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Hidden video surveillance

by tbbucfan42 / June 23, 2007 1:12 PM PDT

I have a horse barn that I would like to watch what happens when I'm not around. There are other horse/owners who use the same stable. I fear that there is something going on and I wanna catch them in the act.

is there a way to record ( with a hidden camera ) to a card or something that could be taken out and viewed later?? There is no electric in the barn.. and it's in the next town over. 20 miles away.


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How would it power on, start recording
by boya84 / June 23, 2007 2:29 PM PDT

and power off? You need some sort of motion sensor...

"hidden cameras" use power... whether battery operated or plugged into the wall. The "battery" could alos be one of these <http://www.amazon.com/Xantrex-852-2000-XPower-Powerpack-Portable/dp/B000E6LEIC/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-2287151-1773507?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1182658782&sr=8-1>.

The links throughout this post are not advertisements for any particular product or vendor - merely examples of various products.

Ideally, the surveillance camera <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/104-2287151-1773507?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=security+camera&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&Go=Go> video is connected (wired or wirelesly) to a DVR like <http://www.amazon.com/Lorex-Channel-Digital-Video-Recorder/dp/B000BX1WDA/ref=sr_1_7/104-2287151-1773507?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1182658931&sr=8-7>. This particular unit has a hard drive - and you set the motion detection areas that cause the recording to go from 1 every 4 seconds to real time for a specified amount of time. The 250 gig internal drive can hold up to about 20-30 days of surveillance if it is not always real-time... and that is with 4 cameras. If you have only 1 camera, it the hard drive will last longer... but I don't know how long the portable battery power will last.

At some point, you would take the DVR somewhere to connect to a TV and playback whatever it captured.

FYI, if you get a night-cam, the infrared emmiters are visible in the camera when it is dark.

There is no "camcorder" that will do what you want without you being there.

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great info. thanks
by tbbucfan42 / June 23, 2007 10:25 PM PDT

so my biggest problem is power and trying to hide the equipment.

If others see the equipment they may take it or disconnect it leaving me nothing.. or worse. a sick horse. racing is a tough business - and I hate cheaters.

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Change Sables
by Springer007 / June 25, 2007 3:30 AM PDT
In reply to: great info. thanks

Just change stables.
With no electricity Its gonna be very tough to get any length of video.
You could just go get a buddy and rent one of those horse costumes and replace your horse with the two of you. Then you could bust them first hand.
Seriously man, from everything that you have said above there is no way to acomplish your goal, unless you can check on the camera every 5 or 6 hours to replace the battery.

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