VCS VideoJet 8000 User guide

VCS VideoJet 8000 User guide
VideoJet 8000
User Guide
Copyright
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express written permission of VCS.
Release: August 2004 (Software version 1.1)
Copyright © 2004 VCS Video Communication Systems AG
Note
This user guide has been compiled with great care, and the information it
contains has been thoroughly verified. The text was complete and correct at the
time of printing. Due to further product development, the contents of the user
guide may change without prior notice. VCS accepts no liability for damages
resulting directly or indirectly from errors, omissions or discrepancies between
the user guide and the product described.
Trademarks
All hardware and software product names used in this document are believed to
be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners and must be
treated accordingly.
Contents
Contents
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Chapter 1 Preface
Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Intended use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
EU guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rating label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 2 Safety Information
Electrical shock hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Installation and operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Maintenance and repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Chapter 3 Product Description
Supplied components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
System requirements for setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Configuration requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Operational requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Overview of functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Rear panel connectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Front panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Chapter 4 Installation
Control cabinet installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Switching on/off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setup using a terminal program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 5 Configuration using a Web Browser
Connecting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Choosing the configuration mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Installation Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Device overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Expert Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Function test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
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Chapter 6 Operation
Operation with Microsoft Internet Explorer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving snapshots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording video sequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recordings in progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playback of recorded sequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MPEG viewer installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hardware connections between VCS units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Establishing the connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Closing the connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operation with decoder software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front panel controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 7 Maintenance and Upgrades
Testing the network connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Transfer and disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Chapter 8 Appendix
Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RS232/RS422/RS485 interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 9 Index
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Preface
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This user guide is intended for persons responsible for the installation and
operation of VideoJet 8000. International, national and any regional regulations
regarding electronics must be followed at all times. The user manual describes
the installation and operation of the unit.
Conventions
In this manual, the following symbols and notation are used to draw attention to
special situations:
Warning!
This symbol indicates that failure to follow the safety instructions described
may endanger persons and cause damage to the unit or other equipment.
It is associated with immediate, direct hazards.
Note
This symbol indicates tips and information for easier, more convenient use
of the unit.
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Intended use
The VideoJet 8000 network video server transmits video and control signals over
data networks (such as Ethernet LANs and the Internet). The integrated hard
drive enables the VideoJet 8000 to be used as a DVR. It is designed for use in
CCTV systems. By incorporating external alarm devices, various functions can
be triggered automatically. Other applications are not permitted.
In the event of questions concerning the use of the server which are not answered
in this manual, please contact your local dealer or:
VCS Video Communication Systems AG
Forchheimer Strasse 4
90425 Nuremberg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)911 9 34 56-0
Fax: +49 (0)911 9 34 56-66
[email protected]
EU guidelines
The VideoJet 8000 network video server complies with the specifications of EU
Directives 89/336 (Electromagnetic Compatibility) and 73/23, amended by 93/68
(Low Voltage Directive).
Rating label
For exact identification of the unit, the model and serial number are inscribed on
the rating plate on the bottom of the housing. Please note this information if
necessary before installation so it available in case of questions or spare parts
orders.
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Electrical shock hazard
] Never attempt to connect the unit to any power network other than the type for
which it was intended.
] Never open the casing!
] If a fault occurs, disconnect the unit from the mains supply and from all other
devices.
] Install the unit only in dry, weather-protected areas.
] If safe operation of the unit cannot be ensured, remove it from service and
secure it to prevent unauthorized start-up. Safe operation is no longer
possible, for example,
– if there is visible damage to the unit or power cables,
– if the unit no longer works properly,
– if the unit has been exposed to rain or moisture,
– if foreign matter has infiltrated the unit,
– after long storage under adverse conditions or
– after exposure to extraordinary transport stress.
In such cases, have the unit checked by VCS.
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Installation and operation
] Relevant electrical codes and guidelines must be complied with at all times
during installation.
] Before installing or operating the unit, make sure you have read and
understood the documentation for the other equipment connected to the
system, such as cameras. It contains important safety instructions and
information about permitted uses.
] Perform only the installation and operating steps described in this manual.
Actions beyond these may lead to personal injuries, property damage or
damage to the equipment.
Maintenance and repair
] Never open the casing of the VideoJet 8000 yourself, there are no user
serviceable parts inside.
] Ensure that all maintenance or repair work is performed only by qualified
personnel (electrical technicians).
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Supplied components
] Network video serverVideoJet 8000
] Power cable
] RS232 null modem cable
] Mounting kit for installation in 19" racks
] The quick start guide “First Steps” in English and German
] VCS product CD with the following content:
– The quick start guide “First Steps” in English and German
– User guide in English and German
– MPEG-ActiveX control from VCS
– MPEG viewer (DVD player)
– DirectX control
– Microsoft Internet Explorer
– Microsoft Virtual Machine
– Adobe Acrobat Reader
] 3.5" hard drive
System requirements for setup
] Computer with Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP operating system and network
access and
] Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or later) or
an available serial port and terminal software
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Configuration requirements
] Computer with Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP operating system and network
access and
] Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or later) or decoder software, such as
VIDOS from VCS
Note
Make sure the graphic card is set to 16 or 32 bit color depth and the
Microsoft Virtual Machine is installed on your computer. If necessary, the
required software and controls can be installed from the CD provided (see
the list of components supplied, 9).
Operational requirements
] Computer with Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP operating system and network
access and
] Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or later) or decoder software, such as
VIDOS from VCS
or
] MPEG-2 capable hardware decoder from VCS (such as VIP 1000) as a
receiver and a connected video monitor
Note
Make sure the graphic card for receiving on the computer monitor is set to
16 or 32 bit color depth and the Microsoft Virtual Machine is installed on the
computer. If necessary, the required software and controls can be installed
from the CD provided (see the list of components supplied, 9).
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Overview of functions
Network video server
The VideoJet 8000 is a network video server for 8 independent video channels.
Its primary function is to encode video and control data for transmission over an
IP network. The VideoJet 8000 encodes up to 8 nonmultiplexed data streams in
MPEG-2 format (DVD standard) and does so without compromising image
quality. The use of existing networks means that integration with CCTV systems
or local networks can be achieved quickly and easily.
The VideoJet 8000 is designed for tabletop operation and installation in control
cabinets. The supplied mounting kit makes installation in a 19" rack fast and easy.
Two units, a VideoJet 8000 as the transmitter and a VIP 1000 as the receiver,
can form a stand-alone system for data transfer without a PC. The system can be
expanded to include additional transmitters and receivers so that video images
from one transmitter can be received simultaneously on a number of receivers.
Receiver
Receivers can be MPEG-2 capable hardware decoders from VCS (such as the
VIP 1000), computers with decoding software installed, such as VIDOS from
VCS, or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Video encoding/multicast
The VideoJet 8000 works with the MPEG-2 video compression standard. Thanks
to efficient encoding, the data rate remains low even with high image quality and
can also be adapted to local conditions with great flexibility. It can do this while
supporting simultaneous encoding on all 8 video channels.
In suitably configured networks, the multicast function enables simultaneous, real
time transmission to multiple receivers. The prerequisite for this is that the UDP
and IGMP protocols be implemented on the network.
DVR
The integrated hard drive enables the VideoJet 8000 to be used as a digital video
recorder for local long-term recording. Replay and backup are possible while
recording is in process (triplex function).
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The VideoJet 8000 supports ANR technology, which ensures seamless, gap-free
storage with the VIDOS-NVR, the network video recorder from VCS, even when
the network fails.
Remote control
The VideoJet 8000 can remotely control external devices, such as pan and tilt
heads or motorized zoom lenses, by transmitting control data via its bidirectional
serial interface. This interface can also be used to transmit transparent data.
Configuration
The VideoJet 8000 can be configured with a browser on the local network
(Intranet) or from the Internet.
Similarly, firmware updates and rapid loading of equipment configurations are
also possible.
Snapshots
Individual video frames (snapshots) can be called up in JPEG format by the
VideoJet 8000, stored on the computer hard drive or be displayed in a separate
browser window.
Backup
Video sequences can be saved to the computer's hard drive from either the live
video page or the local hard drive mode with just a mouse-click.
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Summary
The main functions of the VideoJet 8000 can be summarized as follows:
] Video and data transmission over IP data networks
] Multicast function for simultaneous picture transmission to multiple receivers
] 8 independent, analog BNC video inputs FBAS (PAL/NTSC)
] Video encoding using the MPEG-2 (DVD quality) international standard
] Integrated Ethernet interface (10/100/1000 Base-T)
] Integrated ISDN connection (for future functional extensions)
] USB interface (for future functional extensions)
] Transparent, bidirectional data channel using a serial interface:
RS232, RS422 or RS485
] Local long-term recording on the integrated 3.5" hard drive
] Remote control of all built-in functions via TCP/IP
] Password protection to prevent unauthorized connection or configuration
changes
] 10 relay inputs for external sensors (such as door contacts)
] Event-driven, automatic connection in case of an alarm
] Integrated video sensor for motion alarms
] Video signal monitoring
] Fast, convenient configuration using a Web browser
] Firmware update through flash memory
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Rear panel connectors
1 8 video inputs, Video 1 to Video 8
BNC jacks for connecting video sources,
each with a switch for 75 ohm terminating resistance
2 10 alarm inputs, IN1 ... IN10
push-in terminals for connecting external signal sources or switches
3 USB port
for future functional extensions
4 RS232/485 serial interface
RJ45 jack for transmitting control data (RS232, RS422 and RS485 protocols)
and for configuration with terminal software
5 RJ45 jack for ISDN
for future functional extensions
6 RJ45 jack 10/100/1000 MBit Base-T
for connecting to an Ethernet LAN
7 Power receptacle
for connecting the power cable
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Front panel
8 Power LED
lit green when ready for operation
9 IR diode
infrared receiver (for future functional extensions)
10 HDD LED
blinks red duringdata transfer from and to the hard drive
11 Failure LED
blinks red in the event of a hardware error
12 Display
for showing the operating parameters
13 Menu/Exit button
for showing or hiding the configuration menu
14 Set button
for saving changes to the operating parameters
(for future functional extensions)
15 Arrow keys
for navigation in the configuration menu
Further information on the LEDs can be found on page 135.
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Installation
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The VideoJet 8000 is designed for tabletop operation and installation in control
cabinets. The supplied mounting kit makes installation in a 19" rack fast and easy.
Four self-adhesive, anti-slip rubber feet are included with delivery. These can be
attached to the bottom of the unit.
Warning!
The unit is intended for indoor use only. Choose a suitable location for
installation where the equipment will not be subject to extremes of
temperature or humidity. The ambient temperature must be between 0 and
+50 °C. The relative humidity should not exceed 80% (no condensation).
The unit generates heat during operation. Ensure that there is adequate
ventilation and also that there is enough clearance between the unit and
heat-sensitive objects or equipment.
Please ensure the following conditions for installation:
] Do not mount the unit close to heaters or other heat sources. Avoid locations
in direct sunlight.
] Allow sufficient space for running cables.
] Ensure that the unit has adequate ventilation. For cabinet installation of
multiple units, pay particular attention to the overall thermal load.
] Use only the cables supplied for connection, or appropriate cables resistant to
electromagnetic interference.
] Position and run all cables so that they are protected from damage, and
provide strain relief where needed.
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Control cabinet installation
The VideoJet 8000 is ready for installation in a 19" rack. The necessary mounting
kit is included with the delivery.
Warning!
When installing in cabinets, ensure that each unit has adequate ventilation.
The free space around the unit must be at least 5 cm on the right and left
sides and at least 10 cm in the back.
The ambient temperature must be between 0 and +50 °C. The relative
humidity should not exceed 80%.
The unit generates heat during operation. Ensure that there is enough
clearance between the unit and heat-sensitive objects or equipment.
When installing additional units, direct contact with the VideoJet 8000 is
permitted if the surface temperature of the adjacent units does not exceed
+50 °C.
Unit installation
– Remove both screws on the front part of the right and left sides of the unit.
– Place both brackets from the mounting kit in the recesses by the screw holes
on the housing and attach them firmly using the four screws.
– Set the unit in the cabinet and attach the brackets to the frame using the four
screws, washers and lock nuts included in the kit.
– Insert the connector of the power cable in the power receptacle on the rear
side of the unit.
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Connections
Cameras
Up to 8 standard video sources (CCTV cameras) can be connected to the
VideoJet 8000. Any cameras or other video sources that produce a standard PAL
or NTSC signal are suitable for connection.
– Connect each of the cameras or other video sources with a video cable (75
ohm) to the BNC jacks Video 1 to Video 8.
– Set the slide switch (75 Ω) under the BNC jack to O to terminate the video
input if the signal is not passed on further.
Network
The VideoJet 8000 can be connected to a 10/100/1000 Base-T network directly
or via a hub. Use a standard UTP Category 5 cable with RJ45 connectors for this.
– Attach the network cable to the 10/100/1000 MBit Base-T jack.
Alarm inputs
The alarm inputs are used to connect to external alarm devices, such as door
contacts or sensors. Given the appropriate configuration, an alarm generator can,
for example, trigger an automatic connection between the VideoJet 8000 and a
remote location.
A voltage free closing contact or switch can be used as an actuator.
Note
Use a bounce-free contact system as the actuator if at all possible.
– Remove the terminal block from its receptacle.
– Connect the lines to the terminals and check that the connections are secure.
– Reconnect the terminal block to the unit.
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Data interface
The bidirectional data interface is used to control connected devices, such as a
dome camera with a motorized lens. During setup the interface is used to connect
to the data terminal using the RS232 protocol.
The interface supports RS232, RS422 and RS485 transmission protocols.
The selection of controllable devices is growing constantly. The manufacturers of
this equipment can provide specific information on installation and control.
Warning!
Make use of the device documentation when installing and operating a
device to be controlled. It contains important safety instructions and
information about permitted uses.
Note
The transmission of transparent data is only possible when a connection
has been established.
RJ45 connector pin assignments
The pin assignments depend on the protocol used.
Pin
RS232 Protocol
RS422/485 Protocol
RxD (receive data)
RxD+ (receive data plus)
2
CTS (clear to send)
RxD- (receive data minus)
3
–
–
4
–
–
5
GND (ground)
GND (ground)
6
–
–
7
TxD (transmit data)
TxD- (transmit data minus)
8
RTS (ready to send)
TxD+ (transmit data plus)
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Switching on/off
Power connection
The VideoJet 8000 package includes a power cable with a computer style
receptacle.
Warning!
Use suitable facilities where necessary to ensure that the mains supply is
free of interference such as voltage surges, spikes or brownouts. Only
connect the VideoJet 8000 to the mains supply after all other connections
have been established.
The VideoJet 8000 has no power switch. When the unit is connected to power, it
is ready for operation after startup.
– Attach the connector of the power cable to the Power socket.
– Plug the power cable into a fused power socket. The green Power LED on the
front panel of the VideoJet 8000 should be lit.
– After startup, the unit is ready for operation when "VideoJet 8000" appears on
the display.
If the network connection is in order, the green LED for the RJ45 jack
10/100/100 MBit Base-T on the back of the unit should be lit. The flashing orange
LED indicates data traffic on the network.
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Setup using a terminal program
Data terminal
A data terminal may be connected to the VideoJet 8000 for setup and local
control. The data terminal usually consists of a computer with suitable terminal
software. A serial cable is provided with the delivery for making the connection.
HyperTerminal, a communications accessory included with Microsoft Windows,
can be used as the terminal program.
Note
Information on installing and using of HyperTerminal can be found in the
user guides or online help for Microsoft Windows.
– Before working with the terminal program, disconnect the VideoJet 8000 from
the data network.
– Connect the RS232/485 RJ45 connector of the VideoJet 8000 to an available
serial port on the computer.
Configuring the terminal
To establish communication between the terminal program and the
VideoJet 8000, the transmission parameters must be defined properly. The
following values should be set in the terminal program:
] 19,200 Bit/s
] 8 data bits
] No parity check
] 1 stop bit
] No protocol
Command entry
After the connection has been established, you must enter a user name. After
that you can access the main menu. You can call up additional submenus and
functions using the on-screen commands.
– If necessary, turn off the local echo so that entered values are not repeated on
the screen display.
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– Enter only one command at a time.
– After entering a value (such as an IP address), re-check the entry before
pressing the Enter key to send the data to the VideoJet 8000.
Assigning an IP address
To operate the VideoJet 8000 on a network, an IP address valid for the network
must be provided.
The following default address has been pre-set at the factory: 192.168.0.1
Note
The new addresses will only be in effect after restarting.
– Start up a terminal program such as HyperTerminal.
– First enter ? and then service as the user. The main menu will be
displayed.
– Enter the command i twice, in order to open the IP menu and then display the
current IP address.
– Enter the desired IP address and press Enter. The new IP address will be
shown.
– If necessary, enter the command s and a new subnet mask.
– Interrupt the power to the VideoJet 8000 briefly (pull the power plug and
replace it after a few seconds) to restart the unit.
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Additional parameters
Using the terminal program, you can check other basic parameters and modify
them where necessary. Use the on-screen commands displayed in the various
submenus for this purpose.
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Configuration using a Web Browser
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Connecting
The integrated HTTP server allows the unit to be configured over the network
using a Web browser. This option offers far more possibilities and is more
convenient than configuration using terminal software. It also allows live video to
be displayed.
Note
In order for the computer to decode live video images, the special ActiveX
control must be installed. The latest version of the ActiveX control can be
obtained from VCS customer service or from the download pages on the
Internet site at www.vcs.com.
Make sure the graphic card is set to 16 or 32 bit color depth and the
Microsoft Virtual Machine is installed on your computer. If necessary, the
required software and controls can be installed from the CD provided (see
the list of components supplied, 9).
Instructions for using the Web browser will be found in its online help.
System requirements
] Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or higher)
] Monitor resolution 1024 × 768 pixels
] Network access (intranet or Internet)
MPEG decoder installation
Note
In order to decode MPEG encoded video data, an appropriate MPEG
decoder must be installed on the computer, such as that used for playing
DVD movies. If necessary, the required software and controls can be
installed from the CD provided (see the list of components supplied, 9).
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– Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive of the computer. The CD will start
automatically. If the CD does not start automatically, open the root directory of
the CD in Windows Explorer and double click MPEGAx.exe.
– Follow the instructions on the screen.
Establishing the connection
The VideoJet 8000 must be provided with a valid IP address to operate on your
network.
The following default address has been pre-set at the factory: 192.168.0.1
– Start the Web browser.
– Enter the IP address of the VideoJet 8000 as the URL. The connection will be
established, and after a short time the Livepage with the video image will
appear.
Note
If the connection cannot be established, this may be because the unit
selected is already busy with another remote station. Depending upon the
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network configuration and the individual units, a transmitter can serve up to
five receivers at the same time.
VideoJet 8000 password protection
If the VideoJet 8000 is password-protected against unauthorized access, a
password dialog will appear first.
Note
Configuration work can only be performed on a password-protected
VideoJet 8000 unit if the service user is logged on.
– Enter the user name and the associated password in the appropriate fields.
– Click OK. If the password is entered correctly, the Livepage with the video
image will be shown.
Choosing the configuration mode
There are various options for configuring the VideoJet 8000 or checking the
current setup:
] the Installation Wizard,
] the overview and
] expert mode.
All settings are stored in the VideoJet 8000 memory, and they are preserved
even if the power is interrupted.
Installation Wizard
The installation wizard is recommended for initial setup of the unit. It takes you
step by step through the necessary settings. This ensures that key settings for
proper operation are not overlooked. Moreover, each step offers brief instructions
that help with installation.
Device overview
The most important parameters can be displayed in groups for a quick overview.
The settings can also be changed here. However, a sequence is not specified
here.
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Expert mode
Expert mode is recommended only for experienced operators or system
administrators. All unit parameters can be accessed in this mode. Operations that
affect the basic functionality of the unit (such as software updates) can only be
performed in expert mode.
Beginning configuration
Click the Settings link in the top part of the Livepage. A new page will be opened,
and the required installation mode can be selected on the menu line:
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Installation Wizard
The VideoJet 8000 Installation Wizard guides you step by step through the
necessary settings.
Starting the Installation Wizard
The Installation Wizard can be started by clicking the Settings link on the
Livepage.
– Click the Installation Wizard link. A new page will appear.
– Click the button with the wizard icon in the Installation Wizard field. The
Installation Wizard will be opened to the first page.
– Click Start to begin the wizard. The next page of the installation wizard will
appear:
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General procedure
The pages of the Installation Wizard will be shown in sequence, allowing you to
work comfortably. The upper part of the page always contains information about
the settings options The current settings are shown in the lower area. You can
change settings by entering the desired value in a text field or choosing it from a
list. The navigation buttons for the Installation Wizard are at the bottom of the
window. You can switch between pages of the Wizard at any time.
– Always read the information in the upper part of the window first.
– Click in the text fields to enter values or use the other controls available, such
as buttons, check boxes or list fields.
– Click Next >> to go to the next step.
– Click << Back to look at the previous step again.
– Click Cancel to interrupt the process and close the Installation Wizard.
Applying the changes
Changes made with the Installation Wizard only take effect after the Finish
button on the last page is clicked.
Clicking Cancel causes the original settings to remain unchanged.
Warning!
Always continue with the Installation Wizard until the last page is reached.
Only there is it possible to save the changes by clicking Finish.
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Other settings
The last page of the Installation Wizard offers the option to start the Application
Wizard for configuring the Livepage.
– Click Yes to start the Application Wizard.
– Click Finish to close the Installation Wizard. The settings will be saved and
loaded on the VideoJet 8000, and the Application Wizard will start immediately
thereafter.
It works similar to the Installation Wizard.
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Device overview
The device overview gives you a graphical overview to review the individual
areas of the configuration. The individual configuration parameters are grouped
and displayed in separate windows.
Opening the overview
The graphical overview can be accessed by clicking Settings on the Livepage.
– Click the Overview link. The page with the graphical overview will appear.
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General procedure
After the page with the graphical overview is opened, the individual setting groups
can be accessed directly.
– Click one of the group graphics. A new window will open.
– Click in the text fields to enter values or use the other controls available, such
as buttons, check boxes or list fields.
– Click the close button (X ) in the window title bar to close the window without
saving the changes.
Applying changes
After making changes in a window, click Set to load the new settings on the
device and save them there.
Warning!
Save the changes made in each window by clicking Set. When Set is
clicked, only the changes in that particular window are saved.
A description of the individual windows that can be accessed via the group
graphics of the overview is given below.
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Camera configuration
Note
Each camera input must be configured separately. To do this, click the
camera icons one after another. The configuration page is identical for all
the inputs.
Camera name:
Enter the desired camera name here. The camera name makes it easier to
identify the remote camera location, in the event of an alarm for example. The
camera name will also be shown on the video image if so specified in the
configuration (see page 76). It is also used by VIDOS, the VCS software for
administering video monitoring systems. The camera name helps to identify the
camera or its location in the program. Enter an unambiguous, understandable
name in the field.
Video loss alarm:
Select On to monitor the video source (camera). If the signal is not present, the
VideoJet 8000 triggers an alarm.
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Motion detector
The VideoJet 8000 has an integrated video sensor which can detect changes in
the signal. Such changes are due primarily to movements in the camera's field of
view.
The video sensor can be configured separately for each encoder, i.e. for each
camera connected.
The sensitivity of the video sensor can be adjusted, so an alarm is generated only
if specified values are exceeded.
In order for the sensor to function, the following conditions must be met:
] The motion detector must be enabled.
] At least one cell must be activated.
] The individual parameters must be set for the operating environment and the
desired responses configured accordingly.
] The sensitivity must be set to a value greater than zero.
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Warning!
Reflections of light (on glass surfaces, etc.), switching lights on or off or
changes in the light level caused by cloud movement on a sunny day can
trigger unintended responses from the video sensor and generate false
alarms. Run a series of tests under day and night conditions to ensure that
the sensor works as intended.
For indoor surveillance, ensure constant lighting of the areas during the day
and at night.
Uniform surfaces without contrast can trigger false alarms even with
constant lighting.
– Click Motion Detector to open the configuration page for the video sensor.
– Click one of the tabs to access the configuration of the corresponding
encoders (or camera).
– Click Reset in the Default settings area to revert the settings to their default
values.
– Click the remaining tabs to access and edit the configurations of additional
encoders.
– After you are finished with configuration, click Back to Overview page! to
return to the graphical overview of the system.
Motion detector
Select On to activate the video sensor.
Sensor fields
The areas of the image to be monitored by the video sensor can be selected. The
video image is subdivided into 192 square sensor fields. Each of these fields can
be activated or deactivated individually. If it is necessary to exclude particular
regions of the camera's field of view from monitoring due to continuous
movement (by a tree in the wind, etc.), the relevant fields can be deactivated.
– Click Select area to configure the sensor fields. A new window will open.
– If necessary, click Clear all first to clear the current selection (fields marked
red).
– Click the fields to be activated. Activated fields are marked red.
– Click Select all to select the entire video frame for monitoring.
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– Right-click any fields you wish to deactivate. "Inactive" fields are marked white.
– Click Set to save the configuration.
– Click the close button (X) in the window title bar to close the window without
saving the changes.
Local sensitivity
The basic sensitivity of the video sensor can be adjusted to the environmental
conditions of the camera.
The sensor reacts to variations in the brightness of the video image. The darker
the observed area, the higher the value that must be selected.
– Adjust the sensitivity by dragging the scroll thumb to the desired setting.
Average [n frames]
You can define the number of frames for which a movement is monitored before
generating an alarm. This helps prevent false alarms from events such as a bird
flying across the surveillance area.
– Select the desired value by dragging the scroll thumb to the desired position.
Alarm area size:
You can specify the number of sensor fields that a moving object must cover to
generate an alarm. This is to prevent objects that are too small from triggering an
alarm.
The minimum setting is "1". This corresponds to one sensor field.
– Select the desired value by dragging the scroll thumb to the desired position.
Motion alarm status:
This field lists all the motion alarms and the date and time of their occurrence. The
events for the currently selected camera input will be listed.
After adjusting the settings, the reaction of the VideoJet 8000 can be checked in
the preview frame on the right side of the page. Sensor fields that are currently
reacting to motion are marked red on the video image. Inactive sensor fields are
marked green.
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COM1 interface parameters
The RS232/485 serial interface port can be configured to meet your
requirements.
Serial port function:
Select a controllable device from the list. If you want to use the serial interface to
transmit transparent data, select Transparent.
Note
After selecting a device, the remaining parameters in the window are set
automatically and should not be changed.
Baud rate:
Select the value for the data transmission rate in Bit/s.
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Data bits:
The number of data bits per character cannot be changed.
Stop bits:
Select the number of stop bits per character.
Parity:
Select the type of parity check.
Interface mode:
Select the desired protocol for the serial interface.
Half-duplex mode:
Choose the setting appropriate for your application.
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Alarm input settings
Note
The settings for the alarm inputs must be configured separately for each
input. To do this, click the alarm icons in turn. The configuration page is
identical for all the inputs.
Alarm input name:
You can enter a name for each alarm input, which is then displayed next to the
icon for the alarm input on the video live page during the respective configuration
(see page 106).
Alarm input active:
Select the option On in order to activate the alarm via the corresponding external
alarm sensor. Otherwise, select Off.
Alarm input status:
You can choose whether the alarm is triggered by an Active high or Active low
voltage level.
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MPEG-2 encoder configuration
Parameter values for the encoders:
Note
The settings for the encoders must be configured separately for each
camera input. The numbering of the encoders corresponds to the labeling
of the inputs on the back of the unit.
The MPEG-2 data transmission can be configured to suit the environment (for
instance, network architecture, bandwidth, etc.).
Preconfigured profiles are provided, which reflect different priorities and
environments.
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] 2MBPS low delay
2 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 3.5MBPS low delay
3.5 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 5MBPS low delay
5 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 2MBPS high quality
2 MBit/s transmission rate with high image quality
] 3.5MBPS high quality
3.5 MBit/s transmission rate with high image quality
] 5MBPS high quality
5 MBit/s transmission rate with high image quality
] 3MBPS low delay
3 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 4.5MBPS low delay
4.5 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
– Select the desired setting from the list.
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Alarm connections
You can select a number of options for the response of the VideoJet 8000 to an
alarm. In case of an alarm, the VideoJet 8000 can establish a connection to a
predefined IP address (VCS hardware receiver or PC with receiver software)
automatically. You can enter up to 10 IP addresses which will be selected in
sequence by the unit until a connection is established. You can also choose
which camera image should be automatically be displayed first on the receiver in
the case of an alarm.
Connect on alarm:
Select On so that the VideoJet 8000 establishes a connection automatically to
one of the pre-defined IP addresses in the event of an alarm.
Number of the alarm IP address:
Here you assign the numbering for the IP addresses to be contacted in the event
of an alarm. The unit contacts the remote locations one after the other in the
numbered sequence until a connection has been established.
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Video receiver IP address:
For each number, enter the corresponding IP address of the desired receiver.
Remote receiver password:
If necessary, enter the password, if the remote location is protected by a
password.
Live video auto-connect:
Select the option On if an active connection should be automatically
reestablished to one of the previously specified IP addresses after each restart,
e.g. after a connection breakdown or network dropout.
Select camera on alarm:
Here you can select the camera whose image will automatically be displayed first
to the receiver after the alarm connection has been established. Depending on
the system configuration, the receiver can then also select the other cameras.
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Partition
The VideoJet 8000 hard drive can have up to eight partitions configured in the
same way as is typical for computer hard drives. Parameters can be defined
individually for each partition, such as size, quality, type of video recording and
the compression standard used. Changes in these parameters result in a
complete reorganization, causing saved data on the partition to be deleted.
The VideoJet 8000 requires a dedicated partition for the recordings of each
camera connected. Each partition is linked to its own encoder or camera input:
camera input Video 1 with partition 01, camera input Video 2 with partition 02 etc.
The assignments cannot be changed. Therefore all partitions are always shown
in the list, regardless of whether a configuration is present or has been deleted.
It is necessary to configure all eight partitions to record with eight cameras. The
default configuration already has eight partitions configured.
All the partitions are listed in the table on the Partition page by name, sequential
number, recording format/video quality, recording type and partition size.
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This page also provides an overview of the hard drive information, such as total
size, number of partitions, space used on the partitions and the number of
unallocated megabytes of space.
A pie chart shows how much space is reserved for recordings or is unused.
General procedure
Warning!
Changes to the size or number of partitions will result in reorganization of
the entire hard drive and the loss of all saved data. Therefore, before
making changes to the parameters mentioned, check the recordings and
back up the important sequences to your computer's hard drive.
Note
If there are already eight partitions configured, the Installation Wizard can
only be started after at least one partition has been deleted.
When the Installation Wizard has started, a new information window will appear
in which settings can be configured.
The entire wizard sequence must be completed once for each hard drive partition
created. For this reason, the number of partitions to be created can be selected
immediately after starting the Installation Wizard. The wizard will then restart
automatically until all the partitions specified are configured.
Note
More than one partition with the same configuration can be created in a
single process. Mark the checkbox Apply same settings for all new
partitions on the initial page of the wizard.
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– Click Add partition to start the wizard for partitions.
– Always read the information in the upper part of the window first.
– Click in the text fields to enter values or use the other controls available, such
as buttons, check boxes or list fields.
– Click Next >> to continue to the next step.
– Click << Back to look at the previous step again.
Applying the settings
Note
Continue with the Installation Wizard until the last page. Only there is it
possible to save the settings by clicking Finish.
Settings made with the Installation Wizard only take effect after the Finish button
on the last page is clicked.
Clicking Cancel causes the original settings to remain unchanged.
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– After closing the Installation Wizard, click the Set button in the main window to
send the changes to the unit and save them there.
Changing partition data
The configuration of the partitions can be changed at any time.
Warning!
Changes to a partition that affect the name, video quality, recording format
or type or the number of alarms and the pre- and post-alarm recording times
cause the partition to be reorganized and all saved data on that partition to
be lost. Therefore you should back up all the important sequences to your
computer's hard drive. If the total recording time or the size of the partition
is changed, the entire configuration of the hard drive is lost.
The desired changes can be made in the Partition Settings window.
– Click to select the partition in the list that you want to change.
– Click Edit partition. The Partition Settings window will appear, showing the
information for the selected partition.
– Make the desired changes.
– Click Set to save the changes.
– After closing the window, click the Set button in the main window to send the
changes to the unit and save them there.
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Deleting partitions
A partition can be deleted at any time.
Warning!
Deleting a partition causes the entire hard drive to be reorganized and all
sequences stored on it to be lost. Therefore, before deleting partitions,
check the recordings and back up the important sequences to your
computer's hard drive.
– Click a partition in the list to select it.
– Click Delete partition to delete the selected partition. The partition will not be
removed from the list. Rather, it remains without a name or size specification
in order to give you a better overview.
– Click Set to send the changes to the unit and save them.
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Recorder
Here you set the parameters for recording on the local hard drive. Recording may
be done continuously or only in the event of an alarm.
Partition:
Select the partition on which you want to record. Recording of the individual
camera inputs is always done on dedicated partitions.
Timed recording
Here you can specify the times during which continuous recording on the hard
drive takes place.
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For each weekday, there are separate selection fields for each partition and thus
for each camera input. You can select 16 individual recording periods for each
weekday.
Note
If a period has already been selected for the alarm recording, you cannot
select this period for the timed recording (see Alarm recording, page 55).
– Left-click on the weekday on which the recording should start and hold down
the mouse button.
– Now drag the selected field to the desired ending time for the recording and
release the mouse.
– Right-click a selected time segment to delete it.
– Click Select all to select all time segments.
– Click Delete all to delete all selected periods.
Continuous recording frame rate:
You can select the frame rate for default recordings. Default recordings are those
that are not triggered by an alarm. The option All frames is used to record at
25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned partition. Other
settings result in a lower frame rate and thus require less partition space. This
means that the VideoJet 8000 can record for a longer period of time.
Post-alarm recording frame rate:
If an alarm occurs during a default recording, the frame rate can be changed
automatically to the post-alarm rate. The option All frames is used to record at
25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned partition. Other
settings result in a lower frame rate.
Post-alarm time:
Select the period after an alarm during which recording should continue at a
different frame rate.
Used file tracks from partition:
Up to 128 recording tracks are created automatically on a partition. Each new
recording takes place on a separate track.
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Selecting the option Linear mode means that no more new recordings are made
after the 128 tracks have been used. Old recordings must be deleted before the
tracks can be re-used. Selecting Ring mode means that the 129th recording will
be written on the first track, so that the oldest recording is always overwritten by
the newest.
Total used size from partition:
The display indicates the space currently used on the partition.
Free on this partition:
The display indicates the current amount of free space on the partition.
Recording status:
The icon indicates the recording status on this partition. When a recording is
being made, the icon is animated.
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Alarm recording
Here you can define the times when recordings are to be made by the selected
camera on the hard drive in the event of an alarm. When recorded sequences are
played back, the time of the alarm activation is specially marked so that it can be
easily identified.
Just like for timed recording, you can select 16 separate time periods on each
weekday for alarm recording. An alarm recording takes place only during the
selected periods.
Note
If a time period has already been selected for the timed recording, you can
no longer select it for alarm recording (see Timed recording, page 52).
Warning!
For alarm recordings, alarm tracks must be set up on the desired partition
(see Number of alarm tracks, page 56).
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The VideoJet 8000 uses a special recording mode for alarm recording to optimize
the use of storage capacity. As soon as a time slot begins for the alarm recording,
continuous recording starts on a segment the size of a complete alarm sequence
(pre- and post-alarm). This segment on the partition works like a ring buffer and
is overwritten again and again until an alarm is actually triggered. After that,
recording on this segment will go on for the time predefined for post-alarm
recording, and then a new segment will be used in the same way. For this reason
the recorded alarm file is always saved in its full length to the partition and the
recording space required for each alarm recording can be calculated easily.
Note
When the time slots for default and alarm recording overlap, the default
recording has priority.
Number of alarm tracks:
Here you set the number of alarm tracks on the partition. One alarm event can be
recorded on each alarm track. The specified number of alarms can be recorded
and archived accordingly. A partition can contain a maximum of 128 alarm
recordings. If the option Ring mode is set for the partition, the predefined number
of the latest alarm recordings will be stored. If the option Linear mode is set,
recording will stop as soon as all the alarm tracks have been written.
Pre-alarm recording frame rate:
You can select the frame rate for pre-alarm recording. The option All frames is
used to record at 25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned
partition. Other settings result in a lower frame rate.
Post-alarm recording frame rate:
You can select the frame rate for alarm recording. The option All frames is used
to record at 25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned partition.
Other settings result in a lower frame rate.
Pre-alarm time:
Select the period to be covered by the pre-alarm recording.
Post-alarm time:
Select the duration of the alarm recording.
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Used alarm tracks from partition:
The display indicates how many of the alarm tracks are already used.
Total used size from partition:
The display indicates the space currently used on the partition.
Free on this partition:
The display indicates the current amount of free space on the partition.
Recording status:
The icon indicates the recording status on this partition. When a recording is
being made, the icon is animated.
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Settings
You can view the current parameters for each selected partition and change them
as required in the recording scheduler. At the same time, you can activate the
various alarms which must be taken into account during the recording. You can
also set the data rate for the recording here.
Warning!
Changes to a partition that affect the name, video quality, recording format
or type or the number of alarms and the pre- and post-alarm recording times
cause the partition to be reorganized and all saved data on that partition to
be lost. You should therefore back up all important sequences to the hard
drive of the computer before making such changes.
Partition name:
Here you can enter a new name for the partition if needed.
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Encoder number:
This shows information about the number of the associated encoder. The number
corresponds to the respective camera input on the back of the unit.
Type of recording:
You can change the recording mode as required. In Ring mode recording will
continue indefinitely. When the maximum hard drive space has been reached,
the oldest recordings will be overwritten automatically. In Linear mode, recording
will continue until all the drive space has been used. Then recording will stop.
Recording data rate:
Select the desired recording rate here. The image quality increases automatically
as the data rate increases. However, a higher data rate reduces the recording
duration on the partition.
The maximum remaining recording time is recalculated after the data rate has
been set and is displayed further down the page (Remaining for recording).
Recording resolution:
Here you can change the image resolution for the recording as required.
Alarm input sources:
Here you can select the alarm sensors that should trigger an alarm. Select the
checkboxes of the alarm sources so the corresponding alarm sensors will be
monitored for alarm recording.
Note
A motion or video alarm from one camera can be used to trigger alarm
recording by another camera. The motion alarm must be configured on the
Motion Detector page (see page 98). Alarm settings are activated on the
Alarm input settings page (see page 42). The video alarm is activated on
the Camera settings page (see page 36).
Partition total size:
The displayed value shows the total space in MB occupied by the partition on the
hard drive.
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Remaining for recording:
Here the maximum time remaining for recording is displayed. It is automatically
updated after the parameters are changed.
Deleting partitions
Partitions can be deleted at any time.
Warning!
Deleting a partition causes the entire hard drive to be reorganized and all
sequences stored on it to be lost. Therefore, before deleting partitions,
check the recordings and back up the important sequences to your
computer's hard drive.
– Click Format to delete the partition currently shown.
Activating partitions
After configuring a partition, it can be activated by clicking the Start button and
thereby starting recording activities.
After the partition is activated the entire field for it will be shown as gray. The icon
at the bottom of the page indicates the recording status on the partition. When a
recording is being made, the icon is animated.
Recording activities can be stopped at any time, and one, several or all partitions
can be deactivated.
– Click Start to activate the currently selected partition and begin recording
activities for it.
– Click Start all to activate all the configured partitions and begin the associated
recording activities.
– Click Stop to deactivate the currently selected partition and terminate its
recording activities.
– Click Stop all to deactivate all the configured partitions and halt the associated
recording activities.
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System settings
Various basic configuration data for the VideoJet 8000 can be set or selected
here.
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Unit name:
The unit can be assigned a name to assist in identifying it. This name will be
overlaid on the video image, depending on the configuration. Furthermore, device
names simplify the administration of multiple units in larger systems using
programs such as VIDOS from VCS.
Note
The unit name is used to identify a unit remotely, such as in the case of an
alarm call. Enter a designation that makes it as easy as possible to identify
the location unambiguously.
Unit ID:
Each VideoJet 8000 should be assigned a unique identifier that can be entered
here as an additional means of identification.
Web site language:
Here you select the language of the user interface.
user name:
A VideoJet 8000 unit is generally protected by a password to prevent
unauthorized access. The VideoJet 8000 uses three levels of authorization: live,
service and user.
The service authorization level allows you to use all the functions of the
VideoJet 8000 and change all the settings after entering the proper password.
The user authorization level allows you to operate the unit and control cameras
but not to change the configuration.
Live authorization allows you to view live images but neither change the
configuration nor control cameras or other peripheral devices.
Password:
You can define and change passwords for each authorization level if the unit is
not password protected or if logged on with service authorization. Only one
password at a time can be changed. To change the password of another
authorization level, this configuration page must be reloaded.
Confirm password:
Re-enter the new password to avoid typing errors.
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Time format
The desired date format for the display can be selected:
] Europe: DD.MM.YYYY
] USA: MM/DD/YYYY
] Japan: YYYY/MM/DD
System date and time:
If there are a number of units operating in your system or network, it is important
to synchronize their internal clocks. Only if all units operate with the same time it
is possible, for example, to make correct identification and evaluation of
recordings occurring at the same time.
– Enter the current date. It is not necessary to enter the day of week; this is
supplied automatically by the internal clock
– Enter the current time or click the Synchron. button to copy the system time
from your computer to the VideoJet 8000.
Time zone and Time server IP address:
The VideoJet 8000 can receive a time signal from a TIME server (NTP server)
and use it to set the internal clock. The unit calls up the time signal automatically
every two hours.
– Select the time zone where the system is located from the list.
– Enter the IP address of the desired NTP server.
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Ethernet settings
The settings in this dialog are used to integrate the unit into an existing network.
The group IP address (multicast address) and the channel (port) must be set
separately for each encoder.
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Warning!
Changes to the IP address, subnet mask or gateway address are sent to
the unit when the Set button is clicked. However, they only take effect after
the unit is restarted!
– Click Set after entering a new IP address.
– To do this, enter the old IP address in the address field of the Web browser
and append /reset to it (e.g. 192.168.0.80/reset). The VideoJet 8000
will be restarted after which it can only be accessed at the new IP address.
Internet IP address:
Enter the desired IP address for the VideoJet 8000 in this field. The IP address
must be valid for the network.
Subnet mask:
Enter the subnet mask here if the unit is to communicate via a subnet.
Gateway IP address:
Enter the corresponding IP address here if the unit is to establish a connection
independently outside the local network. Otherwise, this field can remain empty
(0.0.0.0).
Note
If a switch is used additional settings must be configured in expert mode
(see page 103).
Multicast configuration
In addition to a 1:1 connection between an encoder and a single receiver
(unicast), the VideoJet 8000 can enable multiple receivers to receive the video
signal from an encoder simultaneously. This is achieved either by duplicating the
data stream in the unit with subsequent distribution to multiple receivers (multiunicast) or by distribution of a single data stream over the network to a number
of receivers in a defined group (multicast). A dedicated multicast address and
port can be specified for each of the eight encoders.
Note
The prerequisite for multicast operation is a multicast-capable network
using the UDP and IGMP protocols. Other group membership protocols are
not supported. The TCP protocol does not support multicast connections.
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The MPEG-2 data transfer protocol is designed for at most one multi-unicast
connection to each encoder. The transparent data connection is maintained by
the first unit. However after about 15 seconds of inactivity, the data connection is
automatically terminated and another unit can exchange transparent data with
the transmitter.
For multilink operation, the network need not be multicast-capable, because the
VideoJet 8000 is also multi-unicast compatible. Duplication of the data on the unit
requires considerable processor power and, under certain circumstances, leads
to limitations in the picture quality.
When the multicast address is set to 0.0.0.0, the VideoJet 8000 operates in multiunicast mode (copies the data streams on the unit).
If a valid multicast group IP address is entered for each encoder, the unit operates
in the multicast mode (duplication of the data stream on the network).
Multicast address encoder 1 ... Multicast address encoder 8:
A special IP address (class D address) must be configured for multicast operation
in a multicast-enabled network.
The network must support group IP addresses and the Internet Group
Management Protocol (IGMP). The address space is from 224.0.1.0 to
238.255.255.255.
The multicast address can be the same for multiple encoders. Then however it is
necessary to use a different port in each case so that multiple data streams are
not sent simultaneously over the same port and multicast address.
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Port:
In the case of simultaneous data streams in MPEG-2 format the data streams
must be assigned to different ports.
Enter the port address for the particular encoder here.
Multicast packet TTL:
A value can be entered to specify how long the multicast data packets are active
on the network. If multicast is to be run over a router the value must be greater
than 1.
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Livepage settings
In this dialog, the appearance of the Livepage can be set up to suit your
requirements. Options are provided here to display various information and
operating elements in addition to the video image.
Moreover, individual background graphics can be used for the main window and
the upper area of the window (banners).
Note
Either GIF or JPEG images can be used. The file paths must correspond to
the access mode (local paths such as C:\Images\Logo.gif for local files and
URLs such as http://www.vcs.com/images/logo.gif for files on the Internet).
Please note for access via Internet/intranet that there must be a connection
in order to display the image. The image files are not stored on the
VideoJet 8000.
– Mark the checkboxes for the information to be displayed on the Livepage. The
selected elements are checkmarked.
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– Check the display of the desired information on the Livepage.
Startpage background URL:
Enter the path to a suitable background graphic in this field. The image can be
stored on a local computer, a local network or at an Internet address.
Click Search if necessary to find a suitable image on the local network.
Startpage logo URL:
Enter here the path for a suitable image for the upper part of the window (banner).
The image can be stored on a local computer, a local network or at an Internet
address.
– Click Search if necessary to find a suitable image on the local network.
Note
To restore the original graphics, just delete the entries in the fields
Startpage background URL and Startpage logo URL.
Show alarm inputs on livepage
Alarm inputs are displayed next to the video image as icons along with their
assigned names. If an alarm is active the corresponding icon changes color.
Show event minutes on livepage
The event log will be displayed with date and time in a field under the video
image.
Show system minutes on livepage
The system log will be displayed with date and time in a field under the video
image and provide information about connections, etc.
Save event minutes to hard disk
Select this option to save the event log in a text file on the local computer.
These logs can be viewed, edited and printed with any software that can work
with text files (such as Microsoft Word or Excel).
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Save system minutes to hard disk
Select this option to save the system log in a text file on the local computer.
These logs can be viewed, edited and printed with any software that can work
with text files (such as Microsoft Word or Excel).
Note
If the saving of log files is enabled (for example "Save event minutes on
livepage"), these will be stored by default as text files on the Windows
Desktop. The path for saving the files can be changed in expert mode (see
page 108).
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Expert Mode
Expert Mode allows all parameters of the VideoJet 8000 to be configured. You
can view the current settings by opening one of the configuration pages. The
settings can be changed by entering new values or by selecting a predefined
value from a list field.
Navigation
You can switch to expert mode after clicking the Settings link on the Livepage.
– Click the Expert Mode link. The initial page will be opened.
– Click one of the links on the left edge of the window. The corresponding page
will be opened.
Applying changes
Each configuration page shows the current settings. The settings can be changed
by entering new values or by selecting a predefined value from a list field.
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– Click Set after each change to save it.
Warning!
Save each change with the associated Set button. When Set is clicked,
only the changes in the relevant (blue-bordered) field are saved. Changes
in any other fields are ignored.
Unit identification
Unit name:
The unit can be assigned a name to assist in identifying it. This name will be
overlaid on the video image, depending on the configuration. Furthermore, device
names simplify the administration of multiple units in larger systems using
programs such as VIDOS from VCS.
Note
The unit name is used to identify a unit remotely, in case of an alarm for
example. Enter a designation that makes it as easy as possible to identify
the location unambiguously.
Unit ID:
Each VideoJet 8000 should be assigned a unique identifier that can be entered
here as an additional means of identification.
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Password settings
User name:
A VideoJet 8000 unit is generally protected by a password to prevent
unauthorized access. The VideoJet 8000 uses three levels of authorization: live,
service and user.
The service authorization level allows you to use all the functions of the
VideoJet 8000 and change all the settings after entering the proper password.
The user authorization level allows you to operate the unit and control cameras
but not to change the configuration.
Live authorization allows you to view live images but you can neither change the
configuration nor control cameras or other peripheral devices.
Password:
You can define and change passwords for each authorization level if the unit is
not password protected or if logged on with service authorization. Only one
password at a time can be changed. To change the password of another
authorization level, this configuration page must be reloaded.
Confirm password:
Re-enter the new password to avoid typing errors.
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Language selection
Web site language:
Here you select the language of the user interface.
Date and time
If a number of VideoJet units are part of a system, it is important that the internal
clocks of these separate units be synchronized. Only if all units operate with the
same time it is possible, for example, to make correct identification and
evaluation of recordings occurring at the same time.
Date format:
The desired date format for the display can be selected:
] Europe: DD.MM.YYYY
] USA: MM/DD/YYYY
] Japan: YYYY/MM/DD
Unit date:
Enter the current date here. It is not necessary to enter the day of week; this is
supplied automatically by the internal clock
Unit time:
Enter the current time here or click the Synchr. PC button to copy the system
time from your computer to the VideoJet 8000.
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Time server
The VideoJet 8000 can receive a time signal from a TIME server (NTP server)
and use it to set the internal clock. The device calls up the time signal
automatically every two hours.
Time zone:
Here you can select the time zone in which your system is located.
Time settings:
Select this during daylight savings time if the time change is to be taken into
account. Deselect it when standard time has resumed.
Time server IP address:
Enter the IP address of the desired NTP server if necessary.
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Camera names
Camera 1 ... Camera 8:
Enter the desired name for each camera here. The camera name makes it easier
to identify the remote camera location, in the event of an alarm for example. Enter
an unambiguous, understandable name in the field.
Display stamping
Note
The settings on this page apply to all camera inputs.
Camera name stamping:
This field sets the position of the camera name overlay. It can be displayed on
Top or on Bottom of the image or you can define a position yourself via the
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Hyperterminal and activate it choosing the option Custom. Or it can be set to Off
if no overlay of this information is to be shown.
Time stamping:
This field sets the position of the time and date overlay. It can be displayed on
Top or on Bottom of the image or you can define a position yourself via the
Hyperterminal and activate it choosing the option Custom. Or it can be set to Off
if no overlay of this information is to be shown.
Alarm mode stamping:
Choose On if a text message should be overlaid in the event of an alarm.
Video watermarking:
Choose On if the video images transmitted are to be "watermarked". After
activation, all images will be marked with a green W. A red W indicates that the
sequence (live or saved) has been manipulated.
Displayed alarm message:
Enter the text to be shown in the event of an alarm. It can contain up to
31 characters.
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MPEG-2 encoder configuration
The data transmission parameters can be configured to fit the local operating
environment (network architecture, bandwidth, data structures, etc.). The
VideoJet 8000 has eight preconfigured profiles, which reflect different priorities
and environments.
Note
The settings for the encoders must be configured separately for each
camera input. The numbering of the encoders corresponds to the labeling
of the inputs on the back of the unit.
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MPEG-2 Encoder profile selection
Profiles can be selected here for each of the eight encoders.
Preconfigured profiles are provided, which reflect different priorities and
environments.
] 2MBPS low delay
2 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 3.5MBPS low delay
3.5 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 5MBPS low delay
5 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 2MBPS high quality
2 MBit/s transmission rate with high image quality
] 3.5MBPS high quality
3.5 MBit/s transmission rate with high image quality
] 5MBPS high quality
5 MBit/s transmission rate with high image quality
] 3MBPS low delay
3 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
] 4.5MBPS low delay
4.5 MBit/s transmission rate with a low delay for image refresh
– Select the desired setting from the list.
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MPEG-2 profiles configuration
Individual settings in a profile can be changed, and the modified profile can be
saved under a new name.
Warning!
The profiles are rather complex. They include a number of parameters that
interact with one another. Therefore it is generally best to use the default
profiles. The profiles should only be changed after you are familiar with all
the configuration options.
Profile name:
You can rename the profile. Afterward, the name will be shown in the list of
profiles that can be selected for each encoder.
Data rate:
The data rate for the speed of transmission over the network is shown for each
parameter value. You can change the data rate and decide whether you prefer a
constant rate or consistent image quality.
Selecting constant means that the data will always be transmitted at the set rate,
but the image quality may vary. Selecting variable means that the image quality
will be consistent, but the data rate can vary from the set value.
GOP structure:
In MPEG-2 encoding, image sequences are divided into groups (GOP – "Group
of Pictures"). Each group can contain three different frame types. I-frames
contain the complete information for an image and therefore require the most
coding data. P-frames code only the difference between the current image and
the previous one. These require considerably less data. Lastly, B-frames encode
only the difference between the current image and the previous and next images.
The require the least data. However, B-frames have a large delay, because
image information from subsequent images is required for encoding. Each GOP
always begins with an I-frame.
Note
B-Frames have a large delay and are not suitable for some applications,
such as manually controlling a dome camera. Keep this in mind when
choosing a GOP structure and length.
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Select the structure for the GOP. You can choose between:
] I
I-frames only
] IP
an I-frame followed by several P-frames
] IPB
an I-Frame followed by several substructure sequences, each consisting of a
P-frame and a B-frame
] IPBB
an I-Frame followed by several substructure sequences, each consisting of a
P-frame and two B-frames
GOP length:
Enter the image interval between I-frames. The value will depend on the GOP
structure selected. It must always be a multiple of the P- and B- frames in the
GOP structure.
The GOP structure "IPB" a length of 4 means that an I-frame is followed by a total
of four other frames, which are alternately P- and B-frames. The resultant image
structure is: IPBPBIPBPBIPBPB …
The GOP structure "IP" can have any GOP length. The "IPB" structure must have
a GOP length that is a multiple of two. The "IPBB" structure has length that are
multiples of three. The GOP structure I requires no GOP length.
Video streaming type:
The option VES (Video Elementary Stream) is preset for the video stream. It
cannot be changed.
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Video resolution:
Select the desired resolution for the MPEG-2 video image. The following
resolutions are available:
] CIF
352 × 288 pixels
] D1
704 × 576 pixels
Reset parameter for the preset:
Click Default to revert the profile to its factory presets.
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Partitioning data
The VideoJet 8000 hard drive can have up to eight partitions configured in the
same way as is typical for computer hard drives. Parameters can be defined
individually for each partition, such as size, quality, type of video recording and
the compression standard used. Changes in these parameters result in a
complete reorganization, causing saved data on the partition to be deleted.
The VideoJet 8000 requires a dedicated partition for the recordings of each
camera connected. Each partition is linked to its own encoder or camera input:
camera input Video 1 with partition 01, camera input Video 2 with partition 02 etc.
The assignments cannot be changed. Therefore all partitions are always shown
in the list, regardless of whether a configuration is present or has been deleted.
It is necessary to configure all eight partitions to record with eight cameras. The
default configuration already has eight partitions configured.
All the partitions are listed in the table on the Partition page by name, sequential
number, recording format/video quality, recording type and partition size.
This page also provides an overview of the hard drive information, such as total
size, number of partitions, space used on the partitions and the number of
unallocated megabytes of space. A pie chart shows how much space is reserved
for recordings or is unused.
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General procedure
Warning!
Changes to the size or number of partitions will result in reorganization of
the entire hard drive and the loss of all saved data. Therefore, before
making changes to the parameters mentioned, check the recordings and
back up the important sequences to your computer's hard drive.
Note
If there are already eight partitions configured, the Installation Wizard can
only be started after at least one partition has been deleted.
When the Installation Wizard has started, a new information window will appear
in which settings can be configured.
The entire wizard sequence must be completed once for each hard drive partition
created. For this reason, the number of partitions to be created can be selected
immediately after starting the Installation Wizard. The wizard will then restart
automatically until all the partitions specified are configured.
Note
More than one partition with the same configuration can be created in a
single process. Mark the checkbox Apply same settings for all new
partitions on the initial page of the wizard.
– Click Add partition to start the partition wizard.
– Always read the information in the upper part of the window first.
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– Click in the text fields to enter values or use the other controls available, such
as buttons, check boxes or list fields.
– Click Next >> to continue to the next step.
– Click << Back to look at the previous step again.
Applying the settings
Note
Continue with the Installation Wizard until the last page. Only there is it
possible to save the settings by clicking Finish.
Settings made with the Installation Wizard only take effect after the Finish button
on the last page is clicked.
Clicking Cancel causes the original settings to remain unchanged.
– After closing the Installation Wizard, click the Set button in the main window to
send the changes to the unit and save them there.
Changing partition data
The configuration of the partitions can be changed at any time.
Warning!
Changes to a partition that affect the name, video quality, recording format
or type or the number of alarms and the pre- and post-alarm recording times
cause the partition to be reorganized and all saved data on that partition to
be lost. You should therefore back up all important sequences to the hard
drive of the computer before making such changes. If the total recording
time or the size of the partition is changed, the entire configuration of the
hard drive is lost.
The desired changes can be made in the Partition Settings window.
– Click to select the partition in the list that you want to change.
– Click Edit partition. The Partition Settings window will appear, showing the
information for the selected partition.
– Make the desired changes.
– Click Set to save the changes.
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– After closing the window, click the Set button in the main window to send the
changes to the unit and save them there.
Deleting partitions
A partition can be deleted at any time.
Warning!
Deleting a partition causes the entire hard drive to be reorganized and all
sequences stored on it to be lost. Therefore, before deleting partitions,
check the recordings and back up the important sequences to your
computer's hard drive.
– Click a partition in the list to select it.
– Click Delete partition to delete the selected partition. The partition will not be
removed from the list. Rather, it remains without a name or size specification
in order to give you a better overview.
– Click Set to send the changes to the unit and save them.
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Recording scheduler
Here you set the parameters for recording on the local hard drive. Recording may
be done continuously or only in the event of an alarm.
Partition:
Select the partition on which you want to record. Recording of the individual
camera inputs is always done on dedicated partitions.
Time recording
Here you can specify the times during which continuous recording on the hard
drive takes place.
For each weekday, there are separate selection fields for each partition and thus
for each camera input. You can select 16 individual recording periods for each
weekday.
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Note
If a period has already been selected for the alarm recording, you can no
longer select it for timed recording (see Alarm recording, page 90).
– Left-click on the weekday on which the recording should start and hold down
the mouse button.
– Now drag the selected field to the desired ending time for the recording and
release the mouse.
– Right-click a selected time segment to delete it.
– Click Select all to select all time segments.
– Click Delete all to delete all selected periods.
Continuous recording frame rate:
You can select the frame rate for default recordings. Default recordings are those
that are not triggered by an alarm. The option All frames is used to record at
25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned partition. Other
settings result in a lower frame rate and thus require less partition space. This
means that the VideoJet 8000 can record for a longer period of time.
Post-alarm recording frame rate:
If an alarm occurs during a default recording, the frame rate can be changed
automatically to the post-alarm rate. The option All frames is used to record at
25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned partition. Other
settings result in a lower frame rate.
Post-alarm time:
Select the period after an alarm during which recording should continue at a
different frame rate.
Used file tracks from partition:
Up to 128 recording tracks are created automatically on a partition. Each new
recording takes place on a separate track.
Selecting the option Linear mode means that no more new recordings are made
after the 128 tracks have been used. Old recordings must be deleted before the
tracks can be re-used. Selecting Ring mode means that the 129th recording will
be written on the first track, so that the oldest recording is always overwritten by
the newest.
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Total used size from partition:
The display indicates the space currently used on the partition.
Free on this partition:
The display indicates the current amount of free space on the partition.
Recording status:
The icon indicates the recording status on this partition. When a recording is
being made, the icon is animated.
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Alarm recording
Here you can define the times when recordings are to be made by the selected
camera on the hard drive in the event of an alarm. When recorded sequences are
played back, the time of the alarm activation is specially marked so that it can be
easily identified.
Just like for timed recording, you can select 16 separate time periods on each
weekday for alarm recording. An alarm recording takes place only during the
selected periods.
Note
If a period has already been selected for the timed recording, you can no
longer select it for alarm recording (see Timed recording, page 87).
Warning!
For alarm recordings, alarm tracks must be set up on the desired partition
(see Number of alarm tracks, page 91).
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The VideoJet 8000 uses a special recording mode for alarm recording to optimize
the use of storage capacity. As soon as a time slot begins for the alarm recording,
continuous recording starts on a segment the size of a complete alarm sequence
(pre- and post-alarm). This segment on the partition works like a ring buffer and
is overwritten again and again until an alarm is actually triggered. After that,
recording on this segment will go on for the time predefined for post-alarm
recording, and then a new segment will be used in the same way. For this reason
the recorded alarm file is always saved in its full length to the partition and the
recording space required for each alarm recording can be calculated easily.
Note
When the time slots for default and alarm recording overlap, the default
recording has priority.
Number of alarms:
Here you set the number of alarm tracks on the partition. One alarm event can be
recorded on each alarm track. The specified number of alarms can be recorded
and archived accordingly. A partition can contain a maximum of 128 alarm
recordings. If the option Ring mode is set for the partition, the predefined number
of the latest alarm recordings will be stored. If the option Linear mode is set,
recording will stop as soon as all the alarm tracks have been written.
Pre-alarm recording frame rate:
You can select the frame rate for pre-alarm recording. The option All frames is
used to record at 25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned
partition. Other settings result in a lower frame rate.
Post-alarm recording frame rate:
You can select the frame rate for alarm recording. The option All frames is used
to record at 25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC) from a camera to its assigned partition.
Other settings result in a lower frame rate.
Pre-alarm time:
Select the period to be covered by the pre-alarm recording.
Post-alarm time:
Select the duration of the alarm recording.
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Used alarm tracks from partition:
The display indicates how many of the alarm tracks are already used.
Total used size from partition:
The display indicates the space currently used on the partition.
Free on this partition:
The display indicates the current amount of free space on the partition.
Recording status:
The icon indicates the recording status on this partition. When a recording is
being made, the icon is animated.
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Settings
You can view the current parameters for each selected partition and change them
as required in the recording scheduler. At the same time, you can activate the
various alarms which must be taken into account during the recording. You can
also set the data rate for the recording here.
Warning!
Changes to a partition that affect the name, video quality, recording format
or type or the number of alarms and the pre- and post-alarm recording times
cause the partition to be reorganized and all saved data on that partition to
be lost. You should therefore back up all important sequences to the hard
drive of the computer before making such changes.
Partition name:
Here you can enter a new name for the partition if needed.
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Encoder number:
This shows information about the number of the associated encoder. The number
corresponds to the respective camera input on the back of the unit.
Type of recording:
You can change the recording mode as required. In Ring mode, recording will
continue indefinitely. When the maximum hard drive space has been reached,
the oldest recordings will be overwritten automatically. In Linear mode, recording
will continue until all the drive space has been used. Then recording will be
stopped until some old recordings are deleted to provide free space.
Recording data rate:
Select the desired recording rate here. The image quality increases automatically
as the data rate increases. However, a higher data rate reduces the recording
duration on the partition.
The maximum remaining recording time is recalculated after the data rate has
been set and is displayed further down the page (Remaining for recording).
Recording resolution:
Here you can change the image resolution for the recording as required.
Alarm input sources:
Here you can select the alarm sensors that should trigger an alarm. Select the
checkboxes of the alarm sources so the corresponding alarm sensors will be
monitored for alarm recording.
Note
A motion or video alarm from one camera can be used to trigger alarm
recording by another camera. The motion alarm must be configured on the
Motion Detector page (see page 98). Alarm inputs and the video alarms
are activated on the Alarm sources page (see page 96).
Partition total size:
The displayed value shows the total space in MB occupied by the partition on the
hard drive.
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Remaining for recording:
Here the maximum time remaining for recording is displayed. It is automatically
updated after the parameters are changed.
Deleting partitions
Partitions can be deleted at any time.
Warning!
Deleting a partition causes the entire hard drive to be reorganized and all
sequences stored on it to be lost. Therefore, before deleting partitions,
check the recordings and back up the important sequences to your
computer's hard drive.
– Click Format to delete the partition currently shown.
Activating partitions
After configuring a partition, it can be activated by clicking the Start button and
thereby starting recording activities.
After the partition is activated the entire field for it will be shown as gray. The icon
at the bottom of the page indicates the recording status on the partition. When a
recording is being made, the icon is animated.
Recording activities can be stopped at any time, and one, several or all partitions
can be deactivated.
– Click Start to activate the currently selected partition and begin recording
activities for it.
– Click Start all to activate all the configured partitions and begin the associated
recording activities.
– Click Stop to deactivate the currently selected partition and terminate its
recording activities.
– Click Stop all to deactivate all the configured partitions and halt the associated
recording activities.
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Alarm sources
You can configure the possible alarm triggers for the VideoJet 8000 (such as
alarm inputs and video signal monitoring of the camera inputs).
Alarm input 1 ... Alarm Input 10:
Select the option On in order to activate the alarm via the corresponding external
alarm sensor. Otherwise, select Off.
You can choose whether the alarm is triggered by an Active high or Active low
voltage level.
Name:
You can enter a name for each alarm input, which is then displayed next to the
icon for the alarm input on the video live page during the respective configuration
(see page 106).
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Video loss alarm 1-4 ... Video loss alarm 5-8:
Select On if the VideoJet 8000 is to give an alarm when the video signal is
interrupted.
1./2. SNMP host address:
Enter the IP addresses of up to two chosen receivers here if the alarm message
is to be sent via SNMP-traps.
Alarm connections
You can select a number of options for the response of the VideoJet 8000 to an
alarm. In case of an alarm, the VideoJet 8000 can establish a connection to a
predefined IP address (VCS hardware receiver or PC with receiver software)
automatically. You can enter up to 10 IP addresses which will be selected in
sequence by the unit until a connection is established. You can also choose
which camera image should be automatically be displayed first on the receiver in
the case of an alarm.
Connect on alarm:
Select On so that the VideoJet 8000 establishes a connection automatically to
one of the pre-defined IP addresses in the event of an alarm.
Number of video receiver address:
Here you assign the numbering for the IP addresses to be contacted in the event
of an alarm. The unit contacts the remote locations one after the other in the
numbered sequence until a connection has been established.
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Alarm IP address:
For each number, enter the corresponding IP address of the desired receiver.
Remote password:
If necessary, enter the password, if the remote location is protected by a
password.
Live video auto-connect:
Select On if an active connection should be reestablished automatically to one of
the previously specified IP addresses after each restart, e.g. after a connection
breakdown or network dropout.
Default camera:
Here you can select the camera whose image will automatically be displayed first
to the receiver after the alarm connection has been established. Depending on
the system configuration, the receiver can then also select the other cameras.
Motion detector
The VideoJet 8000 has an integrated video sensor which can detect changes in
the signal. Such changes are due primarily to movements in the camera's field of
view.
The video sensor can be configured separately for each encoder, i.e. for each
camera connected.
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The sensitivity of the video sensor can be adjusted, so an alarm is generated only
if specified values are exceeded.
In order for the sensor to function, the following conditions must be met:
] The motion detector must be enabled.
] At least one cell must be activated.
] The individual parameters must be set for the operating environment and the
desired responses configured accordingly.
] The sensitivity must be set to a value greater than zero.
Warning!
Reflections of light (off glass surfaces, etc.), switching lights on or off or
changes in the light level caused by cloud movement on a sunny day can
trigger unintended responses from the video sensor and generate false
alarms. Run a series of tests under day and night conditions to ensure that
the sensor works as intended.
For indoor surveillance, ensure constant lighting of the areas during the day
and at night.
Uniform surfaces without contrast can trigger false alarms even with
constant lighting.
– Click one of the tabs to access the configuration of the corresponding
encoders (or camera).
– Click Reset in the Default settings area to revert the settings to their default
values.
– Click the remaining tabs to access and edit the configurations of additional
encoders.
Motion detector
Select On to activate the video sensor.
Sensor fields
The areas of the image to be monitored by the video sensor can be selected. The
video image is subdivided into 192 square sensor fields. Each of these fields can
be activated or deactivated individually. If it is necessary to exclude particular
regions of the camera's field of view from monitoring due to continuous
movement (by a tree in the wind, etc.), the relevant fields can be deactivated.
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– Click Select area to configure the sensor fields. A new window will open.
– If necessary, click Clear all first to clear the current selection (fields marked
red).
– Click the fields to be activated. Activated fields are marked red.
– Click Select all to select the entire video frame for monitoring.
– Right-click any fields you wish to deactivate. "Inactive" fields are marked white.
– Click Set to save the configuration.
– Click the close button (X) in the window title bar to close the window without
saving the changes.
Local sensitivity
The basic sensitivity of the video sensor can be adjusted to the environmental
conditions of the camera.
The sensor reacts to variations in the brightness of the video image. The darker
the observed area, the higher the value that must be selected.
– Adjust the sensitivity by dragging the scroll thumb to the desired setting.
Average [n frames]
You can define the number of frames for which a movement is monitored before
generating an alarm. This helps prevent false alarms from events such as a bird
flying across the surveillance area.
– Select the desired value by dragging the scroll thumb to the desired position.
Alarm area size:
You can specify the number of sensor fields that a moving object must cover to
generate an alarm. This is to prevent objects that are too small from triggering an
alarm.
The minimum setting is "1". This corresponds to one sensor field.
– Select the desired value by dragging the scroll thumb to the desired position.
Motion alarm status:
This field lists all the motion alarms and the date and time of their occurrence. The
events for the currently selected camera input will be listed.
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After adjusting the settings, the reaction of the VideoJet 8000 can be checked in
the preview frame on the right side of the page. Sensor fields that are currently
reacting to motion are marked red on the video image. Inactive sensor fields are
marked green.
COM1 interface
The RS232/485serial interface port can be configured to meet your requirements.
Serial port function:
Select a controllable device from the list. If you want to use the serial interface to
transmit transparent data, select Transparent.
Note
After selecting a device, the remaining parameters in the window are set
automatically and should not be changed.
Baud rate:
Select the value for the data communication rate in Bit/s.
Data bits:
The number of data bits per character cannot be changed.
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Stop bits:
Select the number of stop bits per character.
Parity check:
Select the type of parity check.
Interface mode:
Select the desired protocol for the serial interface.
Half-duplex mode:
Choose the setting appropriate for your application.
Network settings
The settings on this page are used to integrate the unit into an existing network.
Warning!
Changes to the IP address, subnet mask or gateway address are sent to
the unit when the Set button is clicked. However, they only take effect after
the unit is restarted!
– Click Set after entering a new IP address.
– To do this, enter the old IP address in the address field of the Web browser
and append /reset to it (e.g. 192.168.0.80/reset). The VideoJet 8000
will be restarted after which it can only be accessed at the new IP address.
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Unit IP address:
Enter the desired IP address for the VideoJet 8000 in this field. The IP address
must be valid for the network.
Subnet mask:
Enter the subnet mask here if the unit is to communicate via a subnet.
Gateway IP address:
Enter the corresponding IP address here if the unit is to establish a connection
independently outside the local network. Otherwise, this field can remain empty
(0.0.0.0).
Ethernet link type:
If the VideoJet 8000 is connected to the network via a switch, both devices must
be set for the same type of network connection. If necessary, ask your network
administrator about the switch setting.
The value can be set to 10 MBit/s, 100 MBit/s or 1 GBit/s and full or half-duplex
mode (FD or HD) or to Auto if the network connection is to be flexible for
individual cases.
Warning!
Errors such as picture interference can occur if the setting of the
VideoJet 8000 differs from the connected switch, such as when the
switch is set to Auto and the VideoJet 8000 to 10 MBit/s HD.
DNS server IP address:
When operating a unit over the Internet, an address pool with dynamic addresses
is used for greater efficiency. This means that the unit is assigned an IP address
each time a connection is made and this address varies. In this case, access is
easier if the unit is listed on a DNS server. It will contact the server at regular
intervals and register its unit name and IP address. To connect to the
VideoJet 8000 via the Internet, it is enough to enter the unit name and the URL
of the DNS server. The server returns the current Internet IP address for the
connection.
The DNS server for VCS videotec.info is preset as the default. The associated
IP address is 195.145.107.78. The VideoJet 8000 contacts this server
automatically if the desired refresh interval is entered for the next parameter. If
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the unit name is MyVideoJet for example, the URL MyVideoJet.videotec.info
can be entered in the browser to make a connection.
DNS refresh time:
Enter the desired update interval in seconds.
Multicast configuration
In addition to a 1:1 connection between an encoder and a single receiver
(unicast), the VideoJet 8000 can enable multiple receivers to receive the video
signal from an encoder simultaneously. This is achieved either by duplicating the
data stream in the unit with subsequent distribution to multiple receivers (multiunicast) or by distribution of a single data stream over the network to a number
of receivers in a defined group (multicast). A dedicated multicast address and
port can be specified for each of the eight encoders.
Note
The prerequisite for multicast operation is a multicast-capable network
using the UDP and IGMP protocols. Other group membership protocols are
not supported. The TCP protocol does not support multicast connections.
The MPEG-2 data transfer protocol is designed for at most one multi-unicast
connection to each encoder. The transparent data connection is maintained by
the first unit. However after about 15 seconds of inactivity, the data connection is
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automatically terminated and another unit can exchange transparent data with
the transmitter.
For multilink operation, the network need not be multicast-capable, because the
VideoJet 8000 is also multi-unicast compatible. Duplication of the data on the unit
requires considerable processor power and, under certain circumstances, leads
to limitations in the picture quality.
When the multicast address is set to 0.0.0.0, the VideoJet 8000 operates in multiunicast mode (copies the data streams on the unit).
If a valid multicast group IP address is entered for each encoder, the unit operates
in the multicast mode (duplication of the data stream on the network).
Multicast address encoder 1 ... Multicast address encoder 8:
A special IP address (class D address) must be configured for multicast operation
in a multicast-enabled network.
The network must support group IP addresses and the Internet Group
Management Protocol (IGMP). The address space is from 224.0.1.0 to
238.255.255.255.
The multicast address can be the same for multiple encoders. Then however it is
necessary to use a different port in each case so that multiple data streams are
not sent simultaneously over the same port and multicast address.
Multicast port 1 ... Multicast port 8:
In the case of simultaneous data streams in MPEG-2 format the data streams
must be assigned to different ports.
Enter the port address for the particular encoder here.
Multicast packet TTL:
A value can be entered to specify how long the multicast data packets are active
on the network. If multicast is to be run over a router the value must be greater
than 1.
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Version information
The hardware and software version numbers are for information only and cannot
be altered. Keep a record of these numbers in case technical assistance is
required.
Hardware version:
The hardware version number of the VideoJet 8000 is displayed.
Software version:
The software version number of the VideoJet 8000 is displayed.
Livepage configuration
In this dialog, the appearance of the Livepage can be set up to suit your
requirements. Options are provided here to display various information and
operating elements in addition to the video image.
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Moreover, individual background graphics can be used for the main window and
the upper area of the window (banners).
Note
Either GIF or JPEG images can be used. The file paths must correspond to
the access mode (local paths such as C:\Images\Logo.gif for local files and
URLs such as http://www.vcs.com/images/logo.gif for files on the Internet).
Please note for access via Internet/intranet that there must be a connection
in order to display the image. The image files are not stored on the
VideoJet 8000.
– Mark the checkboxes for the information to be displayed on the Livepage. The
selected elements are checkmarked.
– Check the display of the desired information on the Livepage.
Startpage background URL:
Enter the path to a suitable background graphic in this field. The image can be
stored on a local computer, a local network or at an Internet address.
– Click Search if necessary to find a suitable image on the local network.
Startpage logo URL:
Enter here the path for a suitable image for the upper part of the window (banner).
The image can be stored on a local computer, a local network or at an Internet
address.
– Click Search if necessary to find a suitable image on the local network.
Note
To restore the original graphics, just delete the entries in the fields
Startpage background URL and Startpage logo URL.
Show alarm inputs on livepage:
Alarm inputs are displayed next to the video image as icons along with their
assigned names. If an alarm is active the corresponding icon changes color.
Show event minutes on livepage:
The event log will be displayed with date and time in a field under the video
image.
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Show system minutes on livepage:
The system log will be displayed with date and time in a field under the video
image and provide information about connections, etc.
Save event minutes to hard disk:
Select this option to save the event log in a text file on the local computer.
These logs can be viewed, edited and printed with any software that can work
with text files (such as Microsoft Word or Excel).
Save system minutes to hard disk:
Select this option to save the system log to a text file on the local computer.
These logs can be viewed, edited and printed with any software that can work
with text files (such as Microsoft Word or Excel).
Save event minutes to hard disk:
Enter full path for the event message log file.
– If necessary, click Search to find a suitable folder.
Save system minutes to hard disk:
Enter full path for the system messages log file.
– If necessary, click Search to find a suitable folder.
Path for JPEG and MPEG files:
Enter the full path for saving snapshots and video sequences to be saved from
the Livepage or HDD playback.
– If necessary, click Search to find a suitable folder.
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Software update
Software update:
The VideoJet 8000 is designed in such a way that its functions and parameters
can be updated with firmware. To accomplish this, the current firmware is loaded
on the unit via the selected network. It will be installed automatically after the
connection is closed.
Thus a VideoJet 8000 unit can be serviced and updated remotely without
requiring a technician to make changes on-site.
The current firmware can be obtained from VCS Customer Service or
downloaded from the Internet at our Web site (www.vcs.com).
Warning!
Before starting the firmware upload, be sure that you have selected the
correct file! Uploading the wrong files can result in the unit no longer being
addressable, requiring it to be replaced.
Do not interrupt the firmware installation for any reason! Interruption will
damage the flash EPROMs. This can also result in the unit no longer being
addressable, requiring it to be replaced.
– First, save the update file to the hard disk.
– Enter the full path for the update file in the field or click Search to locate and
select the file.
– Click Upload to begin transmission to the unit. The progress of the download
can observed from the status messages and progress bar.
After about 90 seconds, the message Firmware upload complete. Status:
upload finished - please wait! will appear. The new firmware will be
decompressed and used to reprogram the flash EPROM. The time necessary is
indicated by the message Reconnection in ... seconds.
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After the upload is completed successfully, the unit will restart automatically.
If the Failure LED is blinking, the upload has failed and must be done again. To
perform the upload, you must go to a special page.
– In the address field of the browser, append /main.htm to the IP address of
the unit (e.g. 192.168.0.80/main.htm) and hit return.
– Repeat the upload.
Configuration download:
The VideoJet 8000 configuration data can be saved on a computer and the saved
data loaded on a unit from the computer.
– Click Download. A dialog will appear.
– Follow the instructions to save the current settings.
Configuration upload:
– Enter the full path of the file to upload or click Search to select the desired file.
– Make sure that the file to be loaded comes from a VideoJet 8000.
– Click Upload to begin transmitting the file to the unit.
This message will appear: Configuration upload finished. Status: Configuration upload OK. (system must be rebooted) will be displayed and the
countdown for the reconnection will be shown.
The next time the Software update page is opened, the message Configuration
upload OK confirms that the upload was successful. The message Configuration upload failed indicates that the file did not load properly (perhaps the file
specified was not from the same type of device). Repeat the upload and use
another file if necessary.
Note
The new configuration will be active after the VideoJet 8000 is restarted.
Enter the current IP address followed by /reset.
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Function test
The VideoJet 8000 offers a number of configuration options. Therefore you
should check that it works properly after installation and configuration.
This is the only way to ensure that the VideoJet 8000 will function as intended in
an alarm situation.
Check the following functions (among other things):
] Can the VideoJet 8000 can be dialed up remotely?
] Does the VideoJet 8000 transmit all the data required?
] Does the VideoJet 8000 respond as configured to alarm events?
] Is it possible to control peripheral devices if necessary?
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Operation with Microsoft Internet Explorer
A computer with Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or later) can be used to
receive live images from the VideoJet 8000, control cameras or other peripherals
and replay sequences stored on the local hard drive.
Note
In order for the computer to decode live video images, the special ActiveX
control must be installed. The latest version of the ActiveX control can be
obtained from VCS customer service or from the download pages on the
Internet site at www.vcs.com.
Make sure the graphic card is set to 16 or 32 bit color depth and the
Microsoft Virtual Machine is installed on your computer.
Instructions for using the Web browser will be found in its online help.
System requirements
] Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or higher)
] Monitor resolution 1024 × 768 pixels
] Network access (intranet or Internet)
MPEG decoder installation
Note
In order to decode MPEG encoded video data, an appropriate MPEG
decoder must be installed on the computer, such as that used for playing
DVD movies. If this is not the case, a decoder of this type will be found on
the software CD included with delivery.
– Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive of the computer. The CD will start
automatically. If the CD does not start automatically, open the root directory of
the CD in Windows Explorer and double click MPEGAx.exe.
– Follow the instructions on the screen.
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Establishing the connection
The VideoJet 8000 must be provided with a valid IP address to operate on your
network.
The following default address has been pre-set at the factory: 192.168.0.1
– Start the Web browser.
– Enter the IP address of the VideoJet 8000 as the URL. The connection will be
established, and after a short time the Livepage with the video image will
appear.
Note
If the connection cannot be established, this may be because the unit
selected is already busy with another remote station. Depending upon the
network configuration and the individual units, a transmitter can serve up to
five receivers at the same time.
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VideoJet 8000 password protection
If the VideoJet 8000 is password-protected against unauthorized access, a
password dialog will appear first.
Note
Configuration work can only be performed on a password-protected
VideoJet 8000 unit if the service user is logged on.
– Enter the user name and the associated password in the appropriate fields.
– Click OK. If the password is entered correctly, the Livepage with the video
image will be shown.
Image selection
With a connection is established, the video image will be displayed in the center
of the browser window. Depending on the configuration, additional information
will be shown adjacent to and under the video image (see page 106).
The images for each camera can either be viewed in full screen mode or images
from all the cameras can be arranged in 8 tiles on the screen.
You can choose between two settings for the total size of the video image to
optimize the display for a particular monitor size.
– Click one of the links Camera 1 to Camera 8 above the video image to view
the corresponding camera image.
– Click on one of the links Small or Large above the video image to display the
image in the selected resolution and size.
– Click the icon for multiple display above the video image to view the images
from all the cameras. The tile at the lower right remains empty.
– Clicking one of the image tiles in the multiple display shows the feed from that
camera as a full-sized image.
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Alarm
In the event of an alarm, a red alarm symbol for the triggering alarm input is
displayed next to the video image. The display of alarms and other details
depends on the configuration of the unit (see page 106).
Event minutes
Events such as the triggering or end of alarms are shown in the Event minutes
field. These messages can be saved automatically in a log file (see page 108).
System minutes
The System minutes field contains information about the operating status of the
VideoJet 8000 and the connection. These messages can be saved automatically
in a log file (see page 108).
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Control functions
Control options for peripheral devices (such as a pan and tilt head or a dome
camera) depend on the type of device installed and the configuration of the
VideoJet 8000.
If a controllable device is connected to the VideoJet 8000 and configured, the
controls for the peripheral are displayed next to the video image.
– To control a peripheral device click the associated operating elements.
– Move the pointer over the video image. Further options for peripheral device
control will be displayed using the pointer.
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Saving snapshots
Individual images from the current video sequence on the Livepage can be saved
on the computer hard drive in JPEG format.
– Click the Snapshot icon. The image will be saved, the image size wil be
352 × 288 pixels. The storage location depends on the configuration of the
VideoJet 8000 (see page 108).
Recording video sequences
Segments from the current video sequence on the Livepage can be saved on the
computer hard drive in MPEG format.
– Click the MPEG Recording icon. Saving begins immediately. The storage
location depends on the configuration of the VideoJet 8000 (see page 108). A
recording in progress is indicated by the blinking of the red dot on the icon.
– Click the MPEG Recording icon again. Saving will be terminated.
Note
In order to decode MPEG encoded video data, an appropriate MPEG
decoder must be installed on the computer, such as that used for playing
DVD movies. If necessary, the required software and controls can be
installed from the CD provided (see the list of components supplied, 9). For
more information on installing the MPEG decoder, see page 27.
Image resolution
The sequences will be recorded at the resolution specified in the encoder settings
(see pages 43 and 80).
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Recordings in progress
During automatic recording to the hard drive of the VideoJet 8000 by one of the
background programs, the hard drive icon under the video image on the Livepage
changes.
It is animated to indicate that a recording is in progress. If no recording is taking
place the icon is static.
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Playback of recorded sequences
You can go to the playback page for recorded video sequences from the
Livepage, the overview and in expert mode.
– Click the HDD Replay link in the navigation bar at the top of the window. The
playback page will be displayed.
Recording selection
First select the camera on the right whose recording you wish to review.
All saved sequences on the partition assigned to this camera will be listed. A
sequential number, the beginning and end times for the recording, the recording
length, the number of alarms and the recording type will be shown for each
sequence.
– Click a camera name to list the recordings for that camera.
– Click a list entry. Playback of the selected sequence will begin immediately in
the video window.
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Controlling playback
A time bar is shown below the video image to indicate the progress of sequence.
After the HDD Replay page is loaded, the blue bar shows the current day, week
and year and a time scale with two hour intervals.
If a particular sequence is selected for playback by clicking, the time range to
which it belongs is shown in the bar, with the selected sequence indicated in blue
with a green border. The yellow scroll thumb indicates the position of the image
currently shown in the sequence.
The time bar offers various navigation options within and between the
sequences.
– Change the time section displayed by clicking the arrow buttons or by dragging
the blue area to the left or right using the mouse.
– Change the time intervals displayed by clicking the zoom buttons (magnifying
glass icons). Intervals of three days, one day, two hours, five minutes or one
minute can be chosen.
– Select another sequence for playback by clicking the corresponding blue
marking. The sequence will be highlighted with a green border to indicate it as
the active sequence.
If necessary, drag the yellow bar to the time position at which playback is to start.
Detailed information on the date and time is shown below the bar.
The buttons below the video image can be used to control playback. The buttons
have the following functions:
Jump to the beginning of the video sequence,
jump to the previous alarm
Fast rewind,
rewind in intervals of 0.5 sec (only in Pause mode)
Stop
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Pause
Fast forward,
step forward frame by frame (only in Pause mode)
Jump to the end of the video sequence,
jump to the next alarm
The speed can be controlled using the scroll thumbs. The upper control is used
for fast search within sequences. After it is released, it jumps back to its initial
position. The lower control determines the playback speed: 100% indicates
normal speed, lower values and higher values reduce or increase the playback
speed.
Red bars on the blue sequence fields indicate triggered alarm times. You can
jump quickly to the alarms using the control buttons or the yellow scroll thumb.
Backup
You can back up video recordings from the VideoJet 8000 hard drive directly to
the hard drive of your computer.
First select the sequence to save as described above. The following buttons are
available for backup:
Back up a sequence to the hard drive of your computer
Back up a snapshot to the hard drive of your computer
– Start the playback of the sequence you want to back up as a whole or in parts.
– Click the icon for backing up a sequence. Saving begins immediately and is
indicated by the blinking of the icon on the button.
– Click the icon for sequence backup again to stop saving.
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This procedure can be repeated within a sequence to back up several segments
of a longer sequence.
– Click the button for backing up a snapshot to save only snapshots from the
sequence being played to your hard drive.
The snapshots will be shown immediately in the area to the right of the button.
The location for saving sequences and snapshots can be specified in the
VideoJet 8000 settings (see page 108).
MPEG viewer installation
Saved sequences can also be displayed using the MPEG viewer from VCS. You
will find the VCS MPEG viewer on the accompanying software CD.
Note
In order to decode MPEG encoded video data, an appropriate MPEG
decoder must be installed on the computer, such as that used for playing
DVD movies. The current version of the MPEG player is on the
accompanying software CD. It is also available from VCS Customer Service
or it can be obtained from the download area at www.vcs.com. For more
information on installing the MPEG decoder, see page 27.
– Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive of the computer. If the CD does not start
automatically, open it in Windows Explorer.
– Open the directory entitled MPEG-Viewer and copy the MPEGViewer.exe file
to your hard drive.
– You can start the MPEG viewer by double-clicking the file MPEGViewer.exe.
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Hardware connections between VCS units
A VideoJet 8000 with a camera connected to it can be used as a transmitter and
an MPEG-2 hardware decoder from VCS (such as the VIP 1000) with a
connected monitor as a receiver using an Ethernet network connection. This way
it is possible to cover large distances without installation or cabling challenges.
Installation
VideoJet units are designed to connect to one another automatically with the
corresponding configuration. This only requires that they be part of a closed
network. Proceed as follows to install the units:
– Connect the units to the closed network using Ethernet cables.
– Connect them to the mains supply.
Note
Check that the units are configured correctly for your network and that the
parameter Video receiver IP address or Alarm IP Address for the
VideoJet 8000 is set to the IP address of the receiver (see pages 46
and 98).
Establishing the connection
There are three options for establishing a connection between a VideoJet 8000
transmitter and a VCS receiver on a closed network:
] in the event of an alarm,
] using a terminal program or
] a Web browser
Connect on alarm
The VideoJet 8000 can be configured to connect automatically to a receiver when
an alarm is triggered (see page 97). After a short time, the live video image from
the transmitter will be shown on the connected monitor.
This option can also be used to connect a VideoJet 8000 and a VCS receiver
using a switch connected to the alarm input. In this case, no computer is needed
to establish the connection.
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Connecting with a terminal program
Various requirements must be met in order to operate using a terminal program
(see page 23).
– Start the terminal program. Enter the command i in the main menu to switch
to the IP menu.
– Enter the command r in the IP menu to change the remote IP address, then
enter the IP address of the device to connect to.
– Enter the command a in the IP menu to activate automatic connection.
Connecting with a Web browser
Various requirements must be met in order to operate using a Web program (see
page 27).
– Use the Web browser to connect to the receiver. Its home page will be
displayed.
– Select a transmitter from the Available sender units list. A JPEG snapshot of
the video source selected will be displayed on the page.
– Click Connect to begin showing the video images on the connected monitor.
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Closing the connection
The connection may be closed using a terminal program or Web browser.
Closing the connection with a terminal program
– Start the terminal program. Enter the command i in the main menu to switch
to the IP menu.
– Enter the command a in the IP menu to toggle off the automatic connection.
Closing the connection with a Web browser
– Use the Web browser to connect to the receiver. Its home page will be
displayed.
– Click Disconnect to stop the video display on the monitor.
Operation with decoder software
The VideoJet 8000 video server and VIDOS software from VCS together
comprise a high-performance system solution.
VIDOS is software for operating, controlling and administering CCTV installations
(such as surveillance systems) at remote locations. It runs under Microsoft
Windows operating systems. Its main job is decoding video, audio and control
data from a remote transmitter.
There are many options available for operation and configuration when using a
VideoJet 8000 with VIDOS. See the software documentation for more details.
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Front panel controls
The front panel of the VideoJet 8000 has various operating and display elements
(see page 15). You can view some of the key configuration parameters on the
display. However, the parameters cannot be changed here.
– Press the Menu/Exit button. The menu will be opened. You will see the first
parameter (IP Address) and the set value.
– Use the arrow keys to scroll the view to other parameters.
– When you are finished, press the Menu/Exit button again to exit the menu.
Note
The Set button is provided for future functional extensions.
Parameters in the display menu
Brief descriptions of the parameters in the display menu are given below.
IP Address
The current IP address of the unit.
Subnet Mask
The current subnet mask of the unit.
Gateway
The current gateway IP address of the unit.
MAC address
The current MAC address of the unit.
Ethernet link
Quality of the network connection.
Current connections
Displays the total number of current connections via the network.
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Video locked
Shows the camera inputs currently receiving a video signal
(designation O).
Input pin states
Shows the alarm inputs currently receiving an alarm
(designation H).
Motion Alarm
Shows the camera inputs currently receiving a motion signal (designation H).
EthTX
EthRX
Current data transmission rate from and to the VideoJet 8000.
HDD Throughput
Current recording rate on the VideoJet 8000 hard drive.
SW version
Software version number for the VideoJet 8000.
HW version
Hardware version number for the VideoJet 8000.
HDD Capacity
Current free space on the hard drive.
COM1
Information on the serial interface (protocol, interface parameters).
Fan 1
Fan 2
Information on the operating state of both fans on the rear side of the unit.
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Date
Time
Information on the date and time settings.
System uptime
Operating time of the unit since it was last switched on or reset (in days, hours,
minutes and seconds).
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7
Testing the network connection
The ping command can be used to check the connection between two IP
addresses. This allows you to test whether a unit is active on the network.
– Open the DOS command prompt.
– Type ping followed by the IP address of the unit.
If the unit is found, the response appears as Reply from ... followed by the
number of bytes sent and the transmission time in milliseconds. Otherwise, the
unit cannot be accessed via the network. This might be because
] The unit is not properly connected to the network. Check the cable
connections in this case.
] The unit is not properly integrated into the network. Please check the
IP address, subnet address and gateway address.
Repairs
Warning!
Never open the casing of the VideoJet 8000 yourself, there are no user
serviceable parts inside.
Ensure that maintenance or repair work is performed only by qualified personnel
(electrical technicians), or contact your VCS service center.
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Transfer and disposal
The VideoJet 8000 should only be passed on together with this manual.
The unit contains environmentally hazardous materials that must be disposed of
according to law.
Defective or superfluous units and parts should be disposed of professionally or
taken to your local collection point for hazardous materials.
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Troubleshooting
If you cannot correct a malfunction, please contact your supplier, system
integrator or VCS customer service
([email protected]).
The version numbers of the internal processors can be viewed on a special page.
Please note this information before contacting Customer Service.
– In the address field of the browser, append
/version.htm to the IP address of the unit (e.g. 192.168.0.80/
version.htm) and press Enter.
– Write down the information or print out the page.
The following table is intended to help you identify the causes of malfunctions and
correct them where possible.
Problem
Possible Causes
No connection
between unit and
terminal program.
Improper cable connections. Check all cables, plugs, contacts
and connections.
The computer's serial
interface is not connected.
Solution
Check the other serial interfaces.
Interface parameters do not Select a different COM port if
match.
necessary and make sure that the
computer's interface parameters
match those of the unit. Try the
following standard parameters:
19,200 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1
stop bit. After that, switch off the
power to the unit, wait a few
seconds and switch it on again.
No image
transmission to the
destination.
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Defective camera.
Connect a local monitor to the
camera and check the camera
function.
Faulty cable connections.
Check all cables, plugs, contacts
and connections.
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Problem
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Possible Causes
The unit’s configuration.
No connection
established, no
Faulty installation.
picture transmission.
The unit does not
report an alarm.
Control of PTZ
cameras or other
devices is not
possible.
Check all settings.
Check all cables, plugs, contacts
and connections.
Wrong IP address.
Check the IP address (terminal
program).
Faulty data transmission
within the LAN.
Check the network data
transmission with the ping
command.
The maximum number of
connections has been
reached.
Wait until there is a free connection
and contact the transmitter again.
It is not selected as "alarm
input".
Select alarm input on the Alarm
sources configuration page.
No alarm action selected.
Define the desired alarm actions on
the Alarm connections
configuration page. If necessary,
change the IP address.
Check all cable connections and
The cable connection
between the serial interface ensure all plugs are properly
and the connected device is plugged in.
incorrect.
The interface parameters
conflict with those of the
other device connected.
The unit is no longer Power failure during
programming by the update
ready for operation
file.
after a firmware
upload.
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Solution
Make sure the settings of all devices
involved are compatible.
Have the unit checked by Customer
Service and replaced if necessary.
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LEDs
The VideoJet 8000 network video server is equipped with several LEDs that
show the operating status and can give indications of possible malfunctions:
Power
Not lit:
Device is switched off.
Lit green:
The unit is switched on, no connection.
Blinking green:
600 ms (50:50) = 1 active connection
300 ms (50:50) = 2 active connections
150 ms (50:50) = 3 or more connections
HDD
Blinking red:
Data from and to the hard drive is taking place.
Failure
Blinking red:
Hardware error (fan defective).
LAN interface (rear panel)
Green LED lit:
Physical connection to the network established.
Orange LED blinking: Data transfer via the network.
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RS232/RS422/RS485 interface
Options for using the serial interface include transparent data transfer, control of
connected devices or operation of the unit with a terminal program. Depending
on the setting, the interface works with the RS232 or RS422/485 protocol. The
protocol used depends on the current configuration (see page 101).
RJ45 connector pin assignments
The pin assignments depend on the protocol used.
Pin
136
RS232 Protocol
RS422/485 Protocol
1
RxD (receive data)
RxD+ (receive data plus)
2
CTS (clear to send)
RxD- (receive data minus)
3
–
–
4
–
–
5
GND (ground)
GND (ground)
6
–
–
7
TxD (transmit data)
TxD- (transmit data minus)
8
RTS (ready to send)
TxD+ (transmit data plus)
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Glossary
Brief explanations of some of the terms and abbreviations found in this user guide
are given below.
10/100 Base-T
IEEE 802.3 specification for 10 or 100 MBit/s Ethernet
ARP
Address Resolution Protocol: a protocol for mapping MAC
and IP addresses
baud rate
The data transfer rate
Bit/s
Bits per second, the actual data rate
CIF
Common Intermediate Format,
video format with 352 × 288 pixels
DHCP
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol: a protocol for dynamic
allocation of IP addresses
DNS
Domain Name Service
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
full duplex
Simultaneous data transmission in both directions (sending
and receiving)
GOP
Group of pictures
HTTP
Hypertext Transfer Protocol
HTML
Hypertext Markup Language
hub
Multiplexer to connect a number of Ethernet units to a 10
BASE-T segment
ICMP
Internet Control Message Protocol
ID
Identification: a machine-readable character sequence
IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IGMP
Internet Group Management Protocol
Internet Protocol
The main protocol used on the Internet. Together with the
Transfer Control Protocol (TCP), it constitutes "TCP/IP"
IP
See "Internet Protocol"
IP address
A 4-byte number uniquely defining each device on the
Internet. It is usually written in dotted decimal notation with
periods separating the bytes, for example "209.130.2.193".
ISDN
Integrated Services Digital Network
JPEG
An encoding process for still images (Joint Photographic
Experts Group)
kBit/s
Kilobits per second, the actual data rate
LAN
See Local area network
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Local area network
A communications network serving users within a limited
geographical area, such as a building or a university campus.
It is controlled by a network operating system and uses a
transfer protocol.
MAC
Media Access Control
MPEG-2
Enhanced video/audio compression standard, with high-level
compression that images of studio quality possible. In the
meanwhile it has become established as a broadcasting
standard.
netmask
A mask that explains which part of an IP address is the
network address and which part comprises the host address.
It is usually written in dotted decimal notation with periods
separating the bytes, for example "255.255.255.192".
Network Time Protocol
A protocol or application service for synchronizing computer
clocks over the Internet
NTP
See Network Time Protocol
parameters
Values used for configuration
picture
A video image that has been digitized at a given resolution
PPP
See point-to-point protocol
point-to-point protocol
A protocol allowing a computer using TCP/IP to connect
directly to the Internet
QCIF
Quarter CIF, a video format with 176 × 144 pixels
RS232/RS422/RS485
Standards for serial data transmission
Realtime Transport
Protocol
A transmission protocol for realtime video and audio
RTP
See Realtime Transport Protocol
SNMP
Simple Network Management Protocol
subnet mask
See netmask
TCP
Transfer Control Protocol
Telnet
Login protocol with which users can log on to a remote
computer (host) on the Internet
UDP
User Datagram Protocol
URL
Uniform Resource Locator
UTP
Unshielded Twisted Pair
WAN
See wide area network
wide area network
A long distance link used to extend or connect remotely
located local area networks
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Specifications
Unit
Operating voltage
90 to 250 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Current consumption
max. 60 VA
LAN interface
1 × Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-T,
automatic adaptation,
half/full duplex, RJ45
ISDN interface
1 × RJ45, S0 base rate
(supported by future device versions)
USB interface
1 × USB 2.0
(supported by future device versions)
Data interface
1 × RS232/RS422/RS485, bidirectional, RJ45
Alarm inputs
10 × push-in terminals (non-isolated closing
contact), max. trip resistance 10 ohms
Video inputs
8 × BNC jack 0.7 to 1.2 Vp-p,
75 ohms switchable, PAL/NTSC
Indicators
3 × LED (operating voltage, hard drive activity,
hardware failure)
Storage medium
1 × hard drive, 120, 240 or 600 GB
Operating conditions
Temperature 0 to +50°C,
relative humidity 20 to 80%,
non-precipitating
Altitude 0 to 3,000 m
Storage conditions
Temperature -20 to +60 °C,
relative humidity: 0 to 95%,
non-precipitating
max. altitude 10,000 m
Regulatory approvals
CE: IEC 60950; UL 1950; J 60950; AS/NZS 3548;
EN 55103-1, -2; EN 55130-4; EN 55022; EN 55024;
EN 61000-3-2; EN 61000-3-3; FCC 47 CFR Section
1 Part 15
Dimensions (w × h × l)
409.2 × 48.6 × 351.5 mm
(including base and BNC connections)
Weight
approx. 6.0 kg (with 240 GB hard drive)
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Protocols/standards
Video standards
PAL, NTSC
Video coding protocols
ISO/IEC 13818-2 (MPEG-2) [email protected]; M-JPEG
Video data rate
1 kBit/s to 5 MBit/s per channel
Image resolutions
720 × 576 pixels (full D1: 50/60 fields/s*)
352 × 288 pixels (CIF: 25/30 fields/s*)
* depends on image data size
GOP structure
I, IP, IPB, IPBB
Total delay (IP)
198/180 ms (PAL/NTSC)
Refresh rate
1 to 50/60 fields/s adjustable (PAL/NTSC)
Field/image-based coding
Multiplex standard
ISO/IEC 13818-1 (MPEG-2)
Network protocols
RTP, Telnet, UDP, TCP, IP, HTTP, IGMP, ICMP, ARP,
DHCP, SNMP
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A
C
activating partitions 60, 95
cables 17
ActiveX 27, 113
camera configuration 36
actuator 20
camera name 36, 76
Alarm 42
camera names 76
alarm 116
camera selection 115
alarm area 39, 100
cameras 20
Alarm connections 45
changes 35, 71
alarm input 20, 42, 69
closing connections 126
alarm input name 42
closing contact 20
alarm input status 42
color depth 10, 27, 113
alarm inputs 14
COM1 40, 101
alarm IP address 45
configuration 27, 110
alarm message 77
configuration mode 29
alarm recording 55, 90
connecting 124
Alarm sources 96
connection 28, 114
alarm tracks 57, 90, 92
connection on alarm 45
authorization levels 62, 73
control 40, 101
automatic connection 46, 98
control cabinet installation 11, 17, 18
average 39, 100
control functions 117
Conventions 5
B
create partition 84
background image 69
backup 122
D
banners 68, 107
danger 7
basic data 61
data bits 41
baud rate 40
data interface 21
browser window 115
data terminal 23
data transfer 15
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date and time 74
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function test 111
date format 74
daylight savings time 75
decoder software 126
default camera 46, 98
G
gateway 65, 103
GOP 80
default settings 38, 99
H
default values 38, 99
half-duplex mode 41
deleting partitions 51, 60, 86, 95
hardware error 15
device overview 29, 34
HDD playback 120
display 15
heat 17, 18
display menu 127
display stamping 76
I
DNS server 103
identification 6, 62, 72
dome camera 21
IGMP 66, 105
DVD standard 11
image quality 66, 105
DVR 11
image resolution 118
image selection 115
E
input signal 36
echo 23
installation 8, 18
electromagnetic compatibility 6
installation location 17
encoder number 94
installation overview 19
encoder numbering 43
installation requirements 17
encoding 11
Installation Wizard 29, 31
EPROM 109
interface 14, 136
establishing the connection 28, 114
interface mode 41
Ethernet 64
interface parameters 40
event log 116
internal clock 63, 74
expert mode 30, 71
IP address 24, 65, 103
F
L
false alarms 38, 99
language 62, 74
frame rate 53, 56, 88, 91
language selection 74
front panel 15, 127
LED 15
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light reflections 38
network connection 22
light variation 38
NTP server 63, 75
linear mode 54, 56, 59, 88, 91, 94
live video images 27, 113
Livepage 33, 68
O
operation 7, 113
local sensitivity 39, 100
overview of functions 11
logo graphic 69
P
low voltage directive 6
parameters 25
M
main functions 13
mains supply 22
maintenance 8
monitor resolution 27, 113
motion alarm 37
motion alarm status 39, 100
motion detector 38, 99
mounting kit 18
MPEG decoder 27, 113, 118
MPEG recording 118
MPEG viewer 123
MPEG-2 66
MPEG-2 encoder configuration 43, 78
multicast 65, 104
multicast connection 65, 104
multicast function 11
multicast port 67, 105
parity 41
partition 47, 83, 87
partition data 50
partition name 58, 93
partitioning data 83
password 29, 62, 73, 115
password protection 62, 73
password settings 73
peripheral device control 117
pin assignments 21, 136
playback 120
playback button 121
playback control 121
post-alarm time 53, 56, 88, 91
power switch 22
pre-alarm recording time 56, 91
Profile 43
profile configuration 80
multi-unicast 65, 104
profiles 79
N
protocols 140
protocol 21, 41, 102
name 62, 72
network 20, 64, 102
network check 131
R
Rear panel 14
receiver 11
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receiver password 46, 98
subnet mask 65, 103
recorder 52
supplied components 9
recording activity 54, 57, 89
switch off 22
recording data rate 59, 94
switch on 22
recording in progress 119
Symbols 5
recording resolution 59, 94
synchronized time 63, 74
recording scheduler 87
system date 63
recording tracks 53
system log 116
recording type 94
system settings 61
Regulations 5
system time 63, 74
remote control 12
repair 8
repairs 131
ring mode 54, 56, 59, 88, 91, 94
router 67, 105
RS-232 136
RS-422/485 136
T
tabletop unit 11, 17
test 111
thermal load 17
time 63, 74
time format 63
time server 63, 75
S
time signal 63, 75
safety 7
time zone 63, 75
saving alarm messages 69
timed recording 52, 87
saving system messages 70
total size 59, 94
select area 38, 100
total time 60, 95
sensor fields 38, 99
transmission parameters 23
Serial number 6
transmission protocols 21
serial port function 40, 101
transmission rate 40, 101
Signal source 20
transparent 40
snapshots 12, 118
TTL 67, 105
SNMP 97
Specifications 139
standards 140
startup 9
stop bits 41
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U
unicast 65, 104
unit date 74
unit ID 62, 72
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unit name 62, 72
unit time 74
upload file 109
URL 28, 114
user 23
user name 29, 73, 115
V
ventilation 18
version 106
video inputs 14
video loss alarm 36, 97
video sensor 37, 98
video sequence recording 118
video sources 20
voltage level 42
W
watermarking 77
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90425 Nuremberg, Germany
Phone: +49 911 93456-0
Fax: +49 911 93456-66
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.vcs.com
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