Digital Still Camera as video feed (i.e. for reverse camera, etc)
I am an admitted noob to the carputer world but with many ideas rolling around upstairs. In thinking about what I would like to see in my system I started thinking about how to acquire imagry in and around the car. I have been busy searching and reading these hallowed boards for anyone who has attempted what I am thinking of, but have come up empty so I apologize right now if this ground has been covered.
Most of the solutions I have seen regarding video coming INTO a car computer system revolve around NTSC or PAL video. In the case of NTSC this means 29.97fps, 480i video. What I started considering was how to get a higher resolution into the system, either for capture or for live viewing. So I FURTHER got to thinking, "Why use a video standard in the first place?". With digital still cameras as inexpensive as they are with MUCH higher resolutions (instead of 640x480, 2048x1536 is possible) why not?. The trade-off would of course be the lack of smooth motion, but is that really nessecary?
What I am thinking is that the proper digi-cam controlled by its USB connection to the computer, could take pictures of events in near-realtime. The increased resolution would make it much easier to identify license plates, people's faces, and so on. It would be fun to capture my friends' wild driving and it could serve as a running log of things that happen in and around the vehicle.
I know of at least one software package out there that will do a single camera like this. It is written for Mac and designed for stop-motion and time-lapse projects but could work in this scenario. I am not a programmer in any capacity but see this as do-able. Am I crazy? Anyone else think of this? Speak up! :-D
Boinx Software's iStopMotion