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> Hi Guys,
> I am building a camera system for my pharmacy. The ideas is to use the current
> system in place and add a couple of extra USB or Analog cameras.
> I am building the system from new, using linux (ubuntus most likely) and motion.
> I am planning to have a combination of cameras monitoring:
> - 2 or more USB cameras
> - 4 Cameras connected in a current video security system (one of those that
> connects to the TV and slipts the screen in 4)
> - 2 analog cameras
> The computer will pretty much only be doing the monitoring of the cameras (at
> least I have no other intension for this system as of today). Because I am
> building the system from new, I am wondering what you guys can recomend interms
> of memory, CPU, etcs. So far I am looking at Intel (I trust intel) Socket 775
> MicroATX, with 1Gb of memory, and a SATA HD of 250Gb, as far as the CPU maybe a
> Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz.
> I am planning to purchase one or 2 of those Channers2000 security video card to
> enable more cameras.
> I have setup motion in the past for my own home usage with a quickcam, so I have
> some experience in that area. I am also "a somewhat" advance user of linux, so
> no problem there either.
> Let me know if you guys have any input.. otherwise.. i will go buy my system in
> a couple of days and start working on it.
> Thanks in advanced guys.
Hello. I would consider what resolution, framerate, and quality of videos you want to record as well. If you want to store the videos for a long(ish) period of time, you may want to invest in more storage. It should also be noted that the more "fancy" things you have Motion do, like smartmask, deinterlacing, and such will create more CPU load. If the system is critical, you may also want to consider some type of redundant storage in case a hard drive fails. I would also invest in some sort of secure/hidden enclosure if this is going to actually be on-site since it is a pharmacy. For a bit of benchmark in terms of what you may need, my system has two analog cameras at the moment with a resolution of 512x384 and a framerate of 4. I have an Athlon-XP 2500+, and with no activity there is usually only a 3-4% CPU load. I hope this helps you a bit.
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