Trail Camera by Blaze Video – Quick Reference Setup Guide & Sample Video
Don’t feel like reading the manual? Don’t worry I have you covered. I created a short video and I have the most important directions right here.
This camera is amazingly simple to operate and takes wonderful photos and video in harsh conditions. The trail camera was outside in 10F degree weather, in a medium size red tub for 3 – 6 hour – days. The images taken were clear and the videos are fantastic. To top it off, the battery life still reads as full! At one point the wind rolled the tub, which contained the camera, down a hill and the camera wasn’t damaged in the least. The Trail Camera from Blaze Video can take a hit and keep recording – like a champ! Our next test – Birds! But we have to wait until spring.
*See Squirrel Cam video at the bottom of this page.
Watch the video or read the Quick Start directions below
The Very Basics:
The camera is a digital video camera triggered by motion and can take still photos as well as video. Setup is so easy and the camera can take pictures, short videos or even time lapse images. Mind blowingly simple!
A Little Less Basic:
It’s best feature is that it uses a highly sensitive Passive Infra-Red motion sensor to detect a moving object and then it takes a high quality picture or video of that object. The object can be game, human, bird whatever is warm and moving in front of the sensor immediately resulting in detection!
I am going to assume you have found the 2 Lock Buckles on the side of the camera housing and had the sense to open them – now you’re looking inside going ‘Mmmm. Well the batteries probably go over here’. That’s exactly what I did – but WAIT before you put in the batteries, move to step 1.
Step 1. The camera uses up to a 32gb SD Card which is NOT included, but Available at Walmart, Staples etc… SD Cards can typically be found at the local drug store, dollar store and possibly even in the stationary section of your local grocery store. Seriously folks, you can buy them nearly everywhere. I even found them at Irving!
Flip the camera over so that the housing is open and you’re looking at the bottom of the camera and the SD Card slides into the bottom slot.
NOTE: Always make sure the camera is set to OFF before installing or removing the SD card.
Step 2. You will want to keep AA batteries on hand at all times. The camera takes 8 Double A batteries (AA) which are also NOT included. At first I was a little disappointed that the camera wasn’t rechargeable, but let’s be realistic – it is very unlikely that a rechargeable device is going to withstand the outdoor environmental elements. So alkaline batteries are the best option.
Step 3. You’ve probably noticed by now that there are little protective pieces of film on the lenses and sensors on the front of the camera and one over the screen inside the housing – peel those off. You’ll thank me later. I just saved you hours of trying to figure out why a sensor didn’t work.
Ready to use:
I’m going to quickly walk you through the options, giving you a non-technical human description of each.
- Turn camera to Set. All the programming is done in Set mode.
- Press Menu
- This is the tricky bit: You press Ok to enter each mode and you press Ok to leave each mode. If you change a setting by mistake, but not sure if you want to keep the setting – just press Menu and you’ll exit the Menu without saving the setting.
Mode. Click Ok and choose if you want Camera mode (still images), Video mode, or both. In Cam+Video the camera first takes a picture and then takes video. Click Ok again to exit back to the menu.
Language. If you’re reading this, you can probably skip that one.
Photo Size. This is for still images only. The larger the picture size the better the image quality, but fewer large images will fit on the SD card – choose wisely grasshopper.
Video Size. Clearly this only affects the video you take. Much like the Photo size the larger the video size the better the quality, but the few videos will fit on the SD card.
Picture Number. When the sensor is triggered how many images do you want taken? 1, 2 or 3?
Video Length. How long do you want the camera to record the video? Typically you don’t want the camera to run all day or night after it’s been triggered. You want to get some video, but you want to save some space on the card for more video later. You can set the camera up to record for 3 seconds up to 30 seconds.
Intervals. After the camera has been triggered and recorded, how long do you want it to wait before being triggered again. This depends on what you’re trying to record. Let’s use birds as an example: Do you want to record a lot of one bird? Or do you want to get an image or video of a bird and then wait an hour for different birds to appear? It all depends on what you’re recording.
Sensor Level. This takes trial and error. I put the Sensor Level on normal and it has worked well. However all my images have been outside. The best way to know is to do a little testing. Setup the camera, walk by and see what the camera captures. Then set the camera accordingly.
Set the day and time. For this one I am going to send you to the manual. They have it all nicely typed out on page 14. However, if you’re like me you just push all the buttons until the you figure out which moves right and left and which actually changes the time and date.
Date Stamp. Do you want the date and time on your video? I find it distracting, if you don’t turn it on.
Timer. Yup, you can record from X to Y – depending on the battery strength and size of your SD card. Outside of that time period the camera will not be triggered to record video or take images.
Time Lapse. Turn this on and the camera will automatically record photos or video without needing to be triggered by movement.
Password. You can set one up, but really – if someone is going to take the camera a password isn’t going to deter them from stealing it. Personally I can’t remember the password to my email, so I left this one off.
Serial No. You can setup a Serial No. for each camera. I guess that could be helpful if you’re a park ranger, however for me, I just left it off.
This one is important!
SD Card Storage. I always assume that the camera will stop recording when the card is full, but this camera can be set so the camera will record over what it recorded earlier. I have never understood that point of this feature, but it must be important because so many cameras have it. If you don’t want to record over what you previously recorded, set this feature to Stop Saving When Full!
This one is even More Important!
Format. Another important feature that you need to understand before using. Format – in very basic terms means: Everything Is Erased! So make sure you have downloaded all the pictures and videos to your computer Before you format. Once you Format – That’s it. Game Over! No Undo! Everything is Gone!
Default settings. If you have been messing around with the camera and suddenly it isn’t doing what it once did, you probably changed a feature without realizing it – Happens all the time!
Using the default settings mode you can reset the camera settings as if you just took the camera out of the package and start from the beginning. It’s much easier to start at the beginning than to try and figure out which option you may have set incorrectly.
I suggest you test the camera options before your first recording. Secure it to a chair, walk around. Have the kids trigger it. Throw stuff past the sensor to see what triggers it and how sensitive it is. Once you have a good handle on how it works you may want to change a few settings.
It’s time to actually use the camera!
By now you’ve setup the camera, messed around with the settings and have a basic idea of how it’s going to perform. Great. Let’s get it ready for its big debut.
I’m going to assume you can slide the belt through the loops of the camera housing without a lot of instructions. If you can’t – please find the closest kid and ask for assistance. The trail camera can be secured to a tree or pole or whatever is behind it using the strap. The strap is only so big – so if you’re not sure what you’re going to be attaching the camera to, bring along a few zip ties… just in case.
Once the camera is secure, open the housing, switch the camera to On, close the housing up tight and walk away. With any luck when you come back you will have captured your target