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I have used and tested a lot of CCTV hardware and Software I have listed below some of the ones I like the most

CCTV Software Comparision

Software

Netcam Studio

I have been in IT for over twenty years, and most recently I have been working for a large security firm that designs and builds security and safety systems, so I been working with many CCTV cameras, systems and software and also been working with home CCTV solutions.

Most CCTV cameras you can buy come with very basic software which you use to setup and configure cameras for movement detection and notification which is suitable if you are only doing basic monitoring but most people sooner or later will look into a better software solution.

There are a lot of free and paid software out there and finding a good solution that is not too expensive, supports your equipment and has all the features you want is not that easy without a lot of research.

I have researched, tested and installed many free and paid solutions but by far the best one so far is Netcam Studio http://www.netcamstudio.com with a clean and simple interface and it's extensive hardware support I was able to get my four quite obscure non-IP cameras and one IP camera working in no time.

There is a free version which is fully functional but only allows two cameras and has a watermark and for some people this will be suitable but for a small fee you can increase the number of cameras and remove the watermark.

Netcam Studio supports all the normal connections Network, IP, ONVIF, RTSP, HTTP & Local cameras etc. and getting cameras connected is very easy and once connected you can setup the extensive motion detection and notification options such as face and number plate recognition which most packages don’t have as standard.

As well as the main x32/x64 server application, there is:

  • Netcam Studio Client – to remotely access the server
  • Netcam Studio Mobile – to install on Android or iOS devices to remotely access the server
  • Netcam Studio Smart Camera – turns old phones into CCTV cameras
  • Universal Source Filter - DirectShow Source Filter enables the use of network cameras and external streams
  • Open-source Clients – Download the source from Github and customize.

One of the many other things I like about Netcam is its low resource usage; many other solutions I tested had very high CPU & Memory usage meaning you need to install on a high-end system, Netcam Studio needs hardly any and runs very well in the background as a service.

Overall I would I would highly recommend this solution and with the excellent support, Regular updates and other supporting software it makes the ideal cost effective solution.

ISpyConnect

iSpy is an open source video surveillance application. It's compatible with the vast majority of consumer webcams and IP cameras. With more than 2 million users worldwide, iSpy works with more cameras and devices than anything else on the market.

Started back in 2007 the software has continually evolved and improved to become a robust, feature rich solution.

The number one use of iSpy is small business security, but home monitoring, neighbourhood watch, checking in on the kids, desktop monitoring, nanny-watch and mobile access through an iSpyConnect.com are valued features.

Facial recognition and detection of changes in lighting and audio offer the subtleties that set the software apart from competitors.

Getting started with iSpy is easy: all you need is a webcam or IP camera connected to your computer or network.

iSpy connects to the camera and shows the live view. You can then define specific areas of the video that iSpy should watch for movement, and set a threshold value for the amount of motion that would trigger automatic recording. iSpy can also operate in always-recording or manual recording modes and supports scheduling and remote access (with an iSpyConnect subscription)

iSpy was designed to provide a low-cost alternative to expensive surveillance systems. It has become a highly scalable application that can be tailored to record and take actions on specific incidents as defined by the user either locally or remotely.

XMEye

XMEye is video monitoring software for IPC and DVR. With cloud technology, easy log in by the device's serial number to show the live view monitoring video to phone and do operation accordingly.

Support log in with cloud technologySupport real time live viewSupport remote playbackLocal recording and playSupport snapshot and pictures searchingSupport bidirectional talkSupport PTZ controlSupport scanning serial number by QR codeSupport cloud user register and modifySupport remote device add, edit and deleteSupport local device add, edit and deleteSupport adding device by addressSupport manually searching device in LANSupport version updating automaticallySupport searching device function by shake

MIPC Cloud IPC client, view clear realtime video anywhere and anytime.Support PTZ, can change camera's view direction by touch the screen.Realtime networks status analyze, P2SP, network bandwidth adapt, NAT traversal.Support 720P 1M pixels realtime video view on multi-core Android deviceSupport video smart record, video record notify realtime, query list and remote playback from internet.Support Config device from intranet and internet.Support snapshot.Realtime Alarm and Messages realtime push.Support QRCode scanning login.
   
   
   
   

Hardware

Dericam is one of the best CCTV manufacturers there are with great hardware at great prices, I have purchased and used for many years.
MAISI is a fast growing UK based company with a vast wealth of retail experience. We commit in bringing the latest in technology and consumer gadgets direct to you at the most compatible prices, ranging from in-car dashcams, to indoor/outdoor security cameras, to CCTV camera systems. - all of which are covered by an 12 month worry-free warranty. Along with our 24/7 customer support, when you buy from MAISI, peace of mind is included.
Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as the “Company” or “Hikvision”) was established in November 2001, founded with 49% foreign capital. The company was officially listed on Small and Medium Enterprise Board (SME Board) in China Shenzhen Stock Exchange on May 28, 2010 (002415.SZ). As of September 16, 2016, Hikvision has a market capitalization of more than $20 billion USD, more than 18,000 employees and 40 wholly-owned subsidiaries or shareholding companies worldwide.

ANNKE® is the manufacturer of Do-it-Yourself Video Surveillance Equipment. All ANNKE® products are designed with the latest security technology accessible, affordable and user-friendly for do-it-yourself installation.

ANNKE®’s main product includes IP CCTV cameras, Digital Video Recorder, Network Video Recorder, Wireless IP cameras, and Surveillance Systems, we committed to continuously evolving cutting-edge technology also designing new products.In 3 years,

ANNKE® has established sales channels globally; we have sold in number of countries, including United States, Britain, Germany, France, Australia, Spain and Russia, and more than FIVE HUANDRED MILLION end users.

ANNI Digital Technology Co.,Ltd., established in 2008, is devoted to supplying top-notch security products. We hae a wide range of security products including security cameras, security camera systems and IP cameras, wired & wireless. The basic aim for the company is to provide customers with the most cost-effective products that suit the needs for all. Trust us, you will get peace of mind all the time
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