Wired vs Wireless Backup Camera Systems

When it comes to backup camera systems one of the biggest differences you’ll notice is the difference between a wired camera system and a wireless backup camera system.

In short both systems require 12 volts power going to the camera usually found directly at the reverse taillight and 12 volts power going to the monitor usually found at the fuse box.

The difference between a wired and wireless system is when it comes to the video cable that connects the camera and monitor or lack thereof. With a wired system you have to run a video cable to the rear of the vehicle and find a way to hide it while running it all the way to the front of the vehicle.

Wired Back up camera systems

The pros:

With a wired system is that you get a reliable system that is bound to work without flaw and the price difference is usually substantially less than what you would pay for a reliable wireless system.

The cons:

It can take plenty of patience to hide and run a wire from the back of the vehicle all the way to the front of the vehicle especially if you have a large vehicle.

With a wireless system you will receive a monitor and camera that are dependent on one another as the monitor will carry a receiver and the camera will have a built in video transmitter without the need for a connecting video cable.

Wireless Back up camera systems

The pros:

With a wireless system you get the convenience of a simple installation without having to run any wires.

The cons:

A wireless system that works of an analog signal (most do) can be extremely unreliable prone to drop signals and easily pick up static from a variety of different products that also work off a standard analog signal such as a baby monitor.

If you must go wireless make sure you purchase a wireless system that works off a digital signal such as the VTX3600.

Car DVD and Video Player Buying Guide

Complete car video system

Fortunately, you do not have to go on anymore long, boring drives, and scan for decent radio stations with the family. That is because all you have to do now is choose a video systems for your vehicle. No matter your preference, we have one of the largest selections of overhead, in-dash, portable, headrest, and mobile digital video equipment for your automobile.

Although there are only a couple of places where you can install a mobile video system, it is still a smart investment if you take your car on family vacations. Whether you have a DVD player under your seat or in the dash, it could definitely make your trips feel much shorter.

Headrest DVD Monitors

Headrest DVD Players

Besides the aforementioned video systems, Quality Mobile Video also has DVD players that can either be installed behind your headrest or overhead. The line of headrest DVD systems include: Audiovox, Pyle, and other popular brands such as:

  • Concept CLD-703 Chameleon with a 7-inch monitor, built-in DVD player and speakers, HDMI input, touch control buttons and high audio output
  • Vizualogic Roadtrip Elite Universal DVD player is designed for vehicles with, or without active headrest; it has 9-inch dual screens, and dual DVD players, which can view the same or separate videos, USB port, and SD card reader
  • Accelevision ZHD700 with 7-inch widescreen dual universal LCD monitors, multimedia DVD player, USB, SD ports,skin covers, and built-in games
  • Power Acoustik HDVD-91CC 9 inch universal headrest monitor with DVD,SD,USB, headphone jack, changeable color skins
  • Tview T718DVPL 7 inch universal TFT with built-in DVD player and speakers, SD, USB, headphone jack

 

Flip Down DVD Monitors

If a headrest DVD system is not your cup of tea, Quality Mobile Video also carries a diverse line of overhead DVD players, that includes their own brand:

Overhead DVD players

  • Quality Mobile Video 1100 DVD player with 11-inch screen, 2 wireless headphones, USB and SD ports
  • Audiovox AVXMTG9 with 9-inch flip down DVD player, SD card reader, USB port, and wireless headphone capability
  • Pyle PLRD1951F with 19-inch roof mount flip down widescreen LCD Monitor, built-in DVD player, FM modulator, and IR Infrared transmitter
  • Tview T20DVDFD with 20-inch roof mount flip down LCD monitor, and built-in DVD player
  • Advent by Audiovox ADV10PS2 flip down 10.2-inch monitor with built-in Sony Playstation2 game console, PS2 games, headphones and controls

 

Now for the individuals who do not prefer the aesthetics of a portable video system on their headrest or over their heads, there are underseat and in-dash DVD systems. Even though underseat car DVD players are in a sense “out of sight,” they are actually very convenient to use. They can not only provide owners with an added measure of security because they are essentially hidden, as well as relatively easy to access.

In-Dash and Underseat DVD Players

  • Boss Audio BV7940 single DIN 3.6 inch widescreen in-dash DVD multimedia LCD monitor with front panel AUX, USB and SD ports
  • Power Acoustik PTID-3600 with 3.6 inch single DIN, detachable face monitor with AV source
  • Planet Audio P9685B In Dash Single DIN 3.2 Inch widescreen touchscreen Drop Down LCD monitor with built-in multimedia DVD Receiver and Bluetooth
  • Sound Storm (SSL) SD315 Single DIN in-dash 3.2-inch widescreen LCD monitor, DVD multimedia receiver with detachable face, USB and SD ports

Different “Video” Strokes

Car Digital media player

For those who prefer not to change the discs in their DVD players, the Beuler MVP 400 Digital Media Player might be just what the doctor ordered. This remarkable unit not only plays movies, it also has a storage port for memory sticks, and is also compatible with formats such as CF, and SD. A media player is a considerable upgrade from a traditional video system, but it will be well worth the investment.

Another device that can enable you to be up to date with the latest in mobile video technology, is the digital video recorder (DVR). Quality Mobile Video manufactures their own state of the art DVR called the BBY-DVR. This innovative system contains a wireless transmitter, 3.5-inch baby LCD monitor and IR infrared night vision. It also has a DVR video camera, USB, SD slots and other great features.

Dual dash cam

Quality Mobile Video also supplies the incredible Carpa-120 Dash Cam. This dual camera mini DVR system is capable of recording video inside and outside the vehicle. It is equipped with an audio-police style 2 channel car dashboard windshield camera, that can also record interior audio. Quality Mobile Video has other famous makers like:

Boyo digital video recorder

Ride for Hours

Quality Mobile Video also supplies DVD changers like the Pioneer XDV-P6, so you don’t have to constantly switch discs. These units come in 6 and/or 10 disc models, which give you continuous hours of videos. You can rest assure that your long drives will seem faster, because your videos will eliminate boredom.

Get ready to load up the vehicle along with your favorite movies, and time will pass by, as your passengers watch movies. And do not be surprised, if the kids do not want to leave the car when you arrive at your destination; especially if the movie is not finished! Anyway, regardless which video system you choose, the best thing is that your passengers will greatly appreciate you for making their rides more comfortable.

RVMZH4300-VTL300CIR Installation Guide

Rearview mirror wiring>

The Components

The easiest way to understand how a standard backup camera system is installed is by understanding the components that make up about 90% of our backup camera systems.This particular guide is designated for the RVMZH4300 and VTL300CIR backup camera system. A backup camera system can be broken down into five basic components (See picture above).

The Monitor, (A1): Some monitors like the RVMZH4300 shown above will only have a single cable coming out of the monitor itself but don’t be alarmed as this single lead cable usually connects to a power harness that possesses all of the video inputs and power connections

(A2): The RVMZH4300 will come with this special piece designed to hide any visible cables coming out of the monitor for a clean finish.

The Power Harness, (A3): The monitor will come with a power harness that will attach to the single wire coming out of the monitor. This particular monitor has a power harness with two yellow video inputs, a red wire that will always go to 12 volt power and a black wire that needs to go to ground. Some monitors like this one have what is known as a trigger wire (usually green or blue) that determines how the monitor turns on.

The Camera, (A4): The VTL300CIR will have a single cable coming out of the camera but will later need to be attached to its power harness that houses its video and power connections.

The Power Harness, (A5): The camera will also need a separate power harness to draw power, this plug is often the exact same as the one found on the monitor or as in this case it can be a bit different, in either case it serves the same purpose of drawing power through the red cable and black will need to be grounded.

This particular harness also houses the RCA plug that will eventually need to be connected to the monitor and a designated reverse image button that controls the camera’s image flipping capabilities.

***Just because a monitor does not have a trigger wire does not mean it can only be turned on manually. Most monitors do not have a trigger wire because they posses what is known as a video sense feature and will turn on automatically as soon as they sense a video feed.

Eight Step Installation Process

Step 1: Connect the power harness(A2)into the monitors designated power input.

Step 2: Draw power to the monitor by connecting the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the monitor is usually drawn at the fuse box.

Step 3: The trigger wire determines how you want the monitor to turn on. The default installation procedure is to tie it in with the red wire to 12 volt power to turn it on and off manually, but you can also draw power at the ignition switch to turn on as soon as the vehicle is on or take it to a reverse lead to only turn on when the car is in reverse.

Step 4: The RVMZH4300 is designed to replace any rear view mirror that connects to the windshield using a standard windshield mount (See picture below). Remove the single screw that holds your current mirror in place using a phillips screw driver and the mirror should slide right off. Slide the monitor where the former mirror was positioned and secure it using that same single screw.

Step 5: Connect the power harness (A4) into the cameras designated power input.

Step 6: Draw power to the camera by connecting the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the camera is usually drawn directly at the reverse tail light.

Step 7: The VTL300CIR has a special reverse image button that allows it to be used as a forward facing camera or a standard rear view camera. The button’s effect will take place as soon as the camera is powered off then powered up again, so do not be alarmed if the image does not flip initially.

 

Step 8: Now that the monitor is drawing power at the fuse box and the camera is drawing power directly at the reverse tail light all you need to do is connect both systems using the standard yellow RCA cable (A5)***If the yellow RCA cable has two red power wires on each end, we advise that you disregard their use as they are not needed if the camera and monitor are already drawing power individually.

Now you should have a working unit that should turn on as you see fit.

Four Questions to Ask to Get the Best Video System for Your Car

A car video system is not just about visual input. It comes with a video monitor, a media player, and a set of speakers. These are installed right in your vehicle to provide you with an enjoyable journey. Some are quite expensive, but they do offer more than what the other affordable systems can. Nevertheless, there will always be a good video system that is right for your vehicle and for your entertainment needs.

If you own one of the modern cars today, you will most likely have a video system installed in your car. These are actually quite popular in trucks and SUVs. However, if your car does not come with this kind of system, you can always look for the best video package that will best fit your automobile. When searching for the right car video system, here are four questions you need to ask yourself before you make a purchase:

Is the entertainment system for you or for your passengers?

Although it is not recommended that drivers have their eyes on their car video system, it is not a sin to watch movies while the car is parked. If you mostly drive by yourself, you definitely need a front-seat system and you do not have to bother for a backseat package. Front-seat systems are those that consist of center console or in-dash video which can easily fit standard dashboards. There are also some that are exclusively designed for huge dashboards. Depending on the size of your car dash, you can easily determine which type of system is right for your dashboard.

On the other hand, backseat systems are those that are mounted at the back of the headrest/s. They can also be installed into the car’s ceiling depending on their size. You can now purchase video systems that have built-in players or you can purchase them separately. A separate player can be convenient because they can be installed anywhere in the car, but they are usually more expensive than all in one systems.

Do you need extra features?

Some video systems for cars are basic – they will only provide you with audio and visual entertainment. Meanwhile, there are also others that require more money, but they boast a lot of additional features. With these players, you can easily play video games, have a navigation system, and even have multiple monitors.

Can your car hold the extra features?

Most drivers want the above-mentioned components, but they are usually not integrated into the video system. They are in separate units that you have to install into your car one by one. Therefore, you need extra room for the extra features. If you drive a large SUV, this would never be a problem. However, if you have a sports coupe, you may have to downsize your list of features. 

What type of audio system do you want?

A car video system does not stop at video alone. You need to make sure the audio produced is your desired result. You can purchase a surround sound speaker or you can also have wireless headphones. Wireless headphones are for smaller vehicles, but if you have a large vehicle, a layout for the surround sound speaker will definitely work.

Due to the demand of video systems for cars, it is now possible to purchase a vehicle that comes with its own video system. You can have it upgraded if the manufacturer allows it. If your car does not have its own system, you can always purchase a new one and make sure you have the answers for the above questions ready.

Watch Live TV Shows in Your Car with Satellite TV

satelite car tv
Watch all your favorite cable tv channels in your car

With the advent of wireless television, many car owners are keen on taking their favorite movies and TV shows with them on the road. This is now a possibility, thanks to car satellite TV. It does not matter whether your whole family is crammed in the minivan or you are traveling in style in your revamped vehicle. Multimedia entertainment while on the go is one of the best ways to have a pleasurable trip.

Satellite TV is not like other in-car entertainment systems. Sure there are DVD players, iPads, or Blu-ray players, but a TV that you can bring anywhere you go will add more enjoyment to the mix. Here is the catch though: it is not as simple as strapping your TV set into your car. You also need to know more than the basics of connecting an aerial to your car’s roof and using television that is plugged into an inverter.

Simplifying Your Satellite TV Needs

Due to the advancement of technology, there are now easy ways to connect a satellite TV to your car. You can call a professional to set it up for you or you can subscribe to mobile TV providers. You also have the option to do the task of installing your multimedia entertainment system yourself. To keep things simple, you only need three things and these are the display or the monitor, the tuner, and the satellite receiver or antenna.

Those who already have a mobile video system in their car are at an advantage. This is because they no longer have to purchase a new LCD or monitor. It is just important that the existing LCD supports multiple inputs. In any case that it does not, an external splitter or some sort of input selector is necessary. However, if you have just decided to join the bandwagon, you have to find a display that will suit your needs. There are many options, including roof mounted screens and headrest LCDs. These two have support for multiple inputs.

Tuners and Satellite Receivers

If you are determined to set up an entertainment system for your car, you should know about tuners. A tuner is one crucial element in the system because it is responsible for receiving OTA (over the air) signals. When it receives the signal, it will convert it to a picture which you can now vividly see on your monitor. An ATSC tuner best works in the United States, which has the ability to produce high definition broadcasts digitally.

When looking for a tuner, you may want to go for one that has built in antenna. There are plenty of them around and they have become the most in demand for car owners who are often on the road. This is because they allow an easy and quick method to receive TV wirelessly while drivers are in their car. However, they typically need strong signals, which can be problematic when you are far away from broadcast antennas. A solution here is to have an external antenna, though this can also be a problem as there are places that do not have OTA signals.

This is where a satellite receiver becomes useful. You have two options here: the flat or the dome receivers. Either of the two will suit RVs and big vehicles as well. This is a much better solution than external antennas because they can pull in weaker signals even when you are outside metropolitan areas.

With a satellite TV, you can watch shows from a variety of channels. This is not only beneficial for you, but for your passengers as well.

DSLR Focus Pull Monitor Buying Guide

DSLR focus pull monitors

What is a DSLR Monitor?

A DSLR monitor is a digital single-lens reflex monitor. This type of monitor is sold by various electronics stores and is the newest type of computer monitor. It is usually small and portable, meaning it is the perfect monitor to use in a vehicle. DSLR monitors can be installed on the back of a car’s seat or on the ceiling of the car.

DSLR monitors are often used by filmmakers to make it easier for them to view the footage they have shot. These monitors are often attached to a DSLR camera’s shoe. Filmmakers sometimes also attach a DSLR monitor to their DSLR rig’s cage support system or rail.

Why Use a DSLR Monitor?

Many filmmakers choose to use DSLR monitors because they make it easier for you to focus while filming. This is much more convenient than not being able to focus closely on the footage until filming has commenced. The articulated screen of a DSLR monitor is another reason why it is handy to have. It makes it easier for you to see the image on the screen, even if the screen is above you.

DSLR monitors are also good for when you have multiple people viewing the screen simultaneously. Everyone will be able to see the action on the screen in full detail, without having to squint. This can make collaboration among those working on a film much easier.

Camera types for the monitor

Safesight CVFQ-E242 5 Inch DSLR Monitor

The Safesight CVFQ-E242 5-inch HD DSLR Monitor is a popular item among tech savvy consumers. This widescreen, anti glare monitor with a wide viewing angle has HDMI input, AV audio/video input and BNC input. The wide viewing angle allows the screen to be viewed 140 degrees vertically as well as 120 degrees horizontally. If you purchase a battery for this monitor, the battery is good for 10 hours of use before you need to recharge it.

DSLR monitor for focus pulling

The 5-inch HD DSLR monitor includes a remote control and an HDMI cable. It can be mounted onto a standard tripod, making it easy and convenient to use. This DSLR monitor features full image control so you can get vivid colors on your screen, such as blue, red and green. It can be connected to a hot shoe, which is the point on the top of the monitor that allows for a unit to be attached to it.

Some of the adjustments that can be made to this monitors’ pictures are inversion of the onscreen image, flipping of the onscreen image, horizontal and vertical positions, color temperature, contrast, tint, brightness and saturation. This product is often used as a DSLR external monitor for a DVD player, GPS or gaming system.

8 inch focus pull monitor

CVFQ-E182 8 inch DSLR Monitor

If your in the market for an even larger monitor we also carry the CVFQ-E182 8 inch DSLR monitor. This 8 inch monitor features a very wide viewing angle of 120 degrees horizontally and 140 degrees vertically. The E182 also carries a super bright full 1080p HD picture and a battery capable of operating for up to 10 hours. The unit will also come with everything you see above.

8 inch DSLR monitor

DSLR focus pull monitors