Easy way to record and save continuous video?

#1

Is there an easier way to record and store continuous video?

Currently I have to view playback, scroll through all of the video to find what I am looking for, play that video and record it in “real time”. If I want to save 20 min of my kids playing, I have to sit and record the saved video for 20 min which is cumbersome. It would be nice if I could View Playback and save from a start and end point, 8:00 AM - 8:20 AM, for example.

Regarding the ability to view, record, and save video from a desktop or laptop; just for simple viewing and functionality, it would be nice to view things on a 17 - 24 inch screen as opposed to my 5 inch cell phone screen.

I love these little cameras and have purchases two Pans and two Cam V2’s so it would be wonderful if a few costumer suggestions were taken to heart. I saw a poll in the forums about desktop access and it was at 99% in favor of this feature.

 

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#2

If you pull the uSD card out and plug it into a computer, there are several applications that can both view a series of recordings (each minute is a separate file), and also stitch them together into a single file. At this time, there is no way to do that (other than what you described) to do so without pulling the uSD card. One of the things that has been requested is the ability to directly access the uSD card remotely and download files. I have no idea if that will be implemented, but would be nice for camera locations that are hard to get to or remote locations.

 

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#3

Mosby, There have been requests for both the ability to directly download mSD card video and to pre-set start/stop time for playback/record. I’ve added your votes for these to Wyze’s feature request tracker.

 

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#4

Thx K6CCC. Two of my cameras are placed on top of a kitchen cabinet and an entertainment center so removing the cards to download video is less that ideal.

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#5

Several of mine are also mounted under eves of the house so getting to them requires a large ladder. Several more are at a mountain top radio site that takes several miles of dirt fire road to get to. I would love to be able to ftp (or some other file transfer) to get to them.

 

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#6

An FTP (or SSH) server would be fine for me to download video from the microSD card. I suppose you’d want to make it consumer friendly though and put downloads in the app.

Regarding “pre-set start/stop time for playback/record,” I see the new app for android now has Tasks in it. Maybe adding a couple of device actions to start and stop recording would be the solution.

In the version of the app I have, the device actions for the PTZ cam are currently: turn on the camera, turn off the camera, upload a short video to the cloud, turn on motion detection, turn off motion detection, restart the camera, reset position.

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#7

I also wish for way to copy files from the SD without removing it.

Currently the time lapse files can be downloaded, but it requires the phone app being on the same network. My assumption is that this is so Wyze does not have to pay for transit of large data transferred. Have you figured a way to remotely download time lapse files from the mountain top radio site? Perhaps layer 2 bridge with your Mikrotik?

 

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#8

I have never made any attempt to record a Time Lapse up on the hill. Both cameras record all the time. To date, I have never had a need to retain recorded video. Mostly used to verify who is there when the door alarm goes off. If the need arises, it would be nice to download files directly from the cameraa…

 

I take it you are the same BuckEye that I know from the Mikrotik forum?

 

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#9

Yes, that’s me. Small world, isn’t it?

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#10

I was also thinking of putting them on the of the Kitchen cabinets but might have to rethink this.

 

Thanks

John

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#11

John,

Let me know how it works out in your kitchen because I was looking to do the same. I also send flowers to Guatemala from my office so I was wondering putting it on the to shelf of the office but if its a pain to download the video from the card, hmmmmm.

 

Thanks

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#12

OK, Ive read through this string and get what the cams will and won’t do, but from a common sense perspective this is a real deficit. We all place camera so we can see what happens when we are not where we placed them, and have PROOF of what happened. Getting access to the camera in it’s mounted location aside, we would only have 2 days after an event to download the video or stop the recording. Both are hindrances and contradict with the reasoning for having cameras in the first place. I am in Texas, recording video in Illinois, so getting to the camera to pull the card and download the video is not an option within 2 days.
These are great little cameras, but honestly this app function is a real disability. Further, you have to do some very pointed research and Q&A to find out that this is the only way to actually get the video you want or need on file and be able to share them with authorities. Wayze really needs to consider adjusting the app to allow remote transfer of the video files from the camera, and to do so without disrupting recording.
I’m obviously very dissatisfied at this but have been raving about these cameras to everyone I know–until now. I don’t want to return them or change my system, but I NEED to be able to download the video remotely. This single flaw is a huge issue. The guys that posted should not have to drag out ladders and dismount their cameras to access security footage that can be shared.

I hope something is done about this, wow, within the next 2 days!!

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#13

Here’s the #roadmap topic where you can vote for download ability for the SD card recordings. Make sure you scroll up to the top and click the VOTE button.

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#14

Also… not sure if you already know this… while playing back the SD card video remotely, you can tap the Record button and it will save what you’re viewing to the Wyze album in the phone’s camera roll/gallery. This works for shorter segments you want to save because, unfortunately, it only works in real time.

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From what I read this has to be on the same wireless network. If I am mistaken please let me know.
I am in Texas, recording in Illinois. Therefore physically getting to the camera is not possible.

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#16

No, you can play back remotely and you can record whenever you can play back.

You may be thinking of downloading time lapse video. For that, you have to be on the same local network.

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#17

OK so the BIG question: Can we now download camera recorded video beyond the limited event footage through the app and without having to stop recording and pull the card(s) from the camera(s)??
I bought a bunch of these for 2 residences in different states and just now found out when the need came up that I can’t download a piece of the recording without getting it off of the card itself.
2 big issues are in play here: cameras mounted in locations difficult to get to or dismount AND direct physical access within a 2 daytime frame so the video is not overwritten. Sure we can stop recording so the cards will retain the files, but then we lose the option of further recording. Awesome cameras, but honestly this is a huge deal breaker for me. Think about having to drag out huge ladders, disassemble mountings and travel to the physical location just to be able to have the video file to give police in the case of theft. Considerable restriction to a security system to be sure. Please tell me this was corrected or is at least in the works–please!

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Wyze App v2.0 Launched!
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You have the ability to do that now… A button on the bottom of the live feed called view play back which brings up a timeline for the camera. Locate the time you want and hit record and you will record to your phone either video or still photos.

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#19

I am in a different state altogether. From what I read, in order to save the video to a phone you have to be on the same wireless network. For my monitoring of cameras installed in a home of a different state, this is not possible.
Please, if I have got this wrong let me know. Right now, all I can get is the 12 second event video and have to wait for it to reset. That is IF I have events enabled.

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Abilty to download SD card videos to computer
#20

You should be able to use the Playback button on the live stream to play back the video stored on the SD card. While it is playing back, tap the Record button to save in real time to the Wyze album in the phone’s camera roll/gallery. You do not have to be local to do this.

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