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Archive for 2008

How to 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.


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of data goes beyond 40GB in one day then recording for that camera stops and won’t start again until the images have been archived.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…


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: 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: 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: 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.

Milestone simultaneously releases version 6.5 of their XProtect Professional and XProtect Basis+ recording software

November 25th, 2008 by Greg

MIlestone XProtect Professional and XProtect Basis+Milestone has just announced the release of version 6.5 of their XProtect Professional and XProtect Basis+ IP video software.

Some of the exciting new features are:

Two-way Audio (XProtect Professional)

Now the XProtect Professional Server is capable of transmitting audio to remote speakers using the Smart Client’s microphone feature.


Glossary: Outdoor CCTV Surveillance

November 25th, 2008 by Greg

IP cameras can be installed in both indoor and outdoor locations giving you the flexibility to choose the right camera for your needs.

Outdoor IP cameras come in two distinct variations. They can either be suitable for outdoor use with the addition of an external enclosure (such as an Axis 214 or Panasonic BB-HCM580) or they can be placed outdoors with no additional protection (such as a Mobotix M22M-IT-D22 or Panasonic BL-C160).

External enclosures are normally rated against the ingression of solid matter such as dust, dirt etc. and against water penetration (rain, snow etc.). The rating is normally expressed as an IP number and the values attributed will give the overall protection rating of the enclosure. Most housings also come with fans and heaters and are thermostatically controlled to keep a reasonable ambient temperature so the camera view doesn’t steam up with condensation in colder climates.