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Let’s Talk Frame Rate (FPS) Settings

When we talk FPS (Frames Per Second) or IPS (Images Per Second), it is really rather simple…the more frames you have available the more fluid your video feeds. This is a good thing, right? Yes, it can be, but there are pros and cons to everything. If you have an unlimited budget, that’s great! Crank it up to 11! For those of us on a tight budget, this can be the difference between great and mediocre coverage.

Regardless if we are going IP or analog security cameras, we can expect to pay a little more for the best frame rate. The more frames we get, the larger the video files will be, the more storage we will need, and that extra storage will cost additional dollars. What could have been a month’s storage can be cut down to a week if you aren’t careful.

On the flip side, the lower the frame rate, the more choppy the video. The top two frames in the above video show exactly what to expect with lower fps settings. Naturally, this is not ideal, but it dramatically increases the amount of storage space on your hard drives. Depending on the application, having a camera set to 5-10 FPS is not only completely acceptable, but encouraged. If a camera is at the end of a long hallway, monitoring a wide open space, or watching a low traffic area, recording at 30 fps is not only overkill, it’s wasting money every second it’s recording.

One quick tip, the difference visually between 30fps & 15 fps is absolutely minimal. If you put them side by side, you’d hardly be able to tell the difference. Recording at 15fps gives you fluid video at HALF the storage space! This will dramatically improve the amount of video in your archives.

Each setting is different and finding a happy median that works best for each camera is the goal. Your license plate recognition cameras, cashier stations, and entry ways need to be recorded at max frame rate and you can sacrifice fps in those other areas mentioned above. If you have any other questions, feel free to call me at 800-424-9070 and I’ll be more than happy to help!

Nathan Weaver

1 Comment

  1. Bart Hogue on April 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    This is short and sweet and easy to understand. Thank you…

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