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How to Delete Video from CCTV Recording

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How to Delete Video from CCTV Recording- Simple steps to follow that will help you clear up space on your CCTV footage.


Deleting videos from a CCTV recording can be a necessary task for house, business or school that has security cameras installed on the premise. It is important to properly delete video recordings to ensure the privacy of anyone on camera, as well as protect any confidential information recorded by the CCTV. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to delete video from your CCTV recording.

Before deleting the video, it is important to make sure you have downloaded and stored a backup copy. If there has been an incident, it is essential to preserve the evidence and download it before deleting any footage. Additionally, you should make sure that only authorized personnel can view and/or delete video recordings.

Follow this guide carefully in order to properly delete videos from your CCTV system:

Understanding How CCTV Works

Before you can delete specific video recordings made by a CCTV system, it’s important to understand the basics of how CCTV works. CCTV stands for “Closed-Circuit Television” and it is used to monitor and protect valuable assets, such as a business or home. CCTV systems are typically composed of cameras, a monitor, and recording equipment. By understanding the components of CCTV systems, we can better understand how to delete video from CCTV recordings.

Types of CCTV Systems

Closed circuit television (CCTV) systems come in many shapes and sizes that are used for surveillance in homes, businesses and public spaces. There are analog and digital systems, each differentiated by their recording format. Analog CCTV uses traditional videotape to record footage – usually VHS tapes – while digital CCTV uses a digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR) to record images in digital form. Both types of system can provide a comprehensive security solution, depending on the individual needs of the user.

Analog CCTV is typically simpler to install and maintain than its digital counterpart, primarily because it requires fewer cables between cameras and its recording equipment. Digital CCTV requires more cabling than an analog system, but offers advantages including better image quality, easier storage management and higher resolution with built-in motion detection capabilities.

The nature of the installation can be as simple as one camera at a home entrance or as complex as multiple cameras in a business or public space with simultaneous recordings stored on local hard drives or other forms of storage media such as cloud technology. CCTV systems often operate 24-hours-a-day for external surveillance purposes, although users may set motion detection sensors that will only begin recording when motion is detected within their field-of-view.

As well as using cables for power supply, communication between cameras and the recording equipment is essential for both analog and digital methods – either a coaxial cable or UTP cable may be used depending on the particular type of system being installed; this provides additional convenience when installing or adjusting existing systems due to its remote accessibility.

Ultimately no matter what type of CCTV system you decide to use it is important that users know how to delete the video they no longer wish to keep due to data retention laws in some jurisdictions which place restrictions around storing recorded personal data unless certain conditions apply – always make sure you review local legislation before committing anything to archive!

How CCTV Records Video

Closed-circuit television, or CCTV, captures and records video through a combination of cameras, digital video recorders (DVRs), and monitors. CCTV systems can vary widely in terms of complexity, cost, capabilities and coverage. CCTV systems are widely used for security purposes in homes and businesses alike.

To capture the video footage from a CCTV system, the camera first turns light into a stream of electrical signals that is sent to the Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The DVR then stores all of the data that it receives from the camera onto a hard drive. To view live footage or recorded clips, you must have a monitor connected to the DVR which usually looks like an LCD TV or computer monitor. From there you can access settings such as zooming in/out, adjusting brightness/contrast levels, as well as managing storage space on your hard drive.

Once data is stored onto the Hard Drive your recordings can be viewed in real-time or at any point by using specific recording programs such as motion detection features. There are also different types of recording methods that can be utilized with each CCTV system such as Real-time recording (continuous 24/7), Scheduled Recording (Setting times when you want the camera to record), Motion Detection Recording (Recording only with movement triggered) and Alarm Recording (Camera turns on when an alarm is triggered). Each method will depend on what kind of CCTV system you have installed and what its capabilities are.

You have complete control over when recordings start or stop with your DVR interface; this makes it easy to delete any videos that you deem unnecessary or unwanted from your hard drive memory or from cloud storage platforms such as Cloud Backup solutions like Google Drive Backup Solution if connected correctly with your recorder software . Many preinstalled softwares also enable users an easy way to delete unwanted footage quickly with simple select tools for which files you wish to delete permanently from memory storage devices

Deleting CCTV Video

CCTV recording can provide a wealth of information and can be used to review the security of your property or business. Thankfully, sometimes it’s necessary to delete specific videos from the CCTV recording. In this article, we’ll explain the steps you need to take to safely delete CCTV video.

Deleting Video from a Digital Video Recorder

There are multiple ways to delete video from an analog or digital video recorder, depending on the make and model. In the case of a digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR), there are generally two types of recordings associated with a system: primary and archive.

Primary recordings are created by the DVR or NVR when motion is detected on any individual camera connected to it. Archive recordings happen when an operator manually archives video onto the digital device. That archived footage can be retrieved at a later date, if necessary.

The easiest way to delete unwanted primary recordings is through an administrator’s console via the network. It’s usually possible to set up restrictions based on criteria such as date, size, camera and channel location so certain footage will be automatically deleted within a certain amount of time without further intervention from personnel. Many systems offer an override setting which allows employees access to all recorded data to ensure no crucial evidence is destroyed unintentionally.

Deleting archived recording requires more manual intervention than deleting primary recordings does. The DVR’s user interface typically provides several options for locating archived recordings as well as for deleting them permanently once identified. Keeping detailed logs of when and why footage was deleted is important for accountability and potential future legal proceedings that may require collected evidence from security cameras in dispute resolution or criminal investigations.

Deleting Video from a Network Video Recorder

If you have a network video recorder, deleting unwanted video footage can be relatively straight-forward. This type of recorder stores video footage onto a storage device such as a hard drive or SSD. Before you delete any video clips, always check with your security consultant to confirm the best practices for editing the recordings.

First you must locate and select the recordings within the video management software that you wish to delete. The recordings will typically be listed in chronological order (by date) in folders bearing the name of the individual camera or group of cameras that have been setup within the recorded system.

Once you have selected all desired recordings that should be removed, click “delete” and confirm your action. When prompted, ensure to select ‘delete files permanently’ or similar as opposed to ‘move to trash’. With this action selected all unwanted footage andmetadata is removed from the recorder. Before removing it’s generally good practice to export and backup important footage offsite prior to permanent deletion (depending on nature of recordings). If unsure, seek advice from your security consultant prior to deleting any CCTV videos.


With the right knowledge and the right tools, it is relatively simple to delete video from CCTV recordings. It is important to ensure that all users – such as administrators, CCTV operators and IT staff – follow best practices when deleting video footage. Doing so ensures data security, compliance with existing laws and regulations, and reduces the risk of legal repercussions.

First, it is important to understand your local laws regarding CCTV recordings and data storage requirements. Then, create a secure system for access privileges that limits who can delete videos from the CCTV recordings. If you do employ a third-party provider for your surveillance system, review service-level agreements around retention policies for data storage to reduce any chances of unauthorized deletions or changes in security settings. Finally, audit the surveillance system regularly to ensure that any changes made – including deletions of recorded video – are compliant with law and policy requirements. Following these best practices will ensure that you are able to safely delete video from your CCTV recording while being compliant with all applicable regulations.

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