Key Benefits

  • Optimize bandwidth by recording at the edge and selecting when video is transferred to the Archiver
  • Reduce storage consumption by only archiving video of interest
  • Lower the cost of remote site recording by going serverless
  • Maintain redundant recordings on the edge for greater reliability

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Minimize Bandwidth & Storage Costs with Video On-Demand

Video trickling is a concept created by Genetec that is an extension of the edge-recording functionality offered by many IP cameras manufacturers.

While edge recording functionality in Security Center allows an operator to directly playback video that is recorded on IP cameras and encoders, Video trickling goes a step further by allowing recorded video on edge devices (IP cameras and encoders) to be moved on-demand and stored to an Archiver for long-term storage. The feature provides greater flexibility and reliability for managing the recordings of their Security Center deployments.


Low-Bandwidth Sites
In situations when the bandwidth between the camera and the Security Center system is limited, or the connection unstable, it may not be possible to continuously Stream video to the central system for recording. In this case, video trickling can be used to transfer video on demand. The video transfer can then be scheduled while the network demand is low or after store hours, in the case of a retail chain. During the transfer, the video is downloaded from the edge devices as fast as the network connection can handle it.

Reduce Server Cost for Remote Sites  
Instead of setting up a full server at a remote location, Video Trickling can be used to transfer video from an edge device to an archiver for long-term storage only when a motion is detected at the remote site or when an alarm is triggered. Limiting transfers to only the potential video of interest reduces storage and maintenance costs while also lessening the load on the WAN in comparison to continuous streaming.

Video Recovery from Offline Unit
In the event that connection to a camera is lost, the recording will be interrupted, but the time range during which the units were offline is kept in memory. With Video Trickling, when the connection is restored, the archiver will automatically begin to transfer video from the units that were affected by the connection failure, while the Auxiliary Archiver resumes recording of real-time video, providing greater resiliency to your system. Only the video recorded while cameras were disconnected will be transferred, once again reducing the impact on the network.

Key Features

  • Record video directly on a camera’s media, such as SD/SDHC cards, USB storage, iSCSI or internal hard disk
  • Transfer video based on filters, including time range, playback requests, events (motion, analytics, dry contact), alarms, bookmarks or interval when a unit is offline
  • Using the Security Center Auxiliary Archiver and multi-streaming capabilities from the camera, the system can record on a server at a lower resolution and only transfer high-quality recordings that are tied to an event.


Video Trickling

The capacity of recording video directly at the camera level presents many benefits such as the ability to record video if a network connection is intermittent, and also offering greater control over the way the video recordings are transferred to the Archiver.


Supported Devices

Supported by Axis, Bosch, Panasonic and Sony edge devices. See vendor model specifications to ensure that edge storage and video trickling capabilities are supported by the device.