AboutBlack Cross Paranormal is not a store, we are a husband and wife team that investigate paranormal activity!
We decided to make some really useful, cool, fun, and durable "tools of the trade" available to other teams and also to the public!
Ryleigh wrote the below excerpt about the Black Cross Paranormal team and what it is and means to her.
When I think about going on an investigation, I think about all the spirits that we will encounter. Some are nice, some are not so nice. It’s like an electric buzz in the air when we start getting ready to go. The team gets a rush as do I! But Let me start from the beginning so you know what I mean. For those of you who have never encountered a spirit, or heard a disembodied voice, you’re in for a real treat! The BCP team have done investigations all over the United States. We are now based in Rhode Island and I've found that the East coast is just buried with ghosts of it's past! That's because it's the oldest settled part of the USA.
I believe that the sole purpose of my team is to let the voices of the past be heard once more. We are a non-profit organization. My team as well as I do not do this for the fame or the glory. We extend our hands to anyone who wants to learn or needs help with paranormal investigations..
I can't remember a time when we haven't been on an investigation when we didn't encounter something or someone. Everyone on our team has had their own experiences with the dead, and they also have their own special talents. Stephen is a great lead investigator as well as lead tech. Not only is he my husband, but he can do almost anything and I'm so very proud of him and the dedication he has put into our team. Nick King and Kevin Kane are fearless. I've seen them run towards the things that make most people run fast away. Ryan Black, our son is only 12yrs old and he's our jr. investigator. Ryan knows more about the paranormal then most adults. Venus Merritt, our PA investigator has been chasing after ghosts since she was a child ..As for me.. my talent is somewhat different. I am a wiz at doing EVPs. I hear things that others don't. I don't know why but within seconds to minutes the digital recorder will pick up disembodied voices without even being asked questions. The spirits seem to get chatty with me when I enter a place.
I don't recommend that anyone try this without doing your homework first. People sometimes don't like hearing the voices of the dead. My team and I love to go into places that are very haunted. The experience that we get is such a rush! We have added an Evidence page to prove that there is life after death. We only borrow energy from this world and some day we must give it back. But to me, it's just another adventure after this one has ended.
It's not the dead that we need to fear.. it's the living!! Our saying in the team is one that we all know but never really understand until you’re faced with death itself.. THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH... I SHALL FEAR NO EVIL!! When I was asked to write about the team... I think of what to say about us... Only one word comes to mind... Family!
That’s what our team is and what we are all about. So have fun in doing what you want to do and enjoy every minute of it as it... as it well maybe your last to experience in this life.
Founder of BCP
POV Glasses FAQ
1) Can I see in the dark with the POV glasses?
No, the glasses record onto the internal memory only, they don’t have a video display. You can see what they recorded later by attaching them to a computer that can play the recorded AVI file.
2) Is it possible to view what the glasses see live?
Yes, you can attach the glasses to a Windows Tablet or Laptop and switch them into WebCam mode. But then, the Tablet/Laptop will be doing the recording NOT the glasses. Used in this way, the glasses act as a camera ONLY, they cannot record to the internal memory. This would be useful for live streaming what the glasses are viewing.
3) How do I use the Glasses to take a still picture? How do I take video?
First, make sure the glasses are fully charged for at least 8 hours before first use.
Power the glasses on, when you see the blue LED Indicator light flash off, then on, they have recognized the installed memory and are ready for use. To take a still picture, press the Video/Camera button once, it will take a snapshot and return to ready mode. To record video, press and hold the Video/Camera button until the blue LED Indicator light flashes continuously. The glasses are now recording video. Press the Video/Camera button again to stop recording.
4) How do I set the Date/Time on the glasses?
It depends on the model:
For the Standard Definition glasses – Plug the glasses into a Windows PC. The PC should see the glasses as a USB Memory device. Open the folder that Windows assigned to the glasses and double click the file Synctime.exe. A small program will start, check the “Auto Mode” box. Hit the Power button on the POV glasses to turn them off/on. You may need to do this several times before SyncTime says “Successful”.
NOTE: If you are on a Windows7 PC, you may need to start SyncTime.exe in “WindowsXP compatibility” mode. Right-click on SyncTime.exe and click Properties. Clcik the “Compatibility” tab at the top. Click the checkbox “Run this program in compatibilty mode for:” and leave the deafult of “WindowsXP (Service Pack 3)”. Click Apply or OK. Then follow the procedure above.
For the High-Definition Glasses – Create a plain text file and name it “time.txt”. add one line to the text file in this format:
Plug the glasses into the PC and copy the time.txt file to the glasses memory stick. Unplug the glasses and power them on. The Glasses will read the Time.txt file and the clock will be set. The glasses will also delete the Time.txt file so that it does not reset the time on the next power on.
5) How do I use the POV Glasses as a WebCam?
Current models sold on or after January 2014:
Simply remove the Micro SD card, and while the glasses are powered off, plug them into your PC using the provided USB connector. Use your existing webcam video software, Select device to use - No downloading of any new drivers necessary.
Standard Definition POV Glasses – You need to install the Standard Definition Glasses WebCam driver SPCA1528_V2237_WebCam_Eng. Once the driver is installed, make sure the power on the glasses is OFF, plug the glasses into an available USB port. Once the PC recognizes the glasses, hit the power button on the glasses. You should here Windows make a disconnect sound and an Installing Driver window should pop up. Once the driver loads succesfully, you should be able to use your favorite WebCam software to connect to the glasses.
HD POV Glasses – You need to install the High Definition Glasses WebCam driver STK03N. Make sure the power to the glasses is ON!! Plug the glasses into an available USB port. Windows should detect and load the driver. Once the load is complete, you should be able to use your favorite WebCam software to connect to the glasses.
How do the glasses work?
The glasses are high definition video recording glasses. They record onto a micro SD chip. The internal camera system has been made full spectrum. No gimmick.
Where did the technology come from?
Full spectrum technology and video recording has been around for many years! The fact that the glasses gives you a hands free situation is the only new part to this idea. Not the technology.
What was it's primary purpose to begin with?
To assist in creating a hands free recording environment and also allow both audio and video recording while allowing you to use your hands for other purposes while investigating.
How has it been determined to be full spectrum?
The basic functions of cameras allow certain types of light. Based on the overall design and filters or lack thereof on these cameras, determines the allowance of the types of light that are recorded. Full spectrum cameras detect some ultraviolet, all of the visible, and much of the near infrared spectrum. As most digital imaging sensors are sensitive from about 350 nm to 1000 nm. An off-the-shelf digital camera contains an infrared hot mirror filter that blocks most of the infrared and a bit of the ultraviolet that would otherwise be detected by the sensor, narrowing the accepted range from about 400 nm to 700 nm. Replacing a hot mirror or infrared blocking filter with an infrared pass or a wide spectrally transmitting filter allows the camera to detect the wider spectrum of light at greater sensitivity. Without the hot-mirror, the red, green and blue (or cyan, yellow and magenta) elements of the color filter array placed over the sensor elements pass varying amounts of ultraviolet and infrared which may be recorded in any of the red, green or blue channels depending on the particular sensor in use and on the dyes used in the Bayer filter. A converted full-spectrum camera can be used for ultraviolet photography or infrared photography with the appropriate filters.
What can interfere with it?
It is video recording so your normal interferrance (like light, water, etc...) could interfere like any other video recording equipment.
What would be a typical user malfunction?
A typical malfunction that we have seen so far testing this in the field for almost two years now would be lithium battery not charging.
These are not to be confused with "night vision" goggles. They need light - like an IR light to be used..
What is "Full Spectrum"?
Full-spectrum light is light that covers the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared to near-ultraviolet, or all wavelengths that are useful to plant or animal life; in particular, sunlight is considered full spectrum, even though the solar spectral distribution reaching Earth changes with time of day, latitude, and atmospheric conditions.
The color spectrum seen by the human eye is quite limited compared to the spectrum seen by the CCD camera in the POV Full Spectrum Glasses. Especially, in the near infrared region of the spectrum the difference in sensitivity is significant. This is important to know since many light sources, including the sun, emit infrared light.
Near-infrared light, which spans from 700 nanometers (nm) up to about 1000 nm,
is beyond what the human eye can see, but these camera sensors can detect it
and make use of it.
The resulting scene, which is apparently dark to a human observer, appears as a grayscale image in night vision (night Shot) cameras, or as a slight pink or red/violet tinged image in Full Spectrum cameras.
The CCD sensor inside the POV Full Spectrum glasses is a Wide Range, Full Spectrum sensor, with no cut filters. Which makes them very sensitive to any type of light including Infrared.
As others seem to think they are pointing out. The POV Full spectrum glasses do not allow you to see in the dark. But they do record in the dark, in full spectrum, which can be viewed at a later time.