Surveillance DVR video file to DVD file conversion

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    Mike Haldas

    A customer recently sent the following question via email:

    I was looking at your surveillance systems but I will need software to convert existing .dvr files to a format that can be read by a standard DVD player. Do you have any software that will convert the existing .dvr files from my older system to a format that can be read by my DVD player?

    CCTV Camera Pros answer:

    Thank You for contacting CCTV Camera Pros. You must use the software that came with your DVR to view and convert the video files that it exports. It depends on that software as to whether you can then convert the DVR video files to another format. Our software that is included with our stand alone DVRs as well as our PC based DVRs allows you to export to AVI file but only works with video files recorded by the units that the software was developed for. Unfortunately, it is not generic software that will convert any other DVR manufacturers video files to AVI or some other generic format.

    That would be nice if there was a generic conversion utility out there, but I do not know of one for video surveillance files.

    One of he most convenient systems to export a video to an AVI file (which is an easy file to then convert to any format you need) is our NUUO PC based DVRs.

    Please take a look at this video to see how easy it is to search for surveillance video footage to be exported:

    Mike Haldas

    Follow up email from customer:

    Thanks for the note back Mike. So if I want to play these existing .dvr files in a DVD I cant because I cant convert the file? It seems like any video that you can play on a computer should be able to convert somehow. I guess I have to ask the DVR manufacturer to write a conversion routine? I need this fixed before I buy another one.

    CCTV Camera Pros DVRs least converts to an AVI which should play in a DVD right?

    CCTV Camera Pros response:

    I would recommend asking the manufacturer of your existing surveillance DVR if they have software that can export or convert the .DVR files into an AVI file. Once you have an AVI file, you can pretty much use any standard video software converter on windows or MAC to convert to any file format that you need, including DVD format.

    It is a two step process unless you have a DVD player that can play .avi files. You should check your DVD player manual to see what files are supported. It is much more typical and most of the time more convenient to play back surveillance video on a computer instead of a DVD player. That way you do not have to go through this mutli-step export and conversion process.

    The surveillance system that we sell that is by far the simplest to export video as an AVI file is our NUUO PC based DVRs which can be found here:

    You can watch some online videos about the system here:

    Please let us know if we can help further.



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