A closed circuit television (CCTV) spy cam is a video camcorder connected to a TV monitor. Closed circuit simply means the video signal is not broadcast, but is transmitted directly to a television or a recording device connected to a dedicated TV. Spy cams use either an S-video or composite video cable to connect to the TV or recorder, such as a VCR or DVR. Check the jacks on the back of your equipment to determine which cable you can use.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Video cables
- Video recorder
Place the spy cam in a position where you can monitor an area, but the camera itself cannot be easily detected, for example, the top shelf of a bookcase.
Plug in the video cable to the jack on the back of the spy cam and connect the other end to the video input/record jack on your VCR or DVR.
Connect a second video cable from the output on your recording device to an input jack on your TV or monitor.
Plug in the power cords and turn on power for all equipment.
Watch the spy cam image on your TV or monitor, adjusting the position of the cameras if necessary to obtain the best view.
Tips and warnings
- Spy cams with a USB port can be connected to your computer or laptop for viewing the area under surveillance.
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