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3.3. Image Capture

In this phase, you will configure the image-capture and archiving mechanism. This is the most complex phase of the project, and involves configuring wireless video cameras, a Perl script, and a handful of supporting tools.

3.3.1. 1. Install the video capture card

Unlike traditional webcams, the wireless video cameras you'll be using for this project do not connect to your computer's USB port. They're actually intended to connect to a TV or VCR, so you'll need to add an old-timey analog video input interface to your computer. Fortunately, these are cheap and well supported by Linux. After all, lots of people use video capture cards to record TV shows, so quite a bit of energy has gone into making sure the software works well.


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