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    Video Capture

    I have a Sony TRV33e Camera which supports Firewire and USB streaming.

    Basically, i'm after some software that can capture from either (preferably both) and has the following specific features:
    Records to a certain file size or time, before starting a new file.
    Can be set when to start/stop etc.

    Ideally i'd like as many resolution/codec options as possible, or anything that affects the file size. Currently I have the imagemixer software I got with the camera that records constantly on the press of a button, and generates the file when the stop button is pressed. The only options for resolution are a poor quality, but still quite large mpeg file, or completely uncompressed AVI!

    Put simple, my mum wants to watch the birds in the bird box flying out of the box, so I said i'd see what I can do. Therefore I have about 2 weeks.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Video Capture

    I don't know what OS you are using, but Windows MovieMaker in XP is an excellent - and free - tool with that operating system. You might also consider Adobe Premier, pricey but effective, and ShowBiz.

    I'm not aware of any software that will necessarily record to a specific file size before starting a new one. Are you looking for something that does live capture straight to disk?
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    Re: Video Capture

    Thanks for your reply Mark,

    I thought Adobe premier was for editing, I didnt realise it did capture as well..... but as you said, a bit pricey for filming a birdbox!
    A colleague at work suggested MovieMaker but unfortunately im not using XP.

    I'll be having a look at Showbiz as soon as I get home from work. I can't do it at work as the firewire card I bought for my work PC makes my system restart if I plug anything into it! Haven't had the time to look into why yet though.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Video Capture

    Phil, you're welcome. Just a note, most video editors also allow for capture as well. Just pay attention to what features/protocols they support and you should be fine.
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    Re: Video Capture

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    I stumbled across this piece of software:

    http://www.supervisioncam.com

    I tested the USB and it worked really well. It lets you capture video and images at the same time, can start on motion detection and continue for x amount of seconds and take a user defined number of images before and after the motion!

    I'll test the firewire at home tonight as I haven't got my firewire working in my work PC yet.

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    Re: Video Capture

    That looks like a keeper. Good find!
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