Kodicom 8800

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Kodicom 8800

General Information

The Kodicom 8800 is a PCI card with 8 inputs and 8 Conexant Fusion 878A (also known as BT878) chips.
Real time monitoring of all 8 inputs is possible because each input has a dedicated chip for it, resulting in a total of 200FPS for PAL and 240FPS for NTSC.
Since around 2006, this card is no longer in production, however, there are many clones of this card floating around at low cost.


Use with ZoneMinder

Use the bttv driver for this card, however, this card layout isn't automaticly detected by the driver. Use the options below with the bttv driver.
On modern linux distributions, the options below should be placed in /etc/modprobe.d/bttv.conf









1 card:

options i2c-algo-bit bit_test=1
options bttv gbuffers=16 card=102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102 radio=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 tuner=4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4 chroma_agc=1 combfilter=2 full_luma_range=1 coring=1 autoload=0
  • Note the above is one line. If you copy and paste, you must join the last two lines into one.
  • The 8 inputs are from /dev/video0 channel 0 to /dev/video7 channel 0.



2 cards:

options i2c-algo-bit bit_test=1
options bttv gbuffers=16 card=102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102,102 radio=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 tuner=4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4 chroma_agc=1 combfilter=2 full_luma_range=1 coring=1 autoload=0
  • The 16 inputs are from /dev/video0 channel 0 to /dev/video15 channel 0.


Its recommended to install heatsinks on the BT878 chips of this card because the chips generate a lot of heat. Without heatsinks and front case fan cooling the heatsinks, this card might not last long.

Limitations

At this time it appears its not possible to install more than 2 cards of this card in the same computer, the computer will detect no more than 16 BT878 chips.