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PV-981 - 4 port video capture card (120FPS) - Realtime recording (PCI-E version)

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Please note
While Bluecherry encourages open source software development Bluecherry does not provide support for configuring or trouble shooting third party / open source applications (Zoneminder / Motion).  These programs are free, come with no warranty and are community supported. For support please read our article on basic troubleshooting and/or refer to Zoneminder forums.

Compatibility notice:
  • Windows drivers for this card will work only on 32-bit Windows systems.
Bluecherry has developed it's own Linux (Ubuntu) based application based around it's hardware compression video cards. Information about this product can be found on www.bluecherrydvr.com or our online store. Bluecherry fully supports it's software by email, phone and web forums.

  • 4 port 120FPS capture card / 4 port audio
  • PCI-E version
  • Software compression
  • Watchdog and GPIO support
  • Bluecherry DVR Support: No
  • Linux Support: Yes
  • Windows (WDM) Support: Yes
  • Access Grid Support: Yes

  • 1 Year Warranty

    Other Details

    Available for international shipping:
    Yes
    Linux support:
    Yes
    Zoneminder support:
    Yes - Zoneminder community support only
    Warranty:
    1 Year
    Ships from:
    Always ships from our Missouri warehouse

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT

    Avg. Customer Rating: (based on 14 reviews)

    Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

    • Pros: Easy to set up (1), Easy to use (11), Quality Construction (8)
    • Best Uses:Upgrade (4), Replacement (1)
    • Describe Yourself: Power user (9), Enthusiast (1), Casual User (2)
    • Primary use: Business (1), Personal (1)

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    Reviewed by 14 Customers

    Displaying Reviews 1-14 of 14

    don't judge a book by its cover

    By gul from turkey, ankara, on 08/01/2012

    • Pros: Easy To Use
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Primary use: Business
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    works fine with Linux kernel 2.6.32

    By Bill from Hendersonville NC, on 02/03/2012

    • Pros: Easy To Setup, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
    • Best Uses: Upgrade
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Primary use: Personal
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : A server upgrade forced me to swap my legacy PCI Bluecherry card for a PCIe device. The new system recognized this card with no issues. No parameter changes were necessary for the bttv module. My motion software configuration changed only to remove "round robin" sharing of a single chip ... a definite plus. The increased power of card and server allowed me to move from 320x240 to 640x480 images, and the server is still loafing.

    Service/Delivery Review Comment : On time delivery of a product that was accurately described on the Bluecherry Web site. One detail that's easy to overlook: don't forget to order four heat sinks along with the card!

    Works great with Motion

    By Technophile from VA, on 02/15/2011

    • Pros: Quality Construction, Great price
    • Cons: Heat sinks would be nice
    • Describe Yourself: Casual User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : This card is pretty much what I expected. I'm using it with Linux Mint and that free software called Motion. Using it at 768x576 25 fps, and I'm happy with that. Zoneminder was a major let down though; but that has nothing to do with this card. Motion on the other hand is easy to configure with it's config file, and isn't overly complicated. I jumped through every hoop asked of me in the zoneminder installation, and it still didn't work. So,don't get your expectations to high with zoneminder, and you won't be let down

    Worked well with Zoneminder

    By MT from Midwest, on 09/21/2010

    • Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Set Up
    • Describe Yourself: Enthusiast
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : Working well with 4 cameras running. Good quality, no issues. Using Ubuntu with Zoneminder and setup relatively easily. I had to use udev to map the capture cards, but that may have more to do with my setup since I have other capture cards in this machine as well.

    Captures and displays simultaneously

    By TimC@AAO from Coonabarabran, NSW, Aust., on 06/28/2010

    • Pros: Quality Construction, Easy To Use, Easy To Set Up
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : Some of the specs imply 320x200. We seem to have no problem capturing or displaying at 768x576@25fps (PAL) in linux. Very usefully for our application, we can capture using the V4L2 API at the full rate (we only capture one input at a time, not tested with more of the inputs being captured), and simultaneously display any number of the inputs to XV overlays in X (ie, not using the CPU, and scaled output to a maximum size of 768x576 taking up the centre portion of the requested window if you try to display to a larger window size). There is some video flashing under some circumstances if you touch or overlap displays or if a display is slightly off screen though. I've been running other cards from the same series for over a year non-interrupted in just display mode - only recently have I started capturing as well; seems pretty rock solid. We also tested fine with having 2 cards plugged into 2 PCI-E slots.

    Working good on Ubuntu 9.1 & Zoneminder

    By stewks from Edgeley, ND, on 01/23/2010

    • Pros: Quality Construction, Easy To Use, Easy To Set Up
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : I had tried a couple other cards that supposedly would work on a linux box (ebay cheapies). I finally gave up and spent a little more to get known compatability & support. The support wasn't needed as it worked out of the box. Nice product.

    Great for display and capture

    By TimC from Coonabarabran, NSW, Aus, on 10/22/2009

    • Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Set Up
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : We needed to be able to both display to a local screen (eg with xawtv, direct transfers to Xorg's screenbuffer, no CPU, no encoding and deencoding, and maximum reliability from software crashes), and simultaneously capture using the v4l2 interface. It turns out this card can do that (as long as the display is a local display of course). I appear to get 768x576@30fps for all 4 inputs despite some of the documentation only stating 320x200. Now I just have to write the software to interface to our systems, then I can replace the unreliable 15 year old system we already have that originally cost 10 times as much...

    Works well, easy to set up

    By Dennis from Medina, on 10/14/2009

    • Pros: Quality Construction, Easy To Use, Easy To Set Up
    • Describe Yourself: Casual User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : Got this in a "media" PC in the living room that doubles as a security system. Card is very easy to set up on my Windows XP partition and had a baby monitor with an analog video output and sound output integrated with my existing Blue Iris system in a few minutes. Nice thing about this compared with other cards is the excellent frame rate (up to 30fps for each of the 4 video channels). Be sure to get enough BNC-RCA adapters if you're using sound (I only got enough for the 4 video). I have started to set it up in an Ubuntu partition with Zoneminder, but found it slow going, even with the BlueCherry CD I downloaded. I'll probably get it going later.

    Works Great

    By eok from Monterey Bay area, CA, on 09/21/2009

    • Pros: Quality Construction, Easy To Use
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : After much research, I selected the PV-981 for a Zoneminder based home video monitoring system. The card was installed in a system with an MSI k9a2 Neo-F (AMD 770) motherboard, 2.2ghz AMD quad core Phenom 9550 CPU and 4gb of RAM. Graphics board is a plain old Nvidia 7600GT PCI-E. Operating system: 64bit Ubuntu 8.04LTS Workstation/Desktop. I installed Zoneminder from the standard Ubuntu repositories. No real problems, but some tweaking was required. I simply searched forums (like Zoneminder's or Ubuntu's) to resolve any questions I had. I'm not giving Bluecherry bad marks for this. In my line of work, it's rare I don't have to adapt the particular Linux config for the hardware platform I'm deploying. For me, the PV-981 was not plug and play. To get the card recognized, I had to add this to /etc/modules: bttv card=98,98,98,98 gbuffers=32 radio=0 tuner=4 And this to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist: blacklist bttv blacklist bt878 This allowed the card to come up correctly at boot time. Other than that, no problems. The card is great. I'm feeding it 4 B/W cameras. While I could run at a higher framerate, I settled on 10fps for my Zoneminder config. In my situation, this provide the best balance for motion detection, system load and storage overhead. I did try Bluecherry's Zoneminder LiveCD and it actually worked great. Upon boot, it recognized the PV-981 without problems. No tweaking required. I would have stuck with it, but I use the server for other things, so I went with my own 64bit Ubuntu install so I could make full use of my 4gb of memory. For people that don't need to fuss with custom setups and just want to deploy a reasonable setup ASAP, the BlueCherry Zoneminder LiveCD is definitely worth a test drive.

    Excellent Capture Card

    By Chris N from Burbank, CA, on 09/21/2009

    • Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Set Up, Quality Construction
    • Best Uses: Upgrade, Replacement
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : I bought this card to use with my BlueIris video recording software. I plugged the card in and I was up and running in just a few minutes. I am getting 30fps on all 4 ports and setup was easy. I am very pleased with my purchase and will hopefully be buying a second card shortly. I will be recommending this card to friends. If you dont have a "PCI-E" slot do not buy this card.

    Video capture card

    By L. Nelson from Fort Lauderdale, FL United States, on 01/11/2009

    • Was this a gift?: No

    Product Review Comment : I does NOT work with Windows 2003 Server R2

    Great Product

    By Moses Odria from Dallas, TX United States, on 01/07/2009

    • Was this a gift?: No

    Product Review Comment : I am using a customized version of Zoneminder under Linux. The PV-981 was detected automatically by the kernel, it works with Zoneminder without problems and performs great. I use other versions of the PV capture cards before, but I think the PCI Express version provides you with an incredible performance and reliability. Also, the people at Bluecherry always and very quickly and ready to answer any of your technical questions. I will buy, without a doubt more products from Bluecherry.

    analog video capturing at its best

    By Temp-Stop, LLC from Kansas City, MO, on 07/06/2009

    • Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
    • Best Uses: Upgrade
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : We have several stores that have legacy analog cameras. We moved to Luxriot with Arecont IP cameras, but wanted to keep some of our existing analog cameras online, especially those hard-to-reach cameras. With this board, it makes it really easy. Setup is a snap.

    Does what we need it to do

    By Greg from University of Alabama, on 06/12/2009

    • Pros: Easy To Use
    • Cons: Hard To Setup
    • Best Uses: Upgrade
    • Describe Yourself: Power User
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Product Review Comment : The card works with a video capture program we use called Tegrity and captures quality pictures. The card has the multiple inputs that are usefull for different classroom camera angles as well as recording what is on the Document camera. It also works with Skype. Still looking into getting it to work on the Mac platform but this was not promised by the Mfg.

    Displaying Reviews 1-14 of 14

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