- DVR's or Digital Video Recorders are now the replacement for the time
lapse video recorders and are cheaper and much more advanced and easy to use.
With the DVR's now on the market, both home and business video security has
gotten so much more affordable to get.
Look around and see what is on the market now since it is always changing
for the better every day.
- Cost - very low, Kits start at $100 for a 4 channel kit
that uses a standard PC and in most cases Windows XP, but I recommend the
Stand-alone unit simply cause the over all cost
and operation of one is much easier and cheaper. Stand-alone is a brand name
that is getting to be very common and you will find it with other name tags
on them also, but the insides are about all the same. A 4 channel unit will
start at about $280 and the 16 channel unit for about $700 with out a
HDD. The Stand-alone brand will be much better on power and heat then a
Windows PC, plus you will have less problems with viruses or works as you do
with the Windows PC.
- Storage - AVI, MPEG, MPEG4 H-463 files,
you name it - you can put on lot on a drive and you can
have it write over the old data once it is full with out user action.
In general, put it in and forget about it, until you need go back on check
on something. At home, I figured by using it motion only format, I can store
as much as 3 months worth of video before having to over write the old stuff
using a 9 cameras on the street, and 4 others around the outside of the house
with a 250GB of storage.
- Vendor - My vendor
Best Computer USA Great
to deal with ! (713)
- Viewer -
Video Remote Viewer with unit. No a Web browser driven
remote, some times good, some times not.
- User Friendly - Most of them are really
easy to figure out, almost like a normal VCR.
Why am I telling you all this?
I am not selling any of it, I am an
end user of it both my profession and hobbyist for many years and have been
looking for something more affordable and simple for my own place. A commercial
setup with a time-lapse VCR is now on the way out, VCR's are history, and it is
now time for digital storage and computers. And as we all know, that is
something that is getting more and more affordable every single day. With the
age of computers coming to play, we now have many more options, less equipment
required, less maintenance and better quality output. With this info, I hope
that my friends will have all they need to know to put one in their own place
and have a peace of mind known that they can always go back to see who was
around doing what, when they where gone.