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How to Delete Recordings from a Hikvision CCTV

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If you have a Hikvision CCTV system, you may be wondering how to delete recordings from it. This article will show you how to do just that by Deleting CCTV recordings.


Deleting recordings from your Hikvision CCTV system is an important part of maintaining the security and performance of your home or business CCTV system. This guide will step you through the steps required to delete recordings from your system, in a safe and efficient manner.

Before attempting to delete recordings from your system, please ensure that you have taken appropriate measures to back-up any important footage that you wish to preserve. Backing up recordings extends their useful life and allows them to be used for future investigations or evidence purposes.

Determining which recordings are worth deleting should be done in advance as it can take a significant amount of time depending on the scope of the project you are undertaking. Once these have been identified, this guide will provide instructions on how to select and successfully delete CCTV footage once it has been identified as unimportant or unnecessary for later use.

Access the NVR/DVR

Deleting recordings from a Hikvision CCTV system can be done quickly and easily if you know how to access the Network Video Recorder (NVR) or Digital Video Recorder (DVR). This article will walk you through the process step by step. First, you will need to access the NVR/DVR and log in with your credentials. Once logged in, you can navigate to the recording list and delete any unwanted CCTV Footage.

Connect the NVR/DVR to a Monitor

Connecting the NVR/DVR to a monitor is an essential step for accessing and managing device settings, recordings, and viewing live footage. To best achieve this, you’ll need the following:

1. A HDMI or VGA cable to connect your NVR/DVR to the monitor
2. An appropriate output port on your monitor
3. A suitable source of power for both the NVR/DVR and monitor

Once you have all of these items in place, you can begin by connecting the HDMI or VGA cable to both your NVR/DVR and monitor (ensuring that it is going into the right output port). Applying power to your devices is usually as simple as plugging them into a properly configured outlet. Once you have done this, simply turn on both devices using their respective on/off buttons or switches. You should then be able to view your CCTV footage live on the screen without any additional configuration steps required!

Log in to the NVR/DVR

The first step in deleting recordings from any Hikvision NVR or DVR is to log in. To do this, you will need the network address and a username and password. Depending on the type of system you have, this information may be on a sticker or label on the device, or it may need to be provided by the hardware installer. If you cannot find this information, contact your installer or IT department for assistance.

Once you have your login information, connect to your NVR/DVR using an Ethernet cable or via Wi-Fi*, then open up a web browser and type the address into the address bar. The browser will then prompt you for a username and password; enter this information accept the agreement and click ‘Login’. You should now see a live view of your cameras as well as several menus along the left-hand side of screen providing access to video playback and configuration options.

Delete Recordings

Deleting recordings from a Hikvision CCTV DVR is essential for saving storage space and keeping your system organized. Fortunately, this process is straightforward and can be completed with just a few clicks. In this guide, we will explain how to delete recordings from a Hikvision CCTV DVR step-by-step. Let’s get started!

Find the Recording

When you are ready to delete recordings from your Hikvision CCTV, the first step is to locate the recording that you want to delete. You can usually find the entire list of recordings in either the “Record” or “Remote Playback” section of the scanner interface. It is important to note that all cameras are not connected directly to a recorder, so you may have to use online methods for retrieving and deleting recordings if this is the case.

Once you have located the recording, use your cursor or mouse to select it in its entirety. If there are multiple recordings that need deletion at once, you can select multiple files by holding down CTRL+selecting each file with your mouse individually. When all desired files have been selected, they will be highlighted in blue (or whatever color of highlight your system displays). Now, proceed with deletion by pressing Delete on your keyboard or right-clicking and selecting Delete Recording(s) from the context menu.

Select the Recording

Once you have successfully connected to the Hikvision DVR, you can Check the DVR for its recordings. To delete any recordings from the DVR, including backup footage, open the “Recording Management” page by clicking on the “Start” button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. On this page, look for a section called “Recording List” and click it.

This will bring up a list of all of your recordings across all cameras that are connected to your Hikvision CCTV, including backup footage. Here, you will be able to select individual recordings by checking off their associated checkboxes. Once you have selected all of the desired recordings that need to be deleted, press the “Delete” button located in the upper-right corner of this section. You should now see all selected recordings, including backup footage, removed from your Check the DVR list!

Delete the Recording

Before you start, make sure that the recording has been backed up to an external device. After backups are complete, deleting a recording from a Hikvision CCTV can be done in a few easy steps.

To delete the recording:
1. Log onto your Hikvision CCTV system via its user interface.
2. Once logged in, select the “Events” tab on the main navigation menu.
3. Select the event you want to delete then click on the “delete” button at the bottom of the page
4. You will be asked to confirm your choice, click Yes to proceed or No to cancel
5. Once confirmed your selected recording will be deleted from your CCTV system!


Deleting recordings from a Hikvision CCTV is easy and requires few steps. First, clear the selected files, either by manually checking them in the list or automation. If you are using automation, it is important to select the exact time for deleting the recordings. After this, tap on the delete button on the interface and confirm your selection by tapping OK. Finally, reboot your device to save and apply your changes.
By following these simple steps, you will be able to delete any recording from a Hikvision CCTV easily and quickly. It is important to remember that after deleting files manually or automatically, it is necessary to reboot your device for the changes to take effect.

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