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

Jason Bell j.bell at cqu.edu.au
Sun Mar 25 18:38:54 CDT 2007

G'day ED

I can only comment on IVC-200, but all of my Access Grids use that capture card and I find it works quite well.  All my AG nodes are Linux (Fedora Core) based.

Information on my AG's can be found at http://hpc.cqu.edu.au/menu.html?INDEX=index2.html&MAIN=accessgrid.html


From: Ed Brannin [mailto:edbrannin at gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, 24 March 2007 5:00 AM
To: AG Tech list
Subject: [AG-TECH] Video capture for Linux: IVC-200, -G?, -RS-R20?


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 winning: 

[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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