Video Controller Manual (PVC)

Video Controller Manual (PVC)
SIGNALING SYSTEMS
OPERATION MANUAL
PORTABLE
VIDEO CONTROLLER
Model: PVC
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PUBLICATION NUMBER KTS-12012
FIRST EDITION
SENTINEL PORTABLE VIDEO CONTROLLER MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DESCRIPTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Runtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
CONTROLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
INDICATORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Portable Video Controller (PVC) Layout Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Set Up Connection Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
SET UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Video Set Up Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Operate Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Play Back Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
DVR PROGRAMMING / SET UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
WIRELESS RECEIVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Programming Receiver Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Checking Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
System Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Erasing Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
WIRELESS SENSOR TRANSMITTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
SPECIFICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Portable Video Controller (PVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Digital Video Recorder (DVR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Video Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Video Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Due to differences in customers requirements there may be discrepancies between your
Sentinel and this manual. If you have any questions regarding the operation of the
Sentinel Portable Radio Alarms, please contact Karas Technical Customer Service at
831 685-0816 or e-mail customerservice@karastech.com
TYPICAL PORTABLE VIDEO RECORDER SYSTEM COMPONENTS
Monitor
Portable
Video
Controller
(PVC)
Illuminator
Wall Wart
Passive
Infrared Sensor
Video Camera
Cable Adaptors
Monitor
Wall Wart
Extension
Cable
Portable
Video
Controller
(PVC)
Illuminator
Passive
Infrared
Sensor
Cable
Adaptors
Portable Video Controller as part of the Video Kit shown in Carrying Case
Antenna
DESCRIPTION:
The Portable Video Controller (PVC) is a small, compact, self-contained video recording
system controller in a water resistant case. It’s designed to be used in portable and remote
installations indoors or out. Ideally suit for stakeouts and surveillance applications. It is light
weight, energy efficient, easy to set up and install. It uses a SD memory storage device to
store the recorded information and can be read directly from the video recorder or from a
computer with an SD card slot. It can be operated with internal batteries and/or external
power sources. It can be used with a variety of video cameras and illuminators. With a built
in timer, it can be set to record for up to 60 minutes before turning itself off. It is activated by
either a wireless sensor such as a magnetic, seismic, passive infrared or any of the wireless
Sentinel Portable Alarm sensors. It also has the ability to be activated from a hard wired
switch contact. The PVC maximizes its run time by turning off all unnecessary circuits while
in the receive mode.
OPERATION:
The video controller is used in conjuction with a compatible video camera. Most modern
compact digital video cameras will work with the system. The selected wireless sensors need
to be programmed to the wireless receiver. Once they are programmed and triggered they
will active the PVC whenever it is turned on, with either internal or external power source.
The camera and optional illuminator power connections are connected to the timer
controlled 12 volt accessory power source. The camera video signal line is connected to the
Video input connection. An audio source may also be connected to the audio input
connection of the PVC to be recorded on the DVR.
Run Time:
When the PVC is turned on and the wireless receiver is activated by a wireless sensor
transmitter signal or the external trigger source, it turns on the Digital Video Recorder,
(DVR), and the 12 volt accessory lead which activates the camera and other accessories.
The built in timer allows the user to set the DVR run time from 1 to 60 minutes. When the
run time elapses, the PVC goes back into the receive mode and waits for another wireless
signal to activate the DVR. If the PVC is retriggered while it is already running it will reset
the run timer and extend the recording time as set on the Run Time Control.
When the controller is activated in the internal power source mode, the controller uses 8 AA
batteries to power the video controller and the camera and any other external device
requiring 12 volts. The internal batteries will operate the wireless receiver for 4 days on AA
alkaline batteries. The record time will be increased with NiMH batteries by almost double.
Increased record time will reduce the time the receiver will operate. Recording for 60
minutes with alkaline batteries will reduce the useable wireless receiver time by about half
of what it would be if it didn't record at all. In the external power mode, the internal circuitry
operates from a 10 to 15 DC power source such as a AC Adaptor or a 12 volt battery. The
length of run time is longer with a larger battery. A 7Ahr sealed lead acid battery, well
charged at room temperature, will typically operate the system for 12 to 15 days with
minimal recording time.
CONTROLS:
The Video controller has four control functions, two momentary switch buttons, one three
position slide switch and a run time control potentiometer.
The PROGRAM button is used to program the wireless sensors to the built-in wireless
receiver. The MANUAL START button is used to manually activate the controller during setup.
The slide switch(INT-OFF-EXT) is used to turn on the video controller from either of two
different sources of power. In the INT position, the video controller is getting its power from
the internal batteries. In the EXT position the video controller is getting its power from an
external source, such as a larger battery or AC Adaptor power source. The center position
is the OFF position.
The Run Time (RTIME) potentiometer determines the amount of time the DVR is powered
on. It can be set for 1 to 60 minutes or in setup, it can be set to run in seconds, up to 60
seconds, by removing the Secs jumper.
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INDICATORS:
There are two LED indicators on the video control board. One is the SIGNAL indicator from
the wireless receiver. It also is used to indicate program status while programming wireless
sensors to the receiver. How these features are used is described in the wireless receiver
programming. The RUNNING LED indicates when the video controller is powering up the
DVR and accessories.
PORTABLE VIDEO CONTROLLER (PVC) LAYOUT DIAGRAM
Antenna Connection
DVR
Internal
Digital Video Recorder
Battery
Bank
Audio/Video Input
Audio/Video Output
DVR Power Plug
Wireless Receiver
Program Button
Manual Start Button
VCR Running LED
Run Time Control
Power Select Switch
Wireless Receiver LED
Watertite Connectors
Alternate
Audio/Video
Inputs
Camera & Illuminator
Accessory Power
Leads
Male BNC
Connector
Video
Only
Audio = White
Video = Yellow
A/V
External Power
Input
SET UP CONNECTION SYMBOLS:
CON 1
CON 2
M M
M F
F F
CON 3
CON 4
CON 5
CON 6
F
M
F F
M M
Male RCA to Male RCA
CON 10
BNC T
POWER
Female
POWER
Male
Male RCA to Female BNC
Female BNC to Female BNC
Female RCA to Male BNC
Female RCA to Female RCA
POWER Y
RCA A/V Cable for DVR
3.5 mm 3 conductor
Male
Male
RCA A/V Cable for Monitor
3.5 mm 2 conductor
Female
Female
Male RCA to Male BNC
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SET UP:
Parameter Set Up. Before going into the field to set up the PVC system it is wise to check
DVR settings and adjust if necessary. Use the Playback Set Up with the AC Adapter for
power to check DVR set up parameters. Select appropriate input on monitor and turn on
monitor power.
Use the External Power Source, Battery or AC Adaptor to power the monitor and camera
during set up while aligning the camera. If necessary, you may use the internal PVC batteries for set up but you will reduce the operate record time by draining some of the power from
the batteries. When camera set up is complete disconnect monitor and connect illuminator
if used. Disconnect external battery from monitor/camera set up and reconnect to the
External Power Input if the AC Adapter is not used. You may use any 12 VDC power source
during camera set-up. Press manual start button to power up PVC.
The DVR only records when it senses a video signal. It saves video to the SD card when
the video signal stops as the accessory power turns off. If the DVR is shut off before or at
the same time as the camera the video data will not be recorded.
NOTE: During operate be sure to power Video Camera with PVC accessory power or
the DVR will not record properly.
These diagrams do not use the Audio circuits. If Audio Recording is desired you will need to
connect an audio cable to the PVC Audio Input circuit and connect a microphone to the
audio cable. See Video Controller Layout Diagram.
These diagrams show typical connections, you may wire up other devices with different types of connectors using the appropriate adaptors.
VIDEO SET UP DIAGRAM
Using BNC Connectors
SD
Card
Audio
Optional
A/V In
A/V Input 2
A/V Input 1
A/V Out
Power
Power
DVR
Monitor
12 Volt
Battery
CON 10
Digital
Video Camera
CON 6
PVC
Accessory
Power
Illuminator
External Power
12
VOLT
DC
3
AC Adaptor
OPERATE DIAGRAM
SD
Card
When using the video extension cable you will need to
use adaptor CON3 because the extension cable reverses
the sex of the BNC
A/V In
A/V Out
Power
DVR
Video Extension Cable
Use CON 3 between PVC and Video Extension Cable
when using the Video Extension Cable as shown
BNC
M
BNC
M
Video
CON 3
PVC
Accessory
Power
Power
Digital
Video Camera
Illuminator
If Illuminator is near
camera, you may use
a power Y splitter to
power both the camera
and illuminator with
one power cable
12 Volt
Battery
or AC Adaptor
PLAY BACK DIAGRAM
Video = Yellow
SD
Card
A/V In
A/V Input 2
A/V Out
Audio = White
(Optional)
Power
Be sure to plug A/V
cable into the DVR
A/V Output jack
during Play Back
DVR
You may use the
internal PVC A/V
cable for Play Back
by moving it from
A/V Input to A/V
Output jack
PVC
Accessory
Power
Video
in
A/V Input 1
Power
Monitor
When using the DVR in Playback the
user has to press STOP on the DVR
then press PLAY. You may use the
search mode to look for and to review
recorded video. See DVR manual for
detailed Play Back instructions.
AC Adaptor
or Battery
External Power Input
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DVR PROGRAMMING / SET UP:
The DVR comes set up from the factory for immediate use. These parameter value settings
are required for proper operation of the Sentinel Portable Video Controller. Should you need
to change them for different record rates, etc. see the DVR manual. DVR manual can be
downloaded for our website: www.karastech.com/Documents/Video Recorder manual.
DVR Power Switch needs to be in the DC Power Position
Refer to DVR manual for complete overview of all programming modes
Set R time to 60 minutes, to allow DVR to run continuously for 60 minutes while performing
set up procedures.
Menu Modes
Factory Default
N/A
System Status
SD Card
Schedule Record
If used, complete Set-Up Procedure is required
SD
Full : Stop
Manual
: 704 x 480 10 FPS MQ
Motion
: OFF 12:00 - 23:59
352 x 240 30 FPS MQ
Do Not Change
Continue
: ON 00:00 - 23:59
704 x 480 30 FPS MQ
Do Not Change
Format > use F to reformat the SD card.
This erases all data on the SD card
Upgrade Boot loader > Do Not Use except to upgrade software
: OFF 12:00 - 23:59
352 x 240 30 FPS MQ
Do Not Change
: ON 00:00 - 23:59
704 x 480 30 FPS MQ
Do Not Change
Motion Record
: OFF
Continue Record
Schedule
Manual Record
Do Not Change
: ON
Do Not Change
: 00:00 - 23:59
Do Not Change
Video Size :
Frame Rate :
Quality
:
Audio
:
704 x 480
10 FPS
Medium
Off
Video Size :
Frame Rate :
Quality
:
Audio
:
704 x 480
10 FPS
Medium
ON
OK to Change
OK to Change
Set Motion Detect
NA Leave at system default (Do Not Use)
Set Date / Time
Set Date
Set Time
:
:
Search & Play
Set for Current Date and Time
Use for Playback from DVR
At the settings that come with your PVC, you should get approx. 150 minutes per
gigabyte, max. 16 gigs or about 40 hours of recording time. The highest Resolution results
in 75 minutes per gigabyte or about 20 hours at 16 gigabytes. To allow recording for these
lengths of time, sufficient power is required such as a large external battery or AC power.
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WIRELESS RECEIVER:
The wireless receiver senses up to 32 transmitters. It is compatible with the standard
sensors used with the Sentinel Radio Alarm. You may use the same sensors to activate the
PVC system as well as Sentinel Radio Alarms, activating both systems at the same time.
Programming Receiver Memory:
Programming wireless sensors to be received by the wireless receiver is very simple.
1. the PVC has to be powered on, put power select switch in one of the two power modes,
internal or external. This turns on the receiver.
2. Now press and release the program button on the PVC circuit board.
3. The program signal indicator will light if there is room in the memory for another sensor
transmitter. (32 transmitter max.)
4. Send a signal from the wireless transmitter, the signal indicator light will flicker as the
signal is received.
5. Repeat steps 2 thru 4 for each additional transmitter. (Note: The receiver can memorize
each transmitter more than once. To prevent duplicate entries, program each transmitter
into the receiver only once.)
Checking Memory:
1. Press and hold for about two seconds until program signal indictor lights, then release.
2. Count the number of indicator blinks. This is the total number of transmitters
programmed.
System Testing:
1. Set the Rtime control on the PVC circuit board to one minute.
2. Activate each transmitter one at a time.
3. Look for the Running indicator to light. This indicates the signal was received. The PVC
will run for about one minute. To terminate the Run time, turn the power off momentarily
a repeat the process for each transmitter. You may remove the Secs jumper the operate
in seconds mode so the run time may be set to just a few seconds thus eliminating the
need to power off reset to restart the recorder.
Erasing Memory:
1. Press Program Button and continue hold it through the count of the number of
transmitters
2. Continue to hold the button after the count until the Signal indicator blinks one more time
(about five seconds after the count)
3. All transmitters programmed into memory will now be erased.
WIRELESS SENSOR TRANSMITTERS
Any of the Sentinel wireless sensors are able to activate the PVC. See the Sentinel Portable
Alarm Manual 2200 Series, for a more comprehensive list of Sensor Programming or
individual sensor data sheets for programming activation. Wireless system is based upon
the Linear DX sensors and receivers.
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SPECIFICATIONS:
Portable Video Controller (PVC):
Enclosure size: 8˝ x 5˝ x 3.75˝ Pelican waterproof case with weather tite fittings for .25”
diameter cables
Power source:
Internal 8 AA batteries; External AC adapter or other battery
Interfaces:
accessory power output, external power input, receiver antenna,
DVR video and audio inputs and outputs
Typical operating time: from internal batteries, 30 minutes record time, 3 - 4 days; external
power recording time unlimited with AC adapter.
Operating temp.: -10ºC to 50ºC
Digital Video Recorder (DVR) as used in the PVC
System
Codec
Record Frame
Rate
Record Quality
Video Record Time*
*it may change
for different
video content
(1GB SD Card)
Recording Date/Time
Input
Output
Sampling Rate
Codec
Audio
Input
Output
Storage Media
Recording Mode
Motion Detection Setting
Event Search Function
Playback Function
Playback Speed
Power Supply
Battery Lasting Time
Weight
Dimensions
Operating Environment
Storage Environment
NTSC / PAL Video System and Video Loss Auto Detection
MPEG4-SP ASF File Format
1, 2, ... , Maximum fps selectable
Maximum:
NTSC: 30 fps@352x240/ 24 fps@704x240/ 12 fps@704x480
PAL: 25 fps@352x280/ 20 fps@704x280/ 10 fps@704x560
Low / Medium / High
Frame Rate@ 30 fps@352x240 24 fps@704x240 12 fps@704x480
Resolution
25 fps@352x280 20fps@704x280 10 fps@704x560
Quality
Low
Medium
High
400 minutes
300 minutes
150 minutes
240 minutes
150 minutes
75 minutes
240 minutes
150 minutes
75 minutes
Overlay with Video Images in ASF File
1 CH Composite Video Line In
1 CH Composite Video Line Out
44.1 Khz
G.726/ 32 kbps
1 CH Audio Line In
1 CH Audio Line Out
SD Card (FAT16/ 32) 16 gigabytes max.
Only use Schedule Continue mode with PVC
Not used with PVC
Not used with PVC
Play/Fast Forward/Fast Rewind/Pause/Step Forward/Step Backward
x1 / x2 / x4 / x8 / x16 / x32
Supplied by PVC
See Operation Runtime Section
89 g (without Battery/ SD card)
65 mm (W) x 90 mm (H) x 29 mm (D)
30% - 80% RH, 5°C ~ 45°C (41°F ~ 113°F)
30% - 90% RH, 0°C ~ 50°C (32°F ~ 122°F)
Video Camera: (As shown in the photo of System Components prefacing page 1)
NTSC/PAL compatible, 1/3˝ Sony Super HAD CCD. Low Lux sensitivity .05, Operating
voltage 12V +/- 10% typical. Most 12v video cameras will work with the PVC.
Power Consumption: 65 mA or less
Video Monitor: See specific monitor specification sheet.
Sensors: Compatible with all Sentinel Portable Radio Alarm sensors (Linear DX)
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