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  • How to add SV3C IP cameras to the Avalonix NVR

    CCTV Camera World’s NVR systems allow for the use of some 3rd party IP cameras to record and detect motion. This is highly dependable on the manufacturer of the IP camera, and the firmware that is currently installed on the camera. Compatibility falls under the ONVIF protocol that does not guarantee that a camera from one manufacturer will work with a recorder from another company. We gladly test IP cameras for compatibility with our equipment before selling an NVR to a potential customer. One of the home consumer brands that does work over the ONVIF protocol with our equipment is SV3C that is commonly found from online retailers. In this guide we show you how to connect an SV3C camera to the Avalonix NVR. It is important to note that ONVIF compatibility may change at any time due to firmware updates by the camera manufacturer.

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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 AI provide peace of mind

    Security Cameras with motion detection are outdated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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  • Heat Map: Visualizing Motion Detected by a Security Camera

    Video analytics offered by some security cameras has application beyond security and safety. Heat Mapping is a Smart Detection function offered in some of our high-end network camera products. It is a video analytics tool to provide a graphic overlay in the form of a heat map displaying the area and frequency of motion detected in the video captured by a camera. Heat Mapping is mentioned in many high-end business magazines and news websites, such as TheVerge and CNN, as a quality merchandising tool. A heat map of motion detected in an area can be used to track customer movement to better understand consumer behavior. Heat Mapping is also used to evaluate the traffic of populated areas, whether that be a museum, highway, or amusement park.
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  • Using Intrusion Detection on your Security Camera

    Intrusion smart detection is a video analytics function on select security cameras we carry here at CCTV Camera World. Just like Tripwire, Intrusion detection monitors an area by detecting and surveying movement to capture events. The Intrusion feature is an intuitive Smart Detection method that is used to record break-ins or other criminal activity for prosecution. With proper configuration, Intrusion detection is applicable for almost any scenario. It can be used for supervising a warehouse, bank, retail store, or just watching entries and exits to even covering windows. As show in this guide, draw a virtual box around your entry/exit point to monitor any area for trespassing.

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  • How to backup your DVR or NVR

    It is a little known fact that our security video recorders can be backed up to a secondary recorder. Let's say you've had the recorder of your previous security camera system stolen and are looking for a way to backup video from the system this time around. Thanks to technology in almost all of our recorders, video feed for every camera on the primary recorder can be backed up in live mode to a secondary recorder called a NVR (network video recorder). The new XVR systems that we carry can also be used as an inexpensive way to backup channels from another recorder as long as the bitrate is no more than 4mbps per camera. You can also follow this guide if you do not need backup but simply want to display a few channels on a monitor in another location. This guide will show you how to achieve that task.

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  • How to set Abandoned Object Detection on your security camera

    In recent years, taking proper security measures in public places has become an important endeavor. The need for intelligent security tools especially designed to better observe and recognize objects that have been left behind for a period of time has become a want of many highly-populated areas. To mitigate the concern of highly populated areas being attacked, enterprise level surveillance camera technology developed video analytics functions such as Abandoned Object Detection. While enterprise level security cameras protecting major cities use advanced computer hardware to continuously analyze security footage for possible criminal and terrorism associated behaviors, the Abandoned Object Detection function has trickled down to security camera products available to the home or business consumer. In this guide we will show you how to take advantage of this technology using a Smart Detection capable security camera purchased from CCTV Camera World.

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  • How to set a Tripwire on your security camera

    Tripwire is a video analytics function that provides smart detection of events captured by a security camera that supports Tripwire. It is a more effective way of monitoring and guarding an area of interest than simple motion detection. Despite motion detection being a commonly sought after feature on security cameras, there are multiple occasions of false positive alerts. Instead, use the Tripwire function if your camera supports it. Please refer the to the product description of the camera you purchased to determine whether it supports the Tripwire function. This video guide will show you how to properly set the Tripwire rule.

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  • Using Missing Object Detection on your Security Camera

    The Missing Object Detection function available on some of our security cameras is a video analytics tool that capably monitors and oversees valuable items. When only using video based motion detection, a camera cannot verify when an object has been taken. Missing Object Detection recognizes when an item has been removed and stays missing from the camera’s field of view for a specified period of time. Continue reading

  • How to set your 4-in-1 Security Camera

    4-in-1 security cameras are mainly wanted for their compatibility. This security camera type can be used in CVBS, HDCVI, AHD, and TVI systems when properly configured. Their ability to accommodate multiple systems is a key reason why 4-in-1 security cameras are sought after and used so frequently. The 4-in-1 security cameras have a toggle switch which is used to set the video mode the camera should be in. The location of the toggle switch varies between different camera types. Some cameras do not have a toggle switch and allow video switching using a XVR or UTC controller. Through the video demonstrations in this guide you'll be able to discern which type of 4-in-1 camera toggle is on your security camera, and the best way to change the video mode in order to have the best quality picture for your DVR.
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  • How to Setup Alarm Activated Snapshots on your Security Camera

    Security cameras are not strictly for standard video surveillance. A customer had a request for his employees to capture a number on a gift card he was shipping to his customers. Doing so would allow him to capture the gift card number that was shipped and go back to it if the card was lost or damaged in the mail. This guide discusses the best method to capture footage for such an application.

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  • How to stream a security camera to YouTube Live

    There are many reasons you may need a security camera to broadcast to YouTube. These include animal cams at a zoo such as a PandaCam, or an EarthCam located in Time Square to show what's happening at your favorite vacation spot. Live streaming is also frequently used in streaming any live event such as a First Robotics Competition or a Diving Event. Even for commercial applications, a builder may want to showcase progress of their famous building project to the community or their investors. All of these scenarios require a camera to stream to a website where multiple users can watch live video.
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  • How To Use Our Central Monitoring Software

    CCTV Camera World devices come with free computer software that will allow you to access your DVR, NVR or IP camera with a multitude of functionalities. To be able to access your live video feeds, stored video, and download recorded video brings a whole new element of security. To new users, this program may seem intimidating to master. We assure you that it is not. To make things simpler, we have made several videos tutorials showing you the different functions of this program. Continue reading

  • Recording Security Cameras to a FTP Server

    Security camera systems from CCTV Camera World are designed to provide the end user with several methods for storing security video and snapshots. Our DVRs and NVRs support local recording to an internal hard drive as most surveillance recorders do. In addition, with our security camera recorders you can record video and snapshots to a FTP server using the FTP protocol. This can be done to a local server or NAS or to a remote sever in the cloud. FTP video and snapshot storage is great for backup as a secondary method to safeguard against theft of the primary recording unit.

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  • Managing the Hard Drive in your Security DVR or NVR

    One of the most crucial components to a security camera system is the hard drive, the device in which security footage is stored. This allows a user to access recorded video from their security cameras, whether it be by accessing a DVR or NVR directly using a monitor or mouse, or accessing the DVR/NVR remotely over the internet. There are several practices that every security camera user should keep to ensure their security video recorder is functioning and recording properly.
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  • How To Record Pictures and Snapshots on a Security Camera

    Security camera systems are commonly used to record video as a way to ensure homes, businesses, and properties are protected. Security footage can consume a lot of storage space, especially if you're recording high resolution security cameras such as 8MP 4K security cameras. Rather than storing large video files that take up lots of hard drive space, certain camera applications may only need to record video snapshots, which are still pictures from a live video stream. Continue reading

  • How to Turn Off Infrared on a Security Camera

    CCTV Camera World's professional quality security cameras offer a plethora of options that can be set within the camera. Many cameras on the market offer settings to control brightness and contrast, WDR, and image flip, but very few offer the ability to control the day and night settings of the camera. All security cameras with infrared LEDs have a photosensor commonly found in the front of the camera that allows the camera to switch to black & white mode for night when there is darkness, and color mode for day where adequate light is sensed by the photo sensor. For most surveillance cameras with night vision this process is automatic and cannot be controlled.
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