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Emulating Video Capture Card

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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 1:44 am    Post subject: Emulating Video Capture Card Reply with quote

Hello people!

I am looking for a software solution to use an IP camera for ID image capture, for a security access control program that is designed to take input from a video capture card (which encodes an analog camera).

It is for a single camera situation plugged directly to a PC.

I have a lot of existing customers with this (expensive) access control software and many would like to adopt high resolution IP cameras and do away with the analog camera combined with video capture card situation.

Some have suggested adding a video decoder before the video capture card, but this adds lots of hardware that is likely unnecessary. Also, the IP cameras are often high resolution and so a high quality decoder and a new higher quality analog capture card would have to be purchased.

Common sense and engineer's intuition tells me that some simple software probably exists that will take the output from the IP cameras driver and 'make it seem like' an analog capture card's output.

Note: the drivers for the analog capture card use directShow and I would expect that any simple software that does what I am describing uses directShow as well.

So, can any of you generous people suggest software to do what I described?

Much obliged,
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can tell you what we are doing in our community. We currently use an HID access control system using HID readers and HID VertX or Edge access control panels. We have key fobs made for us with logos for about a buck each. We chose HID because they are the leaders in the field and second place is not that close.

We then use controlmydoors.com as a service where they host the software and people that need to connect to view logs, manage key fobs access this from the internet through their favorite browser. Works well for us because we have have several people can use need access. This would be very difficult to do with software running on a PC. Sure, we can do remote desktop, but that's not very good. If you contact them, say hi to Phil and mention Carl.

Then Panasonic BB-HCM735A cameras, which are about the size of a card reader, just thicker sit above the readers. It's a 1MP camera and the VertX panel feeds a signal to the camera to take a picture. The picture is then FTP'ed back to contromydoors.com where it's associated with that event. It has mild PTZ capabilites that help adjust where to aim the camera without physically moving the camera.

In the activity log for the access control, it will show you the picture of the person that owns the key fob and a picture from the camera side by side. So you can instantly compare the images to see if it's an unauthorized use.

The patrol company can see this and also can connect to our 3MP Mobotix cameras that have an overall view of the entrance gates.
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