This tutorial will show how to download playback files from the Hikvision iVMS-4200 software. Recordings could be searched or exported from iVMS-4200 using different methods. This article will give you a brief introduction of these methods.

Before you start, make sure that your Hikvison NVR/DVR or Hikvision IP camera has been recording properly. You need to have the iVMS-4200 Hikvision-made camera management software installed on your computer or laptop. Some of the functions displayed here are only supported by a 4200 client from version v2.5.1.7. Update your iVMS-4200 software to the latest version.

How to select footage required for downloading or exporting from playback

Basically this section will show your how to select the right timeframe from the playback mode and have it exported/downloaded to you computer. We assume that your Hikvision CCTV system (NVR, DVR or IP camera) has already been added to the iVMS-422 software.

Step 1. Go to Remote Playback and on the left side panel select the IPC/NVR (CCTV system) that you want to search recordings from.

Step 2. Enter the timeframe you want to search (date and time) and then double click the device. The software will search the footage and all recordings will be listed at the right side of the screen. If the timeline bar is countonoues – that mean are recording on 24 hours mode. If the timeline is interrupted and pinkish – that means you’re recording on motion detection mode.

Step 3. Right click on the playback interface and you can pinpoint the exact time of the playback file. This section is just to show how to search the playback at the exact timeframe you’re looking for. Jump to the next section to learn how to download the playback files.

How to export tagged clips

Step 1. Go to Remote Playback tab on your iVMS-4200 software, right click on the playback interface and on the right-click menu you will find the Tag Control button. You can select to add default tag or custom tag (you make one yourself).

Step 2. Click the download icon (the one with down arrow). You can select to download by file, date or tag. The tag control function could only be used when IPC is added through the NVR. If this camera is added into 4200 client separately (directly), the tag control option will not show up.

Click Download to start downloading the selected file (30 seconds before the selected tag to 30 seconds after the tag) to the local PC. You can input the flow (0 to 32768 kbps) and click Set to control the downloading speed.

How to export specific events / VCAs on Hikvision iVMS-4200

Hikvision recordings can be searched in different modes, like Event Playback, ATM Playback, POS Playback, VCA playback. These functions require the support of the connected device. Meaning this features must be supported by the hardware first (NVR, DVR, IP camera).
Step 1. Event Playback mode. The recordings triggered by event, such as motion detection, VCA detection or behavior analysis can be searched for Event Playback. Select the event type from the drop-down list and the found video files will be displayed. You can filter the results by inputting the keyword in the Filter text field. Or you can click to go back to the normal playback.

Step 2. VCA Playback mode. You can set VCA rule to the searched video files and find the video that VCA event occurs, including VCA Search, Intrusion and Line Crossing. This function helps to search out the video that you may be more concerned and mark it with red color. Select the VCA Type, draw the detection region and set the sensitivity, then the related files would be listed.

For some devices, you can filter the searched video files by setting the advanced attributes, such as the gender and age of the human and whether he/she wears glasses. VCA search in VCA playback is just like motion detection. It would search out all the video clips as long as something moves.

How to download Hikvision playback to USB / folder on C Drive

Here is how to select where to download all the pictures/recordings on iVMS-4200. Go to Tool > File > Saving Path of Video File to select the location. Basically you can select any folder where to save your playback files. In our case, the letter H in the picture below is an USB stick.