Originally Posted by CleanSanchez
Thanks for the response! I can see that having a few 1080 feeds running at once would chew up bandwidth and HDD space. Good to know that they are easily configurable though.
Yes, but most decent networks using switches (not old school hubs) can easily handle the traffic fairly easily.
As far as hard drive space- the free ACTi NVR software keeps recording all the time and simply displays a blue spike on the recording timeline where it noticed motion. Because of this inability to cease recording during no-motion periods it was using about 1GB of disk space per 35min period per camera. That works out to around 41GB per cam per day. We're starting out with 5 hd cams so we would fill about 205GB per day on the 4TB hard drive, so I figure with overhead, formatting, etc... that would give me about 17 days of storage for all cams.
Yesterday I installed the commercial DVR software Blue Iris (free to try for 15 days- $49 to purchase license for unlimited cameras) thanks to M1chael for reminding me about it!
It has a lot more features than the free ACTi NVR software- including the ability to stop recording during no-motion periods. That feature alone makes it worth purchasing. I just viewed the whole 5pm-8am overnight period in our front lobby area in less that 60 seconds- and it only took 250MB on the hard drive! That same period using the ACTi software would have taken up about 25GB.