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How to Connect HD-CVI Cameras to an HD-CVI DVR

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

HD-CVI is a brand new CCTV technology that delivers High Definition Video over Standard Coax Cable. In this article, I will explain various options on how to connect your HD-CVI Cameras to your HD-CVI DVR. All of the products I will show are available at http://www.securitycameraking.com.

The first option is the one we recommend the most.

HDCVI Wiring Option 1

As you can see in Option 1 this configuration utilizes Siamese Cable with a Distribution Box. The great thing about HDCVI (High Definition Composite Video Interface) as stated above is that you can achieve up to 720p resolution over Analog Coax Cable. To power the HDCVI cameras in this configuration you will need a distribution box. The one in this picture is a 4-channel distribution box. The 18-2 wire coming from the Siamese Cable connects into the distribution box and the other side connects into the female power lead, which then plugs into the power port of the camera. To see and record the video, you will connect the RG59 part of the Siamese Cable to the HDCVI Digital Video recorder (DVR) via a BNC Connector into the video input jack. The other side of the cable will connect to the BNC port on the camera via another BNC Connector.

In the next option, you will see the same sort of configuration except with a power plug instead of a distribution box.

HDCVI Wiring Option 2

In this option, you will use a 1amp minimum power supply to run power to one camera. If you have multiple cameras, either you can use separate power supplies or you can use 4-channel Output Switching Supply if you are powering up to 4 cameras, or an 8-Channel Power Supply for powering up to 8 cameras. In this configuration above for power, you will need a male power lead to connect to the power supply, attach the 18-2 wire from the Siamese cable, and attach the other end of the 18-2 into a female power lead. Then, just plug the power lead into the power port on the HDCVI camera. Keep in mind you will do this for each camera, even if using a 4-channel power supply. For video, the connections are the same as in option 1.

The next option is the simplest option but not highly recommended (although it does work and is good for novices).

HDCVI Wiring Option 3

In this option, we use a Plug and Play Power/Video Cable. There is no special wiring involved. For power, just plug the power supply into the power adapter of the plug and play cable, and then plug the other side of the cable into the power port of the HDCVI Camera. For Video, connect the BNC from the cable into the Video Input on the HDCVI Digital Video Recorder, and attach the other end to the BNC port of the camera.

In the next configuration the diagram consists of the same setup as above except with a distribution box as the power supply.

HD-CVI Wiring Option 4

In this configuration showing how to connect an HDCVI Camera to an HDCVI DVR, power is generated through a power distribution box. To send power to the camera using a plug and play video/power cable as shown above from the distribution box, you will need a female power lead. Connect the two wires of the female power lead to the port in the distribution box and connect the other end of the female power lead into the power port of the plug and play cable. Then, attach the other end of the plug and play cable to the HDCVI Camera. For video, plug the BNC from the cable into the HD-CVI Digital Video recorder and the other end into the camera.

In the next option, we move on to using Cat5e/Cat6 Ethernet cable for video and power transmission.

HDCVI Wiring Option 5

The great thing about High Definition Composite Video Interface (HD-CVI) is that video can be streamed through either Standard Coax Cable or Ethernet Cable. In the above diagram, the power starts with a plug-in power supply. In order to go from the power port on the power supply to the Ethernet cable, you will need to use a passive video and power balun. The power supply plugs into the power port of the balun and then the Ethernet Cable plugs into the RJ45 Jack of the Balun. Then the other side of the Ethernet cable is plugged into the RJ45 jack of the camera side Balun, and the camera’s power port connects to that balun. For video, The BNC from the Balun connected to the power supply is connected to the HDCVI Digital Video recorder and since the Ethernet cable is already plugged into the baluns, you just need to connect the camera’s BNC port to the other Balun.

In the last option in this article, we use the same configuration except with a distribution box.

HD-CVI Wiring Option 6

In this configuration, things get a little tricky. Instead of just plugging in the Ethernet cable using RJ45 Jacks, you will be working with the raw wires that are inside the Ethernet cable. You will use two of the wires for power and two wires for video. Whichever two wires you use, you have to make sure you use the same two wires on both ends.

For the power, connect the first pair of wires to the distribution box. On the camera side, connect those same two wires to a female power lead, and then attach the power lead to the power port on the HDCVI camera. For video, use another pair of wires from the Ethernet cable and attach both ends to passive video baluns. Connect one Balun to the HDCVI DVR and the other to the BNC port on the camera.

In conclusion, there are many different options to connect the HDCVI DVR to an HDCVI Camera. We highly recommend the first two options for best picture resolution and clarity. Plug and play cables are easy, but the clarity isn’t as good as standard coax cable. For more information on HDCVI, visit our “What is HD-CVI” page on our website at http://www.securitycameraking.com/what-is-hd-cvi.html.

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Connecting to your DVR through a network or the internet

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

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The DVRs that we sell here at Techpro Security are user friendly and have a wide variety of features that allow you to customize them for the specific requirements of your installation. One of the more interesting features of our DVRs is that you can access them through the internet once you have them set up correctly to work with your network and get some ports forwarded. This means that you can go on vacation and still be able to log into your DVR in order to view your live camera views or recorded footage, as long as you can get to a computer with an internet connection. You can even use a smart phone for this purpose. Giving you this ability is just another way that security cameras can help bring you some peace of mind, by allowing you to always be able to view the location that meant enough to that you protected it with a security camera system.

Setting up the networking for this is a somewhat involved process that isn’t too difficult if you have some understanding port forwarding and have a little experience networking computers. Since many people don’t have a firm understanding of this, our technical support department is available for assistance and can even log into a computer with in the DVR’s network in order to help get this set up. In this article we’re going to take a closer look at this amazingly useful feature and how to set it up.

The first step in the process of getting this set up is to make sure that you have your network physically set up correctly. The basic idea is that you want to have a router connected to your modem, then have a computer and your DVR connected to that router. It is very important that you have the DVR and a computer plugged into the exact same router, at least while this is being set up. Once you have the physical set up of the DVR and network configured properly, then it’s time to make a few setting changes in the DVR.

The next step in this process is to go to the computer in order to get some information about your network which will need to be entered in to the DVR so that it’s configured to work in your network. You will need to hit the windows start button and type “cmd” in the field to pull up a command prompt. In older versions of windows you might have to select run from the start menu in order to bring this field up. Once you have the command prompt window open then you’ll need to type “ipconfig” in the command prompt which will return two important pieces of information (as shown in image 1). You will need to make note of the subnet mask and default gateway for this network because you will need to modify the DVR’s network page to reflect them (main menu->setting->network). You’ll also need to make sure that the first three series of numbers in the IP address on the network page of the DVR is the same as the gateway and the last series of numbers in the IP address needs to be unique on your network. In order to make sure that the DVR’s IP address is unique it’s necessary to pull the command prompt up again and type –ping (the IP address that you want to assign to the DVR). Once you are sure that no other device in your network is using it, you can assign that IP address to the DVR (image 2 shows the command prompt response for an IP address that already has been assigned to device). While you’re on the network page you should also change the HTTP port number to 88 and before saving the setting changes you’ve made.

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How to connect your DVR to the internet

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How to connect your DVR to the internet

Now that the DVR has been set up correctly for your network, you’ll need to make some setting changes in Internet Explorer before being able to connect to your DVR. You must use IE for this function; other browsers just don’t work with it correctly. Once you have IE open you’ll need to go to tools->internet options->security tab->custom level. Once you have this menu open you’ll need to locate two settings. They are “download signed ActiveX controls” and “download unsigned ActiveX controls”. Both of these settings need to be set to prompt. Then you’ll need to confirm the setting changes. Now are you ready to connect to the DVR.

There are actually three parts to the data that you need to enter into the address bar of Internet Explorer; here’s the formula – http://(IP address):(http port #). For example – http://192.168.1.108:88. The only part of this example that will change is the IP address. If you are on a computer that is in the same network as the DVR then you will use the internal IP address (which is the one that is on the DVR’s network screen). You will need to use the external IP address if you are connecting to the DVR from a computer that’s outside the DVR’s network. We’ll discuss how to find your external IP address later in this article.

Either way once you enter the connection information, you will be prompted with a small ActiveX download. Once the download is complete you will see the log in box for the DVR interface (as shown in image 3). At this point it’s a good idea to hit the compatibility view button to avoid any display problems. It’s also a good idea to make a favorite at this point so that it’ll be easier to get to the log in interface in the future. After that you will be ready to log in to your DVR using the admin account that can be used at the DVR directly.

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How to connect your DVR to the internet

There are two ways to view the live footage from your cameras though this interface. The first and easiest way is too simply hit the button marked as ‘open all’ that is located along the left side of this page. The other way to open your cameras is to select a viewing box from the middle portion of this screen and then select a camera from the list on the left to assign the camera that you want to assign to it.
The webservice interface gives you nearly all of the functionality that you would have at the DVR directly. The features that it gives you access to include the ability to view your recorded footage by hitting the ‘search’ button and adjust almost all of the settings that you can if you’re directly at the DVR. This interface also gives you easiest way to extract your recorded footage from your DVR and get it to a computer.

In order to be able to connect to the DVR from outside the network where it’s installed, you will need to get the TCP and HTTP ports open. These ports are shown on the DVR’s network page. Once you have these ports open you should go to http://www.canyouseeme.org. This website will let you verify that these ports are unblocked and it will show you the external IP address for that network. This is the address that you will need to use in order to connect to your DVR from a different location. You will need to make the same setting changes in Internet Explorer and use the same connection formula that was outlined previously. As long as you use the external IP address in the connection formula, then you should be able to log in to the DVR at this point from anywhere.

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Office Security Cameras

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Office Security CamerasDo you need an office security camera? These cameras can greatly enhance the security of any office. Do you fear who may be entering the office complex without your permission? Do you need to restrict the access of certain rooms within the building? Do you need to know when deliveries are made to the business even when you are not there? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have questions about what type of security camera is the right one for your office.
Office Box Security Cameras

The most popular office security camera is the box security cameras. These box security cameras are inexpensive to purchase, inexpensive to install and relatively easy to operate. The office owner will need to determine the correct lens for each camera. For example, these cameras can be installed with infrared lenses to take photos in low light conditions. These cameras are limited in that they will only take photos in one direction. It may take several cameras to cover an entire building or even just one room. The box office security camera can be connected to a computer for monitoring. The box security camera is not waterproof, but can be installed inside waterproof housing. It is important to look for a box camera with large frames per second rate. Currently the largest frame per second rate is 30. A great additional factor is to buy a box security camera with a built-in SD card. This will provide backup should your network fail. The office owner will also need to consider the available bandwidth required by more than one box camera. Look for a box security camera with 5 megapixels to deliver the most clarity. The higher the megapixels the lower the frame per second rate will be. Box security cameras are among the largest cameras on the market today. Their size may deter some thieves.

Office Dome Security Cameras

Another popular option for office security cameras are dome cameras. These dome cameras are available for purchase in various colors to match the décor of the office. Office owners who need cameras outside can purchase waterproof models. Office dome cameras are available with interchangeable lenses so that they can be used in different circumstances. Like the box camera, when purchasing an office security dome camera consider buying a camera with a SD card. This will provide additional evidence should the authorities request it. Also look for a high frame per second rate and a camera with at least 5 megapixels. Make sure that you have the funds available for the higher amount of bandwidth required by multiple cameras. Since these cameras are circles, it is impossible for those in an area protected by a dome camera to tell exactly where the photos are being taken. The most popular of these dome cameras feature a frame per second rate near 30. Dome cameras often look better than box cameras in high end offices.

Office Bullet Cameras

Some offices prefer the bullet cameras. These cameras are available in large or small sizes. Since these cameras are waterproof, they make an outstanding option if installed to protect the outside of an office building. Like dome cameras, these cameras feature interchangeable lenses. Make sure to purchase the right lens to use in the particular circumstances. For example, if you have a room that is kept dark most of the time, the right lens would be an infrared lens since it can operate with limited light. On the other hand, if you will be installing the office bullet camera in bright sunshine, you may want to consider a lens with a special coating that helps to take great photos in these conditions. Understanding the differences in lenses will assure your maximum satisfaction.

Office Spy Cameras

Some offices prefer to use spy cameras. These spy cameras can be placed throughout the office and are disguised to look like normal office items. One popular option for many offices is clock spy cameras. Make sure that these cameras operate silently. Spy camera pens are a great option for employees that carry supplies outside the office are spy pens. It is vital to buy a spy camera that will work with the available light. Many thieves are very aware of the sound these cameras make so make sure that you buy a camera that operates silently.

Office PTZ Cameras

The last option is the most popular with most office owners. The pan, tilt and zoom spy camera provides many alternatives to the office Office Security Camerasowner looking for the most for their money. These cameras can be operated remotely to take the best photos. For example, the camera can be placed outside a door and operated remotely to pan an entire hallway. These cameras can also be tilted to see items at different heights. They can be tilted up to clearly see a person’s face. They can also be tilted down to see a package that has been left in front of a door. These cameras can also be used to zoom into a situation to see the details more clearly. However, office owners need to realize that the pan, tilt and zoom camera requires 24 hour a day, seven days a week to be the most effective. These cameras require the most elaborate wiring of any security camera. They also require the most power.

Major Factors to be Considered

Software

When looking to purchase an office security camera, there are several factors that apply to all security cameras. Remember that each camera will require software to operate. The software needs to be integrated with other software already in use in the office. Some cameras operate on Mac systems, while others do not. Be careful and buy a camera that will operate on the current system.

Power

Security cameras require electricity to operate. Think about how you will integrate the security system into the existing power grid. It may be necessary to hire an electrician to revamp the electrical system with new plugs. Make sure to meet city and state codes when making these changes.

Color

Cameras are available in different colors. Buy a color that will match the décor of your office. Also the power cords and cables come in different colors. Again, purchase a system that will integrate with your existing décor. Some office owners prefer to make the cameras stand out as a deterrent to crime. This is a personal decision that must be weighed carefully.

Monitoring

Security cameras are only as good as the people monitoring them. Make sure that you assign specific people the responsibility to monitor the cameras. Develop a contract that spells out exactly what you expect of your monitoring people to avoid any misunderstandings. Some offices prefer to hire a professional company to monitor the cameras.

Lenses

Security cameras will only catch the crime if the action is caught on the lens. Therefore, it is important to consider what type of camera and lens is right in each circumstance. Most security cameras will only cover 25 percent of a room. Those that cover a whole room often have very distorted photos with minimal detail. Different cameras require different lenses. Make sure to buy a lens that is ideal for the circumstances you intend to install the office security camera in.

Frame Rate

Security cameras come with different frame rates. Buying the largest frame rate available enables a great fluid picture that is easy to watch. Buy a camera that allows the user to install an SD card. It is a great backup should the electricity fail. Consider the available frame rate for the entire system. It may be necessary to install new computers to monitor your office security cameras successfully.

Megapixels

The larger the megapixels available are on the office security camera, the larger the photo can be enlarged. This will allow more details to be seen. Lower megapixels cameras often have trouble, known as noise, when the photo is enlarged. The ability to enlarge the photo will assist the authorities and you in seeing details that might otherwise be missed.

Television Line

Analog office security cameras will have a television line number. This number needs to be near 700. The larger the number the crisper the photo will be. Crisp photos enable the viewer to see the details clearly. A lower number may make it impossible to tell who is standing at the door or details about the package that has just been left.

The security of an office often depends on the use of great security cameras. They are an important part of any office security system. First, choose the right type of security camera for your office by choosing the right television line, megapixels and frame rate. The safety of all people who work in the office may depend on your security system. The property may depend on the quality of your security cameras. Make an informed decision now before it is too late. You may never have another chance.

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Fake Security Cameras

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Deception, as far as security is concerned, plays an important role. Militaries have been deceiving opposing armies for centuries. Pioneers making their way west would routinely place gun barrels out the sides of the Conestoga wagons. This gave the appearance of multiple armed pioneers, when in fact no one was behind the rifle barrels. Bands of marauders, not knowing for sure, would not attack for fear of losing the battle and their lives. Wooden cannons made to appear as if real would be placed on battlefields. The opposing army many times would hesitate, and make a graceful exit from the field of battle. Using fake security cameras employs the same principles of deception that has been used for years.

Creating Doubt

Simply giving a criminal a moment of hesitation can be enough to cause them to move on. The deception must be well staged however. Spotting a camera invokes a visceral reaction in criminals and others up to no good. People that have committed crimes, and ones thinking about it, many times suspect others may be aware of their transgressions. Many call it a guilty conscience. However, it is not guilt from doing wrong. It is fear of being caught. Criminals when they see a camera lens staring at them as they make their way to a window or back door will stop. They immediately wonder if they have been spotted. They also wonder if the camera is high quality enough to identify them in the dark. Most will make a quick exit from the property.

The Ideal Fake Security Camera Is Real Except For

High quality fake cameras are real cameras without the electronic components. The housing is real and the cables are in their proper places. Ideally, you want one that has a red recording light and motion activation. The camera will come equipped with a battery pack that operates the motion sensor and recording light. However, placing a motion activated fake camera in a high traffic area will quickly deplete the battery. For the most part, homes would not have this type of activity. Businesses employing decoys would need to consider this when placing the cameras.

Make It Look Real and People Will Assume It Is Real

Placement and having the correct camera in the right spot is important. The cameras located outside need to be obviously designated for outdoor use. Criminals paying attention might begin to wonder. Use dome cameras at the front door. Real dome cameras conceal where the lens is pointed. People expect to see this type of camera at entrances. They also provide 360 degrees of coverage, and are tamper proof. Cameras placed with no obvious target area will raise questions about their effectiveness. Also, ensure the camera lens is not pointed at the ground, the sides of the structure or pointed straight up.

Play Your Part Well and Others Will Play Theirs

You can call placing fake security cameras a process of elimination. Would be burglars that are serious about maintaining their freedom will make on the spot assessments. Simply by driving by a potential target, a burglar will eliminate that house as a target, if security measures are obvious. The potential payoff is calculated by assessing risk. Like any professional contractor, the cost of the job is estimated by the amount of effort that must be put forward. A plumber, for example, will lose profit if they misjudge the effort and materials needed. A criminal that does this loses their freedom. Your part as a homeowner is to ensure the cameras always have fully charged batteries to operate the motion sensors and lights. Use widow decals and yard signs to warn of video surveillance.

Many Crimes are Crimes of Opportunity

Fake cameras are not just for the exterior of the home or business. You may have simply assumed that an intruder will never see the inside of the home if they leave after spotting cameras around the exterior. As a homeowner, stop and calculate how many people beside family members have been inside your home over the course of days, weeks or even months.

The cable installer is all over the home, they are in the basement, attic and every room inside. They are not professional criminals however. The large screen television or the new laptop may be more appealing than their sense of right or wrong. They overhear a conversation and realize the home will be vacant at a certain time. They plan and they decide to supplement their wages. Then they spot the camera mounted high in the corner with blinking red lights. It is a motion activated one. You as a homeowner have just thwarted a crime.

This is a prime example of why the cameras must be installed as if real. The cable installer, an electrician or any contractor has more mechanical knowledge than the average person does. You may think well they can spot a fake. They can if the fake camera is not installed properly. Quality fake cameras have real cables attached and many even come with AC adapters for use with household current. Mount the cameras in logical places and plug them in if applicable. Make sure the cables are run into the wall if they need to be. Criminals are aware of wireless cameras so the fact that cables are not protruding everywhere does not raise any questions.

However, they may look for a receiver. Make a point to keep the office locked when workers are present, if they need access be there to keep them from looking to closely at things. Have a file cabinet and keep it locked even if it is empty. Locked doors and secured cabinets all maintain the illusion. Individuals see the cameras and then find doors and file drawers locked they soon put the pieces together. This is doing your part as a security conscience homeowner. They have no idea if the receiver is in there. Unless they have access to your computer, they cannot tell if it is the receiver either. This is not to say that professional contractors are dishonest. The truth is many break-ins are done by individuals that have been in the home before, in some cases, more than once.

By no means, is any statement meant to indicate, or give the impression cable installers or any professional contractor is dishonest. The statement is simply to illustrate how many people may have been in a home over a certain period.

You may be thinking that if all of this has to be done why not just go ahead and install real ones. The cost is the reason why. Budgetary constraints are a major factor. The steps you take to maintain the illusion cost you little in dollars. The payoff however, is well worth the effort. The material costs are just a small percentage when compared to having real cameras professionally installed and monitored.

To maintain the deception, it is wise to install the fake security cameras yourself. The local contractor unwittingly may tell their colleagues or partner. Security is about keeping secrets. For example, armored car drivers never use the same route twice in succession. Their manifest will never have an inventory of contents. It is all about maintaining a security profile. The unknown will make intruders move on to the next house.

Criminals Do Not Want To Work Hard So They Spend Time Looking For Easy Targets

Your home says a lot about you, how it is maintained, what the lawn looks like and so forth. Cameras tell intruders you are paying attention. Fake Security CamerasThieves look for people who appear unaware of their surroundings. Toys or tools strewn about the driveway and yard tell people you may not be paying attention. Lack of obvious security is an open invitation. You have heard the term keeping up appearances. It applies to your security profile, as well.

An expensive looking surveillance system loses some of its impact when someone sees a cheaply constructed hollow core front door. The lock is not effective and easily defeated. The home profile as a whole must indicate you are aware of things, and are pro-active when it comes to security.

You have worked hard for your possessions and your family’s safety is the number one priority. It requires some effort to install fake security cameras and you must apply all the window dressing to go along with it. However, by not doing so you have set yourself up for an intrusion. Do not install cameras in trees with no obvious means of power where leaves and branches block the lens. This tells everyone you have thought about security but have only put a half-hearted effort into it. Tinkering around the edges when it comes to security is obvious to criminals. The efforts send a signal you are not serious, and frankly may not have a clue.

Like a Good Lie Good Deception Mixes In the Truth

Professional bodyguards put tremendous effort into deception. They mix the real in with the fake. When driving their client to and from places they use several cars all the same make and model. No one knows which vehicle to target. Anyone with ill intent is confused, overwhelmed and the majority of the time will give up any attempt.

Unlike money, you can have too many cameras, in some instances. Large estates are expected to have cameras in specific locations. Cameras would be mounted at the gatehouse or covering an entrance gate. The cameras would be mounted to screen visitors or capture vehicle license plates. Anyone would expect a large number of cameras to be present. There would be several covering the perimeter, the backyard, pool area and driveway. The cameras even if fake will still give the correct impression. However, having a large number of expensive looking cameras located around a modest dwelling can send the wrong signal.

It is perfectly acceptable to mix fake security cameras in with real ones that capture and record images. Many homeowners want a real camera to be able to see who may be at the front door. However, they realize most burglars gain access from back doors, upstairs windows and so forth. Decoy cameras can be placed in among real ones to increase your home’s security. Once again, place them in logical locations. One must cover the backyard and any doors or windows where anyone could gain entry. Homes having security gates at the end of their driveway would want one there, as well. These are logical locations and no one would question their position.

Parents regardless of economics want a camera to be able to monitor their child’s care while with a babysitter. They have prioritized, and placed the camera where they foresee the highest risk. In this case, fake cameras can be used in other areas of the home for the babysitter’s benefit. The babysitter has in all likelihood, determined the nanny cam is real. Therefore, others mounted high in the corners of certain rooms will be real to them, as well. This goes back to keeping honest people honest. Let them know you are paying attention and aware.

Prevention is the motivation behind fake security cameras. Let people know up front you are watching. No one wants to take the chance of being recorded committing a criminal act or even a very dumb act. Workers in your home when you are away may decide to help themselves to leftovers in the refrigerator. Seeing cameras mounted will stop this type of activity. Nosy neighbors will not snoop while your back is turned. This brings up another point. Do not tell your friends and neighbors. Once you tell a secret, it of course, is no longer a secret.

Part of good deception is being mysterious about certain things. You must be closed mouthed about your security measures. When people are not sure they hesitate, and many times will not follow through with what they intended. You must maintain appearances to have the proper security profile that will protect your family and possessions.

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16 Channel Digital Video Recorder

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Like any other Digital Video Reorder (DVR), a 16 channel digital video recorder uses a computer hard drive to compress and store video images using various compression techniques. (Incidentally, “16 channel” means the DVR can work with up to 16 cameras simultaneously.)

 

The compression techniques include JPEG, MPEG, Wavelet and a host of proprietary methods. Images can be stored at a rate of just a few frames per second (fps) to as many as 400fps depending on the software features offered by the manufacturer. This is the latest in CCTV DVR Video Surveillance technology, eliminating the use of tape recorders.

 

Security Camera King’s DVRs enable easy viewing of stored video and images. Data can be saved on a recordable disk (CD-R, DVD-R) or USB Flash Media Drives to be given to law enforcement, insurance companies, etc.. We carry the most popular high-quality and affordable 16 channel digital video recorders in our online store.

 

Our 16 Channel Ultimate Series DVR is a powerful standalone DVR with all the features you can imagine, packed in a compact, easy to use device. Its H.264 compression promises high quality recordings with minimum storage space. 16 audio channels allow you to record whatever is going on in the recorded areas. Its stable Linux operating system will keep working without any faults or down time. Also supported are USB 2.0 ports for optical mice and video backup as well as firmware upgrades.

 

Longer record times - As mentioned earlier, H.264 provides superb compression, in most cases more than doubling record times over previously popular compression methods. Here is a quick chart comparing H.264 and other compression technologies, using a 160GB hard drive, recording video at 30 frames per second, at a resolution setting of 720 x 480.

 

H.264                                     Records 77 Hours

MPEG4                                  Records 44 Hours

JPEG2000                             Records 13 hours

 

As you can see, the advantages of H.264 are impressive! The ability to record longer periods of time on the same sized hard drive will save you money, and greatly increase the amount of video evidence you can archive.

 

Quality and speed does not suffer – Previous compression methods have always allowed you to record excellent picture quality at real-time frame rates – but you were eating up valuable hard drive space. Similar to MPEG4, H.264 uses predictive technology to drastically reduce the amount of redundant video recorded. In simple terms, instead of constantly recording say a room with no motion, H.264 will use previously recorded images. However, if someone walks into the room, H.264 will record that person and continue to use the previously recorded background. H.264 will sample up to 32 frames of video to ensure complete accuracy and quality – whereas other compression methods would use only 1 or 2 frames as a reference.

 

Improved remote monitoring – Saving hard drive space is not the only benefit of our 16 channel digital video recorder. The ability to bring together high quality video with low memory sizes allows for seamless presentations of video when transmitted. Coupled with low frame rate recordings, previous compressions made watching video from remote video security DVR units a trying experience – especially when activities in question happened fast. Video would be jumpy, and audio (if used) wasn’t likely to be synchronized with the video. Watching real-time H.264 is a completely different experience, and the reason so many broadcast companies around the globe have rapidly adopted it.

 

A word of caution – Although H.264 compression is without question a giant leap in video technology for all industries, just having that feature in a DVR does not mean that it’s a good DVR. To make all the magic happen, it takes more processing horsepower. So be sure to use a manufacturer with a proven track record, who stands behind their products, and one who will be there for you should you need a hand.

 

And that brings us back once again to Security Camera King’s Ultimate and Elite Series 16 channel digital video recorders.  For example, the Ultimate series DVR can record real-time video and audio at either CIF (360 x 240) or 4CIF (704 x 480) resolution on every channel simultaneously.

 

Our 16 channel digital video recorder is also IP (Internet Protocol) ready.  Basically all you have to do is plug in an Ethernet cable from your broadband Internet source and you can monitor any of the channels from anywhere i the world there is broadband Internet access (that includes 3G and 4G phones).

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