Building a Checklist For VMS Configuration

A member asked us to build a VMS configuration checklist to help them ensure they set up all the right settings they need. Below is a vendor neutral draft checklist. Let me know what you would add or change:

  • By default, when a camera is connected does the VMS automatically start recording? If no, make sure to enable the camera for recording.
  • Do you want motion detection enabled?
  • Are you going to enable it on the camera side or the VMS server side?
  • If you are using motion detection, have you tuned / optimized the sensitivity / zones for it?
  • If you are using motion detection, have you set up a schedule on when motion detection should be used?
  • What CODEC are you using?
  • What resolution are you recording at?
  • What frame rate are you recording at?
  • What quality / compression level are you using? Have you set it or are you using the VMS default?
  • Are you using boost up / speed up recording? If so, have you configured both the continuous / no motion resolution / frame rate and the motion triggered resolution / frame rate?
  • Have you named the cameras for display on the VMS interface?
  • Do you want to crop or privacy mask any portion of any cameras? (to reduce resolution and/or block out sensitive areas)
  • Are you using multiple streams? If so, have you enabled / configured those streams for each camera?
  • Have you configured / enabled storage for the VMS?
  • What storage duration do you desire? 1 week, 1 month, etc.?
  • Does your VMS support configuring storage duration for individual cameras? If so, have you set the duration appropriately for each camera?
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