FDCam Apple Tutorials: Adjusting the Settings On Your FDCam 720

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In part two of our series on using your helmet cam with a Mac, we are going to change the settings on the camera.  Your FDCam-720 has user adjustable settings for SD card file overwriting (you tell the cam wether you want it to overwrite or turn off when SD is full), date/time stamping, and resolution / frame rate.

Adjusting the settings is optional and your helmet cam will work fine if you never change any of these.  In most cases, it will work better if you never change them.   However, like me, many of you don’t prefer the Timestamp on your videos, and you’ve asked for directions on how to change them on your Mac.  So here goes.

Really the process you will use is the same as it is on a PC, it just looks a little different:

Step 1:  Connect your FDCam to your Mac via the supplied USB cable.

The removable disk will be called "No Name" unless you have changed the name.

You will see a device drive icon appear on your screen. If this is your first time connecting this helmet cam or SD card, or if you’ve never renamed your camera, the drive will be called No Name.

Step 2:  Double-click your device’s icon (No Name) to open the drive.

The device drive should have two files on it by default.

The window for the device will open and you will see two folders already installed on the drive. We will be using “SETUP.IMI”

Step 3:  Double-click the text file “SETUP.INI”

You will see this window open, which contains the text that your helmet cam uses to determine its settings.

This window contains five lines of text.  The top line [VideoRecord] is just a title.  The bottom line, AutoRecOnExternPower, is not used, and changing it’s value has no positive effects.  Leave it as is.

The settings you may adjust are:

  • CycleRecord – Set to “No” by default, this setting determines wether the camera will stop recording when the SD card is full or wether it will start overwriting the SD card contents from the beginning.
  • Timestamp – Set to Yes by default, this setting determines wether there will be a timestamp on the video
  • VideoImageSize – Set to “0” by default, this setting determines wether the camera will record at 720P at 30 frames per second (usually the preferred setting) or at 1080P at 15fps (not generally recommended for action shots)

Step 4:  As stated in the User Manual, change the values to the right of the equal sign to change the setting.

For example, to remove the timestamp, simply delete the “Yes” and replace it with “No”.  For VideoImageSize you will change 0 to 1500 to switch to 1080P at 15fps.  Other than that you should not add or remove any other characters from the text file.  There should still be ONE space after the equal sign and no spaces after the value you entered.

Step 5 – Go to the file tab at the top of your screen and select Save from the drop down menu. 

Step 6 – Now close the window.

A pop-up warning will come up. It basically tells you that once you change it, the old version of the text document won’t be backed-up. As long as you followed Step 4, this won’t be an issue.

 Step 7 – Click on “OK”

Your settings should now be changed.  Properly eject the removable disk for your camera (No Name) and disconnect it from your computer.  Take a few videos to determine if the settings have indeed changed and to see if you like the result.  If you don’t, just begin again at step 1 to change it back.

If you have any further questions, or if you get lost or confused at any point in the process, feel free to shoot us an email at customersupport@fdcam.com

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