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How, can I make a webcam from an security camera? Answered


I got a security camera the pcb is just scratched a little. There are 4 wires comming out.

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RedMeanieBest Answer (author)2010-09-26

The 4 wires are (+) 12v ( -) ground then the other two are Signal and Ground.
But like has been said, it will cost more to convert this than to buy a web cam. Sell it to someone and use the money to buy a web cam. Spy cams or circuit board cams can run upwards of $40 US depending on if they are CCD or CMOS.

Also on those wire descriptions you better get them right the first time or you will destroy the whole camera.

Good Luck!

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steveastrouk (author)2010-09-25

You can add a video capture box, via USB to do it, but is it worth it ?

Steve

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ARJOON (author)steveastrouk2010-10-06

definitely i used easy cap. i paid it less than $20 and i can connect up to 4 cam to it,.

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steveastrouk (author)ARJOON2010-10-06

I can buy a webcam for less than 5 USD here.

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ARJOON (author)steveastrouk2010-10-06

things are pretty expensive in mauritius. don't count on ebay/ paypal is not welcomed in our banks for now/

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lemonie (author)2010-09-25


4 wires?
What sort of wires, is there a coaxial signal-out?
You'd need an RF demodultor and software, rather like you have in these packages: http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/site/products/data_hvr1100.html
If the frequency is within the demodulator's range.
If the output is something like composite, it'll be easier - can you post a picture?

L

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RedMeanie (author)lemonie2010-09-26

All Board Cameras are Composite Signal Outs. But like was said above it would be WAY cheaper for him or her to buy a web cam.

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lemonie (author)RedMeanie2010-09-27

I have seen RF systems, we don't know how old it is.

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rickharris (author)2010-09-25

In the UK a reasonable quality web cam can be as little as £11 ($20) Not worth the time spent.

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lemonie (author)rickharris2010-09-25