Setting the Time/Date Stamp on the Mini AC Adapter Camera

The Mini AC Power Adapter Hidden Spy Camera features an embedded time and date stamp on the video, so you'll know exactly when your video files are recorded.

To set the time and date stamp, there are two methods, which are detailed below:

METHOD 1: Using Writetime.exe

The first method is the easiest method, which involves using a small time setting software widget called Writetime.exe. This software program syncs the time and date from your computer's clock, and copies it over to the AC Adapter Camera. To use this method, use the following steps:
  1. Click here to download writetime.exe
  2. Connect the Mini AC Power Adapter Camera to your computer's USB port with the included USB cable.
  3. Double click on the Writetime.exe file (and click "Run" if prompted), and you'll get a window that looks like this:

  4. If the device is properly connected, the corresponding drive will be listed where it says "Devices:". For example, in the image above, the connected camera corresponds to the "E" drive. To update the time, click "Update" as pictured above.
  5. If the process is completed successfully, you'll get a confirmation like this:

  6. Click OK, then close the WriteTime program, and the time setting process is complete. The new time/date stamp will be applied to all video files recorded from this point on.

METHOD 2: Manually setting time with time.txt file

The second method for setting the time/date stamp is by manually setting the current time and date using a text file. This method is useful if you can't get the WriteTime.exe program to work, or if you have a Mac computer (which isn't able to run the WriteTime file).
  1. Click here to download the time.txt template file. (Right Click > Save As)
  2. Double click to open the file, which will look like this:

  3. The time in the file is in the following format: YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS. So in the example file above, the date and time would be December 19, 2014, 8:08PM (and 29 seconds). Please note that there is a space between DD and HH, and that the time is in 24-hour/military-time format.
  4. After you've updated the time file with the current date and time, save the file, and close it. 
  5. Next, connect the Mini AC Power Adapter Camera to your computer using the included USB cable. 
  6. Copy the time.txt file you just updated to the main/root directory of the camera. The letter of the drive that corresponds to the camera will vary depending on your computer, so browse to your My Computer directory and look for the new drive that shows up when you connect your camera to your computer:

    Copy the file to the drive as seen below:

  7. Once you’ve copied the file over to the camera drive, close the window, and disconnect the AC Adapter Camera from your computer’s USB port. The time/date stamp will be applied to videos recorded from this point forward.
NOTE: If the time/date stamp process is completed successfully, the “time.txt” file will be automatically removed when the camera records it’s next video file. If the time/date stamp doesn’t apply, or if the file is still there, please check to make sure that the time setting process was completed properly.

Page Last Updated: Mar 06, 2015 06:17PM EST
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