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Entry-Level 4 Channel
Network Video Recorder
EN/M175/11162011/001
User’s Manual v1.7.5
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Table of Contents
System Requirements
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Product Description
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Hardware Illustration
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Hard Drive Installation
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Connect to the NVR
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1. Live View
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1.1 Retrieve camera’s video stream
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1.2 Retrieve camera’s status
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1.3 Perform Sequence Viewing
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1.4 PTZ Control
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1.5 Perform PTZ Preset Viewing
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1.6 Live Video Control Buttons
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1.7 Change Web UI Display Language
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1.8 Live View through iPhone
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1.9 Live View through Blackberry Phones
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2. Playback
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2.1 Methods to Search Playback Videos
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2.2 Export Playback Videos to AVI Files
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2.3 Play Exported AVI Videos With NVR Media Player
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2.4 Open Event Snapshot Images with NVR Media Player
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3. System Setup
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3.1 System Configurations
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3.1.1 Network Settings
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3.1.2 DDNS Service
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3.1.3 Time and Date
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3.1.4 User Account
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3.1.5 Group Privilege
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3.1.6 Disk Setup
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3.2 Channel Configurations 54
3.2.1 Add a Camera
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3.2.2 OSD Settings
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3.2.3 PTZ Preset Settings
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3.2.4 PTZ Preset Sequence
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3.2.5 E-Map Setting
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3.2.5.1 Local Map Setting
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3.2.5.2 Google Map Setting
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3.3 Event Configurations
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3.3.1 General Settings
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3.3.2 Event Servers
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3.3.3 Event Triggers
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3.4 Recording Configurations
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3.4.1 General Settings
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3.4.2 Schedule Recording
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3.5 System Options
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3.5.1 Device Information
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3.5.2 Logs and Reports
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3.5.3 Maintenance
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Reboot the NVR
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Reboot NVR At a Specific Time Automatically 79
Firmware Upgrade
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Reset the NVR to Factory Default
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3.5.4 Disk Status
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System Requirements
The following are minimum system requirements for the system to operate Embedded Network Video Recorder (ENVR):
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows® XP Professional
(32 bit) or Windows® Server 2003 (32 bit)
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or above
CPU
Minimum Intel® Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz or higher (Dual Core is recommended)
RAM
Minimum 1 GB of RAM, 2GB or above is recommended
Network
Minimum 10/100 Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet is recommended)
Graphics Adapter
AGP or PCI-Express, minimum 1024×768, 16 bit colors.
(We highly recommend to work above the 1024 x 768 resolution to get
the full experience of the software)
• Make sure your display DPI setting is set to default at 96DPI
• To set DPI value, right-click on desktop, choose “Settings” tab >> “Advanced” >> “General”
Contents Inside the Installation CD
Adobe Acrobat Reader
NVR Search Utility
User’s Manual
Quick installation Guide
Datasheet
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Product Description
The NVR designed for use within a surveillance system, and performs
recordings and playbacks pictures from network cameras in the
system. It is designed for small scale applications such as retail store. Up to 4 cameras can be connected via a network and it is possible to record their camera pictures. It is possible
to perform the settings or operate the NVR using a web browser installed on a PC connected to a network and live videos can be viewed
on major mobile devices through its web browser. Recorded video can
be played back from remote site by a PC. The NVR is compatible with
most major brand cameras and its ability to automatically search and
find the available cameras on the network can greatly reduce the user’s
effort when confguring the system.
• Manage up to 4 Network Cameras
• Compatible with Major Brand Cameras
• High Quality Live/Playback Video
• Export Playback Videos to AVI
• Two-way Audio
• Smart Camera Search
• Mobile Devices Remote Monitoring
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• Pure Web Based Administration
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Hardware Illustration
(Front)
HDD Tray
HDD Tray
Power button
and LED
HDD LEDs
USB Connector
(Rear)
USB connector
Reset/Restart button
Power jack
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Ethernet jack
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HDD Installation
1. Push the silver button to
release the HDD tray
2. Pull out the HDD tray
3. Place the HDD on the tray
and secure the HDD with the
screws at the bottom (as illustrated)
4. Push the tray back in the
unit and press down the black
bar to secure the tray
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Connect to the NVR
There are various ways you can connect to the NVR and below are
the suggested methods for network setup:
• The NVR is placed in a network with a DHCP server: Connect to
the NVR by using “Smart Device Search” Utility.
• The NVR is placed in a network without DHCP server (or you are
connecting to it directly): Access the NVR with its default IP.
Use NVR Search Utility
When the NVR is on a corporate network, or a local area network
where a DHCP server is already present. Run the “Smart Device
Search” utility from a computer which is also on the same network
and locate the NVR via its IP address assigned by the top-level DHCP
server.
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To begin, launch the “NVR Search” utility from the CD and proceed
with the installation.
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Once the installation is complete, check the “Launch the Search AP”
option and click “Finish”:
The search should start automatically and its status should be displayed:
The NVR should be located and its IP address should be displayed:
Double-click on it and the program should automatically access the
NVR’s web administration page from your default browser
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You may change NVR’s IP address by click on the button highlighted
below.
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You will be prompted for the NVR’s login information before proceeding
to change device’s IP address.
You may click on the button highlighted below to perform search again.
Or double-click on any of the search results to access NVR’s web administration page
perform search again
access NVR’s web administration page
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You should be prompted for the NVR’s username and password. Enter its default username “admin” and password “admin” and then
click”OK” to enter the system
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* The built-in DHCP server is intended to ease the installation between
the NVR and the IP cameras. In the event there’s no DHCP server (router)
presented in the network, the NVR can act as DHCP server and assign IP
to cameras.
However, if such configuration method is chosen, it’s strongly suggested
that the NVR is fully started first as startup time is different among different network devices.
Due to the reason that the IP cameras tend to finish booting up faster than
the NVR, if the NVR is not fully started before IP cameras do, there is a very
great chance that the cameras will not properly obtain IPs from the NVR.
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In the event that users wish to setup everything on the network with static
IP addresses, the built-in DHCP server function can be manually turned off
under “Setup” >> “System Configuration” >> “Network Setup” and check
off the DHCP server function.
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Access NVR with its default IP address
The NVR comes with a pre-configured static IP “192.168.101.50”.
However, it is only used when there is no DHCP server presented in
the network. The NVR will turn on its DHCP server function and act
as the DHCP server in the network. To connect to the NVR, use a PC
that is on the same network over a switch or hub, or connect the PC
directly to the NVR using a crossover CAT5 Ethernet cable.
The PC that is connected directly to the NVR (or within the same local
area network) should receive an IP from it. Simply access the NVR
from your web browser with its IP address
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Again, you should be prompted for the username and password. Enter its default username “admin” and password “admin” and then
click”OK” to enter the system
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1. Live View
The “Live View” page provides the following functions:
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Retrieve camera’s video stream
Retrieve camera’s status
Perform Live Sequence Viewing
PTZ Control
Perform PTZ Preset Sequence viewing
Perform manual recording
Take snapshot
Receive audio of a video stream
Send audio
Change web UI display language
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, please make
sure you open Internet Explorer with the “Administrator”
privilege or log in to Windows with “Administrator” account.
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Right-click Internet Explorer
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1.1 Retrieve camera’s video stream
The camera list is expanded and displayed on the Live View page.
• Click “All” to display videos in the
quad-video mode
• Click on any camera to display
video in single-view mode
1.2 Retrieve camera’s status
The camera list can show each camera’s current status. Each status is represented with different colors and their meanings are explained on the left
Camera is connected
Camera is NOT connected
This channel has event triggered and is recording event
Camera is current performing recording
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This channel has NOT been configured with any camera
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1.3 Perform Sequence Viewing
Sequence view is a function that allows you to view multiple video streams from certain cameras in sequence automatically without
having to select them one by one.
To perform sequence view, select “SEQ View” from the upper-left
hand corner
Next, select one or more camera(s) or camera group(s) for sequence
viewing
Then select dwell interval from the drop-down menu
Finally click “Start” to start sequence viewing
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* Click “All Channels” to quickly select all available channels and start sequence
view in single-view mode.
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1.4 PTZ Control
PTZ control provides functions to pan, tilt, zoom a PTZ camera
as well as the ability to adjust camera focus and iris
Camera(s) that are currently being selected for live viewing will
be listed in the PTZ drop-down menu. Simply select a camera
then use the PTZ control panel to control the camera
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The bar shown below allows you to control the pan/tilt speed
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1.5 Perform PTZ Preset Viewing
There are three functions provided in the “Preset” section:
• Perform preset point viewing of a particular camera
• Auto pan a particular camera
• Perform preset point sequence viewing
Preset Point Viewing
Start by selecting a PTZ camera from the drop-down list:
Its available PTZ preset points will be listed in the dropdown list shown below:
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Select a preset position from the drop-down list and click
“Go to” to move the live view to that position
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Auto Pan Viewing
Start by selecting a PTZ camera from the drop-down list:
Use the Auto Pan control buttons to pan right, left and
stop auto pan
Autopan
Pan Left
Stop pan
* Certain cameras do not support bidirectional pan movements. Use the
“Autopan” button for such cameras.
Pan right
Preset Point Sequence Viewing
This function allows you to view multiple preset points
videos of a camera without having to select them one by
one. Once you have defined the prefered preset points
in “Channel Configurations” >> “PTZ Setting” >>
“PTZ Preset Sequence” under the “Setup” menu, click
“Start” here and the recorder will begin to display videos
from those preset points in sequence automatically until
you click “Stop”
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1.6 Live Video Control Buttons
Each live video window comes with control buttons with functions described below:
Take a snapshot of a live video
Turn on/off audio of a live video
Start/stop recording of a live video (manual recording)
Audio post function
Full screen view of a live video
Keep aspect ratio and true size
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Keep aspect ratio
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Take a snapshot of a live video
To take a snapshot of a live video, click the
button and
the snapshot of the video will be displayed in a pop up window
shown like below
* If you are running Windows Vista or 7,
please make sure IE is run with the “Administrator” privilege in order for this
function to work properly.
Right-click anywhere on the image and select “Save Image as”
from the pull-down menu
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In the pop up dialog, name the image file and choose which directory the image will be saved to and click “Save”
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Full Screen View of a Live Video
To view a video in full screen, click the
button. To exit full
screen video, double-click anywhere on the video.
Turn On/Off Audio of a Live Video
You can retrieve audio from a particular camera. Simply click
the
button to do so.
The button will show in different color once the audio is turned
on.
Click on it again to turn off audio.
Start/Stop Recording of a Live Video
You can manually start or stop recording of a live video by using
the
button.
The button will show in different color once the recording is
started manually.
Click on it again to stop recording.
Audio post
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This function allows user to speak from a PC through a microphone and the audio can be played at the camera side if it has
a speaker connected to it.
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1.7 Change Web UI Display Language
You can change the web UI display language from the current
login username link located at the upper-right hand corner. Click
on the link opens up a new window which displays detail information about the user as well as a drop-down menu which lets
you change the displyay language.
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1.8 Live View through iPhone
You can use iPhone and perform single channel live view to the
NVR by using its Safari browser. To be able to view the live video
through the Safari browser, make sure “javascript” is on under
“Settings” >> “Safari” >> “Javascript”
Once Javascript is enabled, click the “Home” button on the iPhone
to go back to the home screen and open the Safari browser
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Type in the IP address of the NVR in the address bar
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You should be prompted to enter the username and password
to access the NVR
Upon successful login, you should see the live view video of the
first channel
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Click on the “Channe” drop-down menu to select other cameras
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If a PTZ camera is selected, the corresponding control buttons
will display (control PT only)
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* Please note that this function is camera dependent and is not available to
all cameras. Certain cameras do not allow adjusting image size and the selection “Auto” will be used.
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1.9 Live View through Blackberry Phones
You can use Blackberry and perform single channel live view to
the NVR by using its Safari browser. To be able to view the live
video through its browser, make sure “javascript” is enabled
under “Browser” >> “Menu button” >> “Options” >> “Browser
Configuration”
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Enable the “Support Javascript” option and click the menu button
and click “Save Options”
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Make sure two options illustrated below are enabled
Press the menu button and click the “Save Options” to save settings
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Press the button highlighted below to go back to the browser
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Type in the IP address of the NVR in the address bar
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You should be prompted to enter its username and password for access
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2. Playback
Methods to search playback
Channels to be played back
Playback video control buttons
Playback video
Playback is a function that allows you to play one or more videos that
were previously recorded by a chosen recording method or due to
an event trigger. The NVR offers synchronized playback from up to 4
channels and various types of search methods are provided to help
you find the footage you need quickly.
You can turn on or off the audio of a recorded video at your choice if
audio was also recorded during the recording of the video.
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Playback video can be viewed in full screen and snapshots can be
taken and saved during a video playback.
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2.1 Methods to Search Playback Videos
The NVR offers three methods to quickly help users find videos that
were previously recorded:
• Search by time: Specifiy a time range and search videos recorded
within that range
• Search by event: Find videos that were recorded due to event
triggers
• Play by start time: Enter a specific time a video was recorded to
start playing back the video
Search by time chart
• Start by selecting which channel(s) you would like to perform a
search on:
* Selected channels will be marked in red
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• Select “Search by time chart” from the “Search Method” dropdown list and click “Go” to start the search:
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• Results will then be displayed in a “Date/Channel” table and
boxes marked in blue represent videos found in those dates:
• Click on any blue cell box should direct you to the hour/channel
table if there were multiple videos recorded during that date:
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* Videos from other cameras that are recorded on
the same date will also be displayed
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• Click on the cell box again will start playing back the videos if
you have reached the end of search results:
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• Videos found from other cameras that were recorded at the
same time will also be played.
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Search by event
• Start by selecting which channel(s) you would like to perform a
search on:
* Selected channels will be marked in red
• Select “Search by event” from the “Search Method” drop-down list
and click “Go” to start the search:
• Results will then be listed like what is shown below (displays the
oldest record top down). Click on a particular result to start the
playback:
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* You can cilck “Next Search” to display the next
15 results.
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• You may also specify a new start time to search and display results from then on. You can restrict the number of results to be
displayed at once (max. 30) and perform the search again
Play by specific time
If you know when a recording was taken place, you may choose the
“Play by start time” from the “Search Method” drop-down list
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Then you will be prompted to enter a specific time and date for the
recorded video.
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Search by event (Most Recent)
This function quickly displays the most recent event recordings from
the selected channels, displaying the most recent result top down.
You may click “Update” to update the list to display the most recent
result
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2.2 Export Playback Videos to AVI Files
User can export the recorded playback videos stored on the NVR to
a local computer and save them in AVI file format. The files can then
be played on the PC by a 3rd party media player such as VLC player
or Windows Media player.
Once you locate the recorded videos with steps described in the previous section, hit the “Export AVI” button on a video window of the
video you wish to export.
* If you are running Windows Vista or 7,
please make sure IE is run with the “Administrator” privilege in order for this
function to work properly.
A new dialog will pop up and allows you to speficy the time frame (or
length) of the video you wish to export
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Click the
button to pull down the calendar to help you specify
the month, date and the year
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Specify the starting and ending hours of the video by entering numbers in the text boxes
Hit the “Start” button to start exporting. The file will be automatically
named and saved under the C:\ partition
You will be notified once the process is completed successfully
The exported AVI file will be saved under the C partition
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* ffdshow is required in order to
play the exported AVI file with Windows Media Player. You can get it at
“http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/” to download the “ffdshow_beta6_rev2527_20081219.
exe”.
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2.3 Play Export Playback Videos with NVR Media Player
You can also use the SEEnergy NVR Media Player that is available on
the CD to play the exported AVI files. This can save you the trouble
of installing third-party media player or codecs when playing the exported AVI videos.
Run the NVR Media Player on the CD:
Click “Open” >> “AVI File”
Locate the exported AVI file, and click “open”. (normally under
“C:\ExportFolder)”
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The video will then start playing
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video play control bar
Volume Control
video play control buttons:
Rewind/Pause (Play)/Stop/Next Frame/Fast Forward/
Screenshot/Display OSD
video play time
Audio Control (click to enable/disable)
Video Play Speed
2.4 Open Event Snapshot images with NVR Media Player
The NVR sends snapshots that are taken when an event occurs to a
destined FTP server or mail recepient. These type of snapshot images
are saved in a proprietary image file format, h4i or p4i, and can only be
opened by the NVR media player.
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To do so, Select “Open” from the top menu then select “Image File”.
A new dialog should be displayed which lets you locate the image file.
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3. System Setup
3.1 System Configurations
The “System Configurations” page provides users options to setup the
device quickly and properly. After properly configuring all settings in
all the sub-pages, users should expect a fully working network video
recorder that is ready to manage cameras on the network. We will
start by configuring its network settings to make sure it works correctly in your network. Next, we will help you adjust the system time
so videos will be recorder with correct timestamp. To better secure
the system for unwanted disturbance, we will guide you on setting up
user’s account and privileges to prevent settings gets altered by users other than the system administrator. Lastly, we will tell you what
you should expect after installing a hard disk and how to prepare the
hard disk for the video recording.
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3.1.1 Network Settings
You need to adjust settings in this page for the device to work properly in your network. It is critical that settings here are configured
correctly based on your network configurations so that the recorder
can be administered through the local area network and cameras can
be connected from it.
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By default, the recorder is set to obtain IP address from DHCP server,
it should be sufficient in most network environments, and most likely
you should not need to alter anything in this page. To locate the recorder, simply use the NVR search utility with steps described in page
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If you wish to set the recorder to use a static IP address in your local
area network,
1. Choose “Static IP” from the “Connection Type” drop-down menu
2. Enter the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway address and
DNS server address for the recorder
3. Enable “DHCP Server” under “DHCP Server” if you wish to use the
recorder as a DHCP server, or leave it disabled if there is already a
DHCP server in the network
4. Click Apply for the settings to take effect
The recorder can detect
the presence of a DHCP
server upon startup. It
sets itself to use static
IP address if there is no
DHCP server currently
presented in the network.
Its DHCP server function is also turned on at
the same time to assign
IP addresses to cameras
that are later connected
to the network
o You can manually turn
off the DHCP server function if you wish to use a
separate DHCP server
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Change the recorder’s IP address would require the recorder to restart.
Restart the device under “system Options” >> “Maintenance” for the
settings to take effect.
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3.1.2 DDNS Service
DDNS, which stands for “Dynamic DNS”, is a method, protocol, or
network service that provides the capability for a networked device,
such as a router or computer system (in this case, the NVR) using the
Internet Protocol Suite, to notify a domain name server to change, in
real time, the active DNS configuration of its configured hostnames,
addresses or other information stored in DNS.
A popular application of dynamic DNS is to provide a residential user’s
Internet gateway that has a variable, often changing, IP address with
a well known hostname resolvable through standard DNS queries.
This is useful if the NVR is placed on the Internet with a dynamic
public IP, which once the DDNS is properly setup, users can access
the NVR remotely with the DDNS domain name without worrying if
the IP hs changed or not.
Please make sure a valid DNS server has been configured under the
“Network Setting” page in order for this function to work properly.
The NVR currently only works with free DDNS service provided by
“DynDNS”. For more information, please go to www.dyndns.com
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If the NVR is placed behind a router or Internet gateway, please make
sure port forwarding for port 80 is configured on the router or the gatway in order for the DDNS function to properly register with the service.
It’s often suggested to use the DDNS function in the router/
gateway for such case instead.
Once you have the DDNS function successfully up and running, please
DO NOT forget to configure port forwarding for the NVR web port (default 80) and the streaming port (default 9877) in the router/gateway
for remote viewing. You can then type in http://yourddnsdomain in the
browser to access the NVR remotely for live view.
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In order to properly configure the DDNS service function, please register a free DDNS domain name and account from DynDNS first. Go to
www.dyndns.com from the browser to do so.
Click on the “Signup FREE” button to begin
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Choose the FREE service on the left
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Fill in the necessary fields as illustrated below:
Enter a desired hostname here
Select a desired sub-domain
from the drop-down menu
Click here to automatically fill in
the current public IP in the “IP
Address field”
Pick one or more options here
(any is fine)
Click to go to the next step
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The page will check whether the hostname you entered has been used
by another user or not as soon as you click the “Add to Cart” button. If
you see below message, simply enter a different and click “Add to Cart”
again
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Once you get to the next page, fill in the necessary fields as illustrated
below
Create an username and a password here. This will be
used in the NVR’s configuration. Enter a valid email address as well.
Enter the security code
Check to agree the license
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Click to finish creating the
account
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Go back to the NVR’s DDNS service configuration page under “Setup”
>> “System Configuration” >> “DDNS Service”.
Fill in the domain name you picked during the registration in the “Domain Name” field and the username/password you created in the “User
ID” and “Password” field and click “Apply” to finish
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You can click the “Check DDNS Status” button to check the DynDNS
service status. If you are getting a “Disconnected” message, it means
that DDNS service server is down or the NVR is not connected to the
Internet. If everything is ok normally, you should be prompted with a
success message
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Notice the “Connection Status” displays the status of whether the NVR
has been able to successfully update its current public IP address to the
DynDNS server
The NVR will automatically check with the DynDNS server once every
hour and update its latest public IP to the server. The “Apply” button
does the same thing which if you are see the “Disconnected” status,
you can use it to manually check with the server without waiting for the
NVR to update itself in the next hour. However, it is advised not to
do so too often as DynDNS disallow repetitive updates within a
short period of time and the account will be banned if such action is detected.
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3.1.3 Time and Date
Set the time and date by selecting the time zone according to your
location. It is imperative that you set the recorder’s time correctly to
avoid the following errors:
• Incorrect display time for playback videos
• Inconsistent display time of event logs and when they actually occur
After selecting the time zone, choose an option below to set the recorder time
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• Manual – Use the drop-down list and configure the time manually
• Sync with NTP server – enter the hostname or IP address of a
valid NTP server and set how often the recorder should synchronize
the time with it by using the “Update interval” drop-down menu
• Sync with PC – Check this option to synchronize the recorder time
with the PC that you are currently using to access the recorder
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3.1.4 User Account
The recorder can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously. You
can add, remove, and edit users by using options provided in this
page to keep user information organized. Each recorder comes with
a built-in “admin” account with password “admin”. It’s highly recommended to change the password upon your initial login.
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To change the password of the “admin” account:
1. Click and highlight the “admin” account in the account list and click
“Edit”
2. Its information should be displayed in “User Account Information”
3. Enter a new password in the “Password” field and enter it again in
“Confirm Password”
To add a new user:
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• Enter a username and password in
“User Account Information”. All other fields are optional for your own
reference.
• Select a group from the “Group”
drop-down menu to assign the new
user to a particular group
• Enter a short description for the
account if you wish
• Click “Apply” to finish configuration
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3.1.5 Group Privilege
Group Privilege is where you can create multiple customized access
policies for situations if you need the recorder to be accessed by users other than the administrator. You can do so by creating a group,
and then remove access privileges for certain configuration pages or
cameras. Users that are created and assigned to this group will have
limited access instead of full administration rights.
The recorder comes with seven built-in groups and five built-in privilege profiles, except the “admin” and the “guest” accounts; the other
five groups are fully customizable or you can simply assign a group
with one of the default privilege profiles. You can, however, assign
more than one users to the “admin” account if you wish to do so. The
guest account comes with a “view-only” privilege in the “Live View”
page, and users in this group do not have the power to make any
changes in the “Live View” page or have access to pages other than
the “Live View” page.
To create a group, select a group from the “Group” drop-down
menu
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You can change the group name by clicking the “Change Group Name”
button. A text box will be displayed for you to enter the new group
name
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Choose what type of privilege you would like this group to have from
the “Privilege Type” drop-down menu
Its access privilege will then be displayed. You can alter its settings
by allowing or denying access to other cameras using the checkboxes
instead of accepting the defaults
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3.1.6 Disk Setup
Once you install a hard disk to the recorder, you would need to initialize it so that it can be ready for recording. You can obtain basic
information about the disk you installed in this page
To initialize it, simply click the “Format” button
You can also connect external USB thumb drive to the recorder for
firmware upgrade.
To obtain detail information about the disk, go to “System Options” >> “Disk
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3.2 Channel Configurations
3.2.1 Add a Camera
The NVR provides two options for adding a new camera. Users have
the option to let the recorder automatically find the cameras or it is
possible to enter camera’s information and add it manually.
Automatic Search:
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1. Click the “Search” button to perform the camera search. You
should be prompted to install Active Control component in order for
the search to function properly. Go ahead and click “Install”
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2. After that, the search should begin and its status should be displayed:
3. Found cameras should be listed and simply select a camera from
the list and press “Configure”
4. Its corresponding information should be displayed in the “Camera
Information” section. Enter its username and password and select
the channel ID and name the camera.
5. Click on “Detect” to establish connection between the recorder
and the camera. If connection establishes successfully, camera’s detailed information should be polled and displayed as below
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6. Adjust its video format, frame rate, resolution or bitrate…etc if you
wish. You can also click on the “Preview” to preview the live video of
the camera.
Click “Add” to finish adding the camera
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If cameras are marked with “*” in the search result, it means those cameras
are already configured and connected to the NVR.
Add a camera manually
Simply follow the instruction described above but instead of
using the “Search” function, enter the camera’s IP address and credential in the “Camera Information” manually, then follow step 5 ~6
described above.
2.
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3.2.2 OSD Settings
The OSD (On Screen Display) allows users to add informational text
message and embed it onto the video. By default, this function is
turned off. To add texts to one or more videos,
1. Select a camera you would like to add text to and choose “Display
OSD”
2. Choose one or more display options if you would also like the recorder to automatically embed the system time or the frame rate for
you. Or simply choose to display a custom message of your own
3. Next, define where the text will be displayed by either entering
an X/Y coordinate or use the system pre-defined position from the
drop-down menu
4. Click on the “Preview” button to see the preview of your setting
and click “Apply” to save the configuration
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• The texts can be further adjusted
with changes to different size, color
or font so they can be more visible on
the video
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3.2.3 PTZ Preset Settings
The recorder supports PTZ cameras and can set multiple preset points
or retrieve and manage preset points that are set in the camera. This
is helpful if you need to monitor multiple spots in one area from a
particular camera.
1. To set up PTZ preset points, select a camera from the “Camera”
drop-down menu and click “Add”
2. Select a position number for the preset point from the “Position
Number” drop-down menu and fill in a name in the “Position Name”
field for easier identification
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3. Use the PTZ control provided in the configuration page to set the
preset point
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Ultimately, you can choose to make this preset point a “Home” point
among all other preset points, as well as making the camera to move
to this particular point when an event is triggered.
• “Move Here when Event Trigger”: In order for this function to work properly,
please also complete configuration in “Event Configuration” >> “Event Trigger”
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3.2.4 PTZ Preset Sequence
Once you have multiple preset points defined for a camera, it is convenient for monitoring to set up the sequencing viewing among those
preset point and let the recorder automatically switch between them
for you.
To configure preset sequence for a camera, select a channel from the
“Channel” drop-down menu
The available preset points should be listed in “Camera Presets” section
Pick the ones you like for sequence viewing and press the “->” button
to move them to the “Preset Sequence” section, then use the up and
down buttons to adjust their sequencing positions.
Finally, select a dwell time from the drop-down menu and click “Apply” to save the configuration
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• To start preset sequence viewing, check page 16 for instructions
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3.2.5 E-Map Monitor
3.2.5.1 Local Map Setting
E-Map monitor is a function that alerts users whenever there is an event
triggered (e.g. motion detected) from a camera with a geographical
perspective. With this function, users can quickly identify which camera
has detected an unusual event and where this event is happening. This
function works by incorporating the event detection function as well as
the recording function, which, as a result, helps users take all the necessary actions when an unusual event occurs.
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To replace the map, click “Browse” button to locate the new map image
file from the local PC and then click “Upload”
• Only JPG, PNG, and GIF file formats are supported with file size under 100KB
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Then click and drag the camera icon to move the camera to define its
location.
Access the E-Map Monitor page from the upper-right hand corner
menu
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When the NVR receives an event triggered from any of the cameras,
their videos will be displayed on the E-Map and you can double-click on
the video to enlarge it
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3.2.5.2 Google Map Setting
The Google Map monitor is a similar function to the aforementioned
E-Map monitor. It is useful if you are managing multiple cameras
from different locations.
To configure locations of each camera, first determine the location
you’d like to place the camera to on the map. You can do so by:
1. Zoom in to a smaller area by using the zoom control bar on the
map
2. Zoom in to a smaller area by using the mouse scroll button
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You can also go to a specific place on the map by entering its address
or the name of the place in the “Address or places of interest” field:
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Once the location has been determined, click and drag the camera
icon to move it to the desired location:
* Click and drag the icon to
re-arrange its location
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The Google Map Monitor requires active Internet connection and can not be
used in conjunction with the regular E-Map monitor function.
• You can click anywhere on the map and hold down the mouse left button then
drag to move the map itself
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You can then access the Google Map Monitor from the top menu:
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3.3 Event Configurations
The “Event Configurations” section allows users to define conditions
that constitute an event, its corresponding trigger action and when it
will be triggered. Such setting can reduce the management overhead
and notify the administrator only when it’s necessary.
3.3.1 General Settings
The general settings section can help you quickly configure when
an event is triggered, how often events are triggered and the corresponding actions when events are triggered.
Start the event configuration by defining the general settings:
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Define when an event will be triggered
• Choose “Always” or “Only during…” under “Event Trigger Duration”
• For the “Only during…” option, choose the days by using the checkbox and then define the time range in those days in the “Start Time”
and “End Time” fields that you would like the event trigger function
to be enabled.
How often an event is triggered
• Set a time interval under “Event Trigger Interval” to define how
often events are triggered
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Trigger action
Now that you have the event trigger duration and interval defined,
choose what action to be taken during an event trigger:
• You can choose to have the recorder send out the first few frames
of the video recorder upon an event is triggered
• You can also choose to have the recorder send out a warning message in e-mail or in txt file format and upload it to an destined FTP
server
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* The image(s) that are uploaded to the destined FTP server or emailed to a destined mail recepient are in their own proprietary image file format (.h4i or .p4i),
which can only be opened by the NVR media player. For deails, please refer to
page34.
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3.3.2 Event Servers
Event servers are to be used with event trigger actions. In case of
unusual motion detected by the camera or a disk failure, the recorder
can send notification with the acceptable format (image/txt) to a
destined event server according to the configuration.
Configuring an FTP server
To add an FTP server,
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1. Start by giving a name to the server that you are adding to the
recorder
2. Enter the hostname or the IP address of the FTP server
3. Enter the communication port of the FTP server (usually port 21)
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4. Enter the username and password of the FTP server if it’s required
5. Check “Use Passive Mode” if it’s required or leave it unchecked to
use active mode
6. Click “Test” to verify if all information is entered correctly and the
connection to the FTP server can be established successfully
7. Click “Add” for the settings to take effect
If you wish to edit/remove/enable/disable an FTP server, click to highlight one
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Configuring an SMTP server
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1. Enter the hostname or the IP address of the SMTP server
2. Enter the port of the SMTP server
3. Specify the sender’s name in the “Sender’s name” field
4. Enter the sender’s e-mail address
5. Check “Enable Authentication” and enter the username and password of the SMTP server and as it requires authentication
6. Click “Apply” to save the configuration
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3.3.3 Event Triggers
We have finished defining how an event will be triggered and which
servers will be receiving notifications in the previous two sections,
now we can finish up the event configuration by setting:
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which channels will have event trigger function enabled
What is considered to be an event
Where the warnings will be sent to and how they will be sent
Select Channels to Enable Event Trigger and which type
of event should be triggered
• Use the checkbox to enable event trigger on the desired
channels
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* Once motion detection is enabled in this page, please configure the motion area
and enable motion detection in the corresponding channels (cameras). The NVR
only detects the first motion area set in the camera. The NVR recognizes the first
motion area by its ID number set in the camera.
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• Define which system events should trigger the recorder to send
out notifications
• Define how the notifications will be sent and where they will be
sent to
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* Event trigger may not work for cameras that are placed outside of your local
network or on the Internet until the “UPnP Port Forwarding” is enabled in both
the NVR and the router.
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3.4 Recording Configurations
The “recording configurations” gives users the overall control of how
and when a recording is performed and the quality of different types
of recordings performed on each channels. It can help the recorder to
operate with sufficient system resource by performing recording only
when it’s necessary with adjustable recording frame rate.
You can define the following in “General Settings”:
Pre-Alarm/Post-Alarm recording length
Recording frame rate
Enable/disable different recording types on different cameras
Enable/disable audio recording
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The “recording buffer” allows user to define “pre-alarm” and “postalarm” time for event recordings. The “pre-alarm” time sets the NVR
to record in advance when an event is triggered. The “post-alarm”
time sets the NVR to continue recording for a period of time after an
event trigger is finished.
* The “Pre-alarm” function only
works when the “Continueous”
recording is also activated.
Recording frame rate allows you to set different frame rate for different types of recording instead of recording at one frame rate only.
Use the drop-down menu and select one of the pre-defined frame
rates for a particular recording type
Users can also set to keep a previous number of days of recording
data by enabling the option below. This is quite often used in application such as banking which certain countries requires to always keep
a minimum previous number of days of recording data.
* If this option is enabled, once the hard drive is full, the recycle function will
then start but it will ensure that the number of days of recording data defined
here will stay in hard drive instead of wiping out 20GB of data at a time.
* If the hard drive is not full, the NVR re-calculates twice a day (each at
2:30am and 2:30pm) to keep the defined number of days of recording data
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The “Camera Recording Setting” section allows you to turn on or off
a particular recording type on any channels.
The section at the bottom of the page allows you to disable audio
recording (record video only) of particular channels.
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3.4.2 Schedule Recording
Here you can define the time range of the schedule recording for all
channels.
To configure a schedule recording:
1. Use the “Channel” drop-down menu and select a camera first
2. You can use the schedule table to set the time range. Click the
cell boxes then move horizontally lets you set what hours to perform
recording during a day. Click and move vertically lets you set what
days to perform recording at a specific time.
* Each cell box represents 15 minutes of time. Click one or more boxes to omit
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consecutive recording
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3. You can also use the “Quick Configuration” to define recording
time range instead of clicking cell boxex one by one on the time table. Simply check what days you would like to perform recording and
specify the recording duration by either choosing “All Day” or enter a
start and end time for specific recording duration.
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4. Select the “Copy to” option if you would like to set the same recording schedule to another camera.
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3.5 System Options
System Options gives users a glance of the overall system status and
allows users to perform maintenance tasks such as upgrading firmware, restore/backup device settings or reboot device ….etc.
3.5.1 Device Information
The “Device Information” provides the general information of the
device such as firmware version and system time. It also provides
information of the current network settings and status.
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3.5.2 Logs and Reports
“Logs and Reports” keeps a record of what’s been happening to the
device and provides basic information for troubleshooting
3.5.3 Maintenance
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“Maintenance” provides functions for users to:
• Reboot the NVR when necessary
• Reboot cameras directly from the NVR
• Perform Firmware Upgrade
• Backup the NVR’s settings to a local hard drive
• Restore the NVR’s settings from a previously saved configuration
file
• Reset the NVR’s settings to their factory default values
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Reboot the NVR
Reboot the NVR after you upload a new firmware. You would need
to manually reboot the system for the new firmware to take effect.
Such process would prevent a recording from getting interrupted because the system would not automatically reboot itself after the new
firmware is loaded onto the recorder.
Simply click “Restart” to begin the reboot process and confirm the
action:
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The restart process should be displayed and you should be prompted
back to the “Maintenance” page after it is complete:
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Reboot the NVR at a specific time automatically
You can also configure the NVR to restart automatically by using the
options given in the web UI. You can set the NVR to restart at a particular hour of a specific day during a week or a month.
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Firmware Upgrade
The firmware can be upgraded through web UI or USB. Before upgrading firmware, please backup configuration in advance.
** the firmware file comes with a “.tar.gz” file extension, please use the
file as is, DO NOT unzip it. It’s normal that you may only see “.tar” as the
the “.gz” file extension is hidden by default in Windows. You will get “incorrect file format” error message if the file extension is altered. Certain
personal firewall may also cause such problem.
A. Upgrade through Web UI
1. Login into NVR’s web management UI. Go to "Setup" page and go
to "System Options"->"Maintenance"
2. On "Upgrade NVR's Firmware" section, click "Browse" and select
new firmware file
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3. A new dialog should display and let you choose the location of the
firmware file
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4. When done, click “Upgrade”
5. Follow the on screen instruction and wait for the process to finish
(After upgrade, the system will reboot automatically, it’s part of the
process)
B. Upgrade through USB
1. Prepare a USB flash disk and format with FAT or FAT32 format
2. Place the firmware in the USB flash disk and make sure it’s placed
at the top-level directory. Please do not place the file in a folder.
(make sure to change the firmware file name to “firmware”
and leave its file extension “.tar.gz” as is before placing the
file to the USB disk)
3. Plug USB flash disk into USB port on the NVR
4. The Status LED on the NVR will start to flash in amber. This indicates firmware upgrade is in process
5. *** Warning *** Please wait until upgrade process finished, interrupt the upgrade process may cause system not work anymore
6. Wait until Status LED flashes in green. This indicates firmware upgrade is finished
7. Power off the NVR and remove the USB disk the power the unit
back on again
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8. Restore configuration file back if needed
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Reset the NVR to Factory Default
To reset the recorder back to its factory default, click “Default” button and begin the proces:
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The process should be displayed and you should be prompted back
to the “Live View” page after it is complete:
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3.5.4 Disk Status
“Disk Status” gives you a more detailed information of the hard drive
that is currently installed in the NVR.
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