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I'm thinking about setting up video camera or a prop-triggered still camera for my haunted house this year. I thought it would be fun to capture guest's reactions and feature them on my web site for people to see.

I really want to do the prop-triggered stills but it may not come to pass due to time constraints. The video is easy however... I already have a four channel video surveillance card setup in a computer and a bunch of small low light B&W cameras.

I was curious what everything thinks about this idea.

Thanks!
 

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I know I enjoy watching them on YouTube. So I would say go for it and send me a link when you do. I'll watch. :D
 

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The video is easy however... I already have a four channel video surveillance card setup in a computer and a bunch of small low light B&W cameras.
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I would like to ask more about your video card... Where could I get one?What to look for when buying? ETC?
 

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Yeah what is the best camera to get for shooting at night..I would imagine any standard camera would do the trick..but I'm sure there is a "really good" one out there..
 

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I use an ir survailance camera hooked up to a tv/vcr. It can see in total darkness. I have done it for the last couple of years but, have never gone back to look at the tapes. Heck, I'm not even sure where they are!
 

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The card I have is old. It's a Digi-Vue four channel surveillance video adapter with software. I use it at my office but it would be easy enough to move home for Halloween. The video quality isn't the best but it'll certainly work for this application. I just thought of one thing however... it doesn't record sound. That pretty much ruins it for Halloween.

I have a few computer video capture devices sitting around that I could use for a single camera. It would be a bit more setup but the quality would be better. They connect via USB so I could just stick my notebook on a shelf in the garage. I think that might be the better way to go. You can find these NTSC to USB adapters all over the place and they're cheap to boot.

For video, having it go directly to a computer or flash based recorder is essential. No one is ever going to spend the time to transfer from tape.

I have a bunch of low light (with IR LEDs) cameras that I picked up years ago at Target (of all places). They're decent and I know there are similar units out there from dozens of sellers for low cost.

I still think still pictures would be the best to have. I know exactly how to trigger my DSLR from a prop controller and it would be awesome to capture reactions as guest were scared. Maybe I'll have time to rig it for next year.
 
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