The SD card functionality can turn out to be quite useful in case of an internet outage. The camera can then still record all the way through, without you losing any camera footage. Using SD recording instead of cloud recording has more benefits: no bandwidth is used for the recordings, so the recordings can be done with more frames per second and a higher resolution than when standard cloud recording would be used. Lastly, always use a class 10 SD card.
This article guides you through the process of setting up SD recording, as well as the requirements and some important notes.
How it works
In the PC (Java) version of the Cameramanager app, you can choose to either record on the cloud or on the SD card, resulting in the following two main situations:
- If you choose cloud recording, it will always record on the cloud. In case of an internet outage, it will then not be able to record.
- If you choose SD card recording instead, your camera will always record on the SD card until its memory is full. Cloud storage is thus never used when this option is selected. If you used all the memory card's storage space, it will go on recording, replacing the oldest recordings with newer ones. This way, you can keep on recording, even if there's no internet connection.
Important note for Panasonic SD playback:
Because cloud recording is not used when SD recording is selected, all playback of footage will happen directly on your camera. For Panasonic cameras, it is therefore not possible to play back multiple recordings from the same SD card at the same time, as opposed to playing back footage from the cloud storage, from which you can play back multiple recordings at the same time. For Axis cameras, you can also play back multiple recordings at the same time directly from the SD card.
Currently, SD recording is still in beta. This means it is not officially supported. In order to use it, you must thus be signed up for the beta platform and have a supported camera. Below, we listed some of the most important information regarding supported cameras.
- We support SD recording for Panasonic and AXIS cameras.
Installation and Configuration
There is a difference in support for Axis and Panasonic cameras in terms of installation.
- For Panasonic, at this moment, only cameras that are added manually are supported. This means you can't use the SD recording feature if you added your Panasonic camera Plug and Play (PnP) for now, as the SD recording feature requires port forwarding for these cameras.
- For Axis, cameras added Plug and Play (PnP) can be used for SD recording.
It is important to select the recording location for your camera. One way is to do it while adding the camera (in the camera wizard). The wizard will then ask you which recording location should be used initially. Then, after correctly adding your SD recording supporting camera to your Cameramanager account, you can always change this configuration via Settings >> Footage Settings. In the Footage Settings menu, you can select your means of recording via a dropdown menu. At 'Record To', select your preferred location and save your settings. Your camera is now set to record on whatever location you just specified.
At the same 'Footage Settings' menu, you can configure some more settings. One important one is the compression type, which can, for now, only be set to 'H.264' for SD recording. This is, by the way, also the least bandwith consuming one - no worries about that.
Please note that recordings will only be saved for a maximum of 7 days, or until the SD card's memory is full. For more detailed and up-to-date information, please have a look at the plans at our website.