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VIDEO CAMERA REQUIREMENTS                                                                      

Recommended - MiniDV format stands for Mini Digital Video and is the most reliable and compatible digital video format on the market today.  This format comes in many different price ranges ($250 - $2,500) and can be purchased from your local retailer or directly from Eagle Eye. HI8 and Digital 8 are also compatible with the Eagle Eye software as long as the camera has the necessary outputs -- A/V outputs (for Timing) and FireWire (for Motion Analysis).

  • General:   
The larger the image sensor(s) in the camera the higher the quality of picture. Picture quality is also improved as the number of image sensors increase (example: 3CCD). Shutter speed and other advanced features are nice but not required.
  • Analysis Application:
Must have FireWire output.
  • Timing Application:  
Must have an A/V or analog video output. Sleep/Power Save mode control – Turning this feature off ensures the camera will not shut off (provided power is not cut off) in the middle of a Race for the Eagle Eye timing application.

Not Supported - High Definition!
High Definition is still in the beginning stages and has very little compatibility with computer programs. MiniDVD, Hard Drive, High Definition, Flash, Hard Drive High Definition and MiniDV High Definition formats are still not perfected and are not recommended for use with Eagle Eye software. Although some MiniDVD standard definition and Hard Drive standard definition have worked for some Eagle Eye customers, MiniDV is still the most reliable and compatible digital format.   NOTE:  MiniDV High Definition camcorders will work with the Eagle Eye applications in SD (Standard Definition) mode.

  •  Operating System 
Windows 7, XP or Vista operating systems are both compatible with Eagle Eye. 32 bit operating system only.
  •  RAM:      
At Least 1G RAM for XP  /  At least 2G RAM for Vista.
  •  Hard Drive:
Recommended 40G of FREE hard drive space. This will allow for approximately 3-4 hours of actual record time.-  A stand-alone hard drive connected via a USB connection is an easy way to increase space.
  •  FireWire Input:
Either through a 4 pin port built in or a *4/6 pin port on a card. Determine which type of FireWire card your computer Is compatible with:
  1.  PCMCIA
  2.  Express

Note:  Multiple Camera feature requires 2 or more separate FireWire ports. A FireWire card with 2 ports does not constitute separate ports and will not work.
  • Mouse
The built in laptop mouse pads are too cumbersome for Eagle Eye applications.    Always use an external mouse.
  • Graphics card  
Will improve video and processing to a degree but is not a necessary feature.
  • Screen Resolution
A “Color Quality” of 32 bit processing is required for the Eagle Eye timing application.  
  • USB Ports:
Note: USB 2 is faster than USB 1 and will transfer video files faster between computers during timing applications.