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Where is my Video Signal? Understanding Video Resolution!

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

You just purchased a new DVR/NVR and the new unit arrived to your door. The first thing you are anxious to do is to connect the monitor to the unit and start using it. But what a disappointment when you see just a black screen and your monitor does not give you the picture you were expecting. So what happened? Hopefully, this article will explain the issue that a lot of our customers are having when they are trying to connect their new DVR/NVR unit to their existing screen or monitor. You need to understand Video Resolution.

All of our DVR/NVR units have 2 main ports that a customer can use to connect the unit to a monitor or a screen, and those are the HDMI or the VGA port. Some DVR/NVR models have the ‘Spot’ connection but I will explain how to use it later on in this article. Users may think that this is the only information they need to plan the connection of their new DVR/NVR, but when you purchase a unit, there is another piece of information that you should know upon getting ready to connect your new device, for the first time, to your monitor.  Will my monitor work with my DVR/NVR Security Recorder?

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Our DVR/NVR units will support standard market resolutions:

Resolution Standard
800×600* Super VGA (SVGA)
1024×768 Common on 14″/15″ TFT’s and the Apple iPad (XGA)
1280×720 720p (WXGA-H, min.)
1280×1024 Network Computing Devices standart (SXGA)
1920×1080 HD 1080 (1080i, 1080p), FullHD (FHD) (WUXGA)

*Supported by some of our models


In most cases, the first time buyers of DVR/NVRs are trying to connect their existing monitor or TV set to their machine so they can perform an initial setup. The monitor is really needed so you can perform the first configuration of the network. After that, you can access your DVR/NVR from any computer that is connected to the same network as your machine (We have plenty of articles on our web site that will help you with this process). As soon as you start using the “web interface” of the DVR/NVR, you can disconnect the monitor unless you want a separate screen that will monitor your surveillance system.

There were many monitors sold on the market within the years, and when a customer is trying to connect a monitor to his machine, it can be a 14 inch old computer monitor, an old plasma TV or a projector, which are not very current for today’s DVR/NVR machines. The best way to check if your DVR/NVR and the monitor are compatible is to check the “native” resolution of the screen. When purchasing a modern computer monitor screen, there is a very high chance that your monitor will support almost all of the resolutions of our DVRs since they are the market standard. If you already have an old computer monitor, it will probably support one or two resolutions from the table above. With TVs, the story is different since today’s television sets are using “fixed pixel display,” meaning that unlike the computer monitors, they use a fixed number of pixels to produce a picture. Usually the TVs will not support the same amount of resolutions as the computer monitors. Today, new LCD and Plasma TV’s are supporting 1920×1080 resolution. The problem is with older TV’s since the old sets had no full HD capabilities, and a lot came with the second most common resolution 768p (1366×768), which is not supported by our DVR/NVRs. As mentioned before, the trick is to research the specs for a specific unit and check its “native” resolution.

So what are you supposed to do when you connect the DVR/NVR for the first time to your monitor and you don’t get a video signal? Here are a few suggestions!

  1. Plug in a regular computer monitor, 17 inch or bigger, using a VGA or HDMI port.
  2. If you are using the HDMI port, make sure you are using ‘HDMI-1’ since some of our models come with 2 HDMI ports.
  3. If you get video signal and you want to try a different resolution, connect the DVR/NVR to local network first and make sure you can access it via “web service” from any PC. In this case you will have the option to change the resolution back if your DVR will lose the video signal as a result of trying different resolutions. *(Be advised that not all our units have the option to control the display from the “web-interface”)
  4. If connecting to both VGA and HDMI ports at the same time, be advised that both connected monitors will work on same resolution only. If you want a different resolution on each monitor, your only option is to connect the second monitor to ‘HDMI-2’ or ‘Spot Out’ if available on your model.
  5. If you do not see a mouse cursor when connected to the HDMI port, it means that you are connected to HDMI-2, which is the ‘Video Matrix’ (the same as “Spot Out”)

How to use my ‘Spot Out’ monitor?


Sometimes you want to connect a secondary monitor so you can see a different or customized view from the one we can see on your main monitor, and some of our DVR/NVR models have the option to do that. It’s called ‘Spot Out’. The resolution on your spot monitor can be totally different from your main screen and the view is totally customized. If you login into the ‘Main Menu’ and go to ‘System’, you will see ‘Video Matrix’. That’s where you can control your secondary monitor. Example: If you choose a ‘View 4’, make sure that all the check boxes for other views will be unchecked, otherwise it is not going to work.


The bottom line is that if you connect your DVR/NVR for the first time to a screen and you don’t see any video feed, do not immediately assume that something is wrong with your unit. There is no reason to panic. The solution could be very simple and there is no need to RMA the unit. Just contact us for any help with initial connection and setup at 866-573-8878.


8 Camera Outdoor DVR System and DVD Burner

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Nothing provides perimeter coverage in business or residential applications better than an 8 camera outdoor DVR system with DVD burner. In fact, these systems are great for use in just about any outdoor application and with a DVD burner, you can save copies of your video files for archiving or to give to police or insurance companies.

Security Camera King offers a full line of security camera equipment, including four different 8 camera outdoor DVR systems packages. We recognize the fact that everyone’s situation is different, possibly requiring a different camera at each point or some other additional feature. Therefore, we have put together these systems on our web site in such a way as to allow you to make different selections even for the system packages. Some changes can be made at no additional cost, while others may be made at a nominal cost compared to individually buying each component.

Each of these packages includes a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) with an on-board DVD writer and a USB thumb drive. The DVRs utilize H.264, the latest CODEC (COmpression/DECompression) utility, used to reduce the size of digital video files so that longer video recording times can be realized without sacrificing image quality. In addition, our DVRs feature a Linux Operating System (OS), a built in Web server, and two-way audio available over the Internet. This allows the system to be monitored over the Internet, Smartphones, or even have email alerts programmed to automatically notify you on different events (triggers).

Not only can these 8 camera outdoor DVR systems with DVD burner packages be monitored over the Internet, but nearly every function of the DVR can be controlled over the internet as well. This even includes multiple user functionality via the Internet. Or if you choose to use a local monitor, these units support HDMI, VGA, and BNC video outputs, and use of several monitors simultaneously.

Our line of DVRs featured in our 8 camera outdoor DVR systems with DVD burner packages can be operated easily with a standard USB mouse. In addition, the DVRs feature easy operation and control of Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras whether you use the supplied GUI software or operate your system via Internet Explorer over the internet.

To complete the functionality of our 8 camera outdoor DVR system with DVD burner packages, the DVR also has an on-board DVD-RW (DVD-RWs can record and erase and record again if desired on one DVD-RW disk.) Using the DV-RW, you can copy any of your recorded video (and/or audio) from your DVR’s hard drive to a DVD. The digital video file that you copy to the DVD can be displayed on just about any personal computer and many of today’s DVD players. Contact one of our security experts today for more information or to make a purchase.

Last, but certainly not least, each one of the 8 camera outdoor DVR system with DVD burner packages offered by Security Camera King comes with a full 3 year warranty on the DVR and a full 1 year warranty of the cameras and accessories.

In addition, these systems are easy to install and operate. However, if should you have any difficulty at all with installation or operation, our trained professional technical support staff will provide as much remote assistance as possible including any training that you need to use your new security system.

Security Camera King offers four different complete 8 channel DVR security camera packages two of which are built around the Elite DVR and two built around the Ultimate DVR. The complete 8 channel Elite DVR security camera package includes the following:
• An 8 channel Elite series DVR with a 250 MB hard drive and H.264 CODEC;
• 8 Outdoor (may also be used as indoor) weatherproof high resolution infrared vandal-proof dome security cameras;
• Two 4-channel plug-in transformer power supplies; and,
• 8 plug and play cables.

Our complete 8 channel Elite DVR security camera package with bulk cable and BNCs offers the same cameras and DVR, but includes an 8 channel professional power distribution box instead of plug-in transformers, and 2 boxes of bulk RG-59-18/2 Siamese video transmission cable.

We offer two complete 8 channel Ultimate security camera packages that feature the Ultimate series DVR. The Ultimate series DVR is capable of recording 704 x 480 resolution at 30 FPS on all 8 channels simultaneously. There are two Ultimate series packages as with the Elite series, that differ depending on power supply preference and bulk wire.