I just got a new V2 Cam to add to my exiting Wyze networked home security cams. I have an old Samsung model J3 Android running the latest Wyze app version and firmware. I know that there’s been some stability issues for us older smartphone users ever since Wyze turned off HW acceleration ( since the newer app versions after 2.4.82 ). My V2 has 32GB SD Card installed. I had an important video I recorded in the app that I wanted to analyze for a specific 9 minute period of time. I tried saving it to the “Album” on the SD card using the standard record to album feature. App acted like it saved it just fine. But when I click on the Album nothing renders - not even thumbnails. It’s got less than 1 week of data on the SD Card itself.
Giving up on the app, I took out the SD card and installed it into my PC’s USB SD chip reader to copy all original data to my PC. Could not risk losing the original data to an overwrite over time.
But, I can’t find any “Album” directory at all on the SD card contents. I see a few test “JPG” photos I took at end of March in a directory called K:\photo\20200331 (K drive is my USB SD card reader). But there are no saved video mpg segments in a separate directory like the photos apart from the regular day/hourly/minute Mp4 continuous recording files that the Cam generates for playback. Wondering if I am missing a file structure to support the album feature or its a hidden directory? When I did copy contents I get an error on the Tim.ini file - I think this ini file is always normally open when mounted so this is probably impossible to copy (tried repairing it but no luck).
Again, all the original Wyze MP4 files for each hour of a given day and each minute of that day (60 one minute video files for each hour) are all properly recorded to the SD Card at the various dated MP4 dated-directory entries files (e.g. for the day 04/04/2020 there’s the full set of files in \USB Drive\record\20200404\00\00.MP4 thru …/59.MP4 and through each hour thru the hour directories e.g. \USB Drive\record\20200404\23\59.MP4 . Just no recorded album segment for the time span I explicitly saved. Weird that the app does not seem to write it to the SD card nor am I able to get any thumbnails.
At the PC I AM able to look at all the short 1 minute recordings to get the “gist” of what I want to see on 1 minute boundaries – BUT can’t seem to be able to use the app to create a 3-4 minute windowed time MP4 recording that the ALBUM feature can recognize.
It just does not seem to record a separate video recording into anything proximate to an “Album”. I note that this used to work in my prior V2 cams BEFORE they did the infamous HW acceleration turn off modification sometimes last year (e.g. post version versions after 2.4.82). I don’t want to revert back to that old dated App Version just to get album’s working on this old J3 phone.
Anyone have insights on a way to force the app to save real recorded files to an album and go look at them without having to remove the SD card, copy all the files to PC and reconstruct a file manually in a video editor that can splice together the 1 minute long video files I want to combine holistically into one video?
This seems like such a basic function to not be rock solid at the app interface and cam firmware handling. So wanting to just be able to save video to internal storage and then emailing it to myself without having to go pull the SD card and do this tedious manual operation.