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Linux Embedded DVR

George Tang Industrial Corporation GDV-08 DVR

George Tang Industrial Corporation GDV-08 DVR

George Tang Industrial Corporation introduced the GDV-08, its latest 8-channel DVR with built-in LAN and CD-RW. The Linux-embedded unit is bundled with Software Watchdog and realtime MPEG-4 compression. 8 channels? Now this is one sick DVR... Too bad it's not a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) with the ability to pause and rewind Live TV - it would put Tivo and my Windows Media Center Edition 2005 PC along with my LinkSys Media Center Extender to shame if it could record/pause/rewind/fast-forward up to 8 different channels.

I believe this system is more designed to record video surveillance cameras that require high resolution, such as casinos, banks, etc. Though nothing can prevent you from using it to record video from a coax cable TV signal. Although my guess is that this unit only monitors or tunes into channels 3 and 4 as opposed to a full TV tuner. Nevertheless, a pretty cool unit that if I got my hands on I'm sure I could have fun with - especially since it runs on the open source Linux platform.

It features multiple password protection, two IDE-supported hard disk storage, video loss detection, pre-scheduled recording and date code functions. Specifications include resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (display) and 320 x 240 pixels (recording), display speeds of up to 240fps (NTSC) and 200fps (PAL), and recording speed of 60fps. It has four/eight BNC video input connectors, D type VGA, BNC TV-out and four/eight loop-through video output connectors, eight NC/NO digital alarm inputs and two NC/NO relay outputs.

Other features include alarm to e-mail function, CD-R/RW backup alarm solution, PTZ camera-supported control, LAN/WAN/Internet access, JPEG (by Java) and MPEG-4 (by OCX) remote views and remote online playback via MPEG-4 streaming. The unit supports PAL, NTSC and SECAM systems.

New CCTV digital video recorders: Linux-embedded DVR has built-in LAN and CD-RW

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