Video export formats - Security Center 5.10

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The video export formats that are available in Security Desk determine the media player that is used to view the exported video files. You can export video in G64x, G64, ASF, and MP4.

G64x and G64 formats

G64x and G64 are Security Center video formats that support audio, bookmarks, date-time information, metadata overlays, and motion indicators. All event markers are included in the exported file, except metadata markers. These formats also support variable frame rate and variable image resolution.

NOTE: The G64 format is deprecated and has been superseded by G64x. Only use G64 to ensure compatibility with Security Center 5.2 and earlier, and Omnicast™ 4.8 and earlier.

If present, G64x files automatically inherit the digital signature from the original video. There can only be one signature per file. If an exported video sequence has multiple signatures, a separate file is generated for each signature. Additionally, G64x is the only format that can be re-exported, if that option is selected during export.

When you export multiple video sequences from the canvas simultaneously, they can be combined into a single G64x file. G64x files are also created when you export an incident package using incident recording in a tile. Depending on how you export the video, the video sequences are either played back in the same tiles that they were playing in when they were exported, or played back within a single tile, in the order that they were recorded.

NOTE: Federated Omnicast™ cameras cannot be exported in G64x format. If you select G64x format, the video sequences from federated Omnicast™ cameras are exported in multiple G64 files instead of the packaged G64x file. These G64 files will carry a digital signature if the original video was signed.

You need Security Desk or the Genetec™ Video Player to view G64x and G64 files.

ASF format

Advanced Systems Format (ASF) is a Microsoft proprietary data format. This format supports audio information and variable frame rate, but not metadata associated with the video sequence. Date and time information is also not supported, but it can be overlaid on the video images during the exporting process.

If the video sequence that you want to export uses multiple image resolutions (CIF, 2CIF, 4CIF, and so on), the exported video sequence follows the image resolution of the first frame rate in the source video sequence. In addition, metadata associated with the video sequence and digital signatures are not exported. You can use this format if you need to make a copy of a video recording to share with law enforcement, your legal department, or other members of your security team.

When you export multiple ASF video sequences from the canvas simultaneously, a single ASX file is produced so you can view the ASF files in the order they were recorded.

You need Windows Media Player to view ASF video files.

MP4 format

MP4 is a standard format that stores audio and video and can be played back on many media players such as Windows Media Player and QuickTime.

When you export multiple MP4 video sequences from the canvas simultaneously, an ASX file is produced so you can view the MP4 files in the order they were recorded.

Exporting to MP4 supports H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG video, and AAC audio formats. Fusion stream encryption, overlays, and digital signatures are not currently supported.
NOTE: Exporting to MP4 from MJPEG is supported in Security Center or later.