Understanding variable bitrates for Verkada’s CP52-E PTZ
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To provide users with the best experience possible, we have implemented variable bitrates for the CP52-E PTZ camera. This allows users to experience the highest quality video possible while guaranteeing a 30, 60, 90, or 180 days of retention, depending on the onboard storage. The bitrates change with respect to the state in which the camera is operating. With that in mind, there are 2 possible states the CP52-E PTZ camera can operate in:

  • Static - the camera is online and recording but not moving.

  • User-controlled - an authorized user is manually controlling the camera either through the in-Command controls or through a hand-held controller.

How variable bitrate works for Verkada’s CP52-E PTZ

The CP52-E uses 3 separate streams to ensure the best possible user experience. As shown in the table below, two of those streams are allocated to SQ quality, and the third is allocated to HQ quality.

The first SQ stream is used for live view only and is not retained for historical recordings. This stream is meant for live monitoring on slower internet speeds or while using the mobile app when on-the-go.

The second stream is used for SQ historical recordings and operates at slightly higher bitrates when compared to the SQ live stream. This stream is meant for historical monitoring when no motion occurred in the camera’s scene or when using a slow internet connection.

Finally, the third stream is used for both HQ live-viewing as well as HQ historical recordings. We recommend using the HQ stream on networks that have good internet speeds, that can allocate at least 5Mbps to the camera continuously. The HQ stream is meant for live monitoring, as well as historical monitoring for investigations of motion events.

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