I will reserve judgment until I get my hands on one, but I applaud the out of the box effort. What they need to do is make it simple to playback and export. If the 4.0 accomplishes this, then we could sell a lot more of them.
To be honest, nothing of the new stuff will impress me before I see an improvement in stability and efficiency. The fact that most hikvision nvrs I have had to operate started lagging while playing back more than one camera at a time, and freezing, crashing and restarting during export, makes any additional features just something else that can go wrong. And timestamps need to be burnt in by the cameras, to get a timestamp while playing back in the exported player. When I exported video from a camera where the time was not burned in, the only clue to the time and date of the video, was that the timestamp was part of the filename.
I really hope these problems have been addressed in this new firmware. If not, I will have the usual time consuming nightmare of a job, the next time some cop come asking for an hour of video on all cameras.
Not my systems. I suspect some are not hikvision cameras. I'm just the guy they call when they need help exporting video.
But having the time burnt inn should be unnecessary. No need for evidence to be covered up by writing, as metadata can be overlaid while playing back the video. And do the cameras have battery backed up clocks? What happens after a power outage? The times on the cameras was not synced perfectly, so I guess there is no ntp server in the nvr. I do not really like this approach to storage. I like more to have the storage server keep the time.
Is this vaporware? A google search references this article, and a visit to Hikvision.com's website (support/download/firmware) shows no mention of 4.0 download availability, even for the tested box mentioned. DA_7608NI-I2/8P.
We moved away from DVR/NVRs about 18 months ago in general mostly due to clunky interfaces. This seems like a huge improvement. While I have my reservations regarding hikvision, in general, I can't deny that they seem to be trying harder than anyone to make their UI's user-friendly. I've looked at dozens of VMS companies over the last few years and many of them aren't close to looking this clean. It's unlikely at this point we will go back anytime soon to using NVR/DVRs but we will see.