03-19-2009, 09:43 PM
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A lot depends on the distance from barn to house, picture quality, wired or radio, etc...
A few things I can tell you are..you will need either a monitor dedicated to your video cam pictures, or there are ways to have it on your computer. If your house and barn are not far from each other, wired can be cheaper and more reliable.Also, as barns are never climate controlled, you can have Issues with camera fogging/ moisture, shortened camera life, etc..Also, you will need to ensure the Horses cannot get to the camera, wiring, etc..It will get destroyed.
You can get packaged systems, with multiple cameras, camera switcher, monitor, the whole thing...You just have to figure out what you want to spend, who will set it up for you, if you do or do not need audio (live sound from the barn) and a few other things. The best advice (free advice anyway) I can give you is to look up everything on the web you can, and see what you can learn about your needs, and then decide whats best for you...
It is very doable, and I have video all over the place but, it's one of the things I have been doing for a living for years.I have had live video/audio going years ago for foaling, works great...
The picture will be "streaming" this way, or real time, much like you would see in normal video-security systems..and yea, night-time lighting can be an issue, but higher-end systems are far more sensitive to low light, and the product descriptions will tell you how low light they are capable of.
There is just so many variables to this that, getting a little education about the systems will pay off for you later on for sure.