[AG-TECH] Video capture for Linux: IVC-200, -G?, -RS-R20?

Ed Brannin edbrannin at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 13:59:49 CDT 2007


I'm running an AG node with several cameras attached, 3 of which are
connected through a Winnov Videum 4400 (which is Windows-only).  I'm about
to buy a video capture card to try with our Linux machines, and from
everything listed on the AG website[1], it seems like the IVC-200 series is

[1]: http://www.accessgrid.org/taxonomy/term/16

 * PCI-compatible
 * Linux drivers
 * video inputs are directly attached to the card (unlike the Bluecherry)
 * I hear some people have had trouble with the Spectra8

The FALCONquattro might also work, but I don't know if they're available in
small quantities; I've emailed IDS to ask about that.

...but before I buy an IVC-200, I'd like your input: there seem to be 4
varities, with -G and/or -RS-R20 tacked on the end.  Near as I can tell, the
-G is for a GPIO module, which might be interesting if we were programming
microcontrollers (which we aren't), and the other suffix pertains to
European hazardous substance regulations.

So, should we buy the IVC-200, one of the (slightly) more expensive models,
or something else entirely?

-Ed Brannin
edbrannin at gmail.com
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