This article will cover how to set up a recording schedule for your NVR. This is applicable to regular (24/7 recordings), motion detection, and IVS recordings. IVS stands for intelligent video system analytics and is the basis for all AI rules associated with your device. This section will also cover how to set up a recording schedule, email alerts with snapshots, etc.
Note: The NVR can only be set up to save recordings or IVS information if a hard drive has already been installed. However, email alerts with snapshots can still work without a hard drive.
The following setup processes will be shown using the NVR’s built-in interface. However, these same steps can also be done through the web interface on a computer. For more information on how to access the web UI for your device, click here.
Despite the difference in appearance, the settings pages have similar organizational structures.
Enabling Recording Options
This menu should be verified to ensure that all recording protocols are enabled. This menu details, per channel, which streams are enabled or disabled in the NVR. To access this menu, please refer to the information provided below.
Step 1: On the main menu, click on Storage.
Step 2: Click on Record. The Record menu displays all active channels and streams being used for recording. If using snapshots, ensure the Snapshot radio button is enabled on each stream. To apply the settings to all channels, click on the All radio button.
Step 3: Click on Apply to save the settings to your device.
How To Setup a Recording Schedule
A recording schedule can be made for each recording type including, 24/7 recording, Motion Detection, Alarm, Motion Detection & Alarms, or IVS. For more information on how to set up a recording schedule, please refer to the information provided below.
From the Main Menu, click on STORAGE in the MANAGEMENT section.
Make sure you are on the SCHEDULE > REC page. This is where you can configure your video recording schedules. To configure a snapshot schedule, click on the Snapshot tab. All video events will be saved and accessible via the playback menu if a hard drive is installed, whereas snapshot events can be emailed. For more information on how to set up email alerts, click here
To choose a channel (or camera) for which to configure, click the number next to Channel, then select either a single channel or All if you would like the schedule to apply to all channels currently connected to your NVR:
By default, the NVR will have the schedule for each recording type to record 24/7. Also note, that the NVR uses military time from 00:00 to 24:00 hours instead of 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.
To edit a recording schedule, select a recording option from the colored boxes. Each recording option is color-coded: Green: Regular (24/7 recording), Yellow: MD (Motion Detection), Red: (Alarm), Orange: MD&Alarm (a combination of motion detection and alarm recordings), and IVS. Select which recording type you would like to modify and then use your mouse to adjust the time via the time bar for your specific recording type.
Click the eraser icon to the right of any day if you would like to clear the entire row of blocks.
To add or remove motion detection blocks to the grid, mark the yellow checkbox next to MD, then click individual cells or click-and-drag for multiple blocks:
To the left of each day, there are small boxes that can be marked to ‘link’ days together. This is useful if you want to save time by instantly making changes to multiple days simultaneously.
In the below example, Sunday and Monday are linked, so any blocks that are added or removed for Sunday will automatically and immediately reflect the same for Monday and vice versa:
The same concept applies when configuring other recording schedule types such as IVS.
Another way to configure recording schedules is by manually setting time periods. Click the “gear‟ icon to the far right of any day to open the Period page:
Here, the periods (Periods 1 - 6) will be displayed in chronological order. You can set either Regular, MD, Alarm, MD&Alarm or IVS, checkboxes. You can also copy the period settings over to other days by checking them individually or checking All. Make sure to click Save when finished.
Now that you have finished configuring the recording schedules, you may need to copy these settings over to other channels (or cameras). By default, D1 (Channel 1) will be selected unless you immediately selected All in the channel window previously. Please note, you can copy these settings directly over to another channel by clicking Copy.
In the Copy window, you can select individual channels for any cameras you have added to the NVR or select All:
Click Save when finished.
When finished on this screen, click Apply to save your changes.