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Pelco DS4U Software Now Available – 4ch. Recording Solution Now Bundled with Pelco IP Cameras

February 8th, 2010 by Greg

Pelco DS4U software only recording solution bundled with every new Pelco IP camera

Pelco have launched a free 4-channel video recording software solution, DS4U, which will now be bundled with every Pelco IP camera product for Windows and Mac users.

What DS4U offers is entry to their high-end Digital Sentry platform which allows users to manage data for multiple locations from a single client workstation.

DS4U is a free software-only video management solution, suitable for recording video from up to 4 Pelco IP cameras including HD support for Pelco’s Sarix range of megapixel IP cameras.

Features include:

  • Provides Network Video Recording Management
  • 4-channel solution for Pelco IP cameras
  • Upgradeable for third-party cameras
  • Upgradeable for up to 64 cameras
  • Allows installation on many industry standard servers through open architecture
  • Support for HD and SD encoders and cameras
  • H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG, Wavelet and IVEX compression supported
  • Easy software installation and configuration
  • Allows viewing on of multiple cameras seamlessly on any Digital Sentry system
  • Supports a recording rate configurable per camera
  • Remote administation, monitoring and management of audio and video data
  • Provides logical camera grouping

We think the software represents a good (and certainly cost-effective) solution for Pelco IP camera users. It is fully featured and scalable providing a good entry point to DS software while giving a clear upgrade path for a much larger system of up to 64 cameras.

More information:

Pelco DS4U Video Management Software

4 Responses to “Pelco DS4U Software Now Available – 4ch. Recording Solution Now Bundled with Pelco IP Cameras”

  1. S says:

    I have just been informed of this software by a collegue. What advantages other than cost can come from something like this?
    In the long run would cost become cheaper for a end-user (SOHO)? Yes the software is free, and yes it records camera footage, but is it not stepping backwards?
    When I entered the security industry (yes I am fresh) PC Based DVRs were already all around. The likes of Geovision have made it simple for users to add recording functionality to their work computer. THIS IS THE PROBLEM.

    All of a sudden you face a situation where the manager of a small business is all fired up because the company that has installed the “CCTV” system has caused their only computer with all their documents and industry specific software (that they don’t have the discs for) to crash, or cause another program (integral to the business functionality) to stop working.

    Alternatively, the system goes in fine, everything is working for a few months, then someone decides to install applications (business, anti-virus, amusement, etc). All of a sudden the local CCTV group have been called out and the “CCTV” technician is scratching his head because he doesn’t know the first thing about ABC’s version of XYZ software.

    Question is why would an industry-leading and (personally) well defined CCTV company promote the use of a software that will only have the end-user blaming the company and/or the vendor that introduced them to it?

  2. Greg says:

    I couldn't agree with you more which is why I would always advise that the PC which is used for security shouldn't really be used for any other purpose.

    The benefits of using a software-based approach is the cost, as you say. Weigh up the price of this software (and a dedicated PC) against the cost of a stand-alone DVR/NVR and there is quite a considerable difference.

    Also with a PC-based approach the system is extensible, not only with future upgrades to the software adding additional functionality but the amount of storage space can be upgraded easily (and cost-effectively) to suit expansion, additional cameras or simply to increase the retention time of stored archives.

  3. david says:

    where i can download this software?