Camera Policies

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Camera Policies is a critical part of your total video surveillance solution. It is responsible for getting data into the Information Repository from a camera source. The Camera Policies application generates a low resolution companion file that is a fraction of the size of the original. This preserves the original and makes it easier for fast searches and video review later in the process. Record and capture video feeds via:

RTSP-enabled IP cameras - Configure RTSP-enabled IP cameras to create policies that automatically record video directly into the Information Repository.
VMS-managed cameras - Configure VMS-managed cameras to create policies to capture video into the Information Repository. Depending on your hardware device and your product license, video capture from VMS may not be available.

Camera Policies are used to control which video feeds are captured, where video is stored, when jobs start and stop, how often jobs run, and many other aspects of jobs. This information is decided by defining parameters for a camera or recording policy.

Each Camera Policy created runs independently and manages all error logging, job operation completion times, and other information for its own computer platform and file systems. Any Camera Policy can see and capture video data from any configured RTSP-enabled IP camera or VMS-managed camera.

Keep the following in mind when working with Camera Policies:

The first time that Camera Policies is opened, the left pane is empty. Before accessing any of the tabs, create a policy.
There can be multiple recording policies per camera, but it is not recommended to have multiple policies active and running at the same time for a single camera.
A triangular caution symbol superimposed on a policy icon in the left pane indicates that the policy is not running. A policy does not run if its Active checkbox is de-selected, if the camera associated with it is not marked as active, or if there is no recording computer selected to run the policy.
Camera Polices are visible to all computers in the Information Repository that are running Camera Polices and have appropriate permissions.
Because recording policies are implemented across the entire Information Repository, other users can change policies while you are working in Camera Policies. To ensure that you are viewing the most current list of policies, click the Refresh button from the toolbar.
Duplicate policy names are permitted.

If multiple people in your organization create or modify camera configurations or recording policies, do not attempt to make changes at the same time. Doing so may cause someone's work to be unintentionally overwritten.

Recording Policies

The terms Camera Policy and Recording Policy may seem synonymous, but there is a slight distinction. Camera Policies encompasses all the features and functions found in the Camera Policy application. A Recording Policy refers directly to the name of the policy associated to a camera, and all the parameters to make it run. In the Camera Policies window, the left pane specifically lists all the existing recording policy names, and is saved as part of the active configuration.

Recording policies run on an assigned computer. They define when video is recorded or captured and where it goes in the Information Repository.

Recording policies are visible to all computers in the Information Repository that are running the Camera Policies application and that have appropriate permissions.