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  • How to View a Fisheye or Panoramic Security Camera

    Fisheye cameras are becoming popular tools to view wide areas of a property without purchasing multiple cameras for the same job. These cameras generally offer a 360 degree or 180 degree view. Fisheye panoramic security cameras are often used for offices, warehouses, or retail stores. Ultra wide angle cameras by CCTV Camera World require our free software or compatible NVR recorders to dewarp and view their video streams. De-warp is the process of splitting the fisheye view into several virtual cameras.

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  • How to Connect Hikvision IP Cameras to an NVR

    Hikvision IP cameras are very popular in the security camera industry. You may already own a Hikvision system or cameras. One of the recurring complaints we hear about Hikvision equipment is that it can be difficult to use. For your everyday home consumer complicated equipment can be time consuming, and just not worth it. Even installers have difficulties getting Hikvision systems to work exactly how they want. The good news is Hikvision’s cameras can connect and record to an Avalonix NVR.

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  • How to prevent Frame Skipping on IP Cameras

    If you have a large number of cameras on a DVR or NVR, it is common that the user forgets to optimize the storage space inside. A hard drive has a certain amount of cache (usually 64MB in WD Purples that we use) that can properly accept incoming data and write data to the platter inside. Exceeding that cache threshold will cause data loss, which in a security camera system manifests as lost video frames. These lost video frames are commonly referred to as Frame Skipping.
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  • How To Enable IP Camera Offline Alerts

    A very important feature that is not found with older or cheap IP camera systems is offline alerts. These offline alerts are extremely important for recognizing when a break-in is happening. Vandals and thieves will notice security cameras and try to destroy, damage, or disconnect the cameras. When that happens you will want to be notified and this is required by law for some businesses. Our Security Video Recorders support this crucial security feature.
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  • Professional Video Doorbell Setup

    Consumer based doorbell intercoms are available everywhere these days promising easy remote viewing and cloud storage. All of them are promoted based on remote viewing, notifications, and cloud storage which might be great if you are going to be using the cloud based doorbell intercom as the sole security camera on the property. There are shortcomings with all those systems that cannot be ignored when trying to integrate into a complete security camera system for your home or business.

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  • How to Setup an IP Camera System

    If you've been considering purchasing a IP camera system and are wondering how hard it is to configure the system since it is IP based, then you need to watch this video we made. We get a large number of callers every week asking how hard it is to setup a security camera system using PoE cameras versus BNC cameras. Some customers even think they need an IT person to get the system going. Well, thanks to advances in technology and lots of refinement in coding, connecting a PoE IP camera to a PoE NVR is truly a plug and play task. Watch for yourself! Continue reading

  • Using IP cameras over ONVIF with Synology NAS

    We are often asked if our PoE IP cameras will work with Synology NAS units that are running Surveillance Station software. We gladly test cameras with Surveillance Station if a customer is interested in using a specific model camera. Initial testing has found that most of our cameras work with Synology using the ONVIF protocol. Continue reading to find out how to add and use network security cameras purchased from CCTV Camera World with Synology Surveillance Station.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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