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Revision History������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� vii
Getting Started����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������1
Introducing VAST��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������1
Special Features�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������1
VAST Server and Client Components������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2
Usage Scenario����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2
Technical Specifications���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
VAST Server Functionality������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������4
VAST LiveClient Functionality������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5
VAST Playback Functionality��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6
Minimum System Requirements��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7
VAST Installation�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8
Installing the VAST Software��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8
VAST Server������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 11
Activating the VAST Server�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 11
How to Configure the Server������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 11
How to Stop/Reboot the Server�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 11
VAST LiveClient Configuration��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������12
Activating the VAST LiveClient and Logging in to a VAST Server����������������������������������������������������12
VAST LiveClient User Interface��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13
Menu Bar�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13
Status Panel������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13
Quick Access Bar����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������14
Live Video Monitoring Window��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������14
Hierarchical Management Tree�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������15
Camera Control Panel���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������16
Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Control Panel������������������������������������������������������������������������������������16
Two Way Audio Control Panel��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������17
Language Selection�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������17
Event Window���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������18
Instant Playback������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������19
Audio Control����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������19
How to Manage Devices������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������20
Insert Cameras��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������20
Insert NVR (Network Video Recorder)��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������24
Insert a Video Server�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������26
Update Devices�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������28
Delete Devices from the VAST Server��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������29
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Batch Insert Devices�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������30
View Live Videos�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������34
Dual / Multiple Streams������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������34
Refresh�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������34
Streaming Server���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������34
Camera Settings����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������35
Remove Live Video from the Video Monitoring Window�����������������������������������������������������������35
How to Change the VAST LiveClient Layout������������������������������������������������������������������������������������36
Changing the Layout of the Live Video Monitoring Window������������������������������������������������������36
Switch Video Channels������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������36
Configure Layout Mode������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������36
Rotating Video Pages��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������37
Edit Layout�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������37
Maximize/Minimize the Live Video Monitoring Window�������������������������������������������������������������39
View Live Video on Dual Monitors���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������40
View up to 64 channels simultaneously�����������������������������������������������������������������������������41
Using different layouts on each monitor�����������������������������������������������������������������������������41
View Live Video with Multiple Monitors�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������42
How to Manage Station��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������43
Relay Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������43
Insert Sub-stations��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������44
Delete Sub-stations�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������47
Update Stations�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������48
How to Manage User Accounts��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������49
The Default User Roles and Permissions of User Accounts�����������������������������������������������������49
Manage a User Account������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������51
Add a New User Account���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������51
Permission of the User Account������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������52
Delete the User Account�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������53
How to Set up Association Management������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������54
Association Management����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������54
How to Set up Event Management���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������56
Event Management�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������56
How to Manage the Virtual Matrix����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������62
The architecture of VAST Matrix�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������62
Installing VAST Matrix Program������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������63
Launching VAST Matrix�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������64
Configuration����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������65
View Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������65
About����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������65
User's Manual - ii
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Exit�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������65
VAST Matrix Management��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������66
Matrix Management Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������66
Manage VAST Matrix through VAST LiveClient�����������������������������������������������������������������67
Matrix View Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������68
How to Configure the Station General Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������69
Server Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������69
Log Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������69
How to Configure Station Network Settings�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������70
Port Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������70
UPnP Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������70
Proxy Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������70
Web Access Settings�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������70
How to Edit Recording Groups���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������71
Recording Storage Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������71
Default Storage Group Settings�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������72
Add New Recording Group(s)��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������74
How to Edit Recording Schedules����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������75
Edit Schedule List���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������76
Add Schedules�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������76
Rename Schedules������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������76
Delete Schedules���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������76
Load/Save Schedule Templates�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������77
Edit Camera List������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������78
Edit Time Frame List�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������79
Add New Time Frames�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������80
Recording Settings�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������81
The Concept of Repeat Frequency�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������82
Repeat Frequency: Daily Setting���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������83
Repeat Frequency: Weekly Setting (Day-based)���������������������������������������������������������������86
Repeat Frequency: Monthly Setting (Day-based)��������������������������������������������������������������89
Repeat Frequency: Yearly Setting (Day-based)�����������������������������������������������������������������91
How to Manually Begin /Stop Recording������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������93
How to Edit Scheduled Backup Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������94
Select Backup Source���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������94
Setup Backup Schedule������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������95
Select Backup Target����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������95
Other Options����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������95
How to Configure Station Server Settings����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������96
DDNS Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������96
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Network Storage Server Settings����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������97
SMTP Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������98
How to Use the Talk Panel���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������99
Add a Camera to the Talk Panel������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������99
Remove a Camera from the Talk Panel����������������������������������������������������������������������������������101
How to Configure E-map Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������102
Upload an E-map��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������102
User Interface of E-map Settings Page (View Mode)��������������������������������������������������������������103
Quick Access Bar�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������104
Status Panel���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������104
User Interface of E-map Settings Page (Edit Mode)���������������������������������������������������������������105
Device Management���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������106
Live View Dialog Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������107
Open Live View Dialog�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������107
Send to Single View���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������107
E-map Link������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������108
How to Configure Client Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 111
Snapshot Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 111
Take a Snapshot�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 112
Recording Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 113
Type 1: Record to EXE ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 113
Type 2: Record to 3GP����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 113
Type 3: Record to AVI������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 114
Built-in Media Player--EXE����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 117
View Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 119
Display Location��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 119
Date and Time Format�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������120
Video Display Mode���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������120
Font Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������120
General Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������121
System Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������121
Event Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������122
Rotation Settings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������122
Display Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������122
Joystick Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������123
Enable Joystick����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������123
Proxy Settings�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������127
How to Use PiP (Picture-in-Picture)�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������128
Enable PiP�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������128
Global View����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������128
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ROI (Region of Interest)���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������129
Digital Zoom In�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������129
Snapshot & Print Zoomed In Image���������������������������������������������������������������������������������129
PiP Settings����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������129
Multi-touch Mode��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������130
How to Configure Video Enhancement������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������131
Basic Image Adjustment����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������131
Defog���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������133
Apply a Preset Defog Profile��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������133
Create a New Defog Profile���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������134
How to Search for a Device on the Hierarchical Management Tree����������������������������������������������136
How to Print a Video Image������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������137
How to Lock LiveClient for Security Concerns�������������������������������������������������������������������������������137
How to Log out from the VAST Server�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������138
How to Exit VAST LiveClient����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������138
VAST Playback Configuration�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������139
Activating VAST Playback and Logging in to a Server�������������������������������������������������������������������139
VAST Playback User Interface�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������140
Menu Bar���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������140
Status Panel����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������140
Quick Access Bar��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������141
Recorded Video Playback Window�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������141
Language Selection����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������142
Query Panel-- Browsing Page�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������142
Query Panel--Time Search Page��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������144
Query Panel--Event Search Page�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������145
Query Panel--Log Viewer Page�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������146
Video Clips List Window����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������147
Playback Control Panel�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������148
How to Playback Recorded Video��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������149
Select a Recorded Video Clip�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������149
Remove Recorded Video Clips from Video Cells��������������������������������������������������������������������151
Timeline Slider Bar and Histogram������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������151
Zoom in / out of the Histogram������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������152
Synchronous Playback������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������153
Audio Control��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������155
How to Change the Playback Layout���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������156
Changing the Layout of the Recorded Video Playback Window���������������������������������������������156
Switch Video Channels����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������156
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Configure Layout Mode����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������156
Maximize/Minimize the Recorded Video Playback Window����������������������������������������������������157
View Recorded Video with Multiple Monitors��������������������������������������������������������������������������158
How to Backup Recorded Video����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������159
How to Search for a Video Clip in a Specific Period of time�����������������������������������������������������������163
How to Search for Events���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������164
Select Event Category������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������165
Event Category- All Events����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������165
Event Category- All Motion Events����������������������������������������������������������������������������������165
Event Category- All IVA events����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������166
Event Category- All DI Events������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������166
Event Category- Named DI Events����������������������������������������������������������������������������������167
Start Event Search������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������168
Backup the Event Videos��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������169
How to Search Logs�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������170
Select Log Category/Log Type/Log Level�������������������������������������������������������������������������������171
Search All Local Logs������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������172
Search Login History��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������172
Search Login Activities�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������173
How to Configure Client Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������175
Snapshot Settings�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������175
Export Settings������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������175
View Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������177
Proxy Settings�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������177
General Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������177
System Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������177
Display Settings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������177
How to Configure Video Enhancement������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������177
How to Search for a Device on the Hierarchical Management Tree����������������������������������������������177
How to Print a Video Image������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������177
How to Lock VAST Playback for Security Concerns����������������������������������������������������������������������178
How to Log out from the VAST Server�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������178
How to Exit VAST Playback������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������178
Import and Export Utility����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������179
Export Utility�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������179
Import Utility�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������179
VAST Service Control Tool������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������180
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Revision History
Rev. 1.5.2:
* VAST now supports Video Servers VS8801 & VS8401, and NVR servers NR8201 &
NR8301.
* Automatically saves the last layout when the management session is closed (for both
LiveClient and Playback).
* Added Playback as one of user's previlege options.
* A web session with an individual camera can be launched by a double-click on a camera's
icon.
Rev. 1.6.1:
* Added description for Adaptive Frame Rate Adjustment with the new SVC codec cameras.
* Added description for Auto Stream Size functionality.
* Added functionalities related to FE8171V fisheye camera.
* Added description for fisheye-specific screen control and playback functions.
* Replaced some description for the changes/improvements made on the user interface.
* Modified the graphic size limitation of E-map upload from 5MB to 2MB.
Rev. 1.6.18:
* Corrected editorial errors and added a conceptual drawing for the SVC-T (Temporal) function.
Rev. 1.6.1.11:
* Changed the maximum number of channel number in trial mode to 256.
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Getting Started
Introducing VAST
VIVOTEK offers the most comprehensive central management software VAST V1.6, designed
for managing all VIVOTEK IP surveillance products with intuitive functions and numerous features.
It supports management or monitoring of hundreds of cameras and stations in a hierarchical
structure of system for monitoring, recording, playback, and event-triggered management with
ease-of-use and efficient control.
Most particularly, the newest fully scalable feature VAST Matrix offers hundreds of live views
for monitoring; with simultaneously 16-channel playback facilitating quick & easy browsing from
multiple stations. It performs remote management with a large scale of the server & client structure and constitutes a robust system for stores, banking, and public space.
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Powerful Video Wall Solution “VAST Matrix” for Hundreds of Live Views*
Intelligent PiP Function -- Digital Zoom In and Multi-touch Mode
Integrated with VIVOTEK NVR for Extreme Applications
Convenient Remote Access via Client/Server Architecture
Powerful Hierarchical Management for Hundreds of Stations*
Effective & Reliable Event Trigger Management
Real-time 64-channel Live Viewing and Simultaneous 16-channel Playback
Multiple Simultaneous Streams for Different Media Platforms
Activity Adaptive Streaming for Dramatically Reducing Bandwidth and Storage Space
Synchronous/ Asynchronous Playback for Effortless Viewing
Extremely Versatile Settings for Recording Storage and Recording Schedule Management
Role-based User Management to Enhance Security Operations
Efficient Data Backup, Search, and Export
Intelligent PTZ/ E-PTZ Remote Camera Control
Overall Device Management through Intuitive E-map Feature
Instantly Playback Event Recording
Supports Web Access via IE and FireFox
Built-in Instant Player for Playback
Supports Post-Video Enhancement and Defog
Accessible through NAT Using the Public IP
Supports Two Way Audio
Supports Auto Stream Size
Supports SVC adaptive frame rate setting
* The number of linked devices will depend on the license on the key dongle.
* The ability to extend devices is also subject to the network bandwidth and computer performance.
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VAST Server and Client Components
Remote Server Structure
There are four components in VAST: oneClient
server component--VAST Server, three client
components--VAST LiveClient, VAST Playback, and VAST Matrix.
VAST Server provides a centralized
management
for
video recording. VAST LiveClient
VAST Playback site
Web
Console
VAST LiveClient
is a client program for the user to login and modify
the server's configuration, edit the server's
Login
recording storage, schedules and many other functions on the server; VAST Playback is
VAST CMS Server
another client program for theLogin
user to login and browse
the recorded video database and video
(Root station)
clips related to specific events on the server.
Software NVR
Usage Scenario
VAST / ST7501 Server
(Sub-stations)
The powerful management scalability of VAST makes it suitable for managing small- to largescale structures.
For users that manage only a few cameras, we recommend installing the client and server
components on the same computer.Unlimited
A hostNo.with
all of the three components installed is recognized
of Network Cameras , Video Servers...
as a stand-alone site. All the functions can be simultaneously performed on one single site.
Router
Local Server Structure
Stand-alone site
VAST Server
VAST LiveClient
VAST Playback
Network Cameras
Router
For users who manage large-scale surveillance deployments, please plan the hierarchical
structure first. Then you can start to add cameras to each station and connect these sub-stations
to the root station. The whole hierarchical management system is thus constructed.
Remote Server Structure
VAST LiveClient
Client
VAST Playback
Web Console
Login
VAST CMS Server
Login
(Root station)
Software NVR
VAST / ST7501 Server
(Sub-stations)
Router
Unlimited No. of Network Cameras , Video Servers...
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Technical Specifications
Hierarchical Station Management Architecture
Internet
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VAST Server
Client
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Technical Specifications
General
Architecture
.Max channel: Unlimited
.Max channel per hard disk: 32 channels
.Max frame rates per second (per hard disk): 960 (32ch x 30 fps,VGA)
.OS:
Windows 7 Professional
Windows XP Professional
Windows Server 2003
Windows Vista Business
.Supported DBMS: SQL server, PostgreSQL
.System: Client/Server
.Remote client: Yes
.Web access: Windows IE6, IE7, IE8, FireFox 3.5
.Hierarchical: Yes
.Program: LiveClient, Playback
Depend on H/W spec
Protocol
.Client/Server communication protocol: HTTP tunnel with XML content
.Encryption between Client/Server: Encrypt with AES
Playback
Codec
.Video compression: MPEG-4, MJPEG, H.264
.Audio compression: AAC, GAMR, G.7221, G.729A, G711, G711A
Recording
.Recording types: Manual, Scheduled, Event trigger
.Event trigger sources: Motion, Tampering, DI/O, PIR, IVA, and
Temperature
.Multiple hard-disks: Yes (Each group can utilize several disks)
.NAS/SMB: Yes
.Media file format: ISO base media file format
.Cyclic recording: Day based, Spatial based
Security
.Authentication system: Private account with password
.Account role type: 5 levels of user roles
.Max channel number: 16
.Type: Asynchronous, Synchronous
.Event search: Yes
.Mount local database
Video Enhancement
.Post-video adjustment: Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue
.Video enhancement: Fog, Rain, Snow, Fire/Smoke
Event Management
.Live event awareness: Yes (Display in the event window)
.Trigger sources: Motion, Tampering, DI/O, PIR, IVA, and Temperature
.Actions: Email, Start to record, Move to preset location, Set DO, GSM
short message, Send CGI command
Other
Exporting
.Camera configuration: Web-based configuration page embedded in
.Exporting format: AVI, EXE, 3GP
.Snapshot format: BMP, JPEG
.Source: Live view and media files
.Multi-lingual user interface: Nine preset languages, additional
LiveClient for all functions
customized languages
(English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese,
Backup
Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Portugal)
.Backup types: Manual, Scheduled
.PTZ control: Joystick support, Click on Image, PTZ panel,
Layout-live
.Layout types: 1x1, 2x2, 1+5, 3x3, 1+12, 4x4, 5x5, 1+31
.Drag & Drop: Yes
.Layout sets: Yes (Switch between different layout sets)
.Automatically add a newly-inserted device to the layout: Yes
Keyboard shortcut
.Supports E-Map
.Supports all VIVOTEK Network Camera
.Supports two way audio
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VAST Server Functionality
 Centralized management site for all the logged in clients
 Maintain the configuration of the hierarchical management list
 Hundreds of video recording channels
 Store recorded data onto multiple networked or local hard disks
 Live video for the local/remote LiveClient users
 Retrieval of recorded video for the local/remote Playback users
 Zero latency database recovery
LiveClient is the management interface to your VAST server. The server-related settings are
made via the VAST LiveClient utility. The convenient and intuitive user interface on VAST
LiveClient provides access to camera, live monitoring, and recording configurations.
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VAST LiveClient Functionality
 Server function control
 Hierarchical station management
 User account management
 Recording storage management
 Recording schedule management
 Recorded data backup
 Event trigger management
 Flexible video live view layout
 Dual screens for a maximum of 64 or more channels for simultaneous monitoring
 1x1, 2x2, 1+5, 3x3, 1+12, 4x4, 5x5, 1+31 monitoring layouts
 Multiple video viewing pages
 Virtual Matrix for video wall display
 Intelligent PiP function
 E-map for overall management
 Network storage for recorded video
 Convenient switching among multiple monitors
 PTZ / E-PTZ operation panel for camera control
 Supports two way audio
 Instant playback for event recording
 Supports joystick control
 Remote configuration for network cameras
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VAST Playback Functionality
 Browse the database of recorded video from the server
 Flexible video playback layout
 Maximum 16 channels with simultaneous playback
 1x1, 2x2, 1+5, 3x3, 1+12, 4x4 video playback layouts
 Supports powerful playback functions
 1/8x, 1/4x, 1/2x slow-down playback
 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 64x video playback speed
 Intelligent PiP function
 Supports convenient evidence and data exporting
 Export media files of recorded video
 Supports snapshot and print out
 Supports convenient switch among multiple monitors
 Search engine:
 Time search
 Event search
 Log search
 Playback while recording
 Support synchronous/ asynchronous playback
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Minimum System Requirements
Before installing the VAST software, please make sure your system meets the following
recommended minimum system requirements.
If you would like to install ST7501 Server only, please follow the requirements as below:
Server
Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 / Windows XP Professional (32 and 64 bit),
Windows Vista Business (32 and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
Channels
Below 32 channels
Above 32 channels
Core 2 Duo E6400
Core 2 Quad Q6600
CPU
2.13GHz or above
2.4GHz or above
RAM
2 GB or above
3GB or above
Network Interface Card Ethernet, 1 Gbit recommended
Graphics Adapter
AGP or PCI-Express, minimum 1024×768, 16 bit colors
Hard Disk Type
ATA-100, SATA, SCSI, SAS (7200 rpm or faster) in NTFS format
Hard Disk Space
750 GB free *
Operating System
If you would like to install both the server and client programs, please follow the requirements as
below:
LiveClient and Playback
Operating System
Channels
CPU
RAM
Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 / Windows XP Professional (32 and 64 bit),
Windows Vista Business (32 and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
Below 16 channels 16 ~ 32 channels 32 ~ 40 channels
Above 40 channels
Core 2 Duo E6400 Core 2 Duo E8600 Core 2 Quad Q6600
Core i7
2.13GHz or above 3.33GHz or above 2.4GHz or above
2 GB or above
3GB or above
4GB or above
Network Interface Card Ethernet, 1Gbit recommended
Graphics Adapter
Hard Disk Type
Hard Disk Space
AGP or PCI-Express, minimum 1024×768, 16 bit colors
Minimum 128MB Video RAM, 512MB recommended
ATA-100, SATA, SCSI, SAS (7200 rpm or faster) in NTFS format
750 GB free *
Only users with Administrator privileges can install or use VAST on a Windows Vista system.
 The required hard disk space will depend on the video settings, the number of network cameras and recording
group settings. Please add more hard disks if you want to extend the system.
Below are approximate numbers for a week-long recording. The actual storage space required also depends on
imaging parameters, e.g., a complex retail environment that involves many moving objects requires more pixel
data to be transmitted over network than a simple environment such as a parking lot.
32-CH, VGA, about 1 week recording: 750 GB
64-CH, VGA, about 1 week recording: 1TB x 2
32-CH, 2-megapixel, about 1 week recording: 2TB x 2
64-CH, 2-megapixel, about 1 week recording: 2TB x 4
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VAST Installation
Installing the VAST Software
1. Run VAST_Setup.exe on your computer. Click I ACCEPT the License Agreement and specify a
location to install the program.
2. Select the items you want to install, then click Next to continue.
If you want to install both VAST Server component and Client components, please follow the steps
below to install the database.

Server component
Client components
3. Assign a username and password for the VAST Server and click Next to continue.
Please record the user name and password for login later.
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4. Install a database on your server. There are two options--PostgreSQL (8.2 version or above) or SQL
server (2005 express version or above). In order to avoid conflicts among different databases, we
suggest you remove the original database from your host. Then follow the instruction below to install
PostgreSQL or SQL server.
PostgreSQL
Please note that PostgreSQL may interrupt an antivirus program.
Follow the steps below to install PostgreSQL Server:
a. Select PostgreSQL from the drop-down list and assign a password. VAST server will by default store
the recorded media file under c:\Recording. Click Browse
to change the path if you plan to store
the video data to another folder. Then click Next to continue.
b. If you do not have PostgreSQL, select the first option to begin the installation. If you already have
PostgreSQL installed on your host, select the second option to enter the related information.
c. Wait for the installation process to complete, then click Close to exit the installation program.
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SQL Server
Follow the steps below to install SQL Server:
a. Select SQL Server from the drop-down list and assign a password. VAST server will by default store
the recorded media file under c:\Recording. Click Browse
to change the path if you plan to store
the data under another path. Then click Next to continue.
b. If you do not have SQL server, select the first option to begin the installation. If you already have
SQL server installed on your host, select Windows authentification or SQL Server authentification.
(Username and Password may be necessary according to the settings when you install the SQL
server.) Click Install to begin the installation.
c. Wait for the installation process to complete, then click Close to exit the installation program.
Once you have created a user account for a VAST station, you can login to VAST Server from any computer over
the network through LiveClient and Playback.
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VAST Server
Activating the VAST Server
VAST Server is a service program that will run automatically when your VAST station starts.
Users can also deselect the Auto launch option at windows startup on the VAST Service Control
program tray. The program tray icon can be located on Windows tool bar.
How to Configure the Server
Please follow the steps below to configure the VAST Server:
1. Find a local/remote computer that has installed VAST LiveClient.
2. Activate VAST LiveClient and login to the target VAST Server.
3. Configure the server using the VAST LiveClient user interface.
How to Stop/Reboot the Server
Please follow the steps below to stop/reboot the server:
1. Click on the VAST Service Control program tray icon in the toolbar.
2. There are 3 options: Start Service, Stop Service, and Restart Service. It’s selectable by a right-click on
the Service Control program tray icon.
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VAST LiveClient Configuration
Activating the VAST LiveClient and Logging in to a VAST Server
VAST LiveClient allows you to monitor live video from cameras managed by the VAST Server; it
is also the main user interface for server function control.
After installing the VAST LiveClient program, please follow the steps below to activate VAST
LiveClient:
1. Run the VAST LiveClient program.
2. A Login window will pop up. Enter the information as shown below:
 If you want to login to a remote VAST Server, enter the IP Address, User Name, Password and the
Communication Port of the target server correctly. Click Login to log in to the target server.
 If you want to login to a local host that is running VAST Server, check the Login local station checkbox, then the local IP Address will be displayed automatically. Enter the User Name, Password,
and Communication Port of the local server for login. Click Login to login to the target server.
3. The VAST LiveClient monitoring window will prompt.

If your network environment need to set up proxy, click More >> to extend the login window, then click Proxy
Settings to open the dialog. Then enter related information to link to your proxy server.

Available functions of the VAST LiveClient program will be enabled according to the role of your login account.
For more details about the privileges of the user account, please refer to How to Manage User Accounts on
page 57.
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VAST LiveClient User Interface
E
B
G
F
A
C
D
H
A. Menu bar
B. Quick access bar
C. Hierarchical management tree
D. Camera control panel (PTZ / Two way audio / Instant Playback control panel)
E. Live view window F. Matrix view window G. Status panel H. Event window
Menu Bar
Menu Item
Drop-down Options
System
Lock / Enable Click On Image (Disable Click On Image) / Language / Second View / E-map /
Launch Playback / Logout / Exit
Edit
Manually Begin Recording (Stop Manual Recording) / Snapshot / Print / Record to EXE (3GP,
AVI) / Snapshot Zoomed Image / Print Zoomed Image / Find
View
PTZ Panel / Two Way Audio Panel / Instant Playback Panel / Event Window / Full Screen /
Minimize / Matrix View
Camera Management (Insert Camera / Update Camera / Delete Cameras / Batch Insert
Cameras) / Station Management / User Management / Association Management / Event
Management / Virtual Matrix Management (Matrix Management / Matrix View Settings) /
Station Settings (General Settings / Network Settings / Recording Storage Settings / Recording
Configuration
Schedule Settings / Scheduled Backup Settings / Server Settings / Relay Settings) / Client
Settings (Snapshot Settings / Recording Settings / View Settings / General Settings / Joystick
Settings / Proxy Settings / PiP Settings) / Video Enhancement (Basic Image Adjustment /
Defog)
Layout
Start Rotating (Stop Rotating) / Save to / Delete / Choose
Help
About / License
Status Panel
User Name
Station Name (IP Address)
Login Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss)
Current Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss)
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Quick Access Bar
Icon Function
Description
Exit
Exit the system
Logout
Log out from the current station
Lock
Click to Lock the system for security concerns (
Volume
Adjust the audio volume of the current video (
Snapshot
Capture pictures from the focus live video cell
Print
Print out the pictures of focus live view window or all live video cells
Record to Media
Record media in EXE/3GP/AVI format (
Alert Sound
Play sound when an event triggers
Switch Screen
Switch the current window to another screen
Adjust SVC Level
Dynamically adjust the SVC control over frame rates
Unlock the system)
Mute)
Recording Media)
Remove All Connections Remove all live videos from the live view window
Layout
Change the layout of the live view window
Full Screen
Maximize the live video cell
Page Up
Switch to the previous live view page
Page Down
Switch to the next live view page
Start / Stop Rotating
Start or stop live view layout rotating
Some buttons will be disabled if the selected devices do not support the corresponding functions.
Live Video Monitoring Window
The "VIVOTEK" logo is displayed where no camera has been assigned to a video cell.
The red frame (
Video Cell
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Hierarchical Management Tree
Root Station Name (IP address)
Connected devices listed under the root station
Camera name (IP Address)
Connected devices that have been assigned to
the default recording storage
Layout list
Sub-station Name (IP address)
Icon
Description
A station (The host that’s installed with VAST Server)
A station (The host that’s installed with ST7501 Server)
/
VIVOTEK fixed network camera
Red dot signifies that the camera is recording.
/
VIVOTEK PTZ network camera
Red dot signifies that the camera is recording.
/
VIVOTEK dome network camera
Red dot signifies that the camera is recording.
/
VIVOTEK fisheye network camera
Red dot indicates that the camera is recording.
/
VIVOTEK video server
Red dot signifies that the video server is recording.
/
Digital input on / off
/
Digital output on / off
A layout of the live monitoring window
A station that’s not able to be connected currently.
A device that’s not able to be connected currently.
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Camera Control Panel
Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Control Panel
Top left
Left
Bottom left
Zoom out
Focus near
Close
Start to auto pan
Up
Top right
Return to home position
Right
Bottom right
Down
Auto focus
Zoom in
Focus far
Open
Auto iris
Start to auto patrol
Stop auto panning/patrolling
Drop-down list of preset positions

There are two types of PTZ control: Digital (E-PTZ for megapixel cameras) and Mechanical (PTZ cameras or
fixed cameras with camera control via RS-485). If the connected cameras support PTZ/E-PTZ function, the
PTZ option(s) will appear on the drop-down list. For detailed camera control settings, please refer to the user's
manual of VIVOTEK network camera .

Click System > Enable Click On Image to use the mouse for the control of the PTZ and e-PTZ functions in the
video cells for linked cameras. An icon

will appear in the video cell as shown below.
You can control the PTZ function through joystick as well. For more information regarding to the joystick
configuration, please refer to instructions on page 132.
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Two Way Audio Control Panel
The two way audio function allows the user to remotely communicate with people nearby the
network camera.
Selected device that
can use the two way
audio function
Click to play sound from the camera
Click to talk
Remove all cameras
from the Talk Panel
Select sound from the
file list
Click to play the selected
sound on the client's side
Click to adjust volume


For detailed information about How to Use the Talk Panel, please refer to page 107.
Only cameras that come with the two way audio function can be added to the Talk Panel.
Language Selection
VAST currently supports multi-lingual user interfaces including: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, 日本語, Português, 簡体中文, 繁體中文. If you want to select another language for the
interface, please click System > Language on the menu bar to select the desired language.
Please note that if you want to change the language option, a message will prompt to remind
you to restart the system.
If you want to use "User Defined" language, please prepare images
and language strings, and upload the files to the following folders:
...\VAST\Client\LiveClient\language\zz_UD (language string)
...\VAST\Client\LiveClient\image (images)
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Event Window
Click View > Event Window to open a window showing the real-time information for event
triggers. If you want to hide this window, deselect this option on the menu bar.
Event Window
The default event window is fixed on the bottom
of the LiveClient. If you want to change the event
window as a popup page, please click Configuration
> Client Settings > General Settings to switch the
modes.

The Type field in the event window shows the event category and another field Description displays
the percentage of motion in the detection window. You can go to the Configuration setting page of the
connected device to set the percentage.
Video(TCP-AV)
For more information about DI/DO settings, please refer to Association Management on page 62.
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Instant Playback
Check View > Instant Playback to open the window on the panel.
Uncheck this item if you want to hide this window.
Instant Playback Window with a slide bar, play, pause, and stop function
The recorded media that was triggered by an event will be indicated with an
icon.
You can double-click an event on the list to playback the recorded video. Each event contains
about 20-seconds recorded video clip. (The default recording data of an event is 20 seconds.
For more information about event recording, please refer to page 81.)
Audio Control
The audio function will be enabled if the device is equipped with an internal or external
microphone. For detailed audio control settings, please refer to page 138.
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How to Manage Devices
Please follow the steps below to open the Camera Management window:
a. Select the station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Camera Management on the menu bar (or right-click the station, then select
Camera Management).
c. Then you can choose to insert, update, delete, or batch insert cameras.
b
a
a
b
Insert Cameras
Please follow the steps below to add devices to a station:
a. Click Configuration > Camera Management > Insert Camera on the menu bar (or right-click the
device/station, then select Camera Management > Insert Camera).
b. The Camera Management - Insert window will pop up. The device tree managed by the station will
be displayed in the left Camera List window.
c. Enter the Camera Name, IP address (or you can enter an IP address and check Auto to get a
camera name automatically) and configure the Connection Settings.
If the camera is on the LAN, you can click
Search Camera to detect all VIVOTEK network
cameras on the LAN. A Camera List window will pop up and show a list of detected cameras on
the LAN. On the top of Camera List window, you can select "List the cameras which are not
inserted" or "List all cameras". The items listed below will then change accordingly. You can click
Mac, IP Address, Model, HTTP port to sort the items. Then select a camera from the list to insert
to the station.
 The streaming protocol determines how the live video stream is sent from the camera to the local
computer. Please refer to the note on the next page for a detailed description of each transmission
protocol. Specify the recommended live monitoring stream for the device. If you want to change the
live viewing stream, please refer to the next page to update the camera settings. Or you can rightclick the desired cell, then select a desired stream. Please refer to Dual / Multiple Streams on page
37 for a detailed illustration.
 Click Detect Model to detect the device. The Model Name and MAC Address of the device will
automatically be displayed in the respective fields if the connection is successful.
d. If you want to make sure you are connected to the target device, click Connection Test to preview the
live video from the device.
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d
c
c
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If you want to use "HTTPS Port", please enable the HTTPs settings on the configuration page of the Network
Camera first.
The characteristics of each protocol are shown in the following table:
Protocol Description
UDP
UDP uses a simple transmission model without implicit hand-shaking dialogues for guaranteeing
reliability, ordering, or data integrity. Thus, UDP provides an unreliable service and data grams may
arrive out of order, appear duplicated, or go missing without notice. This protocol allows for almost
real-time audio and video streams. However, network packets may be lost due to network burst
traffic and images may be obscured. Activate UDP connection when occasions require time-sensitive
responses and video quality is less important.
TCP
TCP provides the service of exchanging data reliably directly between two network hosts, whereas IP
handles addressing and routing message across one or more networks. In particular, TCP provides
reliable, ordered delivery of a stream of bytes from a program on one computer to another program
on another computer. This protocol guarantees the delivery of streaming data and thus provides
better video quality. The downside with this protocol is that the real-time effect is worse than that with
UDP for a narrower bandwidth.
HTTP
HTTP is a networking protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems. It’s the
foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web. This protocol allows for the same quality
as TCP and the users need not open a specific port for streaming under some network environment.
Users inside a firewall can utilize this protocol to allow streaming data through.
HTTPS
This protocol enables authentication and encrypted communication over SSL (Secure Socket Layer),
which protects streaming data transmission over the Internet on higer security level.
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e. Configure Recording Settings:
 Recording Stream: By default, the stream source of the recording stream is stream 1, if you want to
change it later on, please refer to the previous page to update the camera settings.
 Pre-event time: Enter a number to decide how much time to record before an event is triggered.
 Post-event time: Enter a number to decide the duration of recording after an event is triggered.
e
Pre-event time
Post-event time
pre10 sec.
post10 sec.
Trigger Activation
For example: If both the Pre-event time and Postevent time are set to 10 seconds, a total of 20
seconds of video will be recorded if an event is triggered. This function is supported by the buffer area
of VAST server (time shift cache stream).
 Activity Adaptive Stream (active if possible): Check
this item to enable activity adaptive stream recording
and time shift recording. For cameras combined
with time-shift cache stream and multiple streams
Bandwidth
features, user can make use of activity adaptive
I frame ---> Full frame rate ---> I frame
streaming for dynamic frame control.
Bandwidth
If you check Activate Activity Adaptive Stream and
Activity Adaptive Streaming
for Dynamic Frame Rate Control
enable time-shift cache stream on the camera, the
VAST server will record full-frame-rate video only
when an event is triggered on the camera; otherwise,
it will only request the I frame data during normal
monitoring, thus effectively save lots of bandwidths
and storage.
Continuous recording
Time
 Minimum pre-event time: Due to the limited cache memory on each network camera, the pre-event
time of time shift cache stream on camera may be very short. Then you can choose to set preevent recording on the VAST server. For example: To set up a minimum of 5 seconds. If the cache
memory of the selected Network Camera can only support up to 3 seconds, the VAST Server will
switch to enable pre-event recording for 5 seconds by itself, rather than requesting the time shift
cache stream from the network camera.
Please note that if you want to enable activity adaptive stream, we suggest you right-click the camera on the
heirarchical management tree > Camera Settings to open a managment session. Move to Configuraion > Media
> Audio and Video to activate "Time Shift Cache Stream" on the camera and select a stream source. This will
help record complete pre-event recording.
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g
i
f. The device will automatically be assigned to the default recording group. Deselect the item if you want
to cancel this setting.
g. When all settings are completed, click Insert to add the device to the station. The device will be
displayed under the Camera List on the left.
h. To insert additional devices to the station, repeat the above steps.
i. When completed, click Close to exit the camera management window.
j. Back to the main window, you will find the newly-inserted devices displayed under the station and the
live video in the video cell.
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Enable SVC
If the camera to-be-added supports the latest SVC (Scalable Video Coding) feature, select the
SVC checkbox to enable the related control. The SVC feature enables streaming of videos for
multiple clients from one single set of layered IP packets. Designed for saving bandwidth and
CPU load on client stations, the frame rate of a video stream appearing through a view cell
can be individually adjusted. This feature applies when an administrator experiences unstable
video streaming due to the lack of network bandwidth, less-than-ideal hardware, or during an
occurence of network problems.
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The VAST server (rev. 1.6.1 and later) automatically negotiates with a camera and determines
whether a network camera comes with the SVC feature. The SVC checkbox appears if the
network camera supports the feature. The same checkbox also appears in the Batch Insert
Cameras window.
To configure the SVC-related feature:
1. When inserting a new camera into your configuration, select the Enable SVC checkbox.
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2. Right-click on the view cell of an SVC-enabled camera. Select SVC fps adjust bar.
3. A slide bar will appear above the view cell. Click and drag the slide bar. A numeric indicator
will display the current selection. See below for the frame rates represented by the numeric
indicator.
Indicator
Frames per second (fps)
Maximum
30
7
26
6
22
5
18
4
12
3
8
2
4
1
1
Minimum
1/4
NOTE:
The SVC feature only applies to H.264 and MJPEG streams. It is not applicable to MPEG-4 streams.
Please refer to Configuration -> Media -> Video for individaul stream settings.
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If you have multiple SVC-enabled cameras, you can enable a collective setting via the Adjust
SVC level button on the tool bar. The frame rate selected here will then apply to all view cells on
the VAST LiveClient console.
Please note that the SVC related setting can not take effect while the LiveClient station is
running the Layout Rotation. Stop the layout rotation before configuring the SVC function.
While you save your bandwidth for live viewing, you can still record full-frame-rate video by changing the
recording setting. For example, you can enable resource-saving SVC on stream #1 and configure stream
#2 to be recorded with full details, in terms of frame size, frame rate, and video quality.
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Insert NVR (Network Video Recorder)
1. Before you can include an NVR system into your current configuration, you should enable
the corresponding configuration on a web management session with the NVR system. In
Configuration > System > VAST, click on the Enabled checkbox and enter a password for
authentication.
2. Return to your VAST management screen. Left-click to select your VAST station on the navigation
panel, and then right-click to display and select "Station Management..."
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3. The Station Management window will prompt. Enter the Address, Password, and check if the
Communication Port match that you set for the NVR. Click on the List Sub-Station Hierarchy
button.
After a brief delay, the NVR server will be listed in the column. You may also use the Search
button to locate similar devices if they are reacheable in your local area network.
4. You can then click the Insert button to add the NVR server to your configuration. When
done, click the Close button.
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5. The NVR will appear in the navigation panel along with its subordinate cameras.
Insert a Video Server
1. Left-click on your VAST station, and then right-click to display the Camera Management
command. Let your cursor stay on the command for a second and then move to the Insert
Camera command. Click on the command to open its configuration window.
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2. See below for the steps to insert a Video Server along with its subordinate cameras.
2
1
3
4
5
6
2-1. You can deselect the Auto checkbox to enter a name for the Video Server. If set to Auto and your
video server already has a name, that name will be displayed in your device list.
button to open a Search window.
2-2. Enter the Address of the video server - or - use the Search
button, its Model
2-3. If you enter its address and it is found after you click on the Detect Model
Name and MAC Address will be listed.
2-4. Before you click the Detect button, you should enter the User Name and Password for access
to the video server. You should also confirm the Configuration Protocol, Configuration Port,
Streaming Protocol, and the rest of the networking parameters.
2-5. You may select or deselect the checkbox in front of the recording storage option - or - use the pulldown menu to select the default group or a pre-configured storage group.
You might use the Connection Test button to verify if the stream comes from the device you prefer.
2-6. Click Insert to include the video server to your configuration.
The Video Server should now be listed on the Camera List.
You can also use the Search button to poll the local area network for VIVOTEK's devices. You can
select to list all cameras or list those that have not been included in your current configuration.
Click on a device, and its detailed information will immediately appear in the Camera Management
window on the left. For recording settings, please refer to page 22 as previously described.
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Update Devices
Please follow the steps below to update a device via Camera Management window:
a. Click Configuration > Camera Management > Update Camera on the menu bar (or right-click the
device/station, then select Camera Management > Update Camera).
b. The Camera Management - Update window will pop up. The device tree managed by the station will
be displayed in the left Camera List window.
c. Select a device from the list you want to update. Its related information will automatically be displayed
in the corresponding fields in the Camera Management window. Then you can modify Connection
Settings and Recording Settings of the device.
d. After modifying the settings, you can click Connection Test to preview the live video from the device.
e. When all settings are completed, click Update to enable the settings.
a
b
c
d
e
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Delete Devices from the VAST Server

Delete a device:
Right-click the device on the device tree, then select Delete. A dialog box will pop up. Click Yes to
delete the device along with the recorded data; click No to delete the device but retain the recorded
data; click Cancel to cancel the delete action.

Delete more than one device at a time:
a. Click Configuration > Camera Management > Delete Cameras on the menu bar (or right-click the
device/station, then select Camera Management > Delete Cameras).
b. The Delete Cameras window will pop up.
c. Select the devices you want to delete from the list, then click Delete.
d. A dialog box will pop up. Click Yes to delete the device along with the recorded data; click No to delete
the device but retain the recorded data; click Cancel to cancel the delete action.
e. When completed, click Close to exit the Delete Cameras window and return to the main window. The
deleted device will disappear from the station.
a
b
c
d
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Batch Insert Devices
Batch insert is a very useful function that allows user to search, filter, and import a row of
devices that are in the same LAN to a VAST station. The basic settings can also be applied to
those inserted devices simultaneously.
Please follow the steps below to batch insert devices to a station:
a. Click Configuration > Camera Management > Batch Insert Cameras on the menu bar (or rightclick the station, then select Camera Management > Batch Insert Camera).
b. The Batch Insert Cameras window will pop up. Then click Search to open the Search Camera
window.
c. On top of the Camera List window, you can select "List the cameras which are not inserted" or "List all
cameras". The items listed below will then change accordingly.
d. Use the 4 Filters to narrow down the range of the wanted cameras from the list.
 IP Range: Type in a range of IP address to narrow down the list; the filter automatically applies after
you fill in a correct IP range.
b
c
d
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
IP with prefix: Type in the prefix of the IP address to narrow down the list.

Model with prefix: The user can type in the prefix of the model name or the complete model name of
the cameras to narrow down the list.

MAC with prefix: You can type in the prefix of the MAC address of the cameras to narrow down the
list.
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e. When the list is filtered, you can select the cameras one by one or check Select All to add them to the
batch insert list. Then click OK to finish searching.
f. The selected cameras will be shown on the batch insert camera list with the camera information and
the connection status. When you click on a camera, a live view will show up on the right side for you to
identify the cameras on the list. If you want to remove a camera from the list, click the trash can icon to
delete it.
f
h
g
i
j
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g. At the bottom of the window, there is a field for you to alter the camera settings including Connection
Settings and Recording Settings. You can apply the new settings to each camera on the list, or
click Apply to All to apply the same configurations to all the cameras. For more information about
Connection Settings and Recording Settings, please refer to Insert Device on page 20 for detailed
information.
h. Specify host: If you want to add a camera to the list, click Specify
Address to directly add a wanted camera. Click Add after filling in
the correct information. The camera will be added to the list of the
Batch Insert Camera window.
i. By default, all inserted devices will be applied to the default
recording group. Deselect the Add checkbox if you do not want to
assign the selected devices to the default recording group.
j.Click Insert when all the settings are done. Cameras will be added.
When you modify the camera settings, and when the connection information (User Name, Password, Configuration
Protocol, Configuration Port, and Streaming Protocol) does not match the current network environment, the camera
will be disconnected and the status of the camera will become “Camera cannot be found” as shown below.
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View Live Videos
The server will automatically add a newly-inserted device to the video cell for live viewing.
You also can double-click the target device or drag-and-drop the target device from the
hierarchical management tree window to the video cell.
Dual / Multiple Streams
For dual-stream devices, you can right-click on the focused cell to select stream 1 or stream 2. For
multiple-stream devices, you can select from stream 1 ~ stream 4.
Fisheye Display Modes
By default, an oval view is displayed when a fisheye camera is successfully connected. To
display Regional, Panoramic, or the combination of different views, right-click on a fisheye
camera's live view to display the associated commands. The display modes available are: 1O
(Original), 1P (Panoramic), 1R (Regional), 2P (2 Panoramic), 1O3R (1 Original & 3 Regional),
1P3R (1 Panoramic & 3 Regional), 4R (Quad Regional), 1O8R (1 Original & 8 Regional), and
4R Pro (4 Proactive) modes.
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Fisheye Display Modes: below are conceptual drawings for different display modes.
1O (Single Original) Display mode:
1R (Single Regional) Display mode:
An Original oval view covers the
hemisphere taken by the fisheye
lens.
A Regional view crops a portion of the hemisphere
as a region of interest. You can zoom in or out or
move the view area elsewhere from on the regional
view.
1O View (Original View)
1R View (Single Regional View)
180° Hemispheric
Zoom In
Zoom Out
Zoom in/out
&
all-direction
navigation control
A Regional view is dewarped, by correcting images
from the distorted oval view to a rectangular and
visually proportional image.
1P (Single Panoramic) Display mode:
With image correction algorithms in firmware, the hemispheric image is transformed into a
rectilinear stripe in the 1P display mode. Viewers can use the PTZ panel or simply use mouse
control to quickly move through the 360º panoramic view.
Note that the 1P view is apt for an overview, the Zoom in/out function does not apply in this
mode.
1P (Panoramic) Mode Screen Control
Swipe to scroll horizontally
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2P (2 Panoramic) Display mode:
Two dewarped rectangular views are placed one on top of another each showing 180 degree of
panoramic view. The 2P view looks like the upper view shows the front of hemisphere, and the
lower view the rear half of the hemisphere.
2P (Panoramic) Mode Screen Control
Swipe to scroll horizontally
1O3R (One Original & 3 Regional) Display mode:
Fisheye cameras also support the display of multiple regional views taken from within the same
hemisphere, and they can be displayed with or without an Original view in its view cell.
3R View (Regional View)
Zoom in/out
&
all-direction
navigation control
* Only two regional views are shown for simplicity reason
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PTZ Mouse Control
The "Mount type" setting also determines the display modes available to your display modes.
Please refer to fisheye camera's User Manual for more information.
A highly versatile mouse control is implemented with fisheye cameras. The same control takes
effect on a browser management session, on the LiveClient utility, and even on a video playback
screen. See the drawing below for how it works.
You can click and hold down the left mouse button to quickly swipe through the field of view,
change the view angle, or use the mouse wheel to zoom in/out on a region of interest. However,
the PTZ mouse control is only available in the "R" (Regional) mode. In the Panoramic mode,
you can only scroll horizontally across the 180º or 360º panoramic view.
1O3R (Original & Regional) Mode Screen Control
Zoom In
Interactive
regional FOV indicators
1
Zoom Out
3
2
Current screen selection
Pan or tilt
Click to bring into
center of view
Click and hold down
the button
The various display modes require the support of D3D technologies by your display card on the
LiveClient or Playback station. Most off-the-shelf display cards today support this feature.
The onscreen mouse control is very agile. Therefore, use the PTZ panel for more delicate
moves in a field of view. Pan and Patrol moves are also supported if you have configured
preset PTZ positions in the camera's firmware. Note that the Pan move takes place in the
Panoramic and Regional views, while the Patrol function through preset positions applies only in
the Regional views.
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Below are the conceptual drawings for other display modes:
1P3R (One Panoramic & 3 Regional) Display mode:
Regional View #1
Panoramic View
Regional View #2
Regional View #3
4R (Quad Regional) Display mode:
Regional View #2
Regional View #1
Regional View #3
Regional View #4
4RPro (4 Regional Proactive) Display mode:
Regional View #2
Regional View #3
Regional View #1
Regional View #4
1O8R (One Original & 8 Regional) Display mode:
Regional View #3
Regional View #4
Regional View #5
Regional View #2
Original View
Regional View #6
Regional View #1
Regional View #8
Regional View #7
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Refresh
Right-click the device, then click Refresh, the camera information will be refreshed from the server.
Streaming Server
Right-click the station or the device and click Output Streaming URL. A .txt file with streaming URL will
pop up. Then you can use this URL to link to the live streaming through QuickTime Player.
Get Public IP
If your access to Internet is via PPPoE, this function will display the public IP provided by your service
provider. If your access to Internet is via a router, please consult your network administrator or consult
your ISP for a valid public IP.
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Camera Settings
Right-click the device, then click Camera Settings to open a brower's session to the camera.
You must have an IE browser rev. 6.0
or above for opening a management
session.
Remove Live Video from the Video Monitoring Window
There are two ways to remove a live video from the video cell:
Method 1. Right-click the video cell and select Remove.
Method 2. Drag-and-drop the live view from the video cell to the hierarchical management tree window.
If you want to remove all live videos from the video cells, please click
on the menu bar.
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How to Change the VAST LiveClient Layout
Changing the Layout of the Live Video Monitoring Window
VIVOTEK VAST LiveClient supports up to 32-CH simultaneous video viewing on a single
monitor and allows you to change the layout of the live video monitoring window based on the
number of inserted devices.
Switch Video Channels
To move a video channel to another empty video cell, drag-and-drop the view to the target video cell.
To switch two different channels, drag-and-drop one view to the other, then the two different channels
will be switched to the opposite.
Configure Layout Mode
Click the Layout button
on the quick access bar. Select a desired layout mode, and the layout
window will be changed accordingly. Below we illustrate 8 types of layout modes and the corresponding
page numbers:
Layout mode
1x1
2x2
1+5
3x3
1 + 12
4x4
5x5
1 + 31
Description
Video page
32
8
4
3
More than 1 video page;
rotation function is enabled
2
2
1
1
Only 1 video page;
rotation function is disabled
Some layout modes (1 x 1, 2 x 2, 1 + 5, 3 x 3, 1 + 12, 4 x 4) will divide all video channels into several
pages.
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For example, under 3 x 3 layout mode, you can switch among the pages by clicking
and
on
the quick access bar. To arrange the content of each page, manually drag-and-drop cameras from the
hierarchical management tree to the video cells on each page.
Page 1
1
4
7
Page 2
2
3
5
8
6
9
10 11 12
13 14 15
16 17 18
Page 3
19 20 21
22 23 24
25 26 27
Rotating Video Pages
For layout modes that contain more than one page, ST7501 LiveClient offers the rotating function for
displaying all video pages in turn.

To enable this function, click
on the Quick Access Bar, which will become
Stop Rotating, and
to move to the next page.
the video pages will start to rotate so that the user does not have to click

To disable this function, click
Stop Rotating, which will become
on the Quick Access Bar.
You can also click Layout > Start to Rotate/Stop Rotating to enable/disable this function.
The default rotating time interval is 6 seconds. If you want to edit rotation settings, please refer to
Rotation Settings on page 129.
Edit Layout
Please follow the steps below to save a layout:
a. Arrange a layout mode and drag devices to their desired video cells.
b. Click Layout > Edit > Save to > New on the menu bar. A Layout Name dialog box will pop up.
c. Enter a name for the the layout, then click OK to enable the setting.
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d. Back to the monitoring window, the new layout will be displayed under the hierarchical management
tree as shown below. You can save up to 10 layouts.
e. To change to another layout, double-click the layout options on the hierarchical management tree, or
click Layout > Choose on the menu bar to select a desired layout.

If you want to edit an existing layout, arrange a layout mode and drag devices to the desired video
cells, then click Layout > Edit > Save to > New to save as a new layout or an existing layout to
replace with the new one.

If you want to delete an existing layout, right-click the layout item on the hierarchical management
tree or click Layout > Edit > Delete on the menu bar to delete it.
Whenever you close the LiveClient or Playback programs and changes in screen layout have been
made, you will be prompted to save your current configuration.
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Maximize/Minimize the Live Video Monitoring Window

Single View: to maxmize a video cell to the entire live video window
Double-click the video cell, or right-click the video cell and select Single View. The focused video will
occupy the entire playback window as shown below.
To restore to the original layout, double-click the video cell or right-click the video cell and uncheck
Single View.
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
Full Screen: Maximize the live video monitoring window to the entire screen
Click Full Screen
on the quick access bar or right-click the video cell and select Full Screen. In
addition, you can also click View > Full Screen on the menu bar to maximize the live video monitoring
window.
To restore to the original layout, you can right-click a video cell and uncheck Full Screen or click the
Esc button on the keyboard to exit full screen mode.

Minimize: If you click View > Minimize on the menu bar, LiveClient will minimize to the Windows tool
bar.
View Live Video on Dual Monitors
VAST also supports live video viewing on dual monitors, allowing you to manage maximum 64
channels on two screens concurrently. Moreover, the layout of the video monitoring window on
different monitors can be set up individually.
Please follow the steps below to set up dual-screen mode:
a. Set up dual monitors for your local computer.
b. Launch VAST LiveClient on monitor 1.
c. Click System > Second View on monitor 1, then the live video monitoring window will be displayed in
monitor 2 as shown below.
Monitor 1
e
Monitor 2
c
d. There are two ways to view live videos. One is to drag-and-drop the target device from the
hierarchical management tree window to the video cells. The other is to click any video cell on monitor
1 or monitor 2, then double-click the target device; the live video will be displayed in monitor 1 or 2 in
accordance with your selection.
e. If you click Switch Screen
monitor 2 will swap.
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View up to 64 channels simultaneously
If you select 1+31 layout on dual screens, you can view a maximum of 64 channels live video
simultaneously. In this case, each layout contains 32 channels on 1 video page.
Monitor 1 - 32 channel
Monitor 2 - 32 channel
Using different layouts on each monitor
You can also select different layout for two monitors, simply click the Layout button
on the quick
access bar. Below is an example of the 2x2 layout with 8 video pages on monitor 1 and the 4x4 layout
with 2 video pages on monitor 2. You can click
and
to switch among the video pages.
Monitor 1 - page 1
1
3
Monitor 2 - page 1
2
4
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
Monitor 1 - page 2
Monitor 2 - page 2
Click
5
7
6
8
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
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View Live Video with Multiple Monitors
If you have multiple screens in your monitoring center, you can switch the VAST LiveClient
Window among these screens.
you have two monitors, click Switch Screen
will switch to monitor 2.
 If
on the menu bar; the LiveClient window on monitor 1
Monitor 1

Monitor 2
If you have three or more monitors, a drop-down list will be displayed when you click Switch Screen
on the menu bar. The number of items on this list depends on the number of your screens. Select a
desired screen on the drop-down list and the LiveClient Window will switch to the specified screen.
Monitor 1
Monitor 2
Monitor 3
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How to Manage Stations
The VAST Server allows you to construct a hierarchical management system by adding more
sub-stations to the root station. Under each sub-station, it can also insert sub-stations and
network cameras.
Relay Settings
Before adding a sub-station, please follow the instruction below to enable the sub-station's
Relay Settings first.
a. Login to the sub-station.
b. Select the station from the hierarchical management tree.
c. Click Configuration > Station Settings > Relay Settings on the menu bar (or right-click the station
on the hierarchical management tree and select Station Settings > Relay Settings).
c
b
d
d. The Relay Settings window will pop up. Check Allow Relay Connection and enter a Password.
Then click OK to enable the settings.
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Insert Sub-stations
Please follow the steps below to add sub-stations:
a. Select a target station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Station Management on the menu bar (or right-click the target station, then
select Station Management).
c. The Station Management window will pop up. The hierarchical management tree managed by the
target station will be displayed on the left panel.
a
b
b
c
d. Before inserting the sub-station, you can click List Sub-station Hierarchy button to know if there is
any sub-station under it.
e. Enter the sub-station's IP address and Password (defined in Relay Settings, not login password).
The default communication port is 3454.
 If the sub-station is on the LAN, you can click the Search Station button to detect all ST7501 and
VAST on the LAN. A Station List window will pop up and show a list of detected cameras on
the LAN. On the top of Camera List window, you can select "List the stations which are not
inserted" or "List all stations". The items listed below will then change accordingly. You can click
Name, IP Address, Model, Http port to sort the items. Then select a device from the list to insert
to the station.
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f. When all settings are done, click Insert to add the sub-station to the target station. The sub-station will
be displayed under the left station tree.
g. To insert additional sub-stations to the target station, repeat the above steps.
h. When completed, click Close to exit the Station Management window.
e
f
d
f
e
h
e
i. Back to the main window, you will find the newly-inserted stations displayed under the hierarchical
management tree.
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 You can add VAST or free standard ST7501 as the sub-stations. The number of sub-stations can be
added to the server depends on your key dongle. The VAST server will automatically detect the USB
dongle installed on your host PC. Following is an illustration for two-level hierarchical architecture:
 Please note that the following cyclic relay is not allowed.
Server A
Server C
Add server B
as substation
Add server C
as substation
Server B
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Delete Sub-stations
There are two ways to delete a sub-station:
Method 1. Select the sub-station on the hierarchical management tree, then right-click to delete.
Method 2. Delete the sub-station via the Station Management window:
a. Click the station on the hierarchical management tree, then click Configuration > Station Management on the menu bar (or right-click the station, then select Station Management).
b. The Station Management window will pop up. The hierarchical management tree managed by the
station will be displayed in the left Station List window.
c. Select a station from the list you want to delete. Its related information will automatically be displayed
in the corresponding blanks in the Station Management window.
d. Click Delete to delete it.
e. To delete additional devices, repeat step c. and d.
f. When completed, click Close to exit the camera management window and return to the main window.
The deleted device will disappear from the hierarchical management tree.
c
d
f
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Update Stations
Please follow the steps below to update a station via Station Management window:
a. Right-click the target device on the hierarchical management tree and click Station Management.
b. The Station Management window will pop up. The hierarchical management tree managed by the
station will be displayed in the Station List window on the left.
c. Select a station from the list you want to delete. Its related information will automatically be displayed
in the corresponding blanks in the Station Management window.
d. When all settings are completed, click Update to enable the settings.
a
b
c
d
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How to Manage User Accounts
VAST allows users to apply multiple user accounts to a station with five levels of user roles:
Administrator > Power User > User > Operator > Guest. Each role has different permissions
listed as shown below. Moreover, Administrators have the highest privileges, while Power Users
can only add/edit users as Power Users, Users, Operators, and Guests.
The Default User Roles and Permissions of User Accounts
Functions \ User Roles Administrator Power User
User
Operator Guest
Description
Station Management
Add sub-station under the
existing station
User Management
Manage user accounts
Camera Management
Insert and configure the
camera settings
Association
Management
Access and modify the
association settings
Access Event
Management
Access event management
Modify Event
Management
Modify event management
General Station
Settings
Modify general station
settings
Station Network
Settings
Modify network settings
Access Recording
Storage/
Recording Schedule
Settings
Access the recording group
and recording schedule
Modify Recording
Storage/
Recording Schedule
Settings
Configure the recording
group and recording
schedule
Manually Record
Enable the recording
function manually
Scheduled Backup
Settings
Configure backup schedule
Access Server Settings
Access server settings
Modify Server Settings
Modify server settings
License Management
Allow user to manage
station licenses
Relay Management
Allow user to manage
station relaying settings
Client Settings
Configure the client
settings: snapshot, AVI,
etc.
Video Enhancement
Settings
Allow user to edit profile for
video enhancement and
assign profile to camera in
LiveClient
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Privileges \ User Roles Administrator Power User
User
Operator Guest
Description
Modify Directories
Add, remove and rename
directories
Delete Station
Delete sub-station from a
(parent) station
Delete Camera
Delete camera from the
station
PTZ Control
PTZ control for PTZ
cameras and speed domes
in LiveClient
Device Control
Control the digital output or
white light/IR illuminators of
the cameras
Talk Control
Two way audio function for
the cameras
Access Camera
Configuration
Access the camera settings
Modify E-map
Allow user to modify the
E-map
Event Search
Use built-in search engine
to search specific events
Log Viewer
Use built-in search engine
to search the log
Backup
Back up database manually
Record/Export Media
Record live stream or
export playback stream to
local files
Virtual Matrix
Management
Allow user to manage
virtual matrix
Virtual Matrix Control
Allow user to control virtual
matrix
Playback Authority
Allow user to access
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Manage a User Account
Add a New User Account
a. Select the station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > User Management on the menu bar (or right-click the station, then select
User Management).
b
b
a
c. The User Management window will pop up. The user accounts under the station will be displayed
under the left User List tree.
d. Enter the User Name, Password, and specify the User Role of this user.
e. Click Add to add the user account to the station. It will be displayed under the User List.
c
d
e
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e
Permission of the User Account
Administrator is granted with all access privileges, while other user roles' permission is limited. If
you want to modify the permission, please login as the Administrator to configure the settings.
f. Select a User account from the User List tree.
g. If you want to set the limit of the permission
of the user, click Permission tab to check or
uncheck the items.
f
g
h. If you want to limit the devices accessible
by the user, click Accessible Cameras tab to
select the desired devices.
h
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i. If you want to set the access limit of the sub-station accessible by the user, click Accessible
Substations tab to select the desired devices.
If you want to remove access permission mentioned above from the account, the user will not able to
operate some functions listed in the following warning dialog.
j. When completed, click Update to enable the new settings.
i
k
j
Delete the User Account
k. Click Delete, a delete user dialog will pop up. Click OK to delete the user account.
If the Administrator modifies or deletes the User Account, that modified user might be kicked off from the station.
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How to Set up Association Management
VAST LiveClient supports association management which allows the user to configure relative
event trigger notifications of connected network devices. (Eg. DI/DO status on the hierarchical
management tree, motion detection windows appear in the video cell, the event list in the event
window)
Association Management
Please follow the steps below to configure assocation settings:
a. Select the station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Association Management on the menu bar (or right-click the station and
select Association Management).
b
a
b
c. The Association Management window will pop up. Check or uncheck the items and click Save
to enable the settings. The items you've selected will also be displayed under the hierarchical
management tree.
For example:
d
/
Digital input on / off
/
Digital output on / off
d. If you want to rename the DI device, select the DI item and click the Rename button. It will be very
convenient for you to recognize the target DI device.
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
To manually enable DI/DO settings, please right-click the video cell and select Set DO to enable (Trigger) or
disable (Normal) the digital output of the linked device.

Before you configure the DI/DO Settings for VAST, please enable DI/DO settings on your network device and set
up the camera correctly on the configuration page. You can right-click the device and click Camera Settings to
open the configuration page.
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How to Set up Event Management
VAST LiveClient supports event management which allows the server to respond to particular
situations (events).
Event Management
Please follow the steps below to configure event management:
a. Select the station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Event Management on the menu bar (or right-click the station and select
Event Management).
b
b
a
c. The Event Management window will pop up. Click New to set up a new event. When you finish the
general settings, click Next to set up trigger source settings.
Detect next event after 5 secs
d. Click Add to select the trigger source by Device or Trigger Type.
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e. The Device List window will pop up. Select one or more devices and set the Notification Type.
Depending on the trigger source, the Notification Type will be different. Then click OK to close the
window.
f. The trigger source(s) will be listed on the window as shown below. If you want to add more Trigger
sources, click Add and repeat d.~e. Then click Next to assign action(s) to the trigger source(s).
g. Click Add to open the Action Settings window.
f
g
There are several types of Action Settings.
 Email: The sever will send a notification via e-mail when a trigger is activated.
h. To enable this function, please set up the SMTP server first. Click SMTP Setting to open the
window and refer to page 106 for detailed information.
i. Enter the related informtaion. You can modify the mail content in the blank. If you want to modify the
content, click Insert Macro to select the parameter. When completed, click OK on the bottom to
enable the setting.
i
h
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
Start to record on: The sever will start to record video from selected camera(s) when an event is
triggered.
j. Click Add Camera to select the target camera(s).
k. The selected camera(s) will be listed on the left window below. When completed, click OK on the
bottom to enable the setting.
k
j
j
k

Move to preset location: The target camera(s) will move the shooting area to the preset location(s)
when an event is triggered.
l. To enable this function, please set preset locations on the camera configuration page first.
m. Click Add Location to select preset location(s).
n. The selected preset location(s) will be listed on the left window below. When completed, click OK on
the bottom to enable the setting.
n
m
n

Set DO: Select this option to turn on external digital output device(s) when an event is triggered. For
more information about how to set DI/DO settings on the target camera, please refer to page 62.
o. Click Add DO to select DO decive(s) and select a DO status (Normal or Trigger).
p. The selected DO device(s) will be listed on the left window below. When completed, click OK to
enable the setting.
p
o
o
p
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GSM Short Message: The sever will send a short message to a GSM cell phone when an event is
triggered.
q. Please enter the Phone Number and open GSM Settings window to set related information if
necessary. When completed, click OK to enable the setting.
Please enter the country code if you use overseas call.

HTTP: This function allows user to send a CGI command to the linked network camera, such as pan/
tilt/zoom function or enable DO devices.
r. You can click Insert Macro to select the parameter. Please enter authentification information
if necessary. For example: http://192.168.3.66/cgi-bin/admin/setparam.cgi?system_
hostname=$(EventTime) $(CameraName)
If you want to use special characters such as $-_.+!*'(),#%+$,@:;/?=&, please refer to the
following table to transfer the Code (Hex).
For example: http://192.168.3.66/cgi-bin/admin/setparam.cgi?system_hostname=123&456
--> http://192.168.3.66/cgi-bin/admin/setparam.cgi?system_hostname=123%26456
Character
Code (Hex)
Character
Code (Hex)
!
21
,
2C
#
23
-
2D
$
24
.
2E
%
25
/
2F
&
26
:
3A
'
27
;
3B
(
28
=
3D
)
29
?
3F
*
2A
@
40
+
2B
_
5F
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7E
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s. The action(s) will be listed in the window as shown below.
Then click Next to set up schedule(s) to the action(s).
For more information about Schedule Settings, please refer to Recording Schedule Settings on page
83. You can assign more than one time frame to one action.
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t. When you finish schedule settings, click Next to review the detailed information of the new event
settings.
u. Following is the detailed information of the new event setting. You can click Back to modify the event
setting or click Finish to close the window.
v. Following is an example of an enabled event. You can click New to set up more events or click Close
to exit the window.
Click to remove the event
Click to disable or modify the selected event
If your target station has sub-station(s), the trigger sources can be selected from the device(s) under
the sub-station(s); while the actions can only be performed on the device(s) under the target station.
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How to Manage the Virtual Matrix
Virtual Matrix is a very useful tool for multiple monitor display and management. Based on the
whole surveillance system architecture, it efficiently helps user construct a real-time live video
wall in the control center. Under a large-scale hierarchical system, through VAST LiveClient
you can only simultaneously monitor up to 64-CH on dual monitors; while Virtual Matrix offers
fully extension for numerous channels and screens, thus making VAST a very powerful central
management system. Moreover, you can change the layout to 2x2 or 3x3 on each monitor
to enlarge the video size, then display the video pages on saperate monitor for close-up
monitoring.
VAST-64-CH on dual monitors
Video Wall of Virtual Matrix
The architecture of VAST Matrix
As the following picture shows, the surveillance system architecture is composed of VAST LiveClient,
VAST Server with two sub-stations, and VAST Matrix separately on individual hosts. Before constructing
the Virtual Matrix, please install and run VAST Matrix Program on Matrix Recipient connected with the
video wall. Through the Virtual Matrix connection, you can use LiveClient to log in the root server to
remotely manage and display all the live view onto the video wall by easily drag-and-drop.
VAST
LiveClient
VAST Server
(Root Station)
VAST Matrix
Recipient 1
VAST Matrix
Recipient 2
VIVOTEK IP Camera
Video Wall
VAST/ST7501 Server
(Sub-station)
VIVOTEK IP Camera
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Installing VAST Matrix Program
Please follow the steps below to install VAST Matrix Program:
a. Run VASTMatrix_setup.exe on another host (Matrix Recipient). Then click Next to start installation
wizard.
b. Carefully read to accept the End-User License Agreement for use. Click I Agree to the next step.
c. Choose the installing path as the destination folder, the required space and available space of the hard
disk will be shown below for reference. Click Next to the next step.
d. Fill in the connection information with Port, Account & Password for VAST Server to connect to the
Matrix Recipient.
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e. Click Finish to close the installation wizard, and you might want to run VAST Matrix immediately after
installation by selecting the option Run VAST Matrix.
Launching VAST Matrix
Please follow the steps below to install VAST Matrix Program:
a. Click the desktop icon to start VAST Matrix. When it’s begun running, there will be a VAST Matrix tray
icon on the toolbar for the user to configure easily.
b. The VAST Matrix live view window with multiple types of layout will be displayed. The following shows
32-channels layout.
c. Right-click on the live view window, a function menu will pop up. You may also open the menu by
right-click on the tray icon.
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Configuration



Connection: Enter the account, password and port information for the VAST Recipient.
Monitor: It shows the monitor(s) connected to your host. You can select the monitor(s) you wish to
display as the video wall.
Others
Auto launch at windows startup: Select this option if you want VAST Matrix to launch when windows
starts up in case to avoid the computer reboots by itself and accidentally shuts down VAST Matrix.
Display key frame only: Select this option to display live video with the key frame only in order to save
the bandwidth. It also lowers down the CPU loading and memory usage.
Enable de-interlace: Select this option if your linked device does not support de-interlace function. For
example: VS7100.
View Settings
Please refer to page 127 for detailed illustration.
About
This dialog that shows the version of VAST Matrix and the simple statement of the version copyright.
Exit
Click to close the VAST Matrix.
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VAST Matrix Management
Once the VAST Matrix Program is setup completely, the next step is to connect the VAST Server with
VAST Matrix Recipient(s). Use LiveClient to log in VAST Server, then click Configuration > Virtual
Matrix Management to configure Matrix Management and Matrix View Settings.
Matrix Management Settings
Please follow the steps to set up VAST Matrix Recipient(s):
a. Click Configuration > Virtual Matrix Management > Matrix Management to open the Matrix
Management window.
b. Manually enter the Matrix Recipient Info as previous settings, or you click the search button
search for the Matrix Recipient(s) on the LAN.
c. When the information of the target recipient is filled in, you can use the detect button
the filled information is correct.
d. Click Add, then the recipient will be displayed on the Matrix Recipients list window.
to
to confirm if
d
b
c
d
e
e. Click Edit display settings to set up the viewing interface for the monitors (video wall) connected to
the Matrix Recipient host.
The Matrix View display is capable of executing rotation. The
default interval time is set at 10 seconds.
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f. If you want to set up more Martrix Recipients, repeat the above steps.
g. If you want to modify the Recipient Info, select it from the list to change settings, then click Update to
enable the new settings.
h. When all settings are done, click Close to exit the Matrix Management page.
Manage VAST Matrix through VAST LiveClient
Once the setup is complete in Virtual Matrix Management, you may go back to the main page of
LiveClient, the connection between VAST Server and VAST Matrix will be working successfully. Then
you can choose Matrix Recipient and the monitor from the drop-down list for the operation control. Some
buttons on the quick access bar will be disabled when you switch from the Live View Panel to Matrix
View Panel.
 Change the layout
to change the layout and set new layout group on the
As the following picture shows, you can click
Matrix View Panel as easy as control of the LiveClient. The layout on the monitor (video wall) will also
change synchronizely once you change the layout on Matrix View Panel.

Connection status
will become
If the VAST Server is not able to connect to the Matrix Recipient, the status icon
and show the reason of disconnecting when you slide the mouse to the connection status icon. The
"Connection Lost" string will be displayed on the Matrix View window as shown below.
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
Rotation
. You can even select another layout group
VAST Matrix is capable of executing rotation by clicking
on the Matrix View window without stopping the rotation. If you want to adjust the rotation interval time,
please refer to Edit display settings on page 74 for adjusting.

PTZ
VAST Matrix is capable of supporting PTZ control panel as on the LiveClient.

Matrix View Menu
Right-click on the window to open the menu.
Remove: Remove the channel from VAST Matrix.
Stream 1 ~ 4: Switch the camera stream between 1 ~ 4.

Remove All Connections
It’s capable of removing all connections from VAST Matrix once by clicking on
button.
Matrix View Settings
Click Configuration > Virtual Matrix Management > Matrix View Settings to open the window.

Media Source
You can choose the path of media source from camera directly or the CMS server to display on Matrix
View.

Display Settings
You can choose the display frame rate as full frame rate or key frame only.
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How to Configure the Station General Settings
Select the target station from the hierarchical management tree, then click Configuration
> Station Settings > General Settings on the menu bar (or right-click the station on the
hierarchical management tree and select Station Settings > General Settings). The Station
General Settings window will pop up.
Server Settings
In this section, you can modify the Station Name.
Log Settings
In this section, you can set up Log Settings for the station.
The VAST server allows user to search for the recorded
log through VAST Playback. For more information,
please refer to How to Search Logs on page 181.
 Log level: Select High (only record high-level logs),
Normal (record high-level and normal-level logs), Low
(record all logs). For detailed information about log
levels, please refer to page 182.
 Reserve Time: Enter the time interval that you want
to reserve the log record. The maximum value is 365
days.
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How to Configure Station Network Settings
Select the target station from the hierarchical management tree, then click Configuration
> Station Settings > Network Settings on the menu bar (or right-click the station on the
hierarchical management tree and select Station Settings > Network Settings). The Network
Settings window will pop up.
Port Settings


Server port: The default server port is set to 3454. If you
change the server port, please enter the new value while
logging the LiveClient next time.
RTSP port: The RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol)
controls the delivery of streaming media. By default, the port
number is set to 554.
UPnP Settings

Enable UPnP port forwarding: For client to access the
VAST Server from the Internet, select this option to allow
the server to open ports on the router automatically so the
video streams can be sent out from a LAN. To utilize of this
feature, make sure that your router supports UPnPTM and it
is activated.

Enable UPnP presentation: If you select this option,
shortcuts to VAST Server will be listed in My Network
Places.
Proxy Settings
In this section, you can enable, modify, or cancel Proxy Settings for VAST Server if your network
devices are set up under a proxy.
Web Access Settings
User can access VAST LiveClient and Playback via Internet web browser (http://IP address:3454 ).
For local host --> http://127.0.0.1:3454.
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How to Edit Recording Groups
By default, all devices are assigned to the default recording group. You can manually remove
a device from the default recording group. However, only those devices which belong to a
recording group can produce recorded media files.
Another purpose of setting recording group is that you can divide all the managed devices into
several recording groups, and for each recording group, you can assign several hard-disks (with
recording paths) to store media data. The live media data will be stored in the first assigned
hard-disk initially, and when the available space of the first hard disk reaches the preset
reserved space limit, the media data will be stored in the second disk and so on. If the available
space of the last disk reaches the reserved space limit, the recorded files in the first disk will be
overwritten with the new media data. This procedure is called "Cyclic Recording".
Recording Storage Settings
Please follow the steps below to set up recording groups for a station:
a. Select the target station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Station Settings > Recording Storage Settings on the menu bar (or rightclick the station on the hierarchical management tree and select Station Settings > Recording
Storage Settings). You can also right-click DefaultGroup under the station and click Recording
Storage Settings since all devices are assigned to the Default Recording Group by default settings.
b
a
b
b
c. The Recording Storage Settings window will pop up.
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Default Storage Group Settings
The following example shows the default storage group settings. You can click
Delete to remove the default settings.
group name or click
Rename to modify the
d
d. The default recording path is C:\Recording. The total space and free space of the disk is shown on
the right for reference.
e. Add Local Path: Click
to add another recording path on your local computer. A Select Path dialog
will pop up as shown below. When all settings are complete, click OK to enable the settings, or click
Cancel to discard the settings.
f. Add Network Path: Click
to add a network storage for recorded data. Please refer to page 105 for
detailed information about how to add a new network storage server. Then double-click the Path to
assign a specific folder as a new recording path.
f
e
Click those buttons to modify the file
folder under D:\
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g. To modify the settings of a path, select the path from the list, then click
Change settings to modify.
h. To delete a path, select the path from the list and click
Delete path. A warning dialog box will pop
up as shown below.
i. By default, all devices are assigned to the Default Recording Group in the window on the right. You
can select device(s) from the list and click << to delete device(s) (or right-click the device under
DefaultGroup tree to delete it). Note that a Delete Camera dialog box will pop up. Click Yes to delete
the device along with the recorded data; click No to delete the device but retain the recorded data;
click Cancel to cancel the delete action. Please note that only those designated devices can record
videos.
j. Click >> to add devices to the DefaultGroup.
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l
i
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k. Delete recorded data older than the duration: If you only want to retain recorded data for a duration,
check this item and enter a number of day(s). In addition, since VAST Server will do "cyclic recording"
automatically, the oldest file will be overwritten by the latest one when the maximum capacity is
reached.
l. When completed, click Apply to confirm and save your settings. If you want to cancel all of your
editing, click Restore to return to the previous settings or click close to discard the settings.
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Add New Recording Group(s)
If you want to add a new recording group, click
which will be displayed on the drop-down list.
The following is an example of recording group list.
Add to give a name to the new recording group,
Please refer to the following limits when you set up recording group(s):
 The maximum number of devices in a recording group is 32-CH.
 One recording group can be assigned with several recording paths and do cylic recording; while one recording
path should only be assigned to one recording group.
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How to Edit Recording Schedules
After editing recording storage settings, you can begin to edit recording schedules for the
devices in a recording group. By default, all devices are assigned to the default recording
schedule (Please refer to the default time frame settings on page 87). Therefore, once you
insert a device to the station, the VAST Server will begin to record live video according to the
default recording schedule. You can also manually remove a device from the default recording
schedule. Please note that you cannot assign recording schedules to those devices which
have been deleted from a recording group.
The following is an illustration of a set of recording schedules, which are composed of several
time frames. Each time frame has its own time segments, period of time, repeat interval, and
recording mode. You can create different recording schedules with simple or complex time
frames based on your needs.
Devices in Recording Group
Time Frame a
Time Frame b
Router
Recording Schedule 1
Time Frame n
Time Frame y
Recording Schedule N
Time Frame z
In addition, you can arrange the priority of each time frame according to its importance. The
recording schedule with the highest priority will be applied first. This capability is very useful
because you can specify a new time frame with the highest priority temporarily without modifying
the other time frames.
Features of the recording schedules:
 Each
device can be assigned to only one recording schedule.
 Each
recording schedule may contain many time frames.
 Each
time frame has its own repeat frequency and recording mode.
To save time editing recording schedules and time-frames, we also provide a useful template
function to save your time on schedules/time-frames settings. That is, you can save a specified
schedule and download it as a template for future use or upload a well-arranged schedule
template designed by others.
Please note that after you save the recording settings in the server, the recording schedule will
begin automatically according to your settings.
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Edit Schedule List
Please follow the steps below to set up the recording schedules:
a. Select the target station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Station Settings > Recording Schedule Settings on the menu bar (or rightclick the station and select Station Settings > Recording Schedule Settings).
b
a
b
c. The Recording Schedule Settings window will pop up. By default, all cameras under the station are
assigned to Default Schedule, Default Time Frame, and Default Camera List.
Add Schedules
d. To add a new recording schedule, click Add to enter a name in the Schedule Name dialog box for the
new schedule. Click OK to confirm the settings or Cancel to discard the settings. The new recording
schedule will be displayed on the schedule drop-down list.
Rename Schedules
e. To rename an existing schedule, select the schedule from the schedule drop-down list and click
Rename. A Schedule Name dialog will pop up for you to fill in a name for the new schedule. Click OK
to confirm the settings or Cancel to discard the settings. The new recording schedule will be displayed
on the schedule drop-down list.
Delete Schedules
f. To delete an existing schedule, select the schedule from the schedule drop-down list and click Delete.
A Remove Schedule dialog box will pop up. Click OK to confirm or Cancel to discard the settings.
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Load/Save Schedule Templates
g. If you have a schedule template with time frame settings, you can upload it to simplify the editing of
the schedule. Click Load Template, and a Load File dialog box will pop up. Select the template file
and click Open to load.
h. If you want to save a schedule as a template for future use, select the schedule from the schedule
drop-down list and click Save as Template. A Save File dialog box will pop up for you to save the
template file.
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h
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Edit Camera List
Please follow the steps below to assign a device to a recording schedule:
a. Select a recording schedule on the schedule drop-down list.
b. By default, all devices under the station are assigned to the Default Schedule.
c. Click << to remove devices from the Default Schedule. Click >> to add devices to the Default
Schedule.
d. Click Apply to confirm or Close to discard the settings.
a
b
c
f
If you add a Network Device that does not belong to any Recording Group, a warning dialog will pop up as shown
below. For more information about how to set up Recording Group(s), please refer to Recording Group Settings on
page 79.
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Edit Time Frame List
Default Time Frame: Weekly (Day-based), Mon.~Sun., 24-hour, continuous recording
Click Edit to open the Default Time Frame settings page as shown below.
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Add New Time Frames
Please follow the steps below to add new time frames to a schedule:
a. Select a recording schedule from the drop-down list.
b. Click Add to open the Time Frame Settings window.
a
b
c. Enter a name for the new time frame.
d. If you have a time-frame template, you can upload it to simplify the editing of the schedule. Click Load
Template and the Load File dialog box will pop up. Select the template file to load.
e. To edit the new time frame, select a Repeat Frequency from the drop-down list and edit the time
segments, applicable days, applicable period of time, and repeat time interval. For the detailed settings
of each repeat frequency, please refer to The Concept of Repeat Frequency on page 90.
f. When completed, click Save to enable the settings.
g. If you want to save this time frame as a template for future use, click Save as Template. A Save file
dialog will pop up for you to save the template.
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h. If you want to add additional time frames to the schedule, repeat the steps above.
i. Close the window when you finish the time frame settings.
j. Back to the Recording Schedule Settings window, the new time frame will be displayed on the Time
Frame List.
k. If you want to edit an existing time frame, select if from the Time Frame List and click Edit to set up.
l. If you want to delete an existing time frame, select if from the Time Frame List and click Delete.
m. If you want to change the priority of a time frame, select it from the Time Frame List and click Up or
Down to shift its position. The time frame on the top of the list has the highest priority.
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Recording Settings
n. Select one of the following Recording Modes for the time frame:
 None: No recording action.
 Continuous: 24-hours continuous recording. If you want to enable Activity Adaptive Streaming,
please refer to page 82 for detailed illustration.
 Event: The server will start to record only when an event is triggered. The recording time length
depends on the settings in Recording Storage Settings. The default time length is 20 seconds (10s
pre-event time plus 10s post-event time). Please refer to page 81 for more information. For more
information about event catagories, please refer to page 176 for detailed illustration.
o. Select Trigger Source(s): Motion Detection, IVA (Intelligent Video Analysis), PIR, and Tamper Detection
p. Select the status of Digital Input(s): Trigger State or Normal State
q. Click Apply to confirm the settings. Then close the window when you finish the recording schedule
settings.
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The following diagrams show the frame rate variation of two recording modes:
1. Continuous recording + Activity adaptive recording (helps save bandwidth and storage)
Bandwidth
Time
I frame ---> Full frame rate ---> I frame
Continuous Recording
2. Event recording
Bandwidth
Time
No recording data ---> Full frame rate ---> No recording data
Event Recording
The Concept of Repeat Frequency
VAST offers the following types of repeat frequency. The definition of each type is listed in the
following table:
Repeat Frequency
Discription
Daily Setting


Specify arbitrary time segments within a day,
Repeat the segments every N days in the specified period of time.
Weekly Setting (Day-based)
(Default Time Frame)



Specify arbitrary time segments within a day,
Apply only on selected days of a week,
Repeat the segments every N weeks during the specified period of time.
Weekly Setting (Periods in a week)


Specify arbitrary time segments within a week,
Repeat the segments every N weeks during the specified period of time.
Monthly Setting (Day-based)



Specify arbitrary time segments within a day,
Apply only on selected days of a month,
Repeat the segments every N months during the specified period of time.
Yearly Setting (Day-based)



Specify arbitrary time segments within a day,
Apply only on selected days of a year,
Repeat the segments every N years during the specified period of time.
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Repeat Frequency: Daily Setting
To set up daily repeat frequency, please configure the following items: Daily time segments, applicable
period of time, and repeat time interval.
Daily timeline control bar
Daily time segments
*You can drag the daily
timeline bar for more
than one time segment
per day.
Applicable period of
time
Repeat time interval
Set up daily time segments
You can specify several time segments within a day. The numbers 0~23 on the hourly timeline control
bar (the purple rectangles) represent the 24 hours in a day.
There are two ways to define time segments: one is to use the computer mouse to manipulate the
timeline control bars; the other is to fill in the precise start and end time values in the corresponding
fields.
Add time segments: Choose either step 1 or step 2 to set up
1. Use the mouse to drag the timeline bars:
a. Left-click the daily timeline control bar (the purple rectangles) and drag the mouse.
b. The corresponding time segment will also appear in the Start Time and End Time fields. Click Add,
then the red timeline bars representing new time segments will appear as shown below. You can
drag multiple time segments within a day.
In the following illustration, the yellow arrows show the dragging direction of the mouse. You can
drag from left to right or the opposite.
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2. Fill in the precise Start Time and End Time:
a. Directly enter the value in the Start Time and End Time fields, then click Add.
b. The corresponding red timeline bar will automatically appear as shown below.
a
b
Delete time segments: Choose either step 1 or step 2 to set up
1. Use the mouse to erase the timeline bar: Right-click on an existing red timeline bar and drag the
mouse. A green timeline bar representing the deleted part of the time segment will erase the red bar as
shown below.
In the following illustration, the green arrows show the dragging direction of the mouse. You can drag it
from left to right or the opposite.
2. Use the delete button to remove the entire timeline bar:
a. Click an existing red timeline bar or left-click the daily timeline control bar (the purple rectangles)
and drag the mouse.
b. The corresponding time segment will appear in the Start Time and End Time fields.
c. Click Delete, and the selected timeline bar will disappear.
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Set up applicable period of time
For repeat frequencies, you can set up the applicable date and period of time for the time frame.
a. Specify the start date and time in the Start field. A calendar date selector will appear when you click
on the drop-down list of date. Click
or
to select the month, then pick a desired day in the
calendar.
b. Specify the end date and time in the End field if you have an end time for applying this time frame. If
you do not have a terminating time for this time frame, select Never Stop.
a
b
Click to select a year
Click to select a month from the drop-down list
Click here to move the focus to the current date
Set up repeat time interval
The repeat time intervals is "every N day(s)" as shown below. Repeat every 1 day means the time frame
would apply for every day within the period of time.
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Repeat Frequency: Weekly Setting (Day-based)
To set up Weekly (Day-based) repeat frequency, please configure the following items: Daily time
segments, applicable days within a week, applicable period of time, and repeat time interval.
Daily timeline control bar (24h)
Daily Time segments
*You can drag more
than one time segment
per day.
Applicable days
within a week
Applicable period of
time
Repeat time interval
Set up daily time segments
Please refer to page 91 for detailed instructions.
Set up applicable days within a week
For repeat frequency--"Weekly (day based)", you can apply the time segments only on selected days of
the week.
Set up applicable period of time
Please refer to page 93 for detailed instructions.
Set up repeat time interval
The repeat time intervals is "every N week(s)" as shown below. Repeat every 1 week means the time
frame would apply for every week within the period of time.
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Repeat Frequency: Weekly Setting (Periods in a week)
To set up Weekly (Periods in a week) repeat frequency, please configure the following items: Time
segments within a week, applicable period of time, and repeat time interval.
Time segments within
a week
*You can drag more
than one time segment
per week.
Weekly timeline control bar
Daily timeline control bar (24hr)
Applicable period of
time
Repeat time interval
Set up time segments within a week
You can specify several time segments within a week. The weekly timeline contol bar represents the
7 days of a week, and the daily timeline contol bar represents the 24 hours in a day. The daily timeline
control bar is only valid when one of the days on the weekly timeline control bar has been selected.
There are two ways to set up time segments: one is to use the computer mouse to draw the timeline
control bars; the other is to fill in the precise start and end time value in the corresponding fields.
Add time segments: Choose either step 1 or step 2 to set up
1. Use the mouse to drag the timeline bars:
a. Click on a day on the weekly timeline control bar. The selected bar will turn green.
b. Left-click the daily timeline control bar and drag the mouse.
c. The corresponding time segment will also appear in the Start Time and End Time fields. Click Add,
then the red timeline bars representing new time segments will appear as shown below. You can
drag multiple time segments within a day and a week.
In the following illustration, the yellow arrows show the dragging direction of the mouse. You can
drag from left to right or the opposite.
a
b
c
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2. Fill in a precise Start Time and End Time:
a. Directly select a day and enter the value in the Start Time and End Time fields, then click Add.
b. The corresponding red timeline bars will automatically appear as shown below.
The following is an example of an extended time segment from Mon. 8:00 to Fri. 19:00.
b
a
Delete time segments: Please refer to page 92 for detailed instructions.
Set up applicable period of time
Please refer to page 93 for detailed instructions.
Set up repeat time interval
Please refer to page 94 for detailed instructions.
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Repeat Frequency: Monthly Setting (Day-based)
To set up Monthly (Day-based) repeat frequency, please configure the following items: Daily time
segments, applicable date(s) of a month/ day(s) of a week, applicable period of time, and repeat time
interval.
Timeline control bar (24hr)
Daily time segments
*You can drag more
than one time segment
per day.
Applicable date(s) of
a month/ day(s) of a
week
Applicable period of
time
Repeat time interval
Set up daily time segments
Please refer to page 91 for detailed instructions.
Set up applicable date(s) of a month/ day(s) of a week
For repeat frequency--"monthly (day-based)", you can apply the time segments only on selected days of
a month. There are two types of repeat frequencies: Date(s) of a month and Day(s) of a week.
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Repeat by date(s) of a month:
Select date(s) from the calendar, and it will be displayed on the right blank as shown below.
The following example refers to the 1st ~ 5th day of a month.
Repeat by day(s) of a week:
Select day(s) from the calendar, and it will be displayed on the right blank as shown below.
The following example refers to the 1st ~ 5th Friday of a month.
Set up applicable period of time
Please refer to page 93 for detailed instructions.
Set up repeat time interval
The repeat time intervals is "every N month(s)" as shown below. Repeat every 1 month means the time
frame would apply for every month within the period of time.
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Repeat Frequency: Yearly Setting (Day-based)
To set up Yearly (Day-based) repeat frequency, please configure the following items: Daily time
segments, applicable date(s) of a year/ day(s) of a week, applicable period of time, and repeat time
interval.
Timeline control bar (24hr)
Daily time segments
*You can drag more
than one time segment
per day.
Applicable date(s)
of a year/ day(s) of a
week
Applicable period of
time
Repeat time interval
Set up daily time segments
Please refer to page 91 for detailed instructions.
Set up applicable date(s) of a year/ day(s) of a week
For repeat frequency--"yearly (day-based)", you can apply the time segments only on selected days of a
year. There are two types of repeat frequencies: Date(s) of a year and Day(s) of a week.
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Repeat by date(s) of a year:
Select date(s) from the calendar, and it will be displayed on the right blank as shown below.
The following example refers to the 1st ~ 5th day of a year.
Repeat by day(s) of a week:
Select day(s) from the calendar, and it will be displayed on the right blank as shown below.
The following example refers to the January 1st ~ 5th Friday of a year.
Set up applicable period of time
Please refer to page 93 for detailed instructions.
Set up repeat time interval
The repeat time intervals is "every N year(s)" as shown below. Repeat every 1 year means the time
frame would apply for every year within the period of time.
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How to Manually Begin /Stop Recording
By default, all devices are assigned to the default recording storage and default recording
schedule. Therefore, once you insert a device onto the station, the VAST Server will begin
to record live video according to the default recording schedule. Please refer to How to Edit
Recording Schedules on page 83.
However, if you have changed the default schedule, you can manually click Manually Begin
Recording to enable a device without setting up a recording schedule. Please follow the
instructions below to manually begin recording.
Select the device from the hierarchical management tree under Default Group, then click Edit
> Manually Begin Recording on the menu bar (or right-click the device and select Manually
Begin Recording). The string on the menu bar will turn into Manually Stop Recording as
shown below and the VAST Server will start to record video from the target camera. Please
note that its priority will be higher than the recording schedule, so it will continue unless you
click Manually Stop Recording. After you click Manually Stop Recording, the device will then
follow the preset recording schedule.
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How to Edit Scheduled Backup Settings
VAST LiveClient supports scheduled backup which allows the user to back up the recorded data
in another disk.
Please follow the steps below to enable scheduled backup settings:
a. Select the target station from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Station Settings > Scheduled Backup Settings on the menu bar (or rightclick the station and select Station Settings > Scheduled Backup Settings).
c. The Scheduled backup settings window will pop up.
Select Backup Source
d. Check Enable schedule backup.
e. Select the data source you want to backup. If you check Selected cameras, you can click >> or << to
choose the data source that you want to backup.
d
e
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Setup Backup Schedule
f. Fill in a desired time and click >> to add the backup time. Please note that the backup time interval
must not less than 1 hour. For example, 23:40 and 00:15 are not allowed to exist simultaneously.
In the following example, the server will backup the recorded data at 12:00 PM and 23:00 PM everyday
once you save the settings.
f
The following diagram shows the backup schedule and backup data:
1st backup
data
Server
start
2nd backup
data
12:00
2010/01/24
3rd backup
data
23:00
2010/01/24
4nd backup
data
12:00
2010/01/25
23:00
2010/01/25
Select Backup Target
g. Click Browse... to select a path (local path or network storage) to store the backup data. Please
note that the disk for backup data should be different from the original recording path, or a warning
message will pop up as shown below. For more information about how to set up recording path, please
refer to page 80.
h. Select a maximum size for backup folder. The server will divide backup data into the following size:
VCD (650M), DVD (4.7G), Customize, or Unlimited size according to your choice.
i. Select Delete old backups if space is insufficient if you want to do cylic backup due to the limited
size of the hard disk.
g
h
i
j
Other Options
j. If you only want to backup the recorded data of events, select Backup only events and fill in the preand post-event time.
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How to Configure Station Server Settings
VAST LiveClient supports Server Settings including DDNS Settings, Network Storage Settings,
and SMTP Settings.
Select the station from the hierarchical management tree and click Configuration > Station
Settings > Server Settings to open the page (or right-click the station and select Station
Settings > Server Settings).
DDNS Settings
Since the public IP of VAST Server may be a dynamic IP address, DDNS service will give it a
fixed domain name.
Select a DDNS provider from the provider drop-down list. VIVOTEK offers 2bthere.net (Safe100.
net), a free dynamic domain name service, to VIVOTEK customers. Please refer to the user's
manual of VIVOTEK's network camera for detailed DDNS settings.
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Network Storage Server Settings
The VAST Server allows user to set up network storage path(s) for recorded files. Please follow
the steps below to add a new network storage path.
a. Click Add to open the Network Host Window.
b. Fill in the related information for the network host. Then click OK to save the new settings.
b
a
c. If you want to add more network host(s), please repeat step a. b.
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SMTP Settings
VAST Server allows user to set up SMTP Server to send mail alert when event triggers. For
more information about how to set up event management, please refer to page 64.
Please follow the steps below to configure the SMTP Server:
a. Click Add to open the SMTP Settings page.
b. Enter the related information of your mail server. If your SMTP server requires a secure connection
(SSL), check Use SSL.
c. Click OK to enable the settings.
d. Then the new information will appear on the SMTP Settings window as shown below.
b
a
c
d
If you have more than
one SMTP server, you
can click to arrange the
priority.
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How to Use the Talk Panel
VAST LiveClient supports the two way audio function which allows the user to communicate with
people around the network camera. Please enable the two way audio function on the camera
side.
The following is an illustration of the two way audio function:
Audio transmitted from network camera
Network Camera with internal
or external microphone
Audio transmitted from operators
Add a Camera to the Talk Panel
 There are several ways to add a Network Camera to the Talk Panel:
Drag-and-drop a camera from the video cell or from the hierarchical management tree to the talk panel
as shown below. You can also right-click the target camera or the video cell, then click Send to Talk
Panel on the popup menu.
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 An icon with the camera name will be displayed in the Talk Panel.
Click to play sound from the camera
Remove all cameras
from the Talk Panel
Click to talk
Select sound from the
file list
Click to play the selected
sound on the client side
Click to adjust volume
 Please note that you cannot Talk and Play Sound at the same time.
 When you are talking or playing sound, you cannot add other cameras
to the Talk Panel. If you want to add more
cameras to the Talk Panel, please Stop Talking and Stop Playing first.
Click to stop talking
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Remove a Camera from the Talk Panel
 Remove a camera
Drag a camera from the Talk Panel and drop to the hierarchical management tree window as shown
below. The camera icon will disappear.
 Remove all cameras
Click
, all cameras in the Talk Panel will be removed.
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How to Configure E-map Settings
VAST LiveClient supports intuitive E-map function which allows users to upload E-maps for
overall devices management.
Click System > E-map to open E-map Settings Page:
Upload an E-map
Click
to search for E-map(s) to upload.
The uploaded E-maps will be listed under the E-map list tree.
If the uploading procedure fails, please compress the image size of your map (equal or smaller than 2MB) and try
again.
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User Interface of E-map Settings Page (View Mode)
 Double-click an E-map on the tree, it will be displayed on the E-map window as shown
below. There are two operation modes of E-map settings page: "View Mode" and "Edit Mode".
The following is the "View Mode" illustration.
D
A
C
A. Menu bar
E
B
B. Quick access bar
C. E-map list tree
D. E-map window
E. Status panel
 Right-click the E-map, then you can edit, rename, or delete the E-map.
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 Right-click an E-map on the tree and click Edit or click
switch to edit mode.
on the Quick Access Bar, it will
Quick Access Bar
Icon Function
Description
Zoom in
Zoom in the E-map
Zoom out
Zoom out the E-map
Default size
Adjust the E-map to default size
Upload
Upload E-map to the login station
View Mode
Click to switch to view mode
Full Screen
Extend the E-map settings page to full screen
Save
Save E-map settings
Status Panel
User Name
Station Name (IP Address)
Login Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss)
Current Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss)
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User Interface of E-map Settings Page (Edit Mode)
A
F
C
G
B
D
E
A. Menu bar
E. Map preview
B. Quick access bar
F. E-map window
C. E-map list tree
G. Status panel
D. Device tree
 Right-click the E-map, you can download, rename, or delete the E-map.
Download the E-map to E-map window
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Device Management
Please follow the steps below to edit an uploaded E-map.
a. Double-click the E-map you want to edit, it will be displayed on the E-map window.
b. Use Quick Access Bar to adjust the size of the E-map. In edit mode, you can also use your mouse to
drag the position of the E-map and zoom in or zoom out the E-map.
c. Drag-and-drop the connected devices to the E-map according to your deployment.
b
c
d. Right-click the device icon on E-map, you can rotate the direction or delete the device. The device
can be rotated in 8 derections as shown below.
e. You can also drag the DI/DO device under the connected device onto the E-map. If you want to
change the status of the DO device, double click the DO icon on E-map.
For more information about DI/DO settings, please refer to
Digital input on / off
/
Association Management on page 62.
/
f. Click
on the Quick Access Bar to save the new settings.
The red frame twinkling around the device means there is event trigger(s) going on.
Meanwhile, a live view dialog will pop up beside the model.
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Live View Dialog Settings
Click Configuration > E-map Settings to open the E-map Settings dialog, then you can
choose to Open Live View Dialog or to Send to Single View when you double-click the device
deployed on the E-map.
Open Live View Dialog
Select Open Live View Dialog: When you double-click the device icon on the E-map or when an event
triggers, a live view dialog will pop up beside it. It is the default setting in E-map Settings window.
Send to Single View
Select Send to Single View: When you double-click the device icon on the E-map, it will open a single
view on the VAST LiveClient.
If you have set up dual monitor, it will be automatically sent a single view to the second monitor.
Monitor 1
Monitor 2
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The live view dialog also supports click on image, PTZ, and e-PTZ as long as the linked device supports and
enables those functions. To enable those function on E-map, please check the item "Enable click on image" on the
menu bar of LiveClient as shown below. Then an icon
will appear in the live view dialog for you to control the
cameras.
E-map Link
After completing device deployment on your E-map, you can link an E-map to another E-map.
Please follow the steps below to configure E-map link:
a. Select a map you want to edit and enter Edit Mode.
b. Drag-and-drop another E-map onto current E-map. A blue frame will appear as shown below.
For example: Link Map1 to Map2 by dargging Map2 onto Map1
c. Use
to move the position of the blue frame.
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d. Right-click the blue frame to Resize or Delete it.
Click Resize, some nodes will appear around the blue frame. Then You can drag the nodes to move
the position, rotate the direction, adjust the size, and change the shape.
resize
rotate the direction
change the shape
move the position
e. Click
on the Quick Access Bar to save the new settings.
f. If you want to set additional map links, please repeat steps a. ~ e.
For example: Link Map2 to Map3 by dargging Map3 onto Map2
g. Click
on the Quick Access Bar to save the new settings.
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h. Test the web links. Click
on the Quick Access Bar to switch to view mode.
Double-click the blue frame on Map1, it will automatically switch to map2. Then double-click the blue
frame on Map2, it will automatically switch to map3.
Map 1
Map 2
Map 3
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How to Configure Client Settings
In Client Settings, you can configure Snapshot Settings, Recording Settings, View Settings,
General Settings, Joystick Settings, Proxy Settings, and PiP Settings.
Snapshot Settings
Please follow the steps below to configure snapshot settings:
a. Click Configuration > Client Settings > Snapshot Settings on the menu bar to open the Snapshot
Settings window.
b. Select a picture format for snapshots (BMP or JPEG). If you select JPEG format, you can adjust the
recompression quality (from 1 to 100). Note that a higher value would generate higher picture quality
but lower compression rate.
c. Fill in a filename prefix for the snapshots.
d. The default storage path for snapshots is C:\Program Files\VIVOTEK Inc\VAST\Client\LiveClient\
Snapshot. If you want to change the storage path, click Browse
to select another folder.
e
b
d
The recompression quality is only
enabled in MPEG-4 streaming. If your
stream source is MJPEG, the system
will directly save the JPEG image
without recompression.
c
e. If you check Generate a file name automatically, VAST will directly save snapshots with the following
filename format to the storage folder.
Snapshot_20100125_173015_01.jpg
File name prefix Date and time
Picture format
(YYYYMMDD_hhmmss)
Serial number of snapshots
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If you uncheck Generate a file name automatically, the Save file dialog box will pop up when you
take a snapshot. The file name prefix will automatically be displayed in the Save File dialog box.
Take a Snapshot
Please follow the steps below to take a snapshot of the live video stream:
a. Select the video cell of which you want to take a snapshot.
b. Click Snapshot
on the quick access bar, or right-click the video cell and select Others >
Snapshot from the popup menu. You also can click Edit > Snapshot to take a snapshot.
c. The snapshots will be found in the preset storage folder on your local computer.
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Recording Settings
The VAST Server allows you to record the live video in EXE, 3GP, or AVI format to your storage
folder.
Type 1: Record to EXE
Record video as an EXE file. The EXE is not only a media file but also a built-in media player. When
user execute the EXE, the media file will be played automatically. There is no need to install any other
program. For more information about how to use the EXE player, please refer to page 125.
Please follow the steps below to configure EXE record settings:
a. Click Configuration > Client Settings > Recording Settings on the menu bar to open the Recording
Settings window.
b. Select EXE as the Record Type.
c. The default storage path is C:\Program Files\VIVOTEK Inc\VAST\Client\LiveClient\Record. If you want
to change the storage path, click Browse
to select another folder.
d. Select the Length of each file-- Maximum Size (10~2000MB) or Maximum Time Interval (1~150
min).
b
c
d
e. Click OK to enable the settings.
Type 2: Record to 3GP
Record video as a 3GP file. 3GP file is a standard MP4 format compatible with players such as VLC,
QuickTime, or Real players. Choose this type if you has already installed one of these players.
Please follow the steps below to configure 3GP record settings:
a. Click Configuration > Client Settings > Recording Settings on the menu bar to open the Recording
Settings window.
b. Select 3GP as the Record Type.
c. The default storage path is C:\Program Files\VIVOTEK Inc\VAST\Client\LiveClient\Record. If you want
to change the storage path, click Browse
to select another folder.
d. Select the Length of each file-- Maximum Size (1~2000MB) or Maximum Time Interval (1~150 min).
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b
c
d
e
e. If you check "Record with only standard codec", the video from old models (VIVOTEK 6000-series
products) using H.263 codec will not be recorded.
f. Click OK to enable the settings.
Type 3: Record to AVI
Record video as an AVI file, which uses the popular codecs pre-installed in the Windows OS. Please
note that the speed may be slower due to the need of decoding the video/audio and re-encoding both
into a compatible codec.
Please follow the steps below to configure AVI record settings:
a. Click Configuration > Client Settings > Recording Settings on the menu bar to open the Recording
Settings window.
b. Select AVI as the Record Type.
c. The default storage path is C:\Program Files\VIVOTEK Inc\VAST\Client\LiveClient\Record. If you want
to change the storage path, click Browse
to select another folder.
d. Select the Length of each file-- Maximum Size (1~2000MB) or Maximum Time Interval (1~150 min).
b
c
d
Due to the AVI file has a limitation on
the maximum file size of 2G bytes, if
the setting “time length” generates data
larger than 2G bytes, several files will
be created.
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e
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e. Select the frame rate/ per second.
f. To modify the video compression settings, click Video Compression Setting to open the AVI Video
Compression Setting window. Select the desired video compression algorithm, compression
quality, key frame intervals, and data rate in the corresponding fields.
If you do not choose to compress the video,
the generated AVI file will be very large.

To modify the settings of the compression algorithm: Click Configure, then a dialog box will pop
up for you to modify the settings. The dialog box will be different according to the compressor you
select.

To read the information of a compression algorithm (its version for instance): Click About, and a
dialog box will pop up showing the related information. The dialog box will be different according to
the compressor you select.
g. To modify the audio compression settings, click Audio Compression Setting to open the AVI
Audio Compression Setting window. Select the desired audio quality, format, and attributes in the
corresponding fields.
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Record an EXE/3GP/AVI File
Please follow the steps below to record an EXE/3GP/AVI file of a live video stream:
a. Select a video cell or a device from the heirarchical management tree which you want to record to
media file.
b. Click Record to EXE/3GP/AVI
on the quick access bar, or right-click the video cell and click
Record to EXE/3GP/AVI. You can also click Edit > Record to EXE/3GP/AVI on the menu bar. (The UI
string will change according to your Recording Settings.)
c. For recording a high-resolution video (1600 x 1200) in AVI type, a dialog box will pop up as shown
below to remind you that the CPU loading will increase. Click OK to continue the process.
d. The icon
will then change to Recording EXE/3GP/AVI
, and a red text string (EXE/3GP/AVI)
will appear at the bottom right of the video cell. Note that only one video channel can be recorded at a
time.
If you save your video via a LiveClient installed
on another computer, the videos will be placed
in where you installed the LiveClient utility: e.g.,
C:\\VAST\Client\LiveClient\Record.
AVI
e. When you want to terminate the AVI Recording, click the icon
on the Quick Access Bar. The export
process will then terminate and the button will change from
to
. The recorded media files will be
found in the preset storage folder on your local computer as shown below.
Below is the file name format for AVI files:
20100125_173015.avi
Date and time
Video format
(YYYYMMDD_hhmmss)
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Built-in Media Player--EXE
Below is the icon of footages saved as EXE files. Double-click on it, the recorded video will be played
automatically as shown below. You may also open the built-in Media Player in the default location:
C:\Program Files\VIVOTEK Inc\VAST\Client\LiveClient.
Video Title
Timeline Slider
Status Panel
Control Buttons
Total length of the histogram
The playing rate can be 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1X, 2X,
4X, 8X, 16X, 32X, and 64X.
Current time of the video clip
Icon Function
Description
Pause
Pause playback of the focused video clip
Play
Start playback of the focused video clip
Stop
Stop playback of the focused video clip
Next Frame Go to the next video frame of the focused video clip
Slow Down
Slow down the playback rate
Speed Up
Speed up the playback rate
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The function menu of the built-in media player are displayed as shown below:
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The built-in player is able to playback 3GP and EXE files.
The built-in player is able to save 3GP files as EXE files.
The built-in player is able to save EXE files as 3GP files.
The built-in player is able to convert EXE and 3GP files into AVI files.
The built-in player also supports snapshot and print functions.
Below are special notices related to video recording with the fisheye cameras:
 For recorded videos from the fisheye cameras, only the built-in Media Player can playback the
Regional or Panoramic views. If you access the recorded videos using other playback software, you
will end up with the oval-shape Original view.
 When recording videos from fisheye cameras, Regional and Panoramic views can only be preserved in
the EXE and 3GP format. If you save the dewarped views, i.e., Regional and Panoramic, as AVIs, only
the oval-shape Original view will be preserved.
 Currently the video playback on the Emap window displays the Original view only.
 To display a Regional or Panoramic view, right-click on the Media Player window.
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View Settings
This section allows you to set the display mode of a video cell, including Display Location,
Date and time Format, Video Display Mode, and Font Settings. When you change the
settings, the sample window will change accordingly for you to preview the settings.
Display Location
Display Area 1
Display Area 3
Display Area 2
Display Area 4
As the illustration shows, there are 4 display areas for you to input information about the live video. Each
drop-down list includes 6 options for you to select: No display, Camera Name, Video Title, Camera
Date, Camera Time, and Camera DateTime.
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Date and Time Format
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Same as local computer: Select this option and then the date and time format will synchronize with the
local computer.
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Specify: Select a desired format for the date and time from the drop-down list.
Date format: Select YYYY/MM/DD or MM/DD/YY.
Time format: Select the default time format (synchronize with the local computer), 12h AM/PM, or 24h.
Video Display Mode
Keep the aspect ratio: In the default settings, the size
of the video window will change according to the
layout of the live view window you choose. However,
the frame size may be distorted. If you select Keep
the aspect ratio, the video window will be adjusted
to the same frame size as the preview window. This
function is disabled as default.
 Show motion window when triggered: If you select this option, the red frame of the motion detection
window will appear in the video window when motion is triggered. This function is enabled as default.

For detailed information about how to set up the layout of the live view window, please refer to How to
Change Video Viewing Mode on page 44.
Font Settings
This function allows you to change the font on the video cell.

Font: Automatically lists all fonts installed on your operating system. Select the desired type.

Color: Select a desired font color (white, red, green, blue).

Size: Select a desired font size (8, 10, 12, 14).
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General Settings
This section allows you to configure the System Settings and Rotation Settings.
System Settings
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Auto login after logging in to operating system: If you check this option, VAST LiveClient will
automatically login after you login to Windows without filling in the user name and password. This
function is disabled as default.
Automatically display in full screen after login: If you check this option, the video cells will be displayed
in full screen without showing the menu bar or the control panels.
Auto add newly-inserted camera to video cell: If you check this option, VAST LiveClient will
automatically add the newly-inserted device to a video cell. This function is enabled as default.
Retrieve RTSP streaming on specific port: The default port for RTSP streaming is 554. If you want to
change this port, please check this item and fill in a desired port.
Setup substation streaming connection by relaying: This option is not checked by default. As the
following diagram shows, VAST Client might directly connect to the streaming under VAST Server
3-2 without requesting the connection via VAST Server 1 and Server 2-1. If you want to get streaming
through relaying, please check this option.
VAST
Client
VAST
Server 1
manages 2 sub-stations
VIVOTEK IP Camera
ST7501
Server 3-1
VIVOTEK IP Camera
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VAST
Server 2-2
VAST
Server 2-1
VAST
Server 3-2
VIVOTEK IP Camera
ST7501
Server 3-3
VIVOTEK IP Camera
ST7501
Server 3-4
VIVOTEK IP Camera
If the VAST Server 3-2 is set up behind a firewall, the VAST Client will not be able to access the VAST Server 3-2
directly. You have to get the connetion by relaying.
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Event Settings
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Enable live event notification: Select this option to activate real-time event notification. For example:
the event notification of DI/O status on the hierarchical management tree, the event list in the event
window, motion detection windows in video window, or the event notification on E-map settings page,
etc. This function is enabled as default.
Enable alert sound(s): If you enable this option, you will hear alert sound on the client side when the
event is triggered..
Event window mode: Select Fixed or Popup mode for the event window. For more information about
event window, please refer to page 18.
Rotation Settings

Enable rotation after login: If you check this option, the video cells will start to rotate after you login to
the VAST LiveClient. The default setting of this function is disabled.

Rotate the page every
second(s): Fill in a desire interval time for video page rotation. The maximum
value is 99 seconds. The default value is set at 6 seconds.
For detailed information about how to set up the layout of the monitoring window and rotation functions,
please refer to How to Change Video Viewing Mode on page 44.
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Display Settings
Enable auto stream size: The Auto Stream Size feature dynamically adjusts the stream sizes of video
feeds from network cameras in order to reduce CPU load and bandwidth consumption.
It is often the case that in surveillance deployments the physical dimensions of monitors, the
effectiveness of visual stimulis, and the operators' regions of interest can all be very limited. Streaming
large-size videos at all times will be a waste of bandwidth and system computing power. CIF and VGA
size videos are usually sufficient for the operators of a surveillance software.
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When enabled, your LiveClient station automatically requests smaller-size streams as video feeds (any
from streams #1 ~ #4) from the network cameras. For example, the frame size of video stream #4 will
be reduced to 320x240 (CIF). Depending on the actual size of view cells on the LiveClient monitoring
screen, the VAST server automatically requests different video streams.
When the size of view cells is manually expanded, a VAST server requests a different stream. This is
called Stream Jump. Shown below are the details of the corresponding stream jumps.
View cell size
Stream jump to...
4:3 resolutions
<= 320x240
stream #4 (CIF)
> 320x240 or 640x480
stream #1
16:9 resolutions
<= 384x216
stream #4 (CIF)
> 384x216 or 640x360
stream #1
1:1 (fisheye cameras)
<= 384x384
stream #4 (CIF)
> 384x384 or 640x640
stream #1
Facts about Auto Stream Size:
• The LiveClient utility automatically adjusts stream selection according to the size of view cells, no
user's configuration is required.
• The frame size of stream #1 is user-configurable. The VAST server only resizes stream #4.
• If a user disables the Auto Stream Size function later, the frame size of stream #4 will not be
restored to the previous configuration.
• Stream jump takes place on the display of all connected cameras once the function is enabled.
• The Auto Stream Size function does not apply to the Matrix view.
• If users configured a region of interest before the Auto Stream Size function is applied, e.g., via
the ePTZ control, the view cell might display a different live view.
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Enable de-interlace function: Select this option if your connected device does not support de-interlace
function. For example: VS7100.
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Joystick Settings
This section explains how to remote control connected network devices with a USB joystick. It’s
easy to install and configure via the USB interface.
Enable Joystick
Connect to the USB plug of the joystick to a USB port on your computer. Supported by the plug-in in the
main page (Microsoft’s DirectX), once the plug-in in the main page is loaded, it will automatically detect if
there is any joystick on the computer. The joystick should work properly without installing any other driver
or software.
Then you can begin to configure the joystick settings of connected devices. Please follow the instruction
below to enable joystick settings.
a. Select the target device from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Configuration > Client Settings > Joystick Settings on the menu bar to open the Joystick
Settings window. If your joystick is working properly, it will be displayed on the drop-down list.
c. Select the joystick you want to configure. Check Enable Joystick, then click Configure Buttons to
open Buttons configuration window.
b
a
c
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Buttons Configuration
In Button Configuration window, the left column shows the actions you can assign, and the right column
shows the functional buttons and assigned actions. The number of buttons may differ from different
joysticks.
Please follow the steps below to configure your joystick buttons:
a. Choosing one of the actions and click Assign will pop up a dialog. Then you can assign this action to
a button by pressing the joystick button or select it from the drop-down list.
For example: Assign Home (move to home position) to Button 1.
b. Click OK to confirm the configuration.
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c. The Assigned Action will appear beside Button 1 in the right column as shown in the following diagram.
Note that a button can only be assigned with an action. If you want to modify the settings, select the
action on the list and click Clear Selected.
d. If you want to assign additional actions, repeat step a.~c. When all settings are complete, click OK to
save the settings or click Cancel to discard the settings.
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e. Click OK to save the settings or click Cancel to discard the settings.
 If
you want to assign Preset actions to your joystick, the preset locations should be set up in advance.
your joystick is not working properly, it may need to be calibrated. Click Calibrate to open the Game Controllers
window located in the MS Windows control panel and follow the instructions for trouble shooting. For more
information, please refer to the MS Windows help files for details.
 If
 The
joystick will appear in the Game Controllers list in the Windows Control Panel on your computer. If you want
to check out your device, go to the following page: Open Start > Control Panel > Game Controllers.
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PTZ/ E-PTZ Function
In addition to using the PTZ control panel, you may also control the rotation handle of the joystick to
remote control a PTZ/ E-PTZ network camera with ease.
Pan/Tilt: Move the rotation handle of the joystick; you can pan the camera to the desire position. There
will be blue line displaying the moving direction in the center of the video image as the diagram 1 below.
Zoom in/Zoom out: Shift the rotation handle clockwise to zoom in the camera on an image or go
counterclockwise to zoom out the camera on an image. There will be a circle and four vectors in the
center of the video image as the diagram 2, 3 below.
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Pan/Tilt
(Move the rotating handle back and forth)
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Zoom in
(Turn the rotating handle clockwise)
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Zoom out
(Turn the rotating handle counter-clockwise)
Proxy Settings
In this section, you can enable, modify, or cancel Proxy Settings for client if your VAST Server
is under a proxy. If you change the proxy settings, please fill in the new value next time you login
the LiveClient next time.
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How to Use PiP (Picture-in-Picture)
PiP (Picture-in-Picture) is an intuitive function for user to simultaneously view a Global View and
ROI (Region of Interest) for live monitoring. The digital zoom in function can only focus on the
interested area and represent the details of megapixel video. Moreover, the multi-touch mode is
a very user-friendly interface for digital zoom in.
Enable PiP
Right-click the video cell and select Enable PiP. If you want to disable PiP, click the option again to
uncheck it. After you enable the PiP function, a movable global view window and a ROI frame will be
displayed as shown below.
Digital Zoom In
Global View
Region of Interest
(ROI)
Global View
The global view is the original view with the size scaled down to 160x120. It is movable and you can drag
it anywhere in the live view window. If you want to hide the global view, right-click the video cell and
select Hide Global View from the menu. An icon
will appear on top of the live view window.
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ROI (Region of Interest)
The ROI frame is capable of being resized and dragged in any direction upon the global view window as
e-PTZ function.
Digital Zoom In
Through digital zoom in, the live view window will be filled with the zoomed in ROI image. The maximum
magnification of the ROI frame is 16x zooming. The zoomed in area will change as the ROI frame is
dragged and resized. You can also easily zoom in and zoom out the ROI frame by rolling the mouse back
and force.
Snapshot & Print Zoomed In Image
You can snapshot and print the zoomed in image.
PiP Settings
The PiP Settings is for you to adjust the initial position of the global view window.
Click Configuration > Client Settings > PiP Settings to open the window. On top of it, you may choose
the horizontal position with left / middle / right side of the live view window, or you can customize the
percentage of space distance from the border of the live view window as an option. It is also fully applied
for vertical position with top / middle / bottom side of the live view window. When it’s done, you may click
on Apply to existing windows to enable the settings.
If the position of ROI and global view will be saved and applied for the next open. It will be removed when the live
view cell is removed.
 The PiP function is also applied in VAST Playback.
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Multi-touch Mode
VAST also supports advanced multi-touch mode for PiP. You can easily zoom in or zoom out the image
by touching the multi-touch monitor with two fingers.
Finger touch point
Zoom Out
Finger touch point
Finger touch point
Zoom In
Finger touch point
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How to Configure Video Enhancement
The LiveClient allows you to enable post-image enhancement and defog for video live view.
Basic Image Adjustment
This function allows you to configure basic image adjustment including Brightness, Contrast,
Saturation, and Hue.
Please follow the steps below to set a profile for post-image adjustment settings:
a. Select the target video cell.
b. Click Configuration > Video Enhancement > Basic Image Adjustment > Settings on the menu
bar to open the Profile Settings window. (Or you can right-click the video cell and select Video
Enhancement > Basic Image Adjustment > Settings from the popup menu.)
b
a
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Contrast, Saturation, and Hue. You can preview the image from the
window on the right. A “VE (Video Enhancement)”
text string will appear at the bottom right of the
preview window.
d. When completed, click Save as Profile and enter
a name for the new profile.
e. The new profile will be displayed on the drop-down
list. This profile can be applied to all video cells.
f. If you decide to apply the selected profile to the
target video cell immediately, click the OK button.
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e
c
d
f
g. Back to the main page, a “VE” text string will also appear at the bottom right of the video cell and the
new profile will also appear and be selected on the popup menu as shown below.
g
Click to create a new profile, edit
or delete a customized profile
Click to disable VE on all linked
devices
Click to enable VE on all linked
devices
Click to enable/disable VE on the
target video cell
Click to create a new profile, edit or delete a
profile
Click to enable/disable VE on the target video
cell
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Defog
This function allows you to configure post-image defog.
Apply a Preset Defog Profile
Please follow the steps below to set post-image defog settings:
a. Select the target video cell.
b. Click Configuration > Video Enhancement > Defog or right-click the video cell and select Video
Enhancement > Defog.
c. There are some preset profiles for you to apply to the target video cell. You can select one from the list
accoding to the environment.
b
a
c
b
c
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d. The string of the selected profile will be selected as shown below. A “VE” text string will also appear at
the bottom right of the video cell.
Click to create a new profile, edit or
delete a customized profile
e
Click to disable VE on all linked devices
Click to enable VE on all linked devices
Click to enable/disable VE on the target
video cell
d
e
d
Click to create a new profile,
edit or delete a profile
Click to enable/disable VE
on the target video cell
Create a New Defog Profile
e. Click Settings on the popup menu to open the Profile Settings window.
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h
f
g
i
f. Adjust the values of Block Size, Strength, and Threshold. You can preview the image from the right
window. A “VE (Video Enhancement)” text string will also appear at the bottom right of the preview
window.
Block Size: Brush diameter from thick to thin (Value 1~5)
Strength: Brush stroke from soft to strong (Value 1~5)
Threshold: Brush pixel from loose to dense (Value 0~225)
g. When completed, click Save as Profile and enter a name for the new profile.
h. The new profile will be displayed on the drop-down list. This profile can be applied to all video cells.
i. If you decide to apply the selected profile to the target video cell immediately, click the OK button. Otherwise, click Cancel to close the window.
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How to Search for a Device on the Hierarchical Management Tree
This function allows you to conveniently search for an inserted device, which is useful when
many devices have been inserted.
Please follow the steps below to find a device on the camera list:
a. Click the station on the hierarchical management tree.
b. Click Edit > Find on the menu bar (or right-click the station and click Find).
b
c
a
b
c. The Find window will pop up for you to set your search criteria.
 Find what: Enter a string in the blank. The string can be the full or partial name of the device you want
to search for.
 String Options: Match case represents that the search results should be identical to the string in
lower-case or upper-case letters, the string can be part of a word. Match whole word means that
the search results should be identical to the string for every character, and that the string should be a
complete word or phrase. If you select both options, the search results should conform to all criteria
listed above.
 Direction: Select search up or search down.
 Search in: Select search in station or camera.
Search down
Search up
d. Click Find Next, the seaching result will be marked as shown below.
Search results
d
e. If there is nothing found in the camera list, a message will pop up as shown below:
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How to Print a Video Image
There are two ways to print out an image of live video:
1. Select a video cell, then click Print
on the quick access bar, or right-click the video cell and select
Print from the popup menu. A Print window will pop up for you to choose the printer.
2. You can also click Edit > Print to print out an image from a video.
 Focus Cell: Print out an image of the target video.
 All Cells: Print out an image with all video cells in the monitoring window.
How to Lock LiveClient for Security Concerns
If you are away from your computer, for security reasons, we suggest you lock the program.
When LiveClient is locked, the user must fill in the correct password to unlock and access the
program again.
To lock LiveClient, click Unlock
on the quick access bar or click System > Lock on the system
icon will then turn into Lock
.
menu. The Unlock
 To unlock LiveClient, fill in the correct password in the popup window.
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How to Log out from the VAST Server
To logout from the current server, click Logout
on the quick access bar or click System >
Logout on the menu bar. A confirmation window will pop up. Click OK to confirm or Cancel to
return to the VAST LiveClient window.
How to Exit VAST LiveClient
To exit VAST LiveClient, click Exit
on the quick access bar or click System > Exit on the
menu bar. A confirmation window will pop up. Click OK to confirm or Cancel to return to the
VAST LiveClient window. When you exit the program, your user account will be automatically
logged out from the current server.
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VAST Playback Configuration
Activating VAST Playback and Logging in to a Server
VAST Playback allows you to search and playback recorded media data from VAST Server.
Once you insert a device into the hierarchical management tree of VAST LiveClient, it will
automatically be displayed on the hierarchical management tree of VAST Playback. You can
then begin to use VAST Playback to view recorded or backup video clips.
After installing the VAST Playback program, please follow the steps below to activate VAST
Playback:
1. Run the VAST Playback program. If you have already run VAST LiveClient, you can also click System
> Launch Playback to activate VAST Playback.
2. A Login window will pop up. Fill in the information as shown below:
 If you want to login to a remote VAST Server, enter the IP address, user name, password and
communication port of the server. Click Log in to login the target server or Cancel to exit the
system.
 If you want to login to your local host which is running VAST Server, check the Login local
station checkbox, and the local IP Address will be displayed automatically. Enter the User Name,
Password, and Communication Port of the local server to log in. Click Login to log in to the target
server or Cancel to exit the system.
3. The VAST Playback main window will be displayed.

If your network environment need to set up proxy, click More >> to extend the login window, then click Proxy
Setting to open the dialog. Then enter related information to link to your proxy server.

Available functions of the VAST Playback program will be enabled according to the role of your login account. For
more details about the privileges of the user account, please refer to How to Manage User Accounts on page
57.
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VAST Playback User Interface
D
A
B
C
E
F
G
A. Menu bar
B. Quick access bar
C. Query panel (Browsing / Time search /Event search / Log
viewer)
D. Status panel
E. Recorded video playback window
F. Playback control panel
G. Video clips list
Menu Bar
Menu Item
Drop-down Options
System
Lock / Language / Launch LiveClient / Logout / Exit
Edit
Snapshot / Print / Find
View
Backup Status /Exporting Status / Time Search / Event Search / Log Viewer /
Full Screen / Minimize
Configuration
Client Settings (Snapshot Settings / Export Settings / View Settings / Proxy
Settings / General Settings)
Layout
Change Layout
Help
About
Status Panel
User Name
Station Name (IP Address)
Login Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss)
Current Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss)
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Quick Access Bar
Icon Function
Description
Exit
Exit the system
Logout
Logout from the current station
Lock
Click to Lock the system for security concerns (
Volume
Adjust the audio volume of the target video (
Snapshot
Capture the picture of the target video
Print
Print out the picture of the target video
SVC Level
Exert SVC control of video playback frame rate
Remove All Connection
Remove all live videos from the live video monitoring window
Layout
Change the layout of video monitoring window
Full Screen
Maximize the live video monitoring window
Switch Screen
Switch to another screen
Synchronous Playback
Click to enable synchronous playback for multiple channels
Unclock the system)
Mute)
Some buttons will be disabled if the selected device does not support those functions.
Recorded Video Playback Window
The "VIVOTEK" logo indicates that no camera has been assigned to the video cell.
The red frame (
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Language Selection
VAST current supports user interfaces in multiple languages; and language options are availabe
in: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, 日本語, Português, 簡体中文, and 繁體中文.
If you want to select another language for the interface, please click System > Language on
the menu bar to select a desired language. Please note that if you want to change the language
option, a message will remind you to restart the system.
If you want to use "User Defined" language, please prepare images and
language strings, and upload the files to the following folders:
...\VAST\Client\Playback\language\zz_UD (language string)
...\VAST\Client\Playback\image (images)
Query Panel-- Browsing Page
Root Station Name (IP address)
Devices listed
under the root
station
Dates with recorded
video clips
Sub-station Name (IP address)
Devices listed
under the substation
Local Database
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Icon
Description
Station list including server and local database
A station (a computer that has installed VAST Server)
A station (a computer that has installed ST7501 Server)
The camera that exists on the hierarchical management tree of LiveClient.
The camera that has been removed from the hierarchical management tree of
LiveClient (off-line). However, its recorded video (if any) is still accessible from
the server.
Dates with recorded video clips.
Local database for backup data. For more information about how to upload
backup data to the list, please refer to page 170.
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Query Panel--Time Search Page
Select station(s)/ device(s) that
you want to search for recorded
files
Specify search period of time
Click to start to search, the
results will be shown on the
video clips list
The Time Zone setting is automatically synchronized with that on your client computer.
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Query Panel--Event Search Page
Select station(s)/ device(s) that
you want to search for recorded
files
Select an Event Category
Click to add search criteria
Click to remove search criteria
Specify search period of time
Click to start to search, the
results will be shown on the
video clips list
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Query Panel--Log Viewer Page
Select station(s) that you want
to search for recorded logs
Select a Log Category
Select a User Account
Select a Result Type
Select a Log Type
Select a Log Level
Specify search period of time
Click to start to search, the
results will be listed on the
video clips list
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Video Clips List Window
If you select a option “date”, the video clips will be displayed in the video clips list window. A
option “date” may contain more than one video clip.
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Playback Control Panel
When you double-click a video clip to play, the playback control panel will be enabled for you to
use.
Playback Histogram
Playback Timeline Slider
(Displays the period of time of the
video clip being played back)
Playback Control Buttons
Icon Function
Histogram Zoom In
Playback Status Panel
Description
Zoom in on the displayed period of time of the histogram
Histogram Zoom Out Zoom out of the displayed period of time of the histogram
Marker I
If you want to export part of the recorded video clip, click
to set marker I on the histogram, which will be the start
time of the exported media
Marker II
If you want to export part of the recorded video clip, click
to set marker II on the histogram, which will be the end
time of the exported media
Export Media
Click to export the marked video clip
Last Time Interval
Go to the previous video clip on the video clips list
Pause
Pause playback the selected video clip
Play
Start to playback the selected video clip
Stop
Stop to playback the selected video clip
Next Frame
Go to the next video frame of the selected video clip
Next Time Interval
Go to the next video clip on the video clips list
Repeat Mode
Playback the selected video clip repeatly
Slow Down
Slow down the playback rate
Speed Up
Speed up the playback rate
Current time of the video clip
Total length of the histogram
The playback status
(Stop/Playing)
The playing rate can be 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1X, 2X, 4X, 8X, 16X, 32X, and 64X.
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How to Playback Recorded Video
Select a Recorded Video Clip
Please follow the steps below to select a video clip:
1. On the Bowsing page, click the plus sign (+) to expand the hierarchical management tree.
2. Right-click a station, device, or option “date” on the hierarchical management tree and click Refresh
to display the recorded video clips.
3. There are two ways to view the video clips of a date.
 View all video clips of a date:
a. Select a option “date” from the hierarchical management tree.
b. Double-click the option “date” or right-click the option “date” and click play, and it will start to
play in an available video cell. (You can also directly drag-and-drop the option “date” to a desired
video cell in the recorded video playback window. The video clip will start to play.)
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View only one of the video clips of a date:
a. Click a option “date” on the hierarchical management tree. The corresponding recorded video clips
will be listed in the video clip list window.
b. Select a video clip from the video clip list window.
c. Double-click the video clip, then it will start to play in an available video cell. (You can also directly
drag-and-drop the video clip to a desired video cell in the recorded video playback window. The
video clip will start to play.)
a
c
b
4. Then you can make use of the playback control panel to playback the selected video clip. Please refer
to Playback Control Panel on page 157.
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Remove Recorded Video Clips from Video Cells
There are two ways to remove a recorded video clip from the video cell:
1. Right-click the video cell and select Remove.
2. Drag-and-drop the live view from the video cell to the hierarchical management tree window.
If you want to remove all live videos from the video cells, please click
on the menu bar.
Timeline Slider Bar and Histogram
The red part of the histogram shows the period of time of a video clip. The timeline slider bar will move
forward as the video is on playback. You can manually move forward/backward the Timeline Slider Bar
to the desired position as shown below.
Start time of the histogram
End time of the histogram
The current time of the video clip will be displayed on the status panel. It will change according to the
current position of the timeline slider bar.
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Zoom in / out of the Histogram
Histogram zoom in
Histogram zoom out
Total time length
As the second picture shows, by clicking Histogram Zoom In, the total time of the histogram will shorten
to half of the original period of time, while the red part of the histogram that shows the period of time of
the video clip will extend to twice the original time span.
and
to zoom in/ out of the histogram, you can use the mouse directly to
In addition to clicking
drag the histogram to zoom in part of the focused video clip.
For example:
a. Drag a section of the histogram. You can drag it to either direction.
b. The section will be extended as shown below.
For more functions of the playback control buttons, please refer to page 157 for detailed description.
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Synchronous Playback
VIVOTEK VAST Playback supports synchronous playback, which allows you to review up to
16-channel video clips simultaneously during the specific time point.
Please follow the steps below to enable synchronous playback:
a. Drag-and-drop the option “date”s to the video cells.
b. Drag the Timeline Slider Bar to the specific time point.
c. Click the synchronous playback button
sychronously playback as shown below.
on the quick access bar. The selected channel will start to
c
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d. You can move forward/backward the Timeline Slider Bar to another time point, and all of the time
stamps on the video cells will change accordingly.
e. If you want to stop synchronous playback, click the non-synchronous playback button
again.
The following illustration shows that during the specific time, there is no recorded video on the camera.
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Audio Control
The audio function will be enabled if the device is equipped with an internal or external
microphone. Please follow the steps below to adjust the volume or turn on/off the audio of the
focused video:
 To
turn off the audio (Mute Mode)
on the quick access bar and check Mute. Or you can right-click on the video
a. Click Audio On
cell to open the popup menu, then click Others > Mute. The mute option in the popup menu will then
be selected.
b. If you want to turn off the audio of all live video, select Apply all.
c. The Audio icon will then change from
to
.
a
 To
b
adjust the audio volume
on the quick access bar.
a. Click Audio On
b. Drag-and-drop the slider bar. Slide to a higher position for louder volume.
 To
turn on the audio
on the quick access bar and uncheck Mute. Or you can right-click on the video cell
a. Click Mute
to open the popup menu, then click Others > Mute. The mute option in the popup menu will then be
unchecked.
b. If you want to turn on the audio of all live video, select Apply all.
c. The Audio icon will then change from
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How to Change the Playback Layout
Changing the Layout of the Recorded Video Playback Window
VIVOTEK VAST Playback supports up to 16-CH simultaneous recorded video playback on a
single monitor and allows you to change the layout of the recorded live video playback window
based on the number of inserted devices.
Switch Video Channels
Drag-and-drop a video channel to another empty video window.
To switch two channels, drag-and-drop one view to the other, then the two channels will switch
positions.
Configure Layout Mode
Click the Layout button
on the quick access bar or click Layout > Change Layout on the menu bar.
Select a desired layout mode and the layout window will change accordingly. Below we illustrate 6 types
of layout modes:
Layout mode
Description
1x1
2x2
1+5
3x3
1 + 12
4x4
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Maximize/Minimize the Recorded Video Playback Window

Single View: to maxmize a video cell to the entire video playback window
Double-click the video cell, or right-click the video cell and selec Single View. The focused video will
occupy the entire Playback window as shown below.
To restore to the original layout, double-click the video cell or right-click the video cell and uncheck
Single View.
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 Full
Screen: to maxmize the video playback window to the entire screen
Click Full Screen
on the quick access bar or right-click the video cell and select Full Screen.
In addition, you can also click View > Full Screen on the menu bar to maximize the recorded video
playback window.
To restore to the original layout, right-click the video cell and uncheck Full Screen. You also can press
the Esc button on the keyboard to leave the full screen mode.

Minimize: If you click View > Minimize on the menu bar, the Playback window will minimize
to the Windows tool bar.
View Recorded Video with Multiple Monitors
If you have multiple screens in your control center, you can switch the VAST Playback Window
among these screens.

If you have two monitors, click Switch Screen
will switch to monitor 2.
on the menu bar, the Playback window of monitor 1
Monitor 1

Monitor 2
If you have three or more monitors, a drop-down list will be displayed when you click Switch Screen
on the menu bar. The number of options on this list depends on the number of your screens. Select
a desired screen from the drop-down list and the Playback Window will then switch to the specified
screen.
Monitor 1
Monitor 2
Monitor 3
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How to Backup Recorded Video
In addition to the Schedule Backup function of VAST LiveClient introduced on page 61, the
VAST Playback also features to backup recorded video clips from the local database. Please
open the Browsing page and follow the steps below to backup recorded video:
a. Select the target files.
 To backup all recorded video of a selected device: Right-click the device and click Backup.

To backup all recorded video of the day: Right-click the option “date” and click Backup (or select the
date and click the Backup button below).
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
To backup part of the recorded video of the day: Select the date and choose the video clip(s)
from video clip window. Then right-click the selected option(s) and click Backup. Note: Use the
combination of the Shift key and left mouse click to select multiple video clips.
b. A Backup Settings window will pop up. Specify the time span and select a storage path, then click
Backup. The system will start to backup and popup a window showing the backup status.
If you close the status window, you can also open it again by clicking View > Backup Status.
d. When the backup is complete, you will see an information dialog. The recorded data will be restored in
the specific folder.
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How to View Backup Files
The VAST Playback also allows users to playback backup files, including Schedule Backup by
VAST LiveClient and Recorded Data Backup by VAST Playback.
Please follow the steps below to view backup files:
a. Right-click Local DB and click Add.
b. A Load Backup File window will pop up as shown below. Select the *.dif file to upload.
b
a
c. The following is an example of uploaded file, and you can double-click it or drag-and-drop it to a
video cell to playback.
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If you want to playback the backup files from the local database, you can also click Working Offline in the Login
Window without the account information. The VAST Playback will launch as shown below.
No user account information required
You can upload
backup files
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Model-specific Functions (FE8171V Fisheye)
The VAST Playback program offers model-specific functions through a right-click menu. For
example, if you playback a video clip made from an FE8171V fisheye camera, a right-click on
the playback screen will bring up the Display mode options. You can even exert mouse control
while playing a recorded video. You can zoom in, zoom out, and change the view angle as if you
are investigating a 3D scenario kept in a recorded point in time.
Note that ePTZ functions via the mouse control only takes place in a Regional view, e.g., the 1R
or 1O3R mode.
The Display mode options and mouse control methodologies are identical to those described on page
34 and the following pages.
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To configure the SVC-related feature:
1. Right-click on the playback window of an SVC-enabled camera. Select SVC fps adjust bar.
2. A slide bar will appear above the view cell. Click and drag the slide bar. A numeric indicator will display
the current selection. See below for the frame rates represented by the numeric indicator. Please refer
to page 24 for the introduction of this feature. Changing the SVC vaule takes immediate effect on the
number of frames per second shown with the video being played.
Indicator
Frame rate per second (fps)
Maximum
30
7
26
6
22
5
18
4
12
3
8
2
4
1
1
Minimum
1/4
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How to Search for a Video Clip in a Specific Period of time
Please follow the steps below to use Time Search function:
a. Open the Time Search page.
a
b
e
c
d
b. Select the target station(s)/device(s) that you want to search for video clips.
c. Specify the time span. You can choose to set up the start time only, the end time only, or both the
start time and end time. The search results will only include the video clips within the time span. If you
uncheck both the start time and end time, the search results will include all video clips recorded by the
selected device(s).
You can manually enter a specific time.
Click to select a year
Click to select a month from the drop-down list
Click here to move the focus to the current date
d. Click Search to start time search.
e. View the retrieved video clips.
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How to Search for Events
The VAST Playback program offers users an intuitive event search engine for retrieving video
clips from the database of recorded videos based on different search criteria such as motion,
IVA, or DI events.
Please follow the steps below to search for recorded events:
a. Open the Event Search page.
a
b
f
c
d
e
repeat mode
b. Select the target station(s)/device(s) that you want to search for events.
c. Specify the Event Category. For detailed information, please refer to Select Event Category on the
following page.
d. Specify the time span for event search. You can choose to set up the start time only, the end time
only, or both the start time and end time. The search results will only include the events within the time
span. If you uncheck both the start time and end time, the search results will include all events from
the selected device(s). Please refer to step c. on the previous page for detailed information.
e. Start event search. Please refer to page 179 for detailed information.
f. View the retrieved video clips. Double-click it or drag-and-drop it to the video cell. It will playback in
repeat mode.
Note: The length of each video clip will depend on your settings of pre-event time & post-event time for
the recording storage. The default setting is 20 seconds. For more infromation, please refer to page
81 for detailed illustration.
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Select Event Category
The following introduces the event search categories: All Events, All Motion Events, All IVA
events, All DI Events, Named DI Events, PIR, Tampering, and Tamperature. You can also
add or remove customized events from the list.
Event Category- All Events
If you select the All Events category, all of the events including motion detection, digital input, and
intelligent video analysis, PIR, tamper detection, and tamperature alarm will be listed in the search
results. You can click Add or Remove to change the search criteria options.
Event Category- All Motion Events
If you select the All Motion Events category, all detected motion events will be included in the search.
You can click Add or Remove to change the search criteria options.
The parameters of the motion detection windows, such as motion percentage and the time of occurrence
are also recorded in the database of the server. If you wish to change the parameters of the motion
detection windows such as the position, size, detection sensibility, and motion percentage, please link to
the camera's Configuration page to modify the values.
Video(TCP-AV)
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Event Category- All IVA events
If you select the All IVA events category, all detected IVA events will be included in the search. Cameras
with embedded intelligent video content analysis are capable of detecting IVA events such as moving
objects, loitering, and tamper detection.
The embedded video content analysis, superior to the conventional motion detection function, is capable
of distinguishing between creature’s motions, static backgrounds or natural movements such swaying
trees, waves or sunsets to prevent false alarms from environmental noises.
With camera tamper detection, it can detect incidents such as camera redirection, blocking or defocusing
of cameras, or even spray-paint. Additionally, a suspicious object in the pre-defined detection region will
trigger alarms once the dwell time of the object is longer than the given time.
You can click Add or Remove to change the search criteria items.
If you want to change the parameters of IVA, such as the detection region, loitering duration, etc, please
link to the camera's Configuration page to modify the values.
Event Category- All DI Events
If you select All DI Events category, all triggered DI signals will be included in the search. The DI events
signify that there is a Digital-Input signal detected by the camera; its corresponding information such
as DI-Trigger or DI-Normal signal and the time of occurrence are also transmitted and recorded in the
database of the server.
You can click Add or Remove to change the search criteria options.
For more information about DI/DO settings on the connected devices, please refer to page 62 for detailed
illustration.
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Event Category- Named DI Events
This category allows you to select only Named DI Events--the DI device which you have renamed in
the LiveClient. Please refer to Association Management on page 62 for more information about how to
rename DI device.
Click OK and fill in the name you want to search on the left window.
The new search criteria will be displayed in the search categories column as shown below.
You can click Add or Remove to change the search criteria options.
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Start Event Search
After you specify all of the search criteria mentioned above, check/uncheck Display in new result list
and click Search to begin event search.
 If Display in new result list is unchecked, all search results will be displayed on the original event list
window as shown below.
Unchecked
Only one page

In the above picture, The Type field in the search result page shows the event category, and the
Description field displays the motion percentage of the detection window. Please refer to page 176
for more inforamtion about Motion Events.

If you select Display in new result list and click Search, the search results will be displayed on a
new page as shown below. This allows you to place the search results of each search category on an
individual page. You can set up to 5 pages in the event list window.
Checked
You can set up to 5 pages.
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Backup the Event Videos
Please follow the steps below to backup the evnet videos on the results list:
a. Select the video clips you want to backup. You can select more than one video clip.
b. Right-click the selected video clips and click Backup.
a
b
c. A Backup Settings window will pop up. For more information about how to set up the Backup
Settings, please refer to page 168. For more information about how to view backup files, please refer
to page 170 for detailed illustration.
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How to Search Logs
The VAST Playback program offers a convenient log engine for searching all local logs based
on different search criteria such as log category, log type, and log level. The search results will
be displayed in the log viewer window along with the detailed log history.
Please follow the steps below to search logs:
a. Open the Log Viewer page.
b. Select the target station where you want to search logs.
c. Specify the Log Category. For detailed information, please refer to Select Log Category on page 182.
d. Specify the User Account. If you have added other user accounts to the station, you can select one to
search its login history. For detailed information about user account, please refer to How to Manage
User Accounts on page 57.
e. Specify the Search Result. Select All to display all search results; select Success to display successful
log activities only; select Fail to display failed log activities only.
f. Specify the Log Type. For detailed information, please refer to Select Log Type on page 182.
g. Specify the Log Level. For detailed information, please refer to Select Log Level on page 182.
h. Specify the search time span. You can check the start time only, the end time only, or both the start
time and end time. The search will only include the events within the time span. If you uncheck both
the start time and end time, the search will include all events saved by the server. Please refer to page
174 for detailed information.
i. Start the log search and the results will be displayed on the log list window.
a
i
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
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Select Log Category/Log Type/Log Level
The following table shows the breakdown of log category, level, and type. The search results will
be different according to your selections.
Log Categories Log Levels Log Types
Normal
Login / Logout
Insert User
Update User Name
Update User Password
Update User Privilege
Delete User
Insert Station
Update Station Information
Update Station Name
Delete Station
Insert Camera
Update Camera Information
Delete Camera
Set Recording Group
Insert Recording Schedule / Update Recording Schedule / Delete Recording
Schedule
Insert Event Management / Update Event Management / Delete Event
Management
Insert Recording Group / Update Recording Group / Delete Recording Group
Insert Recording Path / Update Recording Path / Delete Recording Path
Insert Camera to the Recording Group
Update Camera information in the Recording Group
Delete Camera from the Recording Group
Move Recording Path
Move Camera to another Recording Group
Insert Layout / Update Layout / Delete Layout
Set Digital Output
Update Scheduled Backup
Update Server Port
Set Proxy Server
Set UPNP
Set DDNS Server
Create Directory / Rename Directory / Delete Directory
Insert SMTP Server / Update SMTP Server / Delete SMTP Server
Insert Network Storage Device / Update Network Storage Device / Delete Network
Storage Device
Set GSM Modem
Set DI/DO Rename
Set Relay Settings
Update License Information
Update Web Access Information
Insert Matrix Recipient / Insert Matrix Recipient Information / Delete Matrix
Recipient
High
Manually Begin Recording
Manually Stop Recording
Low
Camera PTZ, Iris, Focus, Pan, Patrol Control
Click on Image
Select Preset Location
High
Server Start / Server Stop
Trial Expired
Key Dongle Lost
Virtual Memory Low
Network Lost
Operation Log
System Log
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Log Categories
Event Log
Log Levels
Log Types
High
Camera Disconnected from the Server / Camera Connected to the Server
Parent Station Connection Lost / Parent Station Connection Restore
Sub-station Disconnected / Sub-station Connected
Camera Recording Start / Camera Recording Stop
Start Scheduled Backup / Stop Scheduled Backup
Event Trigger
Search All Local Logs
Log Category
Log Level
Log Type
Click to export all search results from the list
Click to remove all search results from the list
Search Login History
Select Login History from the log category field and click the Search button below, the search results,
including all login logs, will be displayed on the Login History page.
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Search Login Activities
This function allows you to search the operations the user performed during the login period of time. You
can search for login activities on the Local Logs or Login History page.

Search Login Activities on the Local Logs page:
a. Click on the Local Logs page.
b. Select a login/logout option from the list.
c. Click Trace Login Activities (or you can right-click the selected login/logout option on the list, then
click Trace Login Activities).
b
c
c
a
d. The search results of the login activities will be displayed on the Login Activities page as shown below.

Search Login Activities on the Login History page:
a. Click on the Login History page.
b. Select a login/logout option from the list.
c. Click Trace Login Activities (or you can right-click the selected login/logout item on the list and
click Trace Login Activities).
b
c
a
c
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d. The search results of the login activities will be displayed on the Login Activities page as shown below.
When you select All in the Log Level field, the search results will include all log levels. If you select Low in the
Log Level field and select Including above level as shown in the picture on the left below, the search results
will include all levels of logs. But if you select Normal in the Log Level field and select Including above level as
shown in the picture on the right below, the search results will only include Normal-level and High-level logs.
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How to Configure Client Settings
On Client Settings, you can configure Snapshot Settings, Export Settings, View Settings, Proxy
Settings, and General Settings. It allows you to save snapshots and media files on the local
computer.
Snapshot Settings
When you play a recorded video, VAST Playback also allows you to take snapshots. For
detailed information about Snapshot Settings, please refer to page 119.
Export Settings
When you playback a recorded video, the VAST server allows you to export part of the recorded
video in EXE, 3GP, or AVI format to your local computer. Before exporting a media file, please
set up Export Settings first. For detailed information about how to set up EXE, 3GP, and AVI
Export Settings, please refer to Record Settings on page 121.
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Export an EXE/3GP/AVI File
Please follow the steps below to convert part of an EXE/3GP/AVI file of recorded video:
a. Playback a video clip from which you want to export a media file.
b. Set a period of time. Move the timeline slider bar to the desired start time and click Marker I
the timeline slider bar to the desired end time and click Marker II
.
. Move
b
a
c
c. Click Export EXE/3GP/AVI
, the server will start to export the data and popup a window showing
the exporting status. If you close the status window, you can also open it again by clicking View >
Exporting Status.
d. When the backup is complete, you will see an information dialog. The exported data will be restored
in the preset storage folder on your local computer (C:\Program Files\VIVOTEK Inc\VAST\Client\
Playback\Export).
c
c
d
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View Settings
This section allows you to set up the display mode of video cell. For detailed information about
View Settings, please refer to page 127.
Proxy Settings
Please refer to page 136 for detailed illustration.
General Settings
System Settings
Please refer to page 129 for detailed information.
Display Settings

Enable de-interlace function: Select this option if your connected device does not support de-interlace
function. For example: VS7100.
How to Configure Video Enhancement
The Playback also allows you to enable post-image enhancement and defog for video viewing.
Please refer to page 140 for detailed information.
How to Search for a Device on the Hierarchical Management Tree
The Playback also allows you to conveniently search for an inserted device. Please refer to
page 145 for detailed information.
How to Print a Video Image
The Playback also allows you print out an image of live video. Please refer to page 146 for
detailed information.
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How to Lock VAST Playback for Security Concerns
If you happen to be away from your computer, for security reasons, we suggest you lock the
program. When VAST Playback is locked, the user must enter the correct password to unlock
and access the program again.
To lock Playback, click Unlock
on the quick access bar or click System > Lock on the system
icon will then turn into Lock
.
menu. The Unlock
 To unlock Playback, click
and enter the correct password in the popup window.

How to Log out from the VAST Server
To log out from the current server, click the station and click Logout
on the quick access
bar or click System > Logout on the menu bar. You can also right-click the station and click
Logout. A confirmation window will pop up. Click OK to confirm or Cancel to return to the VAST
Playback window.
How to Exit VAST Playback
To exit VAST Playback, click Exit
on the quick access bar or click System > Exit on the
menu bar. A confirmation window will pop up. Click OK to confirm or Cancel to return to the
VAST Playback window. When you exit the program, your user account will be automatically
logged out from the current server.
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Import and Export Utility
VAST supports import and export utility for user to keep record of all server settings. You can
use the export file to copy the configuration on another host.
Export Utility
Please follow the steps below to export the server settings:
a. Under Microsoft Windows, choose "Start > All Programs > VIVOTEK Inc > VAST > Tools > Importexport Utility."
b. The Import/Export Utility window will pop up. Click Export and select a target folder. The system will
start to export a .bin file.
Import Utility
Please follow the steps below to import the server settings:
a. Under Microsoft Windows, choose "Start > All Programs > VIVOTEK Inc > VAST > Tools > Importexport Utility."
b. The Import/Export Utility window will pop up. Click Import and select the export file. The system will
start to import the file.
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VAST Service Control Tool
VAST service control tool is a tool for server control and for user to be aware of the VAST Server status.
It starts up as Windows OS startup.
Under Microsoft Windows, choose "Start > All Programs > VIVOTEK Inc > VAST > Tools >
VMServiceControl."
You may also find it in the system tray icon of the tool bar, which indicates that the service is running:
It shows a disconnection icon when the service is stopped:
A menu for the service control tool will pop up when you right-click on the icon:
Here you can manually start, stop and restart the service.
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