I am planing a setup with 4 camera inputs, preferably on MAC.
I read the other posts concerning this topic but was not able to identify the benfits/problems of a multiple Firewire Cam solution vs. a PCI Card or external BOX Version with 4 analog inputs.
Up to now I always worked with multiply usb cams on a PC. Wihtout real problems but a high CPU Load.
Could anyone with some experiences with both (FireWire and Quad Splitter) solutions say something about the CPU/Speed issue?
Or problems that occured?
I would like to get a resolution of approximately Pal (for each camera) – or 640×480 each for a digital solution.
In case of a Splitter option, I now that there are differences in latency/ delay time. Are there specific product you know with a good performance? Unfortunaltely most of the pci cards I found are just supported for PC. If there is no alternative I could buy a PC but I’d prefer to use a new G5.
If you are going to use Mac with DV Cams , there is Apple DV driver issue that you can connect only one DV/FW Cam.I use 4 DV cams on my Mac pro but wit bootcamp Windows and it works.
You can connect multiple IIDC cams on Mac but i have no experience with that.