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    I noticed in the section on 'CCTV and the Law' it was mentioned that 'CCTV footage recorded on a standard PC is inadmissible in court'

    What do they mean by 'standard PC' and what sort of PC would be considered 'non-standard' to such an extent that its recordings would be admissible?

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    As far as I am aware, it is all about how reliable the evidence is and the possibility

    of tampering. The Science and Technology Select Committee published a report on

    it, see:


    I found further interesting information at:

    From my understanding, the is a need to prove that the evidence was not

    tampered with. With a standard PC this may be quite difficult. It would probably

    involve handing over the original harddrive to the police and letting their people go

    over it in an attempt to prove the filesystem structures had not been altered etc. I

    assume they would use the same type of processes as they use in internet

    fraud/child porn style investigations. I don't think just burning the images to a CD

    or similar would be good enough.

    My personal current intention is to utilise a PC to analyse recordings made using

    my CCTV system at home. I intend to record simultaniously to a PC and video.

    The PC then looks at what it has recorded (audio and video) and determines if

    events have occured which need to be looked at. If an event has occured I can

    review it on the computer then check the video tape to see if it has captured the

    same thing. I can then hand the video over to the local police as evidence. This

    gives me the best of both worlds, an easy way to determine what has been

    happening in my absense (without reviewing 12 hours of video tape on fast

    forward and missing some shouting or other non-visable event), and also rock

    solid evidence in thte form of an original video recording.

    Currently I only have the audio aspect of this working (Today is its first full run as

    my neighbour is up in court and I want to know what happens when he returns!). I

    need a new TV card to get the video aspect going.

    Hope this helps,