Tag Archives: recording

How most IP cameras record to NAS – and why it’s not a good thing!

Practically every IP video manufacturer claims their IP cameras can "record directly to NAS", which for the most part is true.  Many take it one step further stating their cameras can "record directly to NASwithout recording software." However, is this a viable solution for professional surveillance systems?

Here we consider the marketing claims and the reality behind those claims...

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Using Synology NAS With MOBOTIX

Synology recently sent MxInstaller a DS1511+ NAS to review.  So in addition to the review we've thrown in a video tutorial to boot.  Before we go into the tutorial, here's a few things you should know...

You can load an enormous 15TB storage into a DS1511+ and it comes equipped with an Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz x86 Processor and 1GB 64-bitDDR2 RAM which would partly explain its incredible performance.  However it's important to keep in mind that any NAS offering a combination of high throughput and large capacity, also has a maximum camera limit. Additionally, the more cameras recording to a storage device, the shorter the life expectancy of the unit, (and we're not just talking about the hard drives).
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Selecting The Right Recording Platform

As distributed storage takes on a more dominant role, the future for manufacturers of IP cameras will hinge on their ability to adapt their technologies with the distributed revolution without being overcome by it.

It's hard to believe that analog video has been the mainstay within the security industry. In saying that, the tide is quickly turning with overall price differences between analog and IP camera systems no longer the major hurdle it once was. Now even the staunchest supporters of the analog-to-DVR platform are realising it’s a case of do or die. It’s not been a willing transition, but something of a commercial necessity, with the market now demanding image quality beyond the capabilities of analog cameras.

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MxPEG: The Only Codec Made For Video Surveillance

There is a lot of whining going on by some self appointed gurus who complain that because H.264 is a readily adopted standard, that it's the only bet for security applications and nothing else should be considered.  

Here we consider whether or not this is the case. Let's take a look at some of the facts...

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Red Herrings Commonly Used To Debunk IP Cameras

Red Herring arguments are a diversionary tactic. The idea being to raise an unrelated or unsubstantiated issue to keep the audience’s attention away from the main point. It’s a tactic commonly used by proponents of DVR technologies, in an attempt to undermine high resolution IP camera technology.

red herring
n.
1. A dried herring having a reddish color
2. Something that draws attention away from the truth or main issue.
origin. hunters dragged smoked red herrings across the path of the fox to distract the hounds from the fox’s trail.

An example of a Red Herring commonly used:
“An IP camera system is not as reliable as a DVR because if the Internet goes down, so do your cameras. But a DVR does not need an Internet connection, that means you always have your master recording onsite.”
(Note: you can see a cringeworthy example of this very same Red Herring being used by an online presenter here.)
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Which hard drive is best for video surveillance systems?

"Which hard drive should be used for recording video from an IP camera system?"

We threw that question to Seagate, and we were initially surprised - we thought their first recommendation would be SAS. However according to Seagate spokesperson, Sam Zavaglia, SATA is more than suitable for applications where 90% of the throughput is weighed towards writing data.  This is good news as SATA is less expensive.  So without further ado, here are their recommendations for video surveillance systems...

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How To Sell More Using The “Two System” Sales Pitch

When I started using the "two system" sales pitch, I was amazed at how well it was received by customers and even more amazed at how it immediately improved my product sales. As I began to hone my presentation on explaining the platform options to customers - that they could choose either a centralized or a decentralized system - sales really started to grow. The idea for this unique sales approach dawned on me soon after I learned about decentralized security camera systems. Up until then I had only ever sold NVR-based systems...

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