External burglar alarm sensors can be used to trigger video recording on some surveillance DVRs. This article will document how alarm recording can be setup using an iDVR-PRO HD security camera DVR.
Security cameras with 180 degree lenses are extremely popular at CCTV Camera Pros. I am regularly asked “What is the best 180 security camera available?”. In this article, I will review our two best selling models and explain why both DIY customers and professional installers love them so much.
What is the best Mac compatible CCTV DVR software? This is a questions that I have heard countless times since I started CCTV Camera Pros with my business partner. Being a Mac user myself, I have always sought out to find the best surveillance software and security systems that works well with Macintosh computers. My…
I am frequently contacted by construction companies and managers seeking advice on how-to select the best security camera system to monitor a construction site. In this article, I will discuss some of the common requirements, challenges, and solutions for using a video surveillance system in an active construction zone.
Writing for CCTV Camera Pros, I have assembled hundreds of articles, how-to guides, and demo videos to help customers research security camera systems and video surveillance equipment. This page contains links to some of our best content that answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) for buyers.
Here is a solution for how to display live video from multiple security cameras on one TV using a CCTV video multiplexer.
The best hidden spy security cameras ones are so well hidden that they are virtually undetectable from bystanders in the area that they are installed. This article will review three hidden camera types: PIR motion sensor, burglar alarm, and a fire sprinkler camera.
Many customer use video multiplexers to display live video from multiple security cameras on a monitor. This article discusses how-to upgrade from an analog CCTV camera multiplexer system (CVBS) to HD-over-Coax – AHD, HD-TVI, HDCVI cameras.
At CCTV Camera Pros, we often get asked if our HD security cameras are compatible with an existing DVR surveillance system from another manufacturer. With so many HD video standards and resolutions available, it can be confusing. This article is going to discusses camera, DVR, cable, and accessory compatibility for HD over coax type surveillance systems (HD CCTV). This article will not cover network IP cameras or traditional analog CCTV cameras (non-HD).
At CCTV Camera Pros, customers often ask us what the angle of view looks like with different security camera lenses. When planning a video surveillance system, the angle of view that a camera lens provides is important to understand. Lens size is the main factor that determines the angle of view (zoom level), however, it is not the only factor. This article will compare a few of the most common lens sizes used on the latest HD security cameras (HD-TVI, AHD, HDCVI).
When planning a video surveillance system installation, there are maximum distances of how far you can run power cable to security cameras. There are length limits for both the coax video cable and the power cable. This article focuses on power cable distance limits by comparing the use of 12V DC vs 24V AC to…
Here is a solution that supports displaying live video from multiple IP cameras on a TV monitor via HDMI. Users searching for “IP camera to HDMI” or “IP camera to VGA” solutions will be interested in this article.
There are many surveillance system applications that require monitoring multiple locations remotely over the Internet so that security cameras can be centrally viewed. Read this article to learn how-to setup CMS software can be used for this.
At CCTV Camera Pros, we work with many customers who want to display the live video stream from an HD security camera on a TV via an HDMI input. Sometimes these customers have no interest in recording video surveillance footage. This article will answer the question of how-to connect an HD security camera to a TV’s HDMI video input. It applies whether you only want a live video view or if you also want to record the video.
How can I reset the password on my H.264 CCTV DVR? This is a common question that the technical support team receives at CCTV Camera Pros. Although it seems like a simple question, the answer is not so simple. The reason is because the majority of the security camera DVRs manufactured between 2007 and 2018 use an H.264 video codec and label their DVR cases with the term “H.264 DVR”. I wrote this article to help people try to track down the instructions on how-to reset the password on their DVR.
At CCTV Camera Pros, our tech support team is often asked if older CCTV DVRs support remote viewing of security cameras from a mobile app (iPhone and Android). This article was written to assist people in figuring this out. Here are some things that you can do to determine if your DVR supports remote management and live camera viewing.
Here are a few ways to use multiple HD CCTV cameras (AHD, HD-TVI, HDCVI) to Livestream video on Facebook and YouTube. Video multiplexers and surveillance DVRs can both be used for these streaming live video when installed in conjunction with a PC with Open Broadcast software and an HDMI capture card. Learn more about this here.
We recently installed this HD PTZ camera with infrared and 20x zoom at CCTV Camera Pros office. The PTZ-HD-20 is mounted on the front of our building. Check out these images and watch this video demo to see the camera zoom into a sign that is 550 feet away so that it can be read.
Most users of IP cameras (network security cameras) want to access their camera remotely to see live video. Accessing cameras remotely from desktop software (Mac and Windows) and mobile apps (iPhone and Android) is extremely common for home owners and business owners.. Read this article to learn about port forwarding and dynamic DNS – two concepts typically required to setup remote access.
This article documents a solution on how-to display HD video from an AHD security camera on multiple TVs / monitors. This topic was brought up because I was recently contacted by the pastor of a church who wanted to display a live video feed of the service in three different rooms of the church. In…
These are the latest HD security camera video demos created at CCTV Camera Pros. All of these demos use the latest HD over coax type security cameras. All of these cameras are 4-in-1 models which means that they support AHD, HD-TVI, HDCVI, and analog CCTV video modes. They support 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) in AHD, HD-TVI, and HDCVI modes. They support 960H resolution (960 x 480 pixels) in analog mode (CVBS).
This article explains how to use an HDMI over Cat6 cabling system to view security cameras and control surveillance DVRs from multiple TVs. In addition to acting as an HDMI to Cat6 splitter, the system also supports IR remote control transmission back to the DVR. This allows you not only to display your cameras in multiple rooms,…
Recently, I was contacted by a customer who was looking for best video surveillance system to monitor his commercial office buildings. I suggested an HD CCTV camera system over an IP camera system and it got me thinking about why I like HD over coax cameras systems better (in most cases).
This article will discuss how to upgrade an analog CCTV camera system to an HD security camera system. The following questions will be covered. Can I use my existing CCTV cameras? Can I use my existing DVR? Can I use my coax or CAT-5 cables. Do my existing power supply boxes work with HD security cameras?
A customer recently contacted me to see if CCTV Camera Pros had any recorded video surveillance footage captured using 1080p security cameras. He wanted to compare the video quality of an HD camera system to his current analog CCTV camera system. Specifically, he wanted to see the video quality when playing back recorded video on the DVR. Watch this video to see what the quality of 1080p video surveillance captured using 2 AHD cameras and 2 HD-TVI cameras recording to an iDVR-PRO HD surveillance DVR.
As technology continues to improve and upgrades are made to both security cameras and DVRs, a question that we are often asked is Will my old CCTV cameras work with a new HD surveillance DVR? This article will assist in determining if an existing CCTV camera will work with a new HD surveillance DVRs.
Sometimes customers install security camera DVRs in locations that do not have a hard wired Network connection. This article and video will explain how to connect a DVR to a wireless router using a WIFI bridge.
This is how you can connect an HD security camera to multiple HDMI TV monitors using AHD to HDMI video converters. This is a great solution for any business that wants to display a video feed from any 720p or 1080p AHD camera to multiple monitor locations.
People often ask me, “Just how much better are HD-TVI security cameras compared to analog CCTV cameras?”. This article will answer that question by comparing video surveillance images captures by the two different camera types. Analog CCTV / HD-TVI Side-by Side Please click on the image to see the full sized image. You can do…
Some users of HD-TVI security cameras do not require video recording using a surveillance DVR. Instead, they only want to be able to view the live video feeds from their surveillance cameras on a TV or monitor. This article shows how-to use a video multiplexer to do this.