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Video Surveillance Recording Setup

Learn how-to setup various record modes on Viewtron security camera DVRs and NVRs.

Watch this video to learn how to setup the various video recording modes on Viewtron security camera systems. The setup in this video is applicable to Viewtron IP camera NVRs and Viewtron hybrid BNC camera DVRs.

Security Camera DVR Video Recording Setup

DVR Recording Setup

If you prefer images and text, instead of video instructions, please refer to these setup instructions.

Surveillance DVR Recording Setup

To access the recording setup screen on Viewtron DVRs and NVRs, click on the Mode Settings link from the main menu.

DVR / NVR Recording Setup

On the record setup screen, the Record Mode is displayed. Viewtron DVRs and NVRs support the following modes: Continuous Recording, Motion Recording, Sensor Recording, POS (point of sale) recording, and AI recording (Viewtron IP camera NVRs ONLY). You may also setup any combination of two or more of these modes by clicking on the Advanced button.

Custom Video Surveillance Recording Setup

When you click on the Advanced button, you may select all of the recording modes that you want applied.

Continuous and AI Recording Setup

If you change the recording mode, another screen will open which allows you to setup different record settings for continuous schedule recording and each other mode that you are using. For example, at CCTV Camera Pros we use continuous recording (Schedule) + AI recording. Viewtron DVRs and NVRs allow you to setup different record settings for continuous recording vs AI recording (for example). The two types of recording can have different resolution, frame rate (FPS), Bitrate, video quality, and audio on / off settings. This is a useful feature for users that want a lower resolution during continuous recording and higher resolution during AI events or motion detection. At CCTV Camera Pros, we typically recording at the highest resolutions and frame rates always.

Custom Record Settings for Each Camera

So far, all of the instructions have been based on all cameras using the same record mode. You may also setup each camera to have it's own unique recording mode(s) and schedule.

Custom DVR Recording Setup

To setup each of your security cameras to have a unique recording mode and schedule, change the Mode from Auto to Customization.

Security Camera Recording Setup

On the Schedule Configuration screen, you can select one of more recording modes for each of your security cameras. For each mode, you can select a schedule from the dropdown. If you want to configure a custom schedule, click on the Schedule Management button.

Manual Video Recording Setup

In addition to all of the video recording modes described above, Viewtron DVRs and NVRs also support a manual recording mode. Manual recording allows users to override all of the other recording modes and simply turn recording on manually.

DVR Manual Recording

To manually turn video recording on, users can press the manual record button using the mouse. This is seen in the above screenshot.

DVR Manual Recording Duration

You may configure how long the DVR will manually record for by selecting the Record Time on the main record mode settings screen. If you choose "Manual", the DVR will manually record until you click on the manual record button again to turn recording off. If you choose a time, the DVR will automatically turn manually recording off according to that time.

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