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HOWTO: Set up your Y-cam IP Camera using a Mac

December 16th, 2008 by Greg

How to set up your Y-cam using a Mac

The 2nd Generation Y-cam boasts a new MJPEG video compression format which has been added to make the camera compatible with a wider number of Internet browsers and computer platforms.

Since the update we get a lot of interest from Mac users as the Y-cam now represents an affordable home security solution on the Mac platform. However, we must point out that the Y-cam is NOT fully supported. You won’t be able to use the video clip creation tools, you won’t recieve any audio and you won’t be able to use the installation software which comes on the CD-ROM to help set up the camera.

This is where a Mac user will struggle. The software which comes with the camera is Windows only so the initial setup can prove difficult for the average Mac user. We are here to lend a hand.

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Streamdays Drafted for Stonehaven Fireball Webcam

December 11th, 2008 by Ian

Hogmanay / New Years Fireball Swinging WebcamStreamdays, has recently been chosen to host the live Axis webcam of the Stonehaven Fireball Association.

Until now the webcam has been streaming live to the website of the fireball association and for 11 months of the year this works fine. However, in December the webcam receives a huge increase in traffic due to the annual Fireball swinging ceremony which is held every New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay, as it’s known by the Scots).

Last year the webcam proved to be such a hit that the servers stopped responding at around 10pm and didn’t recover until well after the event had finished! This left most viewers disappointed and plans were cast to prevent a reoccurence.

The association contacted us, Network Webcams, who operate Streamdays to see what could be done. They decided that StreamdaysRELAY would be the most suitable package due to its ability to accommodate an unlimited amount of simultaneous viewers, this far exceeded the capacity of the original setup and will ensure no dropouts during prime time.

If you find yourself on the Internet this New Year why not logon to the Fireball swinging web camera and enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your own, warm home – you won’t be the only one!

How to set hourly archiving in Milestone XProtect Basis+ and XProtect Professional

December 8th, 2008 by Greg

One of the added features in the lastest version (v6.5) of Milestone’s XProtect Basis+ and XProtect Professional recording software is hourly archiving.

Why do we need hourly archiving?

The reason behind multiple archiving slots is down to the constraints for daily recording which will only allow 600,000 records or 40GB worth of data to be stored per camera, per day. This is normally sufficient for most cameras and uses but due to the increasing popularity of megapixel cameras you can find this limit running out quickly when storing a lot of high-resolution images. If the total amount of data goes beyond 40GB in one day then recording for that camera stops and won’t start again until the images have been archived. This leads to gaps in your archives.

Having multiple archiving slots alleviates this problem. You can now set the software to archive more than once per day and here’s how…

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Axis releases ultra discreet, mini fixed dome cameras with the M3011 and M3014

December 4th, 2008 by Greg

Axis new range of ultra discreet fixed dome IP cameras, the M3011 and the M3014

There’s no slowing Axis down. Here is some news of another new camera range which is due for release in the early part of 2009.

The Axis M3011 and M3014 are ultra discreet fixed dome cameras measuring only 9cm (3.6 inches) in diameter and are almost completely recessed, sticking out a mere 3cm (1.1 inch) from the ceiling. They are designed for recessed mounting in drop ceilings and the installation procedure is the simplest we’ve ever seen.

Don’t let their size fool you though, these cameras are capable of delivering high-quality images (M3011 VGA, M3014 1.3MP) using MJPEG, MPEG-4 or H.264 compression formats as well as all the usual features you would expect from an Axis IP camera.

For more information watch the short promotional video from Axis:

Axis M3011-M3014 – Easy Installation Video

Bookmark this blog as we will have more information as the product gets closer to launch.

Network Webcams Adds IQeye Alliance Dome Range IP Cameras For Sale Online

December 2nd, 2008 by Ian

IQ Alliance range of H264 megapixel CCTV cameras for security surveillance

Network Webcams has recently added the IQeye Alliance Dome Range on its UK and European IP camera store.

The range includes a series of indoor and outdoor dome cameras, all of which run Power over Ethernet. As with all IQeye cameras the IQ Alliance series offers a wide range of image resolutions, starting at 640×480, all the way up to 2560×1920 (5.0 megapixel) for both internal and external models.

Prices start at £325 + vat for the IQeye IA10SI-B3 IP camera dome, Digital PTZ, 640×480 and PoE.

More IQeye cameras on Network Webcams’ UK and Europe IP Camera Store.

Axis releases new range of IP CCTV cameras – M10

December 1st, 2008 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis M10 Series IP CCTV camera with PIR, white Light and SpeakerHot on the heels of Panasonic’s latest BL range releases Axis have announced the imminent release of their M10 series of network cameras.

The Axis M1011, M1011-W and M1031-W all have tri-stream support (that’s our term for it anyway) with full frame rate H264, MJPEG and MPEG 4 streams and both the M1011-W and the M1031-W (hence the W) have wireless support in the form of an IEEE 802.11g wireless interface with the built-in antenna.

The top model in the range is the Axis M1031-W as it brings in a passive PIR, integrated white light and embedded, programmable speaker into the same compact unit.

We will, as you’ve come to expect, be getting the range in for stocking shortly and will be doing a full review and technical evaluation. Check back also for our shoot-out between the M1031-W and the Panasonic BL-C160.

Glossary Term: MJPEG

December 1st, 2008 by James Drinkwater

MJPEG is short for Motion-JPEG which is a means of storing video footage from IP cameras and digital camcorders.

An MJPEG Movie consists of many JPEG images, one after another. Since JPEG is a compressed format, so too is MJPEG, providing a low file size when compared to image dimensions. Each frame of an MJPEG movie has no reference to the next, so inter-frame compression is not used, making MJPEG movies larger than similar MPEG movies. However, since there is no inter-frame compression the file size of an MJPEG movie will not change dependent on the complexity of the images used. This means the file size is a lot easier to estimate when looking at recording solutions.

MJPEG, being composed entirely of JPEG images, is a video-only format.  Should you require audio recording you may wish to use another codec such as MPEG or H.264.

Glossary Term: JPEG

December 1st, 2008 by James Drinkwater

A JPEG is a way of storing images on a digital device such as IP CCTV cameras, digital cameras and mobile phones. JPEG is a compressed format, giving a greatly reduced file size compared to image dimensions. The compression is adjustable but greater compression rations will result in loss of data and as such grainier pictures.

JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, who created the format when trying to produce a smaller file size for transmitting images across the internet. Most IP CCTV cameras support this format due to the reduced file size which helps to reduce bandwidth and hardware usage.

Glossary Term: IP Camera Software Development Kit (SDK)

December 1st, 2008 by James Drinkwater

A Software Development Kit or SDK is a library of code used for creating applications, usually on specific platforms, to work with a specific IP camera, or range of IP cameras. With IP security cameras SDKs usually consist of code designed to access and retrieve images from a camera over the network, or to alter settings. SDKs are similar to Application Programming Interfaces (API) in that they allow remote communication with IP CCTV cameras, but SKDs differ in that they are created to allow camera-native communication to be embedded into proprietory applications.

Included with an SDK is full descriptive literature describing how the code works, how it should be used and often includes working examples to help developers understand how to integrate the code with their own. SDKs tend to cover an entire range of devices but may contain code chunks which are specific to one particular model.

Most IP camera SDKs are very tightly controlled by the manufacturer, often requiring registration and the signing of non-disclosure agreements to protect their software and intellectual property.

Small change, big difference

November 28th, 2008 by Kevin Bowyer

Online IP camera store in the USA - screenshotFrom today both our online stores, one for IP camera sales in the USA and one for IP camera sales in the UK and Europe, have a fixed-width in your browser window.

We know it’s only a small change, and perhaps it doesn’t make that much of a difference to our customers, but we think it’s made our websites that little bit easier on the eye. And what’s easier on the eye is easier to navigate around, we think.

We hope it makes a difference to the experience you might have buying CCTV equipment through those websites.

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