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Surveillance Video Playback on iOS App | iDVR-PRO H.264 CCTV DVRs

The iOS app for iDVR-PRO H.264 DVRs supports search and playback of recorded surveillance video footage from iPhone and iPad. Users can log in to one or more iDVR-PRO model CCTV DVRs (960H and D1 models supported) and access the recorded video on the DVRs hard drive. You can find the 960H iDVR-PRO CCTV DVRs here that this article is applicable to.

Users can search for video using two methods. First, users can select the date and time of the video that they wish to playback. The second way is to search through the DVR's video log for events such as motion detection or external alarm triggers.

Watch a video demonstration of video playback on iPhone.

CCTV DVR Video Playback from iPhone App

When users connect to a DVR using the iDVR-PRO Viewer app for iOS, the default view is the live video view. This can be seen on the iPhone below. Please note that although we are using screenshots from the iPhone app, the app works exactly the same on iPad as well.

Users can toggle the menu of the app by single tapping on the screen. The below image shows the app with the menu side and bottom navigation menus visible. The menu along the left allows the user to select between single, four, nine, and sixteen camera views. Users can select these camera views in both live-video and recorded video playback modes. The bottom menu is used to access the DVR log, time / date search, and DVR setup screens.

Event Log View

Users can access the event log view by tapping on the LogView icon from the bottom navigation. The Log View screen lets users specify a date range and the type of event they are searching for, such as an alarm trigger, motion detection from a camera, and recording being triggered. If the user taps on any of the events from the log, the recorded video playback screen is displayed and the video begins playing from that point in time.
CCTV DVR iOS App Alarm and Event Search

Time / Date Search

Users can access the date / timeline search by tapping on the Search icon on the bottom navigation. The timeline search screen lets users select a date and use the timeline scrubber to select an exact time. Users can then press the play button in the upper right and the recorded video from that time will begin playing.

Recorded surveillance video search iPhone app

CCTV Video Playback from iPhone

After the app user either selects an event from the log view or selects a time / date from the timeline search, the video playback screen is displayed and the recorded surveillance video begins to play. Users can use the player controls on the lower part of the screen to play the video in forward, reverse, fast forward, fast reverse, and pause the video. The fast forward and fast reverse speeds can be controlled by tapping on the controls multiple times.

iPhone App CCTV DVR Video Playback

When the user is finished playing back video, they can exit the playback screen and return to live camera view by tapping on the Live View button in the upper right.

Video Demonstration

Watch this video demo to see the iDVR-PRO iOS app used on an iPhone to playback recorded video from a DVR.

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CCTV / AHD / HD-TVI Hybrid Security Camera DVR

Hybrid iDVR-PROs work with the following security camera types and resolutions.

  • AHD Cameras (720p and 1080p resolution models supported)
  • TVI Cameras (720p and 1080p resolution models supported)
  • Analog CCTV Cameras (all analog resolution supported including CIF, D1, 960H)

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Did you know? CCTV Camera Pros can provide a complete surveillance system quote that includes any iDVR-PRO model with cameras, cables, connectors, power supplies, and monitors? We can even mix and match SD and HD security cameras because the latest iDVR-PROs are hybrid. They work with CCTV, AHD, and HD-TVI type cameras. As you have probably already seen on our website, we have 2, 4, 8, and 16 camera surveillance systems in pre-made packages. However, it is not possible for us to package up every combination and quantity of all the different camera models that we carry. So, we can also provide you with a custom quote with as many cameras as you need and a mix of any combination of camera model(s) based on your project requirements.

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About the Author

Mike Haldas

This article was written by , co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros. If you have any questions about iPhone security camera app for iDVR, please email me at