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    I am trying to find a video system to monitor some equipment/process we have running. I tried a home security system – but it did not have the capture rate. They are only 15/30 frames a second. The cameras were great, but it was the recorders that were the problem.
    Here are the criteria:
    I need 4 cameras, to record from different angles, simultaneously.
    I would like to get 50-100 frames a second
    It is an industrial environment – (dust, temperature) so the equipment must be durable. Light levels are not super bright.
    Simple to set-up in the field.
    Record 8-24 hours, then reset.
    I need a cost effective solution- we are not NASA so pricing is a factor .

    Thanks

    Patrick

  • #2
    So, you want to go to the moon but want to use bottle rockets to get there. It ain't gonna happen on a beer budget. Anything over 30fps is considered high speed and those aren't cheap. You might also need special equipment to play over 60fps. You didn't mention how it was going to be viewed or used.

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    • #3
      I've used Samsung's commercial grade equipment and something like their SRD-480D will record 4 cameras at full frame rate. There are other models that may also work. An enclosure with filtered forced air should be able to take care of any dust / temp issues. Since you gave us no clue on cost I'll let you do the research into pricing to see if that meets your definition of "cost effective solution".

      Steve
      Last edited by SteveF; 06-11-2013, 09:46 PM.

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      • #4
        The system is a Sawmill, and occasionally there is a jam up, of course when no one is watching. The intent is for be able to go back, and review the video is a problem has occurred, and then go back and try and determine the cause. I tried some surveillance cameras with various lens combinations that worked good to show us what we wanted. I just need a faster capture. These cameras were in the $300 range.

        Patrick

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        • #5
          Point Grey makes some little cameras that would do the trick. You might be able to get some used off ebay.

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          • #6
            Sounds like you need about 4 GoPro cameras. They will do everything and have waterproof cases too. Amazingly cheap.

            http://gopro.com/

            The cheapest one will do 720P at 60 frames per second.

            The Hero3 Black edition will do 960P at 100 frames per second.
            Last edited by Evan; 06-11-2013, 11:16 PM.
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            • #7
              If this is a one time situation, there are places that rent video equipment. HD cameras, recorders, features like controllable shutter speed to help stop the motion. You may be talking about a few thousand dollars, but you get pro grade equipment.

              As for keeping the dust and grit out, plastic bags and duct tape can work wonders. It has been used for decades at sporting events when it rains. Part of their basic kit. Run cables to the recorders in a safer environment or a truck in the field.
              Paul A.

              Make it fit.
              You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!

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              • #8
                Evan that's a bloody top shelf idea. So much simpler than setting up a surveillance system - you have a failure, you just walk over, grab the appropriate GoPro, and view it right on the device. You could not have a simpler system. I would guess the only issue would be powering the units from mains power.

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                • #9
                  Evan - I have checked out the Gopro and they look pretty good. I don't kow if I can get a long enough recording time from them. In a perfect world it would be nice to have IP cameras, and we can log in to monitor the process.
                  Last edited by Shuswap Pat; 06-12-2013, 09:59 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Paul - We are looking at purchasing equipment so we can use it at diferent sites, and also for testing in the shop.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SteveF View Post
                      I've used Samsung's commercial grade equipment and something like their SRD-480D will record 4 cameras at full frame rate. There are other models that may also work. An enclosure with filtered forced air should be able to take care of any dust / temp issues. Since you gave us no clue on cost I'll let you do the research into pricing to see if that meets your definition of "cost effective solution".

                      Steve
                      Steve - What would the frame rates be?

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                      • #12
                        The gopros will do something like 4 hours of video. I just saw them at costco and they were something near $200 each if memory serves me. The are also fixed focus so they probably don't capture closeups well.

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                        • #13
                          we bought one of those gopro cameras, $500. it worked for about 4 minutes and quit. worked again for about a minute and couldn't download the file. . . . it went back. i'd try something else if it were me.

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                          • #14
                            With your stated budget the only camera available is the GoPro. What nails it is the housing. With a 32 gig card you should get reasonably long recording times. About the only thing better would be the 3D GoPro. It is amazing how much more information can be gained from moving events using 3D. I know because I recently purchased a 3D Video camera.

                            HD 720P video (1280 pix wide) at 30fps on a 32 gig card gives about 3 hours of video.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Shuswap Pat View Post
                              Steve - What would the frame rates be?
                              The cameras would record at 30 fps and this DVR will accept 4 cameras at that frame rate.
                              You'll have to download the document and sift through for other specs. Also, you can connect this DVR into the router at the factory and view the video from any PC on the network.

                              https://www.samsung-security.com/en/.../SRD-480D.aspx

                              Steve

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