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  • 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 Camera 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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  • How To View Security Cameras from an iPhone or Android

    Once you have setup your security camera system by connecting the cameras to the DVR or NVR, and you have video displaying from each camera on a monitor, the next step is to setup remote viewing for your security cameras. All of our security camera recorders come with a built-in web server that is always functional when the recorder is powered up, and allows viewing over the local area network (LAN) or over the internet. This security camera remote viewing guide will show you how to connect to your surveillance system using an iOS or Android device.

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  • Setting Security Camera IP Address Using a NVR or DVR

    Most of the NVRs from CCTV Camera World utilize plug-and-play IP camera technology by offering built-in PoE ports. This allows a user to connect an IP camera to a NVR using only a single network cable.

    Some of our NVR models, however, are designed without built-in PoE ports, or have a lesser number of PoE ports than total channels supported. For example, we have 16 Camera NVRs that offer eight built-in PoE ports. To utilize the remaining eight channels, you need to fetch the eight video streams over the network. This is also the case for Tribrid DVRs and XVRs that don't have any built-in PoE ports but still have the ability to stream and record IP cameras. This guide provides the steps necessary to change the IP address of IP cameras that are deployed on a network using a PoE switch external to the NVR.
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  • How To Connect PTZ Cameras to a DVR

    PTZ cameras with RS485 connections can be challenging to setup for the novice user. This video based guide will simplify the setup process when connecting a PTZ camera to our security camera recorders, either that be a DVR or NVR. All analog PTZ cameras and some IP PTZ cameras have a RS485 connection that sends serial data control from the DVR recorder or PTZ joystick controller to the camera. Not only is it important to setup key configuration parameters for the RS485 commands to work, the hardware physical connection setup is very important. If the cameras are connected improperly, then they will not be able to receive commands from the DVR.
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  • How To Connect Security Cameras to a Power Box

    CCTV Security cameras require power to operate. Security cameras use RG59U coax siamese wire or CAT5e networking cable to transmit video. Whether you are installing a power box for a new or existing camera system, it is important to understand how to connect cameras to a CCTV Power Supply Box. DC current is polarized meaning it has two leads, a red one for positive, and a black one for negative. We recommend using a power box in a camera system because it allows for stable power distribution. A power box enables a cleaner installation versus using individual 12V power supplies for each camera.

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  • Best Practices For Using A Two-Way Audio Security Camera

    Whether you have a security camera system for a home or business, the need for two-way audio interaction with talk-back capability may arise. CCTV Camera World offers solutions for both one-way and two-way audio. One-way audio is great for listening to sound originating from the location of a camera, but it will not allow interaction with a person at that location. To be able to interact with a person at the camera, the camera would have to have two-way talk capabilities, i.e. a speaker and microphone built-in similar to an intercom. Our Security Camera Systems allow the end user to see and listen from their camera feeds, and grant the ability to speak into a microphone to talk through one of our two-way audio security camera's speaker. There are a few different ways to conduct two-way talk with our security camera systems. Setup of our two-way audio security cameras is simple, and we explain how to do so in this guide. Continue reading

  • How To Setup Two-Way Audio On Your DVR

    Almost all of our DVRs offer the ability to add a speaker using the RCA audio-out. This feature is meant for users looking to setup two-way audio or bidirectional talk in their security camera system. By using add-on security camera mics or security cameras with built-in microphone, you can hear audio from the person in front of the camera. To talk back to the person you would connect your own speaker to the RCA audio output on the back of the DVR. By using an audio amplifier, it is possible to use a PA speaker and connect it to the RCA audio output of one of our DVRs. Continue reading

  • How To Connect Wireless Cameras To Your PoE NVR

    Wireless security camera systems involve more setup and configuration than hard-wired camera systems. CCTV Camera World's wired camera systems incorporate plug and play technology, making connection a breeze. However, for applications where running cable isn't possible, we have secure wireless systems that will save you the hassle of running cable. Continue reading

  • Adding a Microphone to a PTZ Camera

    Outdoor PTZ Cameras do not come with a built-in microphone for weather proofing reasons. In order to record audio along with your security camera's video you have to use an add-on security camera mic of some sort. CCTV Camera World has microphones for both indoor and outdoor applications. Having an external microphone provides more flexibility when recording audio as you can run the microphone to a different spot from where the camera is installed. Setting up the wired connections between an external microphone and one of our PTZ cameras is simple as explained in this guide. Continue reading

  • Dummies Guide To Remote Viewing Security Cameras

    If you are not tech savvy and you are looking for an easy to setup surveillance system for your home or business, then look no further. CCTV Camera World's DVR systems and IP camera systems are easy to setup for remote viewing so you can watch your cameras from anywhere in the world. Once you have your cameras connected to your DVR or NVR, and you can watch your cameras using a monitor connected to the recorder, then follow this guide on how to remotely view your system without any recurring fees.
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  • How to add AXIS Cameras as ONVIF

    Our NVR and Tribrid or Pentabrid DVR recorders allow use of 3rd party IP cameras not purchased from CCTV Camera World. IP cameras and the recorder talk to each other over the network and have to sync URL for video, audio, PTZ controls, and motion events for each of these data types to pass from the camera to the recorder. If the URL for each of these data types does not sync, then that function will not work. The ONVIF standard tried to standardize this but its implementation is manufacturer dependent. It is not necessary an ONVIF camera you purchased elsewhere will work with an ONVIF NVR from us or a different vendor. Among manufacturers that are compatible with our recorders, we find AXIS cameras to have the best implementation of ONVIF and are the easiest to set up as an ONVIF camera with our DVR.
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  • How to Connect a Network PTZ Controller to a DVR or NVR

    CCTV Camera World has simplified the configuration and setup for controlling HDCVI and IP PTZ cameras. Using a network PTZ joystick controller, you can control PTZ cameras by simply connecting the controller to a security video recorder with a single network cable. This provides hands-on control over your PTZ camera with a setup that takes only minutes to complete.
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  • How to Connect an IP Camera to a Computer

    Many consumers find the need for a professional IP based security camera system for their home, business, or property, but are under the assumption that IP systems are complicated and too tech-heavy. This discourages them from purchasing one, preventing them the security they require. The truth is, though, that setting up an IP camera is easier than you think. It involves a basic understanding of networking, and by following some simple steps, you’ll have your IP cameras functioning in no time.

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