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According to Ray, video system archive times can vary tremendously from DVR to DVR. There are four factors to consider:
“A typical DVR set to record 24/7 at the highest frame rate and highest recording quality isn’t going to afford very much archive time at all unless is it outfitted with several, large hard drives designed for this type of recording. Today’s newer high-end DVRs set to record only during motion at the highest or just under the highest quality setting at 7 to 15 frames per second (FPS) can generally offer end users anywhere from a 7-14 days” said Ray. “Higher end DVRs outfitted with large capacity hard drives can usually be programmed to give the operator 30 or more days of archive time with satisfactory quality and frame rate settings. Cheaper or entry level DVRs are going to provide much less archive time. Reducing frame rates and recording quality can achieve more archive time, but one must walk a fine line between forgoing video quality simply for the sake of archive time.”