Configuring recording settings for cameras - Security Center 5.7

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.7

Applies to
Security Center 5.7
Last updated
2021-12-16
Content type
Guides > Administrator guides
Language
English (United States)
Product
Security Center
Version
5.7

To set the recording mode (continuous, on motion, and so on) or enable encryption for your cameras, you can do so through the Recording tab of each individual camera.

Before you begin

If you use multiple disk groups for archive storage, temporarily set the recording mode to OFF, and then re-enable it at the end of the process. Doing this prevents you from creating video files on the wrong disk group.

What you should know

  • The recording settings of cameras affect your disk space.
  • Recording settings defined in the Recording tab of an individual camera supersede the settings defined in the Camera default settings tab of the Archiver.

Procedure

  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the Video task.
  2. Select the camera to configure, and then click the Recording tab.
  3. In the Recording settings option, select one of the following:
    Inherit from Archiver
    The camera inherits the recording settings configured for the Archiver role in the Camera default settings tab.
    Custom settings
    The camera uses its own settings.
  4. From the Recording modes drop-down list, select one of the following recording modes:
    Continuous
    Records continuously. Recording cannot be stopped by the user ().
    On motion/Manual
    Records when triggered by an action (such as Start recording, Add bookmark, or Trigger alarm) through motion detection, or manually by a user. In this mode, the Record button in Security Desk appears in one of the following ways:
    • Grey () when the Archiver is not recording
    • Red () when it is recording but can be stopped by the user
    • Red with a lock () when it is recording but cannot be stopped by the user (on motion or alarm recording)
    Manual
    Records when triggered manually by a user. In this mode, the Record button in Security Desk appears in one of the following ways:
    • Grey () when the Archiver is not recording
    • Red () when it is recording but can be stopped by the user
    • Red with a lock () when it is recording but cannot be stopped by the user (on motion or alarm recording)
    Custom
    Recording is specified by a custom schedule. For more information about creating schedules using the System task, see Creating schedules.
    CAUTION:
    Recording schedules of the same type (for example, two daily schedules) cannot overlap, regardless of the recording mode configured for each. When a scheduling conflict occurs, the Archiver and the video units are displayed in yellow in the entity browser and they issue entity warning messages.
    Off
    Recording is off (), even when an alarm is triggered.
  5. Configure the following advanced recording settings:
    Record audio
    Switch ON to record audio with your video. A microphone entity must be attached to your cameras. For more information, see Configuring camera settings.
    Record metadata
    Switch ON to record metadata with your video.
    Redundant archiving
    Switch ON to allow primary, secondary, and tertiary servers to archive video at the same time. This setting is effective only if failover is configured. For more information, see Setting up Archiver failover.
    Automatic cleanup
    Specify a retention period for recorded video (in days). Video archives older than this period are deleted.
    Time to record before an event
    Use the slider to set the durantion (in seconds) recorded before an event. This buffer is saved whenever the recording starts, ensuring that whatever prompted the recording is also captured on video.
    Time to record after a motion
    Use the slider to set the durantion (in seconds) recorded after a motion event. During this time, the user cannot stop the recording.
    Default manual recording length
    Use the slider to select the duration (in minutes) the recording lasts when it is started manually by a user, or when the Start recording action is triggered.
    Encryption
    Switch ON to enable fusion stream encryption for all cameras managed by the selected Archiver. Only users who have one or more of the listed Certificates installed on their workstations can view video.
    NOTE: In order to enable Encryption, you must add at least one encryption certificate to the Archiver role. For more information, see What is fusion stream encryption?.
  6. Click Apply.