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

using the Windows CMS Software for iDVR-PRO CCTV / HD-over-Coax Security Camera DVRs

Recorded Video Surveillance Video Export and Playback with Windows CMS Software

The process to backup and play recorded video surveillance footage on a Windows PC requires the use of the Windows CMS software that is included with all iDVR-PRO DVRs. These DVRs support analog CCTV cameras and the latest HD-over-Coax type security cameras.

  • Video Demo - Watch this video to see the entire process of exporting recording video surveillance footage using the Windows 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 Windows 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 Windows computer. These instructions assume that you already have the CMS software for iDVR-PRO installed on your Windows PC and that your DVR connection is already configured. If it is not, please follow these setup instructions first. Then, follow the below instructions.

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Open the Windows CMS software by double-clicking on the program icon. Then login with your user ID and password. If you did not yet change them, the default user ID is ADMIN and the password is 1234.

Windows CMS Software - Search DVR Recorded Video Surveillance Footage

Once the Windows CMS 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 Playback Tab in the upper left. Then select the date and time where you want video playback to begin from the Play Controls on the left. You can also use the time-line scrubber on the bottom of the screen to select the specific hour and minute. Then, press the play button located on the Play Controls on the left.

Windows DVR Software Backup Video Surveillance

After you identify the time frame of video that you want to backup, enter the Start Time and End Time into the Backup window on the left. You also need to select which security cameras that you want video exported from. Then, click the Backup button. Another Backup window will open. In this Window, you can select to save the exported videos to the Windows desktop, choose a specific local file path, or export to a Media drive (such as a USB thumb drive). If you choose the local file path, click the Browse button to select the specific directory location to save the exported video files. CCTV Camera Pros recommends leaving the Codec format set to "Direct". Click the Start Backup button after choosing these options.

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After the backup process completes, open Windows Explorer and browse to the location that you specified to export to. In this demo, I exported video from 4 security cameras. In addition to the 4 video files, the software also exports a video codec installer and 4 SMI information files. If this is the first time the you are playing back exported video from an iDVR-PRO DVR on your Windows PC, run the IMM4 Codec installer first. This will enable Windows Media player to recognize the video files.

After the video codec is installed, you cam double-click on each of the video files to playback in Windows Media Player.

Playback Video Surveillance Footage with Windows DVR Software

Here is a screenshot of what the video playback looks like in Windows Media Player.

Download Exported Video Files

Many customers want to experience video playback on their Windows PC 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 PC.

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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