non-ordinary video capture software/hardware
Hi. trying to setup a surveillance system. Want it to run in a linux environment. My problem is that I don't know what kind of programs linux offers for my scenario (below). Any the only info I can find is for devices like the "all in wonder" or other Genaro where there is only one video source.
This is a post to a fellow that is trying to help me on the net (below)
The current system 8 bnc camera's, two four-port switch boxes, two vhs recorders, and one monochrome monitor (bnc as well I believe)
The desired system would be all 8 camera's recording to hard disc as well as displaying the current activity in near real time on a display.
The biggest problem I have; I need Video-Capture cards that can function in both a LINUX or MS WINDOWS environment. I would like LIN, but I think I may have to go MS for ease of use by other operators. But would like LIN cause of cost.
I know I need a mainboard w/ on board LAN, and possibly graphics. I also need the VID-CAP cards either two four port or one two port (bnc) (if I were two use the two switch boxes I already have, suggested by you)
I will probably get a 120 gig drive as it should be suffice and still remain under the 137 gig boundary for simplicity sake. A case with a PSU and probably a crappy 1024x780 CRT. And a simple router too so that the system can share an already existing internet account so the system can be monitored remotely.
The software for the VIDEOCAPTURE is going to be the problem, unless is comes with the VID-CAP cards. And then the dilemma... (cause the system is to be as cost effective as possible) whether I should use the existing switch boxes to save money as the VID-CAP cards are about $200-500 a piece.
So may questions to you are:
-do you know of any such cards available? as google searches have provided limited results with web pages that look quite elementary.
-VID-CAP cards that will function in a Win or Lin environment and that may have WIN software attached?
-in the case that they are cheaper without software bundled (vc cards) do you know of any third party video capturing software i could acquire on my own?
-should I use the switch boxes or just by two vc cards (8 ports total) for simplicity sake.
-I will still need onboard graphics on the mobo to display current video to monitor correct.
- will PCI express be necessary (shouldn't be) for the VC cards?
- sound is not an issue
- I need an app with an extremely easy front end
- i will be using the current camera's
Last edited by cjae; 05-08-2005 at 02:02 AM.