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Spot Monitor Live Video Display for iDVR-PRO HD Security Camera DVRs

This video demonstrates how to setup and use the spot monitor option on the iDVR-PRO HD video surveillance DVRs from CCTV Camera Pros.

UPDATE! The video mentions that only the "H" series iDVR-PROs support the dual / spot monitor function. All iDVR-PRO DVRs now support this function including our latest 4K security camera DVRs and 4ch DVR model.

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iDVR-PRO H series video surveillance DVRs can be connected to two high definition TV monitors using the DVR’s HDMI and VGA outputs. Both monitors can display the main output of the DVR or one can be configured as a spot monitor.

In this example, the monitor on the left is configured to be the main display and the one on the right is the spot monitor. On the main display, you can see that I am navigating the DVRs menu system using a USB mouse. Notice that the spot monitor on the right does not display the operational controls and continues to display the live video feeds of the security cameras that are connected to the DVR.

This is how you can setup the spot monitor display. On the DVR, select system setup from the main menu.

On the system menu, select display, then monitor.

On the monitor screen, you will see the spot dwell time. This is the number of seconds that each spot monitor screen will display before rotating to the next screen. This time can be set between 3 and 60 seconds.

After you apply those settings, select dual monitor.

By default, the HDMI and VGA video outputs are both configured to display the main monitor output. To enable one to be a spot monitor, Select main monitor plus spot from the display mode dropdown.

Then choose which output you want to be the spot monitor.

Next, click on the edit button.

Here, you can configure up to 16 display screens that consist of single camera, quad, 9 camera, and 16 camera grid views.

In this demo, I am setting up single camera views for cameras 1 through 4, one quad view of cameras 1 through 4, one 9 channel view of cameras 1 through 9, and one 16 channel view.

You can see that the user interface on the DVR makes this very easy to do.

When I am done, I click close, then apply.

The DVR needs to reboot to save these settings.

This is the spot monitor display connected to the HDMI output of the DVR.

The spot monitor will rotate the display the 7 screens that we configured and pause for 5 seconds on each screen.

This is a great feature for any installation that needs to always display a live video feed of their security cameras. The HDMI and VGA outputs on the iDVR-PRO supports full 1080p HD video resolution.

This particular surveillance system uses a mix of 1080p AHD and HD-TVI security cameras including one PTZ camera on channel 4.

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