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Archiving Video Files

Users can archive video and telemetry data previously recorded by a DVR. See the Archive Type Files table in the System Requirements and Specifications section to learn about archive formats.

Archiving Video by Date and Time

To archive video files based on Date and Time:

  1. Once vMax View has loaded the file from the DVR hard drive or SD Card, locate the start date and time of the video you want to archive with the Calendar and Time Search tools.
  2. By default, vMax View archives video from all cameras in the view but you can select one or more camera views. To include multiple camera views, press and hold Ctrl and, simultaneously, click on each required channel.
    If multiple cameras are selected, vMax View will display an optimized view of the corresponding channels when viewing the archived file. See Viewing Archived Video Files for more details.
  3. Locate the beginning of the event in Play mode and click Pause. Then click on the Start Archive Clip icon.
  4. Locate the end of the event in Play mode and click Pause. Then click on the End Archive Clip icon.
  1. Click on the Archive button. You can also select Archive in the File drop-down menu located on the left of the main toolbar once the beginning and end of the clip have been set. A Save dialog will open.

NOTE: Archive Validation

    • The validation feature is not supported for video recorded on H or NX series.
    • Archive video created in vMax View 4.2.0 and up or downloaded from a DVR by vMax Commander v5.7 and up is checked for validity whenever users create an archive. When the video is validated, it can be archived. However, if the video is corrupted or modified, it can be archived but that archive cannot be validated.
    • For more details on this topic, see the Validating an Existing Video Archive section.
  1. In the Save window directory, choose a location where you want to save the archive file.
  2. Enter a Name for the archive file.
  3. Select the archive file format from the Save As Type menu. You can save it in a video format, or save the GPS data (without video) as a file in .txt, .xls, .kml, or .gpx data formats for viewing the GPS information in other applications.
  1. If you select Windows Media Video (.wmv) or Audio Video Interleaved (.avi), you can enable text, audio and privacy options. To do so:
    • Within the Text Overlay section, select Enable Overlay if you want telemetry information to be included in the video archive file, and select a color from the drop-down menu if needed (see A in the figure).
    • Select Archive with Audio to include camera audio. This option is selected by default (see B in the figure).
    • Choose Select Privacy Zones to create blurred areas in the video (see B in the figure). If you enable Select Privacy Zones, the privacy zones window will appear when you click Save. To learn more, see the Selecting Privacy Zones tutorial.

If you choose Seon File Format or Seon Self Playing Format (.exe), none of these options will be available. In this case, proceed to the next step.

  1. Click Save. The Archive progress bar appears and the file is archived in the selected location.

NOTE: Archive Fail

If the progress indicator stops for more than five minutes, the computer’s storage may be full, or the video conversion may have failed. Click Cancel to stop archiving.


Archiving Video by Location

When users know the location of an event and want to archive video from a vehicle in the vicinity, they can select archive start and end points from map view in vMax View. The map view displays GPS data from DVRs using version 2.0 or newer firmware.

To archive video and telemetry data using the GPS map view:

  1. In a video channel in the viewing area, right-click and select Display Telemetry. Then select GPS.
  2. In the map view, locate the position where you want to start an archive and click to select the archive start time.
  3. In the map view, locate the position where you want to start an archive and click to select the archive end time.
  1. In the Save window that opens, browse and select the archive saving location.
  2. Enter a Name for the archive file.
  3. Select the archive file format from the Save As type menu. You can save it in a video format or save the GPS data (without video) as a file in .txt, .xls, .kml, or .gpx data formats for viewing the GPS information in other applications.
  1. Only if you select Windows Media Video (.wmv) or Audio Video Interleaved (.avi) formats, you can enable text, audio and privacy options. To do so:

    • Within the Text Overlay section, select Enable Overlay if you want telemetry information to be included in the video archive file, and select a color from the drop-down menu if needed (see A in the figure).
    • Select Archive with Audio to include camera audio. This option is selected by default (see B in the figure).
    • Choose the option Select Privacy Zones to create blurred areas in the video (see B in the figure). If you enable Select Privacy Zones, the privacy zones window will appear when you click Save. To learn more, see Selecting Privacy Zones in the following section.

If you select Seon File Format or Seon Self Playing Format (.exe), none of these options will be available. In this case, proceed to the next step.

  1. Click Save to create the archive.

TIP: Archive Wizard

There is another method to archive video files in vMax View that involves the use of Archive Wizard, a tool that helps users to easily export clips to the previously mentioned formats. To learn more about this workflow, please see the Archive Wizard tutorial.


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