What to Look For in Business Security Cameras: Video Quality

This week on the Business Security Cameras of Orange County blog, we’re continuing our series on what to look for in business security cameras. Today’s post is all about the video itself. What’s the right level of video quality for your business? And what’s with the wide range of quality available?

Understanding Video Quality

We've all seen the kind of terrible, grainy security camera footage that makes the evening news on a regular basis. Why does it look the way that it does? It’s a combination of the quality of the camera itself and the quality or resolution of the video footage that was taken.

Some cameras, in an effort to save storage space, film at an exceptionally low frame rate, too. That’s what’s going on in footage that’s jumpy rather than smooth. It watches more like a series of photographs than a movie.

Today’s modern business security cameras are available in a wide range of resolutions and can record footage with smooth framerates. You can even get systems that film in 4K resolution if that’s what you deem best for your business.

If you’ve shopped for televisions lately, you know that the price of newer technologies like 4K has dropped significantly. We have seen similar effects in our industry, and you might be surprised at the quality your money can get you these days.

Choosing the Right Balance of Quality and Price

Choosing the right balance of quality and price is highly dependent on the nature of your business security camera needs and your business goals. In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to which level of quality to choose. Our experienced sales team can help you navigate this decision making process with ease. Give us a call today to get started.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


What to Look For in Business Security Cameras: Storage Method

Business security cameras are the main part of our business at Business Security Cameras of Orange County, and so we get plenty of questions about them. We figure it’s time to answer them on our blog, so all this month we’re going to dive into what to look for in business security cameras.

Our topic this week is storage method. What’s the best way to store video from your security cameras?

Available Storage Methods

You can get business security cameras with several different forms of storage. The days of recording to actual tapes are thankfully behind us. Many systems today instead record to hard drives. Other systems record to flash storage of some form (whether removable, USB, or SSD). And some systems also back up video to the cloud or to network storage, offering both redundancy and convenience.

The Right Storage Method Depends on Usage and Budget

The choice that’s right for your business depends on both usage and budget. If your business has a need to store lots of video for a very long time, you’ll want a system that backs up to network storage. Swapping empty hard drives in for full ones (and finding a way to catalog and store loose drives) is not something you want to be dealing with, that’s for sure.

If you plan to overwrite video after a certain period of time goes by, you’ll want to select a system that writes to hard drive or flash storage. Be certain that the actual drives or flash storage that you choose are high quality and long lasting.

If you’re looking to access footage on the go, you’ll need a system that uploads to the cloud. (We’ll discuss this in greater detail in a future post.)

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


What to Look For in Business Security Cameras: Accessibility

At Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we want to help businesses large and small understand this industry better. We believe in empowering our customers with the information they need to make the best possible decision for their businesses.

With that in mind, here is the third post in our series on what to look for in business security cameras. This week we’re focusing on accessibility. What happens to your security footage once it’s recorded, and how easy or hard is it for you to access that footage?

Traditional Methods

Traditional business security camera systems record footage onto physical media. Tapes were once the standard storage method, but they have largely been supplanted by hard drives. While the tape technology has long been on its way out, we do still come across it in older systems.

Sophisticated systems in larger installations usually opted for networked storage, sending footage to a central server on the premises. The most secure facilities would also have a live feed control room, similar to what you see on TV.

These methods were the best available a decade ago, and they still serve their purpose well. But, since everything is localized, you pretty much need to be on site to view or copy the footage.

The Cloud Changes the Game

Many of today’s systems are cloud-enabled, meaning that security footage can be both stored and accessed online. This can be done alongside traditional options or in place of them, depending on the needs of your business.

When you store your security footage online, you gain access to that footage from anywhere, provided you have the proper credentials. To give just one example, this is huge for small business owners, who can now check security feeds from the comfort of home.

This powerful technology can be game-changing for many businesses. Intrigued? Contact us today to learn more.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.