HC110 User Manual
1. Getting Started
The HC110 hidden camera features 16GB or 32GB of internal memory (depending on the model). This built in memory stores all the recorded video files, and cannot be upgraded or changed (it does not use a memory card).
The camera itself can be AC or battery powered, depending on your specific video surveillance needs.
2. AC Power
The first (and most commonly used) method to power the HC110 camera is to plug it into the included AC wall charger, and then plug the wall charger into any standard AC outlet. The camera lens faces straight out, so the ideal place to plug the wall adapter (with the camera plugged into it) is a counter-level outlet, like above a kitchen counter.
If your outlet doesn’t face exactly where you want to record, you can plug the camera and wall charger into an extension cord or a surge protector, which will give you flexibility to “aim” the camera in the direction you want it. You can also use a portable battery pack as described in the next step.
3. Battery Power
In addition to being able be powered by AC power, you can also plug the camera into an optional battery pack, which allows you to move the camera and place it wherever you need it.
To operate with battery power, simply turn the battery pack on, and plug in the camera.
4. Setting the Time/Date Stamp
The HC110 has the ability to set the time stamp on the video so you'll be able to see when your video files were recorded. To set the time and date stamp, connect the power cord to your computer (PC or Mac) by plugging it into your computer's USB port.
Open the drive that corresponds with the device - if you are on a PC you may see a "removable drive" dialog box pop up, if not, browse to your My Computer and look for the drive. Mac users will see a device appear on their desktop.
Once you open the drive that corresponds with the camera, you'll see a file named TAG.txt. Note: You may not see the .txt file extension depending how your computer is set up.
Once you open the TAG.txt file you'll see contents that look like this:
The time and date is in the following format:
Y = Year (ie. 2017), M = Month (ie. 04), DD = Day (ie. 22), H = Hour (ie. 12), M = Minutes (ie. 24), SS = Seconds (ie. 00)
Please note that the hours is in 24-hour military format, so 2PM would be 14:00.
So for example, November 2, 2017 2:30PM would be typed out as:
Please note that there is a space between the days and the hours, as well as after the seconds.
The final two characters (ie. A1) refer to the recording mode and video resolution, as described below.
After you are done setting the time/date stamp, save the file and close it (or keep it open to adjust the video resolution and recording mode, if desired).
5. Changing the Video Resolution and/or Recording Mode
By default, the HC110 records in continuous recording mode at 1080P HD resolution. To change the video resolution or the recording mode, you'll simply need to edit the TAG.txt file (the same one mentioned above in Step 4 for setting the time/date stamp.
There are 3 video resolutions you can choose from (1080P HD, 720P HD, 480P), depending on your recording needs. Higher resolutions take up more memory space than lower resolutions, so the main benefit of lowering the resolution is to be able to store more files on the memory before it starts to overwrite.
For recording modes, the default recording mode is continuous recording, but this can be changed to motion detection to save on memory space as well (as well as have less files to go through later).
To change the video resolution and recording mode, you'll be changing the 2 characters after the time stamp in the TAG.txt file. The letter corresponds with the recording mode (A = continuous, B = motion activation), while the number corresponds with the video resolution (1 = 1080P, 2 = 720P, 3 = 480P).
So by default, the file says "A1", which means 1080P continuous recording mode. To change from 1080P continuous recording to 1080P motion detection, simply change the A1 to B1.
Here are all the possible combinations:
A1 = 1080P Continuous Recording
A2 = 720P Continuous Recording
A3 = 480P Continuous Recording
B1 = 1080P Motion Detection Recording
B2 = 720P Motion Detection Recording
B3 = Motion Detection Recording
Once you have selected your recording mode and video resolution, save and close the TAG.txt file and unplug the cord from your computer's USB port.
6. Recording Video
Once you've got the camera time/date stamp and video resolution adjusted to your preferences (if needed), it's time to start recording.
The camera will automatically start recording when plugged into power (AC or battery), so when you're ready to start recording, simply plug it into the wall charger and plug it into an AC outlet, or turn on your battery pack, and insert into the USB port on the battery pack.
Once the camera starts recording, the red LED will flash 3 times and then go out, and the camera is now recording. When you're done recording, simply unplug the camera from the wall charger (or battery pack), and the LED will flash 3 times and go out, and the video files are saved.
7. Watching Video Playback
We recommend downloading and installing VLC Media Player (available at www.videolan.org/vlc) to play back the video files. VLC is the best video player for playing back these type of files, and your default media player on your computer might not have the latest video drivers needed to play the files.
Once you've downloaded and installed VLC and are ready to play back your recorded videos, plug the power cord camera into your computer's USB port, and open the drive associated with the camera.
You'll see a folder called VIDEO, double click to open:
Once you've opened the VIDEO folder, double click on the files to play with VLC.
NOTE ABOUT VIDEO PLAYBACK:
Depending which direction you plug the adapter into a wall outlet, the videos may record upside down. VLC allows you to flip the video orientation by going to:
Tools > Effects and Filters > Video Effects > Geometry > Transform > Rotate by 180 Degrees