For a while, I used an ftp connection to download videos from my geovision camera (used in home surveillance system). But due to often power outages in place where I live, I had constantly repeating problems with an sd card which was used as an intermediary between camera and linux-powered station.
It made me to look for other solutions. I switched to RTSP protocol and now it works flawless. If you're a geovision camera owner and building your own recording station, you might find that draft helpful.
First of all, you have to enable RTSP server in your camera's panel. Then you can for example use VLC to check if it works properly. In my case proper address of stream was:
I used cron to execute script with such line every 10 minutes:
avconv -i rtsp://192.168.1.73:8554/CH001.sdp -c copy -t 610 /mnt/videos/$(date "+%d-%m-%Y-%H:%M:%S").mp4
610 is for time here (610 seconds). Extra 10 seconds are just in case, sometimes first 3-5 seconds are broken. I also configured nginx to