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Old 01-18-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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USB or PCI or PCMCIA Video Capture?

I'm looking to build a small (Mini-ITX size) computer that's going to be used to capture video from 4-6 inputs. The end use is going to be mounting it in a vehicle - so I'm just looking at Mini-ITX systems that run off of 12VDC. I'm probably going to be capturing video from cheap-ish "surveillance" type cameras that just have an RCA composite output.

Due to the size of these systems, I *might* have one PCI 2.2 slot, but more likely will be limited to PCMCIA or USB2.0. I figure that USB2 has the best likelihood of working for my application.

So.... does anyone have recommendations for a moderately priced unit for video capture (just simple Composite/"RCA" input) for:

1) A USB device so I could use 4-6 of them with a 2.0 hub
2) A PCMCIA capture card that can capture 4-6 channels of video
3) A (moderately priced) PCI 2.2 card that can capture 4-6 channels.

If anyone can recommend a manufacturer, model, etc. that's known to work with (or even better, supported for) Linux, that would be great.

I've looked around on Google a lot, but I can't seem to find much that only captures simple composite video and works with Linux.


PS - I only need 640x480 resolution or so.
Old 05-16-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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Hello there, while I have no suggestions to assist you, I am also interested in the same set-up you describe.
I too have a Mini ITX MII 1200 that I use in my 4x4 for track logging from GPS when driving, as well as mobile internet etc.
I have two RCA type cameras, one forward and one reversing, that I am looking to record from to get some action shots when driving.
Have you had any luck on this?
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Hauppauge ImpactVCB

If you add a powered PCI riser card that provides two PCI slots, you can squeeze in two cards.
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Thanks for the reply on my part, but in my instance there is no possibility of installing anything internal to the case I have used.
I used a Travla C150 case, even though it wasn't designed for the MII motherboard, I got it all to fit nicely.
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Would a bunch of webcams work ? It seems your box is just laking the space for anything more. I mean webcams all they need is a USB port ... and you can have a hub. Many Logitech webcams work, at least they work for me. Look em up before you buy.
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Yes I have thought of web cams, but the resolution displayed from them is not the best sometimes, and they are not waterproof enough either.
I wonder if there is a composite video to usb converter anywhere, I will have to do some googling me thinks.


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