for more than about 30 seconds.

The FLIR Scout does not record sound either. Sound could be useful in many contexts, like wanting to hear the sounds made by the subject being recording, or dictating notes along with the footage, etc. It doesn't have to be excellent sound, but having some sound would add an important dimension to a video recording, naturally.

There may have been a deliberate decision among FLIR designers to conserve battery life and recording space by not including audio recording capabilities like a camcorder. That may also be the reason why recording shuts off as soon as the record button is released, but those limitations make the Scout less useful in a variety of ways. Sometimes you need more than just a thermal spotting scope. Sometimes you want show other people what you spotted through that scope, and that may require letting it record for several minutes at a time. There may be an important audio component of what you are recording as well.

The video from a Scout (and an H-series) is recorded onto an SD card. An SD card with several GB of space can hold a few hours of footage from those devices ... so the recording space issue can be dealt with by the user. A set of lithium batteries will power the device for a few hours, even if the device is recording the entire time, so the power issue can be worked out by the user also. The user should be able to decide how fast the batteries can be consumed in a given situation.

Fortunately the FLIR Scout uses disposable AA batteries ... but unfortunately you need a small philips-head screwdriver to remove the battery cover. In other words, you can't swap batteries in the dark. The L-3 handheld thermal scope, by contrast, was brillantly designed to make it easy to swap out batteries is total darkness. You can feel the knob for opening the battery cover, and then you can feel which way the fresh batteries need to be oriented in the battery compartment, without having to turn on a light to look at them.

The FLIR Scout would be more usable if the battery cover can be removed without a screwdriver and the batteries could be easily swappable without turning on a light.

Continuous video recording would also make the Scout more friendly to TV production, where several cameras need to be synchronized with a clapperboard to allow efficient editing later. In those situations video cameras need to be left rolling for several minutes at a time. That is hard to do if you need to hold down a record button the whole time.

Even with these drawbacks, some bigfoot researchers have learned how to use the Scout and H-series pretty effectively, as was demonstrated by Kirk B. in New Mexico this past April.


 

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