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Offline bp2008

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2014, 02:11:39 am »
I also have the Webcast tab for the camera properties configured to 50% quality and 53% scale - this results in jpeg images on jpegpull being 1933x1450, plenty large enough for live view on a 2560x1440 display.  But more importantly the reduced size makes Blue Iris produce the jpeg images at a higher frame rate. (it is really bad when left at native 10 megapixel resolution!)

See the last post on page 2 for more screenshots of ACTI camera configuration.

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2014, 04:12:09 am »
appreciate  the config screen shots. all this is new stuff for me.   this camera is awesome so far. 

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2014, 09:52:16 pm »
Finally installed the second one today.

Snow is so deep (and hard) that I did not need a ladder! :)

With noise reduction enabled:


With noise reduction disabled:


This camera, like the other E77 I installed some weeks ago, also doesn't seem to have working WDR.  I wonder what the deal is with that.

Anyway if you zoom the pictures in to 100%, there are a lot of angled rooflines that clearly demonstrate the imaging sensor's inadequacies.  I don't know for sure what causes the extremely blocky/pixelated edges, but I suspect that is what you get when you combine a Bayer filter or something with poor post-processing.  Hikvision 3MP cameras, for example, do not exhibit this behavior.  In the end, it would be a lot more cost-effective to just buy $130 Hik domes with 3MP sensors.

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2014, 03:49:28 pm »
This is great information..

I am in the process  of building out a security system.   I  need 7 outdoor cameras in total.  I am also looking at a Xeon X3 3.5GHZ system with 12TB in Raid 5.  Like a Dell T20 or tower from Supermicro.  Do you think this is enough power to run BI with 8 Cameras at 5MP/30fps.    Most will be motion detect but I'd like to run 2 in all the time.   I settled on the Xeon for the robustness of running 24/7. 
My goal is not to have to touch this unit very often.

Thoughts?
« Last Edit: June 01, 2014, 07:34:05 pm by acmaster »

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #34 on: May 08, 2014, 06:43:47 pm »
That would be 40 megapixels total at 30 fps which I don't think is likely to work.  You'd probably need to reduce that to 10 or 15 FPS and use direct to disk to reach an acceptable CPU usage.

These ACTI cams won't do higher than 6 FPS though unless it is at 2 megapixels, though I'm sure you are aware of that.

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2014, 12:47:06 am »
I had my ACTi E72 (3MP) for a month now and I'm happy with it.

Anything over 3MP and images become degraded at night.

I was originally thinking of going 5MP but chose 3MP due to night surveillance needs.
Axis (7) total cam solution, Intel i7 Dell XPS, Win7 Pro 64. Adding ACTi product line. Canada.

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #36 on: November 17, 2014, 03:44:11 am »
I know it's an old post, but just in case anyone's thinking about buying one of these, I'm updating this.

I finally unboxed and connected my ACTi E77, and this may be the worst camera I have.

With noise reduction on, the image is incredibly soft and fuzzy.  Going above 1080p is just a waste of bandwidth, plus it's only 6 fps above that setting.  With noise reduction off, it's better, but there are lots of sharpening artifacts in the daytime.  Shadows are completely black until the WDR is turned on, and turning it up high enough to bring out the details also increases the noise.

Once the light gets low, it's astonishingly noisy, with so many sharpening artifacts from the noise that it may well be useless at night.

So far, the Hik 2032 outperforms it easily at matching resolutions, and higher resolutions don't show any improvement in detail and lose tons of frame rate.

I haven't updated the firmware yet; hopefully it will make a big difference. 

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #37 on: November 17, 2014, 01:20:08 pm »
Urgh. My Acti E33 was a huge disappointment. I often wish I had bought two Hikvision 3MP cameras instead.
i7-3770 3.4ghz Win 8.1 64bit (Dedicated BI4 64bit Server) | (3) Hikvision DS-2CD2332-I @ 3MP | (11) Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I @ 3MP | (2) Dahua IPC-HFW3200S @ 2MP | (1) ACTi E33 @ 5MP | (2) Vivotech FD8136 @ 1MP

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Re: ACTI E77 10mp 6fps $280 today
« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2014, 11:45:13 pm »
I don't know if I mentioned it here, but I did try to fix the focus on that cam looking at my driveway.  I was unable to improve it.  I explained the issue to ACTI and sent it to them for repair.  They returned it with a new lens and exactly the same focus problem.

Later I replaced it with a Hikvision 2332 with a 2.8mm lens, which has been flawless.  It is not quite as wide of an angle, but it is a much better image day and night.  Really goes to show how bad the E77 is when a cam costing less than half as much, with less than a third the pixels, can do a better job in every respect.

That E77 is now inside my garage where it doesn't have to see as far, so the bad focus is not as bad.

The other E77 in my back yard is doing well still, but I would never recommend this camera to anyone because of the 6 Mbps bit rate limit, really bad image processing, and bad OSD timestamps.

 

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