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AfterBurner 24 Hour Time-Lapse DVD Video Recorder / Burner


Designed specifically for police video surveillance operations, AfterBurner is able to record video in real-time, or in time-lapse, onto DVD write once disks. Once burnt, the disks are viewable on either a PC or standard, low-cost, DVD players.

The AfterBurner time-lapse DVD recorder may be configured for video quality and record rate via its front panel LCD display or serial interface. It is able to record 2 to 3 hours of high quality real-time video per DVD, which may be extended to 24 hours
(or more) in time-lapse mode.

When deployed, the system records to an internal hard disk buffer. As soon as 4.7 GB of data is available (1 DVD), AfterBurner automatically starts burning the recorded video to DVD. Once complete, a new blank disk may be inserted ready for the next download.

AfterBurner Time-Lapse DVD Recorder

Alternatively, the system may be used for long-term unattended recording, storing up to 10 DVDs of video to internal disk before burning. The recorder is 12 V DC powered and suitable for battery operation, ideal for covert installations.

AfterBurner time-lapse DVD recorder offers all the benefits of the very latest DVD digital video technology with the versatility of a traditional time-lapse VCR. Operationally, it has been designed in accordance with the UK’s Police Scientific Development Branch Digital Imaging Procedures by producing video evidence on closed, write-once, read-many (WORM) media that cannot be altered. This has the major benefit of allowing the use of standard (VCR tape based) evidential procedures and audit trails.


AfterBurner Technical Overview

AfterBurner operates by converting the video input to a digital uncompressed data stream. At this point, on screen display text is added to the video. Video is processed for time-lapse recording in a temporary video buffer before being MPEG-2 encoded and stored on a local hard disk. Recordings are then formatted for capability with standard DVD players and burnt to DVD disk.

Recording to hard-disk allows the re-burn of disks in the event of a power failure or malfunction and to provide duplicates when required. It is also possible to leave the unit unattended for a week or more, collecting data that can be downloaded to DVD at a later date.

Afterburner demo video clip (Full Res) (Medium Res)

AfterBurner System Diagram
Typical System Diagram

AfterBurner Detail


AfterBurner Time-Lapse DVD Recorder

AfterBurner Back


AfterBurner Specification

Outline Specifications:
Mechanical size (inc connectors) 260 x 155 x 90 mm
Operating temperature range 0 to +40 deg C
Finish Painted aluminium
Weight 2.2 kg (approx).
Operating voltage range 10 to 20 V DC
Typical power consumption Standby: <5mA at 12 V DC
Recording: <9W (~0.7A @ 12 V DC)
Recording and burning: <30W (~2.5A @ 12 V DC)
DC power connector 3 pin Lemo
Standard accessories AC mains PSU, DC power lead, user guide
DVDs Supported DVD -R, +R, -RW, +RW and +R dual layer
Max DVD burn rate x6
Typical DVD burn time 15 to 20 minutes
Internal hard-disk 120 GB Standard capacity (>24 DVDs of data)
(others disc available)
Alarm / external interface Contact to earth for change of record rate, with trigger options.
RS232 interface External control / firmware upgrade.
Internal record timers 4
Video standards supported PAL / NTSC (auto-switching)
Video I/O connectors BNC / S-Video mini Din
Video input / output level 1 Vpp into 75R
Digital sampling resolution PAL: 720 pixels by 576 lines
NTSC: 720 pixels by 480 lines
Video Compression MPEG-2 with time-lapse capability
Record time (non-timelapse) High quality: 1 hours
Medium quality: 2 hours
Low quality: 3 hours
Time-lapse recording modes 4, 8, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 Hours, 7 Days.
eg 24 hours in high quality typically
1 frame in 12 (2.1 pictures / sec)
Audio (with real-time video only):
Number of channels 2
Audio I/O connectors RCA Phono
Input impedance > 10 kR
Compression MPEG1 level 2
Input / output level Line: ~200 mV peak to peak


Product Codes

Product Code
AB1B-5252 AfterBurner 12 Volt PAL DVD Video Recorder / Burner with time-lapse capability. Supplied with UK mains, PSU and User Guide.
AB1B-5253 AfterBurner 12 Volt PAL DVD Video Recorder / Burner with time-lapse capability. Supplied with Euro mains PSU and User Guide.
AB1B-5254 AfterBurner 12 Volt NTSC DVD Video Recorder / Burner with time-lapse capability. Supplied with US mains PSU and User Guide.
AB1A-5367 Contour ShuttlePro2 - USB jog and shuttle pad.
AB1A-5376 AfterBurner DVD-Explorer replay and navigation software supplied on CD.
AB1A-5390 120GB hard disk upgrade for AfterBurner.


Due to continual product development Ovation Systems reserve the right to change specifications without notice. E&OE.