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AfterBurner Frequently Asked Questions


How do you playback AfterBurner recordings?


The only way to view recordings made by AfterBurner is to burn them to DVD-R disk. The burnt disks are to the DVD-R standard and compatible with the vast majority of consumer market DVD players. DVDs may also be viewed via PC and DVD playing software.

How long does it take to burn a DVD?


With x4 media, AfterBurner takes approximately 20 minutes to burn a full DVD. AfterBurner itself is limited to around a x6 maximum burn rate.


What types of DVD disks are compatible with AfterBurner?



AfterBurner supports DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD+R dual layer media up to a x16 write speed. The recommended media is DVD-R which has the best compatibility with hardware players.

What happens when you replay time-lapse recordings?



Time-lapse recordings will be shown in fast-motion when played at normal speed. Depending upon the time-lapse rate, playing back at quarter or eighth speed will show the video close to real-time.

Can you burn a DVD whilst still recording?



What happens if a burn fails?


As the files are held on internal hard-drive it is possible to reselect a file for burning.

Does AfterBurner record audio as well as video?


Yes, audio recording is optional but audio is only successfully recorded when in real-time mode.

When operating unattended, what are the options for retrieving AfterBurner recordings?








1. It is possible to start AfterBurner recording with a blank DVD disk in the drive. When 4.7 GB of video data ready, or at a pre-set time of day, AfterBurner can be configured to automatically burn the available video to the blank disk. The user may then retrieve the burnt DVD and insert a new blank disk ready for the next burn.


2. AfterBurner may be left to continually record video to its internal 60 GB hard disk which can hold a maximum of 12 DVDs before overwriting takes place. For example, in 24-hour mode, the unit can be left for up to 12 days and the video then burnt to 12 DVDs (e.g. one disk per day).

What happens when the hard disk is full?


It is possible to configure AfterBurner to stop recording when the disk is full or to overwrite the oldest data.

Can AfterBurner change its record rate under the control of external alarms?



Yes, AfterBurner has a number of alarm modes. It is possible to pre-set the record rate during alarm (e.g. change from time-lapse to real-time) and it’s also possible to configure the alarm duration.

Can the unit be battery powered?

Yes, the system runs from 10 to 20 V DC. It takes about 700 mA (at 12 V) when recording, 1.3 A when recording and burning.

Does AfterBurner meet police guidelines for digital video recording?


Yes, AfterBurner has been designed to meet the UK Home Office (written by the Police Scientific Development Branch) Digital Imaging Procedures by producing evidence on closed, write once media that cannot be altered.

Does the system have onscreen date & time?


Yes, AfterBurner includes an onscreen display that can be configured for European or US date format and be positioned on the screen.

Can the internal clock be externally synchronised?


Yes, there are a number of options, including external time-code radio receivers.

Is it possible to start or stop the recorder at preset times?


Yes, AfterBurner includes 4 internal timers.

Can AfterBurner be used in vehicles?


AfterBurner has not been specifically designed for mobile applications. However, it uses a 2.5” laptop hard drive, which has some inbuilt shock and vibration protection and extra internal shock mounting of the 2.5” drive in the longer term.

Is it possible to upgrade the AfterBurner in the field or does it have to be returned to the factory?


It is possible to upgrade the AfterBurner firmware by downloading a file from the Ovation Systems Website and then downloading it into the AfterBurner via its serial RS232 port. See for more information.

Due to continual product development Ovation Systems reserve the right to change specifications without notice. E&OE.