How to Add Car Video to Your Vehicle

Cross country trips and long boring car rides could certainly be made a lot more bearable with a little entertainment to speed things along. Learn How to Add Car Video to Your Vehicle even if this is your first time.

You have a number of car audio and video options available to you to make the trip easier on all travelling along.

Here are a few ways on how to add video to your car:

How to Add Car Video to Your Vehicle

Different mounts

In-Dash mounting:  Mobile video in-dash systems have two basic sizes.  Single DIN and double DIN.

The DIN refers to the size of the head unit.  These are both generally 7 inches wide.  Both the single and double DIN are 2 and 4 inches high but can vary greatly in depth.

Car Video players usually combine your car video electronics with your car sound and CD player and may be the most convenient option available to you.

You could also choose to mount the car video screen on one of the front-seat visors.  Strap on type monitors simply clip onto your existing sun visor.

Many visor systems have a car video blackout feature that prevents the driver to be distracted while driving.

Overhead mounting is another option.  These options, at times, offer the largest screens available.

These types of car video players combine the screen and player in a handy fold away screen that runs flush with the ceiling while the actual DVD player can be located underneath one of the seats.

You could consider headrest mounted monitors too.  This is a great option for backseat viewing.

When two headrest monitors are installed, they can be connected to separate car video sources allowing one passenger to play video games and the other to watch movies.

You can enjoy the benefit of a bigger screen and stereo sound thanks to monitors and receivers with plenty inputs, whether you are streaming video on your phone, watching DVD’s or downloading to your tablet.

Installation Guide

Installation difficulty levels vary greatly depending on which system you choose to install.

One of the easiest ways to achieve video in your car is to add a DVD receiver in your dash.  Some video receivers even fit into standard dash openings and feature retractable monitors, making installation a lot easier.

For safety reasons, you can only play a DVD or stream a video from your dash if you have your vehicle parked with the handbrake engaged.

The receiver is installed just like a standard deck.  Video receivers usually allow you to connect an extra audio or video component, making it capable of extensive system expansion.

Multi-zone receivers have video/audio outputs for separate monitors.  When using the dual-zone feature you can send the signal to the rear monitors and earphones allowing the viewers at the back to enjoy it as well, whilst the driver can still play the stereo over the car’s speakers.

The cinematic car

Back seat passengers have two ways of watching videos while the car is in motion.   Most commonly used is the headrest video monitor, which comes in one of three designs.

Screens can be installed in your factory headrest, you could secure your monitor to the factory headrest or replace your standard headrest with ones that have pre-installed monitors.

A lot of newer make vehicle have headrests with factory installed monitors which include a variety of video inputs like HDMI ports for HD sources.  When wiring your car video system, take care is using the correct video cable specifically designed for car applications.

They are better insulated and will help eliminate radiated noise which is a common problem in an automotive environment, and prevent the weaker wire from degrading your viewing quality.

Overhead monitors are popularly used in SUV’s and minivans where space is not an issue.  It is much easier for backseat passengers to view a picture from an overhead ceiling monitor.

Overhead monitors, like headrest monitors, mostly feature DVD players built into the housing.  This reduces the number of connection wires.

Final decision

With so many different options to choose from the task of even deciding which one to install may seem daunting but if you allow yourself to really consider how you are going to use it, this guide will definitely help narrow your choices to a unit that will suit your needs.

While your video is important, you are going to have to hear what you are watching. If using dual zone media from an in-dash receiver, you van channel the audio to a rear output. A lot of overhead or headrest videos come with built-in wireless FM modulators.

These beam the audio signal over a FM frequency through your car stereo so the sound is carried through the entire car.

Wireless modulators do at times suffer the occasional interference and may be a little more limited than the hard-wired versions.

Using headphones may be the best way for the back seat viewers to listen to video. With headphones sealing over your ears you eliminate road noise and the chatter of fellow passengers.

Plug in wired earphones will give you the best quality sound, but if your overhead or headrest video comes equipped with infrared transmission, you could use a set of wireless headphones which are ideal in a car given the distance between the monitor and viewer with the seatbelt in-between.

The benefits of a decent car video system is all you can connect to it. Not limited to movies and music, you can add games, local television, and even satellite television. The more audio/video inputs your system has, the more you can do with it.

Certain components like video games may require additional power inverters in order for you to use them in your car.

Say you have two monitors, games, and satellite radio hooked up to an in-dash receiver with multi-zone capability, one person can watch a DVD, the other can play games and the rest can listen to satellite radio over the car speakers. Everyone in the car is entertained and content, making any long rip much less of a drag.