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Offline mxg

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2014, 03:11:26 am »

I'm running Vera and BI 3 on a N40L running WHS2011 as I got tired of Vera's lack of camera support. I may actually have to break down and get a google+ account for the backup solution you mention...


Google+ Auto Backup
http://googlesystem.blogspot.ca/2013/12/google-auto-backup-for-desktop.html
I highly recommend it. The account is free and the storage is unlimited (pics under a certain size and videos less the 15 minutes in length). I've created a dedicated "security" account.
You'll have to install picasa to get the utility. But since the utility is separate, you should be able to uninstall picasa after. (see the above link for the info/write-up).

A bonus is that google applies auto awesome to the pics and videos and sorts by day/month, etc. So when you view uploaded pictures/videos, animated gifs give you a quick scan of the videos without actually playing them and a series of several snapshots are stitched together along with the originals. Local storage now becomes temporary as the permanent repository is created in the cloud.

My ISP doesn't track uploads so I don't have to worry about data caps on uploads. The best part is that utility quietly uploads new content in the background and BI manages the temp local storage.... and I do nothing!

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2014, 03:52:06 pm »
Not a big fan of Google+ (Worse than NSA) but I'll have to create an account now so I can get the video's from my external camera's uploaded and accessible. Pity I have to work this weekend but next one I'll be tinkering with BI and Vera to get them to talk to each other. Thanks for the details, greatly appreciated.

I'll leave the camera's setup in Vera (at least the ones that it plays with) so I can easily access my in house ones on my tablet and can keep checking on my dogs. However,  BI will be doing all the scheduling and recording.

On that note, check eBay. Several sellers offer a key and BI download for around $37 instead of the normal $49.95. I checked with the developer and these are legit. Nice way of saving about 25% on the software.
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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2014, 04:14:41 pm »
Not a big fan of Google+ (Worse than NSA) but I'll have to create an account now so I can get the video's from my external camera's uploaded and accessible. Pity I have to work this weekend but next one I'll be tinkering with BI and Vera to get them to talk to each other. Thanks for the details, greatly appreciated.

I'll leave the camera's setup in Vera (at least the ones that it plays with) so I can easily access my in house ones on my tablet and can keep checking on my dogs. However,  BI will be doing all the scheduling and recording.

On that note, check eBay. Several sellers offer a key and BI download for around $37 instead of the normal $49.95. I checked with the developer and these are legit. Nice way of saving about 25% on the software.

ebay... never would have thought of this as a source of software. That is a good a value. Thanks.

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2014, 05:26:57 pm »
This is the seller I purchased from and I received my serial within the hour. Already had BI installed so just had to enter it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blue-Iris-v3-0-Latest-Video-Camera-Security-Software-Full-License-/150990164854?pt=US_Image_Video_Audio_Software&hash=item2327b71376

No other connection that being a satisfied customer. There are several more sellers offering at this price.
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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2014, 09:30:52 am »
If you are running Windows 8.1 you can also just set BI to use your OneDrive folders.  I just got my camera set up over the weekend and didn't have time to play yet, but I will do this as well as trigger scenes by calling PowerShell.

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #35 on: April 08, 2014, 10:56:51 am »
Another approach for storage, I am using WD My Book Live to record BI cam feeds 24/7.  Costco, 3TB $120 and you can access from the net. First 3 days is stored in the new folder then moved to the storage folder and deleted after 21 days.

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2014, 05:30:29 pm »
I have developed a vera blue iris cam plugin with Snapshot and Streaming Support, PTZ and Motion sensor support

Download here
https://github.com/undert03/vera-blueiris/

Current Forum Thread
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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #37 on: July 04, 2014, 05:16:33 pm »
I know you probably do not mean to do this, but please do not cross post! You posted this same thing in 5 different threads.

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2017, 10:00:33 am »
Can Blue Iris run on a low power platform like Rpi and then write nto an SSD.  That would make a real cost effective CCTV system.

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #39 on: July 31, 2017, 10:13:28 pm »
Blue Iris is Windows only so no RPi as it won't work on the IoT Win10 available for that platform.
I run it on a Xeon platform and it writes to an SSD. As good as BI is, it's bad side is that it's a CPU hog so I5/Xeon I'd say is about the base if you want to run more than say 5 720P camera's.
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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #40 on: August 01, 2017, 07:16:13 am »
Wow. That's hungry. I wanted to get a small mini PC. You can get an i7 Asus mini but they are expensive. What's the minimum RAM

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #41 on: August 01, 2017, 02:22:11 pm »
Most DVR's isolate the cameras on their own subnet out of the box. They also provide PoE in most cases.
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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #42 on: August 01, 2017, 02:25:56 pm »
The foscam DVR kit for 500 pounds gives four 1080p cameras and PoE and 1TB hard drive. It seems of you build on Blue Iris it would cost alot more to build the same.

Is Blue Iris that much better than the foscam kit given you have to buy the BI SW, a PC and cameras?

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #43 on: August 01, 2017, 02:44:54 pm »
Wow. That's hungry. I wanted to get a small mini PC. You can get an i7 Asus mini but they are expensive. What's the minimum RAM

Yes BI is a hog. I do run mini PC's but they are i7 with alot of good quiet fans to cool it. CPU and Ram really depend on your cameras an settings. If you cut the FPS down and don't have alot of cameras. I have 10 cameras a mix of 3Mp and 4Mp hikvisions running at 20fps and full quality and I use around 4GB of ram just for BI along with 20-25% cpu on the i7.

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Re: Blue iris vs DVR?
« Reply #44 on: August 01, 2017, 07:09:15 pm »
I run BI on a Lenovo TS140 mini server with Xeon CPU and 8 GB. It also runs Serviio and a TTS server. I love the TS!40 as it's dead quiet. So much so I use a 2nd one as a workstation with 20GB and Win10. (I'm not a gamer so don't need a high powered gfx card)
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