Testing Vitamin D Video Analytics Software

Author: Scott Oie, Published on Mar 05, 2010

With significant tech blog coverage, Vitamin D has generated widespread interest in using their video analytics. Two of the most commonly cited points is their technology, called HTM, that is based on a "new theory of human intelligence" and their "freemium" business model that allows for free or inexpensive on-line access to their video analytics.

In this test, we examined Vitamin D Version 1.0, running on a Windows 7 laptop analyzing video from 3 cameras: a Logitech webcam, an IQinVision basic series camera and an Axis HD camera. We choose a range of cameras to better understand how Vitamin D performs on different inputs. The Vitamin D software Starter Edition can be freely downloaded so you can test for yourself.

Our key findings include:

  • Easy to set up and worked with a wide range of cameras
  • Significant false positives and negatives in certain environmental conditions
  • Provides video management (record and search) capabilities (though quite basic)
  • Performance can vary greatly based on capabilities and characteristics of camera used
 
We think the most interesting aspect of Vitamin D is making analytics easier and less expensive for broader use. By contrast, the most over-hyped element is the breakthrough technology claim. While we think the market positioning is innovative, in our tests, the analytics themselves proved to be neither exceptionally accurate nor efficient to process relative to current industry offerings.
 
This is, of course, a 1.0 release so we will track and re-test as the product matures.
 
Readers may contrast this to our test results of VideoIQ, who provides video analytics more oriented for the business/professional market.

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