I was very reluctant to spend the money for this software, but I am very glad I did. You have far more features and options than the software that comes with the cameras, and I believe this will work with other brands of cameras although I have not tried it. It is great being able to record video rather than just still images, and you can control 100 areas of the image for motion activation so for example, a tree branch moving in the wind does not activate the recorder. You can view more than 4 cameras on 1 page, and the images are larger than with the included software, and you have multi-camera recorded image viewing, at home I have a camera showing the driveway, one showing the sidewalk, and one showing the large sunroom/entry area and when you view the recording you can see a person on several cameras at once . You get a bar graph of each day that shows at what time which recorder was in operation and what mode activated the recording, timer, motion, heat, or manual. You can set the amount of space you want each camera to use on the hard drive and then it will overwrite the older recordings, I figure I will be able to get a couple months of three camera activity on my laptop hard drive of 250gb, I am actually using a usb external drive just for this purpose. It is hard to describe the wealth of features, the software includes with the cameras is not bad, but this takes it to a whole new level. I have as much investing in this software as in my 3 entry level cameras, but I would absolutely do it again. I have been involved with computers for many years and have suffered many software and hardware disappointments, but this is one of the few times my expectations were exceeded.
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