- Mar 9, 2014
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You can test it from any Windows pc... You don't need to touch the security pc...
I personally am a long time Blue Iris user and fan. I'm very happy with the new 64bit version and it providing my ability to start using all of my cameras on the same PC. My CPU is running at around 37%, memory 3.75Gb (of 8gb) and running 10 cameras. My maximum camera use is 15 when I go on vacation and set up my inside cameras (only used when I lock up the house and we are out of town).Not to bash on Blue Iris, but ...
I tried it but didn't like it (so I have an unused license sitting around here somewhere). I hear that lots of people like it so I must be an odd man out.
I found a free license for the community version of GeniusVision's NVR. I like it quite a bit. It does have iOS and Android client apps but no Windows Modern app (sad for me). It works well with my HikVision cameras (as long as I use the ONVIF driver).
I have heard lots of good things about BI. Not to fork this thread but I found it difficult to settle on which NVR software to choose. There are lots of alternatives; most are rarely known. HikVision has one (I am still not clear on if there is a free version), Blue Iris, Genius Vision, etc. Some are better suited for different scenarios than others. It is probably worth compiling a list (as other places have kind of done) but making it definitive with target scenarios, hidden costs, cross platform support, etc.I personally am a long time Blue Iris user and fan. I'm very happy with the new 64bit version and it providing my ability to start using all of my cameras on the same PC. My CPU is running at around 37%, memory 3.75Gb (of 8gb) and running 10 cameras. My maximum camera use is 15 when I go on vacation and set up my inside cameras (only used when I lock up the house and we are out of town).
I've tried many other camera software packages and found complexity/increased cost associated with each one.
Bottom line: I am still a Blue Iris fan.
You would think so, but of course I had to go and complicate things... My Security PC has two NIC cards. One to attach to my regular network (the 192.168.1.x) and a second NIC that connects to my Security side (192.168.100.x). This isolates the traffic from the security cameras from my house network, and allows me to feel a bit more secure from any outside access attempts. (at least that is my thinking).You can test it from any Windows pc... You don't need to touch the security pc...
mrslother,The amp microphone I am using is a VideoSecu MIC01: ....
Couldn't you just have taken another POE slot on your router and used something like this to provide it power? That way you never need to go back and change batteries.I'm using a cheap Ebay clone of the VideoSecu MIC01. As I use PoE, it's not convenient to run a 12v adapter for the mike but I just cut off the power connector for the mike and soldered on a battery connector.
At the moment I'm just using a rechargeable 9v PP3 battery as it's small and fits in the same IP55 box where I have stuffed all the cables/connectors. It all works well. If the battery doesn't last long enough, I'll just switch to 6xAAA rechargeables which will also fit inside the IP55 box.
Thanks for this post. Quite useful. Couple of questions:
1) Where did you get the RCA connector? The best I could is here, but I still like yours better.
2) How did you provide it power at your installation site? Did you have to run electricity so you could plug in the 12 volt adapter?
can you tell me the colours of the wires U used to connect your mic? I also have a strain of wires, however, I dont have any labels on it.My update:
I got the 2732F-IS' audio working today. In my case there were several wires hanging loose (no header block). 4 were for the alarm signals but the rest were audio related:
- RIn/Mic+ (presumably Line In Right or Mic- [maybe Mic Right?])
- LIn/Mic- (presumably Line In Left or Mic- [maybe Mic Left?])
- Mic G (presumably Mic Ground)
- LineR (presumably Line Out Right)
- LineL (presumably Line Out Left)
- Line Ground (presumably Line Out Ground)
After much experimentation I got the audio working just fine using MicIn settings (no audio amp). I used a standard computer microphone (it looks a lot like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836111208). It is has a stereo jack but I suspect it only has one microphone (some data specs on the net suggest it is mono as well). I tied RIn/Mic+ to the microphone's right channel, LIn/Mic- to the mic's left channel and Mic G to the microphone's ground. I tried mixing Mic+ & Mic- and tried just Mic+ and just Mic-; they all seemed to work the same.
My camera's audio configuration is set as:
- Advanced Config --> Video/Audio-->Video-->Video Type = Video & Audio
- Advanced Config --> Video/Audio-->Audio-->Audio Encoding = G.711uLaw
- Advanced Config --> Video/Audio-->Audio-->Audio Input = MicIn
- Advanced Config --> Video/Audio-->Audio-->Input Volume = 100
- Advanced Config --> Video/Audio-->Audio-->Environmental Noise Filter = On (Yes, this really helped cut out background noise)
I have verified that even though the audio wire's labels suggest that the camera is capable of left and right channels, the outputted audio stream from the camera is indeed mono (regardless of audio encoding).
What I wanted to do was to tap the power from the camera's power plug to power my amp-microphone (described above in one of my previous postings). I am using PoE to power the camera and it ends up that the power plug appears to be tapped directly to the power lines in the Ethernet cable. Therefore I was able to detect power from the plug (multimeter showed ~8 volts). Even though 8v is in my powered microphone's voltage range (6-12v) it didn't work (maybe not enough current??). If I used a separate power brick to supply power to the microphone it worked well (when I changed audio input to LineIn). But I don't have the luxury of pulling the power cable to this location.
So at this point I have successfully enabled audio to my 2732F-IS but using the same configuration & microphone I am unable to get the 2632F-IS units to work. I am concluding that they are faulty cameras and will be sending them back.
Thanks to everyone who has helped with this.
I see that they have APB002 and APB003 but don't sell the APB001 anymore.I just installed a DS-2CD2632F-IS camera and it has the same audio in/out terminals on a pigtail. I used a 12V externally powered microphone and it's working great. I had to go into the camera's audio settings and select "line" instead of "mic".
I have not used the audio out option.
I used this mic- http://www.cctvimports.com/accessories-audio-c-1_286/apb001-add-on-microphone-p-620
I see that they have APB002 and APB003 but don't sell the APB001 anymore.
For the 12V power, since I have the cameras running POE, is there a way to tap into the existing Ethernet cable to power the microphone?
Unfortunately, the only camera I hooked up with a mic and speakers (front door camera), I did run power to. So I figure the microphone is grabbing power from the camera itself, since all I did was plug the mic into the connector marked "microphone".Which one did you use where you didn't have power? My location doesn't make it easy to run power to the mic.