Axis volunteered some useful feedback. Here it is:
"There are a few configuration options available in AXIS Camera Companion, which should be used for low bandwidth scenarios:
Disable thumbnail views: Click on Configuration > Customize > Disable video thumbnails for live view and recordings. This will increase the bandwidth available for the selected video stream.
Lower the maximum resolution/frame rate for live view streaming: Click on Configuration > Customize > Live view streaming. Video quality will be slightly decreased but the quality for the recorded video will remain the same."
NAS Storage Limitations
"By using the AXIS Camera Companion default values you will have a system that works well in combination with more or less any NAS without further configuration.
Storage time can be extended, but doing so may require configuration of quotas for the respective cameras recording to the NAS.
An AXIS Camera Companion “NAS best practice” document with detailed step-by-step instructions is now published."
Remote Connectivity Issues
"It is correct that the UPnP NAT traversal functionality is not 100% reliable as it is depending on the Router and the Network configuration to work properly.
An AXIS Camera Companion “Remote access” document with detailed step-by-step instructions how to setup the cameras for remote access when UPnP fails is now published.
We can also promise further improvements in this area moving forward."
IPVM Note: We're looking forward to what those further improvements will be.
Controlling Preview Streams
"The configuration option to enable/disable the thumbnail view will be more visible and easier to access in the next version of AXIS Camera Companion."
Slow Response Time
"An idea again could be to disable the thumbnail views and tune the live view settings as it will have major impact on the performance on low bandwidth remote sites.
For live view AXIS Camera Companion accesses the live video in the same way as any other VMS, so if the live view settings are the same, there is no reason why it should perform slower.
For recorded video you may experience a slight increase in load time as the data is streamed from the cameras to client, while in a normal VMS where you may run the client and server on the same machine the data could be buffered locally.
In general however we are talking about a few 100 ms, so it is not any significant number."
Accessing Video from Lost Cameras
"The AXIS File Player which is used for reviewing exported video in AXIS Camera Companion can also be used to playback the video stored on the local SD card or NAS, so you are not relying on the camera to access the video although it certainly simplifies the forensic work."
Camera Names Not Stored on Cameras
"We can promise some major improvements in this area moving forward."
IPVM: That's everything from Axis.