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This is the start of a new series where we learn how to build a dashcam using the Raspberry Pi Zero.

This is the start of a new series where we learn how to build a dashcam using the Raspberry Pi Zero. This project is actually a continuous video recorder and can be used for other applications including wildlife monitoring.

In part 1, we tackle the recording section, which involves capturing video from the Pi camera and storing it to the microSD card. We also take care of file numbering, detecting remaining storage, stopping the script if it is low and we also add the FTP functionality to access the files remotely.

The first thing we need to do is download the Raspbian operating system for the Raspberry Pi. I am using the Pi Zero for this project as it is a compact board. I will also not be using the desktop and that’s the reason why I downloaded the lite version. You then need to flash this image to a microSD card but before we can boot the Pi with it, we need to copy the wpa_supplicant.conf and ssh files to the boot drive. These files are needed to allow us to control the Raspberry Pi remotely. Another option is using a wired connection and connecting a keyboard/mouse/display to control the Pi.”

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