I have a project underway to build a box for a tawny owl which is approx 200ft from my house. Near the site is a shed. I had planned running ethernet to the shed and attaching the cameras via some sort of video server box suxh as this:Network video server
However, I go thinking that I could probably build a small dedicated PC with a capture card such as this: EURESYS PICOLO PRO 2 (X4 VIDEO CAPTURE CARD)
But dont know how I should approach speccing the machine.
I planned to add the cameras into my home network and store recorded video on a PC in the house. The 'remote' (if you like) machine that I'm considering as an alternative to a dedicated video server 'black box' would be more flexible, and I can pick up a capture card fairly cheaply on ebay.
HD: The 'remote machine would not need much in the way of HD storage, and would need at least 1 PCI slot.
PSU: I would consider a PSU such as a PICO as I dont see it requiring much power? and would be efficient under low loads.. Is this likely to be correct ?
OS: I want to do this as cheaply as poss, so I would consider a flavour or linux if its not to technical
Cameras: AT this stage, am considering using 3 cameras.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated