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What's difference between CIF, D1 and 960H for DVR?

Record resolution and recording frame rate are the most important specification for any DVR.
Both of them determined the quality of video.

For real-time recording, the frame rate is 30fps; it's fixed for every DVR. The highest recording
speed for a 4 channel DVR is 120fps, 8 channels DVR is 240fps, 16 channels is 480fps, 24
channel DVR is 720fps, 32 channel DVR is 960fps. 48 channels DVR is 1440fps. 64 channels
DVR are 1920fps.

Typically most of DVR provides recorded resolution as QCIF, CIF, 2CIF, and D1, 960H

QCIF: 176 X 120 Pixels

CIF: 352 X 240 Pixels
2CIF: 720 X 240 Pixels
4CIF: 704 X 480 Pixels
D1: 720 X 480 Pixels
960H: 976 x 582 Pixels
1080P HD-SDI DVR for HD-SDI CCTV Camera
720P and 1080P NVR for IP camera
What's CIF?
CIF is the abbreviation of Common Intermediate Format. CIF=360x240pixels
CIF format with follow features:
1. The resolution is suitable for video home system (VHS), with resolution 360x240pixels
2. Adopted non-interlaced scan
3. Using NTSC, play video maximum frame rate at 30 000/1001≈29.97fps/second
4. PAL TV system, resolutions reach up to 288 TV lines.
5. CIF format is an old standard for video surveillance system

What is D1?
In cctv system industry, everybody knows D1 is the resolution of recording, playback and
display resolution. Actually it's not true. D1 is a digital TV system standard format, it is divided
into the following categories:
D1: 480i format (525i): 720x480 (resolution 480tv lines, Interlaced), and NTSC tv system with
same resolution, Line frequency 15.25kHz, the equivalent of what we call 4CIF (720 × 576).

D2: 480P format (525p), 720x480 (resolution 480tv, progressive scan), with more clear
compared to the D1 interlaced, is e the equivalent of DVD resolution.

D3: 1080i format (1125i): 1920x1080 (resolution 1080 tv lines, interlaced scan), high definition
video format, resolution 1920x1080i/60Hz, Line frequency 33.75kHz.

D4: 720P format (750p), 1280x720 (horizontal resolution 720 tv lines, progressive scan), a low
resolution compared to D3, but with reason of progressive scan, many people feel D3 is more
clear than D4, especially when display the characters, resolution 1280x720p/60Hz, line
frequency 45kHz.

D5: 1080P format (1125P), 1920x1080 (horizontal resolution 1080tv lines, progressive scan), the
highest standard resolution in tv system, resolution 1920x1080P/60Hz, line frequency 67.5KHz.

What is 960H?
960H products are firstly intruded by Tec well and Sony, among analog security camera adopts
Sony new generation 960H CCD image sensors. Now, many security manufacturers begin to
launch 960H series products for security solution. The 960H high definition analog camera
adopts 960H CCD plus Effio DSP, offering high resolution, low noise and true color video
With development of 960H security camera, 960H DVR is coming into market. Only using 960H
security camera and 960H DVR can build up a high definition 960H video surveillance system.
960H DVR can recording the video at 700 TV lines. It's compatible with 700 TV lines 960H
security cameras. The 960H DVR offers high definition quality video both in real-time
recording, viewing, and playback.

Additionally, 960H resolution is 960x582, it's one quarter of 1080P resolution. So the 960H
system can switch to 1080P system smoothly. Last, 960H security camera is the analog camera,
transmitting video without delay, image resolution without coding or decoding, so the video
footage more clear.