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So would you like to play "Spot the CCTV Camera?". Eagle eyed visitors may recognise the profusion of street furniture, surrounding a single heritage dome camera keeping watch over part  of Londons' prestigious Oxford Street shopping area.

Time Lapse, VCR's, DVR's, NVR's ...
it's time to go on the record...

Doktor Jons guide to Video Recording

At last we reach the stickiest of wickets, the dreaded Video Recorder.
For the last thirty or so years analogue video recording has been the only option, first with open reel tape machines, and more recently VHS and Super-VHS (S-VHS) cassette based recorders.

With the incessant march of the ‘Digital’ revolution, we now have a completely different technology, capable of almost breathtaking quality, and yet seriously misunderstood by many. To help you through the minefield of CCTV recording, Doktor Jon will attempt a degree of strategic clearance, to at the very least guide you onto the most appropriate path.

Revolution or not, Digital based recorders will continue to grow in popularity (often regrettably for the wrong reasons) whilst the older Analogue cassette units, will whilst gently fading from the market place, still continue to be around for some years yet.
There are also specialist video record systems designed to provide very high speed image capture, perhaps 10,000 images per second, which are used for process monitoring applications (more on them, later).

So, if you thought the whole issue of video recording was somewhat confusing, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Domestic Video Recorders - The low cost alternative to Time Lapse, or a complete waste of time?
Analogue Time Lapse Video Recorders (VCR) - The established method for obtaining Evidential Recordings.
Digital Video Recorders (DVR) - The greatest thing since sliced bread .... or a cost too far?

Computer based DVR - Can a computer provide all the advantages but at a fraction of the cost - sounds too good to be true?
The options for archiving - You’ve captured your criminal on a well ‘ard disc, now how do you get them into a courtroom?
Top 10 Tips about Analogue VCR - The technology is old, familiar and almost friendly - what more could you want?

Top 10 Tips about Digital DVR- The advantages of Digital ... tangible benefits or marketing hype - you decide.
How to get the best from a video record system - Some things are just not as obvious as they seem!
The issue of evidential integrity - Analogue or Digital which offers the safest conviction in court?

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