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How to Create a CoreView Backup File

The following outlines the steps necessary to create a CoreView backup file (assumes recordings have been made):

1.       Run the “CoreView” software.

2.       Click on the “Backup and Restore” button (the 2nd icon that has a film canister on it).

3.       Click the first of the icons that appear “Run backup wizard”. The “Backup Wizard” will start. Click “Next”.

4.       On the “Cameras” page select the camera (and the DVR Express Core it was attached to) whose recordings are to be backed up. Press and hold “Ctrl” while clicking to select multiple cameras. Clicking the “Backup all cameras” check mark will select all available cameras. Press “Next”.

5.       On the “Recordings” page select the recordings to be backed up. Press and hold “Ctrl” while clicking to select multiple recordings. Clicking the “Backup all recordings” check mark will select all available recordings. Click “Next”.

6.       For “Destination” click the “browse” button and choose a location for the backup file and give the backup “.mdf” file a useful name. Click “Save”. Click “Next”.

7.       The “Start the Backup” screen will display the “Space Required” to complete the backup. A red “X” indicates that the destination chosen to save the backup to does not have enough free space. A green checkmark indicates there is enough free space and the backup can commence. Click “Backup.” The backup will start and a progress bar will be displayed. When the backup is finished click “Close”.

It is not necessary to have a DVR Express Core device connected to open and review a CoreView backup file. The following outlines the steps necessary to open a CoreView backup file:

1.       Run the “CoreView” software.

2.       Click on the “Backup and Restore” button at the top middle portion of CoreView (shortcut: Ctrl-b).

3.       Click on the “Open Backup File” icon (yellow folder) that appears. Browse for and select the “.mdf” file that will be opened. Click “Open”. CoreView will briefly show a “Device Collection” box. An item should now be listed under the “Open Backup Files” title that shows the path to the backup file.

4.       Click on the “Video Windows” icon at the top of the CoreView screen (shortcut: Ctrl-v). In the DVR toolbar at the bottom of the screen select the recording to review from the drop list. CoreView will automatically generate a “Virtual” camera device to represent the camera that was used to make the recording and the video will show in the display window.

5.       At this point CoreView functions as if the data was recorded to the DVR Express Core. The data can be scrubbed through and all exporting functionality is available.

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