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How-to Export and Playback Recorded Video Surveillance on Mac PCs

using the Mac Viewer Software for iDVR-PRO CCTV / HD-over-Coax Security Camera DVRs

Recorded Video Surveillance Video Export and Playback with Mac Software

The process to backup and play recorded video surveillance footage on a Macintosh PC requires the use of the Mac software that is included with all iDVR-PRO DVRs.

  • Video Demo - Watch this video to see the entire process of exporting recording video surveillance footage using the Mac DVR software.
  • Setup Instructions - Follow these step-by-step instructions to export video from your iDVR-PRO (works with analog CCTV and hybrid HD security camera models).
  • Download Export Files - Want to see what exported video playback looks like on your Mac PC before you buy an iDVR-PRO? You can download the archived video files that were used to make the below video.

Video Demo

Watch this video to see a demonstration of the complete video export and playback process.

Video Export and Playback Instructions

Follow these instructions to backup / export recorded video surveillance footage from an iDVR-PRO DVR to a Mac computer. These instructions assume that you already have the client software for iDVR-PRO installed on your Mac and that your DVR connection is already configured. If it is not, please follow these setup instructions first. Then, follow the below instructions.

Mac remote surveillance dvr software

Connect to your DVR by selecting the DVR from the list and clicking on the connect icon.

Mac Software - Search DVR Recorded Video Surveillance Footage

Once the Mac client is connected, you most likely want to playback recorded video on the DVR to identify the time frame of the video event that you want to export. Click on the Search Tab. Then select the date and time where you want video playback to begin. Then press the play button which is located under the calendar pop-up in the above screen shot.

Mac DVR Viewer Software Backup Video

After you identify the time frame of video that you want to backup, click on the stop button in the player. Then, click the Backup button.

Mac DVR Client Software Remote Internet Backup Video

The backup box will open. Select the start and end time of the video export. Press the path button to select the directory where you want the video files saved to. Check off the security cameras that you want included in the export (you do not need to export the video from all of your cameras). Press the start button.

A bar show the progress of the video export. When it is done, you can close the backup screen and the iDVR-PRO software.

If you do not have the free VLC media player installed on your Mac, please download it here and install it.

Playback Exported Surveillance Video using VLC Media Player for Mac

Open the VLC player on your Mac. If you do not have a VLC icon in your system tray (like the above screenshot). Open the finder application on your Mac and look in the applications folder.

Open Exported Security Camera Video on Mac PC

Open the Finder application and browse to the location where you exported the video files. Select the files that you exported by clicking on the top one, holding down the shift key, and clicking on the last one. This should select all of them. Drag the files into the VLC player. This will create a playlist and the first video will most likely begin to playback.

HD CCTV Camera Recorded Video Playback on Mac

This is exported video from one of our HD CCTV cameras being played back.

HD Security Camera Recorded Video Playback on Mac

To select video from another camera, click on the playlist button and select the exported video file you want to view.

Download Exported Video Files

Many customers want to experience video playback on their Mac before they decide to purchase an iDVR-PRO. For your convenience, we have made the original exported files used to make the above instructions and demo video available to download. Please follow these instructions to download and playback the below video backup files on your Mac.

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CCTV / AHD / HD-TVI Hybrid Security Camera DVR

Hybrid iDVR-PROs work with the following security camera types and resolutions.

  • AHD Cameras (720p and 1080p resolution models supported)
  • TVI Cameras (720p and 1080p resolution models supported)
  • Analog CCTV Cameras (all analog resolution supported including CIF, D1, 960H)

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Mike Haldas

This article was written by , co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros. If you have any questions about iPhone security camera app for iDVR, please email me at