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I could use help with understand my CCTV system.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Incosky-8CH-1080N-HDMI-CCTV-DVR-2000TVL-Outdoor-IR-Security-Camera-System-1TB-US-/401190792845?hash=item5d68d5ae8d:g:7RQAAOSwJ4hY-xzg

The manual it came with is very poor.

I hooked up a computer microphone to it, but there is no sound when I playback the video.

Mic is connected to audio in and there is a cable going from the DVR to the audio in of my tv.

Thanks for your help,

Andy

Re: Help with CCTV
On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6:39:00 PM UTC-5, Andy K wrote:
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Manual is very poor? Parts of it don't work correctly? Can't imagine why...

Re: Help with CCTV
On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 9:17:58 PM UTC-5, mleuck wrote:
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mleuck,

You are another troll.

Appreciate all the outstanding help from everyone else.  

NOT !!


Re: Help with CCTV
On Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5:59:53 PM UTC-5, Andy K wrote:
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You paid $159 for a 1TB 8 channel DVR and 4 cameras, did you seriously expect quality?

Help with CCTV
So let's think about this you went online and payed $159 to a fly by nighte
rs online that dosent even have the overheads of a shop or training to say  
the least for some thing that's marketed as a cctv system and now you want  
to bludge on on the knowledge of guys that spend many years in a industry w
ith hundred of hours towards training and knowledge with a very large cost  
involved for you to not even support the industry  
I feel you are the sort that would buy everything online and then bitch whe
n the corner electronics shop closes.
Go back to your supplier  I'm sure he would be well interested in supportin
g his quality product

Re: Help with CCTV
My guess is you are using the wrong type of microphone, but you may get the  
answer at www.incosky.com/support.html



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Re: Help with CCTV
On Monday, May 15, 2017 at 9:51:10 AM UTC-5, doug wrote:
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Thanks Doug.

Andy

Re: Help with CCTV
On Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:03:35 PM UTC-4, Andy K wrote:
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UN - F&%#ing - believable.


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The product is certainly not one that a professional installer worth his  
salt would consider installing so he is unlikely to get any helpful answers  
from a group that  caters mostly to professional installers.

He doesn't know the make up of this group, he's just looking for an answer

Pointing him in the direction of the manufacturer is his probably his best  
hope of getting an answer to his question.

Or we can just ridicule him for buying what we might consider cheap junk and  
beneath us.

Doug  



Re: Help with CCTV
On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:22:51 PM UTC-5, doug wrote:
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But ridicule is much more fun :)

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I know, but I'm mellowing with age


Doug  



Re: Help with CCTV
You should not have bought any of this, but you did not know what you were  
getting into... it was price driven.

When you are viewing the cam on screen that the mic is recording to, find a
n icon that actually turns on the sound recording. Also, it may be in your  
setup screens somewhere, so that you can enable the recording to actually h
appen. Plugging in a mic and hoping that it works, it not how this is going
 to happen. Just keep going thru every last setup screen in the entire soft
ware package bundled in your dvr, and eventually you will find it.

But then again, it still may not work. After you spend all this time findin
g it, you may realize that it wasn't worth the deal that you thought you go
t after all.

You actually paid $159.95 for your package which is about $100.00 too much  
for this kind of quality that can be bought directly from China for $59.95  
total... you were Ebayed!

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On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:46:20 PM UTC-4, E D wrote:
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e getting into... it was price driven.
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 an icon that actually turns on the sound recording. Also, it may be in you
r setup screens somewhere, so that you can enable the recording to actually
 happen. Plugging in a mic and hoping that it works, it not how this is goi
ng to happen. Just keep going thru every last setup screen in the entire so
ftware package bundled in your dvr, and eventually you will find it.
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ing it, you may realize that it wasn't worth the deal that you thought you  
got after all.
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h for this kind of quality that can be bought directly from China for $59.9
5 total... you were Ebayed!


Yeah .... Whoooweee! that's gotta really smart too.  

I bet he won't be able to sit down for at least a week.

Re: Help with CCTV

"Jim Davis"  wrote in message  

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:46:20 PM UTC-4, E D wrote:
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Yeah .... Whoooweee! that's gotta really smart too.

I bet he won't be able to sit down for at least a week.

*********

You know I used to buy various "cheap" cameras, and "cheap" systems to test  
in my shop because customers would always ask me about them and I figured  
actually owning them was cheap education.  Sometimes you get a surprise and  
its really the next step up in features and step down in price point.  I  
remember when starlight cost almost $10K (back when I worked for Kurt) for a  
camera body with no lens and no housing.  Now you can get fair starlight  
(short range) for under 3... hundred at decent resolution.  It even has  
internal computer controlled brightness blocking for headlights and other  
sudden bright sources.

Sometimes you get other surprises too.  I found a really cool PT (no Z) 720p  
IP camera once for under $100.  Plug and Play.  Almost.  When you installed  
the browser plug-in to view it on your computer it also loaded malware.  
Oops.  I actually used it for a while in a sandboxed environment.  Then I  
found a work around.  I used a third party viewing software on my Android  
devices, and the malware was not installed.  No access to the recorded video  
on the sd card, but atleast it was useable.  I used it for about 5 years  
before I got tired of having to reboot it more and more often to keep it on  
the network.

12-13 years ago when MACE first hit the market I had a jeweler client come  
back from a jewelry trade show all excited about them for the price.  So I  
bought a system.  Back then it was strictly simplex.  Yeah it was a 16  
camera DVR that came with 16 cameras, but if you were viewing only one that  
was all that was recording.  If you were viewing recorded material you were  
not recording at all.  I still have the DVR.  In fact I have one of my other  
DVRs looped out to it for backup.  Amazingly the hard drive has not failed.  
I do check it about once a month.  The cameras I actually used too.  They  
were cheap cameras, but in all those years only one of them has failed.  I  
don't use them for anything resolution sensitive like actual security, but I  
use them every day.  I have three of them mounted on CNC milling machines in  
the machine room.  That way I can see when a machine stops and is ready to  
change stock for the next job or to change a tool.  I have a couple more on  
open areas of the shop floor just to see if anybody has gotten by the door  
cameras without me noticing.  They do that.  They even illuminate marginally  
well at night with all the lights off.  Well enough to see a person moving  
around, and then I can switch to one of the better cameras and rewind to  
recognize who if I need to.   It was never a great system, but it was pretty  
good, "for the price."  I still sold my client something better.

Even if you don't sell the "cheap" stuff you should know about it.  I quite  
often had a customer ask me about some "system" or another and I would say  
either of two things.

1.  (Usually for box store systems.)  I have heard some people say that it  
worked ok for them.  If you really think it will work ok for you buy it from  
somebody with a good return policy, set it up, test it, and if you are happy  
install it.  If you are not happy with it package it up nicely and take it  
back.

2.  (Often for inexpensive systems with a great price on-line or through  
alternative trade channels (like a jeweler's association))  I have one in my  
office.  Come on over and I will be glad to show the differences and you can  
decide if you you want that or the system I think is a better value for your  
money.

One comment about those old MACE cameras.  They have an audio pickup built  
in, but the cables are non standard colors.  On most other things yellow is  
video and other colors are audio or other connections.  On those MACE beer  
can cameras yellow is audio and white is video.  I never sold any.

When I was cleaning out my shop last year I threw away a lot of video  
equipment.  


Re: Help with CCTV
On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:46:20 PM UTC-5, E D wrote:
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e getting into... it was price driven.
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 an icon that actually turns on the sound recording. Also, it may be in you
r setup screens somewhere, so that you can enable the recording to actually
 happen. Plugging in a mic and hoping that it works, it not how this is goi
ng to happen. Just keep going thru every last setup screen in the entire so
ftware package bundled in your dvr, and eventually you will find it.
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ing it, you may realize that it wasn't worth the deal that you thought you  
got after all.
Quoted text here. Click to load it
h for this kind of quality that can be bought directly from China for $59.9
5 total... you were Ebayed!

That's not what I payed.

It was $85.

And I am happy with the quality.

As for Ebay, they are a great company.

Their prices often beat out Amazon.

Andy

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