Camscura Lux Night Vision
Hidden Camera
User’s Guide
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Camscura Lux
The Camscura Lux is a fully functional and customizable HD video
recording system with night vision in a nondescript black case. Use the
preset recording mode, or program custom settings to record based
on motion, vibration, body heat, voice, or time of day. The Camscura
Lux allows you to change video quality, video orientation and more.
Record for up to 24 hours on a single charge, or use the AC adapter and
eliminate power concerns.
All video is recorded to a micro SD card. Use the Camscura Lux Setup
Software to customize your settings from your Windows PC or MAC, view
your videos using your PC’s media player (MPC Star, VLC, etc.).
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In the box you will find the Camscura
Lux, a USB Cord, AC Power Adapter,
and this User’s Guide.
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Top of Device
Side of Device
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Getting Started
The first step in using your device is charging it. Connect the device to a
USB port on your PC or plug it into AC power with the included adapter.
While charging, the LED indicator will glow red and will turn green when the
battery is full. Before first use, we suggest charging the device for 8 hours.
The Camscura Lux records all footage to an SD card (up to 64GB, not included*). Before inserting a micro SD card, make sure the card is formatted
correctly. The device can record in the FAT 16/32 format. If you arent sure
how to format an SD card, you can find instructions here: http://l.bhs.net/
sd-format.
*Special software is required to format 64GB micro SD cards before use.
You can download the software here: http://l.bhs.net/sd-64-software
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To install the micro SD card, place the camera on a flat surface
with the BrickHouse Security logo facing upwards. The card
should be inserted with the gold contacts facing down, away from
the logo.
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Settings
To change settings on your device, you first need to download and
install the Camscura Lux Setup Software; which can be downloaded
from http://help.brickhousesecurity.com. Type “Camscura Lux” into
the search box to find links to software, firmware, video tutorials, and
FAQs. The Camscura Lux Setup Software is available for Mac and PC.
To install the Camscura Lux Setup Software for PC, download
BHS_Cam_Setup_Tool.exe. After download is complete, double click
on the exe file to begin installation. Follow the prompts to complete
installation.
To install the Camscura Lux Setup Software for Mac, download
BHS_Cam_Setup_Tool.dmg. After download is complete, double-click
on the .dmg file to begin installation. Drag the Camscura Lux Setup
Software icon into the Applications folder to complete installation.
Once installation is complete, click on Finder and select Applications.
Double-click Camscura Lux Setup Software to launch.
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Camscura Lux
Setup Software
The Camscura Lux
Setup Software is
broken up into 3 sections. When the device
is plugged into your PC
via USB, the icon along
the top will say “DVR
Connected”. If it says
“DVR Disconnected,”
you may need to power
your computer off and
on and plug the device
back in.
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Date/Time: In the Date Time section, you can adjust the time stamp on
your videos. Choose PC Date Time to program the device using the time
and date saved to your computer.
Click the Custom Date Time option button to manually program the timestamp using the dropdown boxes.
DVR Date Time SnapShot displays the timestamp programmed into your
Camscura Lux when it was connected to your PC.
To load any time changes, click on Sync Date Time to DVR. You should
see a notification that reads “Date Time Updated” when complete.
If the device runs out of power it will hold its time settings for up to 5 days.
If more time passes between charges, the time will have to be reset.
Note: Time/date stamp on your videos will not be accurate until you have
adjusted settings with the Camscura Lux Setup Software.
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Settings
In the Settings section you can create custom recording settings
for your Camscura Lux.
Video Quality: High, Medium, or Low. The higher the video quality,
the more memory it will use.
Resolution: 1280 x 720 or 640 x 360 — Refers to the number of
dots per unit of area on a screen. Setting your device to a higher
resolution will produce a better quality image, but will also increase
the video file size.
Circular Recording: Enable or Disable circular recording. When
enabled, the device will automatically delete the oldest file on the
memory card if it reaches capacity, and replace it with a new file.
Timestamp: Enable or Disable to turn the timestamp on and off
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Frame Rate: High is 20 FPS (frames per second). Low is 5 FPS.
Higher frame rates will produce a smoother video. Lower frame
rates may produce choppy video.
Split File Time: Choose 10, 15, or 20; this is how long the device
will record before creating a new file. For example; if you choose
10, the device will save each recording and start a new file every
10 minutes.
Day/Night Mode: Choose Day, Night, or Auto switching.*When in
Night mode, the device needs less light to capture video, but its
picture can be “blown out” if there is bright light.
Enabling Auto Switching: will allow the device to automatically
switch between Day and Night modes, depending on current lighting conditions
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LED: for recording in a dark environment, infrared night vision will
automatically turn on.
PIR Trigger: When body heat is detected the device will begin to
record video.
Voice-Trigger Sensitivity: Set to High will pick up the lightest sound
that will trigger recording. Set to low will pick up normal sound to
trigger recording.
Vibration-Trigger Sensitivity: Set to High, the lightest vibration will
trigger recording. Set to low will pick up normal vibration to trigger
recording.
Vibration Trigger Standby Mode: Device will be completely off until
vibration is detected. Standby mode saves power to the battery
and can last up to six months.
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Motion-Trigger Sensitivity: Set to High any movement will trigger
device to start recording video. Set to low normal movement will
trigger device to record video.
*Once you have chosen your settings, click on the Sync Settings to
DVR icon. You will receive a Settings Saved notification when they
have been loaded.
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Option
The Option section allows you to change the language the Camscura Lux Setup Software will display.
Choose from English, French, German, Chinese traditional, and
Chinese simplified.
Click on the Save Option button to save any changes you have
made. When disconnecting the Camscura Lux from your computer,
be sure to always choose the Safely Remove Hardware option in
the Windows control panel.
To disconnect the Camscura Lux from your Mac, locate the device
in the “Finder” and hit the eject button.
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Configuring External Sensors
The Camscura Lux can be connected to external sensors such as
door/window sensors; this enables the device to trigger a video
recording during a break-in or when someone enters when you’re
not around. Before connecting external sensors, connect your
Camscura Lux to your computer; all settings will be customized
through your Camscura Lux Setup Software.
Ext-Trigger: In / Contact Type: Open
• On the Camscura Lux, put the mode switch to the Custom mode
position.
• From the Camscura Lux Setup Software, Choose Option >
Custom Mode >Save Option, then choose Settings.
• Select Ext-Trigger In Contact Type > Normal Open, and press
Sync Settings to DVR
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Connect the Camscura Lux to the external device (recommended
wire AWG26). The connector screw is on the top of Camscura Lux.
• Trigger in +(Pin3) should connect to external device
Trigger out +.
• Trigger in - (Pin4) should connect to external device
Trigger out -.
Once the external device is connected to the Camscura Lux, turn
the device on.
Standby: If no trigger is detected by the external device, the trigger
out of the external device will be kept open. The Camscura will
work in standby mode.
Triggered: When the external device triggers, it will connect and
trigger the Camscura Lux to start recording.
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Camscura Lux
External Device
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Ext-Trigger: In / Contact Type: Normal Close
• On the Camscura Lux, put the mode switch to the Custom mode
position.
• From the Camscura Lux Setup Software, Choose Option >
Custom Mode >Save Option, then choose Settings.
• Select Ext-Trigger In Contact Type > Normal Close and press
Sync Settings to DVR
Connect the Camscura Lux to the external device (recommended
wire AWG26). The connector screw is on the top of Camscura Lux.
• Trigger in +(Pin3) should connect to external device
Trigger out +.
• Trigger in - (Pin4) should connect to external device
Trigger out -.
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Once the external device is connected to the Camscura Lux turn
the device on.
Standby: If no trigger is detected by the external device, the trigger
out of the external device will be kept open. The Camscura will
work in standby mode.
Triggered: The external device will go into an open state; this will
trigger the Camscura Lux to start recording.
Camscura Lux
External Device
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Aux-Trigger: Out / Contact Type: Normal Open
• On the Camscura Lux, put the mode switch to the Custom mode
position.
• From the Camscura Lux Setup Software, Choose Option >
Custom Mode >Save Option, then choose Settings.
• Select Aux-Trigger Out Contact Type > Normal Open and press
Sync Settings to DVR.
Connect the Camscura Lux to the external device (recommended
wire AWG26). The connector screw is on the top of the Camscura
Lux.
• Trigger out +(Pin5) should connect to external device
Trigger in +.
• Trigger out - (Pin6) should connect to external device
Trigger in -.
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Once the external device is connected to the Camscura Lux, turn
the device on.
*Note: Make sure the voltage input to the Camscura Lux trigger
out +(Pin5) is under 24V and the current is less than 1A.
Ensure the current direction is correct. Otherwise, the device may
be damaged.
Camscura Lux
External Device
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Aux-Trigger: Out / Contact Type: Normal Close
• On the Camscura Lux, put the mode switch to the Custom mode
position.
• From the Camscura Lux Setup Software, Choose Option >
Custom Mode >Save Option, then choose Settings.
• Select Aux-Trigger Out Contact Type > Normal Close and press
Sync Settings to DVR.
Connect the Camscura Lux to the external device (recommended
wire AWG26). The connector screw is on the top of the
Camscura Lux.
• Trigger out +(Pin5) should connect to external device
Trigger in +.
• Trigger out - (Pin6) should connect to external device
Trigger in -.
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Once the external device is connected to the Camscura Lux turn
the device on.
Note: Make sure the voltage input to the Camscura Lux trigger
out +(Pin5) is under 24V and the current is less than 1A.
Ensure the current direction is correct. Otherwise, the device may
be damaged.
Camscura Lux
External Device
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• Vehicle Recording Mode
The Camscura Lux can be used as an in-car camera. Choose from
these car camera settings in the Camscura Lux Setup Software.
Car-Activated Recording: Auto-starts recording once the car is
started, auto-stops recording when car is stopped.
Car-Stop Recording: Auto-starts recording when car is stopped,
auto-stops recording once car is started.
Car-Activate and Car-stop Recording: Auto-starts recording once
car is started and continues to record even when the car is
stopped. The Camscura Lux will need to be powered off manually.
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Viewing Your Files
To view your files on a computer, simply connect the device via
the supplied USB cord with the Micro SD card inserted to the
device, making sure the device is powered Off. It will connect as a
removable drive, and depending on the settings on your PC, it may
automatically notify you that new hardware was detected. If so,
select Open Folder to View Files.
If it is not automatically detected, click Start on your desktop.
Select My Computer if you are using Windows XP, or Computer if
using Windows Vista or Windows 7/8. The device should be listed
as a Removable Disk under the Devices With Removable Storage
section. Open that drive, which will contain a folder called BHS.
This folder will contain all your recorded files.
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Upgrading Firmware
Occasionally, upgrades may be available for your device’s firmware
that add functionality or fix issues. To upgrade your device, download the new firmware to your PC and open the file. Once open,
press the upgrade button on the device using a paperclip, pin, or
similar and connect the device to your computer via USB. The
upgrade should occur automatically, and a notification will appear
on your screen once it has been completed.
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Troubleshooting
Problem: The device is “stuck” with the LED light on and is not responding
to any buttons.
Solution: This issue occurs most commonly when the device is given too
many commands too quickly (rapidly pressing the power button repeatedly). This can cause it to freeze up. If this occurs, use a paperclip or other
small object to gently push the Reset button. Hold the buttons down for 1
seconds to force the device to power down and reset.
Problem: The time is incorrect.
Solution: Charge the device and use the Camscura Lux Setup Software to set
the time. If the battery remains drained for 5 days, time settings will be lost.
Problem: As soon as the device is turned on the LED turns red and it will
not accept any commands.
Solution: This indicates that the Camscura Lux is unable to read a memory
card. Make sure there is a micro SD card inserted in the device. If there is
a card, try formatting it or using another card.
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