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How to Download Footage and Recording directly from Hikvision NVR’s and Recorders

How to Download Footage and Recording directly from Hikvision NVR’s and Recorders

Accessing Footage & Video Recording from a Hikvision NVR

Accessing & exporting footage and recording from Hikvision recordings is an easy process which can be followed by Rock Security’s easy step-by-step guides below. A key point to understand is which NVR recorder range you are using and then following the applicable step-by-step guide.

Hikvision recorders in circulation will invariably be either a Network Video Recorder v3.4.x (Version 3) or Network Video Recorder v4.x (Version 4) – also knows as Hikvision I-Series NVR or Hikvision K-Series. Rock Security has how-to-guides and User Manuals for both below. If any other help is required, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

For the Step-by-Step guide in exporting/downloading video footage from Hikvision’s iVMS4200 software please follow this link; Downloading Video Footage from the Hikvision iVMS4200 Software.

Hikvision NVR4 – Step by Step Guide on Exporting Video Footage and Recordings

  1. Go to File Management and you will be directed to the required screen. (see screenshots below for each step)
  2. Set your search parameters
    a) Time – this can be set as a custom time period or you can select a preset time period from the drop-down (e.g. last 24hrs, last 7 days, etc…)​ – Consider Size of Download when choosing time frame
    b) Camera – by default all your cameras will be selected, if you don’t want to export footage from all the cameras then open the drop-down, deselect ‘all cameras’ and the just select cameras you do want to export footage from.​
    c) File Type – here you select whether you want to search for videos or pictures​
    d) Tag – if you have tagged any files in the playback with a code, date or phrase you can enter that here to bring up all files tagged with that information​
    e) File Status – lets you select if you search for locked files, unlocked files, or all files​
    f) Event Type – if you want to only search for specific event clips then you can select that from the drop-down (the event you choose must have been previously enabled on the cameras you are searching), if you just want continuous files then leave this as ‘none’​
    g) Plate No. & Area/Country – these are only functional if you are searching the recordings of an ANPR camera​
  3. Click Search
  4. Select the files you want to export/backup (click each thumbnail and it will go blue with a tick in the corner) or if you want everything just click Select All in the top right of the screen
  5. Insert your external storage device (USB stick, external HDD, etc…) into the available USB port on the NVR.
  6. Click Export in the top right of the File System page and the below pop-up will appear.
  7. Select your Export option and click OK:
    i) Video & Logs – this will export an individual Log file with every video file you have selected
    ii) Player – this option only downloads Hikvision’s own media player – VSPlayer – if any of your recordings have been made using H.265+ compression you may need this playback the footage as the CODEC is not a standard level of compression supported by most media players. Downloading the VSPlayer this way can be useful if the external storage device is going to be handed over to someone else for them to look at the footage, but if you need the VSPlayer for this purpose we would recommend downloading the latest version from the Hikvision Portal as the version from the NVR interface may not be the latest.
    IMPORTANT – Hikvision uses unique partitioning and may require you to format your storage device before using it so make sure it is either a new device or you have backed up any files already on the device as you will likely lose them if you have to format.
  8. Select your storage device from the drop-down

If it is a brand new storage device we would recommend clicking Format just to make sure the device is using the partitioning that Hikvison likes, if it is an older drive with files already on it you can try exporting as is but you may be prompted that the partitioning is incorrect and will have to format to complete the Export. Also on this pop-up, you can create a new folder if you want to keep your files organised and select the file format you want the footage exported as. (default will export the files in the format they are saved as on the NVR which by default is usually .avi)

Step by Step Guide on how to downloading footage from Hikvision NVR3

  1. The Hikvision K-series NVR has a very similar process to the newer I-Series NVR but the menus are laid out slightly different, so instead of file management you will see a dedicated Export menu. The Export Menu will then take you to a similar search page but on the K-series the search is split into 2 pages – Normal and Event.

    1. Enter the settings pop-up by ‘Right Clicking’ on your mouse
    2. Log into the system, ensuring that your user rights have the required privileges to view recordings and export footage.
    3. Select NORMAL or EVENT recordings;
      1. Normal Export will let you search by how you had your recording schedule set, so if you had it set to continuous from 09:00 to 17:00 then you can select continuous as the record type and just be shown files from when you had continuous recording set within your chosen search window. (e.g. last 7 days) If you select All as the record type you will be shown all the recorded files within your search window, whether they be continuous, motion, event, or one of the other options.
      2. Event Export is like the Event Type drop-down on the I-series NVR and lets you search for Event triggers of any Smart Event that you have enabled on your cameras.
    4. Set the parameters
    5. Click Search
    6. Select the files you want to export/backup (click each thumbnail and it will go blue with a tick in the corner) or if you want everything just click Select All in the top right of the screen
    7. Insert your external storage device (USB stick, external HDD, etc…) into the available USB port on the NVR.
    8. Click Export in the top right of the File System page and the below pop-up will appear.
    9. Select your Export option and click OK:
      i) Video & Logs – this will export an individual Log file with every video file you have selected
      ii) Player – this option only downloads Hikvision’s own media player – VSPlayer – if any of your recordings have been made using H.265+ compression you may need this playback the footage as the CODEC is not a standard level of compression supported by most media players. Downloading the VSPlayer this way can be useful if the external storage device is going to be handed over to someone else for them to look at the footage, but if you need the VSPlayer for this purpose we would recommend downloading the latest version from the Hikvision Portal as the version from the NVR interface may not be the latest.
      IMPORTANT – Hikvision uses unique partitioning and may require you to format your storage device before using it so make sure it is either a new device or you have backed up any files already on the device as you will likely lose them if you have to format.
    10. Select your storage device from the drop-down

    Once all these settings are in place you can click OK and the Export will begin.

    You are set and ready to go

    If there are any issues, or you would like some assistance with you Hikvision NVR Recording process please let our office know and we will be glad to help.

     
     
     

DOCUMENTATION

Hikvision NVR Documentation – How to Guides & User Manuals

 

Accessing Footage & Video Recording from a Hikvision NVR

Follow the step by step guides above for the 3 & 4 series NVRs or feel free to download the user guides and give that a try. If there are any other issues, or questions please do not hesitate in contacting our office directly.

Hikvision iVMS4200 is primarily aimed to work alongside the Hikvision NVR range. The answer is yes, and our team at Rock Security is more than willing to help design and implement your Hikvision CCTv camera system. For more information on the iVMS4200 software, please see the step-by-step guide below.

Backing up and exporting recorded footage from your Hikvision Camera System may be needed for evidence, for the police or for your own use. The ability and how-to-guide is very easy and can be found on the page.

For a full list of all downloadable software please visit this LINK – Hikvision Global

For all your Hikvision and Security Camera needs Rock Security is able to help. Our website has all relevant information, user guides and step-by-step guides to assist with your needs. If you cannot find what you are looking for on this page, please do not hesitate in contacting our office.

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