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the simplest and most functional video surveillance software

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the simplest and most functional video surveillance software

forever_explorer
I've done a quite thorough research on most famous and under-discussion-online software products.
I've chosen 3 and am trying to pick one of them. They are Blue Iris, Xeoma and Zoneminder.
I like Xeoma the most for now. I've tried Blue Iris as well, but it's more than twice more expensive than Xeoma, and I don't see how it is better. Even though I like it.
What concerns Xeoma I like the program itself, it has multiple useful options (motion detection, scheduled recording and etc.), and it is so user-oriented. Xeoma interface is definitely the best (that's why Xeoma beats Zoneminder, in my opinion).

And here is the point: it's only my experience from TRYING them, but if anyone is (was) actually using them, please, leave your feedback!

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      forever_explorer

      thank you very much for your thorough reply!
      I decided to use Xeoma by the way :)

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      aidemzo_adanac

      Software is completely irrelevant when it comes to real CCTV application. They keys to CCTV are in the lens, the CCD chips and the frame rates. ALL good DVR's will include WEB based access to their provided software, which is part of the DVR itself. I've seen dozens and dozens of low end camera system I (based with a PCI card for the computer) and they are all pretty poor when it comes to facial recognition as the hardware is limited, while the focus (sorry for the pun) is placed on the software.

      A frame rate of 30FPS does not mean you get a good picture, the high end cameras use din Vegas Casino's etc are usually run at extremely slow frame rates to provide facial recognition. Digital enhancement is generally not allowed in court for ID.

      What hardware are you looking at?
      What light levels ? (not just because it has IR mode doesn't mean it's any good at night)
      What do your state laws require for acceptable identification in court?
      How is the system to be monitored, live or recorded?
      What type of motion detection will be needed, a separate motion detector is generally most effective that built-in motion detect.
      Size of hard drive?
      Type of data compression used?

      THESE are key factors to consider with CCTV for security, not the brand of software and features it includes. ALL DVR's come with similar if not identical software/features inherent in the DVR itself, the Web application is simply an extension, but without a properly planned hardware and software solution, you will just get the same mediocre results found with 99% of today's poorly implemented CCTV systems. I've worked with the cheap stuff, I've worked with the best stuff. I've removed the cheap stuff and replaced it with the good stuff when a customer was ripped off and had no recourse, despite saving several grand on his system. Dozens and dozens of systems designed and implemented and I don't think two are the same, as that would mean a cookie cutter solution, which just doesn't exist. If the asset has enough value to warrant protection, don't waste money on half an investment.

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      gipsyking

      Xeoma seems to be a nice choice

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      aidemzo_adanac

      Investing time into looking at online CCT Vsoftware is simply, wasting your time, it will not give you better results, no matter what you choose and the features listed are all standard for any REAL DVR system, forget PC based solutions.

      Software is completely irrelevant when it comes to real CCTV application. They keys to CCTV are in the lens, the CCD chips and the frame rates. ALL good DVR's will include WEB based access to their provided software, which is part of the DVR itself. I've seen dozens and dozens of low end camera system I (based with a PCI card for the computer) and they are all pretty poor when it comes to facial recognition as the hardware is limited, while the focus (sorry for the pun) is placed on the software.

      A frame rate of 30FPS does not mean you get a good picture, the high end cameras use din Vegas Casino's etc are usually run at extremely slow frame rates to provide facial recognition. Digital enhancement is generally not allowed in court for ID.

      What hardware are you using?
      What light levels ? (not just because it has IR mode doesn't mean it's any good at night)
      What do your state laws require for acceptable identification in court?
      How is the system to be monitored, live or recorded?
      What type of motion detection will be needed, a separate motion detector is generally most effective that built-in motion detect.
      Size of hard drive?
      Type of data compression used?

      THESE are key factors to consider with CCTV for security, not the brand of software and features it includes. ALL DVR's come with similar if not identical software/features inherent in the DVR itself, the Web application is simply an extension, but without a properly planned hardware and software solution, you will just get the same mediocre results found with 99% of today's poorly implemented CCTV systems. I've worked with the cheap stuff, I've worked with the best stuff. I've removed the cheap stuff and replaced it with the good stuff when a customer was ripped off and had no recourse, despite saving several grand on his system. Dozens and dozens of systems designed and implemented and I don't think two are the same, as that would mean a cookie cutter solution, which just doesn't exist. If the asset has enough value to warrant protection, don't waste money on half an investment.

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      aidemzo_adanac

      Software is completely irrelevant when it comes to real CCTV application. They keys to CCTV are in the lens, the CCD chips and the frame rates. ALL good DVR's will include WEB based access to their provided software, which is part of the DVR itself. I've seen dozens and dozens of low end camera system I (based with a PCI card for the computer) and they are all pretty poor when it comes to facial recognition as the hardware is limited, while the focus (sorry for the pun) is placed on the software.

      A frame rate of 30FPS does not mean you get a good picture, the high end cameras use din Vegas Casino's etc are usually run at extremely slow frame rates to provide facial recognition. Digital enhancement is generally not allowed in court for ID.

      What hardware are you looking at?
      What light levels ? (not just because it has IR mode doesn't mean it's any good at night)
      What do your state laws require for acceptable identification in court?
      How is the system to be monitored, live or recorded?
      What type of motion detection will be needed, a separate motion detector is generally most effective that built-in motion detect.
      Size of hard drive?
      Type of data compression used?

      THESE are key factors to consider with CCTV for security, not the brand of software and features it includes. ALL DVR's come with similar if not identical software/features inherent in the DVR itself, the Web application is simply an extension, but without a properly planned hardware and software solution, you will just get the same mediocre results found with 99% of today's poorly implemented CCTV systems. I've worked with the cheap stuff, I've worked with the best stuff. I've removed the cheap stuff and replaced it with the good stuff when a customer was ripped off and had no recourse, despite saving several grand on his system. Dozens and dozens of systems designed and implemented and I don't think two are the same, as that would mean a cookie cutter solution, which just doesn't exist. If the asset has enough value to warrant protection, don't waste money on half an investment.

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      gipsyking

      Xeoma seems to be a nice choice

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      aidemzo_adanac

      Investing time into looking at online CCT Vsoftware is simply, wasting your time, it will not give you better results, no matter what you choose and the features listed are all standard for any REAL DVR system, forget PC based solutions.

      Software is completely irrelevant when it comes to real CCTV application. They keys to CCTV are in the lens, the CCD chips and the frame rates. ALL good DVR's will include WEB based access to their provided software, which is part of the DVR itself. I've seen dozens and dozens of low end camera system I (based with a PCI card for the computer) and they are all pretty poor when it comes to facial recognition as the hardware is limited, while the focus (sorry for the pun) is placed on the software.

      A frame rate of 30FPS does not mean you get a good picture, the high end cameras use din Vegas Casino's etc are usually run at extremely slow frame rates to provide facial recognition. Digital enhancement is generally not allowed in court for ID.

      What hardware are you using?
      What light levels ? (not just because it has IR mode doesn't mean it's any good at night)
      What do your state laws require for acceptable identification in court?
      How is the system to be monitored, live or recorded?
      What type of motion detection will be needed, a separate motion detector is generally most effective that built-in motion detect.
      Size of hard drive?
      Type of data compression used?

      THESE are key factors to consider with CCTV for security, not the brand of software and features it includes. ALL DVR's come with similar if not identical software/features inherent in the DVR itself, the Web application is simply an extension, but without a properly planned hardware and software solution, you will just get the same mediocre results found with 99% of today's poorly implemented CCTV systems. I've worked with the cheap stuff, I've worked with the best stuff. I've removed the cheap stuff and replaced it with the good stuff when a customer was ripped off and had no recourse, despite saving several grand on his system. Dozens and dozens of systems designed and implemented and I don't think two are the same, as that would mean a cookie cutter solution, which just doesn't exist. If the asset has enough value to warrant protection, don't waste money on half an investment.

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      forever_explorer

      thank you very much for your thorough reply!
      I decided to use Xeoma by the way :)