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Is there some opensource software I can use for recording video from a security camera?

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Not really . I think there is a special Linux Distro though that works like a CCTV security centre.. cant remeber the name now .. –  ppumkin Feb 3 '12 at 9:34
    
Depends on the device, which operating system you have, etc. Can you give us some more information? –  slhck Feb 3 '12 at 9:53
    
sorry no specific device and system, im looking to build one so i was wondering whats out there. –  kzap Feb 18 '12 at 0:26
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zoneminder I believe this is OSS, and should do the job. It's pretty well known and a beefy solution.

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I'll second zoneminder. I've used it before and it's got quite a few features and supports a wide number of cameras. –  Jim G. Feb 9 '12 at 23:05
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You can have motion activated cameras that record only when there is activity.

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