Open the Recording dialog to set how the camera should store events (alarms).
MOBOTIX cameras offer three different recording modes:
The recording methods are independent of the selected video codec (JPEG, MxPEG). In order to obtain the highest frame rate and the most efficient storage method, however, you should use the MOBOTIX MxPEG codec.
Besides the event-controlled recording, the camera can also store history images at regular intervals and independent of the other recording modes. If required, the image format can be different from the format of the live images. This would offer the possibility to store an additional megapixel image (1280x960 pixels) every ten minutes, while the camera is recording events in video/audio clips and in VGA format (640x480 pixels).
The camera stores the image sequences and video clips according to event numbers. Every event will receive a new event number, provided the recording does not last longer than one minute. The current event number is displayed at the bottom left corner of the live image. The event number has six digits and ranges from 000000 to 999999.
As mentioned above, the MOBOTIX camera can use three different recording modes: Snap Shot Recording, Event Recording, and Continuous Recording. The different recording modes are explained in more detail further below.
The MOBOTIX camera can be set to automatically start, stop, and retrigger the recording of images or video clips. Web and Basic models can only start recordings, retriggering recording is not possible with these models.
E00000.jpg event image is saved as an additional JPEG image. This is a bit different in Snap Shot Recording mode, as the
E00000.jpg is the actual alarm image.
This feature will only be used if events have been selected in Retrigger Recording. This feature is not available for Basic and Web models.
E00001.jpg event image is saved as an additional JPEG image besides the MxPEG clip file(s). Additional events are stored as
Ennnnn.jpg event image is saved as an additional JPEG image besides the MxPEG clip file(s).
Once the last image of the event has been stored, the camera triggers the Recording End (RE) event.
This option allows deactivating the recording functions of the camera (default: Enable) or to use the signal input (SI) to control recording.
The REC action symbol in the lower right corner is displayed in yellow (see Recording Mode further below): REC. During event-controlled recording of snap shot images and events, this symbol will be displayed in turquoise (REC) and will turn yellow again once recording has been finished (REC). During continuous recording, the action symbol is always green: REC.
If Arm Recording has been switched off or deactivated temporarily, the camera will not record any events (alarms) during this time. No images will be recorded, the event number is not incremented, and the action symbol REC is gray: REC.
If the event control is completely disabled in the General Event Settings dialog (Off), the bottom part of the live image does not contain any event or action symbols.
Note: Actions and Messages are not connected to recording and the camera will execute these functions even if recording has been deactivated.
|Time Table Profile
In order to arm the camera in a time-controlled manner, you need to select a Time Table Profile.
Arm Recording in this dialog (see above) has to be set to Enable or can be set to work with the camera's signal input (e.g. with a key switch) using the SI Closed (low) or SI Open (high) options.
The camera signs the recorded data using the X.509 certificate of the camera's web server.
|Activate Recording Status Symbol
The camera shows a recording icon in the top right corner of the image; its color reflects the current state of the recording:
|Activate Terminate Recording
The function will automatically stop the recording of images or video clips if one of the selected events occur once the Time Before Terminate has been used up. Use this option if you would like freeze the stored images or image sequences and to prevent them from being overwritten.
If the recording has been terminated, the action symbol TR will be displayed in yellow: TR.
While the Time Before Terminate is still running, the camera displays the remaining seconds before recording is terminated in the live image and the TR action symbol is turquoise.
After that time, the camera displays a corresponding message in the live image, stops recording and the TR action symbol turns gray.
Snap Shot Recording
Snap Shot Recording saves single JPEG images without audio data while the Snap Shot Interval can be set between 0 milliseconds and one image every ten minutes. The advantages of this recording mode are the low storage space requirements for the single image and the long interval that can be set between images.
The factory default setting of the camera is to save event stories which can consist of a maximum number (depending on the camera model) of pre- and post-alarm images for every event:
In order to obtain higher file server performance, activate the Pack Event Story checkbox. The event image and all pre- and post-alarm images are combined in one clip file, resulting in a drastically reduced number of file operations on the file server.
In order to cover a longer period of time (up to ten minutes) with the event story, you need to define a Snap Shot Interval that is long enough.
Note: Event Recording is only available for Secure cameras.
Event recording stores MxPEG Clips (
Frame rate: The MxPEG clips can be recorded with the maximum Event Frame Rate available from the Live image, but not with a frame rate lower than one image every five seconds. Audio data from the camera is always recorded with the same quality, regardless of the frame rate.
The Recording Time Before Event is limited to five seconds. Additional events during the recording are saved as JPEG images (
Multiple Events: If the recording of one event exceeds five minutes or if the storage space for one event exceeds 40% of the internal image storage, the camera will split the event. The recording will then be resumed with a new event number.
Note: Continuous Recording is only available for Secure cameras.
Continuous recording stores MxPEG Clips all the time (
The event number is incremented every minute and thus stores 60 seconds of video and audio data in one event folder. The first event image is
Frame rate: The MOBOTIX camera can use two different frame rates for recording. In order to avoid huge amounts of video data when nothing is happening, the camera can record with a lower frame rate (Continuous Recording Frame Rate). In case of an event (alarm), the camera will use the Event Frame Rate to store the event with a highest quality. Similar to Event Recording, audio data from the camera be recorded with the same quality, regardless of the frame rate.
History Recording (HR)
This feature allows recording history images at individual frame rates besides the event-controlled recording mechanism. The history images are saved as JPEG images (
During active recording, no additional history image is stored.
If a Time Task event (TT) is to be used to trigger a history recording, the TT event must be unselected in the lists of events starting, retriggering, or stopping event recording.
Image Profile for History images: History images can use a different image format. Open the Image Profiles to define new image formats or to edit existing ones.
|Activate Full Image Recording
If this option is activated, the camera records the entire sensor image. If not, it records only the visible section of the live image. This means that you can record the entire sensor image, while the live image shows a zoomed and panned image section. This also allows examining the parts of an image or video that had not been visible in the live image section on display at the time of the recording.
Controls the resolution (size) of the recorded video stream (or of the JPEG images in Snap Shot recording).
|This parameter allows using a different JPEG quality for full image recording than for the live image, for example.
Date and Time
|These parameters allow showing different text messages in the images for full image recording than for the live image, for example.
Click on the Set button to activate your settings and to save them until the next reboot of the camera.
Click on the Factory button to load the factory defaults for this dialog (this button may not be present in all dialogs).
Click on the Restore button to undo your most recent changes that have not been stored in the camera permanently.
Click on the Close button to close the dialog. While closing the dialog, the system checks the entire configuration for changes. If changes are detected, you will be asked if you would like to store the entire configuration permanently.
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