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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

Pros:
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.
Cons:
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.
Other:
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.
Bottomline:
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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