Certain Zavio IP cameras now have a built-in LPR camera mode – license plate recognition. The Zavio B8520 and Zavio B8220 are the first two models to support the new license plate capture settings that are available via a firmware update. The B8520 and B8220 are both extreme weather rated outdoor cameras. The B8520 supports up to 5 megapixel HD resolution and the B8220 supports 2 megapixel – 1080p HD resolution.
Mike Haldas from CCTV Camera Pros recently appeared on Animal Planet TV show – Restoration Wild. CCTV Camera Pros supplied and installed a high definition security camera system on a bus for episode 3 of the show which took place in Nederland, Colorado. This episode featured the build out of a 1940 commercial bus that is transformed into the ultimate mountain hangout.
HD security cameras with 1080p video resolution have become very affordable and available over the last six months. People shopping for new video surveillance systems and those looking to replace existing CCTV cameras should consider HD cameras. With the price difference between CCTV and AHD being small and the resolution difference being so big, the team at CCTV Camera Pros is recommending HD in almost all cases. This article will compare 1080p video resolution from an AHD (analog high definition) camera to the resolution of a traditional analog CCTV camera.
The latest iDVR-PRO Viewer app for Android supports remote Internet audio surveillance. Users can listen to live audio from surveillance microphones connected to any model iDVR-PRO CCTV DVR. In addition to live audio, users can also playback audio and video surveillance together that have been recorded to their DVRs hard drive. Both live and playback…
Working at CCTV Camera Pros, I recently had the opportunity to install a video surveillance system with outdoor PIR motion sensors integrated into it to trigger motion detection recording. The project took place in a town called Nederland that is near Boulder, Colorado. The goal of the project was to provide video security to a 1941 bus that sits on a 1.25 acre lot. The bus was being fixed up to be a party / hangout place for the owners of the property. The bus sits on a beautiful spot with an amazing view of the mountains and forest.
The security camera power output that is built into this CCTV test monitor was extremely useful during a recent system installation performed near Boulder, Colorado. The location had a 1941 commercial bus that was to be rehabilitated into the ultimate hang-out, viewing area, and fire pit. The owners of the property wanted to have high definition surveillance cameras to provide security for the bus and to also be able to view any wildlife that came into the area. When I started the installation, the construction site did not have electrical power fully in place. Being that I brought a CCTV test monitor that has built-in power output, I was still able to begin mounting and focusing the cameras without the permanent power source in place.
Recently, I spoke to a business owner of a farm who wanted to setup IP security cameras in his barn to keep an eye on his horses. The farmer wanted to watch live video of the horses in their stalls from his house (which is located about 400 feet away from the barn). He also wanted…
Want to learn how to embed a live video stream from a security camera on your website? This article documents one way to do it using an analog CCTV camera and network video server. I documented this setup based on my recent experience with a prospective business customer at CCTV Camera Pros.
What is the maximum length that video cable can be run for CCTV cameras? Most of the time, when someone asks this question they are asking what is the max distance that RG59 coax cable can be run for CCTV cameras or HD over coax security cameras (HD CCTV). However, there are a number of…
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 couple of bullet-style CCTV cameras, a small LCD monitor, and a video switcher make driving an RV motorhome much safer by providing a live side view video feed to the driver. CCTV Camera Pros was recently visited by one of our customers that built a driver view camera system for his motorhome. We love…
Here is a simple Raspberry Pi project that uses a burglar alarm PIR motion sensor to trigger a mobile push notifications to iOS or Android apps. I use a mobile push service called Pushover that I found to be very reliable. I also use an LED that lights up when motion is detected.
AHD CCTV stands for “analog high definition”, it is a new video standard for CCTV cameras and DVRs. This article compares 960H CCTV vs 720p AHD CCTV camera video resolution.
If your CCTV DVR or network IP camera supports email alerts, then you can also send push notification messages to mobile apps from these devices. Pushover, a mobile push message platform for iOS and Android, assigns accounts a special email address. This email address forwards the email message as a push notification to their apps. So,…
The HCPRO-SD380 smoke detector security camera works great in hidden video surveillance type installations. CCTV Camera Pros has supplied this camera to businesses and homeowners that require a convert camera to monitor different types of situations. This camera has been successful in monitoring cash registers to track theft, sensitive areas of business operations that contain valuable property, and as a home nanny cam to watch what is going on inside your home while you are away.
Using crimp-on style F connectors with BNC screw on connectors is a popular method or preparing RG59 coax cable for CCTV system installations. This post contains step-by-step instructions, images, and a video that teaches how it is done.
You can enable Power over Ethernet for Raspberry Pi by using a passive PoE injector / splitter system, and the best news is that they are very inexpensive. CCTV Camera Pros supplies them for $6.99 at the time of this writing.
Most surveillance system owners want a convenient way to view the live video from their security cameras on a TV. Apple TV and Google Chromecast provide an convenient wireless alternative to hard wiring a spot monitor output to a television or monitor.
Here is a super easy way to setup video streaming on Raspberry Pi so that you can access live video from iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. The best part is that it actually takes less than 5 minutes to setup.
Want to compare 2 megapixel to 5 megapixel IP security camera resolution? Here is a quick blog post that contains surveillance snapshot images that we captured at CCTV Camera Pros office to show you the difference.
In this project, I program my Raspberry Pi (using Python) to take a picture using a Pi camera, then share the photo via Twitter when a button is pressed. I use the Twython python library to integrate with the Twitter API.
The PIR-BL7 is a CCTV camera with PIR motion detector lights and alarm relay input and outputs. A few months ago, I began testing the PIR-BL7 CCTV camera. I was really excited, as I always get when I am testing out a new product that has some unique feature or ability that make it special. This camera has several features that make it special: built in PIR motion sensor, 30 white LEDs make up a security light, and alarm relay output / alarm inputs.
This article explains how to use a IP security camera and free open source video editing software to create a time-lapse movie. Please note that this process is not completely automated and does require some manual processing, but not much. Also, if you are going to do this project, I assume that you have a…
This project demonstrates how to setup Raspberry Pi as a security camera system that can take a photo snapshot send the image to mobile phones using MMS text messages. The action is triggered by an GPIO alarm input. I use a magnetic door sensor to trigger the alarm in the Python application that I wrote, but…
This goal of this article is to document how to enable mobile push notifications on any CCTV DVR using Raspberry Pi. The problem that this project aims to solves is this: many surveillance DVRs that are currently installed around the world were manufactured before the invention of push notifications for iOS and Android mobile devices….
This project demonstrates how to send push notifications from Raspberry Pi to iOS and Android devices using a free push app. The idea is to trigger the event of sending the push message with a magnetic door sensor. When the door opens, the Raspberry Pi sends the message.
What is the best BNC connector type? This article will discuss some of the most popular options that are available and present videos on how to connect different types of BNC connectors to RG6 and RG59 coax cable.
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…
What is the best iPhone app to view CCTV cameras remotely over the Internet? Mike Haldas, co-founder of CCTV Camera Pros, reviews the apps that he most recommends to iOS users that enable remote security camera viewing and video playback.
The Android app for iDVR-PRO CCTV DVRs supports pan tilt zoom controls for PTZ cameras. The PTZ controls from the mobile app work over WIFI and cellular connections (3G, 4G, LTE). The app supports all iDVR-PRO model surveillance DVRs, which currently come in 4, 8, and 16 channel models. The app allows users to view the cameras connected to the DVR in single, four, nine, and sixteen camera grid view on one screen. To control a PTZ camera, the user must switch to that camera in single camera mode, then tap on the screen and select the PTZ controls. Once selected, the PTZ controls for up, down, left right, zoom in, and zoom out appear.