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    That looks quite promising They don't tell if there is SDK, what is resolution and whether it can record all channels at the same time, but it's a start. Thanks!
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    USB 2.0 (highspeed) cams do exist. TRUST lists 2 models, SpaceCam 380(no mic) & 360(with audio, iirc). Too bad they use cheap CMOS sensor.


    Creative has a USB2.0 cam too.

    Full 640*480 @ 30 im/sec.

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    go with some form of mpeg

    Quote Originally Posted by lastberserker
    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?
    I actually work for a company that design and produce capture cards. www.remoteeyes.com. From what I've seen, using usb takes up a lot of resources. You're better off with a pci card that has a mpeg encoder on board. I am currently testing some mpeg boards from taiwan that are mpeg 4 boards. They are prototypes and are not yet stable (from this companry ACTi). But if you can find a company that has compatible software, along with a mpeg-4 board, then it'll be great for your application. There should be pci boards out there that are some form of mpeg and each of the 4 channels produce 30 fps. LessThe right software will save you a lot of hassel.

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    I've used Active Webcam in the past for surveillance at my house. You can set thresholds on when to record by the amount of movement in the picture. Also it supports an unlimited number of cameras.
    http://www.pysoft.com/ActiveWebCamMainpage.htm
    It also supports USB, analog cameras, TV-boards, camcorders, and from network IP cameras. so you can take your pick on devices.

    It has a Webpage creator that you could create a HTML page to embed it in to the front end of your choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froggio
    There should be pci boards out there that are some form of mpeg and each of the 4 channels produce 30 fps. LessThe right software will save you a lot of hassel.
    As someone actually working in this industry, can you recomend something?
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    I'm interested in something like this that's linux friendly. In the meanwhile, I got a Sanyo security vcr off ebay. Pretty cool stuff. Has all kinds of alarm inputs and outputs. Only one channel though.

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    I purchased acouple of these of Ebay.
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...tem=5772837395

    They were cheap the bloke sent them quick and when I had a problem setting the software up he was more than helpfull emailing me back a couple of times. The software provided is/was called Pico and will, cycle through screens, show one screen, one large and others small. Will also back up pics to hard drive in 15 min chunks so if it crashes you only lose the last save as well as compressing the pics (have not looked at that yet). Also has the option to choose a screen motion sensative area of the screen to start it saving. Basically the screen is divided into small squares and you can choose that if motion is detected in any pattern of squares it will start recording.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_lou
    I purchased acouple of these of Ebay.
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...tem=5772837395

    They were cheap the bloke sent them quick and when I had a problem setting the software up he was more than helpfull emailing me back a couple of times. The software provided is/was called Pico and will, cycle through screens, show one screen, one large and others small. Will also back up pics to hard drive in 15 min chunks so if it crashes you only lose the last save as well as compressing the pics (have not looked at that yet). Also has the option to choose a screen motion sensative area of the screen to start it saving. Basically the screen is divided into small squares and you can choose that if motion is detected in any pattern of squares it will start recording.
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    (Its four channel)
    I've got I think the same one. Is the software PICO 2000? I think it's mostly encoded in software which is why I haven't bothered trying to move it to my ongoing carpc project. It's only a 433 Celeron.

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    Yes it is.
    I have it in the bedroom wife works nights and wants to see who is coming to the house without getting up:
    IE delivery of my computer bits MUST get up.
    Bible bashers and salesmen stay in bed
    I should never have sugested it though cost me a fortune to build a pc silent enough to keep her happy. The final straw was Wife: "that whiring noise is keeping me awake" Me:"sorry dear but the hard drive is needed" (so a silent hard drive was purchased)
    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    I've got I think the same one. Is the software PICO 2000? I think it's mostly encoded in software which is why I haven't bothered trying to move it to my ongoing carpc project. It's only a 433 Celeron.
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