Bluecherry PV-149

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The PV-149 video capture card from Bluecherry is a Linux compatible 4 input board with a 120 frame per second capture rate. This is meant to be used with up to 4 analog cameras with RCA or BNC connectors.

Chipset: BT878

Camera Input: 4 (BNC) Video in

Video supported: NTSC/PAL

Watchdog Support: Yes - Hardware

Linux support: Yes, Kernel 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.6

    • No special modprobe commands required **


640 x 480 (NTSC) / 720 x 576 (PAL)


This card has been used in Zoneminder video surveillance systems and therefore proven for use in Linux systems.

It comes with a LiveCD for support.

Note that there is no TV capability for this card -- it is meant to be used with analog security cameras with BNC or RCA connectors.


I recommend you start here: [ht tp://]

I currently only have (1) camera, so will have to experiment by either moving the camera to a different input port on the capture card's dongle, or by getting a second camera. Either way, if you go to the "Surveillance Cameras" option in the web-admin you will presented with the analog cameras you added following the above instructions. Pay attention to the Device number (first box in the top right). My PV-149 added /dev/video1 through /dev/video4 to my core. For me, then, a camera connected to input 1 on the PV-149 would have the value of "1" as the Device number. I will have to experiment with another camera. The above instructions indicate that with each camera, you would increment the Port/Channel Number. I do not know if that is applicable with this capture card. My camera has "0" as the Port/Channel Number.


It is plug and play with the mentioned Linux kernels.


Approximately $140.

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