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Analog / HD CCTV Camera Hybrid Setup for iDVR Surveillance DVRs

The new iDVR hybrid video surveillance DVRs support analog SD and HD CCTV cameras (AHD CCTV). This video shows users how to setup the iDVR in hybrid mode so that SD and HD security cameras can be mixed (in pairs of two).

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The new iDVR-E surveillance DVRs support both standard definition CCTV cameras and AHD high definition CCTV cameras. In this video I'll show you how to configure your DVR to use both security camera types.

By factory default, the new hybrid iDVRs are configured for all channels to use HD CCTV cameras. If you connect any traditional analog CCTV cameras, as I have done on channels one and two on my DVR, you will see this error message displayed, which tells you that the video input is different from the DVR settings. Also, notice that there is no video displayed on channels one and two where my SD cameras are connected. Last, you can see that all four channels are currently configured for HD cameras by the HD icon that is displayed in the upper right hand corner of each screen.

To fix this, the first thing we need to do is stop the DVR from recording by clicking on that red icon in the lower left and then entering the administrator password. Once recording has stopped we want to log into the menu system, click setup, and then system. Then on the system menu, click on the advanced tab. Here you can see this is a four-channel iDVR. Right now all four channels are set to AHD. The way the hybrid mode works is you can mix and match SD and HD cameras in pairs of two. We want to set channels one and two to should from AHD. To do this I click on AHD, then the plus button to change it to SD. Then I click on the save button. It will tell me the application's going to be restarted some of the DVR actually powers down, and it will come back up and restart in a second. When the DVR reboots it will be in hybrid mode and I can now see all four of my cameras.

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