Regardless of how much video footage your DVR is capable of storing, you will eventually need to either delete or archive your footage. Knowing how to properly remove your video from the DVR and archive it is very important. If you ever need a clip for evidence or insurance purposes, you will be able to find it easily. Having a visual record of your belongings and all property entries and exits could help you significantly in the event of a crime or accident at your business.
- Remember to backup as soon as important events are captured
- Use the most appropriate storage option, depending on what your DVR can output
Some DVRs come with a built-in USB drive, which means you can easily insert a USB memory stick to remove footage and transfer it to a computer. Give the file(s) an appropriate name so you can locate it easily on your computer in the future. We recommend you create a folder solely for your security clips to help organize your online archives.
CDs and DVDs
Once you have your video footage stored on the computer, you can burn it onto a blank CD or DVD. This gives you an additional hard copy for your records. For larger files, you may want to store it on a DVD. On average, 1 DVD can store approximately 17GB of data, which is equivalent to about 24 CDs. All you need is a simple burning program, which you can usually download for free.