NVR - Network Video Recorders


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SCW Networked Video Recorders

Q: What is a Networked Video Recorder (NVR)?

A: Your NVR is the brain of your security system. It receives, processes, and stores the digital footage from your digital or IP cameras.

Often NVRs are mistakenly called DVRs, but they are different. A DVR is designed to process footage from analogue cameras transmitting not yet digitized footage over outdated BNC cabling. Examples of analog camera technologies include AHD, CVI, TVI, and SDI. An NVR receives footage from digital or IP cameras transmitting data over an ethernet cable (Cat5, Cat6, or even Cat7). Analog systems are outdated and we do not recommend them unless you are working with a legacy system that you are not yet prepared to upgrade.>For more information, we have a guide on Why We Don’t Carry HD-SDI, AHD, or CVI, but Do Carry IP and TVI due to hacking and quality concerns.

Choosing the right NVR is a critical part of building your video surveillance system.

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Q: What do I look for when choosing an NVR?
A: Processing Power. Security. Support.

nvr - network video recorders - FPS - Frames Per Second

Don't waste your money on an underpowered NVR. SCW Admiral Line NVRs deliver 4K footage at 30 FP on every channel

One common issue with many IP camera systems is low processing-power NVRs that cannot handle full 1080p on every channel. To understand why, you have to start with framerate. The minimum frame rate required for fluid movement is 20 frames per second. Any slower, and the video will appear jerky and more like a slideshow - you may also be missing critical information - like the split second an intruder looks directly in the camera or a shoplifter adds an item to their bag. The number of frames or pictures a camera captures per second is often abbreviated as “FPS.”

An NVR’s has a fixed bitrate that determines how many FPS it can process at a time. An NVR may be able to process 16 cameras recording at 10 frames per second (a speed that will result in jerky, inferior footage) but only 8 cameras recording at 20FPS. Some of our less scrupulous competitors have been known to mislead consumers by billing an NVR as “16 Channel” or “16 Camera”, but buried in the fine print is the caveat that it can only handle 16 cameras if the cameras are recording at 10 or 15 frames per second. What they’re really selling is an 8 camera NVR.

While many other providers offer NVRs that can't actually deliver 1080P or 2MP video on every channel, SCW Admiral lines can do 4K at 30 FPS and our Imperial lines can do 4K at 20 FPS on every channel. Don’t waste your money on 1080p and pair them with an NVR that can only take advantage of a quarter of the cameras, and don't limit yourself to just 1080P. 4MP (2x1080P) and 4K have come down in price in recent years.

For more info, check out this guide which dives deeper into NVR bitrate, the mischaracterizations you’ll frequently encounter, and includes a handy chart detailing how much bitrate is required for different camera quantities using different compression methods.


Your NVR should be able to create an Isolated Network within a Network

In 2017, there were a bunch of very high profile hacks where outside actors like foreign governments or professional criminal enterprises used the processors inside millions of both low cost cameras and some big name cameras to conduct cyberattacks on critical USA infrastructure like power plants and internet service providers.

The cameras plugged into the Admiral line NVR's POE ports directly or plugged into the Imperial Line NVRs Lan2 Network directly are not visible or accessible on your computer network. They run on an isolated network similar to an air gap. The only way to access these cameras is to plug a computer into those POE ports or hack into the NVR. There's a physical barrier from the cameras to the main network. In addition, there's also a subnetwork running on the NVRs, which means that even if you do plug a computer into the NVR's physically separate, isolated network, you would also need to know their subnet mask.

This has several advantages:

1. Faster Networks. Unlike traditional NVRs, when plugged into NVR' isolated network, the camera's video feeds do not slow down your main computer network.

2. Isolated Cameras. Since they are on both a physically separated network and a subnet, your cameras are not visible on your computer network or to outsiders. You can connect to the NVR remotely and log in and the use the NVR as a bridge to watch the cameras, but neither you nor a hacker cannot log into the cameras themselves, without either logging into the NVR or being physically present to plug into the NVR and possessing knowledge about your NVR's specific camera subnet mask. (You can customize this camera's subnet, if you want). 99% of all security camera IOT hacks are through the cameras - not the NVR.

3. Less maintenance. Our new 2018 line has 1 click firmware updates straight from the NVR/Camera: meaning: you don't even have to search for, find, or download the footage on a computer. You just click a button when using the device and update the firmware automatically. So, the update process is not difficult to begin with. In addition, you don't have to worry about updating the cameras for cyber security reasons, since the NVR is the only device that can be accessed remotely. It is much easier to keep one device up to date than dozens or hundreds.

Our devices didn't seem to be affected by any hacks in 2017, that being said, it is always best to follow our best practices for preventing IOT hacks.

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Your NVR should be backed up by a team of knowledgeable, patient professionals.

Configuring and optimizing a networked surveillance system can get complicated and you should have someone looking out for you. That's why we focus on world-class customer service and technical support from knowledgeable, patient professionals.

SCW’s Technical Support is 100% FREE and never expires.

Give us a call with any question regarding your equipment or installation and find out why we are the gold standard in our industry.

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Talk with an expert:
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Other Key NVR Features

We can’t speak for anyone else’s devices,
but here is some of what SCW NVRs can do:


Smart Analytics Search

1 Click Firmware Update

Redundant NAS Backup

Event Based Email Alerts

Remote Footage Download

H.265 Compression
Store 40% More Footage

3 Recording Modes:
Continuous, Motion, and Event

4K HDMI Outputs
1080P VGA Output

Advanced Analytics:
Motion Detection
Line Crossing
Intrusion Detection
Face Detection
Vandalism Detection



  1. The Admiral 4 Channel 4K NVR - ADM4P4

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $349.00


    Recording


    4 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    4 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    4 4K cameras at 30 FPS

    40 Mbps incoming bitrate; 10 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update


    Viewing


    1 x 4K, 2 x 4MP, 4 x 1080p

    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing


    Hardware


    1 hard drive bay
    Rack Mount Tray Optional
    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    4 SCWEasyConnect ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB



  2. The Admiral 8 Channel 4K NVR - ADM8P8

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $549.00


    Recording


    8 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    8 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    8 4K cameras at 30 FPS

    80 Mbps incoming bitrate; 10 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update


    Viewing


    4 x 4K, 8 x 4MP, 8 x 1080P

    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing


    Hardware


    2 hard drive bays
    Rack Mount Ears Optional
    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    8 SCWEasyConnect ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB



  3. The Admiral Standard 16 Channel 4K NVR - ADM16P16

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $649.00


    Recording


    16 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    16 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    16 4K cameras at 30 FPS

    160 Mbps incoming bitrate; 10 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update


    Viewing


    4 x 4K, 8 x 4MP, 16 x 1080P

    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing


    Hardware


    2 hard drive bays
    Rack Mount Ears Optional
    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    16 SCWEasyConnect ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB



  4. The Admiral Pro 16 Channel 4K NVR - ADMP16P16

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $799.00


    Recording


    16 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    16 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    16 4K cameras at 30 FPS

    160 Mbps incoming bitrate; 10 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update


    Viewing


    4 x 4K, 8 x 4MP, 16 x 1080p

    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing


    Hardware


    4 hard drive bays
    Rack Mount Ears Included
    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    16 SCWEasyConnect ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Alarm Inputs and Outputs
    Footage Download via USB



  5. The Admiral Pro 32 Channel 4K NVR - ADMP32P16

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $1,499.00


    Recording


    32 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    32 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    32 4K cameras at 30 FPS

    320 Mbps incoming bitrate; 10 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing


    Hardware


    4 hard drive bays
    Rack Mount Ears Included
    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    16 SCWEasyConnect ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Alarm Inputs and Outputs
    Footage Download via USB



  6. The Imperial 32 Channel 4K NVR - IMP32

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $2,299.00


    Recording


    32 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    32 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    32 4K cameras at 30 FPS

    320 Mbps incoming bitrate; 10 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update
    Hot Spare Compatible


    Viewing


    4 x 4K, 8 x 4MP, 16 x 1080p, 32 x 960p

    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing


    Hardware


    8 hard drive bays; supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
    Rack Mount Ears Included
    2x Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Second 1080P HDMI Out
    Alarm Inputs and Outputs
    Footage Download via USB



  7. The Imperial 64 Channel 4K NVR - IMP64

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $3,499.00


    Recording


    64 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    64 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    64 4K cameras at 30 FPS

    320 Mbps incoming bitrate; 5 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update
    Hot Spare Compatible

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Viewing


    4 x 4K, 8 x 4MP, 16 x 1080p, 32 x 960p

    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

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    Hardware


    8 hard drive bays; supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
    Rack Mount Ears Included
    2x Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Second 1080P HDMI Out
    Alarm Inputs and Outputs
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  8. The Imperial 128 Channel 4K NVR - IMP128

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    A hard drive is required to store video footage on a NVR or DVR. You can use our Hard Drive storage calculator to determine what size hard drive you need.

    $7,999.00


    Recording


    128 1080P cameras at 30 FPS
    128 4MP cameras at 25 FPS
    100 4K cameras at 20 FPS

    512 Mbps incoming bitrate; 4 Mbps per channel

    H.265 encoding


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update
    Hot Spare Compatible


    Viewing


    4 x 4K, 16 x 1080p, 36 x 720p, 64 x D1

    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing


    Hardware


    16 hard drive bays; supports RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60
    Rack Mount Ears Included
    4 RJ-45 10M/100M/1000M adaptive Ethernet Interface
    2 1000M SFP Ethernet Interface
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Alarm Inputs and Outputs
    Footage Download via USB
    Hot Swap Hard Drives



  9. Replacement AC Power Adapter for Admiral 4 Channel NVR - PS-ADM4P4

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $35.00

    Replacement 48V AC Adapter for The Admiral 4 Channel NVR



  10. 2U Cantilever Rack Mount Shelf SCW-RMS2U

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $99.99

    A rack mount shelf for use with our NVRs and DVRs that are not 19 inch/rack mountable, such as the Admiral 4 Channel or our Econ Line.

    Material: Black powder-coated cold rolled steel

    Requires 2U for mounting in a rack or rack mount cabinet.

    16 Inch depth



  11. Replacement Hard Drive Cables & Screw Set for Admiral 4, 8, 16 and Corporal Models - HDCSS26

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $20.00

    Replacement Hard Drive Cables & Screw Set for Admiral 4, 8, 16 and Corporal Models. 1 pack per hard drive. To be used with the following models:

    Admiral 4 Channel NVR (ADM4P4)

    Admiral 8 Channel NVR (ADM8P8)

    Admiral Standard 16 Channel NVR (ADM16P16)

    Corporal 8 Channel Hyvrid NVR (COR08)

    Corporal 16 Channel Hybrid NVR (COR16)



  12. Additional Power Supply for The Imperial 128 Channel NVR - PS-IMP128

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $300.00

    Additional AC Power Supply for The Imperial 128 Channel NVR



  13. Rack Mount Cabinet (9U)

    Backordered
    Contact your sales rep for a delivery timeline.

    $199.00

    Height: 18.11 inches (460 mm)
    Depth: 23.62 inches (600 mm)
    Width: 21.25 inches (540 mm)

    Rated for a maximum loading capacity of 132 pounds



  14. Rack Mount Cabinet (12U)

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $249.00

    Height: 23.43 inches (595 mm)
    Depth: 23.62 inches (600 mm)
    Width: 21.25 inches (540 mm)

    Rated for a maximum loading capacity of 132 pounds



  15. Rack Mount Ears (1U) for Admiral 8, Admiral 16, Corporal 8 & Corporal 16

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $20.00

    1U Rack Mount Ears (Pair). To be used with the following models:

    Admiral 8 Channel NVR (ADM8P8)

    Admiral Standard 16 Channel NVR (ADM16P16)

    Corporal 8 Channel Hybrid NVR (COR08)

    Corporal 16 Channel Hybrid NVR (COR16)



  16. 1U Vertical Wall Mount Rack (SCW-VWMR-1U)

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $49.00

    Vertical racks are perfect when space is at a minimum. These racks mount easily to your wall, under your desk or workstation or any other flat surface.

    This Wall Mount Rack fits a 1U device, such as the Admiral 8 Channel NVR or the Admiral Standard 16 Channel NVR.



  17. 2U Vertical Wall Mount Rack (SCW-VWMR-2U)

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $69.00

    Vertical racks are perfect when space is at a minimum. These racks mount easily to your wall, under your desk or workstation or any other flat surface.

    This Wall Mount Rack fits a 2U device, such as the Admiral Pro 16 Channel NVR (but not the standard 16), the Admiral Pro 32 Channel NVR, the Imperial 32 Channel NVR, and the Imperial 64 Channel NVR.



  18. 6 HDMI Video Wall Decoding Card for the Imperial 128 Channel 4K NVR

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $1,999.00

    This video decoder allow you to create a video wall by adding 6 additional, independently controlled HDMI outputs to your Imperial 128 Channel 4K NVR.



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Our NVR work best with our cameras, but are also compatible with Honeywell, Panasonic, Dynacolor, Sony, Samsung, Pelco, Bosch, Axis, HikVision, Arecont Vision, and most other cameras that use ONVIF or PSIA encoding.

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