- Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:04 am #158582
I have a concept for my next project, but I fear it my be a bit beyond my current abilities ... but that's never stopped me before. Fear not, what I refer to as a gun cam has no criminal or evil inclinations. What I'm picturing is a tube a 1-2 feet long with a small camera in the end -- this tube is to be mounted under the barrel of a shotgun to record video of a Skeet shooter's (a clay target sport) swing and relationship of the barrel to a thrown clay target. What I'd like to have is the ability to record the video on a Micro SD, and play it back on a PC at the range -- I have no need or desire to see the video in real time on a monitor. At first blush, this seems a fairly straight forward project.... the tube (maybe PVC), a small video camera, a power supply and a Micro SD slot.... nothing to it. Then I started looking at the cameras available here at SF, and suddenly realized I have no clue how to get video from the camera onto an SD card, much less in a format that can be played back on a PC. I have noted several comments or other posts that indicate that even if I had the programming chops, that it is unlikely a PIC MCU would have sufficient horsepower to do the processing. The fall back plan would obviously be to buy a cheap "spy pen" type of pre-built camera/DVR unit, then open it up and rearrange the guts into the PVC tube. But I'm not sure about this one either, since I've never disassembled anything and the circuits in the "pen" are bound to be very small and the connections very delicate. Not to mention that this requires moving switches, etc. and using someone else's software. Just kind of thought myself into a corner here, and since I've gotten so much gracious help on this forum before, I thought it would be a good place to come for some thoughts/advice, and a push in the right direction. Thanks Everyone.