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<p>The best surveillance cameras are the IP based models, such as those by Panasonic.  These cameras are plug and play--just them into any network jack.  They do not require configuringPlus, many of these cameras support pan/tilt and zoom so you can control them through the Orbiter.</p>
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<p>If you have the regular analog cameras you will need to add a video capture board to your Core, and then attach the cameras to it. In that case, add the video capture board on the 'interface' page, and then add all the surveillance cmameras on this page, specifying that they are 'controlled by' the video capture board.</p>
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<p>There are also several settings for each camera. For save video, you can choose "All the time", meaning LinuxMCE will constantly record the video from the camera and save it on the Core.  This can take up quite a bit of hard disk space, though. Normally you would choose "Only when motion is detected".  This way LinuxMCE will only save the video when it detects there is movement, or something is changing.  If you choose "Don't capture", then you will still be able to view the cameras live, but LinuxMCE will not keep an archive.</p>
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<p>If you do want an archive, be sure to indicate how many days you want LinuxMCE to keep the archive.  The default is 10, meaning LinuxMCE will erase any video archive that is more than 10 days old to free up space on the Core.  If you are running out of disk space on the Core you can reduce this number so there is not so much space taken up with video archives.</p>
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Also see: [[:Category:Cameras | Cameras Category]]
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==Introduction==
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[[Image:SurveillanceCameras.jpg|thumb|Admin Website -- Surveillance Cameras Page]]
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Some cameras require the use of an additional interface. Others can be used as standalone devices. The interface can be a proprietary interface, or can be the [[motion]] wrapper.
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==IP Cameras==
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The best surveillance cameras are the IP based models, such as those by Panasonic.  These cameras are [[Plug&play|Plug&Play]] (just plug them into any network jack).  They do not require configurationMany of these cameras support pan/tilt and zoom so you can control them through the [[Orbiter]].
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==Using Analog cameras==
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* If you have regular analog cameras you will need to add a Linux-compatible [[:Category:Video_Capture_Boards|video capture board]] to your Core,  
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** Then attach the cameras to it. Add the video capture board on the '''[[LinuxMCE Admin Website]]-->Wizard-->Devices-->[[Interfaces]]''' page.
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*** Then add each surveillance camera, specifying that they are 'controlled by' the Motion device wrapper (which monitors the video capture board). For more detailed info see [[Monitor_surveillance_cameras#Adding_the_Device_-_Motion_Wrapper|here]].  
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==Camera settings==
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There are several settings for each camera.
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* You can save video "All the time", meaning LinuxMCE will constantly record the video from the camera and save it on the Core.  This can take up quite a bit of hard disk space, though.
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* Alternatively you can save video "Only when motion is detected".  LinuxMCE will only save the video when it detects movement.  If you choose "Don't capture", then you will still be able to view the cameras live, but LinuxMCE will not keep an archive.
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===Archive retention===
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If you do want an archive, be sure to indicate how many days you want LinuxMCE to keep the archive.  The default is 10 (days), meaning LinuxMCE will erase any video archive that is more than 10 days old.  If you are running out of disk space on the Core you can reduce this number (so not so much disk space is taken up with video archives).
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A rudimentary discussion of this ability is found [http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?action=search2 in the forums.]

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Usage Information

Also see: Cameras Category

Introduction

Admin Website -- Surveillance Cameras Page

Some cameras require the use of an additional interface. Others can be used as standalone devices. The interface can be a proprietary interface, or can be the motion wrapper.

IP Cameras

The best surveillance cameras are the IP based models, such as those by Panasonic. These cameras are Plug&Play (just plug them into any network jack). They do not require configuration. Many of these cameras support pan/tilt and zoom so you can control them through the Orbiter.

Using Analog cameras

  • If you have regular analog cameras you will need to add a Linux-compatible video capture board to your Core,
    • Then attach the cameras to it. Add the video capture board on the LinuxMCE Admin Website-->Wizard-->Devices-->Interfaces page.
      • Then add each surveillance camera, specifying that they are 'controlled by' the Motion device wrapper (which monitors the video capture board). For more detailed info see here.

Camera settings

There are several settings for each camera.

  • You can save video "All the time", meaning LinuxMCE will constantly record the video from the camera and save it on the Core. This can take up quite a bit of hard disk space, though.
  • Alternatively you can save video "Only when motion is detected". LinuxMCE will only save the video when it detects movement. If you choose "Don't capture", then you will still be able to view the cameras live, but LinuxMCE will not keep an archive.

Archive retention

If you do want an archive, be sure to indicate how many days you want LinuxMCE to keep the archive. The default is 10 (days), meaning LinuxMCE will erase any video archive that is more than 10 days old. If you are running out of disk space on the Core you can reduce this number (so not so much disk space is taken up with video archives).

A rudimentary discussion of this ability is found in the forums.