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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I stop DVR-Scan?

Hit Ctrl + C on your keyboard to exit DVR-Scan.

Where is the output saved?

DVR-Scan saves all files in the current working directory (the location you are invoking the dvr-scan command from). You can override the output directory by setting the -d/--output-dir option:

dvr-scan -i video.mp4 -d events_folder/

How can I scan all videos in a folder?

You can use a wildcard in the input path to select multiple videos:

dvr-scan -i folder/*.mp4

You can also specify multiple input video paths, which will be processed in the order they are specified.

Note that multiple input videos are not supported when -m/--output-mode is set to ffmpeg or copy. You can use ffmpeg to concatenate all input videos before using DVR-Scan as a workaround.

How can I improve scanning performance?

Adjusting motion detection parameters can have a large effect on performance:

  • -roi: If a region of interest is set
  • Setting the output mode -m/--output-mode to either ffmpeg or copy can also improve performance compared to the default (opencv). Limiting detection to a specific region of the frame with the -roi flag will also make processing faster.

How can I join several videos together when processing?

If you have a series of video clips from the same source, you can append subsequent video clips to the DVR-Scan input by including multiple files after -i. For example:

dvr-scan -i video0000.mp4 video0001.mp4 video0002.mp4

You can also use wildcards in the input path:

dvr-scan -i video*.mp4

Each video must have the same resolution and framerate. Videos are processed in the same order as they appear in the command, and extracted events will use the first video's filename as a template.

Multiple input videos are not supported when output mode -m/--output-mode is set to either ffmpeg or copy. As a workaround, you can use ffmpeg to concatenate all input videos before using DVR-Scan to process them.

How can I fix a video that plays but cannot be scanned?

Video files with corrupted/malformed headers can sometimes be fixed by re-muxing them into a new container. This can be done using either ffmpeg or mkvmerge (both tools support codec copying mode).

If the process is successful, the output video should be roughly the same size as the original, and playback fine in most media players. Specifically, it should also report the video's length accurately, and allow seeking throughout the video.

How do I run DVR-Scan in a Docker container?

DVR-Scan comes with a Dockerfile so you can easily get things working without worrying about installing dependencies locally. Simply install Docker, then run the following in the root of the project:

$ docker build -t dvr-scan .

This will build the container, and then to run it on a file in the local directory, you'd run the command like this:

$ docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd):/videos/ dvr-scan -i your_video_file.mkv

The most important thing to keep in mind is the -v flag, which specifies the local folders to share. Inside the docker container /videos/ is the working directory, so map that to wherever you want to process your files.

How can I submit a bug report?

Bug reports can be submitted to the DVR-Scan issue tracker. Please provide as much information as possible to help triage the issue you are facing, and upload any sample material with the report when possible.

I have another question...

For technical help, you can try starting a discussion on Github.