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    Car Security,

    Recently got my car back from the body shop due to someone vandalizing it and looking for something that will basically record video while my car is parked so that if it happens again my insurance/police can take the right form of action against the perps.

    Anyone recommend something, remember this has to go in my car and also has to be able to record unless somehow i can set it up where it's connected to car pc and records to the harddrive.

    I was thinking the inferred camera would work well, but how can I get it to record to the harddrive of a car pc, and on top of that I would think the car pc would pull to much power from the car battery while the car is off.

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    In order to do what you want, the PC would have to be on all the time to do the recording.
    That will drain your battery in relatively short order.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    In order to do what you want, the PC would have to be on all the time to do the recording.
    That will drain your battery in relatively short order.
    Yeah I know, but this is where a laptop would come in handy, question is enough laptop batteries for the length of atleast 12 hrs.

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    an actual camcorder would probably be more simple in this situation, you can buy batteries that last upwards of 4 or so hours.., or if you wanted, just get a bigger amperage battery that'll last you for 12 hours, mind you it wouldnt automatically record to a computer, but it would be simpler

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S View Post
    an actual camcorder would probably be more simple in this situation, you can buy batteries that last upwards of 4 or so hours.., or if you wanted, just get a bigger amperage battery that'll last you for 12 hours, mind you it wouldnt automatically record to a computer, but it would be simpler
    Well, if I got the rear camera isn't the setup the same as hooking it up to a tv, so if so a tv tuner card with record would work just as well.

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    But a TV Tuner card would require a PC being powered on.
    That's where you're going to run into power problems.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    But a TV Tuner card would require a PC being powered on.
    That's where you're going to run into power problems.
    That's why I was thinking a laptop not connected to the car power system during off which would mean I would need a cut off switch in between the car power source and the laptop.

    however, battery life on a laptop wouldn't last more than 3 hrs so it would still need it's own supply of battery life.

    Has anyone heard of solar powering it or know of how long it's suppose to last. This might be a solution.

    another thing the motion sensed camera that snaps pictures, know anything about those / have any links that might be of help.

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    I think you will need to take into consideration the power draw of the recording system, and the number of hours you drive in a day to see whether that is enough to keep your battery charged. Keep in mind that it takes over 8 hours to charge a flat lead acid battery. Realistically, I think with a 24/7 based system, you will probably be drawing more power from the battery than it can be charged. Using a computer is not a good idea, because even a laptop will pull around 20 watts. You might be able to pull it off with camcorder type system, but even with that, I doubt you will be able to charge the battery faster than you drain it. Unless you drive hours and hours a day.

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    I think this is what your looking for dont know anything about the company just knew about the website http://obsusa.com/products.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGGKATT01 View Post
    I think this is what your looking for dont know anything about the company just knew about the website http://obsusa.com/products.html
    That would work. I was also looking at this
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IN-CAR-SPY-SUR...QQcmdZViewItem
    which would work as well but I couldn't see if it supported nightvison/infered

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