Video incident capture system

  • US 5,408,330 A
  • Filed: 03/25/1991
  • Issued: 04/18/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/25/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A video incident capture system for a law enforcement vehicle comprising:

  • a video camera for generating video signals of an incident, said video camera mounted inside said law enforcement vehicle and positioned to photograph said incident through a window of said law enforcement vehicle;

    a video recorder having means for recording said video signals on a video tape, means for rewinding said video tape, means for fast-forwarding said video tape, and means for playing back said video tape to reproduce the video signals recorded thereon;

    a monitor means selectively responsive to said video signals generated by said video camera and said video signals reproduced by said vehicle recorder from said video tape to generate a visual picture;

    a portable wireless microphone worn by an operator of said law enforcement vehicle, said wireless microphone generating a radio signal modulated by received audio communications;

    a receiver means for generating electrical signals corresponding to said audio communications received from said microphone in response to said radio signals;

    a means for inhibiting said video recorder from recording over a previously recorded portion of said video tape including a means for storing an actual position in said video recorder, a means for storing a recording terminated tape position corresponding to said actual position of said video tape at a termination of a proceeding recording, a means for indexing said video tape to said recording terminated tape position prior to initiating a subsequent recording to said video tape in response to a record code being generated by an actuation of a record key on a remote control being stored on a VCR buffer;

    said video recorder has a tape position display storing a numeral indication of the actual position of said video tape, a means for generating a pulse signal to increment and decrement said tape position display in response to a predetermined displacement of said video tape, said means for storing an actual tape position comprises an actual tape position register incremented in response to said video recorder actuated by one of a record, playback or fast-forward codes and a pulse signal generated by said video recorder and for decrementing an actuated tape position registered in response to said video recorder being actuated by a rewind code and said pulse signals; and

    said means for storing said recording terminated tape position comprises means responsive to a stop code being generated to terminate a recording by said video recorder to load a terminated position register with a content of said actual tape position register.

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