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    IP vs HD SDI

    If you have existing coaxial runs, SDI is the way to go. assuming your old cable isn't crappy or damaged... and assuming it's actual rg59/rg6 coax rather than the little thin all-in-one bundle that came with your old costco kit.
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    bnc output?

    it's probably because the bnc out is 640x480 composite video, which your tv is then up-scaling to its own resolution, and stretching to fill the screen. this is to be expected.
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    Help with wide angle camera lens

    any m12-type lens should work, but do yourself a favor and get real cameras.
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    Remote cameras, no power or internet...

    ^op is in canada
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    Perfect Cloud Backup Service?

  6. yes it is, it's just not as noticeable. if you had a high enough resolution camera and you zoomed into the image digitally, you would see it as well. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=heat+ripples
  7. yes you can. the 3384 lets you toggle modes based on a number of triggers, including schedules, and external inputs. the only thing it doesn't do is trigger based on light level... at least, not directly. it *will* let you toggle when the camera switches between day and night (icr) modes; however, in one particular situation, i found this a bit tricky, because the camera would switch to night/b&w/icr-out, then the lightfinder would kick in, the picture would get brighter, and it would then switch back to day/color/icr-in, which in turn would trigger the switch back to wdr, at which point the image would get dark enough again to initiate the switch back to night mode... and on it would go, all night or until the ugly lights came up. i could have tweaked exposure levels to avoid this, i'm sure, but i found it just as easy to program a schedule into the camera (you don't have to do it through a url). i have a dozen or so of these in a restaurant/lounge using wdr in the day and lightfinder at night (when the lights dim down), and they're spectacular.
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    F to BNC ?

    rg6 and rg59 are both 75 ohm impedance and fine for cctv. crimp-on f connectors and an f-to-bnc adapter will also work fine. and yes, i know this from experience. you *don't* want to use a 50-ohm cable like rg58, though. more important is that you use cable with solid copper center conductor (not copper-clad steel), and 95% or better braided copper shield (not foil-and-drain-wire).
  9. are you sure it's the pir triggering the alerts and no video motion detection? since alerts are so frequent, have you tried simply watching the area out the window, to see if there's something happening that's setting off the pir? there is no "universal" fov for pir sensors; pirs have "lenses" as well, to control the fov. that's what that little white plastic bit is over the sensor.
  10. this seller has no clue - i would avoid buying from him for that reason alone. i would also be surprised if you actually got a solid, reliable video feed over that 300m.
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    Viewing TWO dvr's through ONE monitor???

    buy an 8-channel dvr - problem solved.
  12. okay, the next step there is, you need to either add nvr software to it, or you need cameras that can write directly to network storage.
  13. when you say "each building has a separate super speed internet connection", keep in mind that the *upstream* speed is as important as the downstream, because the each building's cameras have to be able to *send* the data out. a typical high-speed internet connection may be 50mbps down, but under 5mbps up... a single 2mp/1080p camera can easily eat up to 8mbps; that camera would saturate the outgoing connection all by itself. remember that internet providers usually have a maximum amount you can transfer per month, too. 8mbps is 480mbit *per minute*... 28.8gbit per hour... over 690gbit or 86gbytes per day. if your service has a 500gb/month cap, you could potentially hit that in less than six days. with *one camera*.
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    transmit analog cctv camera 50m to house

    "up to 100m" yeah... riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight
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    a cctv with built in vpn client ? -

    sounds like he already thought of that:
  16. i would never trust someone on a website to give an accurate quote for a business that *really* requires a site visit first.
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    transmit analog cctv camera 50m to house

    why is cat5 not an option?
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    a cctv with built in vpn client ? -

    connect through a router that supports dd-wrt - that has both vpn client and server functions.
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    Why does anyone still use analog/DVR systems?

    i'll give you one solid reason: there are still a few uses for which there aren't suitable ip cameras available, at least not at a reasonable price. i have installs where good *low* light performance is necessary - i mean *low* light, with no ir. there are particular analog cameras that work exceedingly well for this. there are no ip cameras i've found that even start to come close until you get into a particular 1mp model at about 6 times the price. i'd love to do all-ip because there's so much more flexibility, but the products simply aren't always there.
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    How to use analog PTZ camera with a HD-SDI DVR?

    better yet, upgrade to an ip system and plug the ptz into an encoder.
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    Problem with camera picture "rolling" vertical

    no - i was making sure you weren't doubling up, as that will negate the noise-rejection properties of the cable. next question: are these actually baluns, or are the ebay junk that *claim* to be baluns but aren't? do they look like this?
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    Problem with camera picture "rolling" vertical

    are you using one pair of the cat5, or two, for the video?
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    ip video transmission

    yes; cameras are just like any other network device. Next why do you want to run over coax? Why not just run new CAT5e with a POE switch or a POE injector? This will allow you to transmit the video and the power down one cable. you can only run ethernet for 100m/330' over utp. yes, you can use coax, via ethernet-over-coax adapters. there are several different brands out there; i've recently been using altronix ebridge adapters quite successfully. they make a version that will send poe over the coax along with the ethernet. if you're replacing existing cameras and re-using their coax, you can use the existing power (usually - check voltage requirements). if you're putting in new runs, you can pull a power cable along with the signal line... or use power-over-ethernet (poe). again, eoc adapters... but unless there's some *specific* reason to do this (like the distance factor), stick with cat5e. it's cheaper (*much* cheaper if you factor in the cost of the eoc adapters), and far easier to work with. remember that the cable technically isn't carrying video... it's just data on the network. imagine it like youtube, streaming video to your browser - an ip camera is a similar idea, digitizing the video and sending out a video stream, that the nvr or vms software receives and records.
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    PTZ at 50 meters.

    i've used rs232 to run ptzs at well over 100m http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-232#Cables http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-485