Axis Camera Companion (ACC) is free software from Axis that allows Axis cameras to handle the heavy lifting of motion detection, recording and notifications without the need for a dedicated full-time 24/7 PC or NVR to do this. The program installs on just about any Windows PC where you want to view the cameras and recordings. The advantages are huge as you don’t have to rely on a single point of failure for recording, you don’t have to have a PC dedicated as a netork video recorder, saving wear & tear, electricity and costs.
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BlueIris is one of the bargains in recording software for your surveillance cameras at only $49.95 per server. It has some unique features that makes it idea for home or small business surveillance and it’s easy to use. It also has a huge list of cameras that are supported and new cameras are constantly being added.
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Milestone is one of the leaders in NVR software. About a year ago, they release a free version call “Go” that’s a limited version of their commercial software. The key advantages to XProtect is the wide variety of device support that is updated regularly with drivers for over 1,000 cameras from almost 100 different manufacturers.
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For the budget minded, Zoneminder is open source NVR software to record from your IP cameras and allow you to view them from any web browser. The price, free, is alluring, but how well does it work and is it worth the money?
It’s been said that open source is free, like a free puppy. Zoneminder works, but it takes a great deal of effort to set it up so it depends on how much your time is worth. But as hobbiest know, the journey is half the fun. So let me take you on that journey.
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Some of you have asked what software can I use to record from my surveillance cameras. There’s many choices on the market and I chose to start this series with a popular product that came out in a “lite” version called exacqVision Start about a year ago. ExacqVision is easy to use and efficient NVR software. Their Start version makes it affordable for home and small business users at a reasonable price of $50/camera. The server can be installed on Windows or Linux and the client can additionally be installed on a Mac. Also included are free smart phone apps. This not only works with IP cameras, but can also record from analog cameras.
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