Envirocom hand picks cameras,
lenses, digital controllers, VCR's, and digital video recorders to meet each client's needs.
found that name brand means nothing. After comparing every camera
body manufacturer and numerous controllers on the market, we found the quality of the picture had nothing to do with
the name brand.
A camera system is comprised of four parts.
The first being the cameras. The type of camera used is dependant
on the taste and budget of the client. Color
cameras are very nice during the day, but need very bright lights at
night to work well. Black and white cameras work great at night
with low light levels, but do not give as sexy a picture during the
The second part of the camera system is the
control equipment. The cheapest method to control multiple cameras
is a switcher($275). What you see is what is recorded and this is
very dangerous if the picture is left unattended and a problem occurs at
a camera that is not being viewed. The next method is a quad
splitter($600) that can give a 4 camera system an affordable, always
recorded, 4 by 4 picture. The next level of control is a 9 or 16 camera
digital multiplexer($1800-$4000). These machines are sophisticated
dual computers that give total flexibility while viewing the cameras
while keeping a constant stream of information flowing to the VCR for all the
cameras all the time. The last and most expensive level of
controllers is a digital video recorder($4000-8000). This is a
full blown PC with special software and connection ports to allow up to
16 cameras to be routed through it. The video information is
stored on the hard drive and also viewed on the VGA monitor. These
boxes provide tremendous flexibility for the user. All cameras are
recorded constantly via digital compression. The playback is very
clear and able to be modified to enhance the picture for viewing.
What really sets the DVR apart is the ability of the PC to be networked
throughout the complex and also over the internet. Password levels
can be established and a high paying tenant can be allowed to watch his
area at any time. The owner or manager can of course check out the
facility from afar as well. This has proven invaluable for
The third part of any camera system is the
viewing media. After hundreds of installations we have found that
bigger is better. Planning the office is the key to success. Make sure
there is enough room to get a 42" Sony, maybe 3 or 4. This is
a very good marketing tool.
The fourth part of any professional camera
system is the recording media. Up until the advent of the
DVR(around 2000) the only way to record a camera was on a VHS
tape. Time lapse VCR's($400-1300) are coming down in price and are
still the mainstay for recording video information. The DVR is a
new machine and will also be coming down in price over time. There
is no comparison between the two, the DVR is awesome! As the
price does come down the DVR will slowly replace the VCR.
A good camera system actually pays for
itself over time. Rarely will a tenant admit he smashed a gate or
drove into a building,
but a good picture proves it without a doubt.
The most important stage of a good
camera system is the planning stage.