Average Frame Rate Video Surveillance 2019

By IPVM Team, Published May 23, 2019, 08:59am EDT

What is the average frame rated used in video surveillance systems?

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In IPVM's 2011 statistics, the average was 6-8fps increasing to ~10fps in our 2016 statistics. Now, in 2019, the average has increased significantly to 15fps.

Inside this report we provide:

  • Details on current frame rate average
  • Why the significant increase happened
  • Direct quotes from integrators, from over 175 response
  • Comparison charts for FPS in 2011, 2016, and 2019

For fundamentals, see Frame Rate Guide for Video Surveillance.

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Average Frame Rate Usage 2019

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  • "** ***, ***** ****** the "*******" ***** *** too *** ** *** storage. ****** ***** ** H.264 *****. *** **** H.265+¬†used **** **'* **** fps. ****** **** ************ request *** ********** *** for *** ********* *****."
  • "** ***... **** *** relative *********** **** *** storage *** *** *** of ********* (**** *******) we **** **** ** the ******** ** ****** for * *** *** camera, **** ****** *** to *** *** ** what *** ****** *** do *** *** ***** it ** * ** 15 ***."
  • "** ***. ******* ** cheap. ****** *'* ** a ***** ****** ***** it ******* * ******* or ***** *** ****** of ******* *** * huge ****** ** *********, I ****** ****** **** frame ****. * **** my ********* *** *** always ***** * ****** system ** ****** *** video, *** *** ***'* make ** ***** *** didn't ******* **** *** really **** **."
  • "** *** ** *** as ** *** *.*** and ****** ** **** drive *******."
  • "*** ******** ******* ***** rate ***** ** ** going ** ** **** 10, ******** *** ** better ****** ******* ****** before *** ****** ********* due ** *.*** *********** on ******* *********."
  • "********** *****, ***** / Event ** ** ** IPS, * **** * continuous **** ****** ** use, ** *** ****** has * ***** *****, when ******** ** ****** the ****, **** **** image ** *****, **** in **** ** *** refer ** ******* *****"
  • "* *** **-* **** scaling ** **-** ****** motion ** ******** ******. We ** **** ** conserve ***** *** **** to **** *** **** quality ******* **** ** event ***** ****** **** needs ********."

Why *****?

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  • "********* ***** ******* * think ** ** * reasonable ********** ******* ******* space *** ***** ******."
  • "***** ** *** ******* because ** **** ** just ****** ****** *** investigating ** ***** *** the ****** ** ***** motion."
  • "**. **'* * **** middle ** *** **** FPS *******."
  • "*****, ** **** **** storage ******* ************ *** much ***** ******."
  • "******** ** ******. ***** like * **** ******* for **** ************. ********* higher ***** ***** ***** there ** **** ******."
  • "**. ** ****** *** right ******* ******* ******* cost/bandwidth *** *** ********. For **** ************ ** looks ** *** ***** eye **** **** **** and **** ********* *** captured ** ******** ******"
  • "***** ** ** * happy ****** ******* *********/******* maximisation *** ******* ** view ***** **** ** cars ** *** ***** etc."
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  • "**** ** **** *** record ** ** **** bandwidth **** **** ******* image"
  • "**. **** ******* ******* quality *** *********/*******."
  • "**. ***** ** ** a **** ******* ******* playback/review *********** *** *********."

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Change ** **** *******

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Comments (4)

Great study! From an end user perspective after bandwidth and storage considerations is the FPS impact on client machine CPU performance. The limitation on FPS had been largely relegated to the upper limits of the live view display CPU. I can see where the positive trends such as compression and dynamic FPS (or equivalents) helps considerably in addition to improvements in client PC's. Taking all three into consideration it stands to reasons this trend will likely continue and maybe dramatically so in the next decade.

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From another end user perspective, I agree with the integrator feedback comment, "you can't make up video you didn't capture when you really need it."  When I have the footage that is requested, it reinforces the overall return on investments. (including my IPVM membership) 

71 cameras and the average is 21 fps.  High is 30, low is 3.  90% H.264.  4K down to D1 via converter, 60% 1080P. 

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Can someone explain to me what is a  scenario-based frame rate setting? Also how to implement it? A bit confused.

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Scenario-based settings are supported by some VMSes, and allow users to select specific settings to be used for certain purposes, such as live streaming vs. recording vs. remote access, etc.

For example, Genetec Security Center allows for five different stream scenarios, shown below, with different resolution, compression, and FPS settings for each (Live, Recording, Remote, Low Resolution, High Resolution). In this case, the camera supports three streams, so some are used for more than one scenario, but if you were using a camera which offered more substreams you could use a separate stream for each case, though this is rarely configured in practice.

Not all VMSes support this feature. Exacq, for example, supports substreams which can be automatically or manually selected when viewing windows are smaller than the actual stream resolution.

Also, scenario-based frame rate is related to, but different than, "boost up" recording, where camera FPS is increased on motion. This is supported by some cameras and NVRs (shown below), as well as VMSes. Setup for it differs greatly.

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