FDT Recording/Playback In iSpy

Summary: The path on how to enable recording on an FDT camera through the iSpy surveillance software on a Windows or Mac computer. Instructions include enabling recording, motion recording, as well as recording settings.


The user will first need to set the FDT camera up and have it connected to iSpy. After the camera is connected the user will then click on the gear icon of the live feed & will be able to view & edit the settings of the camera.



User will then tab over to the Recordings tab of the “edit” screen & will be able to view all of the following settings as options of record settings.


  • No Recording: Manually triggered- right clicking on the camera in iSpy and then clicking “record” or by clicking “record” in iSpy Connect.
  • Record on Detect: Recording starts as soon as there is motion detected.
  • Record on Alert: Cuts down on number of recordings if you have a high sensitivity level.


Recording Settings:

  • Max, Calibration Delay: This is the time in seconds that the camera will wait after switching on before it enables alerts/motion detection. This delay gives the camera enough time to initialise, adjust to the brightness of the room, focus the lens, auto white balance etc. If you care getting false alerts from your camera when it switches on try increasing this value.
  • Buffer: This is the number of seconds of video to buffer in memory. This feature enables iSpy to capture the full event that causes the motion detection event.
  • Inactivity Record: The number of seconds to continue recording after motion is no longer detected. With a low value you may get lots of seperate clips. With a higher value you will get fewer clips but longer periods of inactivity recorded.
  • Max Record Time: This sets a maximum limit on the length of the videos generated. FFMPEG can use a lot of processor power converting long videos so it’s advisable to keep this value to 15 minutes (900 Sec) or less. This setting applies to record on demand as well- iSpy will stop recording at the limit start converting the video and start recording again.
  • Quality: Sets the target quality of the recording . Lower quality mean lower CPU overhead and smaller files. This option is only available for AVI recordings.
  • Profile: Sets the profile for the recordings.
  • Profile: Sets the profile for the recording. You can change this to target mobile compatible formats or AVI/MP4 file generation. Note that AVI files cannot be played back over the web interface.
  • Trigger Recording: Use this trigger another device to start recording when this device starts recording.


Timelapse Recording

  • Timelapse Movie: iSpy saves a frame on the interval you choose to a movie file. Every hour (at 59 minutes past) it converts this movie to mp4. This movie can be played back in iSpyConnect.
  • Time Lapse Frames: iSpy saves a frame on the interval you choose to a subdirectory of the camera (called “Timeslapseframess”)- you can only access these files in window explorer. Right click the camera and click “View files” to access the director.