How to get video time and date stamps for Private Investigator videos
Analog & HD Video Time Stamp Methods
Believe it or not, this is a question that gets asked on the semi-regular basis: How can we transfer the time and date stamp from my camera to my final surveillance video?
There are two ways to do it – I believe iMovie has the ability to transfer the T&D as well, but I don’t have enough experience with that system to write about it.
The two ways I know how to do this are: HD Retention and Analog Conversion.
If you want to keep the High Definition video, you’ll need to extract the T&D Stamps using software. If you don’t care about the HD part of your video, we can do it by turning the HD video into an SD video using an analog transfer method.
Personally, I’d recommend keeping the HD video features since that’ll make you stand out. In order for that to work, you’ll need to make sure your camera has AVC-HD capabilities. This is extremely important. If your camera does not have AVC-HD capabilities, the T&D stamp won’t be able to be extracted with the software I’m about to talk about.
If you want to move up a little up the rank, Canon has a very nice camera. The Canon VIXIA HF R700 which is a full HD Camcorder and 57x Advanced Zoom. This camera also has the AVCHD setup that we’re talking about. You’re going to pay about $190 for this camera, but it’s well worth the money.
Again, try to keep the optical zoom to about 30x. Canon has an “Advanced Zoom” system which makes long range captures possible, but don’t put your integrity behind it.
Finally, we move into the 4k range with the Sony FDRAX33. This camera is a bit on the pricy range at $848 or $610 if you buy it used, but I can tell you the video quality that comes out of this camera is superb.
I’ve seen video from this camera and it looks stupid good. It incorporates a stabilization system to prevent shaky videos from kicking in, and it also gives you the ability to take stills directly from the camera. One last thing that I like about is the mobile connect. Which gives you the ability to control the camera from your mobile device.
Those are the cameras that I recommend which have the AVCHD formats. Feel free to go through Amazon and search for AVCHD to see what you find. Make sure you do your research and verify your camcorder has AVCHD capabilities. This is extremely important.
Once you have your camera, you’ll need to download one piece of software. You can download it for free and try it out before you commit to the full license. If you have the trail version an dyou process your video, it’ll water mark it with “Sample” across the screen – UNTIL – you get the paid version license. http://www.dts8888.com/vATS/download.htm
When you install the software, you’ll have to add files that you wish to “stamp” and then you’ll need to store the files within an “output” folder. Here is a guide on how to use the software: http://www.dts8888.com/vATS/Help/vATS.htm
I also added an image with steps on what you need.