Dynamic path selection (properties)

When you configure video and recording, you can specify certain properties for many cameras in one go. In the case of dynamic path selection, all cameras share the properties.

With dynamic archiving paths, you specify a number of different archiving paths, usually across several drives. If the path containing the system database is on one of the drives you have selected for archiving, the system always tries to archive to that drive first. If not, the system automatically archives to the archiving drive with the most available space at any time, provided there is not a camera database using that drive. Which drive has the most available space may change during the archiving process, and archiving may therefore happen to several archiving drives during the same process. This fact has no impact on how users find and view archived recordings.

Dynamic archiving paths are general for all your cameras. You cannot configure dynamic archiving paths for individual cameras.

Enable dynamic path selection archives

Enables the use of dynamic path selection, allowing you to select which paths you want to use. The list of selectable paths initially represents all drives on the server, both local and mapped drives. You can add further paths with the New path feature below the list.


Select particular paths for use as dynamic archiving paths. You can also select a previously manually added path for removal (see description of Remove button in the following).


For example, the C:\ drive.


Path to where you save the files, for example C:\ or \\OurServer\OurFolder\OurSubfolder\.

Drive Size

The total size of the drive.

Free Space

Amount of unused space left on the drive.

New path

Specify a new path, and add it to the list using the Add button. Paths must be reachable by the surveillance system server, and you must specify the path using the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) format, example: \\server\volume\directory\. When the new path is added, you can select it for use as a dynamic archiving path.


Add the path specified in the New path field to the list.


Remove a selected path that you have added manually from the list. You cannot remove any of the initially listed paths, not even when they are selected.

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