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  • Security Camera Cable Guide

    There are many factors that determine if someone will choose to purchase an IP camera system or HD DVR camera system. The main factor though would be whether there is any existing cabling in place that can be reused to avoid the cost of running new cable. There are two main types of cables used in installation of security cameras:

     

    When planning a new surveillance system installation, it is important to understand which types of surveillance cameras are compatible with each type of cable and the pros and cons of each cable type.

    This security camera cabling guide provides a practical explanation of each security camera cable type, and how to terminate the cable correctly for easy installation.

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  • How to setup an IP camera system on the network

    What are IP camera systems?

    IP camera systems comprise of one or more IP cameras that are connected over a computer network to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) or Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The IP camera sends video and other data in digital format over a network cable to the NVR. The NVR records the video stream from he cameras for playback and other functions like motion alerts. IP camera systems are also commonly referred to as NVR camera systems since they are commonly used with a network recorder at the heart of the system.

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  • How to add a microphone to an IP Camera

    Most security cameras that are outdoor rated do not come with built-in microphones to ensure that no water can leak in. This means that you must add an external security camera microphone to these cameras in order to record audio. CCTV Camera World carries microphones for indoor or outdoor cameras. Most IP security cameras with audio input capabilities have an RCA audio connector on their pigtail for connecting a microphone. Some dome IP cameras have a connection block on the inside of the dome. In either case, physically connecting and configuring external microphones to an IP security camera is easy as shown in this guide.

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  • How to add IP cameras to a Security DVR

    When connecting your IP cameras to a security camera recorder that supports IP camera channels like our XVRs, you will need to follow a few prerequisites. Once you have an understanding of the below steps you will be well on your way to adding all of your IP cameras to your security DVR.
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  • How to Change Camera Channel Type on a Security DVR

    DVR recorders these days support traditional analog CCTV cameras, new HD security cameras over coax called HDCVI cameras, and network based IP cameras. Security DVRs can vary in the variety of signal types they support, and can be called Tribrid DVRs or XVRs. These recorders sense camera signal automatically between HDCVI and analog security cameras without the need for user intervention. However, to add IP cameras requires changing the channel type to IP, configuring the camera on the network, and then adding the camera to the DVR. Continue reading

  • Security Camera Buying Guide

    You’ve decided to purchase a security camera. You’ve had stock stolen at your store, or someone hit down the mailbox. Regardless of the reason, you’re looking for one thing which is safety. Even so, purchasing a security system involves understanding highly technical terms that are difficult to interpret without any prior knowledge of the security camera industry. Terms like RG59U, hd-over-coax, ip cameras, and frames per second (fps) are confusing. Acronyms such as IP, PTZ and HDCVI seem foreign. Suddenly, your safety becomes an overwhelming and time consuming process filled with jargon. Let's break it down. In this guide we will provide you the basic knowledge needed to know which security camera you should buy.

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  • Understanding ONVIF and its limitations

    Anyone who is interested in IP security cameras will come across the acronym “ONVIF” at some point. The acronym has a lot of mystery behind it and can be difficult to completely understand. This article will explain and demystify common misconceptions surrounding the acronym.

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  • Difference Between Active vs. Passive PoE

    Power over Ethernet or PoE for short can be a new and potentially confusing term to a lot of people searching for security cameras. PoE connectivity simplifies cabling needed to connect a device by allowing power and data delivery over a single network cable such as CAT5e or CAT6. It makes it easy to connect devices such as IP security cameras, or office phones; a separate power supply or electrical outlet for each device is not needed. Continue reading

  • How to Setup Audio Detection with your Security Camera System

    Audio Detection is a feature that can be a very reliable way to capture a conversation or other important sounds that need to be recorded. It allows a security camera with a built-in microphone or audio input to trigger recording when sound is detected. You no longer have to rely on video-based motion detection to try and capture audio of an event and missing out on everything that was said. With audio detection you can even capture video/audio when persons are conversing outside the camera's field of view, but near enough to activate audio detection. You can finely adjust the sensitivity and threshold settings to decrease your storage needs. In this guide we show you how to setup and use audio detection with surveillance cameras purchased from CCTV Camera World.

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  • Good License Plate Security Camera Capture

    Security cameras capable of capturing license plates can be a challenge for any home or business that has concerns about prosecuting potential thieves or vandals. Technology is not quite there where we can have the Hollywood effect of capturing a plate super far away with amazing clarity. It takes a good amount of knowledge for setting up a surveillance camera to fully capture a license plate. This guide will provide some of the much needed information necessary to accomplish license plate capture.

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  • How to access a PoE Security Camera from a Computer

    We’re often asked how to modify an IP camera’s video settings once you already have it up and running on your NVR. This process can be difficult without any knowledge of computer networking or setting up a standalone IP camera. In this article we explain the technical details of taking a camera from the back of your NVR and connecting to it with either a direct connection or through your network.

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  • How to record snapshots to a Network Video Recorder

    Security cameras are usually used to record video, but in some scenarios, you can leverage the combined power of our cameras and recorders to record snapshots at specified intervals. As discussed in this guide, our IP surveillance cameras with an available microSD slot allow for snapshot capture and storage on the internal microSD memory card. Storage to a microSD on the camera is a convenient option when recording on one camera, but for projects requiring snapshots capture from multiple cameras and easy review from a central station, the use of an NVR along with IP cameras is a more practical choice.

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  • How to view a Security Camera System on Two Monitors

    Most of our security camera video recorders feature dual video outputs that include a VGA and HDMI connector. These two video outputs display the same exact screen, meaning what you see on your VGA monitor will be the same as the HDMI monitor. They will not allow you to have your cameras split between two screens. For customers looking to have their security camera system displayed in a split screen view between two monitors, we suggest the purchase of our recorders with Dual HDMI outputs.
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  • Review of 4K Security Camera Playback

    When purchasing a high resolution security camera system it is important to have realistic expectations of what to expect. While everyone wants the latest cameras with the highest resolution sensor for the best clarity, they usually forget to take in to account the data storage implications that come with high definition cameras. In this video guide, we demonstrate and discuss what to expect from 8MP and higher resolution security cameras when reviewing recorded footage.

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  • How to use your Security Camera System

    In this comprehensive video guide, we demonstrate the plethora of basic functions that our security camera recorders have to offer. After you purchase your system, this guide is a starting point for learning how to use your security camera system. We start from learning to login to the recorder, and end with downloading video from the recorder and playing it back on your PC. For other functions, feel free to check out our DVR NVR help section.
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  • How to Use a Security Camera as Standalone

    You may be looking at security cameras for a purpose other than plain old surveillance. We answer questions about new and innovative ideas daily. Some of these different applications range from a zoo exhibit, sporting event, or construction site to show progress. Whether you want to capture video, short clips or snapshots our security cameras can handle any task. In this article we will show you how to get started with your standalone security camera project.

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  • Using Network Security Cameras over the Web

    In 2018, security cameras offer a plethora of features that were unheard of a couple of years ago. Frequently, we are asked whether a HD over coax or IP camera is better. The answer is, it depends on the application and the environment you intend to use the camera in. To help understand why a network security camera (aka IP camera) might be better in one respect, is to understand the plethora of tweaks that can be done inside the camera's web interface.

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  • Security Cameras with Artificial Intelligence provide peace of mind

    Motion detection is outdated

    How many motion alerts have you gotten today? Has it been 10? 20? 50? Maybe you’ve started to lose count. Maybe you’re tired. Too tired of checking your phone because its most likely just another person walking by your place of business or your neighbor walking the dogs. Maybe this one is important? Or maybe it's just a bug flying against your camera. At one point you thought about turning off motion detection but you worry about missing a possible break-in. How often has this happened to you? Video based motion detection just seems to have too many false positive alerts leaving you anxious and worried that it works at all! What’s the point of motion alerts if you are constantly getting alerts that are of no use?

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  • Using People Counting Analytics on your Security Camera

    People Counting analytics is available as a Smart Detection function in select security cameras by CCTV Camera World. People Counting technology is a sought after video analytics function in surveillance cameras used for retail analytics, queue management, building management, and other security purposes. People Counting can be used in array of applications for different reasons in settings such as train stations, apartment buildings, churches, retail stores, supermarkets, and other high footfall conversion environments. While deterring criminal activity with a security camera, safely evaluate the amount of traffic walking through your event or store. With people counting, video analytics can confirm the success of promotional or charity events to understand what activities create more profit. Even reduce labor costs in a retail store by gathering data on when there is a higher-influx of people. Continue reading

  • Using Face Detection with your Security Cameras

    Face detection is a Smart Detection function used to detect whether a face has appeared in a video feed. It uses video analytics to detect the shape of a face; specifically, the space between the eyes. Once a face is detected, the camera then sends a picture of the information to your NVR to analyze and process the data in order to improve its functionality. The more face detection is used, the better the application performs. Setup properly, face detection has the capacity to take a snapshot of a face, record faces and action happening, and notify you via a push alert to your Smartphone or email.

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