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What is a NVR?

A network video recorder (NVR) is a specialized computer system that that records video in a digital format to a hard disk, mass storage device or cloud storage. An NVR is commonly deployed in an Internet Protocol (IP) cameras system.

NVRs are often mistaken as DVRs, but they are different. A NVR input is from a network rather than a direct connection to a video capture card or tuner. Video on a DVR is encoded and processed at the DVR, while video on an NVR is encoded and processed at the camera, then transferred to the NVR for storage or remote viewing. Additional processing may be done at the NVR, such as further compression or tagging with metadata.

NVR home surveillance systems are generally wireless, tend to be easy to set up, can be accessed through remotely, and allow the user to be notified if an customized alarm is triggered in response to certain activity.

NVRs come in various sizes. Typically you will see these systems in 4, 8, 16 and 32 channel. Having 16 channels means it allows 16 cameras recording on one system. Most people tend to choose these recorders because of the large capacity of camera channels and growing room they can use.


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Hikvision embedded Network Video Recorders offer the benefits of managing bandwidth and storage with the latest H.265+ compression technology. The all-in-one NVRs have powerful capabilities, supporting up to 32 MP resolution for recording. Ultra-high definition output up to 4K is now supported on all NVR models. For data safety, Hikvision NVRs provide RAID, N+1 hot spare and ANR functions, ensuring stable and reliable video recording experiences. With Deep Learning units, Hikvision video recording becomes more powerful and more intelligent than ever.



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Hard Drive Storage

The Hard Drive Health Detection function enables users to see an overview of how many storage units are operating normally.


The RAID function ensures that data stored on functioning hard drives can still be played back. Hikvision NVRs support RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10.

Dual Stream Recording

Dual-stream recording ensures high-quality streaming for local playback and lower-quality streaming for remote playback to allow for different network conditions.



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Channel Zero

With the channel-zero function, users can view up to 16 cameras connected to an NVR but only use one channel’s worth of bandwidth to ensure fluid video experience for remote users.

Multiple Stream Types

Hikvision NVRs automatically adapt to multiple code streams types, making them compatible with several kinds of cameras.

Multi-Video Output

Synchronous Outputs: The same channel displays at multiple locations simultaneously.

Independent Outputs: Multiple outputs can display various channels independently, enabling users to view multiple channels at the same time and save their time.

Dual Stream Recording

Dual-stream recording ensures high-quality streaming for local playback and lower-quality streaming for remote playback to allow for different network conditions.

HD Video Display

Boasting 4K decoding and display, Hikvision NVRs record and reproduce sharper images with more details and yield more potent security video.

Video Wall Display

NVRs equipped with Hikvision’s decoding board can render excellent imaging on a video wall. Video walls expand and extend the use of conventional monitors.



Embedded Linux System

All the NVRs excluding workstations are embedded with a Linux system, which adds to the overall stability.

Dual Systems

Our NVRs have two copies of the OS system in the flash memory, so if one of them fails, the redundant firmware will operate in its place.

N+1 Hot Spare

When NVR X breaks down, the standby NVR will take over for it to keep the system operating continuously. When the network recovers, recorded video transfers back to NVR X (the standby NVR can only take over one offline device at a time) .

Automatic Network Replenishment

If the network goes down, video recording will move to the on-board SD card in the IP camera. Upon network recovery, recorded video will return back to the NVR.

Smooth Streaming

Smooth streaming can automatically adjust bit rate and resolution according to real-time network condition to ensure a smooth live view and playback when network conditions are poor.



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The newly released GUI features a more concise design.

Auto Connection

Three steps get users up and running with live view with no need to configure your IP.

Long Transmission Distance

100 to 300 m long-distance transmission is made possible. Please note only certain models can reach 300-meter transmission distance with designated network cables.

Wi-Fi Connection

Wi-Fi matching easily connects Wi-Fi NVRs to inactivated Wi-Fi cameras.
* This function is supported by cameras which are inactive or share the same password with the NVR.

Easy Playback

Hikvision NVRs support several smart playback modes:
• Smart Mode: Skip static images and play back periods containing the target event.
• Sub-Period Mode: Cut an extended time period into several short periods. Play back any short time period in several different channels at the same time.

Password Retrieval

It only takes 3 steps to reset password within 1 minute.
Please note that the Hik-connect account needs to be bound with the NVR in advance.

No Web Plugin Required

    • No web plugin required for live viewing or configuration
    • Up to 8 MP IP camera access for 2 MP live view or playback

Dual NICs

The Dual-NIC feature provides two isolated network interfaces, so customers can configure LAN & WAN surveillance according to their particular application and needs.

Virtual Host

For remote users, this feature offers an easy way to configure IP camera parameters connected to the PoE port even when the IP camera has not been allocated an IP address. A link on the NVR’s web page takes users to the IPC’s web page.
*Only available for PoE NVRs

Third-Party Compatibility

Hikvision NVRs support ISUP protocol and over 20 common third-party camera protocols. This includes Hik, Panasonic, Onvif, Axis, SAMSUNG, SANYO, ARECONT, ZAVIO, PELCO, VIVOTEK, SONY, ACTI, CANON, BRICKCOM, BOSCH, HUNT, RTSP, and more. Third-party integrators with SDK and ISAPI protocol documents is also provided.

Multi-Device Access

Users can access an NVR through various channels.



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Multilevel Permissions

Each user can be assigned any access level. Authorization of multiple users can be manually set to ensure device and information security. .

Double Verification Permission for Non-Admin Users

After double verification is enabled in the channel, a non-admin user must be verified by an authorized user to be granted permission. Only admin has the authorization to set double verification.



Human and Vehicle Classification

DeepinMind Series & AcuSense Series support video analysis for human and vehicle recognition to reduce false alarms.

    • Intrusion detection and line crossing for perimeter protection
    • Efficient alarms of humans and vehicles recognition
    • Quick target search

Facial Recognition

DeepinMind Series NVR/NVS supports powerful face capture, modeling and comparison.

Video Structuralization

DeepinMind Series NVR/NVS supports powerful video analysis of human bodies and vehicles.

Privacy Protection Solution

With a deep learning algorithm, Hikvision privacy protection systems put dynamic privacy mosaics of faces or human bodies on live streams and exported footage.

    • Selectable targets: while exporting footage, you can choose which target will be covered with mosaics and which will not.
    • Mosaic mode: gaussian or pixelated
    • System: network cameras, a DeepinMind NVR, and the HikCentral platform.
    • This solution is widely used in scenarios with high privacy-protection requirements.


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