Proper video logging system.

Proper video logging system.

Video logs. What are video logs? Why are they important? Many make the mistake of buying good cameras then cheaping out on the DVR. Even if you do have these great cameras – let’s say something goes missing. When did it go missing? What footage do you need to look at?

It is sad that in 2015, many DVRs still give you a pile of files to search through, in one hour increments, sorted by camera. Where did movement occur? No way to tell, and what’s worse is many only allow you to view one file at a time! Not only are you stuck watching six hours of video, you’re stuck watching it 2 times, or 4 times, or 10 times depending on how many cameras you have. We wouldn’t wish this punishment on the very people who are trying to rob us, but for some reason, we inflict it on ourselves with low quality DVRs.

Moving frame count on video logs, so you can see where movement occurred. The ability to watch multiple cameras at once – and scroll through them by timestamps, all at the click of a mouse. Computerized detection of the precise moment an item went missing, and more. All of this is available with quality software. It makes the difference between five hours of wasted time searching video logs, and 3 minutes of productive scanning to find and review precisely what happened when loss or robbery occurs.

Here we go over the importance of a proper video log by comparing a GeoVision system to a generic eBay DVR.