Just as a follow up, I did switch to H264 @ 8192kbps and the file size stayed about the same.This will explain H264 versus H265 a little better.
H265 in theory provides more storage as it compresses differently, but part of that compression means it macro blocks big areas of the image that it thinks isn't moving. However, it also takes more processing power of the already small CPU in the camera and that can be problematic if someone is maxing out the camera and then it stutters.
In theory it is supposed to need 30% less storage than H264, but most of us have found it isn't that much. Mine was less than few minutes per day. And to my eye and others that I showed clips to and just said do you like video 1 or video 2 better, everyone thought the H264 provided a better image.
The left image is H264, so all the blocks are the same size corresponding to the resolution of the camera. H265 takes areas that it doesn't think has motion and makes them into bigger blocks and in doing so lessens the resolution yet increases the CPU demand to develop these larger blocks.
In theory H265 is supposed to need half the bitrate because of the macroblocking. But if there is a lot of motion in the image, then it becomes a pixelated mess. The only way to get around that is a higher bitrate. But if you need to run the same bitrate for H265 as you do H264, then the storage savings is zero. Storage is computed based on multiplying bitrate, FPS, and resolution.
In my testing I have one camera that sees a parked car in front of my house. H265 sees that the car isn't moving, so it macroblocks the whole car and surrounding area. Then the car owner walked up to the car and got in and the motion is missed because the macroblock being so large. Or if it catches it, because the bitrate is low, it is a pixelated mess during the critical capture point and by the time H265 adjusts to there is now motion, the ideal capture is missed.
In my case, the car is clear and defined in H264, but is blurry and soft edges in H265.
H265 is one of those theory things that sounds good, but reality use is much different.
As always, YMMV. But do not use Codec with BI or you may have trouble.
That is what many of us have experienced as well! I literally was a few minutes difference, so at that point I am going with the image that looks the best.Just as a follow up, I did switch to H264 @ 8192kbps and the file size stayed about the same.
I purchased two solar led motion sensor lights from amazon. Works well.Wanting to improve my image quality from the driveway cameras also, I'm thinking of adding a motion activated flood light. Which part of the driveway would you add it so it can benefit both cameras? Or maybe add two, one on each corner?
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What if I just leave the camera on B/W mode? Will the extra light blind it when it comes on?The cameras have got better, but it is better to either not have flood lights or leave the floodlights on.
The camera adjusting from B/W to color when the flood light comes on can momentarily blind the camera right at the money shot.
I would put it on the soffit in the middle of the garage door with two or three bulbs.
I cranked up the IR to 100 and no washed out face, so it's good. Looks a bit better with the picture changes suggested as well, thanks.Nobody is as good at getting optimal performance out of these cameras as @Wildcat_1 !!!
I would max out the IR to 100 and see what it looks like then. I think you are far enough away it won't wash out, if it does then turn on Smart IR.
And dialing in the picture settings is needed as well. Leaving all on default can degrade. I have found contrast needs to be 8-10 points higher and sharpness around 42, but of course every field of view is different.
Many have not been impressed with the Hikvision G2s. They are not magic and do not defy physics. Many people have come here after buying the Hikvision ColorVu series expressing their disappointment in the picture quality of the camera because they were expecting magic.
This would equal divorce for me (position of the cameras). I'm still working on "permit" to get a flood light on top of the garage door... LOL