- 1/3â€ Micron Progressive Scan CMOS
- Day and night function with Mechanical IR Cut Filter
- Integrated f3.3 ~ 12 mm / F1.6 Megapixel varifocal lens
- 0 Lux (IR LED ON)
- Selectable MPEG-4 SP / MJPEG compression
- Up to SXGA resolution at 8 FPS
- Multi-stream with variable frame rate in the same compression
- Shutter Speed, White Balance, Exposure, Gain Controls supported
- Two-way audio supported
- Hardware motion detection
- DC 12V or Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) supported
- IP66 weatherproof
Image chip size
Image chip type
MJPEG & MPEG-4
Indoor / Outdoor
Indoors or Outdoors
Colour / monochrome
Yes - no splitter required
Class 3 (6.49-12.95W)
1280 X 1024
Min. low-light lux
Lens Focal Length
Supplied with lens
Max. Images per second
Product Questions (18)
At the top of the page in the product desription you say it has a Sony SuperHAD CCD but both the additional information and the product data sheet say it has a CMOS sensor, this is both rather confussing and as I believe the CMOS is the acurate desciption a bit dissapointing
Question by: Harry on 8 Aug 2010 20:33:17
Sorry about that error on the product web page information for the ACTi ACM-1231, it is now corrected.
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 8 Aug 2010 20:33:17
how would you attach an external microphone to this camera? via a standard 3.5mm jack? Where would the sound be captured? Could you incorporate sound and video together via the software provided?
Question by: Ian on 13 Jan 2010 20:41:06
On the product datasheet the terminal block marked as number 2 is for connected Audio in/out devices.
The ACTi 1231 doesn't have a headphone/microphone style jacks, you need to wire them to the connector block in the rear of the camera.
You can configure the ACTi CCTV Recording software to record sound with your video, and you can then play them back in sync.
Hope that helps ...
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 13 Jan 2010 20:41:06
Hi, you mentioned that you can set the cameras to record at a certain time, how is that achieved? via the software? I want to record from 6pm till 10pm and after that I want the cameras to turn off until 6pm the next day, is this possible without physically touching the cameras? what about setting specific days to film only? Also can you set one camera to do specific days and hours, and another camera on the same network film at alternative hours? I am looking to have 4 cameras on the same network filiming at different times, please let me know if this is possible, thank you.
Question by: charlie on 3 Jan 2010 19:02:40
The answer is Yes.
You can use ACTi's Free Professional or Enterprise CCTV recording software to schedule recordings.
You can set different recording schedules for different cameras.
You can schedule to record for the same hours every day, or different scheduled hours for each day of the week (per camera).
You can even set a specific schedule for a specific calendar date!
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 3 Jan 2010 19:02:40
thank you very much for your very prompt reply, and to your expert inputs,
if you dont mind can you recommend a 3rd party software that i can use as an NVR, ACti software for me lacks features like recording information, and a few bugs i found out.
Question by: remil on 15 Dec 2009 10:50:39
We're working on a shortlist of three software solutions right now. Can I recommend that you join our forum / subscribe to our blog / follow us on Twitter; the conversation on "the best CCTV software" is ongoing, and there probably will not be a 'one size suits all' solution :-)
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 15 Dec 2009 10:50:39
what is the ideal bitrate, resolution , frames per second setting that i should use in NVR recording so that i can view at least 9 cams over the net..
here in the philippines a house hold internet bandwidth averages 1 MB downstream..
Question by: remil on 15 Dec 2009 10:35:34
It's not normally the downstream internet connection that is the limitation on performance, you need to bear in mind that at the site where the cameras and recording server are based then that site/system are acting as an internet server for your CCTV when you connect to it, and therefore it is the internet uplink bandwidth from that site which is typically the bottleneck - often this is a great deal less than 1MB.
All you can do is experiment to see what settings work in your circumstances. Make sure that if you are changing settings which affect the recordings at site then you are aware of that impact.
It's good, if you have the option, to use an efficient video codec for off-site viewing; H.264 is the most efficient; then MPEG4; then MJPEG is the hungriest for bandwidth!
Frame rate probably makes the biggest overall impact.
Try to keep your recorded resolution as high as possible; you want there to be good detail in the recorded images if you ever need to review them after an incident. If you must make a choice, then it is better to have one good image per second, than lots of images with poor detail ...
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 15 Dec 2009 10:35:34
can i view 25 cameras on a web site..? ive tried port forwarding to my NVR, i made a successful connection over the net but that was 2 cameras running, now we are using 25 cameras and i cant view it over the net anymore, seems i need a lot of internet bandwidth to view my cams offsite..
Question by: remil on 15 Dec 2009 10:07:12
It should be possible to get multi-views via the web e.g. quad, 9-up, 16-up, etc. Bandwidth is an issue and you will hit a ceiling of how many cameras, with how much activity, size of views and update rate.
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 15 Dec 2009 10:07:12
we have25 units installed in our compound ACti ACM 1231, what other way to know if the cameras are recording, aside from checking that the record button is pressed or actually checking that the camera directory is incrementing in bytes, it would be very helpful if theres a view like blinking RED Light the signifies that the cam is recording
Question by: remil on 15 Dec 2009 08:01:27
Hi There, I guess you are using ACTi's free NVR software. Unfortunately their software doesn't have such a feature, but some professional CCTV software solutions do ...
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 15 Dec 2009 08:01:27
you say it works on windows x.p. but does it also work on vista.. thanks
Question by: b.smith on 10 Dec 2009 20:24:59
ACTi say "Windows Vista (Business and Enterprise Edition)" in the spec for their Professional and Enterprise CCTV Recording Software. I imagine that's due to network access compatibility issues?
We've never had user feedback of problems with any particular Windows Operating System. Someone must be using these cameras with Vista, maybe try posting a question at our forum for some user feedback (sorry, no Vista machines here :-)
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 10 Dec 2009 20:24:59
Hi, Does this camera have the ability to view the live feed over a built-in web interface like other ip cctv systems, for example, to use dynamic dns to view via a web link.
Does this then mean that it will work on a network without any local storage (Broadband connection only for FTP/Email)?
Question by: Ian on 8 Dec 2009 12:21:05
Yes. You add your camera to your Local Area Network (LAN) and assign it an IP address on your network. You can then configure your router's Port Forwarding and Firewall Rules to allow access to that IP camera from the internet. You can then view the video feed in Internet Explorer. You can use dynamic dns to label that IP address with a friendly url instead of using the numeric IP address.
Yes, you can deploy it without local storage. Bear in mind that megapixel images are fairly large and need a reasonable amount of bandwidth to stream their images up to the internet.
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 8 Dec 2009 12:21:05
1. Does the camera capture sound?
2. Can you use alternative software programmes to play about with the video clips?
3. How large would a video clip filmed for 1 hour on high quality be?
Question by: Craig on 4 Dec 2009 22:41:27
1. The ACTi ACM-1231 does have two-way audio capability, but does not have a built-in microphone nor speaker. Therefore, you need to add and connect an external speaker and microphone.
2. Yes. If you scroll down to the bottom of the product page for the ACTi 1231 you will see video clips being hosted at YouTube, these will have been uploaded as AVI or other video format files.
3. At maximum 1.3 MP (1280 x 1024 pixels resolution) and the highest frame rate that this camera delivers for that resolution i.e. eight frames per second, one hour of continuous recording will need about 4GB of disk space.
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 4 Dec 2009 22:41:27
1. Can I connect this camera directly to a laptop or pc without a DVR?
2. If so will it display pictures or video?
3. Can I connect two cameras simultaneously on the same pc or laptop?
4. Can I turn the motion detection off on the camera?
Question by: Charlie on 4 Dec 2009 21:56:29
1. Yes, you can connect the camera directly to a PC, just as long as your PC/laptop has a network connection. All of the cameras that we promote are IP cameras (also known as network cameras), they are simply added to any existing network i.e. just plug them into an available port on your switch or router (you may need a switchover cable if you connect a single camera directly to your PC's network port).
2. Yes, your PC/laptop will display video from the camera. There are many options regarding how you display the video and which software you use. ACTi provide free CCTV recording software (on a CD in the box) with each new camera. You can install and use any third-party software solution which is compatible with this camera. You can integrate the video feed into a web page. You can simply use Internet Explorer to browse to the camera's IP address and view the video in the browser.
3. Yes, you need to manage the physical connecting of two cameras - typically your PC/laptop will only have one network port, so you will need more ports available to plug the cameras into. It is quite typical for a home or a small office to use a router to connect to the internet and for that router to have spare network ports, you can connect your IP/network cameras directly into those spare ports on your router. The cameras will then be on the same network as your PCs which connect via the router.
If you do not have sufficient spare ports on your router then you simply need to add a network switch (and connect it into one of your router's ports). If you are buying a new network switch for use with IP cameras please bear in mind the option to use Power Over Ethernet (POE) - take a look at the POE category of our webshop for lots of options which will allow you to supply power to your camera via the data cable, which makes for a very simple DIY installation.
4. Yes, you can opt to enable and use Video Motion Detection (VMD), or to simply schedule recording all the time, or just the days & hours of concern. NB - The only reason not to record continuously is to save disk space, and hard disk space is now cheap.
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 4 Dec 2009 21:56:29
Hi, Does this camera have any internal storage capability? eg. SD Card?
Otherwise can it send via email / FTP?
Also, what is the maximum distance for the IR at night? Thanks
Question by: Ian on 4 Dec 2009 16:35:23
1. No internal storage in the ACTi ACM-1231, you can check our 'Flash CCTV' category for a range of cameras with built-in storage.
2. Yes to email and ftp capability.
3. ACTi state 30m (90 feet) range for the built-in LEDs, but I'd say less, about half that would be more realistic.
Hope that helps ...
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 4 Dec 2009 16:35:23
How wide is the angle on this camera? i.e. in degrees? Can i set up a zoom and angle so that this camera, if moved, can be automatically returned to the original zoom and angle? What DVR do you recommend to bring the best out of this camera?
Question by: Charlie on 2 Dec 2009 18:47:31
The horizontal viewing angle can be set to any point between 24 and 90°.
This is what is known as a vari-focal lens, it needs to be manually adjusted and set to cover the required field-of-view.
It's a fixed camera e.g. you physically 'fix' it in a position with a particular view at the time of installation. It cannot be remotely or automatically re-positioned or returned to a particular view. To achieve that you need a PTZ (Pan / Tilt / Zoom) camera, with preset positioning functions (most PTZ cameras will be able to store 'presets'). Most will store 32 or 64 or more preset viewing positions. Check our 'PTZ IP Cameras' category in the left-hand menu for a range of PTZ cameras.
The best DVR for this camera would be anything from the QNAP VioStor range, again check the 'Brands' section of the left-hand menu and take a look at the QNAP category.
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 2 Dec 2009 18:47:31
how much bandwidth is required to stream live images from this camera?
Question by: jonathan on 18 Nov 2009 06:36:10
The ACTi ACM-1231 can use a maximum of about 9.7 Megabits per second, but it depends on a lot of factors:
- The image size which you select to use, in the case of the ACTi 1231 a maximum of 1280 x 1024 (1.3MP).
- At that maximum image size this camera can then deliver a maximum frame rate of 8 images per second (ips).
- What video compression technology is used; with the 1231 you have a choice of MJPEG or MPEG4 - MPEG4 is more bandwidth efficient.
- Then, how complex is the scene?
- How much motion is there in the scene?
Assuming a high complexity scene and constant motion at 1.3MP and 8 ips requires a maximum bandwidth requirement of 9.7Mbps.
However, it would be unusual to try to deliver 8 ips in a web feed.
Leaving all the other parameters as above and simply reducing the web feed to 1 ips reduces the bandwidth to 1.8 Mbps.
With a scene of average complexity, and average motion within the scene, and 1 ips the bandwidth drops to 0.66Mbps.
A 640 x 480 (VGA) video stream with high complexity and constant motion at 1 ips only needs 0.42 Mbps.
A VGA stream for a scene of average complexity and average motion needs only 0.16Mbps.
So, as you can see, there are many parameters which affect the bandwidth required.
Visit our blog and take a look at the 'Bandwidth and Storage Calculator' to trial the various parameters and their affects for yourself (click under pages in the RHS column). Click on the JVSG banner to visit the website of the Joint Video Security Group - you can download and evaluate the software for free for 21 days.
Answer by: Phil Stewkesbury (Admin) on 18 Nov 2009 06:36:10
This is a great camera in terms of the solid build and the list of configurable options / features and quality of video. The bracket is also very solid and very well designed. Day time p... A good camera, some points to watch out for.....Review by rae
Image quality is good, motion detection works well and it is a well made bit of kit. Overall price (compared to the market) is pretty good as well.