Some features Footage Recorder has...

We designed this software to be as robust for 24/7 use as possible. It is up to you to decide how robust you need the hardware to be. If we meet your requirements, our engineers will assist you in realizing your projects.

Footage Recorder features

  • fully automated logging
  • Square, CCIR 601 and 16:9 pixel formats
  • recording video signal using Osprey capture cards
  • simultaneous recording of an audio stream
  • local or remote (LAN) playback of a recorded archive with Footage Player
  • creating a video archive that is as long as you want depending on the quality required and the disk space available
  • various frame size options and bitrate/quality configurations
  • option for DIRECT IN-FRAME TIME STAMPING of all video material
  • custom time stamp position inside the frame
  • archive without a single frame loss
  • visual indicator of audio signal
  • e-mail error reporting
  • file export for playback on other computers
  • auto-start capturing
  • logo insertion/descriptive text
  • support for all Osprey cards PCI/PCI-X/PCIe
  • simultaneous pull/push streaming while capturing
  • multichannel recording
  • capture NTSC closed captions (Footage Player will search and render CC)

Some situations in which you can use FootageRecorder:
  • archiving your broadcasted video
  • compliance recording purposes
  • later detailed analysis
  • media monitoring
  • home/office surveillance

Recording a video/audio signal

Footage Recorder produces Windows Media files that contain both a video and an audio stream. The video signal is captured using one of the supported Osprey video capture cards, combined with the audio signal from one of the available audio sources, encoded and finally written to file.

By using audio and video compression, you can store many hours of video, even months, on inexpensive disks from even 320 GB.

Unlimited archive length

The encoded files are split and saved in chunks of length specified by user. The only limit is the size of your storage units (hard disks) and is reversely proportional to the quality of the captured stream. If you want better quality video, fewer days can be stored on the same amount of disk space. Here is a table of archive length vs. video quality vs. hard disk space required. You can use it to estimate your space requirements.

Stream quality
kbit/sec V+A
MB per Hour GB per Day GB per Month
256+256 225 6 180
512+256 340 8 240
1024+256 565 14 420
2048+256 1013 24 720

The figures in this table are provisional, and you should use the demo provided here to see which quality of video will satisfy your archive requirements.

Files older then the defined number of days are automatically deleted, so you don't have to worry about filling your disk space beyond your control.

Direct in-frame time stamping

Since time information is of the utmost importance in video archiving solutions, you can embed it directly into each frame of the video signal.

In addition to this, you can choose where the time-code will be displayed.

Local and remote preview

Enable streaming and connect to live stream from any computer in your LAN with Windows Media Player or similar.
You can also configure it to push the stream to Windows Media Services publishing point.

E-mail error notification

In case of an error condition such as one of the following, an e-mail notification could be sent to several recipients:

  • the video signal is lost/restored
  • windows media had an error
  • there is not enough space left on the hard drive
  • the connection with publishing point is lost/restored (push streaming)

Visual indication of audio signal

There is a VU meter on the user interface, so the user can easily make sure if there is a valid audio signal on input.

File Export for Playback on Other Computers

Video archive access isn't limited only to your local area network, where you can access the video log with Footage Player. Using the same piece of software, you can export parts of the archive and transport them to other computers for later playback.