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ip camera software with switchable output (ext or int)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:52 pm    Post subject: ip camera software with switchable output (ext or int) Reply with quote

Hello, I am looking to setup a system with 15 cameras at a remote location. We have a dedicated T3 line and we are now investigating software. What we ultimately need is the ability to view all 15 cameras (6 at 30fps, 9 at <10 fps) simultaneously and be able to switch between them and send the selected signal out of the app. Ideally 'out of the app' means externally from the PC (via firewire video or other digital format) or if necessary if the app just made the output available with a programming API then we could have something developed.

If anyone knows of these capabilities built into network camera software (switching) I would really appreacite hearing about it.

Another question.. Does IP camera software login to each camera individually over a network or is a server at the remote location usually required to stream the video back to the viewing location?

Thank you
Brian Allen
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Brian,

Just a heads up, if you're using MPEG4 for recording, you should be able to record and display all cameras over the T3 simultaneously without a problem. If you use MJPEG then you may or may not be able to accomplish this depending on image size, my guess is that it would be a pretty tight squeeze.

You can stream over the T3, or place a recording server on the local lan (at least with our software). It doesn't technically matter either way. I personally prefer as few points of failure as possible and normally recommend placing a server on-site in these cases, but it is not a necessity, only a personal preference. With a server on-site, at least you can assume with reasonable certainty that even if the WAN is down, at least the server is recording video data/evidence.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish by pushing video out of the app, it may be possible to meet your needs with our XProtect Enterprise product. We offer a free stand-alone Matrix and matrix plugin with our enterprise software which allows you to push video out to another networked PC, or second (third/fourth..) monitor. Come to think of it, if you have a video card capable of component output, you could attach not only an external TV monitor, but you could attach to a DV cam or VCR.

We also provide an SDK for our software at no cost which would allow you to develop your own software to meet your needs exactly.

You are welcome to download and install our enterprise software. All of our software can be installed fully functional in 30-day trial mode.

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Milestone Systems Inc.
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