I want to connect a CCTV camera to a Laptop to record the images/Video via a USB dazzle capture card. How to connect it with scart connection to computer or Laptop?
There are video cards that support a number of input formats: F-connector, composite, S-Video, maybe BNC.
Shop around for the right video card.
Alternatively, you can buy a camera that becomes a network device and you can view the output of the camera through a web browser. Capture the video stream with VLC or some other program if you like. That solution just requires a ethernet connection and cabling (or wireless).
Connecting a CCTV Camera to a Video Server
There is no question that the world of video surveillance is changing. The interest in IP Video surveillance systems is increasing rapidly and it will soon replace analog CCTV as the standard for Video Security and Surveillance. The transition from an analog system to an IP based system can be confusing to say the least. With many companies already having invested in their current CCTV security system, the thought of abandoning their current investment to keep up with technology can be difficult. In fact, for most companies, rolling out an entire IP based system and abandoning an existing CCTV system would not be cost effective. Companies interested in receiving the benefits offered by IP Video Surveillance should consider a transition into the IP world that would still allow them to utilize the investment in their current CCTV cameras. This transition can easily be achieved by connecting a CCTV camera to a Video Server.
Why Connect a CCTV Camera to a Video Server
You may ask yourself why you would want to connect a CCTV camera to a video server. If you connect a CCTV camera to a video server, you instantly add all the benefits of an IP based system to your existing CCTV camera. The combination of the CCTV camera and the video server effectively creates an IP based camera solution. Video servers share many of the same features as IP cameras including a built-in web server. Motion detection recording, FTP uploads, e-mail snapshots and remote access are just some of the benefits instantly available once you connect a CCTV camera to a video server.
Installing Your Video Server
The next thing you would need to know is how to connect a CCTV camera to a video server. This process is usually quite simple. The first step is to get the video server on your network. Most video servers should be DHCP compatible allowing them to obtain an IP address from your computer network once plugged in. Once the video server is powered up and connected to the network, you will need to run the video server’s IP utility to search for and locate the video server on the network. If the video server is not found by the IP utility, then you may need to change your computer’s IP address to an IP address in the same range as the default IP of the video server. Once the IP utility finds the video server, you can then log in and make any configuration changes required. It is strongly recommended that the video server be given a static IP address at this point to ensure consistent connectivity.
Connecting Your CCTV Camera to the Video Server
With the video server now setup and accessible on your network, you are ready to connect a CCTV camera to the video server. The CCTV camera should be equipped with a BNC connector on the end of the video cable. Simply connect the BNC connector to the “Video In” on the video server and the images should be viewable from the video server’s web interface. If the video server has more than one channel, you can connect other CCTV cameras to the remaining “Video In” connectors. If the CCTV camera(s) and video server support audio, then you should connect the audio cable from the camera (or external microphone) after connecting the video feed. Some video servers may also come with a communication port for Pan/Tilt/Zoom controls on the CCTV camera. If this is the case, you should refer to the documentation for both the video server and the CCTV camera for instructions on connection and configuration of the Pan/Tilt/Zoom controls.
Don’t Be Limited by the Capabilities of a CCTV System
In conclusion, don’t be limited by the capabilities of an existing CCTV surveillance system for fear of losing the investment in CCTV Cameras. Video Servers provide investment protection for companies who have already installed a CCTV security system, and now want to add the benefits of IP network security.