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June 14, 2003 7:05:10 PM

Hello, I have a question about recording with a web cam, I have a pretty simple one, but i would like to try and use it to catch some bratty Teenagers who keep egging my girlfriend new Car.

I plan to just place the cam in my window, and have it record in a 24 loop type thing, I have a free HD in my computer if that is neccessary... its an 8GB if it matters.

What things would i need to do that? i figure i need software but i don't know what... is there anything esle that i would need?

PLEASE any help in this matter would be great. the girl freind threated to not come over any more if it continues... and we can't have that!


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June 14, 2003 10:23:49 PM

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June 16, 2003 5:42:36 AM

Sounds like a pretty cool product...I didn't exactly plan on requiring a budget however. i was hoping to find a free download of some sort, and continue to use my current Web cam. I am a Canadain resident so i guess it would cost me about $150 CAN for this system... something i didn't realy think of was that i may need a night vision like you have... thats got a pretty clear image too...does that zoom? because i'll be placeing the came upstairs and aiming it though my window out toward the street.

Though i will consider a product such as this. i am still open to other suggestions.

Thanks again.

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June 16, 2003 10:33:11 AM

Yep, I understand budget control...Ya might be able to get the job done for less expense. But compared to other cammera survellance systems this little system is VERY COST EFFECTIVE! For the SuperKit, a couple Nitevision cams and lighting rearangements your completely covered and under $400 bucks! Ya can't even come close with others systems!

Zoom? NO! That's Bucks! But image quality with these really is more than adaquate, especially when viewing just 1 cam - and playing back captured avi's is even better.

And lighting is a real BIG consideration! Requrires some planning, arangement and additional expense.

But your correct, it is an investment requireg a budget. However, is has been very reliable, over a year now, no problems and passing the test of time well - even with the cams outside. Gets the job done! BooOnYou really works!
July 15, 2003 12:48:35 AM

If you just wanna do a 24 hr loop, then just about any webcam software should do. Heck the stuff that came with my cheapo IBM Netcam can do that, plus its can record pretty decent in the dark.

Or you could try this out. Its got all kinds of surveillance-oriented features, and a 30-day free trial:

<A HREF="http://www.jpcsoftware.com/products/eyecu2/eyecu2_main...." target="_new">http://www.jpcsoftware.com/products/eyecu2/eyecu2_main....;/A>

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July 15, 2003 7:04:09 PM

Just point the camera in the window, use the software that came with it, and record. I don't know how long 8GB will last but you'll have to stop the recording and delete the AVI on a regular basis no doubt.

When you get egged, check the movie.

Personally since you're talking about ruining the paintjob of a NEW car, I would consider parking the car in a garage and moving on with your life.

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July 15, 2003 8:11:03 PM

Ok, how about a car cover then while he has the camera going?

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July 15, 2003 10:07:03 PM

That EyeCu looks pretty good...
And it the motion sensor activation that triggers recording that really save disk space. Constant recording EATS disk space! FAST! and multiple cams...
Gotta have sensor activation! Xanboo runs very reliabily, wellover a year now. Looks like EyeCu is very simalar, except up to 10 cams - wonder what they all plug into?
July 16, 2003 1:34:45 AM

Yeah, that would be good, if it didn't invite more trouble. Heh, maybe he should just put in some extra hours at work and get her a beater car for drives over to his place.

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July 16, 2003 5:22:26 AM

I guess it depends on how often this happens, how old they are, how often and when it happens, and where they live. If it was me I'd just get my friends together and we'd drink beer from a good lookout spot until we could beat them down.

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July 16, 2003 11:12:12 AM

Well, if he gets on here and tells us that he hasn't actually considered that option yet, I think I'll stop giving advice.

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