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What is an XVR?

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What is an XVR?

Well you have heard of DVRs and NVRs, but what is an XVR? Well, we would say that an XVR Recorder is basically a DVR on steroids (but in a good way). A DVR (Digital Video Recorder) is a device used for recording and processing HD Analog or SD Analog Security Cameras. Meanwhile, an NVR (Network Video Recorder) is the device used for IP Cameras. Enter the XVR, a device that is able to record and display both HD and IP Cameras for maximum scalability. While an NVR will still be the best choice for most applications using all IP Cameras, XVRs have taken HD recording into a new dimension. In addition, XVR Recorders like the Uniview NVR302-16Q, can support all common HD Video Formats including TVI, AHD, CVI and CVBS. Therefore the recorder is compatible with the vast majority of cameras regardless of manufacturer or format.

Hybrid DVR

Highest Compatibility Range

Supports TVI, AHD, CVI and CVBS Formats as well as IP Cameras.

 

What is the difference between an XVR and a DVR?

DVR Recorders are designed to process and record Analog Video Signals. They are used with Standard Definition or High Definition Security Cameras predominantly over Coax Cable or RG59. Some DVRs only support one format such as AHD or TVI. However, there are a number of ‘Hybrid’ DVR’s that can do multiple formats and accept a variety of Cameras using different signal formats at once. An XVR, on the other hand, takes that one step further. These Recorders will generally do all common HD over COAX formats, as well as supporing IP Cameras. This adds an interesting dimension to standard recorders and delivers an unmatched flexibility.

Example of XVR with 24 Channel Operation:

XVR

Is an XVR More Expensive?

Nope! The price is generally comparable to DVR pricing. Many major manufacturers have gone to producing either Hybrid DVRs or XVRs instead of standard DVRs and pricing has reflected this.

Why should I get an XVR?

Upgrading New Clients

If you are a Security Camera Installer and have a customer with legacy Analog or HD Analog Cameras, an XVR will provide more solution options without a customer having to replace existing equipment. Lets say that your customer has a 8 Channel DVR with (6) HD 1080P 2MP Cameras. For our example, lets assume that your customer wants higher resolution cameras or even wants to add IP Cameras. The need for higher resolution is obviously a common one. However, a potential client may also have a unique or specific need that only an IP Camera will provide. Of course, you could tell them to scrap their existing system, or try to install an NVR with expensive encoders, but that might be cost prohibitive. As an alternative, you could propose an XVR. This would allow using the customers (6) existing cameras as well as adding cameras of any format you choose. In addition you will be able to add several IP Cameras that solve your customers issue.

Bidding or Planning a Security Camera Application

Being more competitive when bidding a job, or being able to offer an alternative solution, is a good way to earn a clients trust. To take this one step further, installing an XVR will prevent you from being limited on camera options in the future. Whether you are installing the unit for a client, or you are an end user, you can rest assured that your system will be scalable for future expansion and variety of camera use.

If you are looking at upgrading your DVR or interested in a new Security Camera System, you should consider the following Video Recorders:

What XVR’s are available?

NVR302-16Q Uniview 16/24 Channel XVR

SAS-XVR51600 Stoic 16 Channel XVR

SAS-XVR5800 Stoic 8 Channel XVR

SAS-XVR5400 Stoic 4 Channel XVR

 

Also see our post on “How do I add IP Cameras to my DVR, XVR?”

 

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Set Up QoS On your Uniview NVR

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How to set up QoS on your Uniview NVR

QoS (Quality of Service) is the ability to provide better service for specified network communication. As a network security mechanism, Quality of Service is used to address problems like network delay and blocking. When the network is overloaded or congested, it ensures that critical services are not delayed or discarded and that the network runs efficiently. Below we will demonstrate How to set up QoS on your Uniview NVR. 

Note: To use QoS, make sure that the switch support QoS mode.

1. Click Setup > Network > QoS.

 

2. Set a priority level (0~63) for each service. At present, QoS allows you to assign different priority to audio and video, alarm report, configuration management and FTP transmission. The greater the value, the higher the priority. For example, if the value of audio and video is set to 60, alarm report and configuration management is set to 0, and FTP is set to 4, when network congestion occurs, the priority is to ensure the smooth running of audio and video.

3. Click Save.

 

If you need further assistance, or have any questions about the process, feel free to give us a call!

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Universal Block Storage (UBS) incorporated in Uniview NVR’s

UBS Technology from Uniview (Universal Block Storage)

Uniview has been a leader in surveillance technology since IP Cameras were first introduced. Since then, the company has continued to dedicate large resources to developing new technology to serve the surveillance industry. One of UNV’s many innovations is their UBS Technology that is incorporated in their NVR Recorders. UBS, or Universal Block Storage was developed by Uniview to help solve some of the issues presented by modern video data recording requirements, as well as dealing with efficiency.

Uniview UBS

 

What is UBS?

A critical job/feature for video surveillance systems is to ensure the video data recordings keep all necessary information. The current trend in Video Surveillance is to increase the date range for recording and to have enhanced volume. Unfortunately, this can threaten the efficiency and reliability of the data.

To solve this problem, Uniview has developed an innovative technology—Universal Block Storage (UBS) which ensures the safety of data while enhancing efficiency.

Unlike traditional file recording methods (packing video data into common file systems like FAT or NTFS and then writing it to hard disk) the Uniview UBS solution directly divides and maps the video data into a hard disk data block, which forms the minimum data unit onto a hard disk.

Benefits of Universal Block Storage:

Higher I/O Efficiency:
By using UBS technology, a higher writing efficiency can be realized. This is because of the reduction of file packing and the rewriting process, plus the ability to directly write to a hard disk. All this reduces the virtualization as well as the data processing layer.

Secured Data:
In common file systems, data is not secure because the video is packed with a common file format. To remedy this, UBS technology has adopted a private algorithm to do all of the data mapping, thus assuring there is no way to directly view video data from the hard disk.

Data Anti-theft and Accurate Playback Retrieval:
Due to the minimum size of data block and higher I/O efficiency, UBS is able to retrieve recording data which contains less than 1 second of video. The playback retrieval can narrow down to a time scale of less than 1 second. This provides accuracy in finding the exact playback data required.

In a common file recording system, if there is a sudden power outage when the recording is not packed into one complete file, the data will be totally lost from the Flash (which may contain a few seconds of video). Using UBS technology, a sudden power outage will not affect the recording. This is because all the video data has already been mapped and written onto hard disk.


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All of our Uniview NVR’s use UBS Technology. If you are looking for a professional featured NVR that is user friendly and packed with features then you should try Uniview on your next application. Also, you can check out our Uniview NVR Line Up Here: Uniview NVR

 

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