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The MotorPod - Robotic Control for DV Camera

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The Eagletron MotorPod is a computer-controlled pan/tilt base for any camera under 2 lbs. It lets you turn and swivel your camera up, down, left, and right under the control of your PC. You can even control the optical zoom of compatible camcorders. MotorPod comes with the same sophisticated control software as the TrackerPod®, giving you features like Internet remote control, programmable video capture, and motion detection.

Works with Camcorders, Webcams Under 2 lbs.

You can use the MotorPod with any camera under 2 lbs in weight.

Use Camcorder as Webcam

MotorPod's bundled software lets you use your camcorder's video in any software designed to be used with a regular webcam. Use your camcorder for video-chatting and webcamming.

Optical Zoom

Control your camcorder's optical zoom from your computer if your camcorder has an IEEE 1394 Firewire interface and supports the zoom command set. If you own a Sony camcorder, see our special model called  MotorPod-LANC which offers optical zoom control for your camera.

Digital Zoom

Digital zoom is provided via software for all camcorders and webcams. Use it to scale the camera image from 50% to 300% for detailed close-up views.

Surveillance with your Camcorder

Set your MotorPod/Camcorder to scan a room or area in a simple or complex pattern you specify. Useful for monitoring banks, lobbies, workshop, parking lot, daycare, workrooms, etc.

Motion Tracking

TrackerCam® software is tuned to track all human skin tones and can automatically pan and tilt to track the nearest person as they move around. Quality of tracking depends on the quality of your camcorder and the subject's distance from the camera.

Video Capture

Capture video from your camcorder to disk.

Remote Monitoring and Pan Tilt

Log in to your computer over the Internet from anywhere in the world to view live video from your camcorder and to move it. You can also view a history of the movement captured by your MotorPod and Camcorder. With our surveillance, motion detection, tracking, and remote control features, your MotorPod can monitor an entire room by detecting, tracking and recording movement.

Bundled software

MotorPod comes free with TrackerCam® Software, CamPanel and PTZdriver software. Optionally, you can also purchase DVdriver Software to allow you to use your camcorder's video in multiple applications simultaneously or to remotely control optical zoom from over the Internet.

Purchase a MotorPod

The MotorPod is not available in stores. Click here to order a MotorPod for only $169.99. Camera not included.

Detailed Hardware Specs

  • Maximum weight of camera: 2 lbs.
  • Minimum weight of camera: 0 lbs.
  • Maximum angles of rotation: 160 degrees pan and 110 degrees tilt
  • Maximum speed of movement: 53 degrees per second
  • Optical zoom control available for Camcorders that use an IEEE 1394 (Firewire) interface and support the zoom command set (eg. Panasonic NV-GS70, Canon ZR in US, Canon MV in Europe)
    • Sony camcorder users: a special model of PowerPod, the PowerPod-LANC offers you optical zoom control
  • Digital zoom from 50% to 300% available for all camcorders
  • MotorPod Interfaces to your PC via USB port
  • Camera video interfaces separately via Firewire, USB, or a video capture card
  • Powered by USB port or by optional power supply
  • Camera mounts/unmounts easily with an included quick-release camera shoe.

Camcorder Requirements

  • Camcorder under 2 lbs in weight.
  • Standard camcorder tripod (you need to mount the MotorPod to a tripod)
  • Standard 1/4" #20 mounting thread screw on camcorder
  • Firewire or USB or video capture card interface between camcorder and PC
  • Optical zoom control available for Camcorders that use an IEEE 1394 (Firewire) interface and support the zoom command set (eg. Canon ZR in US, Canon MV in Europe - see examples here)
  • Digital zoom from 50% to 300% available for all camcorders

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows®  2000,  XP, Vista (32, 64 bit), Windows 7.
  • Genuine Intel® PentiumTM, Pentium II, Pentium III, AMD® K6, AMD K6-2 processor running at 133 MHz or higher; for best performance, 200 MHz or above is recommended
  • 32MB RAM
  • Available USB port
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Display adapter cabable of 24 bit color at 640x480
  • Windows compatible sound card and microphone (for voice command features)
  • Modem or LAN access to the Internet at 28.8Kbps or faster required (for video conferencing)
  • Web browser such as Microsoft Internet ExplorerTM 4.0 or higher, Netscape NavigatorTM 6.0 or higher
  • 20MB available hard disk space 

Warranty

The Eagletron MotorPod comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty. For details, click here.

 

Buy Now

Order a MotorPod for only $169.99. Camera not included.
 


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