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How to set up recording to a microSD card on a Mobotix M24

The latest generation of Mobotix cameras, such as the D24, M24 and Q24, feature on-camera memory for storing video footage. As standard, each camera comes with a 4GB microSD card, allowing you to store video footage without any additional equipment.

For this article, we will demonstrate how to configure the SD card, set the recording and review stored footage. The camera we will be using for the demonstration is a Mobotix M24M-SEC-D22, although most Mobotix models will be identical.

To begin, we will assume that your Mobotix camera is accessible in a web browser and that you can access the admin pages.

Setting up the microSD card

The first step in setting up recording is to prepare the microSD card to receive footage. From the main camera view, click on the “Admin Menu” button at the top left and then click on the “Storage on External File Server / Flash Device” link. Scroll down until you see the “Storage on External File Servers/ Flash Device” section. By default, “None” should be ticked.

Screenshot of external file server settings

Before you can start using the MicroSD card it is important to format it. Formatting simply tells the camera how to physically place data onto the card. It also completely removes any data previously stored on the card, so should only be used if you do not wish to keep any data already on the card.

At this point we should mention that images are stored onto the card in the MxFFS file system. Most people who have added hard drives to a computer will be familiar with file systems such as NTFS, FAT32 or Ext3. MxFFS is a similar format specifically designed by Mobotix to lengthen the life of memory cards and flash drives. This file system also prevents anyone from accessing images by removing the card and connecting directly to a computer.

To begin formatting, click the button on the right marked “Format”. A new window will open up asking what type of format to perform, either quick or safe. Leave the selection on “Quick Format” and click OK. You will then be asked to enter the admin username and password for the camera. This prevents anyone from unintentionally deleting any footage. Once logged in the camera will begin formatting the card.

Once complete, close the formatting windows and return to the “Storage on External File Server / Flash Device” page. Put a tick next to “SD Flash Card” and click “Set” at the bottom of the page. Click close to close the window.

Restart the camera

Whenever you make any changes to external devices such as the microSD card or USB device you need to restart the camera.

Before restarting you also need to save all settings into the camera. To do this, go back into the Admin menu and scroll down until you see the “store” link. Click the “Store into Flash” button to save the settings.

You will now see a link saying you should reboot the camera. Click the “Reboot” link and then the “Reboot” button to restart the camera.

Choosing a recording type

Before you can set up recording, you need to know what type of recording you are looking for. You can set the camera to constantly record video footage to the card, store snapshots over a period of time or trigger recording via motion detection.

For this example we will set up a continuous recording event so that footage is stored for as long as the camera is online. Be aware, however, that the limited capacity of your microSD card will limit the amount of footage that can be stored.

Enable recording

There are two pages in the camera with settings which need to be enabled in order for recording to function, the General Event Settings and the Recordings page.

From the main page, click the “Setup Menu” button at the top right and select General Event Settings. The only setting you really need to select here is “Arming” which should be set to enable. Click “Set” and move back to the Setup menu.

Click on the “Recording” link. Again, you need to enable the “Arming” option at the top of the page. For the Recording (REC) mode select “Continuous Recording”. Select the frame rate that you want to use (I would suggest 1fps to maximize the amount of footage you can store) and whether you want to record audio as well, if available. Following this click “Set” to store the current configuration.

Recording Page in a Mobotix M24

Remember that in order to store any changes permanently you need to store the footage to the flash memory as we did previously, otherwise all changes will be lost whenever the camera restarts.

Viewing recorded footage

To view recorded footage, from the main camera page click the “Event Player” button just above the Admin menu. A static page should now appear with search buttons at the top of the screen. You should be able to move backwards and forwards through your recordings.

Footage can also be downloaded directly to your computer using the “Event Download” button at the top of the screen. Clicking this will provide you with an option to download to a USB drive or your local computer. Click “Local Computer” and select a storage location.

You should now be able to store video footage from your Mobotix camera to the included microSD card and review stored video from the web interface. In future articles we will show you how to setup motion detection recording and even create a series of snap shots which can be compiled into a timelapse movie.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know below.

Published on February 24th, 2010 by James Drinkwater

10 Responses to “How to set up recording to a microSD card on a Mobotix M24”

  1. Cristian Munteanu says:

    I'm facing the same problem as Ryan.
    Is there any way for windows users to extract this jpg files in the same order that they have been taken.
    We have an customer (construction company) which want to show building development to final cutomer. For shure they are not IT people and they will not be able to put the images in right order.
    Is there an easier posibility?

  2. Adam says:

    I am trying to setup continuous video recording to 128 GB microSD cards at 1 FPS using this instructions on two M16 Allround Dual cameras> However, while during playback of the recordings it plays at 1 FPS, when I try to download short video clips, often times I get a no data message or just a very short, 10-24 second long clip. Using the search video function in MxControlCentre, reveals only a few event clips despite recording continuously for several hours. I have seen lots of options for various event triggers and for stopping and restarting recording, but have left them at defaults or deactivated them. Are there other settings I need to change that I have missed?

  3. Kevin Bowyer says:

    Hi Ryan,
    If you use use Linux you can use the following bash script to extract the files and rename them in the correct order:
    FILELIST=$(find $SOURCE -name 'E00000.jpg')
    for i in $FILELIST ; do
    cp $i $DESTINATION/$(date -r "$i" +%F-%R-%S).jpg
    exit 0

  4. Ryan Davidson says:

    I overcame the above problem but now I have a new one. The situation I am in at the moment requires me to download an event and then extract images from a .tar file. I need to arrange them in the order they were taken and I can do that by searching *.jpg plus :datetaken in windows, but then they are all named E00000.jpg, E00000(2).jpg etc. Is there any way of giving them a unique date and/or time file name from the camera end so that after I extract them they are already sorted?

  5. Ryan Davidson says:

    Really good advice here but I'm stuck on one thing. I want to record to SD with snapshot recording at 1 image per hour on a mobotix M25. When it comes to setting up time tasks which option should I choose in the select task drop down menu? I cant see anything there about SD card recording, only
    I only want to save images to the SD card and then collect them weekly via the cameras hompage using the event download option.

  6. Roxane says:

    Can you please explain how to create and export a movie like Mobotix example at http://www.mobotix.com/eng_AU/Support/Demos/Webcams-Time-Lapse?

  7. James Drinkwater says:

    All you would need to do is enable recording as above, but instead of setting continuous recording, select Snapshot.
    Following this, check your event settings, in particular check that events will only trigger on Timetask event. If you have other triggers the images they create will interfere.
    Finally, from the admin menu go to time tasks and create a time events to trigger a TimeTask event every so often (for every 10 minutes, add %10 into the minutes box and * for the rest). Save the config and test after an hour or so.

  8. Zach Recording says:

    I have been looking for this information on setting up a micro sd card. I couldnt ever figure it out thanks.

  9. Mitchell Smith says:

    Hi what about M24 Basic models how do you record to to the micro SD card , in admin menu – their is no storage on external file server their is only storage on internal ring buffer ?"
    I cant find it anywhere and read that this model does not support micro SD card recording.
    At the moment its only recording in snap shot mode offering no other rec mode in the drop down box.
    I do have a Nvr which i want to record to how would i got about doing this?

  10. Niles says:

    the M24 Mobotix can record also on a usb drive that is directly plugged in on the camera.
    The camera records its images now on the usb stick. If you power off the camera eject the usb stick and plug in to your pc, you should be able to read the recordings. But the usb stick is formatted in to the MxFFS filesystem. If you install the motobix control center and the special MxFFS systemdriver, you should read the recordings form the usb stick. But it's not working over here. Is there a possibility that you can tell us how you read the recordings under windows?