I am in the early stages of designing an automation system for my new house, and one of the things I'd like to do is have surveillance cameras. To that end, I have a few questions:
1) Do I understand correctly that with IP cameras I can have either pan/tilt/zoom, or motion-triggered events, but not both?
2) With motion triggered events, is the system able to exclude non-human motion (cats, etc.)?
3) In terms of IP vs. analog cameras, what are the pluses and minuses of each approach? I plan on a mix of indoor and outdoor cameras, and see at least 3 different options - IP cameras, analog going to motion capture cards (I am expecting about 10-12 cameras, are there any cards that can support that many inputs?), or analog going to a separate security DVR (designed for multiple cameras), most of which have an IP output, not sure if anyone's used any of these with Linux MCE.
I've heard that IP cameras can be laggy, by as much as 8 seconds or so, any truth to that?
Also, if I have IP cameras and want to output to a TV, I assume I can do that through a media director, but how's the quality in those cases? Can I have a media director with an HDMI output to get good quality video on the screen? In the past, hooking up a computer to a TV (using composite or S-video) has left much to be desired in terms of quality, never tried it on an HD TV with HDMI connections.