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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 4
Does what It Says on the Tin – 4-Channel Surveillence Video Monitoring Capture and Recorder PCI Card with Software (H.264/MPEG4) Reviews

posted by zerodgz on 07/30/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

Yes indeed, this is an actual 4 channel video capture card for a fraction of the price you could get such a "professional" piece of gear elsewhere. It can capture from all 4 inputs simultaneously, in color, from just about any standard-def camera (NTSC or PAL) you can plug into it.
The card does not support sound capture. There is a blank spot on the port bracket for an audio port, and many multichannel cards such as these will support one sound channel for the first input... Maybe there is a version of this card out there that has a sound input, but this one does not.
The included Windows software is beyond terrible. Luckily, this card is based on a few (four, actually) bog-standard SAA71xx encoder chips, which are well supported by Linux and for which Windows drivers are available. I have this card working with Zoneminder under Ubuntu at the moment, and it will also work with Catspy, Dscaler, etc. in Windows.
If you need multicamera monitoring or capturing on the cheap, forget all the USB 4-way adapters out there and get this instead. It actually works.


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