Top Considerations for Recording Video in an Evolving Security Market

Video surveillance technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, with security cameras capturing images in higher definition and higher resolution. With this increased image quality, your recording storage devices have to follow suit to support these increasingly high-quality images. Top specialty recording hardware and software options include Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and Video Management Systems (VMS). Because there are multiple solutions available, it’s imperative that companies choose the right devices and installations to best fit their security needs, and can do so by taking these considerations into account:

  • Desired Level of Security: Let your application be your guide and determine the desired level of security and safety at the location or facility. When your application goals are agreed upon, examine the capabilities of each recording option and align them with your desired level of security.


  • Recording Solution Capabilities: Top features to keep in mind are ease of use and playback, ability to record multiple streams or selectively record on alarm or ‘exception,’ and the potential to upgrade. Here is a quick overview of features for each solution:
    • DVRs: Digital video recorders are small, compact and competitively priced and are ideal for SMBs in any vertical market using 16 or less cameras. DVRs include embedded software and strictly manage analog signals via integrated encoders.
    • NVRs: A network video recorder records video in a digital format to a storage device like a USB flash drive or SD memory card; there is no dedicated video capture hardware. NVRs offer more storage to support larger surveillance installations.
    • VMS: Video management system software allows users to monitor, manage and record IP surveillance video from multiple cameras, hardware and access control systems. They are well suited for large, multi-site installments because they offer a simplified central operation.
  • One size does not fit all: Understanding your security needs and the capabilities of each solution is key, because each recording solution is best suited for different types of deployments. To choose the most effective recording solution for the job means understanding the features and capabilities of each and aligning them to your security goals.
    Learn more about how DVRs and NVRs as well as VMS solutions can help meet your security goals by reading more of our considerations on Source Security.