The latest release of the iDVR-PRO DVR viewer software for Mac supports that ability to view video surveillance from HD security cameras at full 1080p resolution. iDVR-PRO DVRs currently support AHD and HD-TVI cameras, as well as traditional standard definition analog CCTV cameras. Users can mix and match and combination of these three camera types on their system. The Mac software detects the max resolution of the cameras and is able to display 960H, 720p, and 1080p resolutions depending on the type of camera.
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The main purpose of this article is to show readers the image quality of a few different 1080p cameras when viewed remotely using the Mac software for iDVR-PRO.
Please note that all of the below images have been uploaded at 1920 x 1080 resolution. If you click on an image, a full size image will open.
The Mac software supports the ability to view security cameras in 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, and 36 cameras per screen. The 25 and 36 camera views are only applicable when connecting to more than one DVR at the same time. The software automatically adjusts the video display resolution depending on how many cameras are displayed. As you can see above, the live video from each camera is displayed at 704 x 240 resolution when 4 cameras are displayed at the same time.
When you switch to a single camera view, the max resolution of the camera is used.
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All of the below screenshots were captured from 1080p AHD CCTV cameras connected to an iDVR-PRO16H at CCTV Camera Pros office. If you are not familiar with AHD cameras, AHD stands for analog high definition. This type of camera is hard wired to a DVR using coax cable just like analog CCTV cameras, except they support much higher resolution. You can learn more about AHD cameras and see a comparison video of 1080p AHD CCTV vs analog CCTV camera resolution here.
In each of the below screenshots, the side and bottom menus are hidden in the software and the application is expanded to full screen on the Macbook laptop that I used.
This first screenshot shows the 1080p view from an AHD-PIR18 HD spy camera with hidden infrared. The camera is mounted in the corner of our tech room.
This screenshot was captured with an AHD-BL25 180 degree HD camera. The camera is mounted to the ceiling against a wall in the sales office of CCTV Camera Pros. The room is 29 feet long by 16 feet deep. You can see this camera is able to provide a high definition view of an entire room that size.
This image was captured while viewing the AHD-BL5H infrared bullet HD camera. This camera is mounted in our warehouse to provide surveillance coverage of the door leading out from the office area to the warehouse and also this lane on product inventory.
This AHD-AD24H HD dome security camera monitors the front entrance at CCTV Camera Pros. The camera captures high definition video of everyone entering and exiting our office via this door.
Important Note: Click the gear icon in the lower right of the video player and 1080p resolution so that you can view the video in the highest resolution available.
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As a long time Mac user and the person in charge of product R&D at CCTV Camera Pros, I constantly watch the market for surveillance systems that support remote viewing from Macintosh PCs. I have been in charge of product research and development since my business partner and I founded the company in 2006. I have tested many products and software packages over those years.
At this point in time, I can honestly say that the iDVR-PRO Viewer software for Mac is the best that I have tested and it is the one that our team recommends to Mac users. Now that iDVR-PRO DVRs support HD CCTV cameras and the software supports 1080p resolution for live viewing and recorded video playback, I know that Mac users will be very happy with the quality of this product. If you have any questions regarding this article or anything else related to video surveillance systems, please contact me at [email protected]
CMS is acronym of central monitoring station or central monitoring software. CMS software provides a centralized monitoring solution, allowing users to manage all video surveillance devices from one computer. Today our editor highly recommends you a most popular CMS software which offers robust functions, while have a great compatibility.
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- Windows OS: https://goo.gl/UmXrDD (released on July, 2018)
- Mac OS: no software for Mac OS computers
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This top rated software can support maximum 64 channel video management. Unlike those commercial VMS software, you don’t need to pay the license fee. You can use this software freely forever, there is no license registration is required.
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The new CMS software has build-in H.264/AVI and H.265/HEVC decode algorithm can support both conventional H.264 and the latest H.265 video streams. No matter you’re using H.264 DVR or H.265 NVR, it can display the video and let you manage. We are so proud to claim this is the first CMS software can support H.265 DVR products in the world.
Unlike VMS software, this CMS is compatible with both digital and analog video surveillance devices. It can work with your DVRs/NVRs/IP Cameras. The supporting devices including H.264 DVR, AHD/TVI/CVI DVRs, H.265 DVRs, NVRs, IP Cameras. Most importantly, the software can accept video signals from cross different devices at a time. For instance, you can use the CMS to manage both AHD/TVI DVRs and IP Cameras.
The CMS software has embedded with different protocols to work with devices from diversity brands such as HIkvision, Dahua, XM, or any ONVIF compliant products from other manufacturers in the world. For instance, Hikvision iVMS4200/4500 software can not support third-party’s cameras, so many users can not use this software to manage Hikvision cameras and Dahua cameras simultaneously from the same PC. Now using this CMS software you can achieve video monitoring for cameras/DVRs from Hikvision, Dahua, XM, or other manufacturers like BOSCH, Vivotek, Honeywell, Yoosee.
Compatible with Windows XP/7/8/10 OS
The software is designed for working under all Windows OS PCs. It’s compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 (32/64bit) OS. Installation and operating the software doesn’t require extra external library or extension. After complete installation, you’re able to choose software UI language. The software can support Arabic, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Poland, Portugal, Romanian, Russian, Simple-Chinese, Spanish, Suomi, Thai, Traditional-Chinese, Turkish languages.
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#2 How to install/use this software?
Login the software with default 'Super' user, no need to input password. After logon, you are able to modify account and assign permission. The next, the software will allow you to select software UI language, please choose your preferred language. The next, you need to add devices to the CMS.
On the right bottom of CMS software, you can find main menu, click main menu will reveal sub-menu items. Click 'PTZ' will reveal PTZ control buttons, and Preset function buttons. Click 'Color' will reveal video image parameter settings, you can change image brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance. Click 'System' will reveal system config menu including 'Device Manager, Local Config, Remote Config, Account, Local Log'. To add devices to CMS, we need to click 'Device Manager' from its sub-menu list.
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The next, software will pop-up device manager window, select area where we need to add the device, then click 'add device'. It will pop-up 'Edit' window. Now we can search local devices then add them to the software. For DVRs, just hit 'IP Search' button to start to search the connected DVRs in local network. If you wish to add IP cameras or NVRs, you just need to tick 'Onvif Search' before click 'IP Search'. In addition to automatic searching, you can manually add devices as long as you know your device's IP address/domain, port number, as well as account information.
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- IP Address: IPv4 address of your DVRs/NVRs/IPCs
- ARSP: using DVR's built-in DNS server to establish Internet connection. For example, you can input xmsecu.com to enable ARSP function.
- Domain: domain or DDNS of your devices
- Cloud: using CloudID to connect devices in WAN/Internet
- IPv6: IPv6 address of your video monitoring devices
- Vendor: H.264 DVR (Xiongmai DVR), Hikvision, Dahua, Huanghe, ONVIF
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