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  • Has anyone hooked a webcam to their carputer? I searched but

    could only find references to rear view ideas. I want to have a webcam on the dash for when I track the car, etc...

    What would be a good camera for this? 30max fps decent enough for a video of a drive? Do the USB camera's work ok?

    cheers
    Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
    Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

  • #2
    I am in the process of connecting two webcams to my carputer. I plan to use them for video/audio security. They are the logitech quick cams. I have tested them with a epia m10000 with a 20gig hd. Having both recording video and audio at the same time to two different partitions on the hard drive, I am able to get 22 fps from each camera.
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    CAR:2001 Ford Crown Victoria
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    Memory:1G
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    • #3
      Considering that NTSC movies are 29.97fps... yeah, 30 is enough.


      The question is, what software to use?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by john1701
        I am in the process of connecting two webcams to my carputer. I plan to use them for video/audio security. They are the logitech quick cams. I have tested them with a epia m10000 with a 20gig hd. Having both recording video and audio at the same time to two different partitions on the hard drive, I am able to get 22 fps from each camera.
        how about while playing mp3's?

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        • #5
          this is kind of similar but not.....is there a way to hook up 3-4 cams and record/snapshot all of them (these cams might be video tho not usb)
          Vehicle: 2003 Mistubishi Evolution
          PC Specs: 1gHz Nehemiah M10000
          512mb RAM
          Windows XP Professional
          80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache HDD
          UI: MediaEngine 2.1

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          • #6
            There's PCI cards that let you do just that. They're used usually for CC security cameras.

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            • #7
              I too am using a cam for security. But it's on a servo, that turns towards motion. It's set to record 30 sec. of video towards the motion if there is any type of vibration through the car. The only problem I have with this system is that you can't let your car sit for more than 2 days because it will KILL the battery.

              Mg
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              • #8
                I have seen a couple of threads on live video in the car from a camera / webcam

                This one mentions it:
                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=19779
                Trust USB Webcam, Facing forward (Mounted on Rear Parcel Shelf)

                Yes it is rear facing but a similar set up could be used to face forward.

                Or this thread:
                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...era+video+race

                Or a third thread:
                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...era+video+race

                I did not read the whole thing but the topic is the same, Camera in race car for video capture.


                Maybe that will be helpfull enough so I don't get slamed for saying:

                Did you really "Search!"

                Good luck with the project.
                TruckinMP3
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                • #9
                  the security system i am installing is separate from the carputer. Yes "TWO" computers in my car.

                  main multimedia system computer #1
                  abit kg7raid mobo with 1gig memory
                  maxtor 120gig
                  usb dvd+rw in the dash with xenarc
                  usb gps
                  netgear wifi
                  powered by inverter 350w

                  security system setup, computer #2
                  epia m10000
                  maxtor 20gig hd
                  2 logitech usb cams
                  power supply pw-70
                  powered by radio shack #273-1827

                  tested with winxp pro using virtualdub to capture video from both cams at the same time. both cams were recording video and audio at 22fps each had a 4gig partition and can record from each cam for about a week.
                  I am still testing this setup and it is not installed yet. As soon as I am done, I will post.
                  The MC of Florida Car PC Meets
                  CAR:2001 Ford Crown Victoria
                  PC: Acer EEE 900HA with Win7 with CF 2.0.
                  Memory:1G
                  Drives:160gig
                  WI-FI:Cingular
                  GPS:IG2k9
                  Screen:Xenarc 700TSV
                  The Florida Meets Thread

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by john1701
                    the security system i am installing is separate from the carputer. Yes "TWO" computers in my car.

                    main multimedia system computer #1
                    abit kg7raid mobo with 1gig memory
                    maxtor 120gig
                    usb dvd+rw in the dash with xenarc
                    usb gps
                    netgear wifi
                    powered by inverter 350w

                    security system setup, computer #2
                    epia m10000
                    maxtor 20gig hd
                    2 logitech usb cams
                    power supply pw-70
                    powered by radio shack #273-1827

                    tested with winxp pro using virtualdub to capture video from both cams at the same time. both cams were recording video and audio at 22fps each had a 4gig partition and can record from each cam for about a week.
                    I am still testing this setup and it is not installed yet. As soon as I am done, I will post.
                    all i have to say is that sounds absolutly sweeeeeet

                    2 questions -

                    1.can u view that video from another computer (via the internet, or a wlan or something)

                    2. when you say you can record from each cam for ~a week, is that to just to one 4 gig partition? (including two video/audio captures ...from each webcam)
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                    • #11
                      How do you cool them? Any special cooling?

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                      • #12
                        partition the hard drive to three partitions.
                        I have each cam recording to its own partition, each is 4gig.
                        I plan to have it separate from the main system.
                        Also, to help eliminate battery problems I am installing a second battery and a capacitor.

                        the "security system" will be connected to the capacitor so it will survive cranking.

                        cooling? what the cams? i got them mounted on top of the dash
                        The MC of Florida Car PC Meets
                        CAR:2001 Ford Crown Victoria
                        PC: Acer EEE 900HA with Win7 with CF 2.0.
                        Memory:1G
                        Drives:160gig
                        WI-FI:Cingular
                        GPS:IG2k9
                        Screen:Xenarc 700TSV
                        The Florida Meets Thread

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by john1701
                          the security system i am installing is separate from the carputer. Yes "TWO" computers in my car.

                          main multimedia system computer #1
                          abit kg7raid mobo with 1gig memory
                          maxtor 120gig
                          usb dvd+rw in the dash with xenarc
                          usb gps
                          netgear wifi
                          powered by inverter 350w

                          security system setup, computer #2
                          epia m10000
                          maxtor 20gig hd
                          2 logitech usb cams
                          power supply pw-70
                          powered by radio shack #273-1827

                          tested with winxp pro using virtualdub to capture video from both cams at the same time. both cams were recording video and audio at 22fps each had a 4gig partition and can record from each cam for about a week.
                          I am still testing this setup and it is not installed yet. As soon as I am done, I will post.
                          Didn't see if you ever mentioned what kind of car you will be mounting, but I think it would be safe to toss out a warning about potential overdraw on your power system. One carPC is enough to knock some cars right out of commission, but two of them is almost a surefire way to get some problems you might not have foreseen, especially using an inverter. If you need to use two systems I would recommend using direct DC-DC power supplies for both, to maximize efficency and minimize power draw.

                          That would be my two cents' worth, and just think: you were here to see them fall!
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                          • #14
                            I did

                            I did. It is pretty fun:

                            http://ehampshire.com/computer/car/video/car1.mpg (download before playing)

                            I used to have more videos before the HD crashed. Some good ones and night and driving through the desert.

                            --Tom
                            ME-6000, Lilliput 7" vga + touch, generic GPS, RedHat 9, custom mapping software.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ciagon
                              I did. It is pretty fun:

                              http://ehampshire.com/computer/car/video/car1.mpg (download before playing)

                              I used to have more videos before the HD crashed. Some good ones and night and driving through the desert.

                              --Tom
                              that is pretty cool... any more info about ur OS, software used to capture, what web cam you used... pics of setup, etc.???

                              i tried to go to your website but it asked for a un and pw...

                              i see u have some info here -http://ehampshire.com/computer/car/
                              correct? what OS u got and gps software
                              AT mobo
                              Intel Pentium MMX 233mhz
                              ESS Solo PCI soundcard
                              Linksys NIC
                              Irman

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