Alright, so just be forwarned, I'm still in the planning stages, so I may ramble and go off on tangents as I type. Anyways, I have this plan to start a internet video series of me and my roommates doing stupid fun crazy stuff. Kinda like jackass/dudesons/cky..ect. And best of all, I have a financially successful friend who believes in the idea and is able to make this dream a physical possibilitie. Now, what I want is to have a home surveillance system set up consisting of several cameras placed around the house, monitoring everything, and saving raw video (something that I can edit with final cut or imovie). To start, I'll need a good program, right? A little google searching, and I came up with "SecuritySpy" It seems like my best bet, but the price is a little steep. It's about $588 USD for the unlimited camera version, or $300 for the 8-camera max version. Hs anyone used this program in the past, or have a similar, yet cheaper program that they know of? Next, I'll need a nice Mac to run all this. My current Macbook is awesome as it is, but I think I'll need a more powerful desktop model. Recomendations for an iMac or mac pro? If I plan to have 8+ cameras running on this thing, would it be best if I had two 8-core processors, or would the iMacs processor be able to even handle this? I'm heavily leaning towards the Mac Pro on this one. And what about graphic processor? Would a 256 MB cut the cheese (recording around 8 video sources at a medium resolution) or should I consider upgrading that? Since I'll be getting a refurbed, should I look at OWC, and could I possibly resell the stock graphics card that came with it? I'll also need extra hard drive space... but thats easy... Moving on... I'll need cameras! I've been looking at some nice CCTV cameras, for about 100 each for a IR indoor outdoor camera. But then I'll need to figure out the best way to connect them to the Mac. Any ideas? I need to do some more research in this area. I'm not quite sure if these cameras handle audio. In that case, I'll need to record that seperatly. Again, any ideas? Well, I'm tired from all this planning. I'll be back, with some more research, and hopefully, if anyone here reads this and has some positive feedback and ideas to help me with my dream here, that would be much appreciated. Thank you.