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Video Recording

Security Camera DVR Remote Access Motion Activated Systems

A DVR does not just serve as storage for all of the footage taken by your surveillance cameras. DVRs have plenty of other useful features to better aid you in securing certain areas of your business or residence. If you are not home but want to see live footage from your security camera DVR remote access lets you do just that. You can even opt to use motion detection recording where foot traffic is low.

What makes a digital video recorder better than an analog video recorder is security DVR software and hardware. Besides the ability to store massive amounts of high-resolution video in a relatively small package, DVRs also have the advantage of coming with plenty of features that can make it much easier for you to manage your complete security system.

Unless you are transferring old VCR and/or VHS footage into digital format, you are better off with a DVR than an analog video recording or conversion device.

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First Things to Consider When Buying a DVR

Do you need a standalone DVR? Some CCTV cameras already have their own DVR, but if the areas you need to monitor require more than three cameras, it is easier to use an external, standalone DVR connected to several surveillance cameras.

Single security cams with a built-in DVR are useful for a lot of things, like area-specific covert surveillance and mobile spying. Their lack of wiring also makes them very convenient and portable plug and play devices. But if you want a comprehensive surveillance system of multiple cameras that can be managed easily through a single device, you are going to need a standalone DVR.

Where and how do you intend to use the surveillance system? The answers to that will dictate the number of cameras that you need, which in turn will dictate the number of channels that your DVR system will require. A 4-channel DVR can support up to 4 cameras, which is an ideal setup for a standard home, restaurant, or small convenience store, or even if you just need to secure certain areas of a particularly large place, like the access points to a warehouse.

With an 8-channel DVR that can support up to 8 cameras, you can create a comprehensive surveillance system for a small to medium-sized home, hotel, bank, or corporate office floor, and possibly even cover both indoor and outdoor areas with a single DVR.

A 16-channel DVR, of course, supports up to 16 cameras. This is your ideal DVR for multilevel offices, warehouses, factories, large stores, supermarkets, and mall floors. Besides letting you cover huge areas, a 16-camera setup would also be great for covering every tactical angle in small to medium locations.

Size alone can’t dictate how many channels are ideal for your system. The number of cameras you need to install also depends on the angles that you need to cover. With the proper placement, you should be able to maximize the coverage of each camera. This is where a little planning can go a long way.

If you can afford to install only 4 to 8 cameras, you can make do by finding the perfect angles in which those cameras can capture areas vital to security, maximizing their surveillance potential. If you are working with a 16-channel system, you can organize your cameras in ways that will make it easier to track the movement of any intruders that show up onscreen. Placement and planning can help you build a stronger and much more efficient surveillance system.

You can get our 4, 8, or 16-channel DVR with or without an included hard drive. If you already have a hard drive you can use with the DVR, then you will not need to get a DVR that has one.

Currently, the built-in hard drives come in 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB capacity. The more terabytes you purchase, the more space you will have to store footage, and more space means you will not have to copy and delete old footage as much. This also depends on the number of cameras. Usually, a 4TB hard drive can allow you to record up to 5 days of footage constantly with 16 cameras, even in HD.

Perhaps the best part is that our DVRs’ 3G SDI technology allows you to capture clear, crisp footage in HD. In fact, each DVR here can record up to 1080p or 1920x1080-resolution videos. Get the most powerful cameras for surveillance if you want, as these DVRs can support them and record all footage in high definition.

DVRs with Helpful Features for Better Security

Monitor multiple video feeds remotely through your standalone DVR. Imagine having the ability to see live footage from 4, 8, or 16 cameras at a single time, all from any place around the world where you can access the Internet. Through special software that is already installed in the machines, remote access to security DVR footage is possible via any device where you can use a browser to go online, such as your smartphone or computer.

It takes a bit of setting up but is well worth the effort. A single sharp-sighted person could be responsible for watching for movement in 8 or 16 camera feeds. That person would not even have to sit in a security room filled with monitors. They could do it on a computer, or even just on a tablet if need be.

Some DVRs can use motion detection as a switch to start recording, and our DVRs support that technology. When the detection of motion triggers the device to start recording, all of the footage is sure to capture relevant events and movement in the area. It is a good way to not have to sift through hours of videos of empty rooms with nothing going on.

Motion-activated recording also means that a lot less footage has to be stored in the DVR memory, allowing you to record consecutively for more days (and even weeks) without having to make room for more footage.

Build the best security camera system with DVR technology that you can rely on. You deserve it.