How to hook up and record the camera systems

This shows the way to hook up the cameras wirelessly and use a laptop as a monitor. You can also hook the reciever to a TV, VCR, DVR, etc.

This shows the way to hook up the cameras to a USB 4 channel real time DVR and use a laptop as a monitor plus record all the cameras to it’s hard drive.

This shows the way to hook up the cameras to a USB 4 channel DVR and use a laptop as a monitor plus record what ever camera view is on the screen to it’s hard drive.

This is how to hook up to a standalone DVR and record all 4 cameras on a hard drive installed in the DVR. It also has an LCD monitor to view teh cameras live.

This is how to hook up to a standalone DVR and record all 4 cameras on a hard drive installed in the DVR. It also has a laptop hook up to the DVR to use as a monitor to view the cameras live.

This is the hook up to a standalone DVR with a built in LCD screen and record all 4 cameras on a hard drive installed in the DVR.

Dave Juliano’s and SJGR’s Video set up using this same camera system.

4 Wireless/Wired Infrared Day/Night
Color Cameras and Receiver

I started out using the cameras wirelessly out of the box and I just hook it to a TV/VCR combo. Later I used a USB 4 channel DVR similar to this one to hook my cameras into my laptop. You can also just hook the wireless receiver that comes with the cameras to a TV or monitor. I just liked to use my laptop as a monitor but the other 2 sets of these we use have flat screen monitors.

Video recorded on an actual investigation using these cameras

If I didn’t use a DVR I could hook them directly to my laptop using a usb video capture device. You can also just hook them up to a vcr or dvr to record them. This is the USB video capture device I use and we’ll have them available here

We then got 4 channel DVRs (for under $250) and ran cables to all the cameras and that is what we use on all three set ups now. We have RCA jack video cables with power supply in 100′ lengths and that is not expensive either. I still use my laptop as my monitor but we use flat screen monitors with the other 2 sets along with the same DVR you see above. It’s a Piczel 4 channel DVR.

BNC cable (the red and yellow ends are called RCA type plugs)

Why BNC cable? Yellow is the video (RCA) white is audio (RCA) and red is the power for the camera.

Depending on how you hook them up and what kind of monitor, DVR or laptop you use you may need a few other connectors to make the hook up complete. Here are some examples and they are all inexpensive.

BCN – Female RCA

BNC – RCA male

This is a BNC/RCA to VGA (computer monitors use VGA) so you can hook up a computer monitor to your DVR. Some DVRs have a VGA output already but if yours doesnt you just get one of these.

My laptop with the video capture device (top right hand side of laptop – glowing blue)

Quad view of cameras hooked up to a DVR and monitor.

Quad view of cameras hooked up to a DVR and monitor.