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Our CCTV Forum is the Best Source for Questions about Security Cameras, DVRs, NVRs, and Access Control

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Security Camera King CCTV Forum


Our CCTV forum is a great resource for both newbies as well as experienced security camera users. In the CCTV Security Camera Forum, everyone learns from one another. Perhaps you have a question about how to configure a specific item such as an HD-CVI camera, an IP camera, or a Security DVR or NVR. Maybe it’s after hours, or on the weekend, and our “live chat” or phones are not available. Well, the good news is that our CCTV forum is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find answers to most of your questions by using the search as shown below.


If you do not see a question related to what you need then feel free to post your question to the appropriate forum. Our knowledgeable staff, and even other users, are usually monitoring the forum so your question will be answered in a timely manner.

But, before you can do anything you need to register for the forum… and it’s free! See Below.


Once you are registered, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with our posting guidelines and you can see the link in the image below. In there we discuss how to use our forum and also some of our policies regarding posting, instant messaging, contacting members, etc.

Another place you might want to post to right away is our introductions section, also in the image below. Here, we can learn a little about you as well as what your experience level is. Your fellow members will also chime in and welcome you to the community. Everyone is very friendly. If you do not already know who we are at you can read and learn about our company in the About Us section in the same image below.


Now that we have you registered and up to date on what to do, you will find we have forum topics separated by category as shown in the image below.


If you have a question that has not been answered already about Analog Cameras, HD-CVI Security Cameras, IP Cameras, DVRs or NVRs then feel free to post to those forums. You can upload pics, videos, documents, or anything else that would help us answer your question thoroughly. There is no question we can’t handle, and if we do not know the answer off hand, we will have our tech department set up the same scenario as your question in our warehouse and will work until we have the right answer. They love a challenge. You will be amazed on how they can figure out any situation they come across. In some cases, they can even create a video “on the fly” to teach you how to solve your problem. In many cases we can log into your devices during normal hours to fix the problem for you.

Another forum category besides cameras and recorders is the Networking forum. Many times, especially with IP Network Cameras, you need to configure your network in such a way as to save on bandwidth. In the networking section is where you would find answers as well as post questions about networking design and configurations. We know a lot more than just cameras!

The next section is the topic of System Design. Lots of times you are trying to find the best security camera system for your needs and budget. Here is a good place to post your questions and also find answers. It might be after hours or the weekend and you just need to find out what sort of system you need to buy. Others have been in your same situation and have found this topic useful.

Next, is the topic of Wiring and Power. Here you will find questions and answers to a variety of wiring and power needs. Our products are all wired and so they need to have power and also cable. Do you have a power or cable need that is not addressed here in this topic? Then by all means feel free to post your question. Again, there is no question that goes unanswered.

The next topic is on Remote Viewing Software. This topic is very useful as it has answers to most questions about how to view your cameras over the Internet. You can view your cameras on Smart Devices such as the iPhone, Android, Tablet and iPad, as well as external Mac and PC computers. Just how do you view and set that up on those devices? The answers are in this forum topic. Do you have a question that is not listed there? That’s right! You can post your question and either one of our knowledgeable staff or members will help you out. It’s that easy.

Last in our support topics is Access Control. In the last year or two, we have added a full line of access control products and have become quite knowledgeable on how to wire, configure and monitor access control from one to many doors. In fact, our tech guys love to invent new and easier ways to connect and configure access control panels, access control readers, electronic door locks and more. In fact, they can even configure those device to work alongside your security cameras. So, in the access control topic is where you can post your questions about configurations, wiring, software etc.

Another forum thread I would like to point out is the How To Articles. In this link you will find articles written by our tech and sales staff to make things easier for you in the way of configuring your recorders and cameras as well as network schemes and wiring options.

Best of all, this is all free to use. You can access the CCTV Forum here. If you are new, don’t forget to register. If you have already registered, then welcome back and we look forward to helping you with your CCTV or Access Control needs. The more discussions there are, the more we and your fellow members can help out as well as learn from all the information.


Taking the Confusion out of a Security Camera System

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015


So, you want a new Security Camera System for your home or business. Or, you just need to update an existing one but you don’t know exactly where to start. Here is a simple and useful checklist/flowchart that will take you step by step to help you determine the best plan of attack to tackle your Security Camera System needs.

Maybe you have an existing analog CCTV system using D1 or 960H cameras with standard coaxial cable.

Do you have an existing security system?


For years, the standard has been RG59 coaxial cable with BNC connectors to hook up your CCTV system. Today, many newer homes and businesses have been or are being wired with CAT5, CAT5E or even CAT6.

Do you have any existing usable cable?


You have options! The next step depends on your budget and what your ultimate goal is. The best case scenario is that you have an existing CAT5/5E/6 infrastructure since that will allow you to use the latest technology and continue to grow. If you’re not pre-wired with network cable and don’t want to break the bank running new CAT5/5E/6 cable all over your property, then hopefully you have RG59/RG6 coaxial cable. If you have no cable and need to start from scratch, I’m going to suggest that you do it right the first time and have CAT6 cable installed since applications running at 1GB/s are already putting strains on the bandwidth capabilities of CAT5E.

With existing or new CAT5/5E/6, your best choice for a recording device will be an NVR (aka Network Video Recorder). You would use an NVR along with IP network cameras. The NVR uses your local network to send and receive data and is ideal for remotely monitoring your surveillance system from your computer, tablet, or smart phone all while recording to a hard drive. Because IP cameras are on the cutting edge of surveillance technology, your security system, anchored by a quality NVR allows you to include new cameras with more advanced features. While most IP cameras and NVRs are compatible, you should always check with your surveillance system supplier to ensure all of your products will work together properly. In case you didn’t already know, when using an NVR and IP cameras, you have the ability to power your cameras through the network cable! This is an excellent benefit that eliminates the need to run an additional 18/2 power cable. We have packages like this 8 channel NVR with built in POE that are ready to plug in and go!


Do you have coaxial cable? Ideally you would have RG6 coax cable since the larger conductor, thicker dielectric insulation and aluminum braid shielding help to more effectively handle Ghz level signals. If you don’t and have an older CCTV system and you have been using RG59 coaxial, you have a couple of options. First, confirm that you have continuity in your coaxial cable runs. Once you’ve done this, you can choose between a few options for DVR’s.


The first option is a standard analog DVR or Digital Video Recorder that records at a 960H resolution (960×480). These are still widely used and are considered a reliable option due in part to the stability of the software (usually Linux) that is embedded in the chip. Capable of achieving resolutions up to 960H, this is an inexpensive upgrade from traditional D1 systems. The images are saved directly to a hard drive that we install before shipping when you purchase a hard drive along with your DVR. We’ll help you choose the number of channels (4-32) of the DVR that you need depending on the size of your property, what kind of coverage you want/need and any future expansion plans! A great place to start is with this complete 8 channel 960H DVR System!


Option number two is one of the newest and most interesting technologies called High Definition Composite Video Interface or HDCVI for short! The HD-CVI DVRs are capable of achieving resolutions up to 1080p and frame rates up to 30fps. This is the best choice if you want higher resolution images without having the expense of running CAT5/5E/6 cable. HDCVI technology helps you to realize multiple signal technology over one cable with video, audio and control signals all through the same coax cable! On top of that, HDCVI allows for longer distance cable runs (1600 feet or more) with no need for repeaters! HDCVI DVR’s MUSTuse HDCVI technology cameras made specifically to be used with them. Take a look at this complete 8 channel 1080p HDCVI package.


Last in your choice for DVRs are the MOTHER OF ALL DVRs…the Hybrid or the Tribrid! The Hybrid gives you the best of both worlds. You can combine 960H analog AND IP Network technologies for the most flexible system available. Along with all of the best features of both technologies, the coolest feature by far is the ability to DOUBLE the amount of cameras you can record (not available on all DVR’s/NVRs). That’s right! With the 16 channel HYBDVR-FE016-DH-160 you can record 16 analog cameras AND 16 IP cameras simultaneously if you choose! While the Tribrid doesn’t give you the ability to double the channels, it steps it up another notch and gives you the option of HDCVI in addition to Analog and IP Network.


You know what type of cable you have and what your choices are for a recording device. Now you need to figure out how many cameras you are going to need. With Google Maps we can see an aerial view of your property and we can help you decide the best placement of cameras to give you the maximum coverage! As far as choosing the type…THAT can be overwhelming! But, when you choose our products, we will help you every step of the way and that includes deciding on camera types and options like bullets, domes, indoor, outdoor, PTZ, auto-tracking, night vision (IR), WDR, varifocal zoom, etc. etc.

Let’s pick some cameras!

You’ll be utilizing CAT5/5E/6 cable so you’ll be using an NVR and you will need to purchase IP Network Cameras. As I said before, the choices can be overwhelming but unlike the soda aisle with ten different types of the same brand, you don’t have to make uninformed choices! Let’s see what type of options you have.

IP Bullet Cameras


  1. With Bullet Cameras you have to choose whether these will be indoor or outdoor. The most important thing to look for is an IP66 rating. A camera that has that rating can be used indoor and outdoor and will be protected against the elements. The price difference is almost negligible so I would recommend getting cameras that can be used indoor or outdoor like our very reasonably priced 1.3MP IPOB-EL1MPIR50.
  2. You should choose whether you want to be able to see at night and at what distance. We have bullet cameras that have IR (Infrared) night vision capabilities so you can better identify intruders at night or in poorly lit areas. We have cameras, like our IPOB-TP2MP250L660-W that can see up to 250’ in the dark!
  3.   Your lens is also another aspect to consider. Do you want a fixed lens or do you want the ability to zoom in on objects? We offer varifocal bullet cameras that can be adjusted directly at the camera and we also offer motorized bullets like our IPOB-EL3IR100ML-D2 that is controlled right through your browser.
  4. There are other considerations like ONVIF compatibility, color, etc. but the above three are the most important.

IP Dome Cameras


  1. Dome Cameras give you options as well but there are a few different things to consider when using Domes. Again, look for that IP66 rating and that will ensure that you can use that camera inside or out! Consider our top-quality but inexpensive IPOD-EL1MPIR50-E as a great starting point.
  2. Do you want to be able to view people more clearly at night? You’ll want a Dome with IR (Infrared) night vision capabilities and the bad guys won’t be able to hide. See what 100’ of IR and 3MP looks like with our IPVD-EL3MPIR100!
  3. You can get fixed or varifocal lenses that will let you adjust the zoom from the camera. If you hate getting up on a ladder you might want to consider a camera like our IPVD-EL3MP100ML2812 that allows you to adjust the zoom from your browser.
  4. All of the things discussed previously like ONVIF compatibility, color, etc. are all still options but with domes you should also consider whether you want a standard turret style that has glass over the lens or a vandal proof Dome rated at IK10 which protects against a 22 pound object dropped from 15¾” in height.

IP PTZ Cameras


  1. With IP PTZ Cameras, you have control! You have control of what you see because this camera has the ability to PAN, TILT and ZOOM in on a subject! Yes, they can be more expensive, but if security is your main concern then you should consider a PTZ and we have them starting at $529 for the IPPTZ-EL2L12X-Mini-i
  2. Just like the Bullet and Dome cameras, you will have the option of IR so you can see images in total darkness!
  3. The zoom function on the PTZ camera allows you to zoom into objects AND move from side to side and up and down! The full feature IPPTZ-EL1MPIR250L20X is a 1.3MP PTZ with 250’ of IR and 20X zoom that won’t break the bank.
  4. You still have options including the option of Auto Tracking that tracks a moving object upon entering the frame. Check this beauty out IPPTZ-EL2IR2L30X-AT!

You have RG59 or RG6 coaxial cable and you have a choice between Analog and CVI. Either way, we have pre-designed systems ready to ship or a helpful staff that will guide you through everything you need to know to help you make an informed decision based on your needs!

Analog Bullet Cameras


  1. The Analog Bullet Cameras are similar in design and construction methods so continue to make sure that they have that IP66 rating. We have bullets ranging in price from $19.34 for a special purchase that we made so stock up on the ELI-AN3-EB54-49R .
  2. The picture quality of these bullets measures in terms of TVL (TV Lines) which is the line density where the camera is no longer able to reproduce individual lines. The higher the number…the better the picture! The highest we currently have available is the OB-CM800IR50-W.
  3. Keep in mind that you will need to have existing power cable running with the coaxial cable or you will need to run an additional 18/2 power cable!

Analog Dome Cameras


  1. Our Analog Dome Cameras have you covered from 600TVL – 1200TVL. Take a look at our 1200TVL Vandal Resistant Dome that is only $44.95!
  2. You can get Domes with up to 100’ of IR and a top quality 1/3” SONY Image Sensor for under $100 with a varifocal zoom lens when you purchase our OD-LX700IR100L2812-W!
  3. Remember everything we’ve previously discussed and if you’re ever been baffled by all of the lingo, check out our online CCTV FORUM for answers 24/7.

Analog PTZ Cameras


  1. If you need to monitor your security system and want some of the most amazing detail that you can get, the PTZ with up to 36x zoom is for you!
  2. We have PTZ Cameras with no IR that you can use for the hard to see areas of your retail store starting at only $499.00!
  3. You will be amazed at the detail and quality of these images like the 23x PTZ-EL700IRL23X-D2. Imagine how helpful crisp, clear images will be if you ever need to turn them over to the police!

That covers standard analog cameras over coaxial cable! Now let’s check out some HDCVI cameras and remember, these MUST be used with HDCVI DVR’s!


  1. The HDCVI Bullet Cameras utilize the HDCVI technology that allows you to get HD quality over coaxial cable. Check out these tiny bullets that have a 720p resolution for only $59.95 CVIOB-EL1MPIR50-E
  2. HDCVI is a specially developed technology that only works with HDCVI compatible DVRs. MAKE SURE you are using HDCVI Cameras with HDCVI DVRs only!  We have a great assortment of bullets going up to 2MP!
  3. Keep in mind that you will need to have existing power cable running with the coaxial cable or you will need to run an additional 18/2 power cable!

CVI Dome Cameras


  1. Imagine 1080p quality images for under $100! That’s what you get with the CVIOD-ELV22MPIR50! You couldn’t have even come close just a couple years ago.
  2. Not only do you have options in terms of image quality, IR distance, etc. but you can get domes in black like the CVIOD-TP2IR100L2812B!
  3. Don’t allow yourself to be confused. Check out our website at Security Camera King and take a look around. It’s easy to navigate, informative and we includes tons of videos! Everybody likes videos!

CVI PTZ Cameras


  1. From 12x to a screaming 20x zoom, we have a PTZ that will do and see what you need! If you think you can’t afford one . . . check again because our CVI PTZs start at just $449 and that’s a bargain for your security!
  2. Imagine a 20x PTZ with 250’ of nighttime IR for under $600 – we’ve got it CVIPTZ-EL1IR250L20X!
  3. Monitor employees, customers and areas of your business where you have limited visibility!

Don’t forget about the incidentals like cables, connectors and power supplies! That’s the easy part! Hopefully you have a better idea of what you need to put together a Home or Business Security System but if you still need help . . . we’re here! Just give us a call at 866-573-8878!


Affordable High Definition Surveillance Systems for Banks and Financial Institutions

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Monday, April 27th, 2015


Banks and financial institutions are high-traffic, high-risk facilities that require safety and security. In these businesses, there is a need to secure employee and customer safety, as well as a need to protect and secure valuable banking assets. In a banking environment, Affordable High Definition Surveillance Systems are critical to secure, monitor, and deter theft. For these reasons it is important for the financial institution to keep their surveillance equipment up to date with high definition video.

Having an HD Security Camera System benefits the financial institution significantly. Bank employees are dealing with everyday interactions with the public and handling valuable assets that the bank is liable to protect. Having access to high definition surveillance video in a high risk situation allows you to capture details and transaction exchanges that a traditional analog system may have previously missed.

With technology and industry advancements in CCTV and video, there has never been a better time to upgrade to a high definition security camera system. Enhance your banks security with HD video and protect yourself against fraud, theft and other liabilities.

Affordable High Definition Surveillance System: HD-CVI (High Definition Composite Video Interface)
HD-CVI Technology has provided CCTV experts with a cost-effective method to upgrade high-security banking and financial institutions to high definition. In cases where the bank already has traditional analog system installed, the cost of new cabling and IP surveillance systems may not be an option. This is where HD-CVI Technology comes into play. With HD-CVI, upgrading from analog is simple, reliable, and provides multiple features that make installation, setup and access convenient.

HDCVI Feature benefits:

  1. Upgrading from analog: Utilizing already existing coaxial or cat5 cable, HDCVI can easily replace traditional analog systems for 1080p HD digital video. (HDCVI cameras are also compatible with standard video power baluns.) This allows for flexible and cost efficient installation.
  2. Reliable long distance transmission: HDCVI is able to transmit data and high quality video without loss up to 1600ft vs. HD-SDI which is only able to transmit data up to 320ft, making HDCVI ideal for coaxial installs.
  3. Two way control: Allows the user to control the camera’s OSD settings such as WDR, DNR and Sense-up from the monitoring location and desktop.
  4. Motorized Zoom: Cameras with motorized zoom allow you to easily adjust and refine an image from the monitoring site.
  5. Monitoring Software: Allows for easy access through desktop or mobile devices that does not require you to be on location to review video. Adjust camera settings, review video playback and capture live video from anywhere.

Up to 2 MegaPixel Resolution:
Generating clear crisp imagery in 1080p is important to deter criminal activity as well as protecting employees, customers, property and assets. Whether you need to identify currency, review the details of a transaction, or identify a person of interest, high definition surveillance plays a critical role in protecting your business.

Easily migrate a traditional analog system to digital with HD-CVI. Utilize our free technical support to customize and optimize a system to fit your facility’s unique security and surveillance goals. Your systems can be designed to enhance your already existing security protocols. Our industry experts and technical support teams are available to serve as your support throughout the entire process. Our team will help design, execute, and install. Additional technical support is also available if a problem should occur in the future, saving you time and money.

Environment Security:
Security is more than just protection against criminal activity and violence. As a business you are also trusted to protect and secure customer assets and investments, as well as secure a safe work environment for your employees. You can trust our quality equipment to secure your banking environments. You can monitor and protect your customers, employees and valuable assets.

When you are in an industry dealing with the public and having to secure valuable assets, it is a good idea to enhance your security systems to ensure reduced risk factors and to provide your business protection from liabilities that could affect the business negatively. Having high-quality, high-definition surveillance systems will allow you to capture the full image while also allowing you to capture the details.

High Definition Systems:
Although HD-CVI Technology is affordable and easy to upgrade, the technology is limited to 2 Megapixels (1080p resolutions). If your institution is looking for higher resolutions (3MP and above) I would suggest looking into IP network surveillance systems. IP network surveillance systems can be more flexible and the technology ranges from 2– 12 mega pixel resolutions. Upgrading from traditional analog surveillance to IP network surveillance comes at a higher cost. The system upgrade require a new cabling infrastructure to be run, along with equipment and installation costs.

What Resolution do I choose?
Resolutions are based on a combination of job requirements and location size and personal preferences. For enclosed locations in lower traffic situations you will be okay with 720p-1080p (1-2 megapixels) resolutions. If you’re a business that has high traffic and has large areas to cover you may want to consider some of the higher resolution options. 6-8 mega pixel resolutions are more effective for large high traffic locations like Sports stadiums, arenas, and hotels and require higher bandwidth options to operate effectively.

If you need help choosing your system’s resolutions you may contact your local dealer or installer to help with system design, or call one our sales representatives who will be able to help in selecting the proper surveillance system for your facility.

VGA: 640 x 480 | D1: 720 x 480 | Full D1 (FD1), 960H: 960 x 480 | 720p: 1280×720 | 1.3 MegaPixel: 1280×1024 | 1080p, 2.1 MegaPixel: 1920×1080 | 3 MegaPixel: 2048×1536 | 5 MegaPixel: 2592×1920 | 6 MegaPixel: 3072×2048 | 8 MegaPixel: 3840×2160



Having high definition video has many benefits and have the ability to reduce liabilities, observe the handling of valuable assets, and protect customers and employees from shady interactions. Access to high definition surveillance video in a high-risk situation allows you to capture details and exchanges that traditional analog systems may miss. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of technology advancements and upgrade to a high definition security system. Enhance your security with HD video and protect yourself against fraud, theft and other liabilities.

To learn more about the benefits of HD-CVI as well as some side by side comparison security camera videos, check out our “What is HD-CVI” Page.


The Advantages of a “Tribrid” Digital / Network Video Recorder

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The field of security camera and video recording technology is changing every day. Advances are constantly being made. Sometimes change can happen so fast that there’s a need to merge different technologies into a single device, especially when there’s a need to support older technologies because it still may be in heavy use.

In the security tech world, this is where the Tribrids come in.


The basic concept behind “Tribrid” DVRs aren’t a exactly new. Far from it. Previous to the release of Tribrid DVRs, there were Hybrid DVRs. Hybrids are capable of streaming and recording both standard analog and IP Network cameras. The Tribrid simply introduces the ability to now have HD-CVI cameras (itself a bridging of technologies) in addition to those analog and IP cameras.

So lets take a quick look at each of these camera styles.

Analog Cameras

Analog camera technology goes back a long way. A very long way. Decades in fact.

Most modern analog cameras max out about 960H resolution, which, though better than older analog cameras, still doesn’t allow for much image detail.

Older Analog CCTV security cameras capture an analog video signal and transfer that signal over Siamese (coax) cable to the DVR, the recorder then converts the signal from analog to digital, compresses it, and stores it on a hard drive.

Currently, the only real advantage analog cameras offer is that they can be acquired fairly cheaply.

And because they’ve been so common for so many years, odds are most businesses have a few lying around, or even still have them currently in use. And while they can offer a baseline level of security, they’re quickly being replaced with their newer, smaller, sharper, higher resolution descendants.



HD-CVI is a brand new bit of technology which stands for High Definition Composite Video Interface. It combines the best of both analog and high definition (HD) technologies. Until very recently, standard analog CCTV video maxed out at 960h resolution. The only way to get higher resolution would require completely swapping out the old system, including wiring, and switching to an HD compatible format.

Using a video transmitter / receiver, HD-CVI can transmit up to 1080p resolution uncompressed video and audio over a single ordinary standard CCTV coaxial cable (instead of needing separate cables for video and audio) over larger distances than HD-SDI or Network IP, without the latency and lag issues that can notoriously plague those formats.

One of the biggest advantages HDCVI tech brings to the table is it allows anyone that has previously installed analog cabling to leave their cable and power in place and upgrade to High Definition which saves on having to re-wire.. an incredibly practical and resourceful bit of innovation.

Network IP Cameras

network ip

One of the most important changes in the security camera field in recent years has come from the incorporation of ONVIF standard. So just what the heck is ONVIF? ONVIF is an acronym for Open Network Video Interface Forum, which is industry forum for developing a universal global standard interfaces of IP based physical security products. In short, it means that no matter which camera, digital video, or network manufacturer you buy from, if they’re ONVIF compatible, they’ll all be cross compatible.

Network IP cameras are sort of distant cousins to their older analog relatives, as they do actually capture an analog image. But, that image is then, almost instantly, converted to a digital signal inside the camera, and then that digital stream is sent through the “Local Area Network”, or LAN, through your Ethernet cable. The power supplied to the camera over the same cable is through Power-Over-Ethernet (POE).

So essentially, Network IP cameras can be accessed easily over the internet via your NVR. They can even be aimed (in the case of Pan Tilt Zoom, or PTZ cameras) or adjusted via an software app from your cell phone or tablet device, making these cameras some of the most versatile and configurable on the market. In addition, they are able to transmit BluRay DVD quality video (1080p), and in with some cameras, even higher than that.

Keeping it simple

For all complicated technology that goes into a Tribrid, they couldn’t be easier to use. Actually, it’s almost exactly the same as using a traditional DVR or NVR, they typically use the same type of graphical user interface, or GUI. The only difference being that you’ll simply be getting all the features and inputs that would normally be separated in other DVRs or NVRS merged into a single unit.



One of the most crucial elements of any security system is storage. If you don’t have enough storage space, you’ll constantly need to be rewriting your old footage, or lowering the quality of the image inside the settings of your DVR/NVR, which will no doubt cause you to miss crucial details in your footage.

Luckily, even the smaller model Compact Tribrids can hold up to 4 hard drives, each up to 6 terabytes each… so with the smaller version, you’ll have a total capacity of 24 terabytes. Full size Tribrids can hold up to 8 (!) hard drives.. that’s a whopping 48 Terabytes of video data. In simple terms.. if you connected eight HD cameras, you could record up to 98 (24 hour) days of hi def, 1080p video, at 30 frames per second. Or if you connected cameras to all sixteen channels, you could record up to 49 days of uninterrupted HD video.

Furthermore, if you decided to back down the footage to, say D1 resolution, you could get over 230 days of recording time at 30 frames per second.

To determine just how much storage you need, and how long you’ll be able to record, check out the hard drive storage calculator.

All In One

Tribrid DVR’s are basically the all in one, “one stop shop” that will essentially take on whatever syle of cameras you have at your disposal, and are especially useful for those that just don’t want to go thorough the hassle of replacing their wiring, or just don’t want to throw out their old security cameras. Whatever your video recording needs, the Tribrid can handle it.


Our Goofy Security Camera Videos Part 3: The Final Chapter, Finally

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Finally.. after months of absolutely no demand whatsoever, the third and final chapter… the “Return of the Jedi” if you will… (oh, wait.. that’s not the final chapter anymore).. ok, the “GODFATHER 3” of our goofy security camera videos trilogy has been compiled. Please withhold your applause til the end.

In the event you’ve been living under a rock, under a tree, on a deserted island… Here’s the premise: For every security camera we produce, we do a video test…. and put those on the inter-tubes for your viewing pleasure. Back in the day, we would occasionally do silly stuff while making these camera demos, primarily to amuse ourselves and hopefully make the videos entertaining AND informative. And while we don’t really do these sillier demo videos anymore, we had some fun making them at the time. Plus, they do in fact show off the video quality of the cameras… so we figured we might as well compile them, so that someday, someone, somewhere in the universe might get a chuckle out of them.

So this is it.. the last of the silly stuff. As usual, we’ve got our 2 trusting guinea pi.. uh, ‘actors’, Ian and Jose.

The Talent

…who have always been ready to put their expendable lives in jeopardy… to risk life, limb, and sanity just to demonstrate to the the world the difference between 1 megapixel HD-CVI box cameras and 3 megapixel IP bullet cameras. The responsibility that rests on these heroes’ shoulders would turn most to puddles of liquid Jell-o, but these hearty men soldier on, unafraid of how their immortalized buffoonery will besmirch their family names for generations to come. Anyway, on with the show…

1) Traffic Cone Beat-down

Day / Night IR Demo – CVIOB-EL1MPIR50-D2-E – 720p HD-CVI Indoor/Outdoor IR Bullet Square Economy Cam

Among those of us in the know… traffic cones have a reputation for being jerks.

bad cone

Always have. So it was no great surprise to us that when a jerky cone in our warehouse made a flippant remark in Ian’s general direction one day, he went absolutely ballistic and gave it a beat-down to end all cone-related beat-downs.

2) Ian Defies Gravity

Day / Night IR Demo – IPOB-EL3MPIR50-D2 – 3 Megapixel IP Network Square Bullet IR Security Camera

In this video, we see Ian displaying his defining talent… balancing gardening tools.

3) A Dance, A Flappy, and A Roll

Day / Night Demo – 2MP 12X Flush Mount IP Pan Tilt Zoom Security Camera – IPPTZ-EL2MPL12X-Mini-F

Name says it all, folks.

4) Chortle Kombat

Day / Night IR Demo – CVIOD-LX1MPIR100L2812-W – HD-CVI LX Series 1.3MP Varifocal IR Camera

Once every three hundred and fifty-three years (give or take).. a portal to a mystical, magical martial arts tournament opens up in our warehouse, and all manner of deadly ninja demons come to challenge us to random fights in the middle of our tech support sessions. Usually we just ignore them til they get bored and leave, but every once in a while they catch us at a bad time and we have to “take out the trash”. And that’s exactly what happens here.

5) Styrofoam Peanut Allergy
foam peanuts

Much like traffic cones… the bags of Styrofoam packing peanuts in our warehouse can occasionally get a bit of an attitude. Maybe it’s because their soft spongy innards will soon be used to ensure the safe travels of our DVR’s when we send them out into the world. But in this case, we suspect this particular bag had a bone to pick with Ian… a personal vendetta… judging by the sheer ferocity of the attack. The bag just thew itself upon Ian’s weak and helpless body from 20 feet up.

It was at this point that Ian’s savior Heath heard his girlish screams… and came sprinting to the rescue.

Heath, the tragic hero

Using his famed bare-handed hunting skills he typically reserves for bears and mountain lions, Heath bravely wrestled the bag off of Ian’s ravaged person, and then, tragically, despite his valiant selflessness was consumed by the non-biodegradable bag-creature while Ian limped away to bandage his wounded pride.

6) Ninja in Training

Day / Night IR Demo – IPOD-TP2MPIR50-W – 2 Megapixel TP Series IP IR Vandal Resistant Dome

After his near fatal battle with a sentient bag of Styrofoam packing peanuts, Ian decided it was high time he learn how to defend himself. So after he saved up about 150 bucks, he started regularly attending a ninjitsu school hidden in the back of an abandoned Sizzler restaurant, where he learned his stealthy skills from a ninja sensei cleverly disguised as a hobo. Sadly, after building his confidence though several victorious battles, he later lost his new-found ninja prowess due to amnesia he acquired in a tragic break-dancing mishap.

7) Argument

Day / Night IR Demo – IPOB-EL3MPIR50 – 3 Megapixel IP Network Bullet IR Security Camera

One day, someone took a big bite out of Ian’s p.b.& j. sandwich, then re-wrapped it in foil and put it back in the break room fridge. Ian, understandably took exception to this, as his wife had spend days making that sandwich. He suddenly became suspicious of everyone. He wanted answers, and he wanted them now.. or then, I guess. Ian thought the evidence could be found on the security camera footage, but sadly, someone, possibly the culprit, unplugged the 3 megapixel camera facing the refrigerator. So he took his frustration out on poor Jose.. who simply wanted to spend his lunch break drinking his quadruple-mocha-frappe-whip-latte in peace. The world was never quite the same after this.

8) Cone Drop

Auto Tracking Demo – IPPTZ-EL2MPIR250L30X-AT – 30X 2 MP Auto Tracker IR IP Network PTZ

Following the infamous P.B.&J. flame out, Jose developed a dark side. He wasn’t taking guff from anyone, least of all from another uppity traffic cone. Look at the pure confidence in which he just casually yet menacingly tosses that cone to one side… like a rapper dropping the mic after besting someone in an acapella rap battle. He just doesn’t give a darn, and he doesn’t care who knows it.

9) Creepy Stare

Day/Night Demo – CVIVD-LX1MPIR50L2812-W – HD-CVI LX Series 1.3MP Varifocal IR Vandal Dome

Witness the moment Jose’s new-found dark side finally took hold. Spooky, ain’t it? Whatever you do, don’t stare directly into his eyes while saying his name 3 times backwards. Nothing will happen, and you’ll have wasted your time completely.

Well, that’s all, folks. We’ll be back next month with a decidedly less amusing but probably more informative article. Thank you for your patience.