I finally got around to setting up the new motion capture gear this morning and running preliminary tests.
The new iPi Desktop Motion Capture software and my new computer appear capable of capturing four streams of synchronized video at 640 x 480 at 60 fps! With my old computer, the best I could get was four streams of 320 x 240 at 30fps. What I think is making the difference with the new computer is having two USB 3.0 cards and an internal 1TB SATA 3 drive dedicated for video capture.
I’m wondering if the new system can handle six Playstation 3 Eye cameras. I currently have two PS3 Eye cameras plugged into the on-board controller, two cameras more into one USB 3.0 card, and I have the internal SATA 3 drive plugged into the second USB 3.0 card (which happens to be a SATA 3 card too.) Since there are two on-board USB 2.0 controllers, in theory I should be able add two more cameras. The question is, is the SATA 3 drive fast enough to record six streams of video data without dropping frames?
For now, I’m sticking with the four camera setup though. I’d really like to get ‘Pooper’ done this year.