Bird box cameras are the simplest way to start bird watching. By using the bird box camera, you can watch the nesting birds from your phone and the built-in microphone also allows you to hear every cheep and ruffle inside the birdhouse. Moreover, by using a WiFi or wireless bird box camera, you can enjoy bird watching anytime, anywhere simply with a network connection. However, in today’s blog, we’ll introduce several methods to help you view your bird box camera on TV so you can enjoy wildlife observation from the comfort of your home.
Depending on the type of bird box camera and TV you have, the way to connect them may vary.
1. RCA-to-HDMI Converter
If you don’t need to record the footage on a DVR or NVR and just want to display the live videos on your TV, then you can use an RCA-to-HDMI converter to help you connect a device with RCA to an HDMI-compatible device, such as a TV. But the converted signal from RCA to HDMI will not be perfect because RCA is an analog format that doesn’t support HD format. But the biggest advantage of using the RCA-to-HDMI converter is its plug-and-play design. Simply attach the video-audio-power splitter to your bird box camera, connect the three RCA plugs to the adapter and use an HDMI cable to connect the converter to your TV. Since the converter is compact in size, it’s easy to conceal it behind your TV or monitor.
Bird Box Camera TV Cable Connection
This bird box camera is specially designed for senior users who have very little experience with electronics. Once connected to the HDMI box (the RCA-to-HDMI adapter) and powered up, the bird box camera will start to stream the video and audio to your TV. This bird box camera delivers color images (700TVL) by day and crisp B&W images at night thanks to the invisible infrared LEDs. It is also outfitted with a 2.5mm adjustable, wide-angle lens to produce a 120-degree field of view, the perfect setup for up-close viewing. Protected in an IP66 waterproof casing, it can function flawlessly in extreme weather, giving you peace of mind in outdoor deployment. Moreover, in occasions that the AC outlet is not available at the installation site, you can also power this bird box camera with the rechargeable batteries.
2. Wireless Receiver
When it comes to professional video streaming, it’s always smart to look for ways to make your set safer, easier, and more up-to-date in terms of technology. Instead of dealing with extra cables, you should consider using a wireless transmitter and receiver to finish your setup since wireless networks have much wider coverage than wired networks. They can easily be extended to hard-to-reach places where wires and cables are not accessible. Simple as the setup goes: the only thing you need to do is to install the bird box camera in your yard, use the wireless receiver to pick up the signals and convert the data into the HDMI format, and then use an HDMI cable to connect the receiver to the TV. It’s an ideal solution if you’re renting a house or you simply don’t want to open another hole to route the cable out. Just plug the bird box camera to a power source, connect it to the network and you’re good to go!
Birdhouse Camera HD with Wireless Transmission
Investing in a wireless bird box camera that supports TV connectivity makes bird watching easier even in the comfort of your own home, on your couch, and in front of your TV. Unlike the traditional bird box camera, which uses a 3-in-one cable for transmission, this birdhouse camera does not require you to run a video cable back into your house. This birdhouse camera can generate high-resolution color images of up to 3MP. And it is also equipped with invisible infrared LEDs to provide night vision without giving off a red glow that might disturb the birds. This birdhouse camera also features a high-sensitivity microphone, allowing you to both hear and see what’s going on inside the nest box. The lens can also be very easily adjusted to suit alternative applications. Besides, this birdhouse camera can also run on rechargeable batteries to make it completely wire-free for outdoor applications.
3. Network Video Recorder
If you want to view live video from multiple bird box cameras on a single TV screen then using an NVR will be of great help. And the setup is easy as hell! You start by connecting your bird box cameras to the NVR with the Ethernet cables. Then take a full-size HDMI cable, connect one end to the HDMI 1 Out port on the back of the NVR, and plug the other end of the same HDMI cable into the HDMI 1 In port on the back or side of your TV. And then turn on both devices, plug a USB mouse into the USB port on the back of the NVR, and scroll through the options until you find the correct HDMI input source. And you can also connect a router to the LAN port on the back of the NVR, so the NVR can then be remotely accessed through the Internet. Moreover, to view the bird box camera on multiple TVs, you can use an HDMI splitter to view the live streams from anywhere in your home.
Aviary Cameras HD Recorder Bundle
This aviary camera bundle is specially designed for professional birdwatchers or wildlife enthusiasts who want to install two or more bird box cameras at a time. This kit includes two bird box cameras (4921-16), a network video recorder (NVR), and all the cables you need to get started. It is a complete solution for monitoring birds from your smartphone, tablet and PC over a wired PoE connection. The NVR is capable of managing and recording from up to four bird box cameras with a 2TB of storage (HDDs NOT included) to record four weeks of continuous video from 2 HD bird box cameras. Equipped with both HDMI and VGA outputs, you are also able to watch live streams on TV or VGA monitors. The recorder also supports various advanced features like quick navigation, recording schedules, and playback.
4. Google Chromecast or TV Stick
If you want to view your WiFi or wired IP bird box camera on your TV but don’t want to run cables directly, by far the most convenient way would be streaming the video to the Google Chromecast connected to your TV to mirror what you are watching on your Android or iOS device. You’ll need a bird box camera connected to the Internet which can be viewed on your smartphone, and a Google Chromecast that has been connected to your TV and WiFi router. To send the video from the camera to the Chromecast, you should look for the settings icon in your app and select the ‘Cast’ option, and cast the screen to the device you want to display. Another method is to stream the live feeds with an Amazon Fire TV stick. You need to turn on ‘Display Mirroring’ on your TV stick and connect your TV and the device you want to mirror to the same WiFi network or you can choose to enter the RTSP stream link of the bird box camera into the TV stick to mirror video feeds from the bird box camera mobile apps and display the videos on your TV.
Another easy way to stream live feeds from your bird box camera on a TV is using a PC. HDMI outputs come standard on newer laptops, PCs, etc., and some tablets even have mini HDMI outputs. Simply run an HDMI cable between the HDMI ports of the computer and TV, and then you can mirror the videos on the larger display. And a high-speed HDMI cable is recommended for streaming 1080p content to 1080p (or higher, such as 3MP or 4K) sources. If you’re tech-savvy, you can also install software called ApowerMirror, a screen mirroring app for iOS and Android devices, which is also compatible with Windows PC and Mac, but this method only works on a Smart TV. You need to download the software on your PC and TV and connect the TV and PC under the same WiFi server. Enter the pin code flashed on your TV screen on the pin code tab on your PC, and then mirroring will begin.