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What’s the Difference Between a Hybrid DVR, Tribrid DVR and an Analog DVR

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

It used to be that there was only one kind of security recorder, the CCTV Analog DVR. Now there are a variety of technologies for surveillance recording such as Analog, HD-CVI and IP Network.

Analog DVRs can record up to 960H resolution and the cameras are connect directly to the DVR via coax cable.

HD-CVI DVRs can record up to 1080p resolution and use the same coax cable as the analog DVRs. This is a great choice to upgrade your surveillance to High Definition without incurring the high costs associated with re-wiring to Ethernet Cable.

IP Network Video Recorders (NVRs) can record up to 12MP and the cameras need to be connected with an Ethernet Cable (CAT5/6).

Now, there are security recorders that can combine these technologies all on one device and that is the focus of this article. I will be focusing on the security recorders that can record up to 32 cameras on one device. These are the 16CH Hybrid DVR, the 16CH Tribrid DVR, and the 32CH Analog DVR. All of these DVRs look exactly the same on the front as you will see in the following image.

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But, it’s the inner workings and the backs of these DVRs that are different.

The 16CH Hybrid DVR

This Hybrid DVR brings together two surveillance technologies (Analog and IP) on one recorder.

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16CH Hynrid DVR – Can record up to 32 Cameras (16 Analog and 16 IP)

As you can see in the image above there are a lot of BNC ports where you would connect coax cable with a BNC Connector. The top row contains 16 Video-In Ports. This is where each analog camera gets connected to. As I said, this is a 16CH DVR but it will record up to 16 Analog Cameras (connected with coax and BNC) as well as 16 IP Cameras. Where are the connections for the IP cameras you might ask? That’s an excellent question. In order to record IP cameras (up to 1080p resolution) you will need to connect your IP cameras to a POE switch. That POE switch needs to be connected to the same network as this Hybrid and you will be able to view and record all 32 cameras.

The 16CH Tribrid DVR

This Tribrid can record all three technologies (analog, HD-CVI and IP) all on one device.

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16CH Tribrid DVR – Can record up to 32 Cameras (16 Analog/HD-CVI and 16 IP)

In the above image you will see the same 16 Video-In BNC Ports as in the Hybrid. These are where you can choose to either connect analog cameras or HD-CVI cameras using the same coax cable. Again, just as with the hybrid, this 16CH Tribrid can record up to 32 cameras. 16 of those can be a combination of analog and HD-CVI cameras, or all analog, or all HD-CVI. The other 16 cameras can be IP cameras. The IP cameras need to be connected to an external POE switch as with the Hybrid.

The 16CH Analog DVR

This Analog DVR can record only analog cameras (up to 32) all on one device.

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32CH Analog DVR – Can record up to 32 Analog Cameras

As you can see from the image above that this DVR has 32 Video-in BNC ports. This DVR can record up to 32 cameras like the Hybrid and the Tribrid, but it can only record analog cameras.

The Major Difference Between These Recorders

All 3 of these Security Recorders can record up to 32 cameras. The real difference is the ability to record in TRUE HD 1080p Resolution. The Analog DVR can only record in analog up to 960H resolution on all 32 channels whereas the Hybrid and the Tribrid can record in both analog as well as 1080p resolution. The Hybrid can record 16 analog cameras at 960H as well as 16 IP cameras at 1080p Resoloution. The Tribrid scores the best being that it can record either analog or HD-CVI on 16 channels as well as IP at 1080p on another 16 channels. But, the major difference here is that you have the ability to record 32 High Definition cameras at once on the Tribrid if you have 16 HD-CVI cameras and 16 IP cameras.

The similarities between these 3 units is that they all have the ability to record audio. They also have the ability to control other devices such as sirens, strobes and alarms using the alarm inputs and outputs.

Also, all 3 of these security recorders can hold up to 8 hard drives giving you up to 48TB of hard drive space.

Conclusion

Whichever device you choose, you can be confident that these units are powerful security recorders. They each come embedded with a high end dual processor and Linux Operating System. Also, they come equipped with an easy-to-use GUI Interface so they are simple to operate and configure. Which one should you choose? It all depends on whether you want to record in analog or High Definition. Also, whether you want to go with IP or HD-CVI for your HD recording. If you want the best of both High Definition Technologies (HD-CVI and IP), go with the Tribrid.

Even if you have an existing analog system and want to start upgrading to TRUE HD security recording, the Tribrid is perfect for you. Keep some of your analog cameras in tact and replace your old DVR with the Tribrid. And then you can start adding HD cameras at your leisure. If you are upgrading to HD-CVI you can use your cable and power that you used for your analog cameras right where they are. HD-CVI works on standard coax cable. If you are using IP cameras, just make sure you are using Ethernet Cable and connecting them to a POE switch as I stated above.

If you have any questions on which device is best for your needs, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable sales staff. Also, all these recorders as well as the cameras come with free tech support so if at any time along the way you need help on configuring anything, we are just a phone call or chat away. Most times our techies can even log into your recorder remotely and do all the configurations for you.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Storage

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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.

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Introducing The Tribrid DVR (HD-CVI, IP, and CCTV all in one unit!)

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Tribrid DVR - HDCVI IP and CCTV in one unit

This is the supreme standalone upgrade solution. If you’re looking to keep up with new SecurityCameraKing.com technology then this Tribrid DVR is your answer. If you have installed previous analog systems and you have great cameras and beautiful cables and power supplies in place and you have upgraded all of your hard drives, replaced network routers and switches but you still have your old school analog DVR that is ready to retire. Well guess what? You can keep your good analog cameras, power supplies, hard drives and network hardware. All you need is the new Tribrid DVR using analog, HDCVI, and IP camera technology. You can now show off your new Tribrid to your friends, family and business associates by incorporating new HDCVI technology and IP megapixel cameras. If you’re looking to add more cameras or just want to replace exciting cameras with higher resolution units then the Tribrid will do the job. Setting up the unit is a breeze, I will illustrate some simple setups, new functions and configuration for the new TRIDVR-EL16.

Connecting HDCVI, Analog and IP cameras to the Tribrid

Connecting cameras to the TRIDVR-EL16 can get tricky but SecurityCameraKing.com has 5 star tech support that will help you the whole way (for free), but if you’re one of those do it yourselfers, then here are some simple to follow set up instructions. First, logging in to the system is the same as all of our DVR, NVR, and Hybrid systems. The default user name is admin and the password is admin. After logging in you will encounter the wizard you can just exit out of. From the main menu go to Camera.

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In the image page you will see the channel selection (Drop down box). You can configure each COMPATIBLE cameras saturation, brightness, contrast and sharpness, just remember to save after every modification.

Next is the Encode page were you configure your Compression, Resolution, Frame Rate, Bit Rate, Audio and sub stream per COMPATIBLE camera.

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Next in line is the Cam Name. Here is where you name your camera channels. It is a brilliant idea adding a name to a channel/camera, you automatically know who, when and where the even occurred. Example front door, back door, bedroom or backyard on February 3 2014 at 7:30pm.

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Now the very important part, the Channel Type page. Here is where it can get a little tricky. The Tribrid’s BNC inputs are defaulted using HDCVI cameras. The adjustment is simple just switch the channel you have the analog camera connected and enable the analog field.

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When connecting and configuring an IP camera you have to start from the last channel of the Tribrid. For example if you have a 16 channel Tribrid DVR then you would start adding cameras from channel 16 and down, so the first IP camera you connect and configure will be channel 16. You would copy the same configuration as the HDCVI described previously and still be in the channel type page and then towards the bottom of the page there is an arrow selecting next page. Go to page 2 and select IP on channel 16 for your first IP camera, 15 would be the 2nd IP camera and so on. Remember if you have any question or concerns you can always contact TechPro Security Support Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm Eastern Sunny Florida time.

Tribrid DVR Hardware.

The motherboard is strong and smart and you can install up to eight 7200 RPM SV-35 3TB Hard Drives capturing proper resolution and long length recording with no hassle. On the back of the unit you have HDMI, BNC, VGA, Audio, RJ-45, Alarm, PTZ control, USB and e-sata inputs as well as other outputs.

Tribrid DVR Inside Hardware

                

DVR Tribrid System Connection

Tribrid DVR Remote view configuration.

Network configuration is the same as all of our Security Camera King recording units. TCP/IP must match your network, the TCP port should be defaulted at 37777 and the HTTP port should be changed to 88 (the TCP and HTTP ports has to be forwarded in the router to have external access).

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Email alerts can be configured here under the same network sub-menu, utilizing motion or alarm detection to send push emails to your mobile device alerting you who or what has infiltrated your space.

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Tribrid DVR Motion detect recording or 24/7 recording.

The setup is the same as all of our other recording units, go to storage and configure the Schedule, HDD Management, advance and record as you would like normal. If you need more assistant on the setup please feel free to contact a SecurityCameraKing.com Technician.

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Coming soon – New P2P 2D bar code App scanner

When trying to connect to your security camera system it is difficult and it involves configuring sophisticated network settings so you can view your family and business via your Phone, Tablet or any computer in the world that has Internet access. This new and upcoming feature will make life much easy when configuring remote external access. REMEMBER Coming Soon!

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Tribrid DVR System Settings

The general page is where you need to configure your Device ID and number, language, Video Standard, HDD Full option, Pack duration, Real Time Play, Auto logout and mouse speed. You want to make sure you adjust your date and time to your timezone because if you need time and date stamp file for evidence it needs to be correct.

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The PTZ page is very important when installing an analog, CVI or IP PTZ, the configuration just needs to match the PTZ camera.

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The account page is where you give privileges to users. Assigning accounts are easy with the new interface, make sure not to delete your technician’s administrative password because when you need support, the fastest way in to fix the issue is logging in as an administrator (so don’t forget the admin password).

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In conclusion in my experience, this unit blows away any other upgrade. WHY? Because you get the best of three worlds. You can upgrade your whole system and have indoor/outdoor HDCVI cameras and Smart Auto Tracker IP cameras in your warehouse or retail store while still keeping your existing analog cameras you don’t want to discard. One small step for analog, a giant leap for HDCVI and IP technology.

Here is a short unboxing video of the Tribrid DVR (TRIDVR-EL16)

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