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    Maximum Bitrate brrman's Avatar
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    Question 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?

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    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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    Considering that NTSC movies are 29.97fps... yeah, 30 is enough.


    The question is, what software to use?

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    Quote 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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    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)
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    There's PCI cards that let you do just that. They're used usually for CC security cameras.

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    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.

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

    This one mentions it:
    1992 EG9 Civic VTi Saloon CarPC - Installed & Working !!!
    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:
    How HARD are hard drives - will be mounting in race car.

    Or a third thread:
    In Car video cameras x3 - ideas? Will be in race car.

    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!"

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    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.

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    Quote 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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