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  1. FarmerCharlie

    Questions on switch from RG59 to baluns

    Excuse me for bumping a really old thread, but I stumbled onto an answer to a question that was posed, and thought some might be interested. The thread was about converting over from RG59 to Cat5 for some wildlife cameras about 300 feet from the house. I went ahead and used video baluns for the video and audio baluns for the audio, and it worked fine. But today I wanted to add another audio channel, and I could not find the extra audio baluns I had ordered. I thought it worth a try to see if regular passive video baluns would work, and THEY DID!. The quality may not be up to the standards of most folks on this forum, but it did at least work.
  2. FarmerCharlie

    Can't Get Remote Console working

    Thanks. I sent you a PM. Charles
  3. FarmerCharlie

    Can't Get Remote Console working

    The periods were actually missing. I redid the setup to correct them, but it still is doing the same thing. Then I looked for the DVR00.ini file. I can't find a file by that name in the remoteAP folder or anywhere else on the remote computer. Should it get created by the setup program?
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    Can't Get Remote Console working

    I have an nv6240E8 on a Windows7 computer and am trying to access it with the remote DVR on another Windows computer on the same Cisco Cisco Linksys N600 router. I had the remote console working on a previous Windows XP computer, but can't get it going after installing the new computer. I can ping the computer OK, and can access it's hard drives from the second computer with no problems. I downloaded the remote console yesterday from the AverMedia site. It's screens seem quite different from the old version I had been using. In the setup I noticed that the network setting dialog box seems to cover an area that has "Language" in the background (see SetupScreen.jpg). And when I select Network, the authorization box looks a little strange (See RemoteLoginAuthorization.jpg). And when I try to login, the connection fails with the error "Connection Server Failed." All these screens are new to me compared to the previous RemoteConsole program I had been using for several years. I would appreciate any ideas on just what might be the problem. I have already tried uninstalling and then re-installing the remote software. Thanks, Charles
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    Audio Problem on an NV3000 with Auxiliary Extension Card

    I upgraded to a NV6240 and a new homebuilt computer, and the problem stayed the same. An Avermedia tech recommended installing the latest software, which I did. Still the same problem. The sound was present when I played the files remotely on another computer, but not when I played them on the original computer. Then the other day I happened to run the Volume Control software while actual;ly playing back a video file. Lo and behold, there was a new tab called "System Starting." I noticed that the volume was very low, so I increased it. Problem solved. I guess I feel pretty stupid for not doing that before. I'm attaching a screen capture showing the new tab.
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    Exporting Video Across Hour Marks

    I have never used the backup feature, but will give it a try. Just so I understand, once you backup two hours, can you then select a section that includes parts of both hours and export it to an AVI file?
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    Questions on switch from RG59 to baluns

    This conversion is almost done. I used the 4-channel video balun and a 4-channe power supply in the gazebo with Siamese RG59 going appx 200 feet from the two nest box cameras to the balun. Appx. 300 feet of Cat6 then goes from the balun to the balun at the computer in the house. For audio I used audio baluns at each of the cameras in the two nest boxes with Cat6 going to the gazebo and spliced to the second Cat6 going to the house. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DPUSPS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 I was hoping that the switch to audio baluns might eliminate the slight 60Hz hum from the camera microphones, but it is still there. The next step will be to switch the two cameras with the 200 foot RG59 runs to use video baluns directly at the cameras and using the Cat6 that I already ran for the audio. That will then be much as what Soundy suggested. I'll probably keep using the power supply in the Siamese cable, since it seems to be working OK. Here is a link to the monitor from the Avermedia NV6240E card. http://i823.photobucket.com/albums/zz159/FarmerCharlie/web/VideoSurveillance/20120508Overview.jpg The two upper panels show a female wood duck entering the box to set on her eggs. Thanks to all for the suggestions on this conversion.
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    Problem making software ignore one camera

    I may have stumbled on a work-around using the Mask feature in the Setup-Recording screen. I tried setting the mask to cover the entire water area. This is not ideal, but it may reduce the number of false triggers.
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    Problem making software ignore one camera

    I checked the false triggering just before sunset today, and the camera does seem to be triggering on reflections even with the sensitivity dialed down as far as it would go. Note the three black boxes where the reflections of the sun are sparkling on the water. Is there any way to set the sensitivity to zero? I want to trigger based only on motion at the entrance of the nest box.
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    Video monitoring without electrical power

    Yeah. I even used to be an engineer. In my previous life I designed radio telemetry physiology monitoring systems that worked with the old GYYR time-lapse videotape recorders to trigger the recording when the system detected cardiac arrhythmias. I guess that pretty-well dates me, huh? Now days all I do is chase dogs and watch birds, but I still like to piddle with electronic gadgets.
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    Video monitoring without electrical power

    Uh-oh. Now you've got me thinking way beyond my experience. I just recently setup my first Balun for a long video run, and now you've got me thinking I.P. all the way. Guess I need to start thinking this through from the ground up.
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    Video monitoring without electrical power

    Good points. I did a quick Google search for dc powered dvr, and came up with this: http://www.surveillance-spy-cameras.com/12-volt-dvr.htm It says 12 volts at 2 amps, which would come to only 24 watts. It is only about $300. Would something like this work? And do these stand-alone systems have the same sort of sophisticated motion detection I am used to on the Avermedia card? For instance, I can trigger recording based on motion just at the entrance of a nest box, and I can setup several motion zones on each camera. This could turn into a fun project. But I probably need to speak with a good vendor who can help me skip the mistakes I would probably make entirely on my own. Any recommendations?
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    Video monitoring without electrical power

    That sounds pretty good. Maybe it would be more doable than I thought. The IR might be an issue. Most of the cameras people use in nest boxes have IR, and I suspect the IR lighting is active even during the day. Maybe I ought to test a regular board camera and see if the natural lighting is enough. I know that the little cameras I use in nest boxes have way too much illumination; I cover the LEDs with adhesive take to reduce it. Maybe one or two LEDs would be enough. Is there a reasonable camera you would suggest I test for low light and about an 8 inch focus? Thanks for the food for thought. Charles
  14. A friend of mine said he would like to setup a system similar to my Avermedia PC card system. Problem is, it is a secluded nature site without electricity. I don't think it would be practical to try to setup a regular PC system and try to run it on batteries. But I was wondering if any of the folks here had come up with a reasonable approach for such locations. I did find a few examples of solar powered systems, but they look a little too expensive for his application. Thanks, Charles
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    PTZ Basic Questions

    Thanks to all for the suggestions. That gives me so ideas for moving ahead. Charles
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