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  1. John

    John Guest


    I have been having trouble with some kids destroying a fence that I
    have built. I have an old 8mm video camera and a VCR that I'm not
    using. Is it possible to hook it up so that it records onto a VCR
    tape? I could put the video camera by a window to try to catch the
    people involved. If it's possible, please let me know what cords I
    have to buy to make this work. Any help would be appreciated.


  2. John

    John Guest

    This sounds like a place for the X10 ( hardware.

    They have a camera, motion sensor, and VCR controller for about $90US.
    The motion sensor is wireless and smaller than a pack of cigarets. It
    is mounted outside the house (IR does not work through window glass)
    to monitor the area of interest and the video camera aimed at that
    area. When motion is detected, the VCR is put in record mode for 5
    minutes. If there is still motion after 5 minutes, the VCR will be
    triggered for another 5 minutes.

    I had a problem with kids and grafitti on the back of the house, but
    the problem went away after calling the police and installing the

  3. neon


    Oct 21, 2006
    go to harborfreight and buy the damn thing for $40 and put a motion detector $20 to trigger it is no use recording all day all night all week or a month with no event. think hombre.
  4. CptDondo

    CptDondo Guest

    My experience with is that they what they offer is utter and
    complete junk. Overpriced, utter, complete, worthless junk. (Their
    "outdoor" cameras hold water. The lenses are plain plastic. I could go
    on.) And once you get on their spam list, you will never ever get off.

    For the real stuff, go to <>. More $$$ but
    the stuff works, and works well.

  5. nogoodinel

    nogoodinel Guest

    The way I would do it:
    Combine camera, vcr and outdoor halogen light including motion sensor
    (cheap cost around 10 $ Finland at least).
    The signal from motion sensor would be connected to a *circuit* that
    can control
    the rec and the stop buttons in the vcr. Such a delay 5 min or any is
    easy to apply.
    Camera is feeding the vcr all the time and motion sensor decides when
    vcr takes it in.

    If you want to scare the kids then just let the area to be illuminated
    with the halogen after motion and maybe they don't even want to be
    breaking places any more.
    If you want to be evil, then replace the halogen with IR illumination
    source (or make a hi-pass mask in front of it)
    and remove IR filter from the camera if necessary. They'll never know
    about your movie making business.

    This naturally is valid only if there is dark. The over/under exposure
    of the camera image must also be concerned.

    That kind of a system would need some soldering and dummy-basic
    knowledge about electric. Hardest thing for me would be the circuit.
    I have never been good with those. You can always ask for assistance
    from the newsgroup ;).

    Let us know how you did it.

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