Recording SD Playback - Crop-like feature / start-end time parameters

Something I find frustrating when recording clips of my playback that didn’t make it to my events page automatically, is having to manually start recording, watch the entire clip from beginning to end again until finally pressing stop. Is it possible to add a drop-down menu for start time and stop time for recording playback? or clipping the playback in a similar way to cropping a video recording like you would do in basically every video editing app? or is this already a feature and I am just unaware?

Yes, we need this! I am pulling 20 minute clips for the police off 4 cameras. 80 minutes of my life I won’t get back.

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You are not alone!! Real time recording of SD card video with no end marker is incredibly annoying! Not to mention if the connection fails midstream and you have to start over. :rage:

Similar to, but not exactly like the marking you describe, faster than real time viewing, recording and downloading of video from SD cards have been top Wishlist items for over a year now.

You may offer your thoughts and vote for these items in the following threads:

Manual recording feature

Instead of the current method of manual record while you watch WHICH FAILS FAR TOO OFTEN.

Add a menu to set it to record from time start to time stop.

For instance

Record from Microsd

Start time: [1530]
Stop time [1617]

Then have it just record/save that without needing to watch the streaming interface. Runs in background no need to monitor.

I second that request. Recently I wanted to prove that a package was not delivered when UPS said it was so there was no event recorded. I had to go to “View Playback”, drag the timeline to some time before they said it was delivered, hit “Record” then wait 20 minutes and hit “Stop” to capture the 20 minutes of video. Then I had to share it to a cloud drive so I could view it on my PC. Very painful. Seems like there must be lots of occasions when we want to capture video off the playback timeline without having an event or wanting to stare at the phone for x minutes while it “records”. How about starting to “record” after dragging the timeline to the desired start time then being able to drag the timeline to the desired end and then stopping the “recording”. Even being able to use the “Forward 20 seconds” button would be a big help.

Select start and end time of video to download

We need to be able to select a start and end time when downloading video off of an SD card.

If I want to, say, download a ten minute chunk of time from 11:03am-11:13am, I currently have to hit record and wait 10 minutes. If there were a slider in the time bar where I can set the start time at 11:03 and the end time at 11:13 and have it download directly to my phone it would save all of us a LOT of time.

How else am I going to watch videos of my cat going crazy? :slight_smile:

[Mod Note]: Your topic, associated replies and votes were merged to this #wishlist request for better visibility and consistency in grouping similar requests.

This is an underrated wishlist item. I just barely ran into it. I would LOVE an option like this. I hate having to sit and record in real-time like that. Setting a start and stop would be so amazing. I wish this had gotten more attention.


If we can’t be trusted with direct access to our SD card footage files to transfer, this would be an acceptable compromise.

Why is it so hard to share recorded videos?

I feel like there should be an easier way to share saved SD card videos in-app. The app option right now is it to hit record on the playback screen and wait the entire duration of the clip you want. I need to share 20 to 30 min long videos, so that is not doable.

[Mod Edit] Merged with an existing wishlist topic. Give it a vote to help it along!

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The limitation to doing this is in the way the files are saved to the SD Card.

The cam records and saves individual 1 minute mp4 files to the card. The video files start at the beginning of each minute and run to the end of that minute. They are then saved in a folder for the date, a subfolder for the 1-24 hour number, and named with the number of the minute.

The SD video player is just digitally stitching them all together consecutively to view them. There is no way to download just one file from the 20 or 30 one minute video files you would need without using the player to stitch them together while it plays and save that to one new file: aka Record.

This shows the file structure, it is showing the SD video recorded for minutes 57, 58, & 59; hour 14; date 10-26-22

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Select and download a range of time of video in cam playback on your phone

Right now, if you want to download an extended clip (say 1 hour) from the SD card to your phone, you need to go into the video playback and then move to the start time and hit record, then watch the video in real time while it records. The only alternative is to take the SD card out of the camera and download the 1 minute long video files for that time range and then use an app to combine the video pieces into a single video file.

It would be really nice if you could just select the start and end times of the pre-recorded clip you want to save and then have the camera save a single video of the selected time to your phone without having to watch the video in realtime.

It is possible that this could be a hardware related issue, but if it is, I hope you’ll consider it for future cams.

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