[AG-TECH] Cheap Video Cameras

Ivan R. Judson judson at mcs.anl.gov
Tue May 28 18:57:17 CDT 2002

Hey All.

If you don't care about pan/tilt; or waiting for big frames to be
supported (full NTSC), just get any old webcam.  The intel usb camera,
the kodak usb camera, and most firewire cameras work good enough; just
don't set it for big frames or vic will crash (for now).

Unless you are going to fiddle around with the camera a lot, just get a
cheaper camera and skip the wintv board altogether.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov] On
Behalf Of Don Lewis
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 6:31 PM
To: Sergeant A. G. Tech; Don Morton
Cc: Borries Demeler; David Hobbs
Subject: RE: [AG-TECH] Cheap Video Cameras

The capture card has a composite video input ( rca phono )
and any ntsc compatible camera will work with it. I have used everything
from a small toshiba webcam, Closed circuit security cameras and the
more expensive ones. A cheap and readily available starter camera would
be a camcorder. Still offers zoom and auto-focus as well as auto-white
balance and auto iris.

just my two-cents...
Don Lewis

>===== Original Message From Don Morton <morton at cs.umt.edu> ===== All,
>I'm helping a couple of good folks incrementally jump
>into the AG world.  They both, theoretically, have
>I2 and multicast, but no funds for an AGN yet.  So,
>I've interested them in building a cheap "proof of
>concept" system much like the one in my office (the one
>that delivers those views of mountains and deer to
>y'all), just so they can start to familiarize themselves
>with the basic software components, work out multicast
>issues, etc. while they're still waiting for Santa to
>bring them their real AGN.
>The one area I feel weak in is the choice of a video
>camera.  I happen to use an expensive one in my office
>(costs more than the computer), but that's just because
>I happened to have a spare.  For these folks, I'd like
>to be able to recommend one with the following properties
>- CHEAP - remember, this is just proof of concept
>- Compatible with the Hauppage video capture cards recommended
>  in the AG hardware list, and of course the AG 1.0
>  Redhat distribution.  In other words, I don't want to
>  be having to compile new drivers, etc.  My "guess" is
>  that the only drivers needed are those to interface with
>  the Hauppage, and that the Hauppage is relatively
>  "camera independent" as long as one has the right
>  input (like S-video), but I'm not sure of this.
>Does anybody have a recommendation for a tried and tested video cam 
>that satisfies the above?
>   Don Morton                   http://MRoCCS.cs.umt.edu/~morton/
>   Department of Computer Science       The University of Montana
>   Missoula, MT 59812 | Voice (406) 243-4975 | Fax (406) 243-5139

Don Lewis
Senior Computer Specialist
Graduate Institute of Technology
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
voice: (501)569-8016
email: djlewis at ualr.edu

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