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Recfie - Dedicated Selfie Recorder

A foot pedal activated device that enables quick and easy recording of myself talking.

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This is a video recording device made from repurposed dashcam internals. It sits on my table with the camera pointed towards me. Stepping on a foot pedal which will begin the recording sequence. I'll then say what I want in the allotted time. As soon as I'm done I'll release the pedal marking the end of the video recording.

It's just a quick way to record myself talking.

Dashcams are not intended for the purpose I wanted it for so I had to do a lot of design workarounds to make it work. It's not ideal but it works.

Project details:

  • Records 1280x720 HQ video and audio
  • Records 3 minute video chunks (Can be adjusted from 1 to 5 minutes but 3 minutes is the average I use when I record)
  • Foot pedal activated using a Sustain Pedal
  • Runs on 5v USB connection or 3.7v 18650 batteries
  • Housed in a recycled sunglasses case. Internals held together with cut-out Sintra boards
  • Made a script that would automatically combine and compress video files for safekeeping

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  • Audio interference finally solved (?)

    AccidentalRebel12/05/2019 at 13:18 0 comments

    The noise from the last project log was still present and it has been driving me crazy for the past few days. It took me lots of failed attempts to isolate the cause until I had my long-awaited eureka moment.

    Turns out the wiring for the battery was touching the wiring for the electret microphone. And this was causing interference. I separated them and nade sure they are far away from each other and the noise finally went away. Hopefully this is the real reason. If this turns out to be a ruse I'll definitely be pissed.

  • Fixing the audio noise

    AccidentalRebel11/07/2019 at 00:35 0 comments

    The audio noise is getting louder and happens more frequently recently. I wasn't sure what was causing it but I knew it had something to do with the foot pedal connections that I made.

    I was able to isolate the cause through process of elimination. I checked if there is noise if the pedal is out of the circuit and the result that the noise was gone. I then opened up the foot pedal but saw no problems. I then reviewed the connections and it was there where I found the cause.

    The foot pedal's 3.5mm audio jack uses the ground and left audio connections to complete a circuit when pressed.

    The female connector where my jack is plugged into has a ground connection that is connected to it's body. 

    Now this shouldn't be a problem when used normally. Turns out I wasn't. I designed the circuit so that the 5V wire goes through the foot pedal. Because of this, the body of the female connector is connected to 5V, and when the wires were bunched together, interference somehow happens.

    So what I did was I connected the foot pedal through the ground wire. Which would ground the body of the female connector, which is what it was designed for. I then re-made the circuit and resoldered them so that there are enough spacings between connections.

    It seemed to have worked! Now the noise is completely gone.

    I am not sure if the switching from 5v to GND fixed it. It may even be the spacing allowance that I made. Or maybe redoing the whole thing fixed any loose connections. Whatever the case I'm glad that it's fixed.

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