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    Question in-car camera dvr system

    Hey everybody. I am trying to put together an in car video dvr system and I am seeking the help of the community for up-to-date ideas, parts sources, and if possible, how tos.

    As many people are doing these days, they have been buying dash cams for their own personal protection from dirty law enforcement or dirty insurance events. I am not happy with the simple battery powered/cigarette lighter powered dash cams.

    I want to take it a step further and build a car PC that can utilize either 2 HP IP cameras, or 2 HP USB cameras.

    What I am looking for:

    -utilize either 2 HP IP cameras, or 2 HP USB cameras. (front and back)
    -easy to install and also easy to remove to review footage
    -auto record at all times the car is on.
    -utilize a mSata hard drive ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147316 )

    If I can incorporate a monitor into my dash, that would be awesome, but its not necessary.


    This will be my first car PC build, however certainly not my first PC build in general, ever, as I am a professional custom PC builder when it comes to desktops, laptops, and servers.


    Thanks everybody.

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    You could probably do this a lot easier and cheaper with a dedicated standalone dvr recorder. You didn't really mention you wanted the pc for anything else, though I'm assuming you do. If you want it to constantly record multiple high res sources its going to have to be a competent pc, which means heat, size, etc. as you know.

    I've got a single channel dvr recorder that automatically erases old footage and records constantly onto a sd card. The thing is so small you could fit it easily under your dash and plug any vga camera into it. You could do two of these and have the whole project done for under $200-300 if recording is all you want. And it will probably be a bit more reliable tbh, no crashes, hardware issues, moving parts, etc.

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    If you look at most DVR's with wired cameras they are powered with 12volts. I am considering something like that for my truck. They have a wired lan to them. You will want to grab a DC-DC convertor from the store here since these consumer DVR's are NOT designed to run off automotive 12v. You also will want to purchase them without a hard drive and install an SSD drive in them to prevent damage from the jarring of the open road. You may want to consider mounting it on a cushioned mount as well to prevent the constant jarring from damaging the unit still. You COULD use a laptop hard drive as well but they won't take as much punishment as an SSD.

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    Check these offerings:

    http://www.chasecam.com

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    Heavymetals: Those look cool but at around $1000 for a unit a bit out of the range of most of us. Consumer grade DVR's can be had for under $200 with 8 cameras and no HD. Less if you get your own cameras.

    Rodney

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadedrod View Post
    Heavymetals: Those look cool but at around $1000 for a unit a bit out of the range of most of us. Consumer grade DVR's can be had for under $200 with 8 cameras and no HD. Less if you get your own cameras.

    Rodney
    OP was asking whats available.

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    They're simpler as they don't aggregate together or anything but the G1W or G1WH are great, low-cost dashcam/DVRs that start recording automatically when they receive power. You can get 2 of them for <$110 but you do have to get your own SD cards. Beware of fakes.
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