PlotWatcher Pro FAQ

I can’t get my Plotwatcher Pro to record at night. What should I do???

When the Plotwatcher Pro’s “Start/Stop” toggle switch is set to “time-based” mode of operation, the camera works on a 24-hour period, starting at midnight.   When in this mode, the start time must be set earlier in the 24-hour day than the stop time, or the camera will not come on.  To run only at night, you must start the camera after midnight, turn it off using the “mid-day skip” feature for the duration desired during the day, and then stop it just before the end of the day (midnight).  The following are detailed instructions on how to accomplish this most easily:
  1. Put the PlotWatcher Pro into “Always On” mode on the “Start/Stop” toggle switch and into “Custom” mode on the “Mid-day Skip” toggle switch.
  2. Then use the “Mid-day Skip” feature to prevent the camera from operating during the time of day when you have no interest in what might happen in front of the camera.  For example if you want to discontinue capturing video at 8:00 AM and begin capturing video again at 9:00 PM, do the following:  Using the “Page” button just above the camera’s screen, click through the setup screens until you get to the “Custom Mid-day Skip Settings” page and set the “ON” time to “8:00 AM” and the “OFF” time to “9:00 PM”.  (Note: This tells the camera to turn off at 8:00 a.m. and turn back on at 9:00 p.m.)

The result of this setup is that you will capture video from 9:00 p.m. until midnight at which time the camera will turn off.  Within seconds, the camera will then come back on and record until 8:00 a.m.  (Note that this will result in the video being stored in two separate files because it has been captured on two different calendar days.)

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