video Phone Mk.II

This project is currently under development.

LCD Video Display Controls

Last updated: 10th of April 2019
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Video Phone Mk.II
LCD Display Controls
Custom LCD Display Control

S.H.A.DO. Video Phone Mk.II - Custom Screen Controls
Custom Display control

The LCD Display Contol panel is mounted at a 45 degree angle at the bottom of the Video Phone display bezel for easy access.

Menu controls

POWER (display on/off) ● MAIN MENU Select ● VIDEO INPUT Select (HMDI/VGA/AV/BNC) ● MENU select : UP ● MENU select : DOWN ●

Infra-red remote capable

The LCD Display Control panel can be controlled remotely via an infra-red controller.

requirements and specifications


● POWER (display on/off)
● MAIN MENU Select
● MENU select : UP
● MENU select : DOWN

S.H.A.DO. Video Phone Mk.II - Custom Screen Controls

LCD Display Controls

S.H.A.D.O. Video Phone custom LCD screen controls

Prototype Custom control panel #1

● POWER (display on/off) ● MAIN MENU Select ● VIDEO INPUT Select (HMDI/VGA/AV/BNC) ● MENU select : UP ● MENU select : DOWN ●


● POWER (display on/off) ● MAIN MENU Select ● VIDEO INPUT Select (HMDI/VGA/AV/BNC) ● MENU select : UP ● MENU select : DOWN ●


● POWER (display on/off) ● MAIN MENU Select ● VIDEO INPUT Select (HMDI/VGA/AV/BNC) ● MENU select : UP ● MENU select : DOWN ●

final CONTROL PANEL (top/bottom

● POWER (display on/off) ● MAIN MENU Select ● VIDEO INPUT Select (HMDI/VGA/AV/BNC) ● MENU select : UP ● MENU select : DOWN ●


S.H.A.D.O. Video Phone Mk.II

Background: From the very first moment I was able to watch UFO (I was about eight years old) I have dreamed about possessing a Video Phone just like Commander Straker’s! But, life somehow got in the way and I just never seemed to have the time or chance to embark on such a project: until now.  Initially, I did consider building an exact replica of the original video phone, and propbably will at some stage. But, after much thought about the actual practicalities of such a device, I thought it might be better to design and build a Mk.II version that in this day and age would be more practical, and one that I could actually use on a day to day basis. Thus, the idea for the Video Phone Mk.II was born! I wrote a list of the essential features I needed, and also attempted to somehow merge those features to be in keeping - as much as possible - with the original design version. I decided to employ a custom designed LCD screen and Custom Display Controller with multiple video/computer inputs. I also decided on a colour display instead of the original monochrome.

Computer System

Specifications: ● Intel CPU runs Microsoft Windows 10 Pro and Linux. ● Memory: System 4-16 GB DDR3 RAM + 57.5GB (C: Boot) on-board SSD, plus 32-512GB maximum extended capacity. ● Supports multi-boot Windows 10 pro & Linux (Ubuntu) System. The system is able to run full Microsoft Office 2016 (2007 and 2010) as a full office PC. ● Equipped with high-efficiency, lower-power Intel Processor N3450 (2M Cache, up to 2.2 GHz and burst mode) and integrated Intel HD Graphics 500, with seamless visual, life-like images and smooth graphics. ● Dual band WIFI 2.4GHz + 5.GHz and 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN, for fluent video, practically no video buffering, stuttering or freezing. ● Supports up to 4K Video (external ultra high-definition) for high definition video viewing and video effects. ● No moving parts at all (i.e. no fan: uses heatsink), no hard disk drive) ● PCB mounts support custom heatsink for fan-less cooling for the computer system and associated systems.

Selection Switches

I completed a fair amount of research into the origin of the selection switches used on the original S.H.A.D.O. Video Phone. The selection switches are labelled A-G (left), 1-8 (centre) and H-N (right) that’s 22 switches in total. My conclusion was that the switches (single-pole, dual throw selector switch) were originally manufactured for ICL and also IBM - both large computer manufacturers. ICL (originally International Computers and Tabulators later renamed ICL (International Computers Limited ). ICL was eventually acquired by Fujitsu, and in April 2002 it was re-branded as Fujitsu. IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) originated in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed International Business Machines in 1924 and is still operating.

Video Display Driver

Specifications: Display input support for Studio B.N.C. (Bayonet Neill–Concelman) input, so that the signal has mutual interference reduction, and can thus achieve the best signal input.  The video card also supports chromatic Ypbpr input: the more vivid the colour, the more realistic the final image.  YPbPr or Y'PbPr, also written as YPBPR, is a colour space used in industry and broadcasting video electronics, in particular in reference to component video cables. YPbPr is the analogue version of the YCbCr colour space; the two are numerically equivalent but YPbPr is designed for use in analogue systems while YCbCr is intended for digital video. NB: YPbPr is commonly referred to as ‘component video’, however there are many types of component video, most of which are a variant of RGB.

Video Display Controls

Specifications: Panel size: 8" digital display, Video input interface: VGA/HDMI/BNC/USB/AV, Aspect ratio: 4:3, Resolution: max: 1280 x 800, HDMI Input support resolution: 480i /60Hz,480P /60Hz,576i /50Hz,576P/ 50Hz,720P 50/60Hz,1080i 50/60Hz,1080P 50/60 Hz, Viewing angle: Wide view angle 178 degrees, Brightness: 400cd/m2, Contrast ration: 800:1, Response time: 18ms, OSD Menu Language selection.

Storage/Memory System

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