Adjusting Camera Settings on the HC450

The 1080P HD Professional Grade DIY Mini Black Box Hidden Camera allows you to adjust 10 different camera settings that allow you to completely customize your recording.

As you can see on Page 8 of the user manual, you can adjust any of the following settings:

The first step in adjusting the settings is to create the SETTING.txt file. This is done automatically when you insert a memory card into the camera. 

After you've inserted a memory card into the camera, connect the camera to your computer with the included USB connection cable.  Once the camera is connected to your computer, the removable drive window should either pop up automatically (PC) or will appear on your desktop (Mac). 

If you have a PC, depending on your computer’s settings, the Removable Drive window may not pop up automatically. In this case, double click your My Computer icon, and then double click to open the drive that corresponds with the camera.

Once you locate the drive corresponding to the camera, you'll see the SETTING.txt file in the main directory of the camera. Note - depending on your computer's settings, you may not set the ".txt" file extension:

Once you have located the SETTING.txt file, double click to open it in your computer's default text editor:

Please note that when adjusting the various settings, you must follow the setting instructions exactly, if you enter any extra numbers or characters, the camera won't read the settings file correctly.



The version number depends on the camera model, and should not be changed, so do not make any changes to this line in the SETTING file.


There are two resolution settings to choose from, 1080P HD (@ 30fps) or 720P HD (@60fps). By default, the camera is set to record in 1080P HD. You can adjust it down to 720P however if you need the recording in that specific resolution, however we recommend leaving it at 1080P HD for the best video quality.


Video time refers to the length of the recorded video file. This applies to videos recorded in both motion activated and continuous recording. By default, the camera saves the files in 1 minute increments. Depending on your preference, you can adjust this from 1 minute up to 15 minutes.

If you're generally recording in motion activation mode, we recommend setting the length to 3 minutes or 5 minutes. If you're usually recording continuously however, setting it to a longer length, like 10 minutes or 15 minutes may be more convenient, as it will create less files to review.


The quality refers to the overall quality of the video. The default is high quality, however you may want to adjust the quality down to medium or low if you want to save on file space on the memory card. 


Loop recording is also known as "auto overwrite mode". This feature allows the camera to automatically overwrite the oldest video files on the memory card if the memory card fills up. This way you won't miss anything if the memory card runs out of space. This can be handy if you want to leave the camera running for long periods of time, and only plan to check the memory card if something happens (such as someone breaking in).


This refers to whether or not the time and date stamp is displayed on the video itself. If set to "1", the time and date stamp will be embedded on the video, so you know what time your video files are recorded. If you set it to "0" however, it will turn the time stamp off, if you don't need to know or see the time the files are recorded.


This setting allows you to adjust whether audio will be recorded with the video. By default audio recording is turned on, however certain situations may not permit audio recording, in which case you can set this setting to "0" so that the camera records video only. 


The auto power off setting allows you to adjust the amount of time the camera sits idle in Standby Mode without a recording mode being selected before the camera shuts off. This helps conserve battery power when the camera is not being used. We recommend leaving it set at 3 minutes. 


This is usually the one setting most people will want to adjust. It allows you to set the time/date stamp on the recordings.  The time and date stamp is in the following format:

Where Y = Year (ie. 2004), MM = Month (ie. 11 for November), DD = Day (ie. 04), HH = Hour (in 24 hour format, so 2PM would be 14), MM = Minutes, and SS= Seconds.

So for example, if you wanted to set the time to June 1, 2016 at 4:30PM, it would look like this:


IMPORTANT NOTE - When you are setting the time stamp, you'll need to change the "N" to "Y" at the beginning of the line, which tells the camera to apply that new time stamp. So in the sample above, the entire entry would look like this:


This setting will allow you to change all of the camera settings back to the original, default settings. This is set at 0, however if you want to change all the settings back to default, change this setting to "1".


The motion detection level setting allows you to adjust how sensitive the motion detection is. By default this is set to high, however in some situations you may want to lower it to medium or low, if you are getting a lot of false triggers. For example, if the camera is near a window, clouds or shadows could trigger the recording, or even a tree branch blowing in the wind. By adjusting the sensitivity down, you can help eliminate some unnecessary motion triggers.


After you have adjusted the settings to your preferences, save and close the SETTING file, and then disconnect the camera from your computer. The next time you record videos, the new settings will be applied.

If you have questions about any of the settings, please contact our support team and we'll be glad to assist you with further explaining or helping change any of the settings.
Page Last Updated: May 13, 2016 08:19PM EDT
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