Since DVR Systems vary this 101 will be very general. DVR (Digital Video Recorders) are all used for recording surveillance/video in all weather/day/night – as used in the paranormal it’s main goal should be not just collection of possible paranormal activity but your groups own actions and placement over the course of the hunt/investigation with time and date on all cameras capturing your every move.
Systems come in all camera capacity (4,8,12,16,32, etc.). Cost goes up as you add more possible cameras to a system. Cameras should have the highest possible TV lines (TV lines are the number of lines on a TV that make the picture, more is better) to ensure best video quality possible and the system itself should support the h.264 standard for excellent video quality, as well as ease of transport to a computer to view/show clients.
Their is some debate over the DVR System vs. Handheld cameras, as in set up time and ease of use. We feel with the correct DVR system for your group, it will outlast and out perform both in cost and use of handhelds for a majority of our cases over the course of a lifetime. Of course outside invests Handhelds make the use so much easier, but if one has access to a generator or some other form of power the DVR rules still for multiple angles and coverage area. Complete DVR Systems can range NEW from $150 for low end units to thousands for the higher end units.
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