“Different DVRs have different settings that you can utilize when reviewing your live and recorded footage. Your DVR’s settings may allow you to set up recording schedules, sense motion, monitor covertly, pre-event record, search by time or event, or change your camera display. Understanding of all the options in the DVR market is helpful when trying to find the video security system that’s right for you.
24/7 Scheduled Recording
With this feature, you are able to fully customize daily and weekly recording schedules. You can choose which hours of the day and/or days of the week you want to continuously record, motion record, or not record at all. Each individual camera can be scheduled with different settings depending on your business’ hours of operation.
Advanced motion activated recording gives you the option to record video only when motion is detected. You can even set individual cameras to detect motion while the others continuously record. Advanced motion detection settings ensure that false alarms are not triggered—the easy motion detection “mask” allows you to block out areas with constant movement, such as roads or blowing trees so that only unusual activity is recorded. When you are ready to review your footage, use the playback feature to find specific video easily.
You can watch live or recorded video footage from your DVR on almost any device with Internet access. You’ll have ultimate flexibility in monitoring your property since you can be away on business or vacation and still check in on what’s important to you. Always know what is happening at the office or with your family, even if you are thousands of miles away. In many cases, viewing your DVR’s footage online can be done through your smartphone. If you travel frequently or want the ability to control your video from many different locations, then the online viewing feature is something you should look for when choosing your DVR.
If your DVR’s monitor is going to be displayed openly, the covert monitoring feature is essential. Covert mode hides your field so that you have the option of keeping your camera locations a secret. The DVR will record video footage from the camera, but the monitor will display a blue screen, giving the impression that no cameras are connected.
Do you want to protect the safety of your customers and employees, but still respect their privacy and protect yourself against liability? Privacy masking allows you to easily mask out a certain area that you don’t want to record, such as someone entering their pin number on a bank machine.
Adjustable Pre-Event Recording Time
With this feature, you will never miss the events leading up to an incident. When the system is in Motion Activated Recording mode, you can set the DVR to store a small amount of video footage before movement ever actually happens. This means you would be able to view 5 to 10 seconds of footage that immediately precedes any suspicious activity.
Time, Date and Event Search
Use this feature to find specific footage easily. Depending on how you set up your DVR, you could search through footage by date, time of day, or by events that were triggered by the motion detection sensor. This feature is extremely helpful when trying to provide verifiable evidence to the authorities in the event of a crime on your property.
If your DVR has this, as soon as you plug your DVR system into a power outlet, it will begin recording. This feature ensures that recording automatically resumes after any power loss.
Some DVRs come with a USB port. These are the same connections you’ll find on a typical computer. If you have this feature on your DVR, you will be able to transfer your video footage onto a USB flash drive as a back-up or to provide to the proper authorities.
CUSTOMIZABLE CAMERA DISPLAY
If you would prefer to view all cameras at once, you can select 4, 8 or 16 screen mode depending on how many camera channels you have in use. This will provide a split screen view of all your cameras. You also have the option of showing only the footage from individual cameras in Full Screen mode. With the Zoom function, you can enlarge a portion of the camera’s view to get a closer look. Sequence mode cycles through all cameras at preset interval times
Simplex, Duplex & Triplex
The usability of your DVR depends on its ability to perform several functions all at once. Here is a quick explanation of what the different DVR functions mean.
A simplex DVR is only able to do one action at a time. This means that recording will stop if you decide to playback footage or view it online. Simplex functionality is affordable and suitable for video recording; however, you might want to go with a higher functionality if multitasking with your DVR is important to you. Higher functionality levels allow the DVR to perform many actions simultaneously. The chart below illustrates the specific actions that each type of DVR is able to do at the same time. Consider your needs and then decide what level of functionality is right for you. All DEFENDER DVRs have triplex functionality (at minimum), meaning you can undertake three functions simultaneously at any given time.”