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Setting up home video/security, 1 question

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by mickeyfinn, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. mickeyfinn

    mickeyfinn Thread Starter

    Apr 14, 2008

    I'm setting up a home security video system.

    I found an inexpensive color monitor and I think it was used for video production as opposed to being a security monitor. It's a Panasonic CT-1384Y.

    It has 3 inputs which is precisely what I need. Will it be OK to use this as an "always on" security monitor?


  2. n2gun


    Mar 3, 2000
    should work just fine, as long as you have the right connections.
  3. Soundy


    Feb 17, 2006
    I work in video security, I've installed and later removed literally dozens of CT-1384Ys :)

    The only problem with leaving any CRT monitor on for a long time in a surveillance application is that it will suffer from "burn-in", where a static image can cause the phosphors to fade and become dim over time.

    Plasma TVs can suffer the same problem, as seen in this example:

    That said, the CT-1384Ys seem to be particularly robust compared to a lot of newer monitors I put in to replace them - many of them have been in service for at least a half-dozen years, and the newer Nationals and Pelcos I replace them with get nasty burn-in withing two years.

    What's your "inexpensive price"? These things typically retailed in the $500-$600 range.

    I'd recommend turning any CRT off when you're not watching it, or put it on a timer that will shut it off when it's not needed.
  4. K7M


    Feb 27, 2000
    I purchased a 4 input PCI video card and put into an older computer with a LCD monitor. It came with software and you can set it to record only when there is movement in front of the camera. It records each cam feed into a separate file for later viewing and you can capture and print individual frames. here is the link to where I bought it. (hope the link works)
    I forgot to mention that you can also monitor it from other locations on your network and across the internet with another piece of software.
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