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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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  • The Best License Plate Camera - How To Guide

    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 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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  • 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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