3 Reasons Your Security Camera Footage Looks So Bad
June 14th, 2019
Technology has come a long way in recent years, especially when it comes to security cameras. And yet, so much of the security camera footage you see on the nightly news looks like it was shot twenty-years ago. Many times, companies in Houston try to save money by sticking with the same old surveillance systems they’ve had for decades. This can cause grainy, subpar footage that won’t be of use to anyone if a theft does occur. Take a deeper look at three things that can make security camera footage look so bad.
1 - Outdated Equipment
Has it been a while since you installed your system? Old equipment can limit your ability to capture clear footage. This is a big reason why so many people struggle to capture footage that can be used by the police and loss prevention teams.
The process of recording footage on old analog cameras hinders the clarity in two ways. First, the video signal is sent to a digital video recorder (DVR) which then processes the signal and records it. Second, it requires two cables (one for power, one for video) and a direct connection to the DVR. The end result is limited platform resolution and low frame rates.
2 - Limited Storage
How your security camera footage is stored can contribute to low quality video. High resolution cameras typically need more space for storage, which can cost more money. To save a few dollars, many business owners in Houston choose lower resolutions that don’t require as much storage space.
Most DVRs allow you to vary the recording quality, and you might be tempted to lower the quality to take up less space. Lower quality recordings, however, cause blurry, pixelated footage. Though the FBI recommends 640 x 480 minimum resolution for surveillance footage, that isn’t often clear enough to identify people who have vandalized or stolen your property.
3 - Bad Lighting
When it comes to lighting, there are two ways it can work against you. Low lighting can make your video footage dark. Excess lighting can make your images looked washed out. Both leave you with video that is unusable. Keep these issues in mind as you look at the areas covered by your security cameras:
Levels of light should be high enough to produce a clear image that is useful.
Light sources should not be in the field of view of the security camera.
Cameras should be mounted below light sources to prevent glare.
Bright sunlight can cause blooming and streaking on video footage; be careful of this on cameras placed in entryways and exits.
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