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VIDEO CATCHER ELITE 

video capture elite

Video Catcher cards in this series uses Mpeg4 compression which gives you  a faster refresh rate for video display and recording. You can do remote monitoring/recording using modem dial-up or through high speed internet (such as ADSL, Cable etc) for reaching maximum performance. It also has LAN capabilities for multiple user. Video Catcher in this series also provides up to 16 video input.

Common Features:

Video Recording:

  • Simultaneous recording: The Video Catcher can record from all video sources simultaneously.
  • Choices of recording modes: Each video can be recorded in different resolutions, or can be recorded in Quad mode.
  • Types of capture modes: Video Catcher provides snapshot capture, timed capture,   alarm capture or motion detection capture modes Alarm recording or continuous recording can be scheduled.
  • Alarm motion detection is on all inputs, activated by pixel change or gray scale.
  • Efficient and flexible video storage: The amount of  video storage depends on the size of hard drive. Software allows overwriting previous recording at the end of the period if desired. Alarm record mode and motion detection allows recording only when alarm is triggered to save storage space.
  • Labeled recording: Each video source is individually labeled and recorded with a time stamp for easy retrieval.
  • Pre-alarm recording: up to 99 frames before alarm triggering can be stored & recorded for each of the video input.

Video Display:

  • Displays live or recorded videos in separate windows or in quad mode(s) (quad mode is not available for client/remote view of VC16 series.)
  • Each video window can be scaled to any size & relocated anywhere on the screen & can even overlap 
  • Individual labeling of video windows
  • Displays video in the same resolution as the recorded resolution or can be zoomed in for more details.
  • Each video is displayed in Full color.
  • Playback of recorded video at different speeds or frame by frame
  • Playback of recorded video one source at a time or in Quad modes.
  • Video brightness, contrast, hue & saturation control

Remote Monitoring:

  • When one of the alarm input is triggered, live or recorded videos can be sent to another computer anywhere around the world.
  • Remote Video Monitor via dial up modem or internet: One can dial up to the internet or direct dial up to the serving computer to access live or recorded videos stored in the hard disk of the serving computer.
  • Video settings and controls, such as resolution, recording modes can be adjusted from the local or from the remote computer.

Miscellaneous:

  • Two levels of Password control for added security.
  • NTSC / PAL compatible
  • Works under Windows 98/2000/XP
  • Easy Installation 

Special Features:

  • Supports 16 video or alarm inputs using a single PCI slot
  • Displays all multiple single windows/3x3/4x4 modes
  • Remote monitoring of 16 videos simultaneously via LAN, High speed Internet and dial up
  • Mpeg4 compression.
  • Optional Watchdog feature
  • Elite Plus series comes with Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera

Options/add-ons:

  • 1 alarm output/relay.
  • 1 alarm adapter
  • Optional Watchdog feature resets computer if there is any irregularities in the operation of the CPU.
  • Optional Pan/Tilt/Zoom for the Elite Series.

 

What’s New

The following is a summary of new enhancements added to version 2.0 of the software:

Windows 2000 and Windows XP Ready

The Video Catcher Elite 4/16 is now ready for use on the Win98SE, Windows 2000 and Windows XP Operating Systems.

Individual Image Control

Starting with version 2.0, our new device driver will allow the user to adjust camera setting such as Hue, Saturation, Brightness, and Contrast individually. This may be important as each camera may be located in different environments so that individual control may be essential in order to achieve the best picture possible.

Mix of B/W and Colour Cameras

Previous version of the Video Catcher Elite could not have a mix of B/W and Color cameras. This problem has been addressed and is now supported by the Video Catcher Elite.

New Driver

The Video Catcher Elite 4/16 now has a new driver, which provides more stable videos and allows us to operate with new operating systems such as Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

The Following are Specifically for Elite Series Only:

Duplex

The Video Catcher Elite 4/16 can monitor/record live videos and playback recorded video files at the same time.

Key frame Frequency Control

MPEG4 compression is based on the key frame concept. The key frame is basically a reference video frame captured directly from the video source, without reference to previous frames just like JPEG and Wavelet video frames. The rest of video frames are calculated based on motion and other video parameters. The more frequent the key frame is captured, the larger the video bandwidth requirements. The Video Catcher Elite 4/16 now has a control that lets you specify how often you want it to record a key frame.

Bit Rate Control

As mentioned earlier, MPEG4 allows the compression algorithm to adapt to different bandwidth environments to achieve the best results. The Bit Rate can now be adjusted via settings in the Control Properties Window to allow the user to experiment with the setting to achieve the best results.  Since the bandwidth can vary depending on the time of day such as those offered by ADSL and cable modems, this level of control is essential to get the best results.

Auto Reboot when Connection is Lost (Video Catcher Elite with Watchdog only)

For Video Catcher Elite  equipped with Watchdog feature, the user can choose to reset the computer automatically when an Internet Connection is lost, so that connection can be re-established after the computer is reset.

Recording and Playing While Communicating

Via a High Speed Connection, the Video Catcher Elite  can now Record, Playback, and transfer images to the Client at the same time.

Remembering IP Addresses Using the Client

The Client can now be configured to remember an IP Address. The address can then be entered with a push of a button each time the Client is run.

Alarm Output (Option)

The Video Catcher Elite can now have an alarm output selectable per input (single relay), or with a manual push button to activate other devices.  IT is now possible to remotely control the switching on and off electrical appliances using the Video Catcher Elite series.

The on-board relay is provided which is capable of supplying approximately 1A of current, enough to drive light duty electrical equipment. To operate higher current devices, the on-board relay can be used to drive an off-board, heavy duty relay which can carry much heavier currents. Consult your qualified local electrician regarding the proper connections.

 Minimum System Requirements VC16 Series and VC Elite Series:

Operating System:  Windows 98/2000/XP
CPU: Pentium II or higher, (Pentium III 800 MHz to 1 G Hz recommended)
RAM: 64 Megabyte, (128 MB or more recommended)
VGA: with 2 Megabyte video memory, running at least with 640x480 resolution @16 bit colors.
Hard Drive 10 Gigabyte free space for image storage, 60 GB storage space recommended, especially for continuous recording
Modem: Hardware modem at 28.8K or more
CD-ROM: for software installation

 

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