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How to Export CCTV Footage to a USB on a Hikvision DVR

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If you have a Hikvision DVR and want to export footage to a USB drive, here’s a quick guide on how to do it.


Exporting your CCTV footage from your Hikvision DVR to a USB is quick and easy. This allows you to store video within the USB device, eliminating the need for lengthy downloads over IP networks or recording onto separate storage devices.

The first step is to ensure that you are properly connected to the DVR through an HDMI display, a mouse, and of course access to an available USB device. Once everything is successfully connected and powered on, configure the settings in the DVR menu to ensure everything will be recorded properly once we export our CCTV footage. If done correctly you should now be able to access the main menu of your Hikvision DVRs settings.


Before you can export your CCTV footage to a USB drive, there are a few things that you need to do first. Make sure that the USB drive is compatible with the Hikvision DVR. If it’s not, then the export will fail. Additionally, you need to make sure that the USB drive has enough storage space to hold the CCTV footage you want to export. Once these prerequisites are taken care of, you can move on to the export process.

Ensure the USB is formatted

Before attempting to export CCTV footage or save it to a USB drive, it is important that the USB drive is properly formatted. To format the USB drive, users should first ensure that the device is connected to an available USB port on their Hikvision Digital Video Recorder (DVR). To access the software’s storage device management options users should locate and select the “Device Manager” icon in their recordings tab. Under “Storage Device List” users will be able to identify their USB device and manage its file system by selecting “Formatting” next to their attached storage devices name. Following selection of this device, a popup prompt should appear allowing users to confirm their intent on formatting prior to apply changes. After confirming, the system will instruct user of formatting progress, letting them know when changes have taken effect.

It is important for users to take note of backup formatting requirements prior to initiating this process as additional instructions may be outlined by HikVision DVR systems or even connected external storage devices depending on make and model features or capabilities. It is highly suggested that additional research be done of these requirements prior making any changes as these steps are only directed at general preparation for exportation process.

Ensure the USB is connected to the DVR

Before beginning the process of exporting your CCTV footage to a USB on a Hikvision DVR, first make sure that the USB is properly connected to the DVR device. A standard USB drive with at least 4GB of memory should be plugged into one of the USB ports located on the front panel or back panel of your DVR. Once your USB is plugged in, you can proceed with exporting your recordings.

Accessing the DVR

Before you can export your CCTV footage to a USB, you need to access your Hikvision DVR. You can access the DVR using a monitor or directly on your computer. When using a monitor, connect it to the HDMI or VGA output on the back of the DVR and power the DVR on. When connecting directly to your computer, use a LAN cable to connect the back of the DVR to your router or the LAN port on your computer.

Log in to the DVR using your credentials

Before accessing the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to export footage to a USB, it is important to log in using your credentials. To do this, locate the DVR’s IP address and type it into the search or address bar of your preferred web browser (e.g. Google Chrome). This should provide a login page, into which you must enter your Username and Password. Your Username is usually ‘admin’ but will have been set up by the installer – if you can’t remember it, contact the CCTV specialist who installed your system for clarification.

Once logged in, you’ll be presented with the main user interface of your DVR and can navigate through various menu options depending on model type/manufacturer. Take a few moments familiarize yourself with where everything is located before progressing any further – this will make exporting footage much easier later on!

Exporting Footage

Exporting footage from a Hikvision DVR to a USB is a relatively straightforward process but can be a bit daunting if you’re unfamiliar with the system. To begin the process, you will first need to open up the Hikvision DVR software and locate the footage that you want to export. Once you have located the desired footage, the next step is to select the appropriate format for the file(s) to be exported. Keep reading for further instructions.

Select the footage you wish to export

Before you can export your video footage, it’s important to Check the DVR recordings and select the clips that you would like to transfer. Starting from the main menu, select ‘Playback’ and then choose the camera where your recordings are stored. From here, use the timeline to locate the footage and select a start time for playback using your cursor. You can further refine your selection by using manual or most search functions available on this model of Hikvision DVR. Once you have Checked the DVR and selected all of the footage that you would like to export, press ‘Esc’ or click on the X in order to close out of playback mode. Your selection will be retained until it is deleted or exported from this device.

Select the Export option from the menu

Once you are in the playback menu, select ‘Export’ from the list of options given. This will allow you to export the footage to an external USB drive or DVD. When exported, it is recommended to use video formats such as MP4 and AVI. Once you have selected which format to use, enter a file name and click on ‘Save’. Make sure that there is enough storage space available in your external storage device and that it offers a fast data transfer rate for quick exporting. After that, simply wait for the exporting process to be completed before accessing your footage.

Select the USB as the destination

Once you have selected your desired footage for export, choose the USB as your destination. To do this, first open the main menu of your Hikvision DVR then navigate to the “Export” option. Here you will see a drop-down menu that lists all available output destinations; select “USB” from this menu.

The next step is to decide if you want to copy the footage across in its original form or in a compressed format. If storage space is a concern and you don’t mind displaying at lower resolution, it is advised to choose the compressed format. You can also specify whether or not to store texts and images captured alongside your export footage, as well as other settings related to audio compression rate and frame rate.

Once your selections are made, click on the “Start Export” button and wait while Hikvision transfers the selected footage onto your USB device. This process may take some time so be sure not to disconnect either cable until export is complete otherwise you will risk corrupting or losing data altogether. After this process has finished, simply eject/unplug your USB safely from your computer and save it for future reference or analysis as required

Verifying the Export

Before you start exporting your CCTV footage to a USB on your Hikvision DVR, it is important to verify the export settings. This will ensure that all of the correct settings are in place and that your footage will be exported properly. To verify the export settings, go to the “Menu” tab and select “Export to USB Device”. From here, check the settings to make sure they are correct and click “OK”. Once the settings are confirmed, you can begin the export process.

Check the USB for the exported footage

Once you have completed the export process, it is important to check the USB drive to ensure that all of your selected footage was exported as expected. To do this, connect the USB drive to a port on your computer, and then launch the file explorer in order to access the contents of the drive.

Once you have opened the file explorer menu, you should be able to find all of your exported data stored in a folder with a .Dav extension. If all of your selected files were exported correctly, each file will have a corresponding .JPG or .MP4 extension. In any case where certain files have not been exported successfully, you can use the previously mentioned Hikvision DVR interface in order to resend these files individually or multiple at once to complete the export process.

Ensure the footage is of the expected quality

Once the export process is complete, you will want to check that the footage you have recorded is of an acceptable quality. Going through the footage carefully and checking it for audio and video clarity will ensure that the important moments are crystal clear and all relevant details can be seen. If there are any issues with poor quality, you will need to re-check your settings (including resolution, frame-rate, and bit rate) before attempting to export a second time. Additionally, ensure that all files have successfully been exported by manually counting the number of files on the USB drive after being completed. It may also help to check a few saved videos on another device connected to a monitor or screen such as a laptop or tablet. This will allow you to make sure that issues such as lag or pixelation won’t prevent you from reviewing key pieces of evidence later on.


To summarize, it is possible to export CCTV footage to a USB device from your Hikvision DVR. Connect the USB device to your computer, log into the client program, and then select the storage location of your USB device. On the main menu of the program, select ‘Export’, and then choose either a timeframe or specific events for exporting. Allow for an ample amount of time for exporting video files depending on the duration that is chosen.

Once complete, unplug your USB drive from your computer and it will be ready for viewing services such as Windows Media Player or VLC media player if these applications have been installed on a compatible computer system with the appropriate video codecs installed. It is crucial to remember to backup any necessary files after each session to avoid losing data in case issues occur with either your system or other external factors.

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