SWANN DVR4-Alert 4-Channel Digital Video Recorder (for Security Cameras) £99,99. - HotUKDeals
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This was £140 in the middle of last month at Maplin, then it went back up to £179, now just £99.99 and you get 3% quidco. Screwfix sell an identical one with a 160Gbl hard drive fitted for £189 making this much cheaper.

They may go out of stock but they'll still take the order and send one when in stock again. Also you can get an additional £7 off using a voucher (they'll e-mail it if you subscribe to their e-mails).

As with most security DVRs you need to get a hard drive, NOT from Maplin though, as you can get a 320Gb PATA drive for £50 at places like scan and ebuyer, while maplin charges £80 for a 250GB one.

Maplin also have z good day & night mini camera on special for £19.99 (product code N08CX).

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#2
what sort of quality will this give you?

I've got a camera connected to a timelapse vcr atm, the picture is quite good, can this match timelapse vcr quality?
#3
A dvr will give you better playback over a vcr, there is less noise on a digital picture. I swapped from a multiplexer and timelapse vcr to a pc dvr card running kd net with nine cams. The added bonus i got was that i managed to increased the the recording timeframes per second giving a smoother picture on playback.
#4
blackster
what sort of quality will this give you?

I've got a camera connected to a timelapse vcr atm, the picture is quite good, can this match timelapse vcr quality?


The manufacturers website has loads of info on this:

http://www.swann.com.au/s/products/view/?product=372

Depending on the size of the hard drive you get you can set the quality, eg fit a 120GB drive and you can leave it to record continuosly. at 7 frames a second and normal quality for 332 hours (2 weeks) before it goes back to the start and automatically starts again. A bigger drive would just take longer to fill before restarting. The specs are confusing as one leaflet says hard drives over 250GB and another says 250GB maximum.

If I remember right it can do 30 frames a second (max) at 480 resolution (the maximum of most CCTV cameras).

For the frame rate you divide the maximum frame rate by the number of total cameras, i.e 4 cameras would be a maximum of about 7 frames per second, 2 cameras 15 fps etc.
banned#5
trouble with these is there is no easy way to get the evidence off - e.g. network port or CD burner
#6
his looks interesting. I've always wanted a security system for my home but never really known what to get on a budget really. ALl I want is a few cameras for the home, a device that records, but also, the ability to feed all the images from the cameras to perhaps my TV, or even better, my TV distributor in the loft - that would mean I could switch any of the TV's around the home to a channel to view the cameras?

Can anyone advise on the items I would need to make this happen, and the type of budget required?
#7
thecount
his looks interesting. I've always wanted a security system for my home but never really known what to get on a budget really. ALl I want is a few cameras for the home, a device that records, but also, the ability to feed all the images from the cameras to perhaps my TV, or even better, my TV distributor in the loft - that would mean I could switch any of the TV's around the home to a channel to view the cameras?

Can anyone advise on the items I would need to make this happen, and the type of budget required?


Like anything, you get what you pay for. A maplin style system isn't likely to give you facial recognition and smooth, clear footage that can be archived onto universal media in a format that can be easily played back.

Do you want to just view them? Or record as well?

Either way you'll certainly need a wideBand UHF video modulator to get the cctv onto a channel on your telly.
#8
I'd want to record ideally as well as view. What do you think the cheapest option for me?
#9
Mine arrived today, it can take hard drives bigger than 250GB, the cheap cameras mentioned have 380 lines of resolution (not the 320 maplin' site says).

I left the settings to high so picture quality is very good and playback looks just like it's from a video camera very smooth, so you can recognise faces, also if the worst happens you'd just plug the phono out to a VCR or DVD-R and record it to them.

As I also wanted to monitor as well as record, I got the twin in car DVD kit from argos when it was on special (£60) (cat number 533/6487) just so I could use the two TFT monitors. A cheap computer monitor would be just as good.

For mine I just plugged the phono out from the DVR box into the 'AV in' on the DVD player and it feeds the video to the 7" LCD's. As they are powered from their cables and these are long enough to place away from the main unit, if placed right you can, with a bit of drilling put them in 2 rooms sharing a wall. The bonus is the screens also have IR control, so you can turn the portable DVD player on and off by remote which also puts the monitors in and out of standby.
#10
fragilegorilla;1714350
Mine arrived today, it can take hard drives bigger than 250GB, the cheap cameras mentioned have 380 lines of resolution (not the 320 maplin' site says).

I left the settings to high so picture quality is very good and playback looks just like it's from a video camera very smooth, so you can recognise faces, also if the worst happens you'd just plug the phono out to a VCR or DVD-R and record it to them.

As I also wanted to monitor as well as record, I got the twin in car DVD kit from argos when it was on special (£60) (cat number 533/6487) just so I could use the two TFT monitors. A cheap computer monitor would be just as good.

For mine I just plugged the phono out from the DVR box into the 'AV in' on the DVD player and it feeds the video to the 7" LCD's. As they are powered from their cables and these are long enough to place away from the main unit, if placed right you can, with a bit of drilling put them in 2 rooms sharing a wall. The bonus is the screens also have IR control, so you can turn the portable DVD player on and off by remote which also puts the monitors in and out of standby.


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