Camera Course Summer 2020 Overview

This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology testing.

Lots of manufacturer training exists but none it really teaches the underlying technologies and tradeoffs of current 2020 camera technology. This IPVM course solves this.

Camera Course Video Introduction

What the IPVM Camera Course Covers

In 12 sessions, updated for 2020, including new training on AI, we cover surveillance cameras extensively.

(1) Basic Lenses

The course starts with the fundamentals - lens length, FoV/AoV, varifocal vs fixed focal and focusing - to make sure everyone understands how to use, calculate and plan coverage area.

(2) Advance Lenses

We then proceed to F stops, DoF, lens irises, and shutter speed so attendees understand the impact on low light performance and image quality.

(3) Image Quality

With lensing covered, we turn to resolution and compression, breaking down quantizations levels, quality tradeoffs and measuring image quality variances.

(4) Streaming

Covering codecs (H.265, H.264, etc.), smart codecs and streaming modes (MBR, VBR, CBR), we explain the tradeoffs between bandwidth, image quality and network impact. [NOTE BANDWIDTH MOVES HERE]

(5) WDR / FPS / AGC / DNR

Here we teach the differences across WDR performance, show the impact of frame rate increases (up to 120fps) and explain the critical role and side effects of gain control and digital noise reduction (2DNR, 3DNR, etc.).

(6) Low Light

Covers D/N, IR, Integrated IR, Smart IR, 'super' low light and thermal, contrasting these options and teaching the pros and cons of each one.

(7) PPF

We teach how to use PPF / PPM correctly, what mistakes to avoid and how to incorporate this to improve the quality of your designs.

(8) AI / Smart Cameras

New for 2020, we explain the options and tradeoffs amongst cameras offering VMD, video analytics, ‘AI’, ‘Deep Learning’ including performance issues, hardware options and future trends.

(9) Form Factors

Covers domes, minidomes, turrets, boxes, bullets, PTZs, and cubes, plus IK and IP ratings, explaining the tradeoffs and key reasons for using one vs the other.

(10) Panoramic And PTZs

Fisheye, multi-imager panormarics, and PTZs are the most common choices for covering wide areas. We examine the tradeoffs amongst them, including resolution, range, usability, low light and more.

(11) ONVIF / API & SDKs

Learn what API and SDKs are, going through practical examples of camera and VMS manufacturer's APIs. Plus, understand ONVIF S, G, C, Q and T profiles, breaking down the strengths and limitations of these offerings.

(12) Camera Selection

In our capstone session, we pull all of the training together, showing you how to select and use different camera technologies in common scenarios including parking lots, offices, hallways, entrances, license plates and more.

Who Should and Should NOT Take this Course

Even if you have lots of hands on experience with surveillance cameras and manufacturer training, you should take this course. It teaches cameras at much greater depth than what regular field work or product specific training provides.

However, if you have no experience with IP cameras, you should not take this course unless you can commit to spending 10 to 15 hours per week studying. We have had many people take this course without experience and do very well, but only if they dedicate sufficient time to studying. You cannot pass this course simply by reading a few hours the night before the exam.

Course Instructor

The course will be lead by John Scanlan from IPVM. In addition to heading up several

training courses, John is an integral contributor to video coverage and testing. Before coming to IPVM, John worked as a FE for several retailers & banks, owned a small business dealing communications equipment to hedge funds, and before that was a regional IT Manager.

John will lead each session, with others from IPVM moderating questions and providing feedback on related IPVM research and testing.

Course Calendar

We will add details here shortly

Recorded Sessions

All sessions are recorded and posted for viewing on-demand anytime the same day the session is held.

Certification

At the end of classes, you will take a comprehensive final exam including multiple choice and essay questions. If you pass, you will become IPMVU Camera certified (see list of IPVM Certified Professionals).

More About IPVM Courses

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The member's price is $299, but through June 25th, save $50 for early registration. This covers classes, personal help, and certification.

If you are not already an IPVM member, registration also includes 1 month of IPVM membership.

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