What Is A Videoscope?

by | Sep 3, 2020 | News, Blog, Knowledge Center


What Are Videoscope Inspection Systems?

A videoscope is a type of borescope that uses small sensors at the tip of the scope to capture video imaging. The video is then relayed to a lens and display screen. Videoscopes are useful in a wide range of industries, and are an undeniably important tool for any kind of internal inspection job. Today, professionals can choose from a wide range of videoscopes depending on their needs. From simple PVC-covered videoscopes to highly efficient models with four-way articulation, there’s no shortage of great options available. 

Videoscope cameras are frequently employed by industrial quality inspectors, engineers, pipefitters, electricians, and even law enforcement. Plumbing professionals may use a flexible camera cable to peek into tight corners and spaces the human eye would not otherwise see. Aerospace technicians depend on rigid videoscopes to peer into gas turbines or measure tip gap clearances. Manufacturing plants may find videoscopes useful when it comes time to inspect the moving parts of production that keep business running smoothly. Similarly, the gas and oil industry is held to high standards when it comes to their equipment, and regular inspections with portable videoscopes can help prevent unnecessary delays in production. There’s truly no shortage of creative ways to leverage this exciting technology!

How Videoscopes Work?

A videoscope has a video camera chip on its tip. When inserted into tight spaces, that tip sends back video imaging to a monitor or USB drive. An LED light is also included in the tip, allowing you to illuminate whatever internal space you’re capturing on video. The probe’s length consists solely of power cables, making it a hardier, more durable tool than a fiberscope for certain scenarios. Video cables and articulation wires make up the length of the probe. The wire unit runs from where you control the articulation to the front of the probe. Move it one way and it will pull the wire in that direction (and vice versa). 

Reading videoscopes is easier than you might expect. The video camera chip feeds live color images back to the monitor, allowing you to see what’s going on inside a space in real-time. Some models even allow you to capture the video feed and save it to a USB drive. You can also export the imaging to a television or laptop if you prefer. Since everything is integrated, capturing images directly is incredibly easy. You’ll get a clear image that’s easy to save and share. 

Different Types of Videoscopes

Videoscopes come in two main varieties: rigid and flexible. Flexible videoscopes can be inserted into tight spaces of all shapes. The video chip is on the end of a long cable-like probe, and the tip can be articulated, allowing you to capture 360-degree images from inside a space. When you insert it horizontally into a tank, for instance, the probe will not keep its shape. Flexible videoscopes are snake-like in their design. 

Rigid videoscopes, on the other hand, are more like a yardstick in appearance. They’re ideal for hard-to-reach spaces, especially those above your head. Because the videoscope holds its shape, you won’t have to worry about the probe falling back out of the cavity. It remains straight throughout the entire job while still giving you plenty of options for scoping out a space. 

Articulating features allow you to rotate the tip so you can inspect the area with no limits. It connects to a video monitor, just like a flexible videoscope. Users can easily examine the internal workings of a piece of machinery using articulating videoscopes. Move the camera up, down, to the left, or to the right – the choice is yours. For those who don’t foresee needing to change the direction of the camera, non-articulating videoscopes are also available. 

Both rigid and flexible videoscopes come in a variety of lengths and sizes. Some of the most common sizes include micro videoscopes, 3mm, 4mm, 6mm and 8mm. Many videoscopes include interchangeable probes, too, giving you the complete customization for the job at hand. Cables in various lengths also provide flexibility when it comes time to inspect hard to reach spaces that feel just beyond your grasp.

Other Videoscope Camera Features

In addition to the articulating videoscope feature, some models include interchangeable insertion tubes, lights, and other advanced imaging options. Touchscreen monitors have become more popular in recent years, and many industrial videoscopes have become more lightweight than ever. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options are also available, making it simple to send video images to colleagues while in the field. For hard to reach places, inspection systems like pipe and sewer cameras work well with small beacons which pair to the inspection scope, helping you read depths while capturing images. Should you have a particularly lengthy space to inspect, consider upgrading your videoscope set to include an extra-long scope of 30 meters and a guide tube to ensure you can inspect the specific area that is required. The idea that something is hard to reach will become a thing of the past!

Rent or Buy Your Videoscope Now

At USABorescopes, we’ve earned a reputation as one of the finest and most reliable resources for your videoscope needs. Whether you need an industrial IR videoscope for roadside safety inspections, an articulating videoscope to investigate broken machinery in your factory, or a rigid videoscope to capture images from particularly hard to reach spaces, we can help. With many videoscope options for purchase as well as videoscope rentals, USABorescopes is ready to help. Reach out for a quote today by dialing (931) 362-3304, or contact us to learn more!

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