IP Camera CCTV Calculator - network bandwidth and storage space calculator for IP CCTV system design



VideoCAD Starter, VideoCAD Starter II, VideoCAD Lite and IP Camera CCTV Calculator are discontinued. A more modern version of VideoCAD is now offered. IP Camera CCTV Calculator is integrated into all VideoCAD versions.

IP Camera CCTV Calculator is a professional tool for calculating network bandwidth needed for IP cameras (video encoders) and disk space required for storing video archives.

IP Camera CCTV Calculator is integrated into VideoCAD Professional starting from version 11.



With IP Camera CCTV Calculator you can:

  • Calculate network traffic generated by IP cameras and video encoders for the proper design of network IP CCTV systems.
  • Calculate disk space required for storing video archives during a specified time.

  • Calculation can be carried out for IP cameras that generate up to 3 simultaneous video streams (Viewing, Recording, Alarm recording) with different resolution, compression, frame rate and recording time.
  • Calculation can be carried out for a single IP camera, all cameras in the project, as well as for isolated groups of IP cameras, that is useful to estimate the load of separate network segments or equipment. Filtering and sorting are possible in the Table. It is possible to group cameras by models, plans, groups, templates or by any combination of parameters with calculation of traffic values for each camera group.
  • It is possible to correct intermediate results of calculations (frame size, traffic) if you know more accurate experimental data.
  • Calculations are based on practical results of measuring traffic. The results are combined in the Calculation Patterns, which are editable text files in XML format. Pattern files can be edited by any text editor or XML editor, for example XML Notepad.
  • Special patterns can be created by skilled users or manufacturers (distributors) of CCTV equipment by practical measurements of traffic for certain equipment, scenes and compression algorithms. Different IP cameras in one project can be assigned different patterns. The patterns can include a list of supported IP camera models. If any model from the list is assigned to a IP camera in the table, then calculation for the IP camera performs according to the pattern. Thus the maximum possible calculation accuracy can be achieved. The patterns can contain results of traffic measurements for some averaged scene with correction factors for its complexity and activity, and the results of traffic measurement for real scenes.
  • IP Camera CCTV Calculator can work with different sets of input data, depending on their availability and required accuracy. Default values will be assigned to unused fields. Unused columns in the table can be hidden and excluded from the calculation. Created Table Views can be saved and restored when needed. Thus IP Camera CCTV Calculator can be a simple calculator for simplified calculation only one stream from IP cameras, and a complex calculator, which takes into account three independent streams, color, sound, scene features, compression algorithm and hardware in use.
  • Source list of IP cameras can be entered manually or imported from VideoCAD project file, from VideoCAD, installed on the same computer or copied from MS Excel table.
  • Table of results or its fragments can be printed or exported to the formats: *. txt, *. csv, *. htm, *. rtf, *. xls, *. xlsl, *. xml.


What is new in IP Camera CCTV Calculator 3.0

  • Compatibility with VideoCAD9 projects, import of camera group names from VideoCAD9 projects.
  • Compatibility with Windows 10.
  • Grouping cameras in the table according to one or several parameters. Under each group, the values of number of cameras in the group, total traffic, average recording time, required bandwidth, average percentage of alarms, and required storage space are displayed.
  • A special window for managing calculation patterns was added.
  • H.265 compression is added to the default pattern.
  • High resolutions are added to resolution lists.
  • Search and filtering box box has been added in the lower left corner of the table.
  • It is possible to move rows (cameras) in the table with the mouse.
  • New table export formats were added.
  • Tools Show all columns, Ignore hidden columns in calculation and Recalculate were duplicated on the Toolbar.
  • The demo version has not accuracy limits, but it cannot process more than 5 cameras in one project.
  • Upgrade is free for customers who purchased a license after September 30, 2018.


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