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Avigilon With Mac Mini


 
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Ducs_Of_Hazzard
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Avigilon With Mac Mini Reply with quote

Hi There!

I'm picking up a couple Avigilon HD H.264 Dome Cameras 2.0MP for Outdoor Use and am wanting to use them with a Mac Mini. Since their software is only Windows Compatible does anyone know if a Windows 7 Premium Install (BootCamp) on a Mid 2011 Mac Mini would be sufficient enough to run say 2 to start but at a max 4 Video Streams? I would get the Mac Mini with the AMD Radeon HD 6630M Graphics Card becasue I don't think the Intel HD Graphics 3000 Processor would cut it. Unless someone here advised differently!

Also I assume that either of the Core i5 or Core i7 processors would be able to handle 4 video streams and output them to a TV simultaneously.

Or should I look at building / buying a Windows PC off the bat?

Thanks In Advance!
MD
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac Mini is as powerful as it gets these days with the Sandy Bridge processors. I have a Macbook Air with the lower speed i5 and it's amazingly fast. You can use bootcamp, depends on if you want to have OS X and Windows functionality at the same time. I run Windows 7 on VMWare Fusion and it's great. In it's unity mode, it brings up Windows apps like they were Mac apps. The only issue with the Mac Mini is it's limited on expandability, so adding additional drives is done through it's thunderbolt port and those drives can be pricy, but certianly doable.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Buellwinkle! I have to admit that I'm a bit of a Ducati guy myself so I hope you don't mind giving me advice.

Do you think that the Intel HD Graphics Processor that shares memory with the mini would cut it (I Could Always Increase The Memory In The Mini So More I Allocated To The Graphics Processor) or do you think that it would be better to get the mini with the dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6630M Graphics Card?

I'm only planning on running 2 Cameras to start and am not looking for recording or capturing functionality although it would be nice to add that later on if necessary. I will only be connecting 4 Cameras max.

So worst case scenario is 4 x 2.0 - 3.0 MP H.264 Cameras, ability to record and store 1 month maximum, motion detection and e-mail captured image(s), ability to login via iPhone app to check on things.

Thanks Again!
MD
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fancy video cards are for rendering like what is used in video games and you are not rendering when playing video, there's not even conversion like from analog to digital, so no you don't need a discrete video card or one designed for gaming, won't make a difference. Imagine that I can view any of my cams on an iPad or even my old iPhone 3GS and that probably has computing power that's maybe a few percent of a Mac Mini and no discrete video card on my iPhone.

At home, I use an Atom processor based computer, a Zotac ZBox, dual core, 1.6mhz, about the slowest currently made processor known to mankind for a computer. WIth 6 cameras, all 1.3MP each, running IIS, MS SQL Server and ACTi Enterprise NVR software on WIndows 7 (32 bit) I run about 10-20% CPU busy most of the time with occasional spikes to 30-50%. YMMV.
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