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Old 12-04-2008
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back-up camera help

hey guys, I want to put a backup camera on the ride this winter.. but i realized today that I don't think my reciever has 2 video in's
I have a JVC KD-AVX2.. and i currently have my mp3 player hooked up to the audio/video in.. so a back-up camera would be another video in.
is there some kind of switch i could buy? or some way around this?
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Old 12-05-2008
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Just get a splitter. Cut the mp3 player off when you want to use the backup camera.
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An audio/video A-B switch should work.
Connect the mp3 player to one input, the vid cam to the other input (RCA's) and run the output to the head unit inputs.
It might be a little bulky (you could always hide the switch in the glove box or console) but all you'd have to do is press a button to switch between mp3 & vid cam.
I've found 3 way A-B audio/video switches for about $10. I haven't used a 2 way switch in a while, but I'm sure they can still be found pretty cheap.
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awesome.
is it a splitter or a switch?
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It's a switch.
I use them all the time connecting vcr's, etc to my HDTV.

Here's a link to a 3 way a/v switch I found on the evilBay (link)

There's a ton of them on there.

Here's the same thing from another site (link)

You really only need a 2 way, but one of those 3 way switches would give you an extra input if you ever needed to add some other input device.
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awesome
thanks for the help!
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found the perfect thing
http://www.shoptronics.com/jeksmumoauvi.html

that way i have a remote I can just switch from, I don't have some ugly plastic thing I have to hide somewhere hahaha
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alright. i got all the components.. and I was going to just splice the camera's power lead to the reverse lights, but I came to thinking and I want it on constantly when the ignition is on.. what fuse or wire should i splice into that is on with ignition only?
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exactly why i didnt buy the jvc double din. badass look, but horrible everything else. just tap onto the revserse light if you want to see it with out being in reverse you just go to that input. the reverse light is just so it switched when you put it in reverse
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right but then won't it only be on if i put it in reverse?
and it's not the double din, its the single with a 3.5" screen
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guys please help! I'm trying to install this today but i can't figure out what line to splice into (preferably something near the radio) that is only on with ignition!
couldn't i just tap into the power wire for the radio?

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I am having the same problem with something I want to install. There are not many options. I am afraid of overloading the wires. The only one I know of is the radio.You could run a new fused wire off the battery with a relay and have the radio wire as a trigger.
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yeah i spliced into the red wire off my radio ( switched/ignition 12 v) and it seems to be working that way, but for some odd reason, when i shut the radio off, everything turns off and then seconds later, the faceplate swivels back out again and doesnt go back in...
maybe its because i spliced into the yellow constant on wire as well (for the switch) ??

SO CONFUSED.
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thats ur issue. if in question about wire just start testing!
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my switch was bad... that could also be an issue haha
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