Recording Setup

Recording Setup

The schedule page of the storage settings is pivotal in obtaining the type of recording that you want. If you want to record on motion only you will use this screen to make that configuration. You will notice the days of the week on the left side, each day can have varying types of scheduling based down to the hour of the day.

The checked green box above the green lines in the example below is representative of “regular” recording or recording all the time. The yellow box next to it, “MD,” is for motion detect or to only record on motion triggering. The red box next to that, “Alarm,” is to record only when the alarm is triggered. The grey box next to that is to record when both motion is detected and an alarm is triggered. The final option “Intel,” is to trigger recording for the smart features such as cross-line detection.

To modify the schedule you will want to click in the box of the type of recording you want. Now left click the day you want to modify and drag your mouse across the screen. For example, if you wanted to set Sunday to motion detect only you would first click on regular recording, then Sunday, then drag across the screen until the entire green line was erased. You would then click “MD,” and drag across the screen all the way. You should now no longer have a green line next to Sunday and instead have a yellow line. This will force the system to record on Sunday only.

It’s important to note that within this screen you are only modifying the settings for whatever channel is in the top-left of the screen. If you want the same settings for multiple channels then you should use the copy function at the bottom of the screen to get it to other channels…and be sure to hit save after changing your schedule!

The purpose of the record screen would be if you did not want a specific channel to record or if you wanted to enable the snapshot features. By default all channels are set to “auto” in main stream, “stop” for Sub Stream and “disable” for Snapshot. This translates to main stream is recorded, sub stream is not recorded and snapshot is not enabled.Say you wanted to only have a channel available on live stream but not to record it, you would move that channel from auto to stop on this page. If someone has played with the settings on this page you could run the risk of not being able to record!
The HDD Manage page under the storage settings is useful is seeing how many hard drives the recorder is capable of holding, if a hard drive is properly attached to the system and how much space is on that hard drive. If a hard drive is properly attached with both the SATA data and power cables then you will see the unit listed on this page. In the instance of this recorder, it is only capable of holding one hard drive so you only see the one hard drive listed.On the right side of the screen you will see how much space is left on the hard drive in comparison to the total space. This is a one terabyte hard drive, but some space has to be left of the drive for formatting so it’s not a full 1000 gigabytes.

You can change the type of hard drive in this page as well. There are two modes read/write or read only. Ideally you want to have a hard drive set to read/write at all times. Maybe you want to make sure a certain device isn’t overwritten so that you can get footage off of it. In this case you would want to set it to read only. This will stop all recording on a single drive unit.

To set motion settings you will need to go to the event settings page. The first available option here is video detect and the first sub-page is motion detect. If you wish to enable motion detection, be sure to click the “Enable MD” checkbox in the top-left corner.On this page you can choose what the output will be when there is motion detection on a channel. You will have to make sure you are choosing the right channel in the top left corner of the screen. By default, the recorder is programmed to record the same channel there is motion on. But perhaps you want to trigger recording on channel 2 when there is motion on channel 1. You would simply have to select “record channel,” and “2” down in the lower section.

To set the motion field and sensitivity click “set” next to region in the top-right corner. We will cover this next.

This page will allow you to set the motion detection region for each of the cameras. If there was something in an image you want to block out of motion detection, you could do that here. Examples of things you may want to remove from motion detection, views of active roads, trees blowing in the wind and bodies of water. Configuring the proper motion detection regions will allow you to both save on recording and have more useful footage as you are recording only what you need.Adjusting the sensitivity slider is another important part of this page. Setting the sensitivity as high as 100 will cause a speck of dust to trigger motion recording where setting it as low as 10 may not even pick up a car. We traditionally recommend sensitivity between 70 and 80 but you may have a to go a bit lower for outdoor scenes.