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ClearView Panther-16HP

16-channel HD DVR for surveillance systems

Item # 834PNTH16H

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The ClearView Panther-16HP DVR lets you connect the three most common types of surveillance cameras — HD-AVS, IP, and analog — so you can use it with any combination of older or newer cameras. Multiple inputs and outputs let you connect network devices, accessory hard drives, remote controls, and more.

HD security footage for up to 16 zones

The ClearView Panther-16HP DVR lets you connect the three most common types of surveillance cameras — HD-AVS, IP, and analog — so you can use it with any combination of older or newer cameras. Multiple inputs and outputs let you connect network devices, accessory hard drives, remote controls, and more.

The Panther-16HP supports full HD recording at 15 frames per second, and records to an internal 2TB hard drive. If you need more memory, dual SATA ports let you add up to 6TB of additional storage. You can set the DVR to record continuously, at scheduled intervals, or in response to triggers. The DVR's networking functions let you receive notifications and alerts on your mobile device so you can keep an eye on things remotely.

Product Highlights:

  • digital video recorder with 16 HD channels and 2TB internal hard drive
  • compatible with analog, HD, and IP surveillance cameras
  • resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (15 fps)
  • manual, continuous, and scheduled recording modes
  • receive alerts and notifications on your mobile device
  • privacy masking zones for cameras in sensitive areas
Connections and Interfaces:
  • simultaneous HDMI and VGA video output
  • 16-channel video input via BNC
  • 4-channel audio input via RCA
  • dual SATA ports for up to 6TB of additional memory
  • dual USB 2.0 ports: one front, one back
  • RJ-45 Ethernet port
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What's in the Box:

  • Panther-16HP-TRI 16-channel DVR
  • AC adapter with attached 59" DC output cord (DC output: 12V 5A)
  • 58" AC power cord (IEC 3-prong plug)
  • 79" Ethernet cable (RJ-45 plugs on both ends)
  • 10" SATA HDD cable
  • Mouse with attached 56" USB cable (Type A USB)
  • Two 12-pin plug-in RS-485 connectors
  • Ground screw (M3 x 5mm) with flat and split lock washers
  • 6 Hex/Phillips head screws (1/4" length)
  • User's Manual and Quick Start Guide on CD-ROM
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Overview: The ClearView Panther-16HP-Tri DVR is a 16-channel DVR (digital video recorder) with a built-in 2 TB HDD (hard disk drive). The DVR lets you simultaneously record video from up to 16 connected cameras. This DVR features "Tribrid" technology, which lets you connect three different types of cameras: HD-AVS, IP, and Analog. Even if your existing system has older analog cameras, you can upgrade your existing system while adding high-resolution HD recording capability.

Note: The Panther-16HP-Tri-Tribrid does not include any cameras in the box.

2 TB Capacity: The Panther-16HP-Tri DVR includes a built-in 2 TB HDD (hard disk drive) that gives you thousands of hours of storage. You can expand the capacity of the DVR by adding a second SATA HDD, if desired. The DVR can accept up to 8 TB of total storage.

Operating System: The Panther-16HP-Tri has an embedded LINUX operating system to maintain stable operation.

DVR: The component-style DVR lets you monitor and record video (at up to 30 fps) up to 16 channels of video from the remotely-mounted cameras. The unit also has four audio inputs for use with optional microphones. The system uses H.264 video compression and G.711 audio compression. You can set up the DVR to perform motion detection recording, scheduled recording, alarm recording, and manual recording. Each recording can be up to 120 minutes in length, with the default set to 60 minutes.

Monitoring: You can monitor all 16 cameras at the same time, a group of 4 or 9 channels, or any of the cameras individually. The DVR has an HDMI port for outputting HD video to a TV, and a VGA output for sending a composite signal to a PC or monitor.

Privacy Masking: If there are areas in the camera's view that you do not wish to show, you can use privacy masking to obscure those areas. Up to 4 zones per camera can be selected for privacy masking.

Pan Tilt Zoom: When PTZ-capable cameras are connected, you can set up each camera to pan and tilt up/down/left/right in a constant pattern, or when an alarm is triggered. You can also control the panning speed, zoom, focus, and iris.

Network Operation: The Panther-16HP-Tri supports real-time monitoring via a network connection. You will be able to monitor on a PC as a web viewer, as part of a CMS (central management system), or on a smartphone app (iPhone, iPad, Android, or Windows Phone). In addition, you can perform video recording searches remotely, and control the pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) action on compatible cameras.

Video Playback: When you are ready to play back recordings, you can search by time, type, or channel. Videos can be played back at normal speed, fast play, slow play, manual frame-by-frame playback, and reverse play. You can switch to the previous or next file, or any file in the current play list. If there are files from another channel recorded at the same time, you can immediately switch to that file. All channel synchronous real time playback is also available. In continuous play mode, the next file automatically plays when the current file ends.

Backup: The Panther-16HP-Tri allows you to backup your HDD via the provided USB ports. You can use a flash drive, portable HDD, or a disk burner. You can also perform backup to the cloud via network download for off-site storage.

Connections: The Panther-16HP-Tri DVR has the following connections:

  • Front Panel: USB port (Type A) for connecting supplied optical mouse
  • Rear Panel:
    • Video In: BNC x16
    • Audio In: RCA x4
    • Audio Out: RCA
    • USB Port (Type A)
    • Network Port: RJ-45
    • HDMI (Type A)
    • Video VGA Output: Female DE-15
    • PTZ Control: 2-pin RS485 port (labeled "A/B")
    • Power Socket: DC 12V (Tip +)
    • Ground Screw
    • Alarm Input/Output: Two 12-pin RS485 connectors
    • Power Switch

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