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How to Download CCTV Footage from Hikvision

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If you have a Hikvision security camera, you may be wondering how you can go about downloading the CCTV footage. This article will show you how to do just that.


Downloading CCTV footage from Hikvision devices is an easy process that can be done in several simple steps. With the right knowledge and the right tools, anyone can easily access recorded video data stored on a Hikvision device. In this guide, we will cover all of the necessary steps for downloading CCTV footage from a Hikvision device, including selecting your desired recording type, setting up a dedicated computer to download files from, configuring the correct software settings, and much more. With these helpful tips and detailed instructions you can easily download footage from your Hikvision surveillance equipment in no time.


Before you get started, there are a few things you need to do in order to successfully download CCTV footage from your Hikvision system. First, make sure that you have the latest version of the company’s software installed on your computer and that your network is properly configured. Additionally, you will need a USB flash drive or external hard drive to save the footage to. After you have those items set up, you can begin the process of downloading your CCTV footage.

Have a Hikvision device

Before downloading CCTV footage from a Hikvision device, it is important to ensure that you have the appropriate equipment and configuration. The most basic requirement is having a Hikvision device such as an IP camera, NVR, DVR or other hardware device that can be accessed remotely. This device must also be connecting to the internet. In addition to a Hikvision device, you will need internet access and software – install “Device Manager” for recording and playback.

It is recommended to ensure you have at least 1-2 Mbps upload in order for the recorded videos to appear clearly when played back or downloaded, however it can still work with less speed able to transmit 1-2 frames per second. Additionally, your system must use privileged ports (80 & 443). If necessary, consult your network administrator for more information on port usage and the associated security risks.

If all these criteria are met then you should configure your Device Manager access details by setting up a username and password in order to gain remote access. Once this is complete you will be ready to download or play back recorded footage from your particular Hikvision device according to its specific instructions or product specifications.

Have a computer/laptop with an internet connection

Having a computer or laptop with an internet connection is one of the most important prerequisites for downloading CCTV footage from Hikvision. Make sure your device meets the system requirments of Hikvision’s software and that it has been updated to the latest version.

Your internet connection should be fast enough for streaming video and efficient enough for successfully downloading large footage files. The strength of your Wi-Fi signal must also meet the necessary requirements; check if you need a booster or extender to bring your signal up to full strength and ensure maximum download capability.

In addition, you’ll need to install free software that comes with your Hikvision CCTV camera such as iVMS-4200 Station (Mac/Windows). This software will provide an interface through which you can manage and configure all aspects of your surveillance system, access live video feeds, download recorded footage, customize recording settings and much more.

Have the latest version of Hikvision software installed

Before getting started, it is important to make sure that the latest version of Hikvision software is installed on the user’s computer. This ensures that the user can access the most recent features and updates when downloading CCTV footage from their Hikvision system. The most up-to-date version of Hikvision software can be downloaded from their official website, found at:

Once downloaded, users should launch the program and type in their device’s username and password to gain access. This should grant them access to a live preview of any connected cameras, as well as additional data pertaining to recordings and other stored files on their system at any given time. It is important to note that if further authentication is required upon entry, additional information may be required before log in is granted.

Downloading the Footage

Downloading CCTV footage from Hikvision security cameras is a simple and straightforward process. In this article, we will go through the steps you need to take to get your CCTV footage from a Hikvision security camera onto your device. In addition, we will provide important safety tips and discuss some of the risks associated with downloading this footage. Let’s get started.

Log into the Hikvision device

Before downloading footage from a Hikvision device, you must first log into the device. To do this, you will need to check the DVR for its IP address. If you’re unsure of its exact location, you can use an IP scanner like AngryIP Scanner to locate it. Once located, enter the appropriate information into the web interface and click ‘Login’ to gain access.

Next, navigate to the ‘User Management’ page in order to control user settings for viewing footage on both local and remote networks. From this page, you will be able to add users or change their individual privileges. It is important that each user is given appropriate access rights so that they are only able to view and download footage from cameras that they are responsible for monitoring.

Once authenticated as a user with access rights to the system, click on ‘Configuration’ tab and select ‘Event Logging’ which will provide a visual display of all camera events recorded by the system. You can then use this information to pinpoint precisely where any given event took place by choosing a date range or utilizing one of Hikvision’s various filtering options e.g., motion detection areas or camera-specific filters in order to narrow down search results. Check the DVR for more detailed information.

Navigate to the “Download” section

When you have located the footage that you need to download from your Hikvision CCTV security system, the next step is to navigate to the “Download” section. To do this, in device manager, select the particular Hikvision IP camera or recorder and then open up the device configuration interface. You’ll then need to navigate to the recording schedule page. This will open up a range of different options on viewing and downloading your footage. In this section, you can select recordings based on start time and end time of recordings, along with selecting dates and channels in which footage was recorded. Once all details are selected, click on “Search” to initiate search for recordings under those criteria. The results of this will be displayed on screen with details regarding specific duration of each clip, its resolution and fps rate etc. To download a particular clip or multiple clips if needed according to whatever criteria has been selected earlier, click on “Download” button against each found record. This process can be repeated for further inquiries as needed until desired video footage is obtained for further use or analysis.

Select the footage you want to download

Once you have successfully accessed your Hikvision CCTV system, you will need to select the footage that you want to download. You can select either individual files or a range of files from the same camera. You may also select multiple cameras if desired. The footage can be viewed in either 2D or 3D, and you will have the option to view different views for each camera as well. You can also adjust various settings such as contrast, brightness, hue, saturation and sharpness.

Once you have selected the files that you would like to download, the next step is to download them. This can be done simply by clicking on the “download” option for each file that you have selected. As an alternative to downloading each file manually, there is also an automated backup feature that can be used to back up all of your footage, including archived footage from previous days if desired. From this point, it’s just a matter of selecting where on your computer/storage device that you want them stored and waiting while they are downloaded.

Download the footage

Once you have identified the camera and the footage required, you can then start to download the footage from your Hikvision device. All Hikvision devices provide a range of convenient ways to access archived footage. Here’s an overview of how to quickly and easily download CCTV footage from your Hikvision device.

1. Connect your computer or laptop with a compatible USB drive to your Hikvision NVR or DVR
2. On the web page, select ‘playback’ > ‘archive’ and choose the required time span
3. Select ‘video copy’ and choose a folder on your USB drive to save the files
4. Hit ‘start backup’ and wait for all recordings in this timeframe will be copied onto your USB drive
5. Once finished, safely unplug the USB drive from your NVR or DVR
6. You can now access all video files stored on this drive with third-party video player software such as VLC Player
7 .You can also transfer these files to other devices such as PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone etc., by simply copying and pasting it into that device


It’s important to keep in mind a few key points when downloading CCTV footage from a Hikvision system. First, remember that the download process can be time-consuming and complex, depending on the amount of data you need to access and retrieve. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that you use a secure connection when retrieving your data as this will minimize the chances of having viruses or malware find their way into your system. Finally, remember that depending on your setup and the type of Hikvision CCTV system you have chosen, there may be different ways to access your footage. If you have any questions about how to do this safely and securely, be sure to contact a qualified technical support specialist who can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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