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Old 03-16-2005, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Motion detecting camcorder?

I'm familiar with motion-detecting DVR's for surveilance duty. What I need in this case is a stand-alone camcorder that will record when it detects motion. Has anyone seen such a thing?
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would imagine that you could easily make one if you were to mess around with the camcoder.
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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you might find something in here: http://www.thinkgeek.com
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would imagine that you could easily make one if you were to mess around with the camcoder.
Vinaur, I need the camcorder to capture when it detects motion beyond a configurable threshhold and pause the rest of the time. If you can mess around with an existing model and make it work then I have a job for you.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was thinking of using the motion detectors that they use for security systems (don't know if they could pick up small movement) and connecting the detectors to record/pause button on the camcorder.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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you might find something in here: http://www.thinkgeek.com
Good thinking. I haven't been there in quite a while.

Nothing obvious, but it is good to know they've picked up the Human Element Range Extender for internet use.
<img src="http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/thumb/large/internet_urinal.jpg">

After a bunch of quick searches I'm leaning toward the 40hr 2.5" disk dvr's. They don't have motion detection and I'd have to strap on a small camera, but 40hrs isn't bad. Motion analysis could be handled after transfer. Unless something better appears...
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Old 03-17-2005, 01:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I was thinking of using the motion detectors that they use for security systems (don't know if they could pick up small movement) and connecting the detectors to record/pause button on the camcorder.
That would be a possibility - even if it's just a heat motion sensor. In this case though I need good control of the grid. My field of view is narrow and the background has motion I'll need to mask.
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Old 03-17-2005, 01:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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so, ummmmm who are you stalking?
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Old 03-17-2005, 01:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just a few luscious tfp'ers...

So what part of Toronto are you from?

Seriously, it's an odd workplace theft issue.
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It should be a fun project. I would love to do it myself, but I don't have a spare camcorder lying around.
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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lol becareful they dont steal your camera!!!
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
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If you do end up finding something that meets your specifications I would strongly suggest discussing it with your boss before setting up a Surviellance device in your workplace.
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Old 04-18-2005, 02:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You could also set up a cheap webcam on your workspace PC and use one of many freely available motion-detecting webcam utilities out there... just my 2 cents.
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Old 05-01-2005, 09:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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^ ConquerCam - records to evidence mpg file. i use it to know when my roomates enter my room...
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:14 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Check out x10. They have motion detection cameras for a good price. Good Luck!

http://www.x10.com/products2/vk66a_a...c03d7d42761965
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Old 05-06-2005, 01:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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for the thousandth time....your sister-in-law does NOT appreciate it when you record her shaving her legs in the morning....
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:02 AM   #17 (permalink)
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This used to be a standard feature on many JVC and Panasonic VHS-C camcorders...they quickly start up and record (without the recording light) within a few seconds of detecting motion.
It looks like you can buy a Panasonic PV-L354 on amazon for around $200.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:16 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm not the first to recommend it; but why not just buy a cheap webcam and use some of the motion detecting software that is available?

Just google for 'motion detecting webcam."
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