Often times when setting up new surveillance systems, we want to have the best image quality while saving the most hard drive space to allow for longer backup times. The best way to do this is to set your Regular record settings at a lower resolution while setting your Motion Detection (or Alarm) record settings at the highest possible resolution your camera allows.


Use the easy How-To guide below to learn the steps you need to take with each camera for maximum efficiency. Contact us to learn more.


Open Camera Settings

Select Camera from the Setting section on the machine’s Main Menu.


Go to Encode

Under the Camera Settings interface, use the right side navigation to select “Encode”. This interface allows the user to:

  • Select the Channel (camera) being programmed / encoded
  • Choose the Type of recording (Regular (continuous), MD (motion detection) or Alarm)
  • Compression rate
  • Camera Resolution (directly linked to the Type selected of which settings can be adjusted for each, simultaneously)
  • Adjust the Frame Rate – useful for having 1080P HD-over-Coax cameras running @ 15fps on a 720P DVR
  • Select the Bit Rate Type
  • Frame Interval
  • Bit Rate (Kb/s)
  • Camera Audio information


The user can define specific settings for each Type (Regular / Motion Detection / Alarm) for each camera.


Select the Channel / Camera

Use the Channel drop down menu to select which camera you are programming.

Choose the Camera Recording Type to Adjust

Choose from Regular (continuous recording), MD (motion detection) or Alarm.

Choose the Resolution

Select which resolution you want your camera to be set for during the type of recording selected above (continuous, motion detection or alarm).

Choose the Frame Rate

If your surveillance system consists of 1080P / 2.0+ Megapixel cameras connected to a HD-over-Coax or Tribrid DVR that will record 1080P at 15fps, select 15. Note: 25 / 30fps is considered Real Time.

Repeat Steps 3-6

Go back to step 3 and repeat steps 3-6 for each camera on your system. Do not use the “Copy” function. You must do this for each channel. Screenshots were taken from a HDVR41080-T Tribrid DVR.