Read this article to learn how-to use a network IP camera and Raspberry Pi to create a YouTube livestream video server.
Not all coaxial cable should be used for CCTV camera installations. RG59 coax cable is the industry standard and best choice for CCTV systems, however, not all RG59 is created equal. Be sure to read the spec before you buy. Read this article so you know what to look out for.
At CCTV Camera Pros, I frequently get asked by customers “what type of cable should I run to pre-wire my house for a security camera system?” We wrote this article to help business and homeowners prepare to install a video surveillance system by answering that question and discussing some best practices in my experience. This guide is also useful even if you are beyond the pre-drywall phase of construction or if you are installing a security camera in a completely finished home.
HD-TVI stands for High Definition Transport Video Interface. It is a digital signal processing and transport technology for video used in HD security cameras and DVRs. Read this article to see sample TVI camera images, video, and learn more about the technology.
This article discusses what does and does not work when it comes to planning a wireless surveillance system.
What is the best HD security camera type? TVI or AHD. This is a common question asked by CCTV Camera Pros customers. TVI and AHD are two different HD CCTV camera technologies that support 1080p resolution over standard coax cable (RG59 or RG6). This is the same type of coax cable that is used in traditional…
CCTV Camera Pros recently helped Kaplan University select a video surveillance system for a monitoring / training room for medical students. The system used box CCTV cameras and add-on audio surveillance microphones.
The latest release of the iDVR-PRO DVR viewer software for Mac supports that ability to view video surveillance from HD security cameras at full 1080p resolution. iDVR-PRO DVRs currently support AHD and HD-TVI cameras, as well as traditional standard definition analog CCTV cameras. Users can mix and match and combination of these three camera types on their system. The Mac software detects the max resolution of the cameras and is able to display 960H, 720p, and 1080p resolutions depending on the type of camera.
The wide angle of view that the AHD-BL25 – 180 degree HD CCTV camera provides is awesome! It is not very often that I write a blog post that is specifically about a new camera, but after testing the AHD-BL25 – I was too excited not to share the results. The above image was captured…
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…
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.