Video Capture Card

Video Card Surveillance Recording software

4 Camera PCI Digital Video Recorder Security Capture Card.

FREE PC Windows 98 / Windows ME Digital Video Surveillance Recording software HIGH 110 592 (384 x 288) pixel images with CCIR/PAL Cameras

Motion Detection * Masking * Audible Warnings * TCP/IP Remote Viewing * Comprehensive Log * Time Lapse * FIFO Recyclable Storage

PCI PC Capture Card & FREE Software with User Manual on CD ROM

GoVideo-1 Software on CD ROM & KeyPro use with CAP 4 CH for single Camera High 768x576 Resolution only ! $69

Video Card software

FREE Software functions:

IBM Compatible PC-based Digital Video Recording Surveillance System for colour or monochrome Video Cameras, Record and Monitor or Playback simultaneously.

Four Camera Motion Detection or Continuous or Time Lapse Digital Video recording.

Using Motion Detection images are recorded only when image changes are detected.

Multiple Masking Zones for each Camera.

Adjustable Detection Sensitivity for each Camera.

Audible Warnings, custom Sound Files associated with each Camera may be configured to automatically play when image changes are detected.

Viewing during recording and remotely via LAN TCP/IP, access limited to one remote (Client) PC at a time.

Images may be Stamped with user defined Title and Full Date/Time: Year / Month / Day AM-PM / Hour / Minutes / Seconds.

Comprehensive log for each Camera, sorted by Year - Month - Day - Time, individual event clips may be saved in an Archive File or deleted.

Storage on multiple HDDs and Folders, oldest files are overwritten on a First-In First-Out (FIFO) basis when free HDD space falls below a user specified value (range 9999 MB to 100 MB). This facility avoids loss of current surveillance recordings and eliminates the need to periodically manually delete files.

Image Compression: User adjustable to balance File Size against Image Quality.

Huge Storage capacity 1 110 000 ~ 1 390 000 Images with 50 GigaByte HDD @ maximum Image Quality setting, even greater capacity @ lower Image Quality settings. (This estimation is based on a sampling of one hundred 20 MB files each containing 444 ~ 555 images). By comparison the image capacity of a VCR with 3 hour tape is just 540 000 images (50 fields per second x 3 600 second x 3 hours).

Capture Rate: 3 ~ 5 images per second per Camera, depends on PC Hardware, number of Cameras in use, image content, compression, other running tasks, etc.

Eliminates tedious and time consuming review of tape recordings, labelling and storage of tapes.

Eliminates the high cost of a Time Lapse VCR, Maintenance and Cassettes.

Considerably Higher-Resolution, Lower-Noise, Deterioration-Free and Consistent Image Quality than possible with a Quad and VHS or even SUPER-VHS VCR.

Operates continuously: no down-time while tape rewinds, is changed or replayed.



Single Chip Bt878 BrookTree IC Video Capture, fully PCI 2.1 compliant.
Compatible with CCIR/PAL (Australia) EIA/NTSC (Read this) (USA) & SECAM (France) TV systems.
4 standard composite video (AV) 75 ohm inputs via RCA sockets.


KEY FEATURES: FREE Surveillance Software

Click here to read User Notes (this page contains numerous screen shots and will take 1 ~ 4 minutes to load, page will open in a "New Window" therefore you may continue browsing this page while it loads).

Each Video input can be configured with it's own Brightness, Contrast, Sensitivity, Video Quality (Compression), Mask Area(s) and Camera ID.

Camera ID (Title) with Full Date & Time Stamp: Year / Month / Day / AM-PM / Hour / Minutes / Seconds may be recorded with each Camera.

Motion Detection Recording with variable sensitivity and audible Alarm, sequentially monitors images for changes and records video.

Continuous Recording.

Time Lapse Recording intervals adjustable 0.5 to 600 seconds, 0.5 second increments.

Eliminates tedious and unproductive visual monitoring, system may be configured to play a standard or custom audio file associated with each camera when motion is detected. User's attention to activity in areas under surveillance may be announced by PC Sound System ie: "Movement at Rear of Building" - "Movement in Display Area" - etc - etc.

Masking allows user to define areas that will be disregarded by Motion Detection function, multiple masked areas may be defined anywhere on image or the entire image masked and segments of importance unmasked.

Storage Folder for each Camera may be located on different HDDs, this allows a large HDD to be allocated for Camera(s) in high activity or high priority areas, Folders for other Cameras may be located elsewhere. Images may be stored on Local (Server) PC and / or Remote PC.

Comprehensive Log on Local (Server) PC for each Camera with individual files for each event, sorted by Year - Month - Day - Time, individual clips may be saved in an Archive File or deleted.

20 Playback speeds 20:1 ratio.

Full-Screen Replay using Media Player.

Control system with Mouse or Keyboard.

Images can be saved as a BMP or JPEG file.

Print images.

AVI, BMP and JPEG files may be easily copied and distributed to Police, Security Personnel, etc, via Floppy Disc, CD ROM, Zip, Tape, e-mail, etc,.

AVI files can be viewed Full-Screen using standard Windows MS Media Player, BMP and JPEG files can be viewed with MS Paint, Quick View, etc, no special software required.

Sequential capture and motion detection analysis of images from 4 inputs at up to 384 x 288 (CCIR/PAL Australia & SECAM France/Russia) 320 x 240 (Read this) (EIA/NTSC USA/Japan).

* HIGHER-RESOLUTION see comparison below

Compared to conventional 4 Camera Quad / VCR recording systems that are susceptible to fluctuating results depending on condition of Tape, VCR Heads and Transport mechanisms.

FREE Software: CCIR/PAL recording 384 (H) x 288 (V) per camera = 110 592 pixels.

Quad & VHS VCR: CCIR/PAL recording ~ 160 x ~ 288 per camera = 46 080 pixels, 58% less data.

Quad & SUPER-VHS VCR: CCIR/PAL recording ~ 265 x ~ 288 per camera = 76 320 pixels, 31% less data.

Above comparison is based on a VCR operating in Frame-Recording mode, as most VCRs (in Time-Lapse mode) only record Fields, the situation is considerably worse as only 144 (not 288) horizontal scan lines are recorded per camera. In Field mode per camera pixels for VHS are: 23 040, 79% less data, for Super-VHS 38 160, 65% less data.



CPU: Pentium 200 or above, Pentium 500 or better recommended, Celeron not recommended.
Operating System - RECORDING Software: Windows 98 / ME with latest updates.
One PCI Slot and unshared IRQ (Interrupt Request).
Operating System - REMOTE VIEW Software: Windows 95, 98, NT or 2000.
Sound Card: (optional) for Audible Warnings.
Network Card: (optional) for Remote Viewing.
Hard Disk space: Plenty of disk storage for recording, at least 1GB per camera.
System RAM: 64 MB or above.
Display card: 16-bit high colour or 24-bit true colour, 800 x 600 or above, Direct Draw compatible.
Video Cameras: Up to 4 with standard 75 ohm composite video output, monochrome or colour, reliable recording is not possible with a mix of monochrome & colour cameras.



Size of individual files is 20 MB, each 20 MB file typically contains 444 ~ 555 images with Image Quality set @ maximum..

Storage capacity with @ 50 GB HDD @ highest Image Quality setting is 1 110 000 ~ 1 390 000 Images, capacity may be increased considerably by lowering Image Quality setting.

For comparison the capacity of a 24 Hour Time Lapse VCR with 3 hour tape is only 540 000 images (50 x 3 600 x 3).

Following is presented for informational purposes only and relates to GoVideo-4 system, details are in general also applicable to FREE Software.

Hard Disk Space requirements are impossible to specify, there are numerous variables that will affect the size of each Video Clip, they include: Image Resolution - Compression - Capture Rate (Frames-per-Second) - PC Speed/Performance - Image Content:- A solitary person moving about (only a portion of image is changing) - VERSUS - Numerous persons and/or vehicles moving about (large portions of image are changing).

Below are examples from a system that operates continuously 24 hours per day, PC hardware is: AMD K6-2/450 CPU (approximately equal to a 450 MHz Pentium), Epox MVP3 Apollo AGP/PCI ChipSet Motherboard with 1 MB L2 cache, 128 MB 100 MHz DRAM, IDE 33 ATA HDD.

This data is for a single Camera operating in Motion Detection Mode, Camera is a 600 + H-Line Colour Day / Night / IR unit with Automatic Iris Lens and Infra-Red illumination, the scene is the driveway / entrance to our warehouse. Activity in this situation includes: one to several persons moving about in the driveway, motor vehicles coming and going and passing motor vehicles, a person moving about in the driveway occupies 60% ~ 20% of the captured image frame height, a Truck occupies up to ~ 40% of image area. Motion Detection Sensitivity level is such that a Cat moving about at an ~ 6 metre wide point in the scene triggers recording Day or Night (under InfraRed illumination). GoVideo settings are: Resolution = 384 x 288, Compression = 5 (minimum compression, therefore highest image quality), Frame Rate is set to maximum for this Computer, 62 per 10 seconds.

There are 5 levels of Compression, with a static scene and resolution = 384 x 288, frame file size varies between 1 kB ~ 7 kB as compression is varied from 1 (maximum) to 5 (minimum). The minimum Frame Rate is 1 per 10 seconds, the maximum rate is dependent on PC Speed/Performance and resolution. AVI file data (number of frames) was obtained using MS Media Player with Indeo video 5.04 Decompression Filter - Video Renderer.

Over a 20 day period 3 547 events were captured, they occupied 467 MB of Disk Space, the smallest AVI file was 12 kB (2 Frames), the maximum was 8 389 kB (896 Frames).

Examples of some files: 14 kB (2 frames), 56 kB (12 frames), 163 kB (38 frames), 294 kB (59 frames), 66 kB (104 frames), 722 kB (137 frames). There is no direct relationship between the number of frames and file size, this is variable and depends on frame to frame changes in the images.

Above data is from an actual operating system and is presented as a guide only, actual results in each situation will vary considerably because of the numerous variables involved.

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4 Camera Video Capture Card with FREE CCTV Motion Detection & Time Lapse Digital Video Surveillance Recording software with Audible Alarms & Remote View software * Use with Colour or Monochrome CCTV Video Surveillance Video Cameras * Use your PC for DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDING - Motion Detection - Masking - Variable Sensitivity - Remote Viewing via LAN TCP / IP * Comprehensive Event Log * FIFO Recyclable Storage * DVR (Digital Video Recorder) captures much higher resolution images than conventional Quad & VHS or Super VHS VCR