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Table of Contents

Introduction

What is the Avigilon Control Center Client? . System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . Who Should Use this Guide? . . . . . . . . For More Information . . . . . . . . . . . . Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Getting Started

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Locating NVRs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Managing NVRs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Logging Into and Out of NVRs . . . . . . . . . . 5 Logging In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Logging Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Starting and Shutting Down Control Center Client 6 Starting Control Center Client . . . . . . . . . 6 Shutting Down Control Center Client. . . . . . 6

Understanding the Application Setup

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Connecting and Disconnecting Cameras to NVRs 9 Setting Up NVRs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Changing General Settings . . . . . . . . . 13 Changing Record Schedule Settings. . . . . 14 Changing Recording and Bandwidth Settings 16 Changing Users and Groups Settings . . . . 18 Changing Email Server Settings . . . . . . . 22 Changing Alarm Settings. . . . . . . . . . . 23 Viewing System Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Changing Rules Settings . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Setting Up Cameras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Changing General Settings . . . . . . . . . 29 Changing Network Settings . . . . . . . . . 30 Changing Image and Display Settings . . . . 32 Changing Image Dimensions Settings . . . . 35 Changing Motion Detection Settings . . . . . 36 Changing Privacy Zone Settings . . . . . . . 38 Setting Up the Client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Changing General Settings . . . . . . . . . 40 Exporting Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Importing Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Adding and Removing Cameras. . . . . . . 45 Selecting a Layout for a View . . . . . . . . 45 Maximizing a View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Maximizing an Image Panel . . . . . . . . . 46 Cycling Through Views . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Saving a View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Working with Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Creating a Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Using a Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Overlaying Information on the Image . . . . . . 50 Changing the Displayed Image Quality and Image Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Zooming and Panning in the Image. . . . . . . 52 Controlling Pan, Tilt, and Zoom (PTZ) Camera . 53 Changing the Image Panel Display Settings . . 57 Viewing Video In Deinterlaced Mode . . . . . . 58 Switching Panels Between Live and Recorded Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Playing Back Recorded Images . . . . . . . . 59 Bookmarking Recorded Images . . . . . . . . 61

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Performing an Event Search . . . . . . . . . . 63 Performing a Pixel Search . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Performing a Thumbnail Search . . . . . . . . 66

Exporting Images

Exporting Live Images . . . . . Saving a Snapshot of an Image Exporting Recorded Images . . Starting the export process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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What is a View? . . . . Adding a New View Removing a View. . Working with Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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INTRODUCTION

What is the Avigilon Control Center Client?

The Control Center Client software provides users access to an Avigilon High Definition Surveillance System running the Control Center Server software. It allows users to configure the Avigilon High Definition NVRs, IP Cameras and Analog Video Encoders, as well as display live or recorded image data. The client software can be either run on the same computer as the server software or run on a remote computer that connects through a LAN or WAN to the computer running the server software. The Control Center Server software is an application that captures and records image data from cameras and encoders and serves it to the client software. This software is a Windows service and does not require user intervention to function. It starts running automatically when Windows starts.

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements to run the Control Center Client software are as follows (based on monitor resolution of 1280 x 1024): · OS: Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 2 or later, or Windows Vista · CPU: Pentium 4 2.4Ghz Single Core Processor · System RAM: 1 GB · Video Card: DirectX 9.0 compliant with 128MB RAM (Intel GMA 900 or better, nVidia 6000 series or better, or ATI R300 series or better) · Network Card: 100 Mbps · Hard Disk Space: 500 MB

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The recommended system requirements to run the Control Center Client software are as follows (based on monitor resolution of 1280 x 1024): · OS: Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 2 or later, or Windows Vista · CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor · System RAM: 2 GB · Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant with 128MB RAM (nVidia 6600 or better, or ATI X1300 or better) · Network Card: 1 Gbps · Hard Disk Space: 500 MB

Who Should Use this Guide?

This guide is intended for anyone who uses Avigilon Control Center Client software. To use this guide, you should: · Have a working knowledge of surveillance operations · Be familiar with the Windows® operating system This guide assumes that: · All the hardware, software, and network components of your system are installed, configured, and operating correctly.

For More Information

Visit Avigilon at http://www.avigilon.com/ for additional product documentation.

Support

For additional support information, visit http://www.avigilon.com/support/. Regular Avigilon Customer Support Center hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) and can be reached by calling the toll-free number: +1.888.281.5182. E-mails can be sent to: [email protected] For emergency technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call the Avigilon Emergency Technical Support Hotline at +1.604.506.3117.

Upgrades

Software and firmware upgrades will be made available via download or CD as they become available

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GETTING STARTED

To get started with the Control Center Client, you must locate the NVRs on the network that you intend to connect to. NVRs are computers running Control Center Server software. You can then log in and start using the software.

Locating NVRs

If the NVR is on the same network segment (subnet) as the computer running the Control Center Client software, the NVR will be automatically discovered by the client and will show up in the System Explorer on the left side of the main window.

Figure 2.1: System Explorer

If the NVR is on a different subnet from the computer running the Control Center Client software, the NVR must be manually discovered. There is no limit to the number of NVRs that can be connected to with one client.

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Managing NVRs

You can manage NVRs discovered by Control Center Client from the Manage NVRs dialog box.

To manually discover an NVR:

1 From the File menu, select Manage NVRs.... 2 In the Manage NVRs dialog box, click the Find NVR... button.

Figure 2.2: Manage NVRs Dialog Box 3 In the Find NVR dialog box, enter the Hostname or IP Address and the Base Port of

the NVR you want to discover and click OK. If the NVR was discovered successfully it will show up in the Manage NVRs window. If it was not discovered, ensure your network settings are configured correctly and the Control Center Server software is running on the NVR.

Figure 2.3: Find NVR Dialog Box

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Logging Into and Out of NVRs

Control Center comes with a default administrator user with a user name of administrator and no password. The administrator of your system should log in using this administrator password, and immediately create a password to maintain the security of this account. Your system administrator can then create user accounts for users on your system.

Logging In

When Control Center Client starts and discovers NVRs, you are prompted with the Log In dialog box.

To log into an NVR:

1 From the File menu, select Log In.

Or: Right-click an NVR in the list on the left side of the main window, and select Log In. 2 In the Log In dialog box, select an NVR to log into, or select All NVRs to log into all available NVRs simultaneously. If the NVR you want to log into is not shown, click on the Find NVR... button to attempt to locate it. 3 Enter your User Name and Password or check off Use current Windows credentials if your Windows user information has been imported into the NVR.

Figure 2.4: Log In Dialog Box 4 Click Log In.

Logging Out

You can log out of individual NVRs or all NVRs.

To log out of an NVR:

· Right-click the NVR and select Log Out.

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To log out of all NVRs:

1 From the File menu select Log Out. 2 In the Log Out dialog box, click Yes.

Starting and Shutting Down Control Center Client

The Control Center Client can be started or shut down at anytime and the operation of the Control Center Server will not be affected.

Starting Control Center Client

To start Control Center:

· From the Start menu, select All Programs>Avigilon>Avigilon Control Center>Avigilon Control Center Client. Or: · Double-click the Avigilon Control Center Client icon on the desktop.

Figure 2.5: Control Center Client icon

Shutting Down Control Center Client

To shut down Control Center:

1 From the File menu, select Exit. 2 In the Control Center dialog box, click Yes.

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UNDERSTANDING THE APPLICATION

The application window appears when Avigilon Control Center Client starts and allows you to setup your surveillance system, view live images, and view, search, and export recorded images.

Figure 3.1: Avigilon Control Center Client Application Window

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The following table describes the components of the Avigilon Control Center application window.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Title Bar Menu Bar Toolbar Views System Explorer Image Panel PTZ Controls Timeline

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Displays the Avigilon Control Center Client title. Provides access to menus that allow you to log in to NVRs, connect to cameras, setup NVRs and cameras, change display settings, etc. Provides access to display, search and export tools. Provides a way to organize image panels. Displays surveillance system components such as NVRs, cameras, views, and maps. Displays live or recorded images from a single camera. Provides a way to control PTZ cameras. Displays the period for which you have recorded images and contains color-coded events. Allows you to select a date and time for playback and control the playback rate.

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SETUP

Before you begin using Avigilon Control Center, you must setup your system by connecting cameras to NVRs, setting up NVRs, and setting up cameras.

Connecting and Disconnecting Cameras to NVRs

You can connect and disconnect cameras to NVRs using the Connect and Disconnect Cameras dialog box. When a camera is successfully connected it appears in the System Explorer.

Figure 4.1: Camera Connected Icon

When a camera is disconnected and recorded images for the camera remain on the NVR, it appears in the System Explorer with a yellow warning icon attached :

Figure 4.2: Camera Disconnected Icon

When a camera is disconnected and no recorded images for the camera remain on the NVR, it will not appear in the System Explorer.

To locate a camera on the network:

1 From the Tools menu, select Connect/Disconnect Cameras. 2 All cameras located on the same network segment (subnet) as the computer running

Control Center Server software will be automatically detected and will show up in the Disconnect Cameras area. If the camera you want to connect to is on a different subnet do the following:

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1 Under the Disconnected Cameras area, Click Find Camera.... 2 In the Find Camera dialog box, enter the NVR that should perform the search for

the camera, and the camera's IP Address and Control Port. The camera and server's gateway IP address must be set correctly for the camera to be found. 3 Click OK. If the camera is discovered correctly it will show up in the Disconnected Cameras area.

Figure 4.3:Find Camera Dialog Box

To connect a camera to an NVR:

1 From the Tools menu, select Connect/Disconnect Cameras.

Figure 4.4: Connect/Disconnect Cameras Dialog Box

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2 In the Disconnected Cameras area, select a camera. 3 Click Connect... and select the NVR that you want the camera connected to. If the

attempt to connect the camera was successful then it will show up in the NVR's list of cameras. Or: Drag the camera onto the NVR where you want it connected. 4 Click Close. Note: If you attempt to drag a camera to an NVR that it is not capable of connecting to, the NVR appears grayed out

To disconnect a camera from an NVR:

1 From the Tools menu, select Connect and Disconnect Cameras. 2 Select the camera you want to disconnect. 3 Click Disconnect. If the attempt to disconnect the camera was successful then it will

show up in the Disconnected Cameras list. Or: Drag the camera onto the Disconnected Cameras area. 4 Click Close.

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Setting Up NVRs

Before you begin recording, setup the NVR. You can modify properties such as the schedule for recording or how the system should alert you via email when an event occurs. You setup the NVR using the Setup dialog box. Your system has default settings for many of the properties that can be restored from within the property.

To access the NVR setup:

· From the Tools menu, select Setup..., and click the NVR you want to setup from the list on the left.

Figure 4.5: Setup NVRs Dialog Box

Or: In the System Explorer, right-click the NVR and select Setup.

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Changing General Settings

The default name for the NVR may not be useful for your purposes. You can easily rename the NVR to a more useful name.

To change the NVR name:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click General. 3 In the NVR Name box, type a new NVR name.

Figure 4.6: General Dialog Box

4 Click OK.

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Changing Record Schedule Settings

The default schedule for recording is set to record on motion or alarm events all day, every day of the week. The motion detection settings can be configured for each camera in the camera setup window and the alarm settings can be configured in the NVR setup window. You can use the Record Schedule dialog to customize the recording schedule.

Using Templates to Modify the Record Schedule

You can modify the default template to suit your needs or you can add additional templates; for example, you can create a record schedule template for the weekdays and one for the weekend.

To add a template:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Schedule. 3 In the Templates area, click Add Template.

Figure 4.7: Schedule

4 Type a name for the template. 5 Click one of the record type buttons such as the Record None or Record All button

and drag in the timeline to apply the change. 6 When recording on motion, alarms, or motion and alarms the images will only be recorded when a motion event or alarm event is detected. If you want reference images to be recorded in between events as proof nothing occurred, select Record a reference image every: and specify a period:

To delete a template:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12. 2 Click Schedule. 3 In the Templates area, select a template, and click Delete Template. The Template is removed.

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To rename a template:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Schedule. 3 In the Templates area, select a template, click Rename Template, and enter a new

name.

Setting Up a Week's Recording

You can setup your week's recording by applying templates to specific cameras on specific days.

To setup the week's recording:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Schedule. 3 In the Templates area, select a template. 4 In the Default Week area, for the camera to which you want to apply the template,

click the day.

Figure 4.8: Schedule Default Week

5 Click OK.

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Changing Recording and Bandwidth Settings

You can use the Recording and Bandwidth dialog box to change the image rates per second (ips) and the quality settings for all your cameras and manage the load on the NVR.

To modify the NVR's bandwidth usage:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Bandwidth.

Figure 4.9: Bandwidth Dialog Box 3 In the Image Rates area for each camera, move the slider to select the desired image

rate.

4 In the Image Quality area for each camera, select the desired quality. The image

quality setting of 1 will produce the highest quality images and the highest bandwidth usage.

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Figure 4.10: Bandwidth Dialog Box, Maximum Load 5 If there is not enough network or storage bandwidth in the NVR to handle the current

image rate and image quality settings, a warning message will appear under the Camera Image Rates and Quality area and the image rates will automatically be reduced so that the NVR can handle the bandwidth. Adjust the settings until the warning disappears. 6 Click OK.

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Changing Users and Groups Settings

You can manage users and groups and their rights using the Users and Groups dialog box.

Adding a User

You can add users and manage their rights by controlling to which group they belong.

To add a user:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Users and Groups. 3 Click Add User.

Figure 4.11: Users and Groups, Add User Dialog Box

4 In the User Information area, type a User Name, First Name, Last Name, and Email

Address, and if you don't want to make this user immediately active, select Disable user. 5 In the Groups area, select the group(s) to which this user belongs: Administrator, Power User, Standard User, or Restricted User. 6 In the Password area: 1 Type and confirm a password for the user. 2 If you want the user to change the password, select Require password change on next login. 3 If you do not care if the password expires, select Password never expires, or in the Password Expiry (Days) box, type the number of days before the password expires. 7 Click OK. The user is added.

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8 Click Close.

Removing a User

You can remove users that are no longer needed.

To remove a user:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-12. Click Users and Groups. Select the user you want to remove. Click Remove User. Click Close.

Editing a User

You can edit details of existing users.

To edit a user:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Users and Groups. 3 Select the user you want to edit.

Figure 4.12: Users and Groups, Edit User Dialog Box

4 In the User Information area, type a User Name, First Name, Last Name, and Email

Address, and if you don't want to make this user immediately active, select Disable user.

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5 In the Groups area, select the group(s) to which this user belongs: Administrator,

Power User, Standard User, or Restricted User.

6 In the Password area: 1 Type and confirm a password for the user. 2 If you want the user to change the password, select Require password change

on next login.

3 If you do not care if the password expires, select Password never expires, or in

the Password expiry (Days) box, type the number of days before the password expires. 7 Click OK. The user is modified. 8 Click Close.

Importing Windows Users

You can import Windows users which allows users to log in using their Windows credentials.

To import a Windows user:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12. 2 Click Users and Groups. 3 Click Import Windows Users. 4 In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, enter the name of a Windows user and click OK. Or: In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, click the Advanced button and search for the users or groups you wish to import.

Figure 4.13: Select Users and Groups Dialog Box 5 In the Import Windows Users dialog box, select the users you wish to import, the

group to which they should belong and click OK.

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Figure 4.14: Import Windows Users Dialog Box

Editing Groups

You can modify the permissions of users by editing the groups to which they belong. Permissions are not editable for the Administrator group.

To edit groups:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-12. Click Users and Groups. Click the Groups tab. Select a group. Click Edit Group.

Figure 4.15: Users and Groups, Edit Group Dialog Box

6 In the Edit Group dialog box, select the permissions and security level desired for the

group.

7 Click OK. 8 Click Close.

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Changing Email Server Settings

You can have an email sent to an individual or group when the system detects an event such as motion or a system error by using the rules engine. Use the Email Server dialog box to setup the email server to ensure that email messages are delivered properly.

To setup your email server:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Email Server.

Figure 4.16: Email Server Setup 3 In the Email Server Settings area, specify the following 1 Sender Name 2 Sender Email Address 3 Subject Line 4 SMTP Server 5 Port 6 Timeout (seconds) 4 Click OK.

To setup authentication for your email server:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-12. Click Email Server. In the Authentication area, select Server requires authentication. Type the username and password. Click OK.

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Changing Alarm Settings

You can setup any alarm inputs or alarm outputs attached to the system and use the rules engine to define various actions to take once an alarm is triggered.

To setup alarm inputs

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Alarms. 3 In the Alarm Input area, select an alarm to setup. 4 Specify the following: 1 Alarm name: used to identify the alarm. 2 Pre-record Time: amount of time to record before the alarm is triggered. 3 Post-record Time: amount of time to continue recording after the alarm returns to

its normal state.

4 Recording Duration: amount of time to record after the alarm is triggered. 5 Circuit State: determines the alarms default state. 6 Cameras: determines which cameras are linked to this alarm for recording. 5 Click OK.

To setup alarm outputs

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Alarms. 3 In the Alarm Output area, select an alarm to setup. 4 Specify the following: 1 Alarm name: used to identify the alarm. 2 Circuit State: determines the alarms default state. 5 Click OK.

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Viewing System Log

The system log records events occurring in the Avigilon Control Center system. This can be useful for tracking usage of the system or diagnosing issues. You can filter which items display in the log, and you can save the log to a separate file for sending to Avigilon support.

To filter log items:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click System Log. 3 In the System Logs to Display area, select the items you want to display. Only the

items you selected appear in the log.

Figure 4.17: System Log Dialog Box

4 Click Close.

To save the log:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on 2 3 4 5 6 7

page 4-12. Click System Log. Click Save Log. In the Save As dialog box, browse to a location to save the file. In the File name box, type a file name or accept the default. Click Save. Click Close.

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Changing Rules Settings

The rules engine allows you to map system events to actions such as starting a live stream when an alarm input is triggered, or sending an email to an administrator when a camera is disconnected.

To create a rule:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on

page 4-12.

2 Click Rules. 3 Click Add new rule. 4 Select the events that will trigger the rule and further define the event by clicking on

the underlined values located in the rule description. When the event is defined, click Next.

Figure 4.18: Rule Event Setup 5 Select the actions that the rule will take when it is run and further define the action by

clicking on the underlined values located in the rule description. When the action is defined, click Next.

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Figure 4.19: Rule Action Setup 6 Select when the rule should be active and click Next.

Figure 4.20: Rule Duration Setup

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7 Enter the Rule Name, Rule Description and check Rule is enabled to enable the rule.

Click Finish.

Figure 4.21: Rule Description Setup

To edit a rule:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-12. Click Rules. Select a rule from the list of rules on the left side of the window. Click Edit this rule. Go through the rule setup windows and edit the rule where desired.

To delete a rule:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the NVR setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-12. Click Rules. Select a rule from the list of rules on the left side of the window. Click Remove this rule. Click Yes.

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Setting Up Cameras

Before you begin recording, setup cameras according to your needs. You can modify properties such as the image and display or motion detection. You setup cameras using the Setup dialog box. Your system has default settings for many of the properties that can be restored from within the property.

To access the camera setup:

· From the Tools menu, select Setup..., and click the camera you want to setup from the list on the left.

Figure 4.22: Setup Cameras Dialog Box

Or: · In the System Explorer, right-click the camera and select Setup.

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Changing General Settings

You can change the camera name, location, assign a security level, configure the camera's RS-485 port for PTZ, or disable the status LEDs on the back of the camera.

To change the camera name, location and security level settings:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-28. Click General. In the Camera Name box, type a new camera name. In the Camera Location box, describe the camera's location. In the Security Level box, select a security level. Only users with this security level or higher can see this camera.

Figure 4.23: General Dialog Box 6 Click OK.

To disable camera status LEDs:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click General. 3 If you do not want the camera status LEDs enabled, select Disable camera status

LEDs. All LEDs on the camera should no longer be illuminated.

4 Click OK.

To configure PTZ settings:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click General.

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3 Check Enable PTZ and choose the Protocol, Dip Switch Address, and Baud Rate

of the PTZ device. The PTZ device will be controlled from the RS-485 inputs on the camera. 4 Click OK. The PTZ controls will be enabled in the main application window.

To reboot the camera:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click General. 3 Click Reboot Camera.... 4 Click Yes.

To change the camera resolution:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click General. 3 In the Resolution box, select 4CIF (720 x 480 NTSC or 720 x 576 PAL) or 2CIF (720 x

240 NTSC or 720 x 288 PAL). This feature is for analog video encoders only.

4 Click Yes.

To enable video input termination:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click General. 3 Check Enable Video Input Termination. This feature is for analog video encoders

only.

4 Click OK.

Changing Network Settings

You can change whether the camera automatically obtains an IP address or uses a statically assigned IP address.

To obtain an IP address automatically:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

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2 Click Network.

Figure 4.24: Network Dialog Box 3 Select Obtain an IP address automatically. The camera will attempt to obtain an

address from a DHCP server, if it cannot find one it will default to addresses in the 169.254.x.x range. 4 Click OK.

To set a static IP address:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Network.

Figure 4.25: Network Dialog Box 3 Select Use the following IP address 4 In the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway boxes, type the desired values. 5 Click OK.

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Changing Image and Display Settings

You can control a camera's image acquisition and display settings using the Image and Display dialog box.

Controlling Exposure

You can allow the camera to control the exposure automatically or you can manually set the exposure.

To set automatic exposure control:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image and Display.

Figure 4.26: Image and Display Dialog Box 3 Select Automatic from the Exposure box. 4 Click OK.

To set a manual exposure:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image and Display. 3 Select an exposure from the Exposure box.

Note: Increasing the manual exposure time may affect the image rate.

4 Click OK.

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Controlling the Iris

If your camera has a lens with an auto iris, you can allow the camera to control the iris automatically or you can manually set it open or closed. If the camera does not detect an auto iris, the control does not appear.

To control the iris:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28. 2 Click Image and Display. 3 Select one of the following from the Iris box: 1 Automatic 2 Open 3 Closed 4 Click OK.

Controlling the IR Cut Filter

If your camera has a removable IR cut filter, you can allow the camera to control it automatically or you can manually set it to color or monochrome mode. If the camera does not have a removable IR cut filter, the control does not appear.

To control the iris:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image and Display. 3 Select one of the following from the IR Cut Filter box: 1 Automatic 2 Color 3 Monochrome 4 Click OK.

Controlling Flicker

You can reduce flicker by setting the Flicker Control to the frequency of the current source that your lights are powered from; for example, for Europe 50Hz or for North America 60Hz.

To control flicker:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image and Display. 3 In the Flicker Control box, select a frequency. 4 Click OK.

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Controlling the Backlight Compensation

If your scene has small areas of high illumination that are causing the image to be too dark, backlight compensation can be used to achieve a properly exposed scene regardless of whether the illuminated areas are present.

To control the backlight compensation:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28. 2 Click Image and Display. 3 Select the level of Backlight Compensation using the slider control. 4 Click OK.

Controlling the Low Light Behavior

You can control how the camera will behave in a scene with low light levels.

To control the low light behavior:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image and Display. 3 Select an exposure from the Maximum Exposure box. The automatic exposure

control will never set an exposure that is higher than the maximum exposure value or the image rate period. 4 Select a gain from the Maximum Gain box. The automatic gain control will never set a gain that is higher than the maximum gain value. 5 Click OK.

Focusing the Camera Lens

If you have the camera with an EF mount lens, you can focus the camera through the software. For the focus to function correctly, the lens should be set to auto focus (AF) mode. If the camera does not detect an EF lens, the control will not show up. You can zoom in on the preview image using the zoom controls. Zoom in on an object at the distance that you want to focus, force the iris to fully open, and then use the focus controls. The iris should be fully open because that is when the depth of field is the shortest.

To focus the camera lens:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image and Display. 3 In the Focus Lens area, use the preview window on the left to view the image, and

click one of the following buttons to focus the camera: Focused as close to zero as possible

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Large step toward zero

Small step toward zero

Small step toward infinity

Large step toward infinity

Infinity

4 Click OK.

Controlling White Balance

You can control white balance settings to account for different scene illumination.

To control White Balance:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image and Display. 3 Select one of the following: 1 Automatic white balance 2 Custom white balance

If you select Custom, you can manually modify the color balance.

4 Click OK.

Changing Image Dimensions Settings

You can set the image dimensions for the camera. This can reduce bandwidth and increase the maximum image rate.

To change the image dimensions:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Image Dimensions. 3 To adjust the image dimensions, click and drag the edge of the image.

Or: Change the values for the Top, Left, Width, and Height.

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Figure 4.27: Image Dimensions Dialog Box 4 Click OK.

Changing Motion Detection Settings

You can control the sensitivity and threshold at which the camera will detect motion, and create specific areas within the image that will watch for motion.

Selecting an Area of the Image to Detect Motion

If you want to detect motion in part of an image, you can set this in the Motion Detection dialog box.

To select an area of the image to detect motion:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28. 2 Click Motion Detection. 3 Click on one of the following buttons located above the image panel: · Select Rectangle · Clear Rectangle · Select Points · Clear Points · Select All · Clear All · Invert Selection · Show/Hide Mask

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These buttons can be used either to select part of the image that you want to detect motion in or to clear part of the image that you do not want to detect motion in. Motion will be detected in all areas highlighted in green.

Figure 4.28: Motion Detection Dialog Box 4 Click OK.

Controlling Motion Sensitivity and Threshold

You can control how sensitive to motion the camera will be, and specify a threshold of motion that the camera will tolerate before recording. You can also specify how much time should be recorded before and after the motion event.

To control motion sensitivity and threshold:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on

page 4-28.

2 Click Motion Detection. 3 In the Sensitivity area, move the slider to adjust how much each pixel must change

before it is considered as motion. The higher the sensitivity, the smaller the required pixel change before it is considered as motion. 4 In the Threshold area, move the slider to adjust how many pixels must change before the image is considered to have motion. The higher the threshold, the higher the number of pixels that are required to change before the image is considered to have motion. 5 In the Pre-motion and Post-motion Record Time boxes, specify how much time you want recorded before and after the motion event. 6 Click OK.

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Changing Privacy Zone Settings

You can set privacy zones in the camera to block out regions of the image that you do not want to view and record.

To add a privacy zone:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-28. Click Privacy Zones. Click Add and a green box will appear on the image. Move and resize the green box so that it covers the area you want to block out. Click OK.

Figure 4.29: Privacy Zones Dialog Box

To remove a privacy zone:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the camera setup:" on 2 3 4 5

page 4-28. Click Privacy Zones. Select the privacy zone you want to remove from the list on the left. Click Remove. Click OK.

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Setting Up the Client

You can modify client properties such as the client connection speed. These settings are stored on the client machine.

To access the Client setup:

· From the Tools menu, select Setup..., and click the Client from the list on the left.

Figure 4.30: Setup NVRs Dialog Box

Or: · In the System Explorer, right-click the Client and select Setup.

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Changing General Settings

You can change the client's general settings such as the client connection speed or log in preference. The client's connection speed can be changed to match the available incoming network bandwidth which is useful when streaming over the internet.

To change the client connection speed:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the Client setup:" on

page 4-39.

2 Click Client Settings.

Figure 4.31: Client Settings Dialog Box 3 Set the Connection Speed from one of the available options. 4 Click OK.

To configure the client to automatically log in to NVRs:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the Client setup:" on

page 4-39.

2 Click Client Settings. 3 Select Automatically log in to NVRs using Windows Authentication. 4 Click OK.

Exporting Settings

You can export client settings such as maps and views which can then be backed up or imported on another client machine.

To export client settings:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the Client setup:" on

page 4-39. 2 Click Client Settings.

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3 Select the items you want to export. The General settings include display quality,

deinterlacing enable, manually added servers, image overlays, and client connection speed.

Figure 4.32: Client Settings Dialog Box

4 Click OK. 5 In the Select File to Export To box, browse to a location where you want the exported

settings to be stored, type a name, and click Save

Importing Settings

You can import client settings such as maps and views.

To import client settings:

1 Open the Setup dialog. For more information, see "To access the Client setup:" on

page 4-39.

2 Click Client Settings. 3 In the Select File to Import From box, browse to the location of the settings you want

to import, and click Open.

Figure 4.33: Client Settings Dialog Box 4 Select the items you want to import. 5 Click OK.

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VIEWING IMAGES

You can stream both live and recorded images to a view, save views, adjust display settings, and bookmark recorded images.

What is a View?

A view is made up of image panels and allows you to review both live and recorded images from multiple cameras. You can add a number of views and customize their layout to suit your requirements; for example, you could have a separate view for each floor of a building. A view appears as a tab in the main application window.

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Adding a New View

You can add a new view to an existing window or open a new view in a new window to make use of multiple monitors.

To add a new view to the application window:

· From the File menu, select New View. A new view appears on the application window. Or: · On the toolbar, click New View.

Figure 5.2: New Tab Icon

To add a new window:

· From the File menu, select New Window. A new window appears. You can now position this window to make use of multiple monitors. Or: · On the toolbar, click New Window.

Figure 5.3: New Window Icon

Removing a View

You can remove a view that you no longer need.

To remove a view from the application window:

· From the File menu, select Close View.

To remove a window:

· From the File menu, select Close Window.

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Working with Views

Adding and Removing Cameras

You can add cameras to a view, and then remove them when they are no longer needed. You can also drag the same camera to multiple image panels and view images at different zoom levels with different image adjustment properties.

To add a camera to a view:

· Drag the camera from the System Explorer to the image panel where you want it to stream. Or: · In the System Explorer, right-click the camera, and select Add to View. The camera is added to the next empty image panel in the layout.

To remove a camera from a view:

· Right-click the image panel, and select Close. Or: · In the upper-right corner of the image panel, click Close.

Figure 5.4: Close Icon in Image Panel

Selecting a Layout for a View

There are a number of layouts you can choose for your view.

To select a layout for a view:

· From the View menu, select Layouts, and select one of the layouts. Or: · Select one of the layouts on the toolbar.

Figure 5.5: Layouts on the Toolbar

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Maximizing a View

You can make a view use the full screen.

To make a view full screen:

· From the View menu, select Full Screen. Or: · On the toolbar, click Full Screen.

Figure 5.6: Full Screen Icon

To end full screen:

· From the toolbar, Click End Full Screen.

Figure 5.7: End Full Screen Icon

Maximizing an Image Panel

You can maximize an image panel so that it fills the entire view

To maximize an image panel:

· Right-click the image, and select Maximize. Or: · In the upper-right corner, click Maximize.

Figure 5.8: Maximize Icon

Or: · Double-click the image panel.

To restore an image panel:

· Right-click the image, and select Restore Down. Or: · In the upper-right corner, click Restore Down.

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Figure 5.9: Restore Down Icon

Or: · Double-click the image panel.

Cycling Through Views

Once you have multiple views setup, you can cycle through these views by displaying each for a few seconds. This is useful when monitoring a large number of cameras.

To cycle tabs:

1 From the View menu, select Cycle Tabs.

Or: On the toolbar, click Cycle Tabs.

Figure 5.10: Cycle Tabs Icon

2 In the Cycle Views windows, select the Cycle Dwell Time and click OK. This is the

time spent on each view before cycling.

Saving a View

Once you have setup a particular view the way you would like, you can save the view to prevent from having to set it up again the next time you run the application.

To save a view:

1 From the File menu, select Save View. 2 In the Save As dialog box, type a name to describe this view.

Your saved view will show up in the System Explorer.

Figure 5.11: Saved Views

To open a saved view:

· In the System Explorer, right-click the saved view of interest, select Open.

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Or: · Drag the view from the system explorer to the current view

To rename a saved view:

1 In the System Explorer, right-click the saved view of interest, select Rename. 2 In the Rename View dialog box, type a new name to describe the view.

To delete a saved view:

1 In the System Explorer, right-click the saved view of interest, select Delete. 2 In the Delete dialog box, click Yes.

Working with Maps

A map is a graphical representation of your surveillance site and an alternative view to the system explorer.

Creating a Map

You can create a map from any image stored in a standard image format (jpeg, bmp, png, gif).

To create a map:

1 From the File menu, select New Map.

Or: In the System Explorer, right-click the Maps icon, and select New Map. 2 In the Select Map Image box, browse to the location of the image you want to use as your map, and click Open. 3 In the map editing view, drag cameras, encoders, NVRs, and other maps from the system explorer onto the desired position in the image.

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Figure 5.12: Edit Map View 4 In the Map Name box, enter a name for the map. 5 If you want the map to have a parent in the system explorer, in the Parent Map box,

select the desired parent map.

6 Click Save.

To edit a map:

1 In the System Explorer, right-click the map you want to edit, and select Edit. 2 Make changes to the map and click Save.

To delete a map:

1 In the System Explorer, right-click the map you want to delete, and select Delete.

Using a Map

You can view a map in an image panel and use the map to add cameras to the view.

To use a map:

1 Drag the map from the System Explorer to the image panel where you want to view it.

Or:

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In the System Explorer, right-click the map, and select Add to View.

Figure 5.13: Saved Maps 2 Drag a camera from the map to the image panel where you want it to stream.

Or: In the map, click the camera and it will be added to the next available image panel. 3 Click the map icons placed on the map to navigate to a new map. You can use the Forward and Back buttons to retrace your steps.

Overlaying Information on the Image

You can overlay several types of information on an image using image overlays.

To overlay information on an image:

· From the View menu, select Image Overlays, and select one or more of the following: · Camera Name - displays the name given to the camera · Camera Location - display the location given to the camera · Timestamp - display the exposure timestamp of the image. The timestamp only shows up when viewing recorded images. · Record Indicator - displays the recording status of the camera being viewed in the form of a colored circle. The circle is red when motion is detected and the images are being recorded, it is blue when images are being recorded but no motion is detected, and it is grey when images are not being recorded. The record indicator only shows up when viewing live images. · Display Quality Percentage - displays the percentage of the displayed image quality with respect to the image quality transmitted from the camera or recorded. The display quality will be reduced if there is limited bandwidth or if the user biases the display quality lower in order to achieve a higher image rate. · Image Rate Percentage - displays the percentage of the displayed image rate with respect to the image rate transmitted from the camera or recorded. You can modify the camera name and location under Setup Cameras>General. For more information, see "Changing General Settings" on page 4-29. You can modify the display quality bias under Tools>Change Display Quality....

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Changing the Displayed Image Quality and Image Rate

If the client cannot view the full image rate, full image quality stream because it does not have sufficient network bandwidth or processing power, the server will reduce the data sent to the client by reducing the number of images transmitted and the quality of the images transmitted. You can bias the server to transmit either at a higher image rate but a lower image quality or at a lower image rate and a higher image quality. Note that these settings do not affect the image quality or image rate transmitted between the camera to server or recorded on the server.

To change the displayed image quality:

1 From the Tools menu, select Change Display Quality.... 2 Select one of the following: · Maximum - displays the full image quality, results in lowest displayed image rate. · High - displays 1/4 of the full image resolution. · Medium - displays 1/16 of the full image resolution. · Low - displays 1/64 of the full image resolution, results in the highest displayed

image rate.

3 Select Monochrome to remove the color information from the image. 4 Click OK.

Figure 5.14: Change Display Quality Dialog Box

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Zooming and Panning in the Image

The zoom and pan tools allow you to modify your view of the image.

To use the zoom tools:

1 From the Tools menu, select Zoom In Tool or Zoom Out Tool.

Or: On the toolbar, click the Zoom In Tool or Zoom Out Tool.

Figure 5.15: Zoom In and Zoom Out Tools

Or: Use the mouse wheel. 2 Click the application window.

To use the pan tools:

1 From the Tools menu, select Pan Tool.

Or: On the toolbar, click the Pan Tool.

Figure 5.16: Pan Tool

Or: Click and hold the right mouse button. 2 Click and drag in the application window.

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Controlling Pan, Tilt, and Zoom (PTZ) Camera

Pan, Tilt, Zoom controls allow you to control cameras with PTZ functionality. You can control a PTZ camera by using the on-screen controls or by using the control in the PTZ window.

To control a PTZ camera:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.17: PTZ Controls

This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window.

Figure 5.18: PTZ Controls Area 2 Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. 3 To pan or tilt, click and hold the left mouse button over the image and drag the mouse

pointer in the direction that you want to move the camera. The further the mouse is from the center of the image, the faster the camera will move. Or: Click on the pan/tilt controls in the PTZ Controls area. The max speed for all pan/tilt controls can be adjusted using the Speed slider.

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Figure 5.19: PTZ On-Screen Controls 4 To zoom, click the left mouse button on the image and use the mouse scroll wheel to

zoom in and out. Or: Click on the zoom controls in the PTZ Controls area. 5 To control the Iris or Focus, use the controls in the PTZ Controls area.

To program a PTZ preset:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.20: PTZ Controls

This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window.

2 Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. 3 Using the PTZ controls, move to the desired position. 4 In the PTZ Controls area, select the desired preset number and click Set.

Figure 5.21: PTZ Presets

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To activate a PTZ preset:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.22: PTZ Controls

This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window.

2 Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. 3 In the PTZ Controls area, select the desired preset number and click Go.

To program a PTZ pattern:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.23: PTZ Controls

2 3 4 5

This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window. Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. In the PTZ Controls area, select the desired pattern number and click Rec. Using the PTZ controls, move through a series of movements. In the PTZ Controls area, click Stop.

Figure 5.24: PTZ Patterns

To activate a PTZ pattern:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.25: PTZ Controls

This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window.

2 Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. 3 In the PTZ Controls area, select the desired pattern number and click Run. The

pattern will repeat indefinitely until another pattern is set or the PTZ control is moved.

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To activate an auxiliary command:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.26: PTZ Controls

This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window.

2 Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. 3 In the PTZ Controls area, select the desired auxiliary command number and click

Start to turn the auxiliary output on or click Stop to turn the auxiliary output off.

Figure 5.27: PTZ Auxiliary Command

To use the PTZ OSD menu:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.28: PTZ Controls

This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window. 2 Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. 3 In the PTZ Controls area, click the menu button. 4 In the PTZ Controls area, use the pan/tilt controls to navigate the menu.

Figure 5.29: PTZ Menu Button

To lock the PTZ controls:

1 From the Tools menu, select PTZ Controls.

Or: On the toolbar, click the PTZ Controls.

Figure 5.30: PTZ Controls

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This will display the PTZ Controls on the left side of the main window.

2 Select a PTZ-enabled camera from the System Explorer. 3 In the PTZ Controls area, click the lock button.

Figure 5.31: PTZ Lock Button

No other user will be able to use the PTZ controls for the selected camera until you unlock the controls or log out.

Changing the Image Panel Display Settings

You can change the image panel display settings to bring out details that are hard to see with the default settings. These setting do not affect the camera settings.

To use the display adjustments:

1 Right-click the image, and select Display Adjustments....

Figure 5.32: Display Adjustments Dialog Box 2 Change either the Gamma, Black Level or White Level. 3 Click Close.

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Viewing Video In Deinterlaced Mode

Images recorded at 4CIF from analog cameras may tear. A deinterlacing filter can be enabled to reduce the interlace artifacts in the images. When the filter is enabled it is applied to both displayed and exported images.

To enable the deinterlacing filter:

· From the View menu, select Display Deinterlaced Images.

Switching Panels Between Live and Recorded Images

The image panels can display both live and recorded images. You can view live or recorded images in all the divisions of the layout, or you can simultaneously watch live images in some panels and recorded images in other panels.

To switch the view between live and recorded:

· From the View menu, select either Live or Recorded. Or: · On the toolbar, select either Live or Recorded.

Figure 5.33: Live and Recorded Icons

To switch individual panels between live and recorded:

· Right-click the image, and select either Live or Recorded. Live panels appear with a blue border, recorded panels appear with a green border. You can watch live and recorded simultaneously.

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Playing Back Recorded Images

The timeline displays where all of the recorded image data is located in time and provides several controls for playing back the recorded images. Colored bars on the timeline indicate where the recorded image data is located and when events occurred. A red bar indicates a motion event occurred, a yellow bar indicates an alarm event occurred, a blue bar indicated no events were detected, and blank area means there is no recorded images.

Figure 5.34: Playback tools on the Timeline

To select a playback time:

· On the Timeline, click on an area with recorded image data indicated by a colored bar. Or: Click the calendar and select a date and time.

Figure 5.35: Calendar Icon

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To start playback:

· Click Play.

Figure 5.36: Play Icon

To stop playback:

· Click Pause.

Figure 5.37: Pause Icon

To step forward or backward a frame:

· Click Step Forward or Step Backward.

Figure 5.38: Step Forward and Step Backward Icons

To control the playback direction and speed:

· Click and drag the slider to the right to playback forward or to the left to playback in reverse. The further the slider is away from the center the faster the playback speed.

Figure 5.39: Playback Direction and Speed Slider

To jump forward or back on the timeline:

· On the timeline, click one of the following: · Forward or back a day · Forward or back to the next hash mark on the Timeline. · Forward or back to an event

Figure 5.40: Jumping Forward/Back on the Timeline

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To center timeline on time marker:

· Right-click the timeline, and select Center on Marker.

To zoom on the timeline:

· Click and drag the slider to zoom in or zoom out on the timeline. Or: You can also use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in or zoom out on the timeline.

Figure 5.41: Timeline Zoom

To pan on the timeline:

· Click the scroll bar. Or: Right-click and hold and then drag the timeline.

Bookmarking Recorded Images

You can add a bookmark to help identify a segment of the recorded images. Once you have created a bookmark, you can easily change the bounds of the bookmark by dragging the ends of the bookmark to change the time bounds. You can modify the camera used for the bookmark, by dragging the bookmark to a different camera.

To add a bookmark:

1 On the timeline click Add Bookmark.

Figure 5.42: Add Bookmark Icon

Figure 5.43: Add Bookmark Dialog Box 2 In the Name box, type a name for the bookmark. 3 In the Start and End boxes, type the date and time that you want to bookmark. 4 Click Add.

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To delete a bookmark:

1 Right-click the bookmark on the timeline, and click Delete. 2 In the Delete dialog box, click Yes.

To export a bookmark:

1 Right-click the bookmark on the timeline, and click Export.

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SEARCH

You can search the recorded image data by events, thumbnails or pixel area.

Performing an Event Search

Event search allows you to search for specific motion and/or alarm events by time range on selected cameras.

To perform an event search:

1 From the Tools menu, select Search....

This will open a new search window. Or: On the toolbar, click Search.

Figure 6.1: Search Icon 2 In the search window, select Event Search.

Figure 6.2: Event Search Button

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This will open an event search window.

Figure 6.3Event Search Window 3 In the Camera to Search area, check off the cameras you would like to include in the

event search.

4 In the Time Range to Search area, set the dates and times that you want the search

to occur in. The time range will be indicated on the timeline by black time range markers. These timeline markers can also be used to change the search bounds by clicking and dragging them. In the Events to Search For area, check off Motion Events and/or Alarm Events to include in the event search. Click Start Search, to begin the event search. In the Search Results area, click on one of the returned events to highlight it on the timeline and to display it in the search image panel. You can use the timeline controls to review the event. If you have found the search result you are interested in, select the Export this event button next to the search results area to go to the export window. Or: If you want to further refine your search, select the Search for a pixel change in this event button next to the search results area to go to the pixel search window.

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Performing a Pixel Search

Pixel search allows you to search for motion in specific areas of the camera's field of view.

To perform a pixel search:

1 From the Tools menu, select Search....

This will open a new search window. Or: On the toolbar, click Search.

Figure 6.4: Search Icon

2 In the search window, select Pixel Search.

Figure 6.5: Pixel Search Button

This will open a pixel search window.

Figure 6.6Pixel Search Window

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3 In the Camera to Search area, check off the cameras you would like to include in the

pixel search.

4 In the Time Range to Search area, set the dates and times that you want the search

to occur in. The time range will be indicated on the timeline by black time range markers. These timeline markers can also be used to change the search bounds by clicking and dragging them. 5 In the Search Image Panel, define the region of interest using the motion detection selection tools that are located above the image panel. The pixel search will be performed in all areas highlighted in green. 6 In the Pixel Search Options area, click and drag the Threshold slider to select the amount of motion required to return a search result. The smaller the threshold is, the smaller the changes need to be in the selected region to generate a search result. 7 In the Pixel Search Options area, set the Join results less than field to the minimum amount of time in between motion events that is required for the events to be considered separate search results. 8 Click Start Search, to begin the pixel search. 9 In the Search Results area, click on one of the returned results to highlight it on the timeline and to display it in the search image panel. You can use the timeline playback controls to review the result. 10 If you have found the search result you are interested in, select the Export this event button next to the search results area to go to the export window.

Performing a Thumbnail Search

Thumbnail search allows you to search through a specific period of time by viewing a series of thumbnail images.

To perform a thumbnail search:

1 From the Tools menu, select Search....

This will open a new search window. Or: On the toolbar, click Search.

Figure 6.7: Search Icon

2 In the search window, select Thumbnail Search.

Figure 6.8: Thumbnail Search Button

This will open a thumbnail search window.

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Figure 6.9Thumbnail Search Window 3 In the Camera to Search area, check off the camera you would like to include in the

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thumbnail search. In the Time Range to Search area, set the dates and times that you want the search to occur in. The time range will be indicated on the timeline by black time range markers. These timeline markers can also be used to change the search bounds by clicking and dragging them. In the Image Panel, if you only want to see thumbnails for a region of the image instead of the whole field of view, define the region of interest by moving the edges of the green box overlaid on the image. The thumbnail search will be performed on the area highlighted in green. Click Start Search, to begin the thumbnail search. If you want to change the size of the thumbnails select either Large Thumbnails, Normal Thumbnails, or Small Thumbnails from the drop-down menu above the returned search results and click Search Again.

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Figure 6.10Thumbnail Search Results Window

8 In the Search Results area, click on one of the returned images to highlight it on the

timeline. Click Step In or double click on the image to perform another search with a smaller time range around the image. 9 When you have found the image you were looking for, click on the image and then click Open View to open a recorded view for that camera at the time specified.

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EXPORTING IMAGES

You can export images from Control Center and can specify a number of options to ensure the images are appropriate for your needs.

Exporting Live Images

You can export live images from any image stream. You can specify the file format, and depending on the format, options such as overlays and resolution.

To export live images:

1 From the File menu, select Live Export.... 2 In the Export Options area, select one of the following export formats: PNG Images,

JPEG Images, or TIFF Images.

3 Select Export at Full image rate to control how many images per second you want to

export; for example, if the camera is streaming at thirty images per second, if you select 1/2, only 15 images for that second will be exported. Or: Select Export one image every 0 min. 5 sec. to control the time interval between each image; for example, if you select 5 min. 0 sec., only one image will be exported every 5 minutes. 4 If you want to limit the number of images stored, check off Only keep the 1 most recent images and select the number of images you want stored. The live export will finish only when you stop it so if you do not limit the number of images stored the export will continue until your hard drive is full. If you do limit the number of images, the oldest images will be continuously written over until you stop the export.

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Figure 7.1: Live Export Dialog box 5 In the Export Options area, do the following: 1 In the Resolution box, select a resolution for the image. 2 For the JPEG image, in the Compression box, select Low, Medium, or High. 3 Select the overlays you want on the image: Timestamp, Camera name, and/or

Camera location.

4 Click Display Adjustments to adjust the Gamma, Black Level and/or White

Level, then click Close.

6 Click Start Export. The Preview area displays the image stream you will export, the

resolution of the image, and the overlays you selected.

7 In the Save As box, browse to a location where you want the exported image data to

be stored, type a name, and click Save.

8 In the Export window, click Stop Export when you want to stop the export.

Saving a Snapshot of an Image

A "snapshot" allows you to export either the current live image or recorded image on the image panel. You can specify the file format, and depending on the format, options such as overlays and resolution.

To save a snapshot of an image:

1 In the image panel, click Save Snapshot.

This will open an export window.

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Figure 7.2: Save Snapshot icon

Or: Right-click the image panel and select Save Snapshot. 2 In the Export Options area, select one of the following export formats: PNG Image, JPEG Image, TIFF Image, or Native. The Native format requires the Avigilon Control Center Player to view.

Figure 7.3: Export Dialog box, Single Image 3 If you are exporting a PNG Image, JPEG image, or TIFF image, in the Export Options

area, do the following: 1 In the Resolution box, select a resolution for the image. 2 For the JPEG image, in the Compression box, select Low, Medium, or High. 3 Select the overlays you want on the image: Timestamp, Camera name, and/or Camera location. 4 Click Display Adjustments to adjust the Gamma, Black Level and/or White Level, then click Close. Or: If you are exporting a Native image, in the Export Options area, check off Export the Control Center Player Installer if you want a copy of the Control Center Player to

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distribute with your native image file. Note that the native image can only be viewed using the Avigilon Control Center Player application. 4 Click Start Export. The Preview area displays the image you will export, the resolution of the image, and the overlays you selected. 5 In the Save As box, browse to a location where you want the exported image data to be stored, type a name, and click Save. 6 In the Export window, when the export completes, click OK.

Exporting Recorded Images

You can export recorded images from bookmarks or searches. You can export a video sequence or an image sequence.

Starting the export process

You can open the Export dialog box in the following ways: · From the File menu, select Export. · On the toolbar, select Search.

Figure 7.4: Export Icon

· On the Timeline, right-click a bookmark and select Export. · In the Search Window, select Export this event.

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To export AVI or Native video:

1 Start the export process. For more information, see "Starting the export process" on

page 7-72.

Figure 7.5: Export Dialog Box, AVI Video 2 In the Camera to Export area, check off the camera from which you want to export the

video.

3 In the Export Options area, select one of the following export formats: AVI video or

Native. The Native format requires the Avigilon Control Center Player to view.

4 In the From and To boxes, select a date and time. The time range will be indicated on

the timeline by black time range markers. These timeline markers can also be used to change the search bounds by clicking and dragging them. 5 Select Export at Full image rate to control how many images per second you want to export; for example, if the camera was recorded at thirty images per second, if you select 1/2, the video will be recorded at fifteen images per second. Or: Select Export one image every 0 min. 5 sec. to control the time interval between each image; for example, if you select 5 min. 0 sec., the video will be recorded at one image every 5 minutes.

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6 If you are exporting an AVI video, in the Export Options area, do the following: 1 In the Encoder box, select the compression used. The options are None or

Windows Media Video 9 WVC1.

2 In the Resolution box, select a resolution for the image. For high resolution images

(11MP or 16MP) the maximum selectable resolution will be below the camera resolution because most media players cannot play high resolution AVI files. 3 Select Skip recording gaps to avoid pauses in the video caused by gaps in the recorded image data. 4 Select the overlays you want on the image: Timestamp, Camera name, and/or Camera location. 5 Click Display Adjustments to adjust the Gamma, Black Level and/or White Level, then click Close. Or: If you are exporting a Native video, in the Export Option area, check off Export the Control Center Player Installer if you want a copy of the Control Center Player to distribute with your native image file. Note that the native image can only be viewed using the Avigilon Control Center Player application. 7 If you would like to split the exported file into smaller files so that they can be stored on optical media, such as a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, check off Split file into sizes of: and enter the size in MB that you would like the file split into. 8 Click Start Export. The Preview area displays the image you will export, the resolution of the image, and the overlays you selected. 9 In the Save As box, browse to a location where you want the exported image data to be stored, type a name, and click Save. 10 In the Export window, when the export completes, click OK.

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To export PNG, JPEG or TIFF images:

1 Start the export process. For more information, see "Starting the export process" on

page 7-72.

Figure 7.6: Export Dialog Box, Images 2 In the Camera to Export area, check off the camera from which you want to export the

images.

3 In the Export Options area, select one of the following export formats: PNG Images,

JPEG Images, or TIFF Images.

4 In the From and To boxes, select a date and time. The time range will be indicated on

the timeline by black time range markers. These timeline markers can also be used to change the search bounds by clicking and dragging them. 5 Select Export at Full image rate to control how many images per second you want to export; for example, if the camera was recorded at thirty images per second, if you select 1/2, only 15 images for that second will be exported. Or: Select Export one image every 0 min. 5 sec. to control the time interval between each image; for example, if you select 5 min. 0 sec., only one image will be exported for every 5 minutes of video.

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6 If you want to limit the number of images exported, check off Export at most 1

images and select the number of images you want exported. The export will finish either when the number of images specified have been exported or when the end of the time range selected is reached. 7 In the Resolution box, select a resolution for the image. 8 If you are exporting JPEG images, in the Compression box, select Low, Medium, or High. 9 Select the overlays you want on the image: Timestamp, Camera name, and/or Camera location. 10 Click Display Adjustments to adjust the Gamma, Black Level and/or White Level, then click Close. 11 Click Start Export. The Preview area displays the image you will export, the resolution of the image, and the overlays you selected. 12 In the Save As box, browse to a location where you want the exported image data to be stored, type a name, and click Save. 13 In the Export window, when the export completes, click OK.

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