There are three main recording modes on a security camera recorder.
- Normal recording – this is when the recorder is constantly recording images, regardless of what is happening 24/7. This means that as long as the recorder is powered on, it records what the cameras see
- Motion triggered recording – this is when the recorder monitors the feed from the camera and starts recording only if it detects motion in an area on the screen set by you. The recorder stops recording after a set period of time. That particular bit of footage is stored as a dated and timed event in the system for easy review. Motion triggered recording is always a balancing act to get right. Asking the recorder to monitor too large of an area on the screen results in so many events being recorded that it effectively becomes impossible to review events. On the other hand, if you configure it to monitor too small of an area on the screen you will end up missing something important
- Sensor triggered recording – this is when the recorder starts recording on receipt of a signal from an external sensor such as a PIR movement sensor, electrical contact on a door or any other sensor you can imagine. Much like the motion triggered recording, the recorder stops after a set period of time and that particular bit of footage is also then stored as a dated and timed event in the system for easy retrieval. How good the results of sensor triggered recording all comes down to the quality of the sensor being used. If configured correctly, it can be massively effective in producing only a short list of events for the operator to review. If the sensor malfunctions or sends false signals to the recorder, who knows what you will get!
All of these have their pros and cons, however for most security camera systems, the Orange Security recommendation is to have normal recording enabled 24/7 supported by motion triggered recording as required.
These three recording modes can be further enhanced using the inbuilt scheduler on the recorder. This allows you to individually define when each type of recording will start or stop.
Example 1: Security system to protect your home
The system would be configured for normal recording enabled on all cameras in the system to record everything that happens. If you decide you’d like to be able to quickly and easily search through all the clips of people coming up your drive you would set a small area of the screen covering the width of the entrance to be monitored for motion. When a person walks up the drive or a vehicle drives up, this is then stored as a small clip for you to easily retrieve. Don’t forget that you still have the normal footage to rely on if something happens on one of the other camera angles.
Example 2: Security system to protect your retail store
With lots of customers coming and going during the opening hours of your store, if you were to have motion triggered recording enabled during those hours you would end up with a vast quantity of events that would have to be reviewed if an incident happened. Having said that, you still want to be able to quickly and easily check if someone has been in the store when it should be closed for business. The Orange Security recommendation would be to enable normal recording 24/7 to ensure if something happens it is caught but then also to have motion triggered recording enabled but limited using the scheduler only for the hours when the store should be empty. This would produce a very short list (or even one with no events) for review.
Motion and Sensor triggered recording can also send an e-mail alert to you if you require alerting you to check your system. It can also send a snapshot image of what triggered the motion if required. This would require the recorder to be connected to the internet.
If you need help to configure this or any other function, Orange Security is always able to offer help and advice either over the phone or e-mail. If your system is remotely accessible over the internet, we can even make the changes for you!