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Overview of the Security DVR Menu System from – Part 2.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This is the second part of an article designed to give you a complete overview of the DVR menu system in our DVRs.

The Setting Menu:

DVR Setting Menu

On this page of the DVR menu system you can set the time, date and the format of the information you want displayed. When you change the date and/or time you will have to click on the Save button in the upper right corner and then the OK button in the bottom right.

The HDD Full setting gives you the option to choose Overwrite or Stop Recording. By default our DVRs and NVRs are set up to begin overwriting the oldest footage once the entire storage space become full. If you change this to stop recording, then the DVR will stop recording when the storage space becomes full. With this option, the DVR will not resume recording video until you make more space available by replacing the hard drive or formatting the existing hard drive and completely clear it. It’s highly recommended that you leave this setting on Overwrite.

The Pack Duration setting allows you to adjust the size of the video segments by time, when recording continuously.

DVR General Menu

This page allows you to adjust settings for the different video streams that your DVR is handling. Along the left side of this page are the settings for the main video stream. This stream will be responsible for the higher quality video, which will be recorded to your hard drive storage.

The settings along the right side apply to the extra stream or sub stream. This stream will require less data transmission because the video settings here are lower quality. This is the stream that is used when you are remotely connecting to your DVR from a mobile device. This stream can also be selected for viewing from a computer to compensate for latency issues.

In the drop down menu which is labeled as Type, you will be able to select Regular, MD (motion detection) or Alarm. Although Alarm is rarely used, both Regular and MD will let you adjust settings for those types of recording.

When you open the Resolution drop down menu you will see the highest resolution available listed at the top and the lowest one will be located at the bottom.

The Bit Rate is where you can set the data transmission speed of each of your cameras.

If you click on the Overlay button, you will be able to adjust where each channel name is displayed. You can also adjust where the date and time are displayed.

DVR Encode Menu

Setting this page up correctly is a key part of making sure that your DVR is recording the way that you want. Typically you will need to select All from the Channel drop down menu and all from the drop down menu which shows the days of the week. After that is done, you’ll need to make sure that either the top box under regular is highlighted (if you wish to record continuously) or the top box under MD is highlighted (if you wish to record based on motion detection).

You can also choose to have your DVR record continuously for part of a day and then record based on motion detection for the rest. In order to do this, you would first need to change the time frame that is covered by the periods along the left side of this page. Next you would need to highlight either regular or MD box next to the periods that you have modified. It’s important to make sure that the periods still account for all 24 hours in the day, if you have made changes to them.

The ‘PreRecord’ setting is only used if you’re going to be using motion based recording. It will allow you to adjust how long your DVR will record before a motion event occurs.

DVR Schedule Menu

This is the menu page which allows you to configure the DVR so that it will work with any supported RS232 devices. The types of devices that are supported are shown in the picture below.

RS232 devices (2)

DVR RS232 Menu

This page of the menu is where you will configure your DVR so that it will work with your network. Your network’s default gateway will need to be entered here as well as a unique IP address with in that scheme.

The http port should be changed to 88. Once that’s done the TCP and HTTP ports will need to be forward through your network’s firewall. Assistance with this process is the most common reason that our customers call our tech support department, which is free for our customers.

DVR Network Menu

This page of the menu is where you will configure the DVR to work with any alarm input or output that is connected to it.

DVR Alarm Menu

Setting up this page correctly is a very important part in getting motion based recording working correctly. It’s important to know that there is a version of this page for each of your video channels. You should never use the Copy function on this page or make setting changes with All selected in the channel drop down menu.

You will need to make sure that both the Enable box and the box to the left of where it says Record Channel are highlighted for each channel. You will also need to highlight the numbered box to the right of Record Channel which matches the channel that you have selected at the top of this page.

The button next to the Region label will allow you to set parts of a camera’s view so that the DVR will not detect motion in those areas
The Sensitivity drop down menu allows you to set how much motion has to happen in front of a camera before the DVR will recognize it as a motion event and begin recording. The least sensitive is 1 and 6 is the most sensitive.

The Anti-dither setting indicates how long motion must happen in front of a camera’s view before the DVR will recognize it as a motion event and begin recording.

The Latch setting allows you to determine how long the DVR will continue to record after a motion event has stopped.

DVR Detect Menu

This is the page where you’ll configure your DVR to work with any PTZ cameras that you have. The Protocol, Address and Baudrate settings here will need to reflect those settings in your camera. The Data bits, Stop bits and Parity almost never need to be changed.

DVR Pan Tilt Zoom Menu

The Resolution drop down menu on this page allows you to change the resolution that is being output to a monitor which is connected directly to the DVR.

If you click on the setup button next to Tour Setup, you will have the ability to set up a tour of your cameras’ live views. The options that you’ll have for this will depend on the model of DVR that you have and the amount of cameras that can be connected to it. The general idea is that you will be able to display the live video feeds from selected cameras or groups of cameras in succession. It will also leave each camera or group of cameras on screen for an amount which you determine.

DVR Display Menu

This page will allow you to reset some of the DVR’s menu pages to their defaults. Which pages that you can affect this way vary depending on the model of DVR that you have.

DVR Default Menu


Overview of the Security DVR Menu System from – Part 1

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

At we offer several models of DVRs in order to be able to meet the budget and security needs of our customers. Although some of the features and video processing capabilities of these recording devices differ, the DVR menu system is very similar in all of them. The advantage of this is that once you learn the DVR menu system from one of them you will already know how to operate any other DVR or NVR that you might purchase from us in the future, with some minor variations. This article is going to help get you familiar with each of the menu pages and their functions.

Once you have a mouse and monitor connected to your DVR the first thing that you should do is cancel the startup wizard. Next you should right click anywhere on the screen and you’ll see a small menu pop up. If you select Main Menu from the bottom of this menu (see Picture 1) and log in, then you will be on the first menu page of your DVR Menu System. This page will have a label along the top that says MAIN MENU and will have six selection icons in the main portion. The selections that you will see at this point are Search, Info, Setting, Advanced, Backup and Shutdown (see Picture 2).

DVR menu

Right Click on Main Menu

DVR Main Menu

What you see in the Main Menu


This page of the menu will allow you to review the video footage that your DVR has been recording. The first thing that you should do on this page is to select a blue day from the calendar in the upper right corner. These are the days where you have recorded footage stored.

Below the calendar you’ll see some drop down menus with tabs directly above them. The tabs allow you to select how many cameras you will be reviewing at one time. The drop down menus will allow you to select which camera or cameras you will be reviewing.


Calendar and camera selection.

At this point you will see some color show up along the lines at the bottom portion of the page. The colored sections will reflect what time of day that you have recorded footage. Simply click on any part of the colored portion and you will see the recorded footage begin to play.


Search Bar

This is where you will find some useful data about the DVR. There are six setting pages here – HDD info, BPS, Log, Version, Online users and Network info.


Info Page

HDD info:

This page shows some important information about any hard drives in your DVR. The total size of the hard drive, how much free space you have remaining, the status and the S.M.A.R.T. report are all shown here.  The S.M.A.R.T feature (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) monitors the hard drive for signs of possible hard drive malfunctions that may happen in the future.

HDD info

HDD Info page

BPS (Bits per second) monitors the bit rates of each camera that is being transmitted with in the DVR.


BPS Page

This page will allow you to search the DVR’s logs based on date, time and the type of the log event.


Log Page

The information displayed here is about the type of DVR that you have. Most of this data is obvious and you probably already know it.  The part of this page that you may need to look up at some point is the system version and the build date. It is also possible to initiate a firmware upgrade from this screen if it becomes necessary. If you do need to do a firmware upgrade you should contact our tech support department with your purchase information.


Version Page

Online users:
This page will show you a list of users which are currently remotely connected to the DVR. The users will be listed by the user name that they logged in with and their IP address. On this page, you also have the ability to disconnect a user and/or block them for a specified time.

Online users

Online Users Page

Network info:
The top portion of the network test tab will allow to you make sure that the DVR is connecting to your network by pinging you router’s IP address. The bottom portion of this page is meant to be used by users with advanced networking knowledge. It will allow you to back up a list of packets and through the use of third party software, you can analyze them.

Net test

Network Test Tab

The net load tab will show a live graph of the amount of data that is passing between your DVR and your network. This tab will also show you the MAC address of the DVR.

Net Load

Net Load Tab


On this page of the menu system you can click on the detect button and it will detect a thumb drive which has been inserted in one of the USB ports of the DVR. After the thumb drive has been detected by the DVR you will see some information about that storage device show up along the top of the page.


Backup Page

The format button will allow you to format the thumb drive to the FAT32 style format. This type of storage device must be formatted to the FAT32 file system before you can back up your recorded footage to it. You can also do this formatting through a computer by simply plugging it into the computer and locating it on the same page where you can see your hard drive and CD drive. When you are on this page just right click on the thumb drive and you will see the format selection which will begin this process.

Thumb Drive format

Thumb Drive Format


Logout menu user:
Selecting this option will lock the DVR’s menu system and you will have to log in again before being able to access it again.

This is the correct way to turn off your DVR.

Restart system:
This is the way that you should reboot the DVR. It’s a good idea to do this after you’ve made a significant amount of setting changes. When you perform this action, you will see the screen indicate that the DVR is saving data.

Switch user:
This option is similar to the Logout menu user option, except that this selection will take you directly to the log in interface. Preforming this action will allow you to make use of the different permissions that each user may have.

Shutdown menu.

Shutdown menu