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Okay, a guy I just met has video cameras on his bar, I assume just regular av output to some kind of recording device. He wants to hook it up to the internet to be viewed at home. I assume, since the cameras are most likely not internet connected, he needs a device that can connect an av signal to a network connected to the internet, broadcasting the images.

What would he need to buy?

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He could output the AV signal on a TV and then place a webcam in front of the TV to broadcast on the web. He'd need a regular webcam and a streaming service like this one.

There may be more elegant ways though.
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The device that records his cameras needs to have this functionality.

Most DVRs (digital video recorders; the devices which record analog CCTV camera footage) have an ethernet port and then a HTTP interface you can connect to. If he doesnt have a DVR, which means hes not recording his camers, there are Video Servers (encoders) which can turn a single analog camera into an IP camera, these are quite expensive tho, and still dont solve recording. It is also possible, if this is an older solution that he has a PC that has a PCI card which records it. Same applies, the software for the card generates a HTTP interface you can connect to.

Just forward a few ports on the router and make that interface accessible from the internet, and bingo. You will HAVE TO use IE tho, as these work based on custom ActiveX controls which are install by the DVR when you connect to it.
Edited by tomaskir - 2/23/11 at 4:07pm
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If he doesnt have a DVR, which means hes not recording his camers
Or not.
There are plenty of analog recording solutions.

It really depends on his implementation.
If there are analog sources, you would need a PC with an analog capture card as well as an application to make these video feeds onto an IP network.
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