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How to Delete a Recording from a CCTV

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If you’re wondering how to delete a recording from your CCTV, you’ve come to the right place. This blog post will explain how to do just that.


When you’re ready to delete recordings from a CCTV camera, it’s important to know the right steps to take. In this article, we’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to safely delete a recording from your CCTV camera. We’ll also go through the precautions that you should take before deleting any recordings, as well as why these steps are essential for protecting your footage and other assets. By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that any recordings that you delete don’t put your system at risk.


Before attempting to delete a recording from a CCTV, it is important to make sure you have the correct access to the system. You should check the user manual and make sure that you have all of the necessary permissions set up to be able to delete the recording. Additionally, you should ensure that you have all the necessary data backed up before deleting the recording, so that you can restore the original recording in case of an emergency.

Check the manufacturer’s instructions

Before carrying out any action that involves the deletion of a recording from a CCTV, make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions. Different makes and models of CCTV may have different methods for deleting recordings, so it is important to consult the manufacturer’s guide to ensure that you are performing the deletion correctly. In order to delete recordings from your CCTV system, you will likely need root privileges or administrative control over the unit as this is regarded as an advanced command. Ensure that these parameters are met in order for deleting recordings using specific methods to be successful.

Make sure you have the necessary permissions

Before attempting to delete a CCTV recording, it is important to ensure you have the necessary permissions. Depending on the environment in which the CCTV system is located, there may be severe penalties for unauthorized deletion of recordings. If you are unsure if you are authorized to delete recordings, please consult with someone who is knowledgeable about the use and operation of the security system, such as a facility administrator or local law enforcement office. Additionally, be aware of any policy or legal requirements that may disallow or require prior approval for deletion of recorded security footage. Once all necessary permissions have been granted, then you can proceed with deleting a recording from your CCTV system.

Deleting the Recording

If you want to delete a recording from a CCTV system, the process can vary depending on the specific CCTV system you are using. However, there are a few basics steps that are common across many systems. In this section, we’ll go through the steps that you’ll need to take to delete a recording from your CCTV system.

Access the CCTV system

Accessing the CCTV system is the first step in deleting a recording. Depending on the type of system you are using, you may have to connect to an online account or via an app, or enter a password or code into a physical control panel. Once you have accessed the system and security protocols are met, you will be able to start the process of deleting the recording. It is important to remember that some systems may require additional passwords or security protocols beyond those used when accessing the system. You should also be aware of any legal implications that come with deleting footage, as this varies depending on location.

You will then need to navigate through menus in order to get to the recordings list. This includes selecting which cameras and timeframes to look for recordings within. Once you select which recordings need deleted, confirm your selection and click “delete” in order to permanently erase it from the server/system’s hard drive. If necessary run diagnostics checks afterdeletionto ensure successful completion of project.

Locate the relevant recording

Locating the recording you want to delete is the first step in deleting a recording from an CCTV system. Depending on the type of system you are using, this step may vary slightly.

For systems that record to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), begin by locating the Menu button on the remote control. This is usually indicated by a wrench icon or something similar. Once in the menu, find and enter the division that describes video recordings. Typically labeled “Record/Search/Playback” or something similar, this division gives you access to all footage previously recorded onto your DVR.

If your system records directly to an NVR (Network Video Recorder), log in through a computer and access the NVR’s web interface. You should be updated if you have received any new recordings from your CCTVs cameras or Inputs since last updating through either your web interface or playback window list form factor devices. Using these menus should help you locate what footage you wish to delete before continuing further along with our steps of deleting recorded videos from CCTV surveillance systems.

Delete the recording

Deleting the recordings from your CCTV system requires locating the necessary files. Depending on the type of system you have set up, locating these files can sometimes be a challenging task. Once you located the files related to your recording, you are ready to proceed with deleting it from your system.

In most systems, deleting a recording is as easy as selecting and then pressing delete. However, some systems offer a more detailed menu for editing recordings that include features such as renaming and tagging recordings for quick searching later on. If this is available in your system, take advantage of it and use such features to quickly categorize and organize the recordings stored in your CCTV system.

For best results, it is recommended to back up all the recordings stored in your security camera system before deleting them permanently from the device. Most systems provide an option to export or back up all recordings in different formats so they can be easily restored at a later date.

It is also recommended that any deleted data should be overwritten as soon as possible with random data so other users are unable to access or restore it at a later date. Choosing this option guarantees that the deleted file remains permanently erased from your CCTV storage device and won’t be available for inspection again in future.


In conclusion, deleting a recording from a CCTV can be done through its associated recording system or software. Depending on the make and model of your CCTV system, the process may vary. However, in most cases you will use the same steps to delete a recorded session: access the menu options of your DVR/NVR system, select “Recordings”, choose the recording you want to delete and hit “Delete”. If your system supports other deletion methods such as tag deletion or batch deletion, then those can be utilized as well. In any case, make sure to use proper precaution when deleting recordings in order to avoid any issues with evidence or data integrity.

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