Video Recording Surveillance System

 8 Camera DVR expandable to 16 Cameras PC based Digital Video Recorder with TCP/IP LAN Remote View - Dial-Out Paging * Web Server Function * Event Center Multi-Site Monitoring Application * Digital  Video Recording CCTV Surveillance System Software & PCI Video Capture Card * Use with Colour or Monochrome CCTV Video Surveillance Video Cameras * Use your PC for DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDING * Motion Detection with Masking * Variable Detection Sensitivity * LAN TCP/IP Remote Viewing * Automatic Dial-Out to: Pager - Telephone - Mobile Telephone * DVR (Digital Video Recorder) captures higher resolution images than conventional Quad & VHS VCR. Suitable for EIA, NTSC, CCIR, PAL, TV / Video Systems.

PC-DVR-X8E16/10ips 8 Camera PCI Card & CD ROM

PC-DVR-X8E16/Exp (8 Camera 4 Chip PCI Expansion Card)

(Net) $999

Surveillance System

 for: Windows 2000 - Windows XP

8 Camera PC Digital Video Recording Surveillance System with Automatic Dial-Out Paging & LAN TCP/IP Remote View

8 Camera 4 Chip up to 10 ips per-Camera Capture Rate

Expandable to 16 Cameras

8 Camera PCI Capture Card, Software & User Manual on CD ROM



IBM Compatible PC Digital Video Recording Surveillance System for colour or monochrome Video Cameras, Record & Display or Playback simultaneously on Local or Remote LAN TCP/IP PC.

Local &/or Remote LAN TCP/IP Video Recording of 1 to 8 Cameras, expandable to 16 Cameras with additional Capture Card.

Scheduled 7 day Continuous &/or Scheduled 7 day Event Recording Modes, independently configurable for each Camera.

Image changes are detected to trigger Motion Event recording, multiple Masking/Detection Zones for each Camera, adjustable Sensitivity setting for each Camera, choice of 1 of 3 Alarm Relay outputs per Card to control Lights/Siren/Strobe/Door Opener/Lock/etc, independently configurable for each Camera.

Event Log with Date, Camera, Motion Event, Sensor Event, System Event search parameters.

10 Playback speeds with VCR like Pause, Play and Image by Image stepping functions, Snapshots may be saved as BMP file or printed.

Video Clips may be saved as AVI or Images as BMP or JPEG files and viewed with standard "Windows Media Player", or distributed as an e-mail attachment to security personnel, Police, etc. Files can be duplicated and archived to Floppy Disc, CD ROM, DVD, removable Hard Drives, Tape Drives, copied/moved over LAN, etc.

Storage on multiple Hard Disk Drives on host PC, oldest files are overwritten on a First-In First-Out (FIFO) basis to avoid loss of current surveillance recordings.

Live Monitoring &/or Playback during recording on local PC or Remote LAN TCP/IP PC.

Automatic Notification in Event mode - Dial-Out to Telephone, LAN TCP/IP to "Event Center", e-mail.

Sound Files may be associated with each Camera and configured to automatically play when image changes are detected or sensors triggered.

Title/Name Date & Time Stamp on images, user configurable font, size and colour.

Capture Rate up to 10 images-per-second per-Camera, capture rate is dependent on PC Hardware, Operating System, number of Cameras, number of Cameras being recorded, image content, compression and other running tasks such as Remote View, Dial-Out, Playback, etc.

Comprehensive Multi-Level Password Protection for most functions.  

Image Compression usser adjustable to balance File Size against Image Quality.

Storage Capacity 10 080 000 Images with 80 GigaByte HDD @ maximum Image Quality setting in Continuous Recording Mode, even greater capacity with higher image compression, additional storage information below includes Data from an operating system.  For comparison, the image capacity of a VCR with 3 hour tape is just 540 000 images (50 fields per seconds x 3 600 seconds x 3 hours).

Local & Remote Control of Pan/Tilt/Zoom/Focus with preset Positions for 1 ~ 16 Cameras via Com Port 1/2/3/4. Currently supports SONY D30/31 Speed Dome, ChipER CPT - L9KRP/RP Receiver, DYNAC D7720 Serial Speed Dome, Lilin PIH-7000 Serial Speed Dome, Lilin PIH-1016 Receiver, QuanXin Receiver, TECHCity Receiver, EEKU SUB(W)-7362/7562 Speed Dome,

Higher-Resolution, Lower-Noise, Deterioration-Free and more consistent than possible with a Quad and VHS VCR.

Compatible with CCIR/PAL (Australia - UK) and EIA/NTSC (USA - Japan) TV Systems.

Eliminates high cost of a Time Lapse VCR, Quad Processor, Maintenance and Cassettes.

Eliminates tedious and time consuming review / searching of tape recordings, labelling and storage of tapes.

Continuous Operation no down-time while tape rewinds, is changed or replayed.



4 x Conexant Fusion 878A (Bt878 BrookTree) Video Capture & Hint HB1 PCI-PCI Bridge Integrated Circuits.
Compatible with CCIR/PAL (Australia - UK) EIA/NTSC (USA - Japan) TV systems.
8 standard composite video (AV) 75 ohm inputs via BNC sockets.
Alarm Inputs (4 per Card) & Outputs via DB15 socket.


KEY FUNCTIONS:to read User Notes.

Time Lapse Continuous and Event (Motion Detection &/or Alarm input 4 per card) recording modes with separate Timer Schedules for each mode, individually configurable for each Camera.

Motion Detection recording mode with Masking and adjustable Sensitivity to trigger recording when image changes are detected, individually configurable for each Camera.

Motion Detection mode includes Automatic Dial-Out to Telephone, Mobile Telephone &/or e-mail or Event Center notification.

Motion Detection mode eliminates tedious and unproductive visual monitoring, the system may be configured to play a standard or custom audio file associated with each camera when motion is detected. User's attention to activity in areas under surveillance may be announced by PC Sound System ie: "Movement in Car Park" - "Movement in Cash Room / Safe" - etc - etc.

Remote access to images on PC running Surveillance System via LAN TCP/IP.

Each Camera can be configured with its own Continuous and/or Event Recording Schedule, Sensitivity, Masking/Detection Areas, Audible Alarm sound file, Dial-Out parameters.

Masking allows user to define Detection Areas where image changes will be detected, multiple detection areas may be defined anywhere on image, individually configurable for each Camera.

Recordings may be stored on one or more Hard Disk Drive(s).

Recyclable data storage, system automatically overwrites oldest files to avoid loss of current surveillance recordings, user configurable value to overwrite files when disk space is below a certain value and user configurable deleted block size, eliminates the need to regularly review and delete recordings.

During Playback any image may be saved as a BMP file then edited (Contrast, Brightness, Sharpness, Cut Paste, etc) with a Graphics application and converted to other file formats such as JPEG to reduce file size.

During Playback any image may be selected and printed.

AVI Video Clips, BMP and JPEG files may be easily copied and archived to Floppy Disc, CD ROM, DVD, removable Tape or HDD, etc.

AVI Video Clips, BMP and JPEG files may be easily and quickly distributed via e-mail or LAN for viewing by Police, Security Personnel, etc.

AVI files can be viewed Full-Screen using standard Windows MS Media Player, BMP and JPEG files can be viewed with MS Paint, Quick View, etc, no special software required.

Sequential capture and analysis (in Motion Detection mode) of images from each input at 320 x 240 resolution.

* HIGHER-RESOLUTION see comparison below

Compared to a conventional 4 Camera Quad / VCR recording systems that is susceptible to fluctuating results depending on condition of Tape, VCR Heads and Transport mechanism.

PC-DVR: 320 (H) x 240 (V) per camera = 76 800 pixels.

Quad & VHS Time-Lapse VCR: Field Recording ~ 160 x ~ 144 per camera = 23 040 pixels, 70% less data. (VHS VCR resolution ~ 320 horizontal pixels x 288 scan lines)



Pentium 1 GHz minimum, Celeron not recommended. (For maximum Capture rate &/or Multiple Cards we recommend 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 or better)

PC Hardware:
Motherboard: Intel AGP/PCI CPU Chipset.
RAM: 256 MB or better recommended. (For maximum Capture rate &/or Multiple Cards we recommend 512 MB or better)
HDD: 66 ATA or better recommended. (For maximum Capture rate &/or Multiple Cards we recommend 100/133 UDMA with 8 MB Cache or better)
HDD capacity to suit storage/archiving requirements, at least 10 GB.
Sound Card: Full Duplex (optional, for Audible-Warnings).
VGA Card - any of following: Asus MX400 64 MB AGP, Leadtek GeForce2 64 MB MX400, Leadtek A170 DDR MX440 64 MB, Leadtek A180 MX440 TV out 64 MB, Gigabyte Radeon R9000 Pro 64 MB, Nvidia Quadro4 200NVS 64 MB AGP, GeForce 64MB DDR, ATI 9000 Radom, other Cards may be okay for Main Windows however some Set-Up menus may not display correctly. Following EXPENSIVE High-End Cards are also suitable: Compaq Nvidia Quadro4 750XGL G, Compaq Wildcat III 6110 128 MB,  Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL 128 MB DD, Nvidia Quadro4 550XGL 64 MB DDR, these do not offer any significant advantage over above modestly priced Cards.
Modem: External and Telephone line (optional) for Dial-Out. Recommended Modems: Rockwell, ZyXel or Lucent ChipSet, other types may be unsuitable. (Some users have reported success with following ChipSets - we include this for informational purposes only and do not recommend or suggest that any of these will function with this System. DSI (Digicon systems), D13635-1/5655 with Creative Win Modem, Connexant sold under name of "Pine" no. FM-3711-11 V4.0 W03/01, Rockwell 6793 PCI Modem, Intel 815)

One PCI Slot for each Card.

Operating System:
Windows 2000 - Windows XP with latest Updates installed. WINDOWS XP Recommended

Video Cameras:
Up to 8 'per Card' with standard 75 ohm impedance composite video output, CCIR or EIA monochrome or PAL or NTSC colour. Reliable recording is usually not possible with a mix of monochrome & colour cameras, with multiple Cards it may be possible to use monochrome cameras on one card and colour on another.

CCIR = Australian / European Monochrome TV System
PAL = Australian / European Colour TV System
EIA = USA / Japan Monochrome TV System
NTSC = USA / Japan Color TV System



Hard Disk requirements are impossible to accurately specify due to the numerous variables involved, these variables include: Image Compression - Capture Rate (Images-per-Second) - PC Speed/Performance - Image Content:- A solitary person moving about (only a portion of image changing) - VERSUS - Numerous persons and/or vehicles moving about (large portions of image changing).

As a guide following information is from a related PC-DVR-X4E8 (4 Camera) system consisting of: XP Professional OS, Intel D850GB Motherboard, Pentium 1.7 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM, NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64 (32 MB) VGA Card & 10 GB ATA 66 HDD.

Program settings were: Compression = Minimum (Best Image Quality), Capture Rate = ~ 10 ips per Camera, Recording Mode = Continuous, Signal Source = Off-Air PAL Television, Cameras = 4.

Files are written to the HDD in 5 minute blocks, files ranged in size from 96 MB to 265 MB (total 40 images per second).

These file sizes are larger than likely to be encountered in a typical CCTV Surveillance situation, the Off-Air TV Source provided 4 images that were constantly changing often in their entirety, rather than just sections of some images on some Cameras as would be encountered in most typical surveillance situations.

Based on above file sizes around 70 hours of storage is possible with a single 80 GB HDD that costs around $169 (@ 2/05/03).

A single 80 GB HDD can store 10 + MILLION IMAGES - A Time Lapse VCR in 24 hour mode with 3 hour tape stores only 540 000 images.

PC DVR: (40 images per second) x (3 600 seconds) x (70 hours) = 10 080 000 images. VHS VCR: (5.5 fields per second) x (3 600 seconds) x (27.2 hours) = 540 000 fields.

Storage could be extended to WEEKS or MONTHS with Larger &/or multiple Hard Disk Drives, &/or reduced Capture Rate, &/or greater Image Compression, &/or Event recording.

There is no direct relationship between the number of images and file size, this is variable and depends on image to image changes, this data from our test platform is presented as a guide only, actual results in each situation will vary considerably due to the numerous variables involved.

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