How to review exported video (.pns) using the DX8100 Export Viewer?


How to playback the .pns file type from the DX8100?

Product Line

Pelco Video Management


  • DX8100 Export Viewer
    • Not supported on Windows 10 or higher, Windows Server 2012 platform.
  • DX8000 Export Viewer
  • .pns file type (native)
  • Must use Windows XP, Windows 2000 found to work in some cases with Windows 7.


  • Windows Media Player does not support the file type .pns.
  • The DX Series Client does not support the file type .pns.


The .pns file type is the native file format for the DX8100 and DX8000 Series HVR/DVR. Must use Windows XP, Windows 2000 found to work in some cases with Windows 7.

Note: The DX8100 export viewer application runs automatically each time a CD/DVD created by the unit's export feature is inserted into a Windows-based personal computer (PC). The software can also be installed on a PC and opened independently, when necessary.

Use the DX8100 Export Viewer ONLY to play the .pns file:

  1. Download the DX8100 Export Viewer
  2. Extract the DX8100 Export Viewer
  3. Install the DX8100 Export Viewer by going to the Export Viewer_2.0.00.2717 > Viewer_2.0.00.2717 > Data1 > Setup.exe

The exports video to USB media and CD/DVD +RW media.

To view exported video perform one of the following options:

  1. CD/DVD media
    1. Insert the CD/DVD disc. The export viewer application starts automatically.
  2. USB media
    1. Insert the USB drive into a Windows based PC
    2. Click the Start button and then go to My Computer
    3. Locate the USB drive and double click the Export Viewer folder
    4. Double click on the Export Viewer icon
    5. On the File menu, click Open. The Open dialog box appears.

    6. In the "Look in" box, select USB device, and then select the export file.

    7. Click Open. The file opens in the DX8100  Export Viewer window.
    8. To view video, on the Control, click Play.

Note: When video recorded on a server located in one time zone (for example, GMT -8:00) is exported and played back on a computer located in a different time zone (for example, GMT -5:00), the video's original recording time is adjusted to and displayed based on the time zone of the playback computer.

Watermarking is used to authenticate the originality of a video file and to alert users to possible image tampering. The export viewer will display a message if the video image has been altered.

To verify the watermark:

  1. In the Option section, select the "Set Watermark" check box.
  2. Open the exported file for which you want to verify the watermark. Playback starts. The export viewer performs a check to authenticate the watermark. If the watermark is authentic, no action is taken. If the video image has been altered, the export viewer displays a INFO dialog box with Result: Non watermarked video ! and playback stops at that point.


NOTE: Video information shows the time/date display when viewing exported video as Native format. Time/Date stamp will not show on the video display when using Export viewer.