The Three Main Types Of DVR Security Systems

December 13th, 2018

When it comes to protecting your home, it’s not always easy to know exactly what is needed – just that some kind of protection is a must. There are numerous systems out there and various components that go into each one. However, one thing that must be considered is what type of security camera system will be used.

DVR, or Digital Video Recorders, have long been the standard for security camera footage. But there are actually a few different types of DVR systems that are available, and it’s important to choose the right one for your specific needs.


A PC based DVR system uses software that is installed on a PC. It will also be connected to a hard drive for storage and a video capture device that captures incoming video and stores it on the hard drive.

These systems have no limitations in terms of storage spaces, and are fully expandable and flexible, making it easy for those who use them to upgrade and adapt as needed. The system is also easy to use since it relies on existing computer technology and hardware to view live footage and review existing recorded footage.

Embedded DVR

These systems are standalone units. Instead of being housed on a PC, the system is made up of hard drives and video capture devices that are linked together. The software is stored on the unit itself, and it is generally protected from viruses and hacking since it is not linked to a PC.

Many of today’s security cameras are actually DVR units on their own – the camera itself captures video and stores it on its own built-in hard drive, making it an embedded DVR system. This allows for multiple cameras to be installed without the need for running cables or wires or connecting to a central recording device.

Hybrid DVR

Hybrid DVR units combine analog and digital technologies and can also blend embedded systems with remote storage. The hybrid system records a variety of different video – CCTV footage, IP camera footage, and more. The video is all fed back into the hard drive storage unit where it can be reviewed.

There are no recording restrictions on these devices, and it’s easy for users to navigate the recorded, stored information and video. However, it does lack some features and has less flexibility or scalability when compared to other options available. Still, those who want to record in multiple formats will find that a hybrid system is a good option.

The Bottom Line

Every property is different, and every security need is unique. As such, it’s important for those who need security systems installed to take the time and discuss their goals with a security expert. This way, each type of camera system can be reviewed and explained further and you and your security professional can work together to determine what camera is right for your needs.

Each of the options above has its own pros and cons, and finding the right system begins by knowing what you need.