Der HDVR Rekorder
The HDVR from ABUS sets new standards in high-end video recording. As a pioneer in tribrid recording, it integrates analog, HD-SDI, and network cameras in an overall system for the first time. With performance features that set standards, unique software, and extensive security functions, this ABUS recorder solution is the recording system for a wide variety of requirements and is perfect for the demanding project business. In the configurator, you can choose from more than 250 possible combinations to put together the right system for every surveillance system on a customized basis.

The advantages at a glance

  • Tribrid recording: Support for all three common camera technologies
  • Pure performance: HD/SD resolution in real time on all channels
  • Individual configuration: the perfect solution for every project
  • Developed for continuous use 24/7
  • High storage capacity plus data security
  • High-end software made in Germany: intuitive user interface and
    premium security functions
  • Investment protection through efficiency and extensibility

Analog cameras, HD-SDI, and network cameras in the tribrid system

The HDVR processes the signals of all three common camera technologies: analog, HD-SDI, and IP. The number and type of camera inputs are freely configurable: 4 video cards for analog (16 channels each), HD-SDI (4 channels each), and network cameras can be combined. This allows you to gear the system perfectly toward the requirements of your project planning. If a project relies on HD 1080p network cameras, for example, HD-SDI cameras can be used in areas without broadband network access.

Individual component selection using the configurator

You use the configurator to put together your HDVR especially for your project. Using the HDVR basic version as a starting point, you make your own decisions regarding the most important hardware components, such as video cards, hard drives, and RAID configuration, and you choose the software settings. Choose from more than 250 possible combinations to build a tailored recorder that fulfills your requirements in an optimal manner, sets standards in terms of performance and extensibility, and leaves nothing to be desired.
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A high-end video surveillance solution for professional use

The HDVR is designed for 24/7 use in a professional environment.
It features long-life industry components that are constantly monitored
for malfunction and optimally protected thanks to innovative cooling management. The LED status display provides constant feedback about the state of the system, including system messages before maintenance intervals. Recordings are made using Seagate SV35 hard drives with high storage capacity and performance optimized for video surveillance; the drives also feature a mean time before failure of more than 1 million hours. The SV35 series is especially suitable for high write workloads and recording several parallel video streams. A RAID system with hard drive redundancy also ensures that data can be optimally recovered in the unlikely case of a hard drive failure. Before delivery, the assembled HDVR is subjected to a 24-hour burn-in test under full camera load with constant recording on all channels.
A three-stage testing protocol ensures that the componentswork together perfectly.

Maximum storage capacity of 8 TB – with a high level of protection against failure and loss of data

HD recording in real time on the maximum number of channels places high demands on the storage capacity. That’s why the HDVR has a capacity of up to 8 TB, which is achieved with 4 hard drives of 2 TB each. If less storage capacity is required, fewer hard drives are configured – unoccupied HDD slots can be retrofitted if required. To exclude the possibility of isolated data loss, the hard drives are organized in a system of independent hard drives, a RAID array. This enables loss-free recovery of data upon failure of a hard drive. You can read more about the topic of RAID under “Technology”.

Intuitive operation thanks to integrated VMS Enterprise software

As a complete system, the HDVR features optimal interaction between powerful hardware and software. The integrated video management software offers an intuitive user interface for monitoring, control, and management of video data, with many settings being made using drag & drop. The software also offers premium security functions for tamper surveillance. Several HDVR systems can be centrally monitored using the monitor station function; web access from a browser is standard. The display on up to two monitors offers an optimal overview when many cameras are in use.

A secure investment: a complete system instead of several standalone solutions

An HDVR replaces several standalone systems. The possible HD resolution on all channels reduces the number of required cameras by a factor of five. The integrated software reduces costs for upgrades and user training – high security standards and remote access to extensions are already integrated. The best possible system stability in 24/7 use, optimal flexibility for adjustment to project requirements, and good extensibility make the system future-proof and provide for optimal investment protection.

Performance features at a glance

  • Up to 16 HD-SDI channels
  • Up to 24 network camera channels
  • Up to 64 SD channels (analog standard cameras)
  • Real-time recording with 25 frames/sec. on all channels
  • Total frame rate of up to 1600 frames/sec.
  • H.264 hardware compression for a smooth live cast
  • Max. storage capacity of 8 TB with hardware RAID

Individual channel mix thanks to tribrid

For channel selection, more than 40 combinations are available to you.
The camera technologies of analog, HD-SDI, and network (SD/HD-SDI/IP) can be configured up to the maximum channel configuration (64/16/24): with the maximum number of analog cameras, there is a combination of 64/0/0; when the focus is on HD-SDI cameras, the combination is 0/16/0; and when the maximum number of IP cameras are in use, the combination is 0/0/24. Every combination in between is possible, as long as it can be implemented with four video cards, each with 16 analog channels,
4 HD-SDI channels, or 8 IP channels: analog channels can thus be extended in steps of 16 (0, 16, 32, 48, 64), HD-SDI in steps of 4 (0, 4, 12, 16), and IP channels in steps of 8 (0, 8, 16, 24).

HD resolution in real time – smooth images on all channels

Live cast, recording, and playback are in full resolution. Thanks to native recording, streams from HD network cameras are recorded at 25 fps on a one-to-one basis. All current ABUS network cameras are supported; see the compatibility list. The H.264 hardware compression allows images from analog and HD-SDI cameras to be recorded in very high quality with low space requirements, and it also allows them to be displayed as a live cast without delay or judder.

Configuration examples:

Analog channels
(SD @ 25fps)
HD-SDI channels
(HD 1080p @ 25fps)
Network channels
(HD 1080p @ 25fps)
Total channels
64 0 0 64 SD
0 16 0 16 HD-SDI
0 0 24 24 IP
48 4 0 48 SD / 4 HD-SDI
16 8 8 16 SD / 8 HD-SDI / 8 IP
16 0 16 16 SD / 16 IP
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Extension of the system; retrofitting or modification of channels

If the requirements for the selected system subsequently change, the configuration is simply adapted. Channels are added through the use of free slots; for systems with no free slots, the channels are replaced:
for example, replacing an analog card with an HD-SDI card allows 16 analog cameras to be replaced by 4 HD-SDI cameras. It is also possible to increase the storage capacity (see the section on hard drives) at any time. For retrofitting or modification of the HDVR, the device is sent back to ABUS Security-Center and converted to the new configuration there by trained personnel. Before delivery of the new version, a mandatory 24-hour test is carried out in accordance with the three-stage testing protocol.

Up to 4 hard drives with 8 TB of total storage

The storage capacity of the HDVR can be adapted depending on the number of cameras, the desired recording duration / camera, and the requirements on site. The hardware offers slide-in slots for 1 to 4 hard drives with 2 TB each. This allows the required storage space to be efficiently used – an investment in “dead” storage space is unnecessary.
At the same time, the use of several hard drives meets the requirements for a RAID system. The slots are accessible from outside, allowing drives to be replaced and added. They are also protected from unauthorized access by a lock.

Examples for recording duration:

Number of channels Storage capacity Daily consumption Recording period
64 SD 8 TB 675 GB 11,85 Tage
16 HD-SDI 8 TB 1350 GB 5,93 Tage
16 IP 4 TB 1012,5 GB 3,95 Tage
Note: The specified values are approximate.

RAID 1, 5 or 10

A RAID system or RAID array combines several hard drives into a logical drive. Redundancies (duplex data or parity data) are created in order to recover lost data in case of a hard drive failure. This increases the protection against failure of the system; depending on the RAID level, the data throughput is also increased. A hardware RAID with its own controller is considered to provide better performance than a software RAID – and is used with the HDVR. RAID should not be understood as a replacement for a full-fledged data backup system, because it does not protect from data loss caused by viruses or data that is incorrectly written.

Windows 7 Embedded on SSD

Windows 7 Embedded ensures the highest level of stability and security. The operating system is tailored to the requirements in video surveillance; unnecessary complexity that could lead to instability or operator errors is eliminated. Windows 7 makes optimal use of the strengths of the Intel iCore 7 CPU installed in the HDVR and provides performance reserves for multitasking. This becomes apparent when you see the very smooth image during simultaneous display of several HD megapixel cameras, for example. With an SSD (Solid State Disk) as the storage medium, mechanical wear is minimized, and the startup and operating speed is increased: the system can be booted in approx. 10 seconds! Another advantage: Windows runs on the SSD and does not take up any storage space on the hard drives, making the drives completely available for video recording.

Integration in the server cabinet using a professional housing

The ideal location for the HDVR is an air-conditioned, secured server room. That's why the HDVR is delivered in a high-quality 4HE server housing of the leading housing manufacturer Chieftec. Compact, equipped with sophisticated cooling management, and thoroughly tested, the housing provides support for time-saving installation and reliable operation in a server rack. It is designed to be easy to maintain and allows you to pull out the server rack completely when optional 26" telescopic rails are installed.

Here you configure your HDVR from more than 250 possible versions. Build your own system – exactly according to your ideas and the requirements
of your project.

Selection of the cameras/channels

How many channels do you want for each camera technology (analog/HD-SDI/IP)?






Selection of the hard drives

Select the desired storage capacity. Between 1 and 4 hard drives with 2 TB each are available. Then determine the RAID level corresponding to your requirements for data security (depending on the number of selected drives, not all RAID levels are available).

Storage capacity

2 TB
4 TB
6 TB
8 TB

RAID level


The HDVR is the perfect recording solution for the project business and professional users with the highest requirements for hardware and software. With the HDVR, you make no compromises, but instead provide a tailored system for every area of application.

Commercial and industrial use

With its diversity of channels and management of several devices using a monitoring station, the HDVR is the surveillance center for commercial properties and industrial complexes. The mix of analog, HD-SDI, and network cameras allows existing analog cameras to continue to be used efficiently, while HD cameras are retrofitted in critical areas. This protects your investment to the greatest possible degree.

Branch surveillance in retail stores, for example

For the surveillance of several branches, such as retail stores, the advantages of the VMS software become apparent: Using the monitor station function, several HDVR recorders are linked together and managed on a software interface. In this way several recorders can be monitored on a centralized basis using an HDVR recorder.

Process optimization in production and logistics

Industrial plants successfully use video surveillance for monitoring production and delivery processes for efficiency, minimization of rejects, and occupational safety, as well as to clear up any cases of employee theft. Anywhere that additional cameras for process optimization are required in addition to those for regular surveillance, the HDVR impresses with its large number and versatility of channels.

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