Originally Posted by videobruce
The way Hollywood portrays CCTV systems, namely the images produced is utterly ridiculous. Forget poetic license, they need a serious reality check.
Recordings off of a Beta 3 tape that was copied a few times look better with real systems, especially IP based, as these would be.
Probably the biggest myth is that all these cameras are connected in a way that can be accessed like in this show or movies like "Enemy of the State".
While the public city cameras would likely be able to be tapped into that way, those owned by businesses are seldom set up in a way that they could be connected to outside of the TV screen attached to them. There are still plenty of cameras out there running into dirt old time lapse video tape recorders. Even among those running into a network-enabled DVR, few of them are actually set up to be viewed remotely. Many don't even have a connection (wired or wireless) to allow them to, even if the software allows for it. Cameras with built in IP capabilities are still a bit new for the average convenience store to be using them.
In fact, most businesses prefer their cameras are only seen in house.
At least this show doesn't keep jumping into the "enhance it" pool like the CSI shows do. Most of these IP cameras are barely SD, much less detailed enough to read someones name tag.Edited by NetworkTV - 3/13/13 at 7:16am