Latitude NVMS 3.5 Axis Unit Setup Guide

Latitude NVMS 3.5 Axis Unit Setup Guide
Latitude NVMS 3.5
Axis Unit Setup Guide
M3534C, July 05
Table of Contents
PREFACE ..................................................................................................................................................... 3
LATITUDE AXIS SETUP........................................................................................................................... 4
INITIAL UNIT SETUP ................................................................................................................................... 4
UNIT DISCOVERY ....................................................................................................................................... 5
IMAGE QUALITY CONFIGURATION ............................................................................................................. 7
ENCODER PTZ CONFIGURATION ................................................................................................................ 9
MOTION DETECTION ................................................................................................................................ 12
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Preface
Latitude NVMS 3.5 continues the process begun in version 3.0 of offering expanded support
for different types of encoders, decoders and IP cameras. In addition to units based on the
VSIP and RCP+ protocols, the system is now fully integrated with many of the newer AXIS
products, as shown in the table below.
This document presents the procedures for configuring AXIS units for Latitude. Please verify
that your unit and its firmware are supported before beginning installation. This information is available
in the document titled Required Firmware for Latitude/NVRS.
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Latitude AXIS Setup
AXIS encoders and IP cameras differ from VSIP and RCP+ based units in that they do not
have a protocol-specific port associated with them. As a result, the procedures for adding
AXIS units to Latitude and assigning them to one of more Media Archivers rely on manual,
rather than automatic, discovery. They utilize an expanded version of the Unit Search Tool,
now renamed the Discovery Tool, which has been incorporated into AdminCenter (a standalone version is still available under Start>Programs>DVTel Latitude 3.5>Tools).
Initial Unit Setup
The first step to setting up an AXIS unit is to give it an available IP address accessible to its
intended Media Archiver(s).
Never use the AXIS Internet Dynamic DNS Service when assigning an IP address to a unit
that is to be used with Latitude.
1. Power up the AXIS camera/encoder and connect it to a switch on the same subnet as your
Latitude system (or the same subnet as the pertinent Media Archivers, in the case of a
system that spans multiple subnets).
2. Insert the AXIS CD supplied with your camera/encoder into the CD-ROM drive of a
computer on the same subnet as the switch and click Set IP Address (if the CD menu does
not come up automatically, browse the CD and double click the autorun file).
Figure 1 - The AXIS CD Menu
3. Enter your unit’s serial number, which can be found on a sticker on the bottom of the
unit, as well as the IP address on the local subnet that you would like to assign it. Click
Set IP. You will need to reboot the unit to complete the process.
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Figure 2 - Assigning an AXIS Unit an IP Address
4. Launch Internet Explorer and go to your unit’s IP address (you may need to reboot it
first). You will be prompted to assign a password for the unit’s root user (similar to admin
in Latitude). It is highly recommended that you give all AXIS units the same password.
Figure 3 - Assigning an AXIS Unit a Root Password
When a hardware reset is performed on an AXIS unit, it reverts to the IP address 192.168.0.90.
Unit Discovery
1. Launch the Resource Administration Tool (RAT) on your Media Archiver server and click
the AXIS Extension under Archiver in the Resources tree.
2. If applicable, change the Default encoder for the AXIS units (e.g. from MPEG-4 and
MJPEG to MJPEG). Click Apply.
3. Switch to the Security tab. Enter root as the Default username and click the “pencil”
button to enter and confirm the password you created when setting up the AXIS units.
Click OK and then Apply.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each additional Media Archiver server that you would like to use to
archive video from AXIS encoders or cameras.
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5. Launch AdminCenter and click on the Directory (globe) icon in the System View Pane.
Switch to the Discovery tab in the Configuration Pane.
Figure 4 - The Discovery Configuration Pane
6. Choose AXIS from the Discover drop-down menu and enter beginning and ending IP
addresses to define the range through which Latitude should search. Leave the HTTP
port at its default (80) unless you have previously changed your AXIS units’ HTTP port.
Click the “binocular” button to begin the search.
7. To assign an AXIS unit to a Media Archiver, highlight the unit, click the + button, and
choose an Archiver from the list in the Select the archiver dialogue box.
Figure 5 - Selecting a Unit's Archiver
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Note that you can assign an AXIS unit to multiple Media Archivers for the purpose of failover or redundant archiving. Since AXIS units are not discovered by Latitude automatically,
however, you must add units to their additional archivers manually. To do this, right click
anywhere in the System View Pane and choose Add Video Unit.
Unless otherwise advised by DVTel Technical Support, do not use the web interface to make any
changes to an AXIS unit once it has been discovered by Latitude.
Camera Configuration
When using an AXIS camera that supports MPEG-4 and MJPEG – and enabling its two
streams – the camera appears as two different cameras, one using MPEG-4 and one using
MJPEG. Each must be configured independently. Similarly, on an encoder, the number of
connected analog cameras is doubled. Each of the streams uses a separate camera license.
Since AXIS units can provide only one stream of each type, there is no distinction between
the viewing and recording streams. Latitude does allow, however, for recording sampled
streams. This feature is especially useful for MJPEG, both because the encoding does not
use key frames, and because MJPEG files tend to be much larger than the corresponding
MPEG-4 files.
1. Click the camera you would like to configure in the View Selection Pane and go to the
first (General settings) tab.
Figure 6 - The General Settings Tab of the Camera Configuration Pane
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2. Define video qualities for each of your applicable coverages. Use the + button to add a
quality setting for a coverage and the X button to delete one. To obtain an overview of
all the coverages associated with the camera, click the “pie chart” button. Click Apply
changes when done.
3. Switch to the Recording tab to specify additional recording parameters such as storage
duration, pre- and post-alarms and archiving schedules. Click Apply changes.
Figure 7 - The Recording Tab of the Camera Configuration Pane
Pre-alarm recording on event is supported only for the 210, 211 and 241 (MJPEG
stream) units.
4. Use the Dynamic recording tab to specify two additional, optional sets of recording
quality parameters for manual and event-based recording. Click Apply changes.
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Figure 8 - The Dynamic Recording Tab of the Camera Configuration Pane
5. Switch to the Attributes (second to last) tab and make sure the Analog format is set to
the correct option for your device (either PAL or NTSC). Click Apply changes.
6. In the View Selection Pane, drag and drop your camera into an appropriate site (you can
create one by right clicking anywhere in the pane and choosing Create>Site).
Encoder PTZ Configuration
Some AXIS encoders provide the option of using built-in PTZ drivers, which respond to
commands issued through the unit’s web page interface, to control connected analog PTZ
cameras. This option is not supported by Latitude. Instead, the serial port’s mode must be
set to Generic TCP.
1. Set up the AXIS encoder’s serial port mode:
a. Launch Internet Explorer, enter your unit’s IP address, and log into its web interface.
b. Click Setup, System Options and Ports & Devices.
c. Set the serial port you would like to use to connect to the external device to Generic
TCP. Do not use the AXIS web interface to modify any of the other serial port settings.
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Figure 9 - Setting the AXIS Encoder’s Serial Port Mode
2. Once you change the serial port mode, its icon should appear in the System View Pane
of AdminCenter (you may have to reboot the encoder first). Click the icon to modify the
port settings so that they match those of your target PTZ device.
Figure 10 - The Serial Port Configuration Pane
3. You can now configure the PTZ in Latitude. Right click anywhere in the Selection View
Pane and choose Create >PTZ, then select your camera, serial port and protocol and
click OK.
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Figure 11 - The Create PTZ Dialogue Box
4. Change the PTZ number under the Properties tab to match your camera’s PTZ
number and click Apply changes.
Figure 12 - The PTZ Configuration Pane Properties Tab
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Motion Detection
Motion detection in Latitude NVMS 3.5 may be performed by either the Media Archiver or
the encoder (unit), depending on a variety of factors including unit capabilities and CPU and
bandwidth requirements. AXIS units support motion detection on the unit only. This reduces the
strain on the server’s CPU but also eliminates support for motion-based search in
MediaCenter. In addition, pre-alarm recording on event is supported only for the 210, 211
and 241 (MJPEG only) units.
1. In the View Selection Pane click the camera whose motion detection scheme you would
like to configure and go to the Motion detection tab.
To view a summary of the motion detection options supported for your unit, click
the Capabilities button.
Figure 12 - The Motion Detection Tab of the Camera Configuration Pane
2. Choose the coverage under which your detection scheme should apply and specify your
desired Motion detection type, Sensitivity and Number of consecutive frame hit, as
well as whether you would like to transmit video only when recording (this option
reduces bandwidth utilization but precludes the ability record on pre-alarm).
3. If you have chosen to create a detection zone, click the Show video button and use its
“Edit” mode to “draw” your zone.
Once you have created a zone, you can test it by clicking the Web access button.
You will need to log into the unit using the password created when you first logged
into its web interface.
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Figure 13 - Motion Detection Zone Configuration
4. Choose whether to Trigger recording upon motion and select Motion on for your
Motion on event and Motion off for your Motion off event. Specify Motion on and
Motion off thresholds and click Apply changes.
5. Configure additional detection zones and/or coverage-based detection schemes if
needed.
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