For how long can the DVR record?

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Record time depends on several variables including the amount of hard drive space in your DVR, the quality settings you record under, the frame rate you record under, and whether or not motion activated recording is being utilized.

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Falco Pro Series DVR

Due to the flexibility in recording options, it is difficult to get an exact estimate on the amount of record time you will get. There are several separate recording resolutions with nine different quality settings along with multiple selectable frame rates in each. On the 4 channel system, with a 250gb hard drive, you can get as little as 65 hours record time (highest resolution + highest quality + highest frame rate)but up to 6200 hours (that is over 8 months) with the lowest settings. Please refer to page #80 of the Falco Pro Series DVR user manual for specific information regarding settings. Falco Pro Series DVR Manual

JPEG2000 DVR's

The following specifications assume the DVR is recording continuously and at maximum frame rate. Data at lower frame rates or hard drive capacities not listed are not available. Record times can be greatly increased by utilizing motion activated recording on some or all cameras.

4-channel systems

Hard Drive Capacity Basic Normal Enhanced Fine Super Fine
250 GB 101.1 hours 75.9 hours 60.7 hours 50.6 hours 43.3 hours
500 GB 8.4 days 6.3 days 5 days 4.2 days 3.6 days
750 GB 12.7 days 9.5 days 7.6 days 6.3 days 5.4 days
1000 GB 16.8 days 12.6 days 10 days 8.4 days 7.2 days

8 and 16-channel systems

Please see the "Notes" section below for comments on the following data.

Hard Drive Capacity Basic Normal Enhanced Fine Super Fine
250 GB 50.6 hours 37.9 hours 30.3 hours 25.3 hours 21.7 hours
500 GB 4.2 days 3.2 days 2.5 days 2.1 days 1.8 days
750 GB 6.3 days 4.7 days 3.8 days 3.2 days 2.8 days
1000 GB 8.4 days 6.4 days 5 days 4.2 days 3.6 days

Notes

It is counterintuitive to suggest that 8 and 16-channel DVR's share identical record times. This is, however, the information made available by the manufacturer in the included user's manual. Customers and salespersons are encouraged to use a lower estimate when considering 16-channel record times.

MPEG4 DVR's (from the included manual)

The following specifications are based on a 16-channel system recording continuously.

  • For 8-channel systems, multiply record days by 2.
  • For 4-channel systems, multiply record days by 4.

Note: MPEG4 DVR's have only one hard drive slot, with a maximum size of 500GB.

Best Quality

Frames per second 250GB record time (days) 400GB record time (days) 500GB record time (days)
120 2.3 3.7 4.6
60 4.0 6.4 8.0
30 7.3 11.7 14.6
15 11.8 18.8 23.5

High Quality

Frames per second 250GB record time (days) 400GB record time (days) 500GB record time (days)
120 2.9 4.6 5.8
60 5 8 10.1
30 9.2 14.7 18.4
15 14.9 23.8 29.8

Normal Quality

Frames per second 250GB record time (days) 400GB record time (days) 500GB record time (days)
120 3.8 6 7.6
60 6.7 10.6 13.3
30 12.1 19.3 24.2
15 19.6 31.2 39.1


Notes

DVR's utilizing motion detection can use up less hard drive space because the DVR is not always recording.

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