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'[OT]: PC based video surveillance?'
2001\03\14@110745 by John Pearson

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I want to install a video surveillance system. My first thought was a VCR
and a small BW camera, but I was wondering if a PC would make a better
system.

If so, is there any software/hardware packages out there to put together a
small and simple video surveillance system based on a PC?

All and any info about video surveillance systems are welcome.

Thanks

John

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2001\03\14@113716 by D Lloyd

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Hi,

I guess the simplest solution would be to get hold of a 10 web cam and
attach it to a PC, then use the software to grab images every n seconds.
Of course, leaving this kit lying around is easy for thieves/the targets to
smash up when they break into premises, so it might be an idea to FTP the
pics to a remote site (via a simple script) to prevent the loss of evidence
(if you have a net connection).

Dan



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I want to install a video surveillance system. My first thought was a VCR
and a small BW camera, but I was wondering if a PC would make a better
system.

If so, is there any software/hardware packages out there to put together a
small and simple video surveillance system based on a PC?

All and any info about video surveillance systems are welcome.

Thanks

John

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2001\03\14@114945 by Herbert Graf

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Haven't used their video products but http://www.X10.com has alot of stuff like
that which might be what you're looking for. TTYL

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2001\03\14@122530 by M. Adam Davis

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Were I in your shoes I would look for two programs (hopefully with
source code):
First, a simple video processing program which detects changes from
frame to fram in video.  When it detects significant changes (say, a
certian percentage of the picture changes color or brightness between 5
frames, etc)
That program starts the second program which does video compression.  I
might recommend divx (they are coming out with an mpeg4 version as well,
but I don't remember the name...) at http://www.projectmayo.com/
The video compression is so good you may not even need the first program
(since divx compares the frames first and only stores the changes)

You would still need a method to capture video.  USB cams can only be a
few meters from the PC, so I would suggest you go ahead and use regular
video cameras (color pinholes can be had for under $50[US]), and send
the composite to a video capture card on your PC (cheap video capture is
also less than $50[US]).  Use one PC, and either have several cards, one
card that has several channels, or one card and an external video switch
if you want multiple cameras.

-Adam

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2001\03\14@123143 by Joan Ilari

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>  I want to install a video surveillance system. My first thought was a VCR
>  and a small BW camera, but I was wondering if a PC would make a better
>  system.
>
>  If so, is there any software/hardware packages out there to put
>  together a
>  small and simple video surveillance system based on a PC?
>

A couple of months ago I bought a WebCamGo 3 from Creative Labs. With the
camera comes a software package called "Video Blaster WebCam Control"
which allows to monitor what the camera sees and "taking pictures" when
changes are detected in the image. You can record also sounds and even
short video sequences. The immediate application for this program is,
of course, for video surveillance.

Hope this helps

Joan

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2001\03\14@123345 by Kev

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Take a look at http://www.x10.com

They have an assortment of cheapie devices/systems for this with wired &
wireless cameras & USB interfaces.  (smarthome.com would be another but a
bit pricier).

http://www.supercircuits.com sells better quality cameras.

Ask on the comp.home.automation newsgroup as these guys play with the stuff.

I'm looking for a cheap video capute card for a P2 233 myself, like to find
an old All in Wonder card or such cheap.

Kev



> I want to install a video surveillance system. My first thought was a VCR
> and a small BW camera, but I was wondering if a PC would make a better
> system.
>
> If so, is there any software/hardware packages out there to put together a
> small and simple video surveillance system based on a PC?
>
> All and any info about video surveillance systems are welcome.

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2001\03\14@145302 by M. D. Miller

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You know, I have one of those, two.  Only problem I have with it is that
someone has to be logged in on the PC in order to start the app.  I'd really
like something that runs as a service on NT or 2K so it can be constantly
digitizing (as necessary) and posting to a web site, or similar.

Thoughts?

-- Mitch


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2001\03\14@153002 by Chris Carr

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> > I want to install a video surveillance system. My first thought was a
VCR
> > and a small BW camera, but I was wondering if a PC would make a better
> > system.

Considerably superior but why limit yourself to only one camera ?

> >
> > If so, is there any software/hardware packages out there to put together
a
> > small and simple video surveillance system based on a PC?

Yes, but what Country do you wish to operate this equipment in ?

TV Standards and Shipping are two factors that cannot be ignored.

Regards
Chris

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2001\03\14@221423 by Robert Francisco

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John,

I am using an ATI-All-in-wonder-pro. It allows me to capture a 'still' onto
an avi file every second, that later can be played back as a moving picture.
Might be worth checking out.

RF
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