Digital recording with VCR functionality

July 2003 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

The video digital recorder (VDR) from GE Interlogix combines digital recording capabilities, with a convenient VCR functionality, to deliver a system that offers speed, reliability and new image viewing and transfer options.

According to Brett Birch, managing director of GE Interlogix in South Africa: "The new VDR is our most economical digital recorder ever. It offers the advantages of digital recording (such as clearer images and quick searches) at the price of a standard security time lapse VCR.

"Like our other digital recorders, it is easy to use because it features familiar VCR type controls and eliminates the problems associated with handling large quantities of traditional VHS tapes," Birch advises.

"The VDR features a removable HDD tray for convenient data archiving and protection. The multiplexer compatible VDR slots easily into any existing VCR application. With all the functionality of digital at a VCR price, the VDR offers organisations the easiest and most economical way to upgrade their surveillance recording," he comments.

According to Birch, because the VDR is designed to look, feel and use same control functions as a standard VCR, its operation is simple and allows a quick and easy replacement of the old VCR.

"In fact, even the time lapse settings are set up in the same way users are familiar with. There are numerous advantages that the VDR provides over its analog equivalent. For example, there is no winding or rewinding of tape to access a particular event because retrieval of stored images is instant. Once an image is located, it can be replayed time and again and scrutinised for fine details, thanks to its ability to store high resolution pictures. What is more, there is no wearing of magnetic tape heads that require frequent replacement that are a burden both in cost and downtime to operators," Birch adds.

The VDR is designed to work with most commonly used multiplexers and has all the typical connections, including the Vext output to provide clean synchronisation of incoming video signals. "Alarm inputs enable immediate recording of information without loss of video and, with a removable hard drive (HDD), valuable data can be removed and kept in a secure location for later review," Birch concludes.

For more information contact Brett Birch, GE Interlogix, 011 805 1590.

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