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Network Viewing Software
Users Guide
Network Viewing software is designed specifically for accessing video images from a Digital
Sprite across a network. It is designed for constant CCTV use and can:
View high quality live images across the network in Full or Quad view.
View recorded cameras across the network, with multi-speed fast forward and rewind, and go
to time and date facilities.
Copy still or moving images onto the user’s computer.
Control telemetry cameras.
System requirements
The network viewing software requires a PC with the following system requirements:
Minimum Intel Pentium 233MHz (400Mhz and above recommended).
32MB RAM (64MB and above recommended).
Microsoft® Windows® 95, or 98.
4MB Video card capable of 24-bit true colour display.
5MB Free hard disk space for software installation.
10-baseT network card for LAN operation or PSTN/ISDN modem for remote dial-up.
Using Network viewing software
Double click on the Network Viewing Software icon on the desktop or Start menu to run the
The network viewing software can be used to perform the following tasks:
Connect to a Digital Sprite.
View images in full and quad screen.
View cameras in a maximised display.
Change the image quality.
Control telemetry cameras.
Play back recorded images.
View the event log.
Copy single (JPEG) images locally.
Copy multiple (AVI) images locally.
Export images to the local PC.
Administrator functions.
Display the software version.
Version 1.3
Connecting to a Digital Sprite
When the Network viewing software is opened, the program automatically detects all units on the
local network. If a new unit is added, press the Discover button.
To connect to a Digital Sprite:
1. Click on the name or IP address of the unit
to be connected or type in the IP address
of the unit in the dropdown list.
2. Click on the Connect button to display a
login screen…
3. Enter a user name and password as
required and click on Login or press ‘enter’.
The default username is user and password is password. Features can be tailored for each user
and protected by a password see the New features addendum sheet for details of logging on as
the administrator.
Version 1.3
Viewing images in full or quad screen
Images can be viewed in a full (single) or quad (4-way) format. Each screen segment can be
changed to view the required camera.
Note: Selecting a quad display may slow down the updates as 4 connections are made to the
Digital Sprite at the same time.
Use the Full and Quad key to toggle between a
single camera view or four cameras
Click on a camera button to view a specific
camera. The selected camera button will be
highlighted in red. Greyed-out buttons are not
available for viewing.
When a quad view is selected, the camera with
the red highlight can be changed using the
camera buttons. To select a camera to
highlight, click on the required quad segment.
Viewing cameras in a maximised display
Cameras can also be displayed in a maximised view by right-clicking the image and selecting
‘Full screen’. The image can be returned to normal view by right-clicking the image again and
selecting ‘Restore’. The ‘Aspect ratio’ option will re-frame the image in a 4:3 aspect ratio.
Changing the image quality
The quality of transmitted images can be changed to speed up the update rate when viewing
cameras over slow or dial-up networks. It is not possible to change the image quality whilst
playing back images.
Note: Changing the quality of transmitted images does not affect the quality of recorded images.
To change the image quality of transmitted images:
Click on the Hi, Med, and Lo buttons to select
the image quality. The currently selected image
quality is highlighted in red.
The image size of Hi, Med, and Lo quality are
18KB, 12KB, and 6KB respectively.
Version 1.3
Controlling telemetry cameras
Cameras which have PTZ capability can be controlled using the Network viewing software.
Note: Telemetry is not available whilst playing back
The telemetry control (opposite) is displayed
when a camera with PTZ capability is selected.
This control has the following features:
• Pan and Tilt
• Zoom in/out
• Focus near/far
• Wash – momentary
• Wipe – toggle
• Lights – toggle
• Auto-pan
• Patrol
• Preset
Click on the preset button to toggle the preset
numbers on or off.
To go to a preset position either type the preset
number into the white text box, or click on the
relevant numbers and click on ‘Go’
Playing back recorded images
Images can be played back from the Digital Sprite’s hard disk using the network viewing software.
To play back images:
Click on the play button to enter playback
mode. You may be required to login again.
The following buttons are displayed:
• Pause – Click to pause the image.
• Rewind – Click to rewind (frame rewind in
pause mode), multiple clicks will increase
the rewind speed.
• Play – Playback images at normal speed.
• Fast Forward – Click to fast forward (frame
advance in pause mode), multiple clicks
will increase the fast forward speed.
• Rewind/Fast Forward speed control – Drag
the slider to increase the rewind/fast
forward speed from x2 up to x64.
Enter the time and/or date and click ‘Goto’ to
playback images from a particular time and
date. If this time or date is not available it will
display images from the nearest time.
Version 1.3
Viewing the event log
When an alarm or activity detection is triggered on the Digital Sprite the event is stored in the
event log. To view the event log:
Click on the ‘Event’ button to display the event
filter screen
The event filter screen is used to remove
events which are not required from the Event
log. The items which can be filtered are:
Type – Type of event, alarm, activity, or
State – Whether the event is on, off, or both
Filter from – Start date of the filter.
Filter to – End date of the filter.
Camera select – Select cameras to view in the
Once the filter has been set, click on ‘List’.
The Event log will display the list of filtered
events. Click on an event to display the images
of the event as it happened. click the << or >>
to move backwards or forwards through the list
of events.
Selecting ‘Auto Update’ will automatically
update the images when an event is selected.
If you find the required event, click on ‘close’ to
remove the event filtering menu and display the
playback buttons.
Version 1.3
Copying single images (JPEGs) to a local computer
Single live or playback images can be copied to the user’s computer in JPEG format. JPEG
images can be viewed and printed using most drawing software, or using a browser such as
Microsoft® Internet Explorer. To copy an image to your computer:
Right click on the video window to display the
camera options. Click on ‘Save Snapshot’
A ‘Save As’ screen is displayed, select a folder
on the computer to store the image, and type in
a file name. Click on save.
The image is saved to the selected folder and
the ‘Save As’ window will close.
Saving multiple images (AVI’s) to a local computer
Live or playback images can be saved to the user’s computer in an AVI (movie) format. AVI files
can be replayed using the Media Player supplied with Microsoft® Windows®.
Right click on the video window to display the
camera options. Click on ‘Save AVI’
Version 1.3
A ‘Save As’ screen is displayed, select a folder
on the computer to store the AVI, and type a
file name. Click on save.
The image is saved to the selected folder and
the ‘Save As’ window will close.
Select a compression method for the AVI,
‘Microsoft Video 1’ compression method is
recommended, and click ‘OK’.
The images displayed in the video window will
now be recorded to an AVI file.
Note: Full Frames (Uncompressed) is not
To stop the AVI recording, right click on the
video window and click on ‘Stop AVI’.
Warning: AVI files can be very large, as a rule
of thumb an AVI file will require approximately
150KB of storage for every second recorded.
Version 1.3
Stored AVI’s can be played back using the
Media Player which is supplied with Microsoft®
Exporting encrypted images from the Digital Sprite to the local PC.
Images stored on the Digital Sprite can be exported across the network to your local PC. These
files are copied with the encryption intact so they can be played back using our PC Playback
software.To export images to your local PC:
Either in playback mode or viewing live
cameras right click on the video window to
display the camera options. Click on ‘File
export’ and then ‘Mark start’ to tag the first
image to be exported.
Continue playing back or viewing the images
until you want to tag the last image to be
exported. Right click the video window again
and then click on ‘File export’ and then ‘Mark
End’. If you need to remove the markers click
on ‘Clear Markers’
Version 1.3
The ‘File export’ window is displayed when
‘Mark end’ is clicked. This window is used to:
Select the location for the file.
Select which cameras to export (less
cameras will take less time to export).
Select the start and end time and date.
Select whether to split the file, if the
exported file is large, the file can be split to
fit onto different recording media, such as
CDR or Zip®.
Select whether to accelerate the file export,
this will not display video updates whilst the
export is taking place, which is faster.
Download the PC Playback software for
playing back the exported images at a later
Once the options have been selected, click on
export to begin exporting the images.
The file export window will clear and the text
‘File export in progress is displayed’. This will
disappear when the export is complete.
If you need to cancel an export, right click on
the Video window and select ‘File export’ and
‘Cancel export’
Administrator features
Logging on as the administrator allows the configuration of the following advanced functions:
Password administration – allowing users to be given access rights to live, playback,
telemetry, event, and hidden camera functions.
E-mail events – allowing users to be notified of alarms, activity, camera fail, and panic alarm
events via e-mail.
Details of configuring the administrator features can be found in the ‘New features addendum’
included with the Digital Sprite.
Displaying the software version
To display the software version of the network viewing software, double click on the ‘Digital
Sprite’ logo in the top left had corner of the screen. When you are logged onto a unit it will also
display the firmware version of Digital Sprite. Software updates can be found on our web site at:
Version 1.3
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