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Notes

Multistream H.264 and Motion-JPEG Compression The H.264 video compression standard provides approximately twice the compression of the previous MPEG-4 standard for the same video quality. Within the H.264 standard, the "high" profile defines the highest video quality with the lowest bit rate, making it especially relevant for applications such as video security. Achieving very-low-latency (delay) encoding minimizes the response time from security personnel. Meanwhile, high-definition video encoding enables the IP camera to capture details such as facial features and license plates for enhanced security imaging. Since network bandwidth may be limited, systems can require the ability to encode/record one HD stream over a local area network (LAN) while simultaneously streaming a lower resolution feed for remote viewing over a wide area network (WAN).

In addition to H.264, many security systems require backward compatibility with existing equipment that does not support H.264. The Motion-JPEG (M-JPEG) standard can provide backward compatibility in such systems, as well as the ability to take high-resolution lossless snapshots. Specifically, it supports simultaneous encoding of H.264 video for uninterrupted video recording while capturing JPEG still images, which may be driven by specific events.


Hardware

Logitech 700e and 700i IP cameras

  • e = external = 249$
  • i = internal = 229$
  • b700i is 181 without poe injector

Logitech cameras have a 'free' service associated with them that allows on to route the cameras to their web proxy so you can view them online or through an app. Technically no server required but do you want Logitech to have access to the cameras?

  • https://shop.micasaverde.com/index.php
    • System has IP camera support but also has home automation included in its offerings.
  • Internal Cams @ 170$
  • External Cams @ ?
    • Vera 3 and Vera 2 look like the 'servers' for the vera devices. No software offered.
      • Vera 2 = 238
      • Vera 3 = 299

Y-cam

Camera solutions, bottom line, 310 for outdoor, 210 for indoor.

Misc

  • usb over ip using linux
  • usb over ip using device (compat with linux)


Notes

IP cameras will allow high resolutions, without end to end expensive equipment, axis and other have high resolution equipment but it is expensive. You can move some cameras, that is nice, IR cameras for night. Any inexpensive part by part (build a camera solution) seems alot. I wonder what kinda used high resolution cams that I can find. High resolution ip cams are still alot.

Software

Zoneminder

  • http://www.zoneminder.com/
    • Welcome to ZoneMinder.com, home of ZoneMinder the top Linux video camera security and surveillance solution. ZoneMinder is intended for use in single or multi-camera video security applications, including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child, family member or home monitoring and other domestic care scenarios such as nanny cam installations. It supports capture, analysis, recording, and monitoring of video data coming from one or more video or network cameras attached to a Linux system. ZoneMinder also support web and semi-automatic control of Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras using a variety of protocols. It is suitable for use as a DIY home video security system and for commercial or professional video security and surveillance. It can also be integrated into a home automation system via X.10 or other protocols. If you're looking for a low cost CCTV system or a more flexible alternative to cheap DVR systems then why not give ZoneMinder a try?

Like a suite? Background service.

Motion

  • Motion is a program that monitors the video signal from cameras. It is able to detect if a significant part of the picture has changed; in other words, it can detect motion. See more below.
  • http://www.prupert.co.uk/2009/03/18/motion-1-zoneminder-0/
    • Oh how wrong I was. Motion is so much better than ZoneMinder, I am sorry to say. It has a very basic web interface, allowing you to start and stop motion detection and view a live stream from one camera at a time. However, it really beats ZoneMinder into a cocked hat when you look at support for webcams. I had so many problems getting my webcams working in ZoneMinder, but in motion, you just tell it your video device locations (/dev/video0 etc) and off it goes.
    • There are some additional php packages out there allowing you to create webcam stream montages and view previous alerts created by motion. Although all configuration is done via a text config file, the file is well laid out and well commented and thus easy to understand.

Backround/Serving Service? Config files. Looks like mobile support via web interface.

iSpy

  • http://www.ispyconnect.com/download.aspx
    • I started writing iSpy back in 2007 after finding a superb open source c# .net project called AForge. I spent a while looking around for decent, free motion detection and recording software but didn't have much luck finding any with the capability that AForge provides - so I decided to write it myself. The motivation for writing it was that I had a healthy but sceptical interest in ghosts and UFO's - and I figured that if people had some decent software to use with all those webcams and microphones out there, and if there was something weird happening, iSpy was sure to find it!
    • You can install a 'client' on a system and network USB devices and mics on systems to a main server.

Looks like mobile support via web interface FREE! Still Windows Though. Looks like it has proxy serving service? Looks like you have to connect through proxy :/ some crap about authentication tokens.

Bluecherry

Answer:

We get this question alot. The short answer is absolutely not.

While it's common place for some companies to use existing open source software and build on that (a good example is Boxee), our software is completely written from the ground up for commercial applications. It does not contain any code from Zoneminder, and never will.

We do use some open source libraries, and comply with any licensing for those. We also give back to those libraries and supply patches for bugs that we found, or features that we want added. A good example is our patches to libav.

What is Zoneminder?

Zoneminder is free open source security / recording application that is written to work with Video4Linux supported capture cards. While it does support network cameras it does not support audio and does not have a GUI interface. Zoneminder is community supported and commercial support / SLA is not available. It is also licensed GPL, which means we couldn't use any of the source code if we wanted to in a closed source application.


So this is not zoneminder. Instead it is custom software.

Looks nice if you have cash to fork over.

NovaSun Cyweb

Same as any other active forground monitoring software.