taitrt wrote:When you configure the motion detection you cannot use the copy to all function for the cameras. The reason for this is that there is a trigger (motion) and an action (record camera X). When you use copy to all it will often activate the record on every camera when it detects motion on one. Easy fix though, just don't use the copy setting function.
I've gone over the config at least a dozen times (no exaggeration). I've only installed two cameras, and have put the project on hold until I determine if this is really going to work or not. I've not used the 'copy' function. I've verified that there is NO motion record set on the unused channels, and unchecked the 'record camera X' triggers, just in case.
Oddly, while it does record all 8 ports 24/7, and logs show "motion alarm" (not just motion detect, but "motion detection alarm"... I have alarms disabled, also, so that's wrong)... when I view the recorded data for each camera, the recordings are registered as Normal Record. The three types of record available are Normal, Triggered By Alarm, and Motion Detection. (The Chinese origin is becoming obvious here, as they don't carry the same labeling or terminology through different areas of the interface). All recordings show Normal, so while the system logs indication "motion detection alarm" there is no Motion Detection recordings nor Triggered By Alarm recordings present.
See that disconnect, right there? Logs are showing motion alarm activity, but it doesn't record them.
One camera is in a garage area, and constantly shows motion alarms, when there are no people present (nor spiders in front of the cam, or anything else to trigger it). Watching it realtime in IE I see a short burst of static about every 6 seconds, so that *may* have something to do with the false positive. I haven't asked Zmodo support about this yet, and I really don't think they're capable of giving a response.
Speaking of, the IE plugin lets you "black out" areas of each camera's frame to mark where you *do not* want it to trigger motion from (like, where a plant may move in the breeze, for instance). About 80% of the time, that part of the UI in IE breaks, so editing that is basically impossible.
Comments about IR limitation are spot on. The claimed 60' has got to be some theoretical maximum obtained in ideal conditions. An associate of mine is covering a wide area with his cams and has found IR LED floodlamps to throw easily to 100', usually for under $10 per (w/o power supply).