I'm reposting this from the Camcorder forum. I just found this DIY forum.
Hi, I am a master's student from Drexel University in Philadelphia. I'm looking for recommendations for a camcorder and PTZ mount for an industry project involving video equipment. I'm a mech. engineer, so I have some ability to figure stuff out, but my experience in A/V is really weak. To that end I would like recommendations for an HD camcorder that has a development community supporting DIY projects. I want the ruger .22 of camcorders, something everyone has, uses, and mods. Same thing with a P/T mount. I'm looking for one that's time tested for reliability and mod-ability.
I need all this support because in my project I will need to get low-level control over the camera and P/T mount functions: camera zoom; camera record/stop/; mount pan; mount tilt; others?: through a linux terminal (or some comparable option?). Once I have access to all the commands in Linux, I start to get more into my comfort zone. Any suggestions as to a mount / camera pair that would meet the DIY requirement?
There's always the option of getting an all in one solution, but something like the independent x-10 ninja base seems cost effective compared to this security-camera like intel system (linked at bottom of page). Of course the latter includes the camera, but it's also going to have 1. much smaller user-base 2. worse tech-support/repair and 3. it is not "upgradable."
PHPbb won't let me post URL's yet, so here are links to the cameras I talked about above.
thanks for reading