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Loop Recording on Camera: What is It & How It Works?


You may find a feature named loop recording or loop record in an action camera, dash cam, security camera, or digital camera. So what is loop recording? And how can it help you with video recording? This post will show you everything you need to know about loop recording. 

What is Loop Recording?

Loop recording is a process of recording video & audio continuously to camera memory space by replacing a previously recorded clip with a new clip if the camera is out of space. 

When you start a loop recording, the camera will record the footage in multiple short video clips of 3 or 5 minutes. If the camera memory space is insufficient, the camera will automatically delete the last recorded clip and make room for the new content. 

For example, if you set the camera to a 3-minute loop recording, the camera will save the recording in a series of video clips and name them as something like xx0001. If the camera runs out of space after finishing recording the clip xx0020, it will automatically wipe the oldest clip, the clip xx0001, and replace it with the newest xx0021. Of course, after a few minutes, the camera memory will be full again, in this time, the oldest xx0002 footage will be deleted automatically to make room for the new content. The process will go on and on until you stop the video recording. 

That's the meaning of loop recording. It's a solution to make full use of the limited memory space for you to always have the most recent recording of the last several hours. 

Why Do You Need Loop Recording?

There are 2 good reasons why loop recording is a good idea for you. 

First of all, loop recording divides an hour-long video into many small, well-organized video clips, which are easier to manage and transfer. It takes a long time to load, move or edit a large-size, hours-long video and it is hard to navigate to the part you need. And when such a large video is divided into small clips, things get much easier. 

More importantly, there is limited memory space in a camera, but the need for shooting more videos is unlimited. You may want to use a camera to continuously record your cycling journey, a great sport game, which can use up the limited memory space anytime. 

Loop Recording in Dash Cam

Loop recording mode is most commonly seen in a dash cam for a car or motorcycle. As a dash cam always has to be recorded for security purposes in case any accident may happen, loop recording is perfect since it can always make room for the new recording and the last recording before the accident happens can be safely stored. 

Most dash cams can be set up with a loop recording time of 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes. You can select the one that best fits your need. 

Loop Recording in Action Camera

Action camera, which is frequently used for recording cycling riding, surfing, hiking, diving, etc., also supports loop recording. 

AKASO action cameras, such as AKASO EK7000, Brave 7 LE, V50X, all have a loop recording option. 

How to Use Loop Recording in AKASO Action Camera?

Navigate to the Video menu, select Loop Recording. The camera is set to record a 1-minute loop video by default. You can change it to 3 minute or 5-minute loop. 

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