I would like to set up a camera system in my new apartment. The setup i would like would be 2 camera's that would record for 10 minutes whenever the door opens. It be nice if i could record the video to my external pc hdd. What kind of equipment would be necessary for this?

  • Assuming that you want this for security purposes, recording to your PC may not be the best options since that the PC may be one of the first things the thief goes for. Recording to a DVR hidden in a hard to find locked cabinet, or recording to the cloud may be a better option (though cloud recording has its own risks if the thief can disable your internet connection before he enters)
    – Johnny
    Aug 21 '16 at 15:17
  • Would it be possible to save to the cloud and an hardrive? Aug 21 '16 at 16:40
  • Sure, there are both cameras and DVR's that can record locally while also sending video to a cloud service, or since you're sending it to your computer, you can set up your own method to push recorded video to cloud storage.
    – Johnny
    Aug 21 '16 at 18:01
  • Ill probably return in a month when im gonna start buying :) Aug 22 '16 at 5:02

Typically an IP camera.

Features though vary quite a bit between brands.

Some do have the capability to record to a NAS and/or file server. You would need something like this ideally for what you want.

A fairly cheap option is edge recording, such as built in SD cards typically. Not all cameras have this and the biggest issue is theft of the camera results in loss of footage. It is usually though one of the most cost effective ways of recording.

The next solution is recording to a DVR or VMS system, there are some cheap and free options that may work on your PC.

In terms of actual recording, you can have it on motion detection. Another option can be a reed switch or other door contact that triggers recording. These can be wired to a camera that has I/O, not all do, or quite often a DVR/VMS has this capability.

What you want is definitely achievable, just comes down to budget. There are quite a few ways to do this.

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