Better nighttime conditions
Better nighttime conditions
In this video, I m driving through the city at night. Also you can see at the end of the video where I zoom in and out with the camera at the very end
Here's another showing the zoom capabilities as well as the ability to pan and tilt. At this time I can manually move the slider in the camera settings for this but it brings up the possibility of writing software to allow the camera to zoom in and out depending on speed or pan left or right in the event of a turn.
Unfortunately I do not have the expertise or the resources to do that but it is a possibility that can be added in the future.
Here is a screenshot of my monitor showing the gauges that I am working on to overlay on the video.
Unfortunately it will not show up on the recordings as it is in a separate app but since I have it with a transparent background I can see it over the video on my dash.
Large miidde gauge is a compass and the line in there is the path I drove along on my way home from work tonight. gauge to the left is the RPMs and gauge to the right of the compass is the speed.
The other gauges are not functional yet but I plan to add other inputs from the OBDII port.
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Really awesome camera set up, do you have links for the camera models you used? I'm curious how much they cost, I'm quite impressed with the quality of the nighttime video.
Would be interesting actually to see this camera in complete darkness away from the city..
I also have an Avalanche I will be doing something with.
Not sure I will go the route you did but it is still pretty cool.
I may end up using 8 Cameras to allow for "3d vision" but I am unsure.
Have you been able to keep video going with this with more than one camera?
If you have issues you could end up getting some very cheap Atom or ARM based computers and let them do all of the encoding then have your main PC work as a server for their files and let them just store the files through the LAN ports on your drive. Then your main PC only has to read the data streams.
Consider that a Rasberry PI will run Linux, is tiny and is very cheap... If you were able to hook a USB camera to it and it has a LAN port you could easily stream data to your main PC allowing the Rasberry PI to do all the "dirty" work...
Very nice work!
I am interested in doing something similar.
Have you got it so that you can control the streams on the front end? I want to be able to have all 4 on the screen or click on one and have it larger or any other combination of the streams.. I haven't seen any software that can do it though as they seem to get confused if all the cameras are the same..
But yes I also want to record hi def video for use later as well.
Very cool thread !!!
Here's where I bought them.
I know I could have gotten them much cheaper online but I chose to go to a store in the event it did not work out I could always return them and give some excuse to get my money back.
This is all in the name of research.
At least others will know that can do the same and not have to buy them for as much as I did.
In testing I was able to get all 3 cameras going.
I have not done the rear view yet as I am still thinking of how to mount the webcam in the tailgate and the most reliable route to run the USB extension cable to keep it away from the elements.
I plan to add another powered usb hub tomorrrow to see how that will work.
I considered using such devices however the lag in getting the video through another device then onto the computer before display will be much more than I am willing to sacrifice.
There is already a minute lag in video from the cameras to the screen..... not that I plan on driving and relying solely on it, but imagine backing up close to something and hitting it before you can see on your screen that you have reached it.
Truth be told I already find myself looking at the side view camera more and more as the screen is closer than the passenger side mirror and it has a much wider field of vision. As I am driving I tend to look through the passenger side mirror and then look at the monitor briefly when looking back at the road and in all cases I get a better picture of what is on the side of me from the monitor than the mirror. Unfortunately there is no way for me to document and compare the two here but it is definitely a big improvement over the side mirrors