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Surveillance Video Playback on Mac Software for iDVR-PRO CCTV DVRs

This video demonstrates how to playback video surveillance footage on 960H / H.264 iDVR-PRO CCTV DVRs using Mac viewer software. The Macintosh software for iDVR-PRO lets users search and playback video that is recorded on the DVR's hard drive using two methods.

The first method allows users to select a date from a calendar and time from a timeline to search for video footage. The second playback method lets users search through the DVR's event log to look for events such as camera motion detection, external alarm triggers, and failed user login attempts.

In addition to the Mac support for video playback, users can also export video from one of more CCTV cameras to to MPEG-4 files that can be played on any Macintosh computer using Apple QuickTime software.

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The DVR Viewer software for Mac that is included with iDVR Pro CCTV DVRs lets users search through and play back recorded video surveillance footage from remotely over the internet. Macintosh users can log into their DVR and search for a video via a video timeline or by searching through events, such as motion detection that are captured in the event log on the DVR. Watch this video to see how easy the software makes it to play back video surveillance footage from a Macintosh PC.

Here's the live view in the Mac software. In these tabs up top, you can switch from live view to search and play back. I just switched to the search view. Then you can see the calendar on the left to choose the day. Then I'm moving the time scrubber to earlier this afternoon, around 1:15. Then I'm going to hit the play button. Here's the 16-camera view playing back.

If I collapse these 2 menus, you get a full-screen view of all just cameras. I'll switch to the 9-camera view. Next, I'll switch to the 4-camera view. I can bring those menus back up by just tapping on those arrows again. There's the DVR list and the calendar and the search window. Here's a single-camera view playback and now back to the 4-camera view.

If I stop that, next thing I want to show you is searching by event. I switched the DVR to motion detection recording a little earlier. We're going to search by motion detection event now. If I select this check box here and then click search for today, there is a whole list of motion detection events by camera. Then when I find something that I'm interested in, I can just double click on it.

Then the playback goes directly to the date and time that that event occurred, so we're back in playback again. I'm going to stop that. The last thing I want to show you is the Mac software also has the ability to back up video. I can select a start and end time and then check off which cameras that I want to back up and then select a file path to save those files to.

I'm not actually going to run it, but what that does is that exports the video for that time frame for each of those cameras into MPEG4 files that can be played back on Mac. Then when I'm done with everything, I'm just going to disconnect from the DVR and we're done.

The outstanding support for Mac is just one of the reasons that I love the new iDVR Pro models. These DVRs can also be accessed remotely from iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices. Of course, remote viewing is also available from Windows PCs. The user interface of the iDVR Pro is one of the most intuitive and easy to use interfaces that I have ever tested on a standalone CCTV DVR.

If you would like to learn more about the iDVR Pro or would like to log into a demo unit at CCTV Camera Pros' warehouse using iOS, Android, Mac or Windows, please visit Thank you for watching.

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