Wavestore Video Recording System
Wavestore
Video Recording System
User Quick Start Guide
Version 5.42
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Index:
Section 1
Logging into/Disconnecting from the Wavestore Server ........................................................................ 4
1.1
Connecting to the Server ............................................................................................................................. 4
1.2
Connecting to the Server using Server Address Book ................................................................................. 5
1.3
Disconnecting from the Server .................................................................................................................... 9
Section 2
WaveView Main Screen Layout ............................................................................................................. 10
2.1
Overview .................................................................................................................................................... 10
2.2
File Menu ................................................................................................................................................... 12
2.3
View Menu................................................................................................................................................. 12
2.4
Tools Menu ................................................................................................................................................ 13
2.5
Help Menu ................................................................................................................................................. 13
2.6
Device Tree ................................................................................................................................................ 14
2.7
System Preferences ................................................................................................................................... 16
Section 3
Viewing Live Cameras ............................................................................................................................ 23
3.1
Video Display Area ..................................................................................................................................... 23
3.2
Working with Video Displays ..................................................................................................................... 24
3.2.1
Video Displays from Standard Cameras ............................................................................................ 24
3.2.2
De-warped and Panoramic Video Displays from Hemispheric Cameras ........................................... 33
3.3
Video Display Area Toolbar ....................................................................................................................... 52
3.4
Setup Subtitle screen ................................................................................................................................. 55
3.5
Video Display Icons and Controls .............................................................................................................. 56
3.6
Video Display Toolbox ............................................................................................................................... 57
3.7
Audio Status Icons ..................................................................................................................................... 57
3.8
Device Tree ................................................................................................................................................ 58
3.9
PTZF Controls ............................................................................................................................................. 59
Section 4
Quick Search & Playback using Live Screen ........................................................................................... 60
Section 5
Search & Playback using Find Screen .................................................................................................... 69
5.1
Overview .................................................................................................................................................... 69
5.1
File Menu ................................................................................................................................................... 70
5.2
View Menu................................................................................................................................................. 70
5.3
Annotation Menu ...................................................................................................................................... 70
5.4
Search Menu .............................................................................................................................................. 70
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Archive Range ............................................................................................................................................ 70
5.6
Selection Range ......................................................................................................................................... 71
5.7
Playback Controls ...................................................................................................................................... 71
5.8
Current Time Indicator .............................................................................................................................. 72
5.9
Selecting Camera for Search/Playback ...................................................................................................... 72
5.10
Using the Time Line to Search ................................................................................................................... 76
Section 6
Backing up Footage from Live Screen.................................................................................................... 81
6.1
Overview .................................................................................................................................................... 81
6.2
Quick Backup from Live screen for Single Standard Camera .................................................................... 81
6.2.1
Quick Backup for Standard Camera ................................................................................................... 81
6.2.2
Creating a Quick Backup tracking a Person/Object in a De-warped Camera View ........................... 94
6.3
Quick Backup for Multiple Camera Channels .......................................................................................... 105
Section 7
Backing up Footage from Find Screen ................................................................................................. 117
7.1
Overview .................................................................................................................................................. 117
7.2
Setting Start and Stop Times ................................................................................................................... 117
7.3
Selecting Backup Channels ...................................................................................................................... 119
7.4
Backup Options ........................................................................................................................................ 120
Section 8
Backing up Still Images to a Windows PC ............................................................................................ 124
Section 9
Playing Back Exported Files ................................................................................................................. 127
9.1
Native Wavestore Format files (WSB format) ......................................................................................... 127
9.2
Alternative File Formats .......................................................................................................................... 131
Section 10
Technical Support ............................................................................................................................ 132
10.1
Frequently Asked Questions .................................................................................................................... 132
10.2
Further Assistance ................................................................................................................................... 132
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Preface
This document is intended as a quick reference guide for commonly used user functions (Live
View/Search/Playback/Backup) on the Wavestore system, when accessing the server from a networked Windows
PC, as a companion to the Wavestore Quick Start Guide.
For full information on the Wavestore system, please refer to the main Wavestore Software Manual, which can
be downloaded from the WavestoreUSA website (http://www.wavestoreusa.com).
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Section 1 Logging into/Disconnecting from the Wavestore Server
1.1
Connecting to the Server
Figure 1.1 WaveView Desktop shortcut icon
Click on the WaveView desktop icon to launch the WaveView client software program on your PC.
The WaveView client screen will appear as below:
Figure 1.2 WaveView launch screen
The default server login is as follows:
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Server:
User Name:
Password:
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[IP address of server – your installer/IT administrator will provide this]
[valid user logon ID – default is ‘user’]
[valid user password – default is ‘a’]
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Leave the ‘Connect to server group’ box checked.
Figure 1.3 WaveView login screen
Click on ‘OK’ to connect to the server.
1.2
Connecting to the Server using Server Address Book
The Login Dialog box can be associated with a CSV file (on a local PC or networked resource) that can act as a
server ‘address book’. This file can contain user configured details such as site location, IP address, and optionally
login details such as user name and password.
This feature can be useful for a client software installation that is used to connect to Wavestore servers at
multiple sites.
A CSV file can be created using Microsoft Excel; an example is shown below:
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Figure 1.4 Example CSV file
Once associated with the CSV file, WaveView will use the data on Line 1 of the file as column headings in the
Server Search screen, as shown below.
To associate the CSV file with WaveView, click on ‘Search’ on the Login Dialog screen, and in the Server Search
screen that appears, click ‘Browse’, and locate your saved CSV file.
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Figure 1.5 Browsing to locate CSV file
The contents of the CSV file will now be loaded by WaveView:
Figure 1.6 CSV File loaded into WaveView
You can search the list manually to select a server by using the side slider bar, or by entering text into the ‘Search’
field:
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Figure 1.7 Searching address book for text ‘liverpool’
You can also click on the category headings to sort the listed sites according to the data in the selected column:
Figure 1.8 Sorting address book using ‘Location’ data
Once you have located the server that you want (e.g. ‘Bromborough’), double click on the server entry in the list,
and the fields in the Login Dialog box (including User Name and Password if this data is contained within the CSV
file) will be auto populated.
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Figure 1.9 Auto population of Login Dialogue Box
1.3
Disconnecting from the Server
Follow the menu path File -> Disconnect to disconnect from the Wavestore server
Figure 1.10 Disconnecting from Server
If you wish to exit from the software, follow the menu path File -> Quit.
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Section 2 WaveView Main Screen Layout
2.1
Overview
The Live View screen (menu path View -> Main) is shown below:
Pull Down Device Event
Playback PTZF
Menus
Tree Controls Controls Controls
Live Event Video Display
Stream
Area
Video Display
Status
Area Toolbar Indicator
Figure 2.1 WaveView Live View Screen
This Live View Screen contains the following items:
Pull Down Menus
File/View/Tools/Help – these are described in Section 2
Device Tree
Displays a list of the connected Wavestore servers, with active audio/video channels
Event Controls
Start/Stop operation of configured Event Rules (Section 4.13) – minimize by clicking ‘ν’
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Playback Controls
Used for quick search of recorded footage; full search functions are available in the Find
screen (menu path View -> Find) – minimize by clicking ‘ν’
PTZF Controls
Used for control of Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras – minimize by clicking ‘ν’
Live Event Stream Licensed upgrade; displays stream of events from connected devices – minimize by clicking
(licensed upgrade) ‘ν’
Video Display Area
Video Displays from system cameras can be added here
Video Display Area Used for controlling individual Video Displays
Toolbar
Status Indicator
normally displays Green, changes to Red when a connected server has reported a fault
The control panels for Playback/PTZF control and Event Stream can be minimized.
Once we have added Video Displays for the cameras to the Video Display Area (as described in Section 3), the
Live View screen will appear as below:
Figure 2.2 WaveView Live View Screen with Video Displays Added
The Video Display Area can be freely configured, and can show both Live View and Playback from the same
camera(s) if you wish.
The same camera can be displayed in multiple windows simultaneously, e.g. showing playback from multiple
dates/times.
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2.2
File Menu
Figure 2.3 File Pull Down menu
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Connect
Disconnect
Open
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Quit
2.3
Connects the WaveView Client PC to the Wavestore Server(s)
Disconnect WaveView Client PC from the Wavestore Server or Server Group
Opens a Backup File from a DVD or USB device (you must disconnect from any servers
first)
Closes the WaveView program
View Menu
Figure 2.4 View Pull Down menu
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Main
Setup
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Find
Map
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Live View Screen containing Video Display Area (VDA)
Configuration of the following items on the Wavestore Server or Server Group
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Administration of User Logon ID/password
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Recording settings for Audio and Video Devices
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Server Time/Date and Time Zone
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Server IP settings
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Email of alarms/notifications
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Configuration of individual servers as a Server Group
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Schedules (can be attached to User logons/Camera Recording)
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Custom Channel Tree Groups of cameras
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Advanced Server Configuration (backup/import/default)
Search and Backup Recorded Footage
View Camera Maps Configured on the Server (Licensed Option)
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2.4
Tools Menu
Figure 2.5 Windows Pull Down menu
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Preferences
Change Password
Client Log
Copy WaveView to
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System Log
Connections
2.5
Configuration Options for Languages and Screen Orientation
Allows password of the current user to be changed
Log of Events on the WaveView client
Creates a separate copy of the program in a user nominated folder (for
playback of exported backups)
Log of Events on the connected Server(s)
List of Clients currently connected to the servers (User ID and IP Address)
Help Menu
Figure 2.6 Help Pull Down menu
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OpenGL
About
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Information on the OpenGL version on the PC graphics card
Information on the WaveView software version, and details of Client PC and
Server(s). Clicking on the ‘System Info’ button gives further information regarding
the Server and Client devices
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Figure 2.7 About WaveView Screen
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2.6
About Qt
Information on the Qt version contained within the WaveView software
Device Tree
Once WaveView has connected to the Wavestore server(s), the Device Tree will appear showing a list of the
connected Wavestore server(s), with their devices such as camera and audio inputs.
Any Virtual Camera Views configured from a Hemispheric or Wide Angle cameras will be listed with blue icons,
beneath that camera:
Figure 2.8 Main operating screen showing Device Tree
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Right clicking on the Device Tree allows you to switch the list between the Camera View (all cameras
listed), and the Group Tree view (Cameras listed in Groups according to location, if configured), and also
gives toggle options for the display of Channel ID numbers, Disabled Channels, Server Names, Server ID
numbers and Virtual Camera Views:
Figure 2.9 Device Tree Menu
Figure 2.10 Device Tree showing Group Tree View
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2.7
System Preferences
Figure 2.10 Tools Menu, System Preferences screen, System submenu
The WaveView Client software screen can be personalized using the System Preferences screen (menu path Tools
-> System Preferences).
This screen allows the following preferences to be set for the local Client software installation (not the server
itself):
The screen has five submenus as follows:
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System submenu
Figure 2.11 Tools Menu, System Preferences screen, System submenu
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Language display on this client software installation
Mirror the screen layout left -> right (for languages such as Arabic)
Time zone of time displayed on WaveView PC client (Client/Server/UTC)
Use Timezone at ‘jump to time’ to display time in selected displays
Request Compressed Configuration file from Server
Annotation storage period
Preferences can be configured using the dropdown menus/radio buttons, then applied using the ‘Apply’ button.
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Audio submenu
Figure 2.12 Tools Menu, System Preferences screen, Audio submenu
This screen allows you to configure the input device that the local client software operator will use for the
TalkBack function; this must to be configured on each client software PC that will be used for TalkBack.
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Event Preferences Submenu
Figure 2.13 System Preferences Menu, Events submenu
If the Wavestore server has the Event Viewer license activated, a user can view and manually backup footage for
an event (e.g. Alarm Input) by right clicking on that event in the Event Viewer window (see Section 5.13 of the
main Wavestore manual.)
Backups are created in the native Wavestore WSB format, and can then be played back using the WaveView
software.
The backups are saved to C:\Users\[username]\WavestoreBackups\EventClips
The Event Filter section controls which events will be displayed in the Event Viewer window. The Filtered Event
Types box lists the events that have been selected to be displayed.
Properties associated with each filtered can edited to change the appearance (text/background color in Event
Stream windows, and also assign a notification sound for that event type.
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Figure 2.14 System Preferences Menu, Events submenu, configuring Properties for Event
To add a new Event to this list, click on your desired Event in the Available Event Types list (the event name will
highlight Dark Grey), then click on ‘->’ arrow key; the event name will now appear in the Filtered Event Types box.
To add remove an Event from the Filtered Events Types list, click on your desired Event, then click on ‘<-’ arrow
key.
The ‘Event Handling’ sections control how much footage before and after the actual event will be included with
the backup. We can also configure which Recording Track will be backed up.
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Logging
Figure 2.15 System Preferences Menu, Logging submenu
The Logging submenu controls
(Debug/Error/Information/Warning).
which
message
types
are
written
to
the
Client
Log
We can also configure which folder on the local PC the log messages are written to, and the size of the folder that
will be allocated to these messages.
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Playback
Figure 2.16 System Preferences Menu, Playback submenu
The Playback Preferences menu has the following submenus:
Stream Settings
Increasing the Stream Buffer Size will allow smoother playback in the event of an unreliable network connection
between the client and server(s), but will increase latency.
We can also apply this setting to the camera Live View (toggle option).
Playback Settings
We have options to either skip frames or slow down playback in the event of network connection issues between
the client and the server(s).
Rendering Settings
OpenGL Rendering is a hardware-accelerated form of display rendering carried out by the GPU on the PC graphics
card (provided the graphics card drivers support OpenGL).
This option performs faster than the ‘Software Rendering’ option, where the PC CPU carries out the display
rendering.
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Section 3 Viewing Live Cameras
3.1
Video Display Area
Right-clicking on the Video Display Area calls up the context menu, listing the following options:
Figure 3.1 Context Menu
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Toolbar Options (toggle options to control which toolbars are displayed above/below the Video Display
Area)
o Show Control Toolbar (see Figure 6.16)
o Show Audio Toolbar (see Section 3.3)
Camera View Configuration
o Lock Aspect Ratio - Fixes all Video Displays to their true height and width
o Show Subtitles – Toggles Video Display subtitles on/off
o Setup Subtitles - Opens the Setup Subtitles screen
o Setup Slider – allows configuration of the actions and appearance of the Time Slider used for
quick search at the lower edge of each Video Display
o Clear - Removes all Video Displays from the Video Display Area
o Select All - Selects all Video Displays within the Video Display Area
o Save Layout - Saves the current layout (you can choose a name for the layout, e.g. Car Park
cameras)
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o
o
o
o
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Load Layout - Displays a previously saved camera layout
Full Screen - Expands the Video Display Area to full screen display (to exit from full screen display,
right click to call up the Context Menu once again, and toggle the Full Screen option OFF)
Lock – Controls the size of the Video Displays
Camera View Selection
Free - Switches the Video Display Area to freely configurable mode
1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 3x2, 4x3, 5x4, 5x3 - Switches to a fixed, preset layout of displays
3.2
Working with Video Displays
3.2.1
Video Displays from Standard Cameras
To add a camera view to the video display area, firstly select which Camera View type you want to use (e.g., 2x2
display) by right clicking on the Video Display area to call up the Context Menu (Figure 3.1), and then left clicking
on your desired selection.
Alternatively, click the drop down box (on the Main Toolbar) at the top of the screen to select the Display
Configuration type, or click on the ‘Add Row to Display Grid’ or ‘Add Column to Display Grid’ buttons (each
marked with a blue [+] symbol on the Video Display Area Toolbar:
Figure 3.2 Display Configuration
To create a Video Display, click the camera you want to view on the Device Tree, so it is highlighted:
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Figure 3.3 Device Tree
Click and drag the camera from the Device Tree onto the Video Display Area (e.g. Camera 3):
Figure 3.4 Dragging Camera 2 from Device Tree on Video Display Area
Repeat for any other cameras that you want to display:
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Figure 3.5 Camera 4 added from Device Tree to Video Display Area
To select a Video Display for user control (for PTZ control/playback etc.), click on that camera view so that the
camera view frame is highlighted blue, as shown in Figure 5.7 (the top left camera is active in this case).
Figure 3.6 Camera 2 active for PTZ control/playback
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You can now use the Playback controls to pause the Live stream, and search the recorded footage for this
camera:
Figure 3.7 Camera 2 paused
To add a new Video Display for another camera, with Playback paused at the same time as the active Video
Display, hold down the Shift key and then click and drag the new camera from the Device Tree:
Figure 3.8 Video Display for Camera 8 added, paused at same time as Camera 2
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We can select multiple Video Displays for control (e.g. Search/Playback) by holding down the Left CTRL and
clicking on each display to select/deselect that display.
To enlarge an individual Video Display (e.g. Camera 3), double click on the Video Display; the display will now fill
the entire Video Display Area.
Figure 3.9 Camera 3 view enlarged
Double clicking on the Video Display once again will enlarge the display to fill the entire monitor screen
Figure 3.10 Camera 3 full screen view
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To exit from full screen display, right click to call up the Context Menu once again, and click to toggle the ‘Full
Screen’ option OFF.
Figure 3.11 Exiting Full Screen View
To close a Video Display, move your mouse pointer into the top right corner of the display, so that the Video
Display Toolbox appears (e.g. the third camera display below):
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Figure 3.12 Video Display Toolbar displayed on third Video Display
Click on the red ‘X’ symbol to close that display:
Figure 3.13 Video Display Area after removal after third Video Display
Click on the Lock Layout icon (next to the Display Type pull down menu), so that it changes to show ‘unlocked’,
then Click and drag on the bottom right corner of the Video Display to resize the camera display:
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Figure 3.14 Video Displays repositioned and resized
Clicking on a single Video Display brings that display to the front of the screen:
Figure 3.15 Camera 2 Video Display brought to front
Selecting the ‘Unlock Aspect Ratio’ button allows you to change the aspect ratio of selected displays:
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Figure 3.16 Video Display Aspect Ratio changed using click and drag
Once you have configured your display, click on ‘Lock Layout’ icon so that it shows ‘locked’.
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Figure 3.17 Aspect Ratio control Locked on toolbar
3.2.2
De-warped and Panoramic Video Displays from Hemispheric Cameras
Double clicking on the name of the hemispheric camera in the Device Tree will create a new Video Display of the
raw warped stream from that camera in the Video Display Area.
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Figure 3.18 Calling up Video Display from 360° Camera
Click on the ‘Add Column to Grid’ button layout to change the display configuration.
Space will be created in the Video Display Area to add Video Display.
Figure 3.19 Adding Column to display grid layout
Move your mouse over the top right of the Video Display, so that the Video Display Toolbar appears.
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Figure 3.20 Calling up Video Display Toolbar
Click on the Clone button (two clocks icon) on the Video Display toolbar, to create a clone of the original Video
Display. These two displays both display the same video stream, and are time synchronized. Any playback
commands (Pause/Rewind/Fast Forward) will affect both displays.
Figure 3.21 Creating Cloned Video Display
On the Cloned Video Display, position your mouse over the top of the display to call up the Video Display
Toolbox.
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Figure 3.22 Video Display Toolbox
Click on the View Selector icon (car icon) to call up the View Selector menu.
Figure 3.23 Calling up View Selector menu
To create a de-warped view, click on the ‘De-warped View’ radio button, and the cloned video display will now
display a de-warped section of the original raw image.
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Figure 3.24 Selecting De-warped view from View Selector menu
Click ‘OK’ to close the menu.
To configure the cloned Video Display so that it displays a different area of the original warped image, click on
the ‘Contours and Tracking’ button ([+] icon) on the Video Toolbar in the top right corner of the screen.
A red ‘centre’ target will now appear on the cloned image, with a red outline appearing on the original Video
Display (containing the warped stream) showing the area that the cloned Video Display is currently viewing.
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Figure 3.25 Using Contours and Tracking graphics to configure De-warped view
To configure the cloned Video Display to view a different area of the warped image, click and drag on the video
image within the Video Display (to move), or use the mouse wheel to zoom in/out:
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Figure 3.26 Selecting Section of De-warped image to view
To save the view that you have created (install/admin level users only), call up the View Selector menu (Car icon),
enter a friendly name for the view that you have created, and then click ‘Save to Server’.
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Figure 3.27 Saving De-warped View under ‘friendly’ name
Click ‘OK’ to close the menu, and the name of new ‘Virtual Camera’ view that you have created will appear with a
blue icon on the Camera List, beneath the name of the physical camera itself. The new ‘Virtual Camera’ is an
independent video stream, and can be controlled for Live View/Playback etc., regardless of the status of the
original ‘source’ camera.
To remove the RED view setup graphics, click on the ‘Contours and Tracking’ button on the Video Toolbar to turn
this option OFF.
If you want to resize or move the new view that you have created, click on the Lock/Unlock layout (Padlock icon
on a grey background) on the Video Toolbar, to change the current state from ‘Locked’ to ‘Unlocked’. Once
‘unlocked’, you can then move the Video Display by click and drag on the video image with your mouse, to resize
the display click and drag on the outer frame of the Video Display.
Remember to click the Padlock icon to lock the display again, once you have made any changes that you need.
An alternative keyboard shortcut for the above is to use the left CTRL key on the keyboard, and left click on the
Video Display; while the CTRL key is held down you can move or resize the Video Display as above.
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Figure 3.28 De-warped View saved and name added to Device Tree
Repeat the above steps for additional de-warped camera views that you want.
Figure 3.29 Adding additional de-warped view
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To create a Panoramic view, double click on the name of the hemispheric camera in the Device Tree, a new Video
Display of the raw warped stream will open in the Video Display Area.
Figure 3.30 Video Display of raw warped stream from 360° camera
Click on the ‘Add Row to Grid button’ layout to change the display configuration.
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Figure 3.31 Adding row to Video Display Area grid layout
Position your mouse over the top of the Video Display of your camera, so that the Video Display Toolbar appears.
Figure 3.32 Calling up Video Display Toolbar
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Click on the Clone button (clocks icon) on the Video Display toolbar, to create a clone of the original Video
Display.
Figure 3.33 Creating Cloned Video Display
On the cloned Video Display, click on the View Selector icon (car symbol) to call up the View Selector menu.
Figure 3.34 View Selector Menu
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Click on the ‘Conic Panorama View’ radio button and the video display will now display a panoramic section of
the original raw image.
Figure 3.35 Selecting Conic Panorama View
Click ‘OK’ to close the menu.
If you wish to resize or move the new view that you have created, first check that Video Display is selected (frame
is highlighted light blue; click on the display to select if required) then click on the Lock/Unlock layout (Padlock
icon on a grey background) on the Video Toolbar. You can then move the selected Video Display by clicking and
dragging on the video image with your mouse, to resize the display click and drag on the outer frame of the Video
Display.
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Figure 3.36 Cloned View Moved and Resized
Remember to click the Padlock icon to lock the display again, once you have made any changes that you need.
An alternative keyboard shortcut for the above is to use the left CTRL key on the keyboard, and left click on the
Video Display; while the CTRL key is held down you can move or resize the Video Display as above.
To configure the cloned Video Display to show a different area of the warped image, click on the ‘Contours and
Tracking’ button ([+] icon) on the Video Toolbar. A green centre line will now appear on the cloned image, with
green outlines appearing on the original Video Display showing the area that the cloned Video Display is currently
viewing.
You can configure the cloned Video Display to view a different area by positioning the mouse pointer within the
selected Video Display, and either clicking and dragging on the video image (to move), or using the mouse wheel
to zoom in/out:
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Figure 3.37 Panoramic View reconfigured
To save the view that you have created (install/admin level users only), call up the View Selector menu (Car icon),
enter a friendly name for the view that you have created and then click ‘Save to Server’.
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Figure 3.38 Saving Panoramic View under ‘friendly’ name
Click ‘OK’ to close the menu, and the name of the new ‘Virtual Camera’ view that you have created will appear
with a blue icon on the Camera List, beneath the name of the physical camera.
Clicking on the Contours and Tracking button will remove the green setup graphics.
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Figure 3.39 Panoramic View saved and listed on Device Tree
Repeat for any other views that you want:
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Figure 3.40 Additional Panoramic View configured and saved
Previously Saved Virtual Camera views can be called up in the normal way by clicking on the name of the view in
the Device Tree.
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Figure 3.41 Live Virtual Camera View from Hemispheric Camera
You can view a different area of the original warped stream from the camera (either in Live View or Playback) by
using left click and drag on your mouse, or rolling your mouse wheel to zoom in/out:
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Figure 3.42 Using Zoom function on Live Virtual Camera View to view specific area
This function is useful if you are tracking a moving person or object, and can be used with the Quick Backup
function (Section 6) to produce a backup file showing your exact tracking movements.
3.3
Video Display Area Toolbar
Figure 3.43 Video Display Area Toolbar
The Video Display Area Toolbar shows or hides the configuration controls of the Video Displays within that area.
The toolbars is split in five sections, each of which can be displayed or hidden (right click on the Toolbar to
configure).
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Figure 3.44 Video Display Area Toolbar display menu
The toolbar icons are as follows:
Backup Toolbar
Mark ‘From Time’ for Backup Icon – selects the start time for a quick backup from the Main screen
Mark ‘End Time’ for Backup Icon – selects the end time for a quick backup from the Main screen
Backup Dialog Icon – calls up Backup Dialog Menu
Go to ‘From Time’ Icon – moves the current playback position to the selected ‘From Time’
Go to ‘End Time’ Icon – moves the current playback position to the selected ‘End Time’
Audio Toolbar
Talkback status icon – displays the status of the Talkback channel from a microphone on the client
device, to a speaker on the server or camera. Talkback for any channel is switches on/off by
clicking on the Microphone icon on the Video Toolbox (Section 3.6). When talkback is active on any
channel, the status will change to Red.
Event Rules Toolbar
Start/Stop operation of configured Event Rules
Show Control Toolbar
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Toggle option of display of control toolbar below the Video Displays (see Section 6.3 for further details).
Main Toolbar
Full Screen Display Icon - Clicking on this icon removes all menus and toolbars from the screen, and
expands the camera view(s) to fill the entire screen.
Setup Subtitles Icon - The Setup Subtitles screen allows configuration of the subtitles within all Video
Displays of the current Video Display Area.
When clicked, a new window appears showing the subtitle template with a variety of ‘tags’ arranged
to reflect the current subtitle settings (e.g. Server/Camera name, time stamp, frame rate etc.). These
can then be amended as required.
Subtitles Icon - Clicking on this icon allows you to toggle the video display subtitles on/off.
Clear All Displays Icon - The Clear All displays icon removes all cameras from the Video Display Area.
Select All Icon
Save Custom Layout Icon - Clicking on the Save Custom View icon allows you to save a configured
layout of camera displays with a friendly name (e.g. Car Park Cameras) for quick recall.
Load Custom Layout Icon – loads a previously saved Custom Layout of Cameras
Display Configuration Icon - Clicking on this icon allows you to select the configuration of the camera
display from the following selections:
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Free - Switches the Video Display Area to freely configurable mode
1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 3x2, 4x3, 5x4, 5x3 - Switches to a fixed, preset layout of displays
Custom Layout - Switches to a previously saved custom layout
Lock Layout – Locks the current position of the video displays
Adds a row to the current grid layout of video displays
Adds a column to the current grid layout of video displays
Locks/Unlocks the aspect ratio of the currently selected video display.
Toggles Contours & Tracking On/Off for configuration of De-warped view of Hemispheric Camera
stream
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Audio Toolbar
Talkback status icon – displays the status of the Talkback channel from a microphone on the client
device, to a speaker on the server or camera. Talkback for any channel is switches on/off by
clicking on the Microphone icon on the Video Toolbox (Section 3.6). When talkback is active on any
channel, the status will change to Red.
3.4
Setup Subtitle screen
Figure 3.45 Subtitle Setup submenu
The Setup Subtitles menu allows the default subtitles that appear on individual Video Displays to be reconfigured
or removed.
This menu contains individual configuration for each of the subtitle positions on the display, such as position,
font, size and displayed text.
If you wish to configure a custom subtitle configuration for that position, click in the text box (light grey section),
and you can add/remove the sections that you want.
The Help button opens a window showing the list of available tags, along with a description of each. You can copy
and paste from this window into the text box for each position.
The functions of the remaining menu buttons are as follows:
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The Restore Defaults button sets the subtitles to the default settings
The OK button accepts the current setting and closes the Setup Subtitles window
The Cancel button cancels all changes and closes the Setup Subtitles window
The Apply button saves the current setting but keeps the Setup Subtitles window open
The Help button gives a full list of the Subtitle options available
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3.5
Video Display Icons and Controls
Subtitles
Time
Slider
Video Display
Toolbar
Playback
Controls
Audio/Video
Status Icons
Figure 3.46 Video Display
A single Video Display shows a single video stream, and can also play an associated audio stream.
When you position the mouse pointer over the top right corner of the Video Display, the Video Display
Toolbox will appear which provides access to various tools and settings for the Video Display.
The Video Display contains areas for subtitles, along with Audio/Video Status Icons which indicate the current
state of the audio/video stream.
Other Text Information is displayed in the Video Display such as Server Name, Camera Name, Time Stamp, Time
Zone, frame rate and file size of the image. The Subtitle Settings control which of these text items are displayed.
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3.6
Video Display Toolbox
Figure 3.47 Video Display Toolbox
The Video Display Toolbox shows a number of icons as follows (hover your mouse pointer in the top right corner
of a Video Display):
Edit – captures the currently displayed image and displays it in a new window, allowing editing,
backup and printout (functions described in Section 7).
Video Resolution – allows you to change the current ‘requested’ viewing resolution
(Low/Medium/High) to improve the image rate on a slow network connection.
Create Annotation - Video Footage can be marked with an annotation note, so that it can be easily
located at a future date (see section 5.12).
View Selector Menu - Allows the creation/editing of de-warped and panoramic views, from the raw
stream of a hemispheric camera
Clone Video Display; a new Video Display, time synchronized to the original display, will open in the
Video Display Area, a useful feature when viewing different saved views from a 360° camera.
Metadata Display – opens a new window displaying Metadata associated with this camera channel
(if configured)
TalkBack icon – click to toggle on/off (if TalkBack has been configured for this camera channel). The
icon color changes to Red when TalkBack is active.
Close – closes the Video Display
3.7
Audio Status Icons
The Video Status Icons indicate the state or features of the current video stream. Available icons are:
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Audio Available Icon - If this icon is present, an audio channel is associated with this video
channel. The audio can be heard if this Video Display is set to Audio Master.
Hovering your mouse pointer over the Audio Available Icon will cause additional icons to
display as follows:
3.8
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Audio Mute - Mutes audio from this channel
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Audio Enable - Enables the audio from this channel.
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Solo Audio - Mutes any other audio streams already playing, so only this channel may be
heard.
Device Tree
Figure 3.48 Device Tree
The Device Tree displays the currently connected Wavestore Servers, with individual Audio and Video Channels
listed beneath. Virtual Camera views from hemispheric cameras are shown as blue icons.
Double-clicking on a Camera or View causes that video from that camera to be displayed in the Video Display
Area.
If the Video Display Area is completely filled with other cameras, the active Video Display (blue outline) is
switched to the newly selected channel. Otherwise a new Video Display (containing the new Channel) is added to
the existing Video Displays.
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3.9
PTZF Controls
Figure 3.49 PTZ Controls
The PTZF Controls Panel allows control of Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras. These controls will be disabled if:
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The active camera is not a PTZ camera
The user does not have permission to control PTZ on this camera
To control a PTZ camera, first create a Video Display for that camera, and click on the display to select as the
active camera (the surrounding frame will highlight blue.
Available PTZ controls are:
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Pan left/right
Tilt up/down
Zoom in/out
Focus in/out
Iris open/close
Wash
Wipe
Lamp toggle
Shift left/right - for rail mounted cameras
Go to a Preset Position (select the Preset number using the Up/Down arrow keys)
Start a Tour(select the Tours number using the Up/Down arrow keys)
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Section 4 Quick Search & Playback using Live Screen
Figure 4.1 Quick Search Playback Controls
The dark grey bar represents the footage on the selected recording track for this camera (oldest footage at the
left, most recent footage on the right). The grey bar will contain gaps for any periods when the channel was not
recorded by the server (e.g. a channel configured for Motion Detect recording).
The light grey slider shows displays the current position on the recorded track.
The quick search playback control buttons (either end of the time slider) allow you to pause or resume playback,
frame step forward/backward (quick click), and also fast forward and rewind (click and hold).
Clicking and dragging on the light grey slider gives the user control of the current playback position on the
recorded track.
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Figure 4.2 Searching using Time Slider bar
To carry out a more detailed search, hover your mouse pointer over the blue time slider, and roll the mouse
wheel forward.
Rolling the mouse wheel forward/backward will zoom in/out on the time period; as you do this, the scale of the
time increments will change, as below:
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Figure 4.3 Time Increments on Blue Time Slider bar changed by rolling mouse wheel
Clicking on a point on the either side of the grey slider moves the current playback position to that point in time.
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Figure 4.4 Time of display moved forward four minutes by clicking on Blue Time Slider bar
If you wish to view footage from another camera at the same point in time, you may need to first reconfigure
your display type (e.g. from a single camera display).
You can do this by using the drop down menu on the Video Display Area Toolbar:
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Figure 4.5 Changing display configuration using drop down list
Alternatively you can click on either the ‘Add Row to Grid layout’ or ‘Add Column to Grid Layout’ buttons on the
Video Display Toolbar:
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Figure 4.6 Changing display configuration using ‘Add Row to Grid Layout’ button
The Video Display configuration will now change:
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Figure 4.7 New Display Configuration
To add the additional video display, first check that your current Video Display is selected so that the frame is
highlighted blue (click within the Video Display if not).
Next, hold down the Shift key, and click on the name of the camera in the Device Tree that you want to add to
the display.
The new camera will now be added to the display:
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Figure 4.8 Camera 7 added to display (in Playback Mode), paused at same time as Camera 3
To return a Video Display to Live View, just click on the Stop icon within that display.
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Figure 4.9 Camera 3 paused in Playback mode, Camera 7 in Live View mode
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Section 5 Search & Playback using Find Screen
5.1
Overview
The Find screen (menu path View -> Find) allows you to carry out a detailed search of footage stored on the
server.
This screen displays a searchable timeline of recorded audio/video, for all recording tracks for each channel.
The Find screen allows easy navigation within the archived video, exporting of video in multiple formats, and an
annotation facility for sections of video footage.
The screen is similar to the main screen Video Display Area used for Live View, but all Video Displays are time
synchronized and playback of a single Video Display cannot be controlled independently.
The Find screen contains of the following items:
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Video Display Area (grey area marked with Wavestore logo)
Horizontal Timeline Bars (marked in purple, one for each audio/video channel)
Pull Down Menu Bars
Archive Range section
Selection Range section for Backup
Current Time Indicator (position of vertical black marker on time bars)
Playback Controls
Video Display Toolbar (Section 3.3)
Figure 5.1 Find Video Display Area
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5.1
File Menu
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5.2
Close - Closes the Find Screen
View Menu
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Track 1 - Toggles whether Recording Track 1 is shown in the time line (default setting - On)
Track 2 - Toggles whether Recording Track 2 is shown in the time line
Track 3 - Toggles whether Recording Track 3 is shown in the time line
Show Time Grid - Toggles whether a grid is shown under the time line
Show Annotations - Toggles whether the yellow annotation bar is displayed, beneath each
camera channel timeline
Figure 5.2 Find Screen – View Menu
5.3
Annotation Menu
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Search Menu
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5.5
New - Opens the Create Annotation window
Edit - Opens the Annotation Edit window
Events - Opens the Event Search window (optional licensed upgrade module)
Metadata – Opens the Metadata Search window (optional licensed upgrade)
Archive Range
The archive range displays the time/date range of the footage currently stored on the server.
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Figure 5.3 Archive Range
5.6
Selection Range
The selection range displays the footage currently selected for backup (Section 6).
Figure 5.4 Selection Range
Required values for ‘From’ and ‘To’ can be entered from the PC keyboard. Alternatively these can be set by
clicking and dragging the Green and Red markers on the Time Line.
5.7
Playback Controls
Figure 5.5 Playback Controls
The playback controls operate as follows:
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Play/Pause
Rewind/Frame Step Back
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Fast Fwd/Frame Step Fwd
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Beginning of Archive
Stop
End of Archive
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A single left-click steps back a single frame. Holding the left mouse
button causes Rewind to start; the speed of Rewind increases the longer
the mouse button is depressed.
A single left-click steps back a single frame. Holding the left mouse
button causes Fast Forward to start. The speed of Fast Forward increases
the longer the mouse button is depressed.
Jumps to the oldest recording on the currently Camera and Track
Return to Live View
Jumps to the latest recording on the current Camera/Track
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Current Time Indicator
Figure 5.6 Current Time Indicator
The current time indicator displays the current master time for all Video Displays in the Video Display Area.
When a new time is selected (click to highlight the text you want to change, and then type the new time/date),
all Video Displays will move to the new time that has been set.
5.9
Selecting Camera for Search/Playback
When the Find screen is first opened, no camera views are displayed.
To select a display configuration or a custom view, right click on the Video Display Area to call up the Context
Menu
Figure 5.7 Context Menu
The Context Menu has the following options:
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Toolbar Options
o Show Control Toolbar (See Figure 6.16)
o Auto Control Toolbar (See Section 3.3)
o Show Audio Toolbar (See Section 3.3)
Camera View Configuration
o Lock Aspect Ratio - Causes all Video Displays to be fixed to their true height and width
o Show Subtitles – Toggles Video Display subtitles on/off
o Setup Subtitles - Opens the Setup Subtitles screen
o Setup Slider – allows configuration of the actions and appearance of the Time Slider used for
quick search at the lower edge of each Video Display
o Clear - Removes all Video Displays from the Video Display Area
o Select All - Selects all Video Displays within the Video Display Area
o Save Layout - Saves the current layout (you can choose a name for the layout, e.g. Car Park
cameras)
o Load Layout – Displays a previously saved camera layout
o Full Screen - Expands the Video Display Area to full screen display (to exit from full screen display,
right click to call up the Context Menu once again, and toggle the Full Screen option OFF)
o Lock – Controls the size of the Video Displays
Camera View Selection
o Free – You may add views from as many cameras as you wish
o 1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 3x2, 4x3, 5x4, 5x3 - Switches to a fixed, preset layout of displays
Double-clicking on the timeline of a Camera Channel will cause the associated Channel to be displayed in
the Video Display Area, as shown for Camera 12 below.
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Figure 5.8 Camera Channel displayed in Find screen
When you click on a Camera Channel timeline, if the Video Display is currently viewing one Video Display,
the Video Display is switched to the newly selected channel.
If you want to view more than one channel, select the display configuration (2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 3x2, 4x3, 5x4, 5x3)
you want from the pull down menu:
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Figure 5.9 Display Configuration menu
To add another Camera, double click on the Channel timeline, and the new Channel is added to the Video Display
Area.
Figure 5.10 Second Camera displayed in Find screen
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5.10 Using the Time Line to Search
The time line is displayed horizontally, with oldest recordings to the left.
The black vertical marker indicates the current point in time for playback. The green and red markers are used
show the ‘From’ and ‘To’ times of footage selected for Backup (Section 6)
Figure 5.11 Time Line Markers
Gaps in the time line indicate that no recordings are present for that time period (e.g. a camera recording on
Motion Detect)
Searching on the time line can be carried out as follows:
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Left-click and drag the horizontal bars to change the current time position, and display the relevant video
in the Video Displays
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Figure 5.12 Clicking and Dragging Camera Channel on Timeline
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Hover the mouse over one of the horizontal bars to see the precise time at that point in the recordings
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Figure 5.13 Time Display on Camera Channel Timeline
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Click the ‘span’ drop-down box in the lower left corner to change the size of the timeline view; this allows
a timeline of varying durations (from 2 minutes up to 60 days) to be displayed. This can be useful to zoom
in on a period of time for a detailed search.
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Figure 5.14 Find Screen Time Span menu
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Figure 5.15 Find Screen Time Span reset to 2 minutes
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Section 6 Backing up Footage from Live Screen
6.1
Overview
Footage can be exported from the server in a variety of formats, from either the Live View screen or the Find
screen.
The Wavestore Native format (.WSB) is supported as standard, and an optional licensed upgrade offers other
formats such as .AVI and .WMV.
Wavestore Native format is the recommended choice for backups, and provides support for both encryption and
image authentication.
Section 4 describes how to identify the footage that you want using the Quick Search function on the Live View
screen.
If the Video Display that you are working with is a de-warped view from a hemispheric camera (see Appendix B),
you can pan/tilt/zoom within the Video Display during playback to track a person or object, and these
movements will be shown in the backup file once created, if you select any backup format other than the
Wavestore Native format (WSB), for example AVI or WMV.
A WSB format backup will contain the full warped video stream for that camera, and any de-warped views that
have been saved for that camera.
Please note that Wavestore has two systems which may conditionally limit the functionality of the backup
system:
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The user permissions system
The feature licensing system
When making a WSB backup, these attributes are embedded into the backup. For example, if the Wavestore
server has De-warping enabled in its license, any backups made from that server will be enabled for De-warping.
Similarly, if a user does not have permission to make transcoded backups (e.g. converting to AVI), any backup
made by that user will contain that setting, meaning that the resulting backup cannot be subsequently converted
to another format. This design is intentional, to prevent a possible workaround where a user could make an AVI
by first doing a WSB backup, then opening the backup and converting it to AVI.
If there is a critical need to override these settings, staff at Wavestore Limited can do so, but it is not trivial and a
fee may be charged.
6.2
Quick Backup from Live screen for Single Standard Camera
6.2.1
Quick Backup for Standard Camera
Once we have identified required footage using the Search function, we can carry out a backup from the Live
Screen as follows:
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Figure 6.1 Quick Backup – Playback paused at the start of required footage
Click on the ‘Mark Time for Start of Backup’ button (green flag icon) on the Video Toolbar when you have
reached the start point of the footage that you want (use the Pause function if necessary).
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Figure 6.2 Quick Backup – Mark ‘From Time’ for backup
If you move the mouse pointer over the lower edge of an individual camera view, you can see that a green arrow
is now shown on the time slider, showing the Start Time for the backup.
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Figure 6.3 Quick Backup – Green ‘From Time’ marker on time slider
If you move the mouse pointer over the lower edge of an individual camera view, you can see that a green arrow
is now shown on the time slider, showing the Start Time for the backup.
You can now resume playback of the footage until the desired end point of the Backup is reached.
If the Video Display that you are working with is a de-warped view from a hemispheric camera (see Appendix B),
you can pan/tilt/zoom within the Video Display during playback to track a person or object, and these
movements will be shown in the backup file once created, if you select any backup format other than the
Wavestore Native format (WSB), for example AVI or WMV.
A WSB format backup will contain the full warped video stream for that camera, and any de-warped views that
have been saved for that camera.
Once you have reached the desired end time for your backup, click on the ‘End Time for Backup’ button (Red Flag
icon on Video Toolbar). You may want to pause Playback first.
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Figure 6.4 Quick Backup – Mark ‘End Time’ for backup
If you move the mouse pointer over the lower edge of an individual camera view, you can see that a red arrow is
now shown on the time slider, showing the End Time for the backup.
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Figure 6.5 Quick Backup – Red ‘End Time’ marker on time slider
Click on the Backup Dialog button on the Video Toolbar (filmstrip icon) to call up the Backup dialog menu:
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Figure 6.6 Quick Backup – Backup Dialog button
The Backup dialog menu will now appear:
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Figure 6.7 Quick Backup – Backup Dialog menu
The backup screen has the following options:
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Name/Template – Enter the filename for your backup
Backup Path - The folder or directory into which the backup file(s) will be saved.
Container Format – format to be used for the download e.g. AVI, WMB, WSB (licensed option – select if
you wish to make a backup where you have tracked a person/object during playback)
Include Audio - Selects whether audio should be included, if any audio channel(s) are associated with the
selected video channels.
One video track per archive/file - Chooses whether tracks should be merged as a single file or exported as
individual files
Keep/Remove Encryption – Applies if the downloaded channel has been encryption active
(Re)encrypt with password – restricts access to the backup through use of user configurable password
If your client installation is licensed with the transcoding option, you can select an alternative backup format (e.g.
AVI). Select ‘Show Transcoding Settings’ and then ‘Show Subtitles Settings’, and the screen shown below will
appear allowing you configure the transcoding options as you require.
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Figure 6.8 Backup Dialogue Screen showing Transcoding settings
Some points to note:
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When creating a backup using AVI container format, selecting the ‘Do NOT Transcode’ option (Video
submenu in Transcoding section) for the footage type(s) that you are downloading (MPEG4, MJPEG or
H.264) will result in higher image quality.
Certain codecs impose limitations on footage that has been recorded at a low frame rate; in this case you
should select the WMV container and the ASV1 codec
Compression or Bit Rate can be set manually if required, based on the following:
Bit Rate = (Compression/100) x W x H x BPP (Bits per Pixel) x Frame Rate
Where BPP = YUV420 : 12 and YUV422 : 16
Bit Rate Tolerance = Bit Rate/4
Subtitles on the backup can be configured as you require by clicking on ‘Show Subtitles Settings’, and then
configuring as you need:
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Figure 6.9 Backup Dialogue Screen showing Transcoding and Subtitle settings
Some experimentation may be required to optimize the size of the subtitles in the backup; this can be configured
in the Font Size setting (Subtitles submenu)
If the backup operation is being carried out from a remote location using WaveView client software, then footage
can only be saved either to the hard disk of the PC, or to a connected USB device.
It is then possible to burn the backup file to CD/DVD, by using standard CD/DVD burning software (e.g.
Nero/Roxio) to copy the archive directory.
Browse to your desired Backup Path by clicking on the ‘...’ button, and then select your desired Container Format.
Finally click ‘Start’; the progress bar will fill during the backup, with an acknowledgement message displayed once
the backup is completed.
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Figure 6.10 Quick Backup – prompt to add WaveView
Once you have completed the backup, you will be prompted to add a copy of WaveView software to the backup
folder.
This software can be used to playback the backup file from the media.
It is not necessary to first install the software onto the PC being used to play the backup file.
To add a copy of the WaveView software, click on ‘Yes’
You will now be prompted to confirm the location where WaveView will be saved.
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Figure 6.11 Quick Backup – selecting destination folder for WaveView
Browse to your desired folder, and then click ‘Select Folder’.
A progress bar will now fill from left to right.
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Figure 6.12 Quick Backup – WaveView copy progress bar
A confirmation message will appear once complete.
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Figure 6.13 Quick Backup – WaveView copy completion message
6.2.2
Creating a Quick Backup tracking a Person/Object in a De-warped Camera View
If the Video Display that you are working with is a de-warped view from a hemispheric camera, you can
pan/tilt/zoom within the Video Display during playback to track a person or object, and create a transcoded
backup file (e.g. WMV) showing your tracking movements (pan/tilt/zoom).
Once you have reached the desired start time for your backup, pause Playback.
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Figure 6.14 Quick Backup from de-warped camera view– Playback paused at the start of required footage
Click on the ‘Mark Time for Start of Backup’ button (green flag icon) on the Video Toolbar when you have
reached the start point of the footage that you want (use the Pause function if necessary).
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Figure 6.15 Quick Backup from de-warped camera view – Mark ‘From Time’ for backup
If you move the mouse pointer over the lower edge of an individual camera view, you can see that a green arrow
is now shown on the time slider, showing the Start Time for the backup.
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Figure 6.16 Quick Backup from de-warped camera view – Green ‘From Time’ marker on time slider
If you move the mouse pointer over the lower edge of an individual camera view, you can see that a green arrow
is now shown on the time slider, showing the Start Time for the backup.
You can now resume playback of the footage, clicking and dragging using the mouse to track the target
person/object:
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Figure 6.17 Quick Backup from de-warped camera view – tracking target person/object
You can use the mouse wheel to zoom in/out on the target during playback:
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Figure 6.18 Quick Backup from de-warped camera view – tracking target person/object
You can now resume playback of the footage until the desired end point of the Backup is reached. Click on the
Red Flag on the Video Display Toolbar.
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Figure 6.19 Quick Backup from de-warped camera view – marking end time of backup
If you move the mouse pointer over the lower edge of the camera view, you can see that a red arrow is now
shown on the time slider, showing the End Time for the backup.
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Figure 6.20 Quick Backup from de-warped camera view – Red ‘End Time’ marker on time slider
Click on the Backup Dialog button on the Video Toolbar (filmstrip icon) to call up the Backup dialog menu:
The Backup dialog menu will now appear:
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Figure 6.21 Quick Backup – Backup Dialog menu
Browse to your desired Backup Path by clicking on the ‘...’ button, and then select your desired Container Format
(full details of the backup procedure are described in Section 6.21). The Wavestore WSB format will be selected
by default, change this to AVI or WMV.
Finally click Start; the progress bar will fill during the backup, with an acknowledgement message displayed once
the backup is completed.
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Figure 6.22 Quick Backup – Backup completion message
Once you have completed the backup, you can playback the backup using a suitable media player e.g. Windows
Media Player/VLC.
Figure 6.23 – Playback of Tracking Backup using Windows Media Player
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The backup file will show the exact tracking movements that you made, whilst viewing the camera before
carrying out the backup.
Figure 6.24 – Playback of Tracking Backup using Windows Media Player
This backup option is only applicable when using AVI or WMV formats. A WSB backup will contain the entire
warped image, along with any de-warped views that have been previously saved for that camera.
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Figure 6.25 – Playback of Tracking Backup using Windows Media Player
6.3
Quick Backup for Multiple Camera Channels
Once we have identified required footage using the Search function, we can carry out a backup from the Live
Screen of multiple camera channels as follows:
Configure the display so that it contains that camera channels that you want.
Select the cameras that you wish to backup by clicking to making their displays active so their frame is highlighted
‘Blue’ (either by clicking ‘Select All’ on the video display toolbar, or by holding down CTRL on your keyboard and
clicking on the individual displays that you want).
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Figure 6.26 Quick Backup – ‘Select All’ option for Video Displays
Right click to call up on the Video Display area to call up the Context menu, and left click to select the ‘Show
Control Toolbar’.
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Figure 6.27 Quick Backup – ‘Show Control Toolbar’ enabled on Context Menu
A Control Time Slider Toolbar will now appear at the lower edge of the screen.
Use the mouse to control the playback of the video displays using the Control Time Slider Toolbar as described in
Section 4 above. You should see that all selected displays are synchronized.
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Figure 6.28 Quick Backup – Control of Video Displays using Control Time Slider Toolbar
Click on the ‘Mark Time for Start of Backup’ button (green flag icon) on the Video Toolbar when you have
reached the start point of the footage that you want (use the Pause function if necessary).
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Figure 6.29 Quick Backup – Selecting Start Time for Backup
Once you have reached the desired end time for your backup, click on the ‘End Time for Backup’ button (Red Flag
icon on Video Toolbar). You may wish to pause Playback first.
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Figure 6.30 Quick Backup – Mark ‘End Time’ for backup
Click on the Backup Dialog button on the Video Toolbar (filmstrip icon) to call up the Backup dialog menu:
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Figure 6.31 Quick Backup – Backup Dialog button
The Backup dialog menu will now appear:
Figure 6.32 Quick Backup – Backup Dialog menu
Browse to your desired Backup Path by clicking on the ‘...’ button, and then select your desired Container Format
(full details of the backup procedure are described in Section 6.2). The Wavestore WSB format will be selected by
default.
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Finally click Start; the progress bar will fill during the backup, with an acknowledgement message displayed once
the backup is completed.
Figure 6.33 Quick Backup – Backup completion message
Once you have completed the backup, you will be prompted to add a copy of WaveView software to the backup
folder.
This software can be used to playback the backup file from the media.
It is not necessary to first install the software onto the PC being used to play the backup file.
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Figure 6.34 Quick Backup – prompt to add WaveView
To add a copy of the WaveView software, click on ‘Yes’
You will now be prompted to confirm the folder location where the WaveView copy will be saved.
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Figure 6.35 Quick Backup – selecting destination folder for WaveView
Browse to your desired folder, and then click ‘Select Folder’.
A progress bar will now fill from left to right.
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Figure 6.36 Quick Backup – WaveView copy progress bar
A confirmation message will appear once complete.
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Figure 6.37 Quick Backup – WaveView copy completion message
Section 9 gives details on how to playback exported files using a PC.
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Section 7 Backing up Footage from Find Screen
7.1
Overview
Footage can be exported from the server in a variety of formats, from either the Live View screen or the Find
screen.
The Wavestore Native format (.WSB) is supported as standard, and an optional licensed upgrade offers other
formats such as .AVI and .WMV.
Wavestore Native format is the recommended choice for backups, and provides support for both encryption and
image authentication. A further backup can created from a Wavestore Native format export.
Section 5 describes how to identify the footage that you want using the Search function in the Find screen.
7.2
Setting Start and Stop Times
To create a Backup in the Find Screen, we must first select the Backup start and stop times in the Find screen
(menu path View -> Find)
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Figure 7.1 Backup Dialogue Screen
Figure 7.2 Backup selection
This can be carried out either by clicking and dragging the green and red ‘From’ and ‘To’ markers on the Search
timelines.
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Figure 7.3 Time Line Markers
For each icon, click the ‘<<’ icon when the green or red icon is positioned on the desired time (displayed in
‘Current Time’ field.
Alternatively, enter text directly into the Selection ‘From’ and ‘To’ boxes.
7.3
Selecting Backup Channels
To select the audio/video channel that you want to back up, left-click on the timeline bar corresponding to that
device. To select multiple cameras, hold down the ‘CTRL’ key and left click the required cameras of choice to
add/remove them from the current selection.
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Figure 7.4 Camera Channels 1 & 3 selected for backup (highlighted white)
7.4
Backup Options
Once you have chosen the channels, click the ‘Backup’ button to open the Backup Dialog Screen.
Figure 7.5 Backup Dialogue Screen for native Wavestore WSB format
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The backup screen has the following options:
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Name/Template - Allows a backup name or template to be specified
Backup Path - The folder or directory into which the backup file(s) will be saved – please note that if you
are saving a backup to a DVD/USB device directly on the server itself, you must first ‘mount’ the device on
the server. Once you have saved the file, you must then ‘unmount’ the device before it can be removed.
The procedure for this is described in Section 6.6.3 below.
Container Format – format to be used for the download e.g. AVI, WMB, WSB (native Wavestore format)
Include Audio - Selects whether audio should be included if any audio channel is associated with the
selected video channels.
Skip audio for missing video toggle option
Include WaveView playback software toggle option
One video track per archive/file - Chooses whether tracks should be merged as a single file or exported as
individual files
Keep/Remove Encryption – in the event that the downloaded channel has been configured with
encryption active
(Re)encrypt with password – restricts access to the backup through use of user configurable password
If your client installation is licensed with the transcoding option, you can select an alternative backup format (e.g.
AVI). Once you have selected an alternative backup format, select ‘Show Transcoding Settings’ and the screen
shown below will appear allowing you to configure the transcoding options as you require.
Figure 7.6 Backup Dialogue Screen showing Transcoding settings
Subtitles on the backup can be configured as you require by clicking on ‘Show Subtitles Settings’, and then
configuring as you need:
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Figure 7.7 Backup Dialogue Screen showing Transcoding and Subtitle settings
Some points to note:
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When creating a backup using .AVI container format, selecting the ‘Do NOT Transcode’ option (Video
submenu in Transcoding section) for the footage type(s) that you are downloading (MPEG4, MJPEG or
H.264) will result in higher image quality.
Some experimentation may be required to optimize the size of the subtitles in the backup; this can be
configured in the Font Size setting (Subtitles submenu)
Click on Start to begin the backup, a confirmation message will appear once completed.
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Figure 7.8 Backup Dialogue Screen
Footage can be backed up to a CD/DVD, but the backup must first be saved to the local drive of the PC, before
using disc burning software (e.g. Nero) to burn the file to disc.
Section 9 gives details on how to playback exported files using a PC.
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Section 8 Backing up Still Images to a Windows PC
Single still images can be backed up from the server (either in the Live View screen or Find screen) as follows:
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Select your desired channel for playback
Pause playback at the point that you require, by using the playback controls
Position your mouse pointer in the top right hand corner of the Video Display so the Video Display toolbar
appears
Figure 8.1 Video Display Toolbar showing Edit Dialog icon
Clicking on the Edit Dialog button on the Video Display Toolbar (Pencil Icon - Section 3.6) captures the currently
displayed image in a new Edit Dialog window:
Figure 8.2 Edit Screen
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This window contains the following pull down menus:
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File
View
Image
Filters
Colors
allows you to save a copy of the image (BMP, JPG or PNG format), and print out
show/hide the Image Processing Toolbars
Crop (click and drag on the image to select an area).
Sharpen/Blur/Mosaic/Desaturate/Invert/Equalize (click and drag to select area).
Brightness +/-, Contrast +/-and Gamma +/- (click and drag to select area).
Figure 8.3 Still Image Backup
Following the menu path Image -> Subtitles Setting allows you to configure, reposition or remove the subtitles
from the image.
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Figure 8.4 Edit Screen – Setup Subtitles submenu
Once you have chosen a save path and file name, the image can be saved.
Figure 8.5 Still Image Backup
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Section 9 Playing Back Exported Files
9.1
Native Wavestore Format files (WSB format)
If you have WaveView installed on your PC, click on the desktop WaveView shortcut to launch the software.
Figure 9.1 WaveView Desktop shortcut icon
Alternatively, if the DVD/USB device contains a copy of WaveView, open the device on your PC:
Figure 9.2 Backup media folder containing ‘waveview.exe’ program file
Double click on the file named ‘play.bat’.
The WaveView program screen will now appear as below:
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Figure 9.3 WaveView launch screen
Click on the ‘Open Backup’ icon to close the Login dialogue box, and then follow the menu path File -> Open.
Figure 9.4 Selecting Open from media option
Browse to the folder on your device (local hard drive/CD/DVD/USB stick) containing the backed up files, and click
to highlight the required file.
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Figure 9.5 Browsing to Backup folder
Highlight the Backup file, and click on ‘Open’; you may be prompted to enter a Password, if this option was
selected when the backup was created:
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Figure 9.6 Entering Decryption Password
The Wavestore server name and camera channels will now be displayed in the Device Tree section.
Figure 9.7 Device Tree showing camera(s) contained in backup
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Double click on the camera(s) that you want; and click on ‘Play’ to start playback:
Figure 9.8 Playback of backup file
The Playback controls can be used described in the Search/Playback section (Section 5) earlier to control playback
of the footage, create further backup files and save still images.
9.2
Alternative File Formats
There are many playback programs available such as VLC and Windows Media Player, which can be used to
playback files that have been exported using an alternative format (e.g. AVI).
Compatibility should first be checked on the Internet.
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Section 10 Technical Support
10.1 Frequently Asked Questions
I connect my monitor to the Wavestore server and watch the server boot normally but, the final screen is not
viewable i.e. either a black or very noisy picture.
Once the server has completed booting up, press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE to reconfigure the output resolution.
I connect and switch on the Wavestore server, but nothing is displayed on the monitor.
Does the Wavestore server ‘beep’ after it is powered up? If not, there may be a hardware failure within the
server.
I have multiple Wavestore servers networked together and I’m viewing cameras on a remote client PC. The
screen text displays 25ips, but sometimes the actual displayed rate seems to be lower than this?
This is likely to be due to network bandwidth limitations, if several remote clients are connected to the Wavestore
server. As a consequence, the camera images displayed by the remote clients are refreshed less frequently.
A user can view a lower resolution video stream for that camera, by selecting this from the Video Toolbar, as
described in Section 3.6.
10.2 Further Assistance
Before contacting your installer, please note the serial number of your Wavestore server (Wxxxx). This will be
located on a white label on the front or rear panel of the server.
In order to resolve certain issues, it may be necessary for WavestoreUSA staff to log into the Wavestore servers
remotely via an external internet connection.
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