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    Large Sensor Comparo

    Various 1/1.8" (and now 1/1.2") sensor'd cams on a test board on the front of the house: album here: Large Sensor Comparo On the board, clockwise from top left: Dahua HDW5442TM-AS (4mp) with stock 3.6mm lens (exp 1/60) Lorex E861ab (aka DH-HFW1831e) w/ 6mm f/1.0 lens conversion (exp 1/60)...
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    dumb question about BLC area configuration

    I understand BLC is supposed to be used to help correct (under) exposure of fore-ground objects when there's signifcant light in the background. what's not clear to me is the "area" that's specified. Is this the area you expect the foreground objects to be in (to optimize for), or does one...
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    Lorex E181AB takes Dahua firmware...

    disclaimer! I'm not recommending this to anyone, unless you know what you're doing and you really want/need these features. YMMV. no warranty expressed or implied, yada-yada... :) So, I've been playing with a Lorex E1861ab i picked up used on that big auction site, 8MP on a 1/1.8" sensor...
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    Set GOP (I-frame interval) on Lorex cams that don't have this exposed in the web UI.

    One of the reasons I've been installing Dahua firmware on various Lorex-branded IP cameras is to be able to set the i-frame interval in the Video config page. the Lorex GUI hides this and defaults to 2x the frame rate (FPS), which isn't a horrible setting, but some of us want/need to adjust...
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    How to disable BI's overlay playing back D2D?

    Currently on BI 5.3.6.5. OK, it's great that the BI now adds overlay metadata to D2D recordings, so that it CAN add overlay info on playback, if needed. In the BI console, one can disable 'Add text/graphic overlays from direct-to-disc BVR', but how to disable this in UI3? UI3 does not seem to...
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    Local masked bandits strike again!

    Sidewalk camera capture brazen foursome slinking about in the middle of the night... Camera is an IMX290-based generic with 16mm CS lens.
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    Lorex E891AB (aka IPC-HFW1841EN-PV)

    https://www.lorextechnology.com/-/E891AB-1-p I picked up one of these 4k Lorex units cheap with a cut off ethernet/power dongle. My first few attempts to fix with a new ethernet jack resulted in no link light, tho it did power up over PoE, so I opened it up and hooked up the serial adapter...
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    Longse 8MP VF with 1/1.8" sensor SD-card recording resolution

    Hi all, I picked up a used Longse 8MP VF turret, model LIRAB3XSV800_8mp_3xVF just to play with as the price was too good to pass up. Its got a CS lens with 3.6-11mm (3x) zoom and 1/1.8" sensor (OmniVision's OS08A10 ) I've got it up and running (standalone) with an SD card, initially only...
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    senseless vadalism on night of 7/4

    My neighbor across the street reported to police about their car being damaged last saturday night (sun 7/5 2am) I went back through my camera footage and can show what happened. Unfortunately, not enough to ID. The guy was walking down the street, (or one of my other cams would have got a...
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    GPS to PTZ ?

    Crazy thought experiment or possible? Assuming my car has a GPS transponder in it that somehow (wifi or 3/4G) sends its co-ordinates every once in a while, could one set up a system with one or more PTZ cams to 'zoom in' on the car whenever it's in range? so that no matter where I park that...
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    smaller clip/alert thumbnails recently?

    Am I just getting old (don't answer that), or did the thumbnails in the clips/alerts panel of the Bi console get smaller recently? I'm on 5.2.9.19, didn't notice when that changed. Can't find any config settings that may control this... I find the thumbnails a bit too small to be useful...
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    BI 5.2.9.6 - can't get substream for Amcrest IP5M

    So I picked up one of those cheapo 5MP cams (~$54 delivered with a code). https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083G9KT4C It's a Dahua re-brand, so I figured the Dahua/Onvif-style URL for substream would work (as it does for my other Dahua and Lorex/Dahua cams.) But BI doesn't seem to find...
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    Sony IMX385 comparo

    I picked up a bare-bones camera module with Sony IMX 385 (2MP 1/2") sensor and CS lens on Ali Express: US $89.0 |CCDCAM 2MP H.265 Star Light Camera 1/2 inch Sony CMOS IMX385 Sensor 2 Megapixel H.265 IP Camera Module Double Boards|Surveillance Cameras|Security & Protection - AliExpress Specs...
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    How to delete non-existant PoE cams from Hik NVR to add network cams?

    Messing around with a Hik NVR 7608NI-E2/8P (fw vers 3.4.103), I have 2 cams connected and working on the PoE ports, and it seems to 'see' other hikvision cams out my home network, but I'm unable to add any of them since it thinks I have 8 cams already. So i try to delete the cams from the PoE...
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    How to delete (non-existant) cams from NVR PoE ports so I can add other cams from LAN?

    Messing around with a Hik NVR 7608NI-E2/8P (fw vers 3.4.103), I have 2 cams connected and working on the PoE ports, and it seems to 'see' other hikvision cams out my home network, but I'm unable to add any of them since it thinks i have 8 cams already. So i try to delete the cams from the PoE...
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    CPU high, losing cams on 5.2.5.4

    I should know better. Was on BI 5.2.5.3 with no issues. figured the next version would be safe, but as soon as 5.2.5.4 started up, my CPU went thru the roof until BI crashed, came back and started gogin high again. got i stabilized by disabling 'run as a service', but still running hot ~75-80%...
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    Problems adding Hikvision camera to Swann NVR

    A neighbor of mine has a Swann NVR (purchased from Costco, I think) with 8 3MP cams similar to Hik 2032's. NVR sw version is 3.0.8 build 141009. It has 16 ports for cameras on the back, with the top row labelled 'PoE' and the bottom 'LAN', so I figured it could support another camera or two...
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    UI3-exported video missing overlay...

    I have a 2MP 16x9 camera installed in corridor mode. The camera's UI has no provision to rotate the image (only flip & mirror), so i have BI doing that. I also have disabled the camera's overlay (cuz it ends up on the side) and have BI adding the cam name and timestamp. direct-to-disk is...
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    some people just shouldn't be driving...

    This idiot took out one of our planter boxes doing a 6-point turn... https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKFpTja
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    Xmas porch pirate team 12/23

    car drives by, backs up and parks. woman gets out, goes on our porch and takes a recently delivered package, calls her buddy to get picked up and off they go. You can see she's trying to keep her face covered as she approaches the house literally bristling with cameras. There's a "smile you're...
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    Any experience with FortiNet cams? missing password

    I picked up a used Fortinet CB20 bullet-type cam (cheap, of course!). Seems like a well-built cam (2mp 2.8-12mm manual vari-focal with PoE and coax video out). It gets an IP via DHCP or takes 192.168.1.245 if no DHCP server is available. There's a web UI on port 80 (uses an activeX plugin)...
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    Any way to send arbitrary (http) command when a camera is being viewed?

    I'm setting up a solar/battery powered wifi cam for my brother-in-law to keep an eye on his kids & dog when they play in the empty lot across the street. I have a Hikvision 2542 wifi cam powered by a ~12V lithium battery pack, with a PIR sensor to turn it on when motion is detected (stays on...
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    BI won't run on Win10 laptop

    Had unlicensed BI on a win7 laptop issued to me from work, a Lenovo W541. Corporate IT forced an upgrade to windows 10, and now BI doesn't run at all. So far, BI is the only thing I've found not to have survived the 'upgrade' to win10. IT claims they are not blocking it any way, and firewall...
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    Turd on the sidewalk this morning

    this guy walking by seems to be looking for a place to go, then just dumps one in the middle of the sidewalk and moves on. It almost looks like he was simply mooning the cams, but pretty sure from the way he was walking that he had no clue and there was a puddle and a pile there after he walked...
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    ENGlish firmware for HFW-4330s-v2 bullet?

    Hello all, I picked up a used DH-IPC-HFW4300s-v2 camera. The sticker has mostly Chinese on it, so I assume it's a Chinese cam. It may or may not previously had 'hacked-to-English' firmware on it, but it does not at this time (I had to open it up and boot it holding the reset button to gain...
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    NVR 'live view' camera aspect ratio control?

    I'm pretty experienced with networking, Blue Iris and cameras in general, but new-ish to these NVR things and their 'quirks'... I have a Hikvision DS-7608NI-E2 NVR (fw vers 3.3.601) set up on the test bench with a few cams. Not all cams have the same aspect and one is turned sideways (corridor...
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    Hik 2522 cam on Costco/Swann NVR?

    Trying to help my neighbor add one more cam to his working 8-cam setup ["so the 3x3 view doesn't have missing square", he says... ;-) ] It's a Costco-special Swann branded unit CONVRB163MP, which I gather is a SWANN 7090-derived model, which in turn is OEM'd from and similar to Hikvision 7616...
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    added SSD to BI server - won't boot from it with old OS disk removed

    I know this isn't specifically a BI issue, but not sure where else to ask. Please point me elsewhere, as needed. I managed to get the Windows 10 OS copied onto an SSD and can boot from it by picking the second 'Windows Boot Manager' in the screen accessed with F12 at boot time (Dell Optiplex...
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    2042 bullet UART/serial connector port?

    I picked up a couple of 4MP bullets (2042's) that show very little signs of life. Stickers & serial numbers indicate they are US-spec DC-2CD2042WD-I w/ firmware v5.3.0_1515224, but i have no idea of their history. The IR LED's come on when plugged in, but that's about it. Don't show up in...
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    Older Hik cams keep reverting to factory?...

    HI all, I have a few cameras in a remote install that keep reverting to factory settings. various models and firmware versions: 2132 (dome), 2332 (bullet), 2122 (dome), etc... Most are on a PoE switch, one is using a PoE injector. When they disappear from my BI server, I find them with SADP...
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