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    Compatible car cams

    Are there car cams that produce files compatible with Ubuntu ?

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    Re: Compatible car cams

    Ubuntu (with appropriate free) programs is capable of playing just about any type of audio or video file I have ever come across. Google the one(s) you are thinking about buying and see what format is used.

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    Re: Compatible car cams

    I can not find any cams that list the file format.

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    Re: Compatible car cams

    Quote Originally Posted by raleigh3 View Post
    I can not find any cams that list the file format.
    when you find the one you like check their official websites for the codec they use to encode the film.
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    Re: Compatible car cams

    I found that Cobra generally uses .mov format. That is easily used in Linux. The others that I attempted to check did not list the format.

    This is what I would do: look for the one you want: go on the web and see if you can d-l the owner's manual. (They are usually free and in PDF format and available from the manufacturer.) I am certain that the manual will give you that info.

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    Re: Compatible car cams

    The only thing you may need to install is exfat-utils (which also installs exfat-fuse) if you use SDXC (SD or microSD larger than 32 GB). Other than that Linux should be able to view most any video file type.
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    Re: Compatible car cams

    thanks for all the help.

    I thought about using a CCTV camera that I have.

    It has a DVR.

    I would need a power inverter.

    But I am worried about the temps inside my car.

    Sometimes it gets to 130 degrees F.

    Not sure if it would hurt the dvr and camera ?

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