Race car video system
Hello, I wasn't sure where to post & noticed that noob threads will be tidied into the correct place if need be! (Plus I am a noob)
I am trying to make a video recording system for my race car. I know there are systems on the market that do this 'off the shelf' - none of these systems are suitable for me.
Ideally I would like to record from 2-4 cameras individually & edit the files at a later date with Adobe Premier - or similar.
Hardware I have: Samsung Q45 laptop with car power supply, 60GB SSD, Intel Core 2 Duo T7200, 2GB ram.
The laptop runs XP at the moment, it also has a Linux Mint distro on there. The laptop would be dedicated to this job alone. (may also have ECU programming S/W - to be used separately to recorder)
I read a thread about "Capture!" software developed by a guy on here - would that be suitable? Also found "CaptureUltimate". I have no camera with me at present so can not test these programs.
The perfect solution would be having a program that can be opened in multiple instances, have a different web cams assigned to different instances of the programs, & record in ~10 minute sections constantly.
I don't mind paying for a suitable program, if it will do the job perfectly.
Not sure what your budget is but you may want to consider a stand alone recorder solution, preferrably with solid state storage. A race car will have a lot more vibration and shock than a regular car and a hard drive may not be able to take it. Also getting 2 to 4 cameras at 30FPS with decent res is going to take a fairly powerful computer and capture device(s).
Ovation System's Flashback2 would be ideal but it is pretty pricey.
Guys I know in racing have used SSD camcorders on mounts with good success, but finding one with an external video in (from a "bumper cam" board cam for instance) will probably be tough.
Thanks CanuckMark for the reply, that stuff looks very good & unfortunately a little specialist/expensive! I was really hoping to use my SSD and Laptop. With some sort of software, the software is the illusive part right now!
You just described minicam. Search for it on here. It's in a few threads including the one with Capture (way at the end). It does take quite a bit of power, but you can disable preview and use less CPU intensive compression and such though.
Why not run 3 or 4 HD Motorsport Hero cameras? They are pretty inexpensive, and the video quality is great 720P. They record onto SD cards up to 4 hours I think, the limiting factor being battery life.
Check it out here...