Affected Roles: Administrator
Last Edit: April 12, 2022
The VMAX® A1 Plus records and stores video locally within its internal hard drive. On the occasion where a user may desire to export or “backup” a period of footage, the VMAX A1 Plus features a local export function where users may create a footage backup file (.SSF) directly at the unit and save it to a USB flash drive.
This article will outline how to create a footage backup file directly from the VMAX A1 Plus to a USB flash drive.
**NOTE: Make sure that you can view the playback of the video that you will be exporting. If the target video cannot be viewed, then the video export may experience issues or fail to backup to the USB.
**NOTE: The USB flash drive should be formatted to FAT32 format. It is recommended that the USB stick have a storage capacity no greater than 32 GB and it should not have any other files stored at the time of video export. Kingston and SanDisk brand USB sticks have been previously known to experience issues when exporting footage directly from the DVR.
Exporting footage from the DVR is a multi-step process and will require connecting a USB flash drive, USB powered mouse, and a display monitor.
To create a video export file directly from the DVR:
Insert a blank (FAT32 format) USB flash drive into a free USB port. There is one USB port in the front panel and one USB port in the rear panel of the DVR.
**NOTE: The recording unit will prompt the Administrator to create a login password upon initial startup. If you have customized the login and have forgotten or do not know the password for the unit, you must submit a Password Reset Form for information in resetting the login. For more information, please use Password Recovery – VMAX A1 Plus.
Clicking on the icon again will mark the END point of the backup clip. The Export menu will display.
Use the Progress bar at the bottom of the window to monitor the progress. Once the backup process has been completed, you may close the menu and remove the USB flash drive.
Backup files that were exported directly at the VMAX A1 Plus will be in .SSF format. To view the footage within the backup file, users can use the additional viewer executable that was included alongside the exported video if the “Add Viewer” option was enabled at the time of export. Alternatively, users may install and use the C3™ CMS software if the backup player was not included.
For viewing an exported file using the included viewer:
In the USB flash drive’s file directory and launch the “MultiBackupViewer.exe” program.
**NOTE: When viewing a .AVI format video backup file, you can verify if the file has been altered/spoofed by clicking the Watermark () button during playback. If the file was altered, a pop-up message will display.
**NOTE: To convert the .SSF video backup file into a .AVI file format in order to play the video with ordinary media players, play the .SSF file in SINGLE CH mode, then pause the video. Click on “AVI Convert”, then define the start and end times of the footage.