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3 Smart Home Kickstarter Campaigns You Should Back

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Kickstarter is one of the most intriguing platforms on the Internet. As a global crowdfunding platform based in New York, it's a home for both some of the most inspiring and some of the most disappointing campaigns in the world. Although Kickstarter was launched back in April 2009, it gained its popularity after a game development team named "Double Fine Productions" started a campaign for a documentary that would promote their point-and-click adventure game "Broken Age".

With a funding goal of 400,000$ needed to cover development costs, the campaign quickly became what was, at the time, the most funded kickstarter campaign raising over $3.3 million dollars. Its success turned Kickstarter and other crowdfunding mechanisms (such as Indiegogo) as an avenue to market test your product concept and secure orders from early adopter customers.

Double Fine - Kickstarter 2012

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Sony Brings Us Closer to the Future of Video Surveillance

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About 2 years ago we discussed the future of video surveillance, where Martin Gren - the co-founder of the Swedish IP Camera manufacturer Axis Communications - offered an interesting list of trends that showed where the technology of video surveillance was headed, including the strides of progress that will be made for image quality and HD resolution. And now, Sony announced its first 4K Security Surveillance Camera.

The first of its kind is called the SNC-VM772R (catchy name). Available in the third quarter of 2015, the
new line of 4K cameras combine the enhanced resolution of 4K with “low-light sensitivity leveraging 1.0 type back illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor”. The amount of detail that 4K provides (3840 x 2160 pixels) allows security professionals to expand their wide area surveillance while still being capable of capturing, magnifying, and examining even something as tiny as a license plate all with just one camera. A higher resolution means more details of an object can be captured and at a much farther distance with more accuracy.

Sony 4K Video Surveillance Tracking a Car
Now, this isn’t exactly the type of IP camera you would want for your home or small business, as it was made for city surveillance, traffic monitoring, and airport surveillance. Having 4K for your home would be overkill, but an IP camera such as the Foscam 9821 would be more suitable for that type of space.  

Something that stands out about this piece of tech is its ability to split video feed to 6 different video streams, with 6 different resolutions. That’s an innovative way to take advantage of its high resolution.
Sony 4K Multiple Video StreamAs of this writing Sony has yet to announce the camera’s price, but I’m going to take an educated guess and say that it won't be affordable for your everyday Joe. Another factor that makes this camera non-consumer friendly is how its high resolution actually works against it. You’d need a ridiculous amount of bandwidth to be able to transmit that amount of data in real time. The average file size of a 4K movie is 100+ gigabytes. That’s 100 gigabytes for only 2 hours of video footage!

Then again Sony’s 4K camera does come with bandwidth optimization, which allows it to stream different viewpoints at different resolutions. Whether or not it would support the typical bandwidth at many small businesses remains to be seen.
Sony 4K Intelligent Cropping
As HD security cameras become more affordable, new technology developments surrounding image quality is becoming a battleground for manufacturers as they compete to provide unique selling points, such as cloud storage. Sony has been using its 4K technology on many of its latest products including 4K HDTVs and 4K Handycams. Right now, this might be what it takes to one-up your competitors, and Sony are hitting it right on the mark.

Although it would be a cool device to have and experiment with, the Sony 4K SNC-VM772R won’t likely be a feasible video surveillance solution for the average consumer and small business owner, especially for video streaming. Right now, the typical cloud video streaming resolution is at 720p.

4K vs. 720p Comparison
As of this writing, Camcloud currently supports up to 960p of video streaming depending on your camera’s resolution. Offering affordable, cost-effective video monitoring surveillance is what we do. Try out our free plan, it only takes 2 minutes to set up!


Camcloud Introduces All New Recording Schedule Feature

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Camcloud has introduced a brand new recording Schedule feature. This new feature provides complete flexibility over when cloud recordings are enabled for your cameras. 

  • Ability to create up to 10 individual schedules, each with 10 entries.
  • Schedules can be applied to a single camera or multiple cameras.
  • Supports all camera types.
  • Now each camera can be configured with Motion Detection On, Off or assigned to a specific Schedule.
  • The Global Motion Detection On/Off button will still over-ride any individual camera schedules.
  • This feature is available on the web, Android (app version 1.6) and iOS (app version 1.5).

Note: This is a paid-only feature so be sure to upgrade to a paid plan today! Note that Free users still have basic scheduling that allows them to turn Motion Detection On/Off.

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NVR vs DVR vs Cloud - IP Camera Storage Options

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Are you researching video storage options for your IP camera and unsure about the best option? You're not alone -- we get a lot of questions on when customers should opt for an NVR or DVR solution vs. cloud storage. There is also a lot of confusion on the difference between DVRs and NVRs. We'll try to answer those questions in this post. 

IP camera storage options really come down to three choices. b2ap3_thumbnail_nvr-dvr-cloud-storage.png

1 - Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Standalone hardware device that connects directly to analog cameras via coax cables.

2 - Network Video Recorder (NVR). Network attached storage device that connects to IP cameras over a (typically) local IP network. 

3 - Cloud Storage. Remote storage for IP cameras that can access cameras over the internet.

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Review: Sony CX600 Network Camera

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sony-cx600.pngThis is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them.

For this post I will review the Sony CX600 Network Camera. Sony makes a large number of cameras, many of them targeted at high-end commercial, banking and other applications. They are not considered a consumer camera, but some of their entry level cameras can be found at and other retailers. These are definitely worth considering if you need an IP camera with extra monitoring features for your home or business.

Warning though - if you're price shopping cameras, they aren't cheap. The Sony CX600 is priced at $350+ dollars on Amazon at the time of this writing.

I'll review the camera's Hardware & Video Quality, Motion Detection Features, and Video Storage Options.

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Camcloud Introduces New Motion Detection Area Feature for Foscam Cameras

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Camcloud has introduced even more features for Foscam cameras that allow you to better access and control your IP cameras from Camcloud.

Motion Detection Area

The major new enhancement being introduced today is the ability to draw a motion detection area on your camera's view from Camcloud's Live View page. This feature will ensure recordings are only triggered when motion happens within the motion detection area. Watch the video below for a short demo.

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