If you want to have a security camera with a monitor displaying live video, here are the four best systems to consider. Customers are often looking for a solution to display live video on a TV or monitor for one or two surveillance cameras. They want a live video on their monitor to view in real-time. Some others want to use a DVR, but they want monitors separate from their recorder to display live views of certain cameras. Here are four solutions to consider:
- Security cameras with monitors: A complete “plug and play system,” including a security camera and a monitor.
- BNC to HDMI Converter: This is if you wanted to use your own monitor or TV. They come with an HD security camera and HDMI converter to display a live camera feed on any TV.
- Video Multiplexer: This is if you want to display more than one camera on a screen. CCTV video multiplexers work with 1080p HD cameras and come in 4 channels, nine channels, and 16 channel models. This output makes them compatible with pretty much any TV.
- Surveillance DVR with Spot Monitor Output: If you need to record video surveillance footage in addition to a live video display monitor. These DVRs have a spot monitor output, which is independent of the main DVR display.
Security Camera with Monitor
This is by far the simplest solution because it has the least amount of parts. You need a security camera and a monitor that are natively compatible with the BNC coax cable connection/video format of the camera.
How it works:
- The security system includes a pre-made Siamese security camera cable that runs both video and power. The coaxial part of the cable has BNC connectors attached.
- One end of the coaxial cable can connect to the BNC output of the camera. The power lead can connect to the video input of the camera.
- The security system includes a BNC monitor that is compatible with the HD over coax cameras. The other end of the coax cable connects to the BNC video input on the monitor. The power lead on the end plugs into the individual power supply for a camera, then into a standard power outlet.
BNC to HDMI Converter
When using a standard HD TV with an HDMI input you will want to display a live view of the security camera. A benefit to this is you can use any TV or monitor that has an HDMI input. It can connect any HD BNC security camera to an HDMI TV monitor.
How it works:
- RG59 coax cable with BNC connectors can be used to connect security cameras to the input of the converter. Installers also can use pre-made Siamese security camera cables with power cable. If you need to run the cable further than 150 feet, you can use a spool of RG59 Siamese cable.
- Use HDMI cable to connect to the HDMI output of the converter to the HDMI input of the TV.
- This system is used with all types of cameras including, outdoor, indoor, bullet, dome, with or without infrared night vision.
From Video Multiplexer to DVRs
To display live videos from more than one security camera on one TV/monitor, CCTV video multiplexers was the old way available to display 4, 9, and 16 channels. With New digital technology, dvrs combined all the three recording and display components into one device called DVR.
How it works:
- Hardwire four security cameras to the four-channel CCTV DVR using RG49 Siamese cable.
- Connect the HDMI video output of the DVR to the HDMI input of the TV.
- The user can control the display output using a wireless remote control or the buttons on the front of the DVR if available.
- Users can go between multiple camera views and a full-screen single camera view from the DVR.
Security System DVR with Spot Monitor Output
The DVR has an HDMI and VGA monitor output that configures independently. This allows you to customize a live security camera display or a combination of multiple cameras. The view can rotate to different views.