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Motion Detection Surveillance Recording Setup for iDVR

Motion detection video surveillance recording is easy to setup on iDVR CCTV DVRs. This video shows users how to configure their DVR for motion detection recording and continuous recording with motion detection.

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Watch this video to learn how to set up motion detection video surveillance recording on iDVR-E, CCTV DVRs. These set-up instructions are applicable to the original analog iDVR-E DVRs as well as the new hybrid DVR models that work with traditional analog CCTV cameras as well as the new HD CCTV cameras based on AHD technology.

The first thing that needs to be done is to stop the recording on the DVR. You could do this by clicking on this red icon in the lower left and then entering the administrative password. Once the DVR stops recording, bring up the main menu and select Set Up and then Record. On the record screen, select Day, and then as this right now continuous recording is set up in the DVR but event recording is off. That F/S stands for frames per second, and the way that you turn recording on is to hire the frame rate for either event or continuous recording.

Right there, all channels are recording continuously and now all of them are continuously recording and with events, so you can do that for all cameras or individually if you want the DVR to always record but still have events bookmarked.

We're going to set it up a little bit different so I'm going to turn continuous recording on for now and then turn event recording off for channel 1, 2, and 3. Now just channel 4 is set to continuous and event, and now I'm going to channel 4 to off, so the only channel that I have set up to record on motion is channel 4.

On this screen, you could program which camera has motion that will trigger the recording for each channel and you can also trigger recording based on other events but we're not going to cover that in this video.

Next, I'm going to adjust the motion detection zone and sensitivity for the camera. On this screen, basically you can use this grid to set up the motion detection zones and then set up the motion sensitivity level. You could see when it's low there. Right now, it's not detecting much motion but when I bump it all the way up, you can see much more motion is detected and that's noted by those green lights you can use as I'm waiving. They get more intense or less intense based on how much motion is being detected.

If I select the eraser and then double-click on these squares, I'm actually removing those zones from the motion detection area so the zones that are highlighted in purple are the motion detection area. Again, you can see me waving there in the background and the motion being detected, and then when you're done, you just select apply and then you can close out that screen and then click on that red LED icon again to start recording up again.

Now, notice in a second, when I wave, you'll see that motion's going to be detected. You can see that little running man icon on camera 4. That means motion is being detected and that that camera was recording then. Actually the number 4 that's highlighted in red, that means the camera is still recording. You see it goes off right there. There's a delay. Once motion stops, the recording goes off and there I triggered it again and you can see the camera number turn red again because it's recording because motion was detected.

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