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Watch Multiple Videos Simultaneously

I am recording video via IP cameras for surveillance of our store.  I would like to be able to playback multiple videos simultanously and is records in the AVI format.  It would be useful for them to automatically start at the same time as well so the time line is accurate.  Does anyone know of any programs that will do this?  Obviously free is better.  One reason we didn't buy expensive software with our IP cameras was simply to save money.

Thanks!
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
For free you are probably limited to Zone Minder which as a good app but needs Linux as the operating system.  With Windows CCTV systems you tend to "get what you pay for" so the facilities you are looking for are normally in the more expensive software packages or bundled with higher end camera systems.
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joemckameyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the comment Masqueraid.

Is there a free version of Linux that you would recommend that I could install on a PC here and give it a try?

Thanks...
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BillDLCommented:
Hi Joe.  Masqueraid is probably off to the supermarket buying cartloads of beer and strong drink for the Easter weekend right now, so I will sneak in here and (hopefully) provide similar advice as he would give.

Every Linux user has their own personal preference for flavours of Linux depending on their technical ability and need to dig into its guts from time to time.  Some are really designed to be more immediately comfortable for Windows users to start using, while others are more "techie" oriented.

I use Linux from time to time, but am not totally conversant with it by a long chalk, so that probably makes me a fairly good judge of what is easy to make a transition to without being totally lost from the outset.

I would guess that Ubuntu is probably the most popular due to its comfortable user interface and fairly comprehensive hardware support.

There are others, however, that are equally easy to use, suich as Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, Linspire (forced to change name from "Lindows" because they strove towards Windows user feel), and OpenSuSE.

There is a bewildering list of variants here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Linux_distributions
but perhaps the best resource to make an informed choise is:
http://distrowatch.com/
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
where you will certainly see that Ubuntu is well regarded.

You can either download the Disc Image (*.ISO file) and burn it to a CD/DVD or buy a ready made disc for less than $3 to save you the hassle.

Most of the major "distros" are "Live CDs" that you can boot your computer to without actually installing, but a Desktop icon in that "Live" mode allows you to install if you like the feel and appearance of it.

http://www.livecdlist.com/

In Live mode, the operating system is running in its own environment, but can be used to "mount" your Windows drives and access their contents.

You can install Linux onto a hard drive already containing Windows so that your computer offers a boot choice, and the setup options allow you to create the Linux partition and resize it and the Windows one to suit.  Make a full Windows backup first if doing this!.  I have not had any loss of data by creating a Dual-Boot Windows-Linux system, but the potential exists.

If you have a spare computer that you are prepared to wipe and install only Linux, then I would suggest that as your best option.

From a personal point of view, I think you should go for Ubuntu as a fully featured and easy to use Linux operating system.  I would just download the Disc Image file, burn to DVD, and boot it to "Live" mode to check it out before committing to install.

each release is named after some elegant wild animal for numerically-challenged individuals, but Ubuntu Desktop is currently on version 10.10

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop

Download:
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

Note the other methods that you can use to Install it, even to a USB Flash Drive.

Buy on CD/DVD for buttons:
http://shop.canonical.com/product_info.php?products_id=746

Hope this helps.

Bill
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Kenneth BrownResearch AssociateCommented:
1) re zone minder: Or install linux in an MS Virtual PC for Windows...? less chance of errors trashing your PC.
2) if you can find a media player that allows multiple instances ay the same time..., (not wmp or vlc (ive tried them...), but maybe some other might do it?...) open all the vid files, pause and tile them, then write an AutoIT or equivalent script to start them all at approx same time. (I know its messy!,and needs coding skill...)
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BillDLCommented:
Yes, good suggesion about installing Linux in a Virtual Machine on a Windows PC.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/get-started.aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/virtual-pc-2007.aspx
http://www.petri.co.il/virtual_create_virtual_machines_virtual_pc_2007.htm

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/
http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/overview.html

http://www.virtualbox.org/

If considering a multimedia player in Windows that allows multiple instances of itself, you could probably schedule them to start simultaneously using the AT command to create an ID number for each instance and set each to start at the same time.  Open a CMD window and type    AT /?    for command line usage.

VideoLAN's VLC Media Player does allow itself to be run as multiple instances, but the default setting is not to do so.  Tools > Preferences > Interface section > "Allow only one instance".  Unchecking that box greys out the "enqueue files when in One Instance mode" and you can start video playback in more than one VLC Player window.  Each video can be started separately from the command line.

There are other multimedia players that allow themselves to be run as multiple instances.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Thanks BillDl - spot on with the diagnosis for my absence :)

joemckamey - looks like you have everything you need to trial this - let us know how you get on.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
... or alternatively accept BillDL's post on it's own ...
I guess the beer was worth it though :)
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BillDLCommented:
Hello Joe

While I am grateful that you accepted my comment as the "solution", I think Masqueraid is quite entitled to ask the question he has asked in the comment right above mine.  I only stepped in to offer an explanation of good ways to USE Linux in Masqueraid's absence.  He was the one who suggested using Linux, however.  My comment has obviously been useful to you and met the approval of Masqueraid, but in response to the "Cleanup Comment" by Qlemo Masqueraid suggested splitting the points by accepting multiple Comment ID numbers and thereby sharing the points with others.

Maqueraid obviously feels a bit "slapped in the face" being excluded from a "points split", and I feel very awkward that his and others' comments were not included in a "points split".  Obviously how you close a question is entirely your own decision and I hope that this comment doesn't annoy you, but might you perhaps consider asking for a moderator to re-open this question and then accept multiple solutions?

Regards
Bill
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joemckameyAuthor Commented:
Bill,

Not sure how to do that...I am fine to reopen.  

Joe
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Just to be clear I've no problem with how this is closed just having a bit of fun with BillDL following his original comment about my Easter festivities :)

If you want to split points between various comments hit the "Accept Multiple Solutions" button.  It helps but isn't essential that you click that link in the comment that helped most as by default the system will see that as the principle (Accepted) solution you can then award points to any other comments in any combination totaling the points value you set for the question.  If you find the wrong comment marked as the "Best Solution" at that point you can select a different solution.

I'll reopen the question as you've asked above - feel free to close it again in whatever way you feel best reflects the usefulness of the comments (including closing it the same way you had before).  As the Asker you have the absolute right to allocate points based on how the solution worked for you & normally only be asked to change your acceptance if you choose a comment which is clearly incorrect

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BillDLCommented:
Thank you for doing that Joe.
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