There are four types of recording modes: Normal, Event, Manual, and Parking.
However, only camera models with a built-in proximity sensor can produce Manual Mode recordings.
BlackVue cameras record in one-minute video segments.
- By default, the dashcam starts to record in Normal Mode. Unless there is an impact detected (e.g. during an accident, or bump on the road) while driving, the camera will record Normal Mode files (blue icons in the recording files list).
- Event files (red icons in the recording files list) are recorded by the camera when an impact is detected while driving (or in Normal Mode). The camera will also record Event files while the car is parked (Parking Mode) if it detects an impact depending on how the user sets the event detection settings in the firmware. The camera will save the event file starting from five seconds before an event is triggered. Exceeding the set speed limit will also trigger an event recording.
- As the name suggests, this type of recording file is triggered manually. Through the proximity sensor of the camera, Manual recording files (orange icons in the recording files list) can be created both while driving and the car parked. Touching or waving a finger within 20 mm of the sensor will turn on manual recording.
- In general, the camera proceeds to Parking Mode five seconds after it detects that the car is not in motion, in which the camera buffers video. BlackVue X-models can proceed to parking mode immediately after turning the car engine off. When the car is parked and the camera is still powered by a parking mode device, parking files are recorded every time the camera detects motion (in Motion Detection Parking Mode). Some BlackVue cameras (750S, 900S, X Series, and LTE models) produce compressed parking files during Time-lapse Parking Mode (i.e. 30 minutes of real-time parking time with no motion detection is compressed into one-minute parking file recording).