What is the Disk Calculator Feature?
The disk calculator allows you to calculate approximately how many days of recordings you'll have based on your storage space and surveillance system settings. Vice versa, you can also calculate the amount of storage you'll need based on the number of days you would like recorded.
Calculating Storage Limits
Step 1. Run the Platinum Toolset application
Step 2. Select disk calculator
Step 3. Select the correct video standard for your region. If you are in the United States, select NTSC.
Step 4. Select "Add Manually" to add the number of cameras you expect to have or have already set up.
Step 5. Indicate how many cameras there are or will be by filling in "Camera Number"
Step 6. Fill out the fields under "Configuration" based on your camera settings. If your cameras do not all have the same settings, you may add them one at a time with their own settings. When done, select "Add Camera."
Note: Device Type: Analog/TVI cameras fall under DVR. Network cameras fall under IP.
Step 7. Once you have added the cameras, you may close out the camera adding menu. Continue reading if you already have a hard drive or a set amount of storage space. If you would like to calculate what you'll need, skip the next section.
Calculating Recording Time Based on Storage Space
Step 1. Select " Disk Space Given"
Step 2. Indicate how much storage you have in your recorder.
Step 3. Select Calculate to receive the estimated amount of recordings you'll have with the settings you have imputed.
Calculating How Much Storage You Need Based on Recording Time
Step 1. Select "Recording Time Given" unless you are already on it.
Step 2. Fill in the desired recording time with how many days, weeks, or months of recordings there should be.
Step 3. Select "calculate" and the program will indicate how much storage you'll need for the desired recording time.
What Is "Recording Time/day?"
The Recording Time/day is for indicating how often your cameras will be recording per day. By default, they are set to 24 hours a day. In other words, the program assumes you are recording continuously 24/7.
For users who utilize motion detection based recording schedules, this may not be so convenient. To get around this, you will have to estimate how often motion detection is triggered in a single day. For an example, an empty warehouse may only have 1 or 2 hours of activity per day. You would indicate this by changing 24 to 2.
How To Change The Value
Step 1. Ensure that you have all the appropriate fields filled in first. If you do not know how, please refer to the previous sections of this guide. When ready to adjust the recording time/day, you may type how often the cameras will be recording. There is no way to do this on an individual basis for each camera.