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    i am looking to try and find a video camera that is USB which will be good for backup cam, all the cameras i find are just video out and not USB

    i need something around 120 degree horizontal and like 90 vertical...

    if you know of a way were i can buy a camera maybe change lenses? or anything let me know, this is a big thing i need

  • #2
    Webcam ?
    Now Galileo is real. Muhahahahaha :p

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    • #3
      If you can find a webcam with a wide enough viewing angle, that would be the route to go with. The trouble with webcams, is that they're designed to be used with the web (for video conferencing, etc.) so they have a fairly narrow viewing angle, for the most part.
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      • #4
        ya... i have been looking but unsuccessful, any other way of doing a good reverse cam? maybe using RCA video ? i dunno i need some suggestions on how people hooked up reverse cam

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        • #5
          You can do it directly into your screen through an RCA input. If you want to record backup video, use an RCA to USB card.

          Backup cams are more usefull if you don't have to wait for the system to boot in order to use it, so the direct input would be best. If your screen has auto-switching, you can wire the camera to get power from your reverse lights. It will power the camera only when you are in reverse, and the screen will sense it, and switch to that input.

          Post exactly what you want, and I'll give you a better idea of how to achieve it.
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          • #6
            Oh, you could also use a splitter with one input going directly into the screen, and one input going to the USB card. You could still make it switch the screen automatically, you'd just need to use a relay.
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            • #7
              i have this screen
              Lilliput 7" VGA Touchscreen 619GL-70NP
              and i want to be able to have the reverse cam were when i put the car into reverse it comes on (autoswitch), but i also want to have it so i can record it on the computer...

              my next goal is to have a camera also in front... so i have a rear and forward cam...

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              • #8
                Well I did have an awesome post all written up last night with directions, and an awesome MSPaint schematic, but just before I posted the site went down. Now I'm on my phone, so I'll try to post the schematic, but I'm not going to retype it all.
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                • #9
                  Still on the phone, which doesn't downloadant externally linked pictures on a page. Can someone tell me if the picture worked?
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                  • #10
                    the picture worked... thanks!

                    any recommendations for good USB cards for video? and which relay to use.. i have never worked with relays befor.

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                    • #11
                      I personally haven't bought mine yet, so no rwcomendations on the card. I just plan on getting something off ebay. I don't need super great quality in the recording. Just something I can use to play back if the need ever arose... Trafic incident or something.

                      Relays are pretty straight forward. There's a switched side, and a coil side. The switched side has an input pole, and two switched. 1 gets connected when the coil side of the relay "sees" power. The other gets a signal when the coil side is off.

                      Since the power levels of the video line will be rediculously low, just about any relay should work fine. Just go to radio shack and get a cheap one. They're usually 3-4 bucks...

                      Solder positive wire through the switched side of the relay, and just connect the negative wires together.

                      Good luck!
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                      • #12
                        You could always get a decent webcam and add a small wide angle lens to it. That's what I did before.

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                        • #13
                          that doesn't give him the option of viewing the backup camera on his screen before the computer is booted... No autoswitching either. Did you read what the man was asking?
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                          • #14
                            Yes, I had an engineering friend of mine add some fancy connection with a circuit to the webcam to output rca connectors. So it connects to both my computer and screen. I'll have to ask him how he did it.

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