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  • Anyone with knowledge of surveilance cards?

    After a bit of searching and reading I'm starting to believe that the only way to connect 2 or more real-time cameras to Windows computer is via PCI capture card (AKA surveilance or PVR card) with multiple inputs.

    Have you ever used one of these? There are many cards available from eBay, priced all from $30+ to several grands. I'd love to know which ones give more-or-less good video and have SDK that can be used to select between cameras. Help, anyone?
    Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

  • #2
    And multiple webcams ?
    Now Galileo is real. Muhahahahaha :p

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    • #3
      i've used them for a while, i'd stick with geovision.

      sure they cost a bit but you do pay for what you get.

      as for SDK's i havent come across any, if you do let me know too.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DeltaFX
        And multiple webcams ?
        Sure
        Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

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        • #5
          I would look for one with WDM drivers for XP/2000. If it's got multiple inputs then you can enumerate them and pick which one to work on.
          EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pate60
            i've used them for a while, i'd stick with geovision.

            sure they cost a bit but you do pay for what you get.

            as for SDK's i havent come across any, if you do let me know too.
            Ok, thanks for the pointer Those expensive cards usually compress video with high fps, like 120 or more. Good for accident reporting, but I'd settle for a card that just streams video w/o trying to capture it. I guess that's too much of a wishful thinking, right?
            Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

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            • #7
              All you need is an inexpensive video capture card and one of these quad processors plugged into it. They have 4 or more video inputs and one output. You can display mulitple camera views at once or switch between them.
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              • #8
                also keep in mind on those multi camera capture cards, every camera you add reduces the total frames per second. so if you start with a 60fps card and have 2 cameras your only going to get 30 fps. get 4 cameras and you end up with 15fps per camera
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                • #9
                  and, the cheap-o cards are usually software based encoding, which at 120 fps will take some muscle.

                  on the other hand, a PVR-type card usually has hardware based encoding, which pegs your CPU at.....0%
                  Cheap Laptop, great for Carputer!

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                  • #10
                    actually i set up a simple carputer for a PI, based on a mini ITX a while ago, simple 4ch card, only used 2 channels, with front and back wide angle lens cameras, captured at 12 fps per camera. the card was only light $5 on ebay. worked a treat.

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                    • #11
                      here try this
                      http://www.grandtec.com/xguard.htm
                      100 bux

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Outsider
                        It has only 20 fps to share among all inputs. And no SDK in sight. I think 60 fps is bare minimum, and SDK is the must - the card should be able to display one or two cams at the same time in specified screen regions. Sorry I didn't specify this upfront, I'm learning
                        Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

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                        • #13
                          Why don't you just use a bunch of USB cameras?
                          http://carputers.org/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by darkciti
                            Why don't you just use a bunch of USB cameras?
                            I've read it on multiple occasions that Windows doesn't work well with multiple USB cameras. I don't want to switch to Linux or other DIY system just to find that, although in theory they do support any hardware or combination thereof, it's all, well, DIY

                            Still, if you out a how-to on connecting multiple USB cameras, please, enlighten me
                            Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pate60
                              actually i set up a simple carputer for a PI, based on a mini ITX a while ago, simple 4ch card, only used 2 channels, with front and back wide angle lens cameras, captured at 12 fps per camera. the card was only light $5 on ebay. worked a treat.
                              Do you remember the name or the seller of that card? Did it come with SDK or did you have to use some stock software? Thanks
                              Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

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