IPCam Dome UM.book
Basler IP Fixed Dome Camera
User’s Manual
Document Number: AW000903
Version: 05 Language: 000 (English)
Release Date: 16 September 2010
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1.1
About this Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1.2
Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
1.3
Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2 Accessing the Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3 Configuring the Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.2
Accessing the Configuration Tools and Camera Parameters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
3.3
Image Control Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
3.4
Streaming Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
3.5
Motion Detection Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
3.6
Alarm Handling Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
3.7
Network Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
3.8
Input / Output Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
3.9
User Parameters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
3.10 System Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
4 Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
5 Terminal Blocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
5.1
The Main Terminal Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
5.2
The RS-485 Terminal Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
6 Day/Night Functionality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
6.1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
6.2
IR-Cut Filter Control Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
7 Technical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
7.1
Specification List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
7.2
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Revision History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Feedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
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Introduction
1 Introduction
1.1 About this Document
This document is intended for administrative users of the camera. Previous experience with
networking will be a great help when using this document.
This document assumes that you have already followed the instructions in the Basler IP Fixed
Dome Camera Installation Guide to install your camera.
Firmware
This document applies to cameras with version 2.0-0 firmware. Cameras with earlier or later
versions of the firmware may have different features than those described here and may look
different when accessed with the Basler Surveillance Web Client.
To ensure that your camera’s functionality is up to date, you should periodically check the
Downloads section of the Basler IP Camera website to see if a firmware update file is available. The
website address is: www.basler-ipcam.com
You can view the current firmware version in a camera, and you can apply a firmware update in two
different ways:
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By using the Basler Web Surveillance Client.
After you access a camera using the client (as described in Section 3.2 on page 10), you can
use the Info tab in the System parameters group to view the current firmware version in the
camera (see Section 3.10.1 on page 55).
If you need to update the firmware, you can use the Start Firmware Update button on the
Management Tab in the System parameters group to apply a new firmware file to the camera
(as described in Section 3.10.3 on page 58).
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By using the Basler IP Camera Finder software (version 1.4 or higher).
An advantage of the BIP Finder software is that it will let you view the firmware versions on
several cameras at once, and it will let you apply a new firmware file to several cameras
simultaneously.
Refer to the BIP Finder help file for information about how to view firmware versions and how
to update the camera firmware (the help file is a separate file that is included along with the BIP
Finder software).
The Basler IP Camera Finder software is available in the Downloads section of our website:
www.basler-ipcam.com
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1.2 Precautions
CAUTION
Electrical Shock Hazard
Touching the camera’s internal components may result in an electrical shock.
Do not attempt to access the electrical components in the camera base. The
camera base contains no user serviceable parts.
WEEE Directive
The European Union has enacted Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (the WEEE Directive). This directive is only applicable in European Union member
states.
All Basler IP Fixed Dome Cameras have been manufactured after the 31st of August 2005.
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1.3 Overview
RJ-45
Network / PoE
RS-485
Terminal
Block
Main
Terminal
Block
Fig. 1: Camera Connections
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RJ-45 Network / PoE - Provides a 10/100 Ethernet connection and can be used to connect
Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) to the camera
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Main Terminal Block - Provides connections for a secondary power input that can be used to
power the camera instead of PoE. Also provides connections for the camera’s digital input and
digital output lines and for a DC output voltage. See Section 5.1 on page 67 for detailed
information about the main terminal block.
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RS-485 Terminal Block - Provides a connection for a standard RS-485 port that can be used
to communicate with an external device. See Section 5.2 on page 73 for detailed information
about the RS-485 terminal block.
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SD
Card
Slot
Status
Indicator
LEDs
Factory
Reset
Button
Fig. 2: Camera Connections
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Status Indicator LEDs - The green LED indicates the network connection speed. Off means
the network speed is 10 MBits/s (or the network is not connected). On means the network
speed is 100 MBits/s.
The yellow LED indicates the level of network activity.
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Factory Reset Button - Resets the camera to factory defaults. See Section 4 on page 65 for
details.
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SD Card Slot - Can hold a micro SD or a micro SDHC card. The card can be used to store
alarm images or the contents of the alarm buffers. See page 40 for details. (An SD card is not
included with the camera.)
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2 Accessing the Camera
The following instructions assume that you have used the Basler IP Fixed Dome Camera
Installation Guide to install your camera and that you know either the IP Address or the host name
of your camera.
Your camera can be accessed from most standard operating systems using a web browser. The
recommended browser is Windows™ Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.
Accessing the Camera From a Web Browser
1. Start your web browser.
2. If you know the IP Address of your camera, type the IP Address into the Address field of your
browser and press the Enter key. For example: http:/172.17.1.44
(If you don’t know the IP address you can find it using the Basler Basler IP Camera Finder
software as described in the Basler IP Fixed Dome Camera Installation Guide.)
If you know the host name of your camera and if your network has a properly configured domain
name server, type the host name into the Address field of your browser and press the Enter key.
For example, for a camera with a host name of Basler-12345678 you would enter:
http://basler-12345678
3. Your browser will connect to the camera’s web server and the Basler Surveillance Web Client
will be displayed. Assuming that the camera is set to the defaults, a live MJPEG video stream
will be displayed in the Live Stream 0 tab as shown below.
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3 Configuring the Camera
This section describes how to configure your camera. It is intended to be used by administrators
who have full access rights to the camera.
3.1 Introduction
When adjusting the parameters used to configure the camera, it helps to have an overview of the
camera’s functionality in mind. Figure 3 on page 9 shows a block diagram of the camera outlining
the basic functional units in the camera and shows how they are related.
As shown in Figure 3, the camera includes a sensor that captures images. The images are passed
from the sensor to a microprocessor. In the microprocessor, a variety of tasks are performed on the
captured images, such as white balancing and motion detection. Note that there is a path from the
microprocessor to the imaging sensor. This path allows the processor to control how the sensor will
capture images (e.g., the size of the image area captured and the image capture rate).
Once images are captured and processed, they are passed to three separate video encoders in the
camera. These encoders are designated as the stream 0 encoder, the stream 1 encoder, and the
stream 2 encoder. Each encoder can be configured separately. The stream 0 encoder is always
enabled and can be configured to use MJPEG (motion JPEG), MPEG4, or H.264 video encoding.
The stream 1 and stream 2 encoders can be enabled or disabled by the user, and these two
streams can only be set to use MJPEG video encoding.
Each encoder feeds a live buffer and an alarm buffer. As shown in the drawing, multiple network
devices (usually computers) can access each encoder stream. A device can access the live buffer
for a stream, the alarm buffer for a stream, or both. A device can also open multiple connections to
the camera’s streams (each connection is commonly referred to as a "network stream").
In essence, the camera can produce up to three differently configured video streams and each
stream can be accessed by multiple network users.
Normal Operating Mode and Configuration Mode
As shown in Figure 3, there are groups of parameters that affect the functionality of the camera at
various stages of its operation. You configure the camera by setting these parameters.
When the camera is in its "normal" operating mode, it captures images, processes them, encodes
them, and streams them to external devices via the network connection. In normal mode, most of
the camera’s parameters can be changed, and a change to a parameter will have an immediate
effect on the operation of the camera. If you take a look at the screen shot of the Basler Surveillance
Web Client on page 11, you will see a list of parameter groups on the left side, such as Image
Controls, Streaming, Motion Detection, Alarm Handling, etc. Except for the Streaming group, the
parameters in each group can be adjusted while the camera is in normal mode.
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The parameters in the Streaming group can only be adjusted when the camera is in "configuration"
mode. When you open the Streaming parameters group in the web client, the camera will
automatically be placed in the configuration mode. Any changes you make to the parameters in the
Streaming group will not take effect until you close the group. The camera will apply any changes
and will automatically return to normal mode when you close the Streaming group.
The camera will continue to capture and stream images normally while it is in
configuration mode.
If you change the Live Buffer Size parameter setting or the Alarm Buffer Size
parameter setting for any stream, the setting changes will be applied when you
switch back to the Normal mode and all streams will be stopped and restarted.
If you change the Encoder Type parameter setting, the Output Scaling parameter
setting, the AOI Width parameter setting, or the AOI Height parameter setting for
any one of the streams, the setting changes will be applied when you switch back
to Normal mode and that stream will be stopped and restarted.
(Keep in mind that if you change the sensor AOI Width and AOI Height settings to
values that are smaller than the current stream AOI Width and AOI Height
settings, the camera will automatically make the stream AOI Width and AOI Height
settings smaller.)
Capture Frame Rate and Stream Frame Rate
An image that has been captured by the camera is commonly called a "frame", and the rate at which
the camera captures images is referred to as the "frame rate". Normally, the camera will attempt to
encode and stream frames at the same rate at which they are being captured by the imaging
sensor. But there are several factors that can limit this capability.
If you are capturing images using the full image area of the sensor, it may put such a large load on
the encoder(s) that they will not be able to encode and stream every image captured by the sensor.
This is especially true if multiple encoders are enabled and if many devices are accessing the
stream from each encoder. If the encoders cannot encode and stream images at the same rate that
the sensor is capturing them, the encoders will simply drop some of the captured images and
encode at a lower rate. You could address this situation by decreasing the size of the images
captured by the imaging sensor, i.e., decreasing the sensor AOI (see Section 3.4.1 on page 19).
This will decrease the load on the encoders and allow them to encode at a higher rate.
Another factor that can affect the rate at which the encoders encode and stream images is the
general load on the camera’s microprocessor. If you have enabled many of the camera’s functions
simultaneously, it could place a high load on the camera’s microprocessor and thus decrease the
microprocessor’s ability to operate the encoders. For example, if you enabled motion detection with
a large mask area and fine granularity, you enabled several alarm sources and alarm actions, and
you enabled serial port forwarding, you may find that the encoders are encoding at a rate that is
lower than images are being captured by the sensor.
Note that there is an easy way to determine the current rate at which an encoder is encoding and
streaming images. If you simply add the $fps$ expression to the text overlay setup for the stream,
the text overlay on the streamed images will display the current rate at which the images are being
encoded and streamed. For example, if you added the $fps$ expression to the text overlay setup
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for encoder stream 0, the images in stream 0 would display the current rate in the text overlay. See
Section 3.4.1 on page 19 for more information about setting text overlays.
Camera
Network
Parameters
Web
Server
Microprocessor
Stream 0
Parameters
Stream 0
Encoder
Alarm
Parameters
Image
Control
Parameters
Imaging
Sensor
Motion
Detection
Parameters
I/O
Parameters
Control and
Processing
System
Parameters
MJPEG, MPEG 4
or H.264
Network
Device
Live
Buffer
Network
Device
Alarm
Buffer
Network
Device
Stream 1
Parameters
Stream 1
Encoder
Live
Buffer
MJPEG
Alarm
Buffer
Network Hardware
Global
Parameters
(Sensor AOI
and masks)
Network
Device
Network
Device
Stream 2
Parameters
Network
Device
Stream 2
Encoder
Live
Buffer
MJPEG
Alarm
Buffer
Network
Device
Network
Device
Network
Device
Digital I/O
Serial Port
Fig. 3: Camera Block Diagram
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3.2 Accessing the Configuration Tools and
Camera Parameters
1. If you have not already done so, start your web browser and access the Basler Surveillance
Web Client in your camera as described in Section 2 on page 5.
2. When the Basler Surveillance Web Client opens as shown below, click the Configuration
button on the left side of the Basler tool bar.
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3. A Camera Configuration menu will open on the left side of the client as shown below. Notice
that the parameters used to configure the camera appear in groups such as the Image Controls
group and the Streaming group.
You can open a parameter group by clicking the + sign beside the group name.
By default, the camera is set so that video stream 0 is an MJPEG stream, and a Live Stream 0 tab
will appear in the client as shown above. A live video stream will appear in the tab.
If more than one video stream is enabled, there will be an additional Live Stream tab available for
each enabled stream.
Stop
Snapshot
Click the Stop button to stop live image streaming. (A Start button will appear, which will
let you restart the live stream.)
Click the Snapshot button to capture a single image within a new browser window.
Refresh Rate - The Refresh Rate box displays the rate at which the images displayed in the web
client are refreshed. Use the
button to change the refresh rate.
Note that changing the Refresh Rate setting will not change the rate at which the camera captures
or streams images. The Refresh Rate setting only affects the rate at which images are displayed in
the web client in your browser. Some browsers perform poorly when set to a high refresh rate.
Opening and closing parameter groups or switching from one tab to another will work very slowly if
the refresh rate is too high. A refresh rate of 5 fps works well in most situations.
Plugin Help
Click the Plugin Help button to get information about installing the plugins needed to
view live streams in your web browser.
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3.3 Image Control Parameters
The parameters in the Image Controls group control the quality of the images captured by the
camera's imaging sensor.
3.3.1
Exposure Tab
Exposure Mode - Sets the camera’s exposure mode.
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Prioritize None = Automatic exposure time control and automatic
gain control are both enabled. The camera will automatically adjust
both the exposure time and the gain to maintain good overall image
quality as lighting conditions change. Neither the exposure time
adjustment nor the gain adjustment will have priority.
If desired, the Exposure Time Limit and the Gain Limit parameters
(see below) can be used to put limits on the auto controls.
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Prioritize Framerate = Automatic exposure time control and
automatic gain control are both enabled. The camera’s automatic
exposure and gain adjustments will be biased so that the frame rate
is maintained at as high a level as possible. Maintaining image
quality is given a lower priority.
If desired, the Exposure Time Limit and the Gain Limit parameters
(see below) can be used to put limits on the auto controls.
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Prioritize Quality = Automatic exposure time control and automatic gain control are both
enabled. The camera’s automatic exposure and gain adjustments will be biased so that image
quality is maintained at as high a level as possible. Maintaining the frame rate is given a lower
priority.
If desired, the Exposure Time Limit and the Gain Limit parameters (see below) can be used to
put limits on the auto controls.
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Manual Gain = Automatic gain control is disabled, and you must manually set the gain by using
the Gain parameter (see below).
Automatic exposure time control remains enabled. If desired, the Exposure Time Limit
parameter (see below) can be used to put a limit on the auto exposure control.
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Manual Exposure Time = Automatic exposure time control is disabled, and you must manually
set the exposure time by using the Exposure Time parameter (see below).
Automatic gain control remains enabled. If desired, the Gain Limit parameter (see below) can
be used to put a limit on the auto gain control.
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Manual Gain and Exposure Time = Automatic gain control and automatic exposure time control
are both disabled. You must manually set the gain and the exposure time by using the Gain
and Exposure Time parameters (see below).
Note that the operation of the automatic gain and exposure time controls will be strongly influenced
by the placement of the auto brightness mask. For more information about the auto brightness
mask, see page 23.
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Exposure Offset - Is used to customize the operation of the camera’s automatic controls. Negative
settings will bias the auto controls toward producing darker images. Positive settings will bias the
auto controls toward producing lighter images.
Backlight Compensation - Check the box to enable the camera’s backlight compensation
feature. This feature automatically compensates when the main lighting comes from behind the
image subject.
Iris Mode - Sets the camera’s iris mode.
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Auto = The iris will be automatically controlled by the camera.
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Open = The iris is fully open.
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Closed = The iris is fully closed.
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Prioritize Open = the iris control will attempt to keep the iris as open as possible while still
maintaining good image quality.
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Prioritize Closed = the iris control will attempt to keep the iris as closed as possible while still
maintaining good image quality.
The Open and Closed settings can be used to test the functionality of an iris mechanism.
The Prioritize Open and Prioritize Closed settings may improve image quality in certain situations.
Trying these settings under your actual conditions is the best way to determine whether one of the
settings is appropriate for your application.
Note that the operation of the automatic iris control will be strongly influenced by the placement of
the auto brightness mask. For more information about the auto brightness mask, see page 23.
Anti-Flicker - Enables or disables the anti-flicker feature. If the camera is operating in an
environment where the lighting flickers at a 50 Hz or a 60 Hz rate (such as incandescent or
fluorescent lights), the flickering lights can cause significant changes in brightness from image to
image. Enabling the anti-flicker feature may reduce the effect of the flickering in the captured
images.
Note that the Anti-Flicker feature will only be available when the Exposure Mode parameter (see
above) is set to one of the "prioritize" modes.
Exposure Time Limit - When automatic exposure time control is enabled (see Exposure Mode
above), the Exposure Time Limit parameter sets the maximum exposure time that the automatic
exposure control can use. If the exposure time limit is set to "off", there will be no limit for the
automatic exposure control.
Note that if the Anti-Flicker feature is enabled, the Exposure Time Limit parameter setting must be
1/60s or greater.
Exposure Time - When automatic exposure time control is disabled (see Exposure Mode above),
the Exposure Time parameter sets the exposure time for the captured images.
Note that if automatic exposure time control is enabled, the Exposure Time parameter will be read
only and will indicate the current exposure time value as set by the automatic control.
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Gain Limit - When automatic gain control is enabled, (see Exposure Mode above) the Gain Limit
parameter sets the maximum amount of gain that the automatic gain control can use. If the gain
limit is set to "off", there will be no limit for the automatic gain control.
Note that if the Anti-Flicker feature is enabled, the Gain Limit parameter setting must be 6dB or
greater.
Gain - When automatic gain control is disabled (see Exposure Mode above), the Gain parameter
sets the gain for the captured images. Gain refers to the amount of amplification that is applied to
the pixel values in each captured image. A higher setting means more amplification.
Note that if automatic gain control is enabled, the Gain parameter will be read only and will indicate
the current gain value as set by the automatic control.
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3.3.2
Appearance Tab
Sharpness - Sets the sharpness of the images transmitted by the
camera. Higher settings produce sharper images.
Saturation- Sets the color saturation of the images transmitted by the
camera. Higher settings produce more saturated (colorful) images.
Gamma - Sets the degree of gamma correction applied to captured
images. Gamma corrects the captured images for non-linearities in the
human eye’s perception of brightness.
A setting of 100 represents a gamma correction factor of 1, and the
appearance of the captured images will not be changed. A setting of
50 represents a gamma correction factor of 0.5. A setting of 150
represents a gamma correction factor of 1.5.
White Balance Mode - Sets the camera’s automatic white balance mode.
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Auto = The camera will automatically adjust the white balance and the white balance
adjustments will be continuously updated as lighting conditions change. The white balance
control will assume average lighting conditions.
The automatic white balance control attempts to continuously balance the intensity of the red,
green, and blue pixels in the captured images so that the white areas of the captured images
always appear white (and not, for example, red tinted or green tinted).
Note that the operation of the automatic white balancing function will be strongly influenced by
the placement of the white balance mask. For more information about the white balance mask,
see page 22.
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Automatic Preset = The camera will attempt to identify the type of lighting present (i.e., daylight,
incandescent, fluorescent, etc.) and then will automatically adjust the white balance based on
the lighting type detected. This selection works best when the lighting conditions are uniform.
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Daylight = The camera will automatically change the white balance settings so that they are
biased for daylight lighting conditions (a color temperature of 5500 K). Once the settings are
changed, the white balance will stay fixed at that point.
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Incandescent = The camera will automatically change the white balance settings so that they
are biased for incandescent lighting (a color temperature of 3000 K). Once the settings are
changed, the white balance will stay fixed at that point.
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Fluorescent I = The camera will automatically change the white balance settings so that they
are biased for normal fluorescent lighting (a color temperature of 2700 K). Once the settings
are changed, the white balance will stay fixed at that point.
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Fluorescent II = The camera will automatically change the white balance settings so that they
are biased for bright fluorescent lighting (a color temperature of 4000 K). Once the settings are
changed, the white balance will stay fixed at that point.
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Manual = White balance is manually controlled. You can adjust the white balance by using the
Red Gain and Blue Gain parameters (see below).
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Red Gain - If the White Balance Mode parameter (see above) is set to manual, then the Red Gain
parameter can be used to adjust the intensity of the red in the captured images. Decrease the
setting to make the images less red, and increase the setting to make the images more red.
Note that if the White Balance Mode parameter is set to a value other than manual, the Red Gain
parameter will be read only and will indicate the current red gain value as set by the automatic white
balance control.
Blue Gain - If the White Balance Mode parameter (see above) is set to manual, then the Blue Gain
parameter can be used to adjust the intensity of the blue in the captured images. Decrease the
setting to make the images less blue, and increase the setting to make the images more blue.
Note that if the White Balance Mode parameter is set to a value other than manual, the Blue Gain
parameter will be read only and will indicate the current blue gain value as set by the automatic
white balance control.
3.3.3
Day/Night Tab
Note: Section 6 on page 75 provides detailed information about how the camera’s day/night
functionality works. We recommend that you read this section before you set the parameters on the
day/night tab.
IR Filter Mode - Sets the mode of operation for the camera’s IR-cut
filter.
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Auto = The camera automatically senses the change from night to
day or from day to night and sets the position of the camera’s IR-cut
filter accordingly.
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Open = Move the IR-cut filter to the open position and keep it there.
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Closed = Move the IR-cut filter to the closed position and keep it
there.
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Input Pin 0 Controlled = The position of the IR-cut filter will be
controlled by the state of the camera’s input pin 0.
IR Filter State - Indicates the current state of the camera’s IR-cut filter.
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Open = The IR-cut filter is currently in the open position.
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Closed = The IR-cut filter is currently in the closed position.
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IR Filter Switch Level - When the IR Filter Mode parameter is set to auto, the IR Filter Switch
Level setting is mainly used to adjust when the camera will switch from day mode to night mode.
The higher the IR Filter Switch Level setting, the darker it must be before the camera will make the
switch. Setting the switch level to a higher value typically means that the camera will switch from
day mode to night mode later in the day, i.e., when it is darker.
If the current level of darkness (as indicated by the IR Filter Current Level parameter) rises above
the switch level setting and remains there longer than the IR Filter Wait Time (see below), the
camera will switch from day mode to night mode.
If the current level of darkness (as indicated by the IR Filter Current Level parameter) falls below
the switch level setting and remains there longer than the IR Filter Wait Time (see below), the
camera will switch from night mode to day mode.
IR Filter Current Level - Indicates the current level of darkness as measured by the camera’s
auto IR filter control. As the area being viewed by the camera gets darker, the value of the IR Filter
Current Level will rise (a high positive value indicates that the area being viewed is very dark). As
the area being viewed by the camera becomes brighter, the value of the IR Filter Current Level will
fall (a large negative value indicates that the area being viewed is very bright).
IR Filter Wait Time - Sets the amount of time in seconds that the value of the IR Filter Current
Level must remain above the IR Filter Switch Level setting before the camera will switch from day
mode to night mode. It also sets the amount of time in seconds that the value of the IR Filter
Current Level must remain below the IR Filter Switch Level setting before the camera will switch
from night mode to day mode.
A feature called the IR filter announce mode can be set to use the camera’s digital
output pin to "announce" the current state (open or closed) of the IR-cut filter. For
more information, see Section 3.8.1 on page 47 and see page 77.
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3.4 Streaming Parameters
The parameters in the Streaming group are used to control the characteristics of the image area that
will be captured by the camera’s sensor. They are also used to control the characteristics of the
video streams that are output from the camera.
The camera can produce up to three individually configured video streams. The streams are
designated as stream 0, stream 1, and stream 2. Stream 0 is always enabled. Streams 1 and 2 can
be either enabled or disabled. Each stream can be accessed by multiple network users.
For more information about video streams, see Section 3.1 on page 7.
When you open the Streaming parameters group, the camera enters the
"configuration" mode. When you close the Streaming parameters group, the
camera will return to "normal" mode and any parameter changes you made will be
applied.
When the Streaming parameters group is open, the images displayed on any
editor tabs in the web client will be refreshed approximately once per second.
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3.4.1
Global Tab
The parameters on the Global tab control the way that the camera’s imaging sensor will capture
images. Because the images captured by the sensor are used for all three video streams, the
parameters on this tab are considered to be "global", i.e., changes made here will affect what you
can do when you work with the individual stream parameters.
Some of the parameters in this group are used to set the imaging sensor’s "area of interest" (AOI).
The sensor AOI settings let you define the area on the sensor that will actually be used when the
camera is capturing images. You can set the AOI settings so that the full sensor is used to capture
images or so that just a portion of the sensor is used as shown in Figure 4.
The sensor AOI Width and sensor AOI Height parameters define the width and height (in pixels) of
the image area that will be captured. The sensor AOI Top and sensor AOI Left parameters define
where the image area will be located in relation to the top left corner of the sensor.
AOITop
AOIWidth
AOILeft
AOIHeight
Sensor AOI
(image area captured)
Imaging Sensor
Fig. 4: Sensor AOI
Why Decrease the Sensor AOI Size?
On some camera models, typically those with large imaging sensors, the maximum rate at which
the sensor can capture images (i.e., the frame rate) is limited. On these cameras, when you
decrease the height of the sensor AOI, the rate at which the sensor can capture images will
increase. So if you need to capture images at a higher rate, decreasing the size of the sensor AOI
may be a workable option that will allow you to do so.
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Frame Rate Mode - Sets the rate at which the camera’s sensor will
capture frames (images). For example, selecting 15 FPS means that
the camera’s imaging sensor will capture 15 frames per second.
Note that on some camera models, typically those with large imaging
sensors, the maximum rate at which the sensor can capture images
(i.e., the frame rate) is limited. On these cameras, if you decrease the
height of the sensor AOI, the rate at which the sensor can capture
images will increase. So if you decrease the setting for the AOI
Height parameter, you may see an increase in the maximum setting
available for the Frame Rate Mode parameter.
Sensor AOI Left - As shown in Figure 4 on page 19, sets the left offset (in pixels) for the sensor
AOI, i.e., how far the sensor AOI will be offset from the left edge of the sensor. The setting must be
a multiple of 2.*
Sensor AOI Top - As shown in Figure 4 on page 19, sets the top offset (in pixels) for the sensor
AOI, i.e., how far the sensor AOI will be offset from the top edge of the sensor. The setting must be
a multiple of 2.*
Sensor AOI Width - As shown in Figure 4 on page 19, sets the width (in pixels) of the sensor AOI.
The setting must be a multiple of 8.*
Sensor AOI Height - As shown in Figure 4 on page 19, sets the height (in pixels) of the sensor
AOI. The setting must be a multiple of 8.*
* You can also use the Sensor AOI Editor (see page 21) to set this parameter, and any changes
you make to the AOI parameter settings on the Global tab will be reflected on the Sensor AOI
Editor.
Image Rotation - Sets the degrees of rotation for the images captured by the sensor.
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0° = Don’t rotate the images.
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180° = Rotate the images 180 degrees.
Test Image Mode - Enables or disables the camera’s test image feature. When the test image
mode is enabled, the camera will generate test images using its digital devices rather than the
imaging sensor. The generated test images will be transmitted on all enabled streams. Test images
are useful for troubleshooting the camera’s basic functionality and the network connection.
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Off = The test image function is disabled.
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On = The test image functioned is enabled. The camera will stream test images that include
diagonal red, green, and blue gradients. The gradients will appear to move as the test images
are received.
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Stream Display - Selects the plugin that will be used to display encoded images in the web client’s
stream tabs.
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Automatic = Automatically selects the most appropriate plugin from the plugins currently
installed on your web browser.
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No Display = Display of image streams within the web client is disabled. You will still be able to
change parameter settings. This is a good choice if you only want to use the web client to
change settings. Access to the settings is faster with image display disabled.
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Basler Plugin = Select the Basler plugin. The Basler Plugin is a good choice for displaying the
images. Note that if you have not installed the Basler ActiveX control on your browser, the
Basler Plugin will not be available for selection.
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"Plugin Name" Plugin = Select the "Plugin Name" plugin. Depending on what plugins you have
installed on your web browser, several different plugins may be listed. Each plugin will be listed
by name. A plugin will only be listed here if it has been installed and can display the encoded
images.
Sensor AOI Editor - Whenever the Global tab is selected, a Sensor AOI Editor screen will also
be available as shown below. You can use the editor to set the sensor AOI size and position rather
than setting numbers in the boxes on the Global tab. To set the sensor AOI with the editor, simply
use your cursor to drag the edges of the red rectangle that represents the sensor AOI. You can also
use the buttons at the bottom of the editor to set the AOI to the full size of the sensor, to set the AOI
to 1/4 of the sensor’s size, to align the AOI to the top left side of the sensor, or to center the AOI on
the sensor.
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White Balance Mask
Click the White Balance Mask button to open the White Balance Mask Editor as
shown below.
The white balance mask defines the area(s) of the image that will be used by the
camera’s automatic white balancing function when the White Balance Mode
parameter is set to Auto (see Section 3.3 on page 12). Highlighted areas in the
editor will be included in the white balance mask and unhighlighted areas will not.
To highlight an area within the editor, simply left click your mouse and drag the
cursor over the editor screen.
The area under the mask will be used by the automatic white balance control to
define what "white" is. So you should always place the white balance mask over
an area of the image that is truly a white area. If you place the mask over, for
example, a green area of the image, you will find that the color balance in your
captured images is badly skewed when the White Balance Mode parameter is set
to Auto.
Note that you can set the mask so that it covers a single area as shown above or
so that it covers several different areas within the image.
You can use the All On button at the bottom of the screen to highlight all areas of
the editor and the All Off button to unhighlight all areas. Use the Invert Mask
button to swap the highlighted areas and the unhighlighted areas. Clicking the
Load Mask From Camera button will display the mask settings that are currently
saved in the camera.
Any changes you make using the mask editor will not be saved in the camera until
you click the Save Mask To Camera button. The Close button will close the editor.
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Auto-Brightness Mask
Click the Auto-Brightness Mask button to open the Auto Brightness Mask Editor
as shown below.
The auto brightness mask defines the area(s) of the image that will be used by the
camera when it performs automatic exposure, gain, and iris control (see
Section 3.3 on page 12). Highlighted areas in the editor will be included in the
auto-brightness mask and unhighlighted areas will not. To highlight an area within
the editor, simply left click your mouse and drag the cursor over the editor screen.
Normally, you should position the mask so that it covers the brightest areas of the
image. This will typically yield the best performance from the automatic exposure,
gain, and iris controls.
Note that you can set the mask so that it covers a single area as shown above or
so that it covers several different areas within the image.
You can use the All On button at the bottom of the screen to highlight all areas of
the editor and the All Off button to unhighlight all areas. Use the Invert Mask
button to swap the highlighted areas and the unhighlighted areas. Clicking the
Load Mask From Camera button will display the mask settings that are currently
saved in the camera.
Any changes you make using the mask editor will not be saved in the camera until
you click the Save Mask To Camera button. The Close button will close the editor.
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Privacy Mask
Click the Privacy Mask button to open the Privacy Mask Editor as shown below.
The privacy mask defines the area(s) of the image that will be blacked out in the
images in the video streams. Highlighted areas in the editor will be included in the
privacy mask and will be blacked out. Unhighlighted areas will not. To highlight an
area within the editor, simply left click your mouse and drag the cursor over the
editor screen.
Note that you can set the mask so that it covers a single area as shown above or
so that it covers several different areas within the image.
You can use the All On button at the bottom of the screen to highlight all areas of
the editor and the All Off button to unhighlight all areas. Use the Invert Mask button
to swap the highlighted areas and the unhighlighted areas. Clicking the Load Mask
From Camera button will display the mask settings that are currently saved in the
camera.
Any changes you make using the mask editor will not be saved in the camera until
you click the Save Mask To Camera button. The Close button will close the editor.
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Motion Mask
Click the Motion Mask button to open the Motion Mask Editor as shown below.
The motion mask defines the area(s) of the image that will be used for the camera’s
motion detection function (see Section 3.5 on page 34). Highlighted areas in the
editor will be included in the motion detection mask and used for motion detection.
Unhighlighted areas will not. To highlight an area within the editor, simply left click
your mouse and drag the cursor over the editor screen.
Note that you can set the mask so that it covers a single area as shown above or
so that it covers several different areas within the image.
You can use the All On button at the bottom of the screen to highlight all areas of
the editor and the All Off button to unhighlight all areas. Use the Invert Mask button
to swap the highlighted areas and the unhighlighted areas. Clicking the Load Mask
From Camera button will display the mask settings that are currently saved in the
camera.
Any changes you make using the mask editor will not be saved in the camera until
you click the Save Mask To Camera button. The Close button will close the editor.
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3.4.2
Stream Tabs
The parameters on the Stream 0 Tab, Stream 1 Tab, and Stream 2 Tab, control the way that the video
stream associated with the selected tab is configured.
Some of the parameters on each stream tab are used to set the "area of interest" (AOI) for the video
stream controlled by the tab. The stream AOI settings on a tab let you define an area within the
image area being captured by the camera’s sensor and only the pixel data from the defined area
will be encoded and streamed in the stream controlled by the tab. You can set the stream AOI
settings so that the entire image area is encoded and streamed or so that just a portion of the image
area is encoded and streamed.
The stream AOIWidth and stream AOI Height parameters define the width and height (in pixels) of
the area that will be encoded and streamed. The stream AOITop and stream AOILeft parameters
define where the area will be located in relation to the top left corner of the image area that was
captured by the imaging sensor. (See Section 3.4.1 on page 19 for more information about defining
the image area captured by the sensor.)
AOITop
AOIWidth
AOILeft
AOIHeight
Stream AOI
(image area encoded
in the stream)
Captured Image Area
Imaging Sensor
Fig. 5: Stream AOI
Why Decrease the Stream AOI Size?
In some installations, the network bandwidth available may be limited. Decreasing the size of the
stream AOI will decrease the amount of data in each image. This in turn will reduce the amount of
data that must be streamed across the network and thus decrease the bandwidth required.
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Encoder Type - Sets the encoder type for the stream controlled by
the currently selected tab.
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Off = The video stream is disabled and no images will be
streamed. This setting is only available on the Stream 1 and
Stream 2 tabs. Stream 0 is always enabled, and the off setting is
not available for this stream.
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JPEG = The camera will use motion JPEG (MJPEG) encoding
for the images streamed. The motion JPEG format uses
standard JPEG still images to create the video stream. The
stream of still images is displayed and updated at a rate that
shows constantly updated motion. Although MJPEG encoding
does compress the images to some degree and although this
compression is usually described as "lossy", MJPEG encoding
results in high quality image transmission. However, high
bandwidth is required to transmit the images.
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MPEG4 = The camera will use MPEG4 encoding for the images
streamed. This setting is only available on the Stream 0 tab;
stream 1 and stream 2 cannot be MPEG4 encoded. MPEG4
encoding uses more effective compression techniques than
MJPEG encoding. This significantly lowers the bandwidth
required to transmit the images.
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H.264 = The camera will use H.264 encoding for the images
streamed. This setting is only available on the Stream 0 tab;
stream 1 and stream 2 cannot be H.264 encoded. H.264
encoding uses more advanced compression techniques. This
yields a more significant lowering in the bandwidth required to
transmit the images.
Encoder Mode - Sets the encoder mode for the stream controlled by the currently selected tab.
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VBR = The encoder will operate in Variable Bit Rate mode. The encoder attempts to maintain
constant image quality by adjusting the output bit rate as necessary. The quality level will be
determined by the setting of the Quality parameter.
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CBR = The encoder will operate in Constant Bit Rate mode. The encoder attempts to maintain
a constant output bit rate by adjusting image quality as necessary. The bit rate will be
determined by the setting of the Bitrate parameter.
(Setting the Encoder Mode to CBR can help you conserve bandwidth. When CBR is selected,
you can set the Bitrate parameter to a low value and this will cause the camera to use less
bandwidth. This is especially useful if you are operating a system with multiple cameras.)
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Quality - If the Encoder Mode parameter is set to VBR, then the Quality parameter will determine
the quality level of the images in the stream controlled by the currently selected tab. A higher setting
means better quality.
Using higher quality settings will reduce the rate at which the camera can encode and stream
images. Using lower quality settings will increase the rate.
Note that the effect of the quality setting is not precisely equivalent for each encoder type. For
example, a quality setting of 50 will have a slightly different effect when the Encoder Type parameter
is set to JPEG than it will have when it is set to MPEG4 or to H.264.
Bitrate - If the Encoder Mode parameter is set to CBR, then the Bitrate parameter sets the
maximum bit rate for the stream controlled by the currently selected tab.
Output Size - Lets you select from a list of standard image sizes. When you select a size, the
camera checks the setting of the Output Scaling parameter. It then automatically sets the Stream
AOI Left, Stream AOI Top, Stream AOI Width, and Stream AOI Height parameters so that the AOI
will be centered on the sensor and set to the right width and height to result in output images of the
size you selected.
Note that depending on the current setting of the Output Scaling parameter, some of the standard
sizes shown below may not be listed. The sizes available in the list will vary depending on the
camera model you are using, and the list will only include output sizes that can be achieved given
the current Output Scaling parameter setting.
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1024 x 768 (XGA) = The size of the images in the stream will be 1024 x 768.
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800 x 600 (SVA) = The size of the images in the stream will be 800 x 600.
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720 x 576 (D1 PAL) = The size of the images in the stream will be 720 x 576.
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720 x 480 (D1 NTSC) = The size of the images in the stream will be 720 x 480.
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704 x 576 (4CIF) = The size of the images in the stream will be 704 x 576.
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640 x 480 (VGA) = The size of the images in the stream will be 640 x 480.
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480 x 360 = The size of the images in the stream will be 480 x 360.
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352 x 288 (CIF) = The size of the images in the stream will be 352 x 288.
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320 x 240 (QVGA) = The size of the images in the stream will be 320 x 240.
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176 x 144 (QCIF) = The size of the images in the stream will be 176 x 144.
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160 x 120 (QQVGA) = The size of the images in the stream will be 160 x 120.
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Auto = the image size is non-standard. (Whenever you manually change the Stream AOI
Width parameter or the Stream AOI Height parameter to a value that will not result in standard
size image output, the value of the Output Size parameter will revert to "Auto").
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Stream AOI Left - As shown in Figure 5 on page 26, sets the left offset (in pixels) for the stream
AOI, i.e., how far the stream AOI will be offset from the left edge of the image area captured by the
camera’s sensor. The setting must be a multiple of 8.*
Stream AOI Top - As shown in Figure 5 on page 26, sets the top offset (in pixels) for the stream
AOI, i.e., how far the stream AOI will be offset from the top edge of the image area captured by the
camera’s sensor. The setting must be a multiple of 2.*
Stream AOI Width - As shown in Figure 5 on page 26, sets the width (in pixels) of the stream
AOI. The setting must be a multiple of 8.*
Stream AOI Height - As shown in Figure 5 on page 26, sets the height (in pixels) of the stream
AOI. The setting must be a multiple of 8.*
* You can also use the Stream AOI Editor (see page 33) to set this parameter, and any changes
you make to the AOI parameter settings on the Stream tab will be reflected on the Stream AOI
Editor.
Output Scaling - Sets the amount that captured images will be rescaled before they are encoded
and transmitted in the stream controlled by the currently selected tab.
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1:1 = No rescaling.
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1:2 = Rescale to 1/2 size.
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1:4 = Rescale to 1/4 size.
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1:8 = Rescale to 1/8 size.
Note that increasing the level of output scaling will decrease the workload on the processor in the
camera. For more information about the effects of processor workload, see Section 3.1 on page 7.
Frame Rate Scaling - Sets the ratio of captured images to encoded images.
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1:1 = Every image captured by the camera’s sensor will be encoded and streamed.
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1:2 = Every second image captured by the camera’s sensor will be encoded and streamed.
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1:4 = Every fourth image captured by the camera’s sensor will be encoded and streamed.
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1:8 = Every eighth captured by the camera’s sensor will be encoded and streamed.
Note that increasing the level of frame rate scaling will decrease the bandwidth used to stream
images from the camera to a device.
GOP Length - If the Encoder Type parameter is set to MPEG4 or H.264, then the GOP Length
parameter will set the time between I-frames in milliseconds.
In an MPEG4 or an H.264 stream, the camera transmits periodic I-frames and transmits several
P-frames between each I-frame. I-frames carry complete information for a captured image.
P-frames only carry information about the areas of the image that have changed since the last
I-frame was transmitted. The time between the transmission of I-frames is determined by the GOP
Length parameter. Increasing the time between I-frames (i.e., the GOP length) will increase the
efficiency of the encoder. But be aware that increasing the GOP length also increases the latency
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when you start an image stream because the decoder in the receiving device must wait longer for
the initial I-frames.
Live Buffer Size - Sets the size (in kilobytes) of the live buffer for the stream controlled by the
currently selected tab. The live buffer is a ring buffer that stores the last N captured images for the
stream (N depends on the size of the images being encoded and the size of the buffer).
Alarm Buffer Size - Sets the size (in kilobytes) of the alarm buffer for the stream controlled by the
currently selected tab. Normally, the alarm buffer is simply a ring buffer that stores the last N
captured images for the stream (N depends on the size of the images being encoded and the size
of the buffer). But when an alarm condition is declared, the alarm buffer will only continue to buffer
post alarm images until the portion of the buffer that is allocated for post alarm image storage is full
(see the next parameter). At that point, buffering will stop, and the pre and post alarm images held
in the buffer will be retained until a new Alarm Buffer Arm command is issued (see Section 3.6.2
on page 37).
Post Alarm Buffer Size - Sets the portion of the alarm buffer (in kilobytes) that will be used for
"post alarm" image storage. For example, if the Alarm Buffer Size parameter is set to 2048 kilobytes
and the Post Alarm Buffer Size parameter is set to 1228 kilobytes, then 1228 kilobytes (i.e., 60%)
of the alarm buffer will be allocated for holding post alarm images.
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Text Overlay
Click the Text Overlay button to open the text overlay dialog box as shown below.
The dialog box lets you define the text that will appear in a bar at the top or the
bottom of each image transmitted in the stream controlled by the currently selected
tab.
Overlay Text - Sets the text that will appear in the text overlay bar. You can enter simple strings of
text, and you can also enter the following expressions:
$date$
= display the current date, time, and time zone (see
Section 3.10.2 on page 55 to set the current date, time, and
time zone and to set the date/time format).
$timestamp$
= display timestamp (sec:usec since 1970).
$counter$
= display frame counter.
$motion$
= display motion/no motion
(no motion = blank space, motion = *).
$motion_level$
= display current motion level (number of changed pixels).
$motion_level_0$
= display current motion level (number of changed pixels).
$frame_size$
= display the width and height of the sensor AOI.
$frame_position$
= display the left offset and top offset for the sensor AOI.
$alarm$
= display if an alarm condition has been declared
(no alarm = blank space, alarm = *).
$alarm_nr$
= display alarm number (if any).
$fps$
= display the current frame rate for this stream.
$SysInfo.ModelName$
= display the camera’s model name.
$SysInfo.FirmwareVersion$ = display the camera’s firmware version info.
$SysInfo.ManName$
= display the camera vendor’s name.
$SysInfo.Serial$
= display the camera’s serial number.
$SysInfo.MACAddress$
= display the camera’s MAC address.
$System.DateTimeFormat$ = display the current date/time format setting.
$Network.RxTraffic$
= display the current incoming network traffic level in
kilobits/s.
$Network.TxTraffic$
= display the current outgoing network traffic level in kilobits/s.
$Network.HostName.
= display the host name of the camera.
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Overlay Position - Sets the position of the text overlay bar.
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Top = Place the text overlay bar at the top of each streamed image.
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Bottom = Place the text bar at the bottom of each image.
Remove Text
+Date
+ Time
+ Framecount
+ Hostname
Cancel
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Click the Remove Text button to clear all of the text from the Overlay Text line.
Click the + Date button to quickly enter the $date$ expression into the Overlay Text
line.
Click the + Time button to quickly enter the $timestamp$ expression into the
Overlay Text line.
Click the + Framecount button to quickly enter the $counter$ expression into the
Overlay Text line.
Click the + Hostname button to quickly enter the $Network.HostName$ expression
into the Overlay Text line.
Click the Cancel button to cancel all of the changes you have made and close the
text overlay dialog box.
Click the OK button to save all of the changes you have made and close the text
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Stream AOI Editor - Whenever a stream tab is selected, a Stream AOI Editor screen will also be
available as shown below.
Rather than setting numbers in the boxes on the stream tab, you can use the editor to set the AOI
size and position for the stream controlled by the currently selected tab. To set the stream AOI with
the editor, simply use your cursor to drag the edges of the red rectangle that represents the stream
AOI. You can also use the buttons at the bottom of the editor to set the stream AOI to the full size
of the sensor AOI, to set the stream AOI to 1/4 of the sensor AOI’s size, to align the stream AOI to
the top left side of the sensor AOI, or to center the stream AOI within the sensor AOI.
When you are working with a stream AOI, remember that the stream AOI must be contained within
the sensor AOI. So if you have changed the size or the position of the sensor AOI, this will restrict
what you can do with the stream AOI.
Note that the dotted yellow rectangle in the Stream AOI Editor shows the current size and position
of the sensor AOI.
A stream AOI must be contained within the sensor AOI (see Section 3.4.1 on
page 19, Figure 4 on page 19, and Figure 5 on page 26). So if you have
decreased the size of the sensor AOI, you will find that the allowed settings for the
stream AOIs will be restricted.
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3.5 Motion Detection Parameters
The parameters in the Motion Detection group are used to control the operation of the camera’s
motion detection function.
To understand what the parameters in this group do, you should have a basic idea about how
motion detection works:
Just before the camera captures a new image, it takes the last few captured images (from its
memory) and uses them to create an averaged image called a "history image".
Immediately after the camera captures a new image, it compares the pixels in the newly
captured image with the pixels in the history image. If enough pixels have changed, the camera
will determine that motion has been detected.
(When motion detection is enabled, this history image creation/comparison process occurs for
each image captured.)
Motion Detection Mode - Enables or disables motion detection.
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Off = Motion detection disabled.
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On = Motion detection enabled.
History Image Frames - Sets the number of previously captured
images that will used to create the history image. For example, if this
value is set to 3, the last 3 captured images will be used to create the
history image.
Higher values give better motion detection performance, but they
also slow down the speed of the motion detection algorithm and put
a greater load on the camera’s microprocessor.
Show Motion - Enables or disables the show motion function.
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Off = Show motion function disabled.
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On = Show motion function enabled. The live image streams displayed in the web client will
show any pixels where motion is detected in green.
Granularity - Sets which pixels in the current image will be compared to the history image. 1
means that every pixel will be compared, 2 means that every second pixel will be compared, 3
means that every third pixel will be compared, and so on.
Raising the granularity will speed-up the motion detection algorithm and reduce the load on the
microprocessor, but increasing it too much means that movement by small objects may be missed.
Sensitivity - Sets the percentage of difference that must be present between a pixel in the current
image and the corresponding pixel in the history image for a change in the pixel to be detected.
1 means that the pixels must be 1% different to detect a change, 2 means that they must be 2%
different, and so on. With this scheme, a higher setting means less sensitivity.
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Motion Threshold - Sets a threshold for motion detection. If the number of changed pixels in the
current image is above the motion threshold and below the motion limit (see the next parameter),
then motion will be detected.
Motion Limit - Sets a limit for motion detection. If the number of changed pixels in the current
image is above the motion threshold (see the previous parameter) and below the motion limit, then
motion will be detected.
Alarm On Delay - Sets the amount of time (in milliseconds) that continuous motion must be
detected in order to declare a motion alarm condition.
Alarm Off Delay - Sets the amount of time (in milliseconds) that no motion must be detected in
order to end a motion alarm condition.
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3.6 Alarm Handling Parameters
The parameters in the Alarm Handling group are used to select the sources that can declare an
alarm condition and to control the actions that will be taken when an alarm condition is declared.
3.6.1
Alarm Sources Section
The alarm sources section of the alarm handling parameters group is used to select the sources
that can declare an alarm condition.
User Trigger Tab
Source Enable - Check the Source Enable box on the User Trigger
tab to enable the user trigger as a source for declaring an alarm
condition.
User Trigger
If the user trigger is enabled as an alarm source, you
can click the User Trigger button to declare an alarm
condition.
Digital In Tab
Source Enable - Check the Source Enable box on the Digital In tab
to enable the camera’s digital input line as a source for declaring an
alarm condition.
If the digital input line is enabled as an alarm source and the line
becomes active, an alarm condition will be declared.
Motion Tab
Source Enable - Check the Source Enable box on the Motion tab to
enable motion detection as a source for declaring an alarm condition.
If motion detection is enabled as an alarm source and motion is
detected, an alarm condition will be declared.
(In order to use motion detection as an alarm source, motion
detection must be enabled. See Section 3.5 on page 34 for more
information about motion detection.)
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3.6.2
Alarm Buffers Section
Each video stream can have an alarm buffer. Normally, the alarm buffer on a stream is a simply a
ring buffer that stores the last N captured images for the stream (N depends on the size of the
images being encoded and the size of the buffer). If an alarm condition is declared, however, the
alarm buffer will only continue to buffer post alarm images until the part of the buffer that is allocated
for post alarm buffering is full. At that point, buffering will stop, and the pre and post alarm images
held in the buffer will be retained until a new Alarm Buffer Arm command is issued.
Note that you will only be allowed to arm the alarm buffer if the Alarm Buffer Size and Post Alarm
Buffer Size parameters for the stream have been set to values greater than zero (see page 30).
Stream 0 Tab
Alarm Buffer State - Indicates the current state of the alarm buffer
for stream 0.
Arm Buffer
Disable Buffer
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Off = The buffer is disabled.
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Arming = The buffer is in the process of being armed.
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Armed = The buffer is armed and ready to react to an alarm
condition.
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Active = An alarm condition has been declared and the buffer is
actively buffering post alarm images.
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Done = The buffer has finished buffering post alarm images and
has stopped buffering.
Click the Arm Buffer button to arm the alarm buffer for stream 0. (If the buffer is in
a "done" state, this will arm the buffer and make it begin buffering again.)
Click the Disable Buffer button to disable the alarm buffer for stream 0.
Stream 1 Tab and Stream 2 Tab
The contents and operation of the Stream 1 tab and the Stream 2 tab are similar to the Stream 0 tab.
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3.6.3
Alarm Actions Section
The alarm actions section of the alarm handling parameters is used to control the actions that will
be taken when an alarm condition is declared.
Digital Output Tab
Action Enable - Check the Action Enable box on the Digital Output
tab to enable the camera’s digital output line as an action to take
when an alarm condition is declared. If the digital output line is
enabled as alarm action, it will become active when an alarm
condition is declared.
Digital Output Hold Time - Sets the amount of time (in milliseconds) that the output line will
remain active after an alarm condition is declared.
Note that if the hold time is set to 0, the output line will remain active only as long as the alarm
condition remains active.
Email Tab
Action Enable - Check the Action Enable box on the Email tab to
enable the sending of an email as an action to take when an alarm
condition is declared.
Include Image - Check the Include Image box to include an image
with the email. The included image will be in JPEG format and will be
a scene that was captured when the alarm condition was declared.
The image will be the size of the sensor AOI (see Section 3.4.1 on
page 19).
Click the Text Overlay button to add a text overlay to
the image included with the email. See page 42 and page 43 for an
explanation of how to use the Text Overlay button.
Text Overlay
Email - Enter an email address for the recipient of the email.
Email Server - Enter an address for the SMTP server that will be used to send the email.
Email Port - Select a port to use on the target email server.
Email User Name - Enter a user name for authentication on the SMTP server. Up to 15 numbers
and/or letters (upper or lower case) can be used.
Email Password - Enter a password for authentication on the SMTP server. Up to 29 characters
can be used. All standard keyboard characters are valid.
Email From - Enter an email address to appear as the sender’s address in the email sent by the
camera. You can use the variable $hostname$ as part of the address, and the variable will be
replaced with the camera’s actual host name.
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HTTP Tab
Action Enable - Check the Action Enable box on the HTTP tab to
enable the sending of an HTTP request as an action to take when an
alarm condition is declared.
HTTP URL - Enter a valid URL request. You could, for example,
enter this request: http://MyServer/cgi-bin/alarm.cgi
You should be aware that the camera will automatically add the
following two parameters to the end of the request:
?host=<hostname>&date=<date/time>
where the hostname is the camera’s host name and the date/time is
the current date and time.
FTP Tab
Action Enable - Check the Action Enable box on the FTP tab to
enable the sending of an FTP upload as an action to take when an
alarm condition is declared. The upload will be a text file that
includes information such as the camera host name and the date
and time.
Include Image - Check the Include Image box to include an image
with the FTP upload. The included image will be a separate JPEG
file and will be a scene that was captured when the alarm was
declared. The image will be the size of the sensor AOI (see
Section 3.4.1 on page 19).
Text Overlay
Click the Text Overlay button to add a text overlay to the image included with the
FTP upload. See page 42 and page 43 for an explanation of how to use the Text
Overlay button.
FTP Server - Enter a valid address for the FTP server that will receive the upload.
FTP Port - Select the port to use on the target FTP server.
FTP Remote Dir - Enter the path to a target subdirectory for the FTP upload. (If no path is
specified, the root directory will be used.)
FTP User Name - Enter a user name for authentication on the FTP server. Up to 15 numbers and/
or letters (upper or lower case) can be used.
FTP Password - Enter a password for authentication on the FTP server. Up to 29 characters can
be used. All standard keyboard characters are valid.
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SDCard Tab
Action Enable - Check the Action Enable box on the SDCard tab
to enable saving a file to the SDCard as an action to take when an
alarm condition is declared. The file saved to the SDCard when an
alarm condition is declared will be a text file that includes information
such as the camera host name and the date and time.
Include Image - Check the Include Image box to save an image file
to the SD card along with the text file. The image will be a separate
JPEG file and will be a scene that was captured when the alarm
condition was declared. The image will be the size of the sensor AOI
(see Section 3.4.1 on page 19).
Text Overlay
Click the Text Overlay button to add a text overlay to the image included with the
saved file. See page 42 and page 43 for an explanation of how to use the Text
Overlay button.
Include Stream - Check the Include Stream box to save video files to the SD card along with the
text file. The video files will contain the pre-alarm and post-alarm images that were saved in the
alarm buffers when the alarm condition was declared. A video file will be included for any active
stream where the state of the alarm buffer for the stream was "armed" when the alarm condition
was declared.
The saved file for each active alarm buffer on an MJPEG encoded stream will have a .mjpeg file
extension.
The saved file for each active alarm buffer on an MPEG4 encoded stream will have a .m4v file
extension.
The saved file for each active alarm buffer on an H264 encoded stream will have a .h264 file
extension.
Rearm Alarm Buffer - Check the Rearm Alarm Buffer box to allow the camera to automatically
rearm the alarm buffers after it has successfully finished saving the buffer contents to the SD card.
SDCard Overwrite - Check the SDCardOverwrite box to allow the camera to overwrite the oldest
files on the card if it is attempting to save files and the card is full.
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The camera is equipped with an FTP server and the alarm data stored on the SD
card can be accessed via FTP using your web browser. If user management is not
enabled on the camera, you would type the following into the browser’s address
field to access the alarm data:
ftp://<camera IP address>/data/alarms/
If user management is enabled, you would type in the following:
ftp://username:password@<camera IP address>/data/Alarms/
For example, if your camera has an IP address of 172.16.51.105 and user
management is not enabled, you would type:
ftp://172.16.51.105/data/alarms/
into the address field and then press the Enter key.
The browser would then return something similar to this:
Name
Size
Date Modified
2010-04-14_10-11-34.jpeg
70.5 kB
4/14/10 10:11:00 AM
2010-04-14_10-11-34.txt
363 B
4/14/10 10:11:00 AM
2010-04-14_10-11-34_0.mjpeg
7.9 MB
4/14/10 10:12:00 AM
[parent directory]
This example shows what you might see if there was data stored for the
occurrence of just one alarm condition on a camera where there was a single
MJPEG stream enabled. If data for more alarms has been stored, you will see
more available files.
If there is no stored data on the SD card, you will get a "cannot display page"
type of error when you attempt to access the data.
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Text Overlay
Click the Text Overlay button to open the text overlay dialog box as shown below.
The dialog box lets you define the text that will appear in a bar at the top or the
bottom of the image included with the email or FTP upload or that is saved to the
SDCard.
Overlay Text - Sets the text that will appear in the text overlay bar. You can enter simple strings of
text, and you can enter the following expressions:
$date$
= display the current date, time, and time zone (see
Section 3.10.2 on page 55 to set the current date, time, and
time zone and to set the date/time format).
$timestamp$
= display timestamp (sec:usec since 1970).
$counter$
= display frame counter.
$motion$
= display motion/no motion
(no motion = blank space, motion = *).
$motion_level$
= display current motion level (number of changed pixels).
$motion_level_0$
= display current motion level (number of changed pixels).
$frame_size$
= display the width and height of the sensor AOI.
$frame_position$
= display the left offset and top offset for the sensor AOI.
$alarm$
= display if an alarm condition has been declared
(no alarm = blank space, alarm = *).
$alarm_nr$
= display alarm number (if any).
$SysInfo.ModelName$
= display the camera’s model name.
$SysInfo.FirmwareVersion$ = display the camera’s firmware version info.
$SysInfo.ManName$
= display the camera vendor’s name.
$SysInfo.Serial$
= display the camera’s serial number.
$SysInfo.MACAddress$
= display the camera’s MAC address.
$System.DateTimeFormat$ = display the current date/time format setting.
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$Network.RxTraffic$
= display the current incoming network traffic level in
kilobits/s.
$Network.TxTraffic$
= display the current outgoing network traffic level in kilobits/s.
$Network.HostName.
= display the host name of the camera.
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Overlay Position - Sets the position of the text overlay bar.
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Top = Place the text overlay bar at the top of each streamed image.
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Bottom = Place the text bar at the bottom of each image.
Remove Text
+Date
+ Time
+ Framecount
+ Hostname
Cancel
OK
Click the Remove Text button to clear all of the text from the Overlay Text line.
Click the + Date button to quickly enter the $date$ expression into the Overlay Text
line.
Click the + Time button to quickly enter the $timestamp$ expression into the
Overlay Text line.
Click the + Framecount button to quickly enter the $counter$ expression into the
Overlay Text line.
Click the + Hostname button to quickly enter the $Network.HostName$ expression
into the Overlay Text line.
Click the Cancel button to cancel all of the changes you have made and close the
text overlay dialog box.
Click the OK button to save all of the changes you have made and close the text
overlay dialog box.
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3.7 Network Parameters
The parameters in the Network group are used to set the camera’s IP configuration.
3.7.1
Settings Tab
Host Name - Assigns a host name to the camera. Only letters, digits,
and dashes are allowed. No spaces or periods are allowed. (If DHCP
addressing is enabled, the host name may be overwritten by the
DHCP server.)
DHCP - Check the DHCP box to enable camera IP addressing via a
DHCP server. Note that if this box is checked, the other parameters
on the tab will be grayed out.
IP Address - Assigns an IP address to the camera that will be used
if DHCP addressing is disabled.
Network Prefix - If DHCP is disabled, specifies the number of bits which represent the netmask
for your network. For example: 16 = 255.255.0.0 or 24 = 255.255.255.0
Name Server - Sets the name server that the camera will use if DHCP is disabled.
Gateway - Sets the network gateway that the camera will use if DHCP is disabled.
HTTP Port - Sets the HTTP port on which the web interface will listen.
Commit
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Click the Commit button save any changes you have made to the network settings.
Click the Revert button to cancel any changes you have made to the network settings.
The settings will revert to what they were the last time that the Commit button was
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3.7.2
RTSP Tab
Enabled - Check the Enabled box to enable the Real Time Streaming
Protocol (RTSP). RTSP is a control protocol that allows the camera
to negotiate which transport protocol to use for the video streams.
Typically, RTSP streaming should be enabled.
RTSP Port - Sets the port that will be used by RTSP. The default port
is 554.
Multicast - Check the Multicast box to enable multicast streaming.
Multicasting is a bandwidth conserving technology. It reduces
bandwidth by allowing the camera to deliver a single video stream to
multiple recipients on the network. Note that multicasting will only
work for streams where the Encoder Type parameter (see
Section 3.4.2 on page 26) is set to MPEG4 or to H264.
Multicast On-Demand - Check the Multicast On-Demand box to make the multicast stream an
"on-demand" stream. When multicast streaming on-demand is enabled, the camera will only deliver
a multicast video stream when one or more devices are requesting the multicast stream. This is an
additional bandwidth reducing mechanism.
Multicast IP - If multicast streaming is enabled, sets the IP address for multicast streaming. The
Multicast IP address must be in the range from 224.0.1.0 to 239.255.255.255.
Multicast Port - If multicast streaming is enabled, sets the port for multicast streaming.
Multicast TTL - If multicast streaming is enabled, sets the multicast Time-To-Live (TTL). The
multicast Time-To-Live (TTL) value specifies the number of routers (hops) that multicast traffic is
permitted to pass through before expiring on the network.
Commit
Revert
Click the Commit button save any changes you have made to the RTSP settings.
Click the Revert button to cancel any changes you have made to the RTSP settings. The
settings will revert to what they were the last time that the Commit button was clicked.
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3.7.3
QoS Tab
The parameters on this tab are used to set network traffic prioritization settings, commonly known
as QoS or Quality of Service settings. Note that these settings will only have an effect on networks
where all network switches and routers support QoS.
Normally, these settings should only be adjusted by a network administrator.
HTTP DSCP - Sets the HTTP DSCP (differentiated services code
point) value.
RTSP DSCP - Sets the RTSP DSCP (differentiated services code
point) value.
Alarm DSCP - Sets the alarm DSCP (differentiated services code
point) value.
Commit
Revert
3.7.4
Click the Commit button save any changes you have made to the QoS settings.
Click the Revert button to cancel any changes you have made to the QoS settings. The
settings will revert to what they were the last time that the Commit button was clicked.
Network I/O Tab
Network Traffic Out - Indicates the current amount of outgoing
network traffic in kilobits per second.
Network Traffic In - Indicates the current amount of incoming
network traffic in kilobits per second.
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3.8 Input / Output Parameters
The parameters in the Input/Output group are used to work with the camera’s digital input and
output pins and to configure the camera’s RS-485 serial port.
3.8.1
Digital I/O Tab
Input Pin Mode - Sets whether the active/inactive state of the input
pin will operate normally or be inverted.
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Normal = The input pin will operate normally.
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Inverted = The operation of the input pin will be inverted.
See Table 3 on page 69 for details about normal and inverted input
pin operation.
Input Pin - Indicates the state of the camera’s digital input pin. If the
box is unchecked, the input is inactive. If the box is checked, the input
is active.
Output Pin Function - sets the functionality of output pin 0 on the camera.
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User Output = The output pin state is user settable. You can set the state of the output pin by
using the Output Pin check box (see below).
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IR Filter Announce = The camera will announce the position of the IR-cut filter by setting the
state of output pin 0. See Section 6 on page 75 for details about the IR-cut filter and the
announce feature.
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Strobe = The camera will output a pulse on output pin 0 that is synchronized to the start of each
image capture. This signal is useful for controlling things such as a strobe exposure lamp. The
Strobe Delay and Strobe Duration parameters (see below) are used to adjust the characteristics
of the strobe pulse.
Strobe Delay - If the Output Pin Function is set to Strobe (see above), the Strobe Delay parameter
sets a delay time (in microseconds) between when image capture starts and when the strobe pulse
becomes active.
Strobe Duration - If the Output Pin Function is set to Strobe (see above), the Strobe Duration
parameter sets the length of time (in microseconds) that the strobe pulse will remain active.
Output Pin Mode - sets whether the active/inactive state of the output pin will operate normally or
be inverted.
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Normal = The output pin will operate normally.
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Inverted = The operation of the output pin will be inverted.
See Table 3 on page 69 for details about normal and inverted output pin operation.
If the output pin has been set to the inverted mode and you restart the camera or
you power it off and back on, the output will be in the normal mode during the
camera bootup process and will return to the inverted mode once the bootup
process is complete.
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Output Pin - Indicates the state of the camera’s digital output pin. If the box is unchecked, the
output is inactive. If the box is checked, the output is active.
If the Output Pin Function parameter is set to "User Output", you can also use the box to set the
state of the output. Check the box to make the output active, and uncheck the box to make the
output inactive.
3.8.2
Serial I/O Tab
Forwarding - Check the Forwarding box to enable serial port
forwarding. When forwarding is enabled, serial commands issued via
TCP/IP over the designated port (see the Port parameter below) will
be forwarded to the RS-485 serial port.
Baud Rate - Sets the baud rate for the serial port (in bits per second).
Line Configuration - Sets the line configuration for the serial port
in Data Bits, Parity, Stop Bit format. For example, 8N1 means 8 data
bits, no parity, 1 stop bit.
Port - Sets the port to listen to for incoming TCP/IP traffic. If
forwarding is enabled, all traffic will be forwarded to the serial port.
Authentication - If the Authentication box is checked, then a login will be required to access the
serial port.
User Name - Sets the user name for access to the serial port. Up to 15 numbers and/or letters
(upper or lower case) can be used.
Password - Sets the password for access to the serial port. Up to 29 characters can be used. All
standard keyboard characters are valid.
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3.9 User Parameters
The parameters in the User group are used to manage user authentication on the camera.
3.9.1
Enabling Authentication and Logging in for the
First Time
Authentication enabled - Check the Authentication enabled box to
enable user authentication on the camera. With user authentication
enabled, a valid user name and password will be required to access
the camera.
When you check the Authentication enabled box, you will see a warning window similar to the one
shown below. Click Yes to enable authentication.
User authentication will become enabled, and a Please Login window will appear as shown below.
You can log in for the first time by using the default administrator user name and password (case
sensitive):
Username: admin
Password: admin
To disable user authentication, make sure that you have logged in as an
administrator and simply uncheck the Authentication enabled box.
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3.9.2
Logging Out and Logging In
Once you have logged into the camera, a Logged in: indicator, a Change Password button, and a
Logout button (shown circled in red below) will appear in the Basler tool bar.
Notice that the Logged in: indicator displays the user name of the person who is currently logged
into the camera (in this case, the user is named "admin").
Click the Change Password button to change the password of the person who is currently logged
into the computer. When you click the button, a User Editor window will appear as shown below.
Enter a valid password, reenter the password to verify, and click the Save button.
User names and passwords can include letters, numbers, and underscores (_). User names and
passwords are case sensitive.
To log out, simply click the Logout button. When you log out, the web browser will gray, and a Please
Login window will appear as shown below.
To log back in, enter a valid user name and password, and then click the Login button.
If you are logged into the camera, refreshing the browser or closing the browser
window will not log you out. You will remain logged in until you follow the log out
procedure or restart the camera.
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3.9.3
Managing Users
To manage users, you must be logged into the camera as an administrator.
Once you are logged in, access the User parameters group, and click on the Manage Users button.
A User Management tab will appear as shown below.
User names can include letters, numbers, and underscores (_). User names and passwords are
case sensitive.
The available user levels are described in Table 1.
User Level
Meaning
Administrator
Can change all camera configuration parameters.
Can add or delete users. Can change the level or password of all existing users.
Viewer
Can view images and can change his or her own password.
Has no access to camera parameters.
Table 1: Available User Levels
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To Add a New User
1. Click the New User button on the Manage Users tab. A User Editor window will appear as
shown below.
2. Enter a user name, select a user level (see Section Table 1: on page 51), enter a password,
reenter the password to verify, and click the Save button.
3. A Success message window will open. Click the OK button.
To Delete an Existing User
1. In the Manage Users tab, click on the name of the user you wish to delete. As shown below, the
user information will become highlighted, and the Delete User button will become ungrayed.
2. Click the Delete User button.
3. An Are you sure message window will open. Click the Yes button.
4. A Success message window will open. Click the OK button.
You must have at least one administrator level user. If there is only one
administrator level user, you will not be able to delete that user.
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To Change an Existing User’s Password
1. In the Manage Users tab, click on the name of the user whose password you wish to change.
As shown below, the user information will become highlighted, and the Change Password
button will become ungrayed.
2. Click the Change Password button. A User Editor window will appear as shown below.
3. Enter a new password, reenter the password to verify, and click the Save button.
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To Change an Existing User’s User Level
1. In the Manage Users tab, click on the name of the user whose user level you wish to change
(see Section Table 1: on page 51 for user level descriptions). As shown below, the user
information will become highlighted, and the Change User-Level button will become ungrayed.
2. Click the Change User-Level button. A User Editor window will appear as shown below.
3. Select a new user level from the drop down menu, and click the Save button.
You must have at least one administrator level user. If there is only one
administrator level user, you will not be able to change that user’s user level.
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3.10 System Parameters
The parameters in the System group provide some basic information about the camera and allow
you to set basic system characteristics such as the date and time.
3.10.1 Info Tab
Manufacturer Name - Indicates the name of the camera’s
manufacturer.
Model Name - Indicates the camera’s model name.
Firmware Version - Indicates the version number of the firmware
currently installed in the camera.
Serial Number - Indicates the camera’s serial number.
MAC Address - Indicates the camera’s MAC address.
3.10.2 Date / Time Tab
Set Date Time - Sets the date and time that will appear in the text
overlay on streamed images (see Section 3.4.2 on page 26 for more
information about the text overlay). Click the
button to display a
calendar that will let you easily set the date and time.
The time is set based on a 24 hour clock.
Date Time Format - Sets the format for the date, time, time zone
entry that will appear in the text overlay on streamed images.
The following symbols can be entered in the Date Time Format box:
$d
= display the day of the month as a decimal number (i.e., from 01 to 31).
$D = same as entering $m/$d/$y.
$F
= same as entering $Y-$m-$d.
$h
= display the abbreviated month name.
$H = display the hour as a decimal number using a 24-hour clock (i.e., from 00 to 23).
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$I
= display the hour as a decimal number using a 12-hour clock (i.e., from 01 to 12).
$m = display the month as a decimal number (i.e., from 01 to 12).
$M
= display the minute as a decimal number.
$r
= display the time in a.m. and p.m. notation.
$R
= display the time in 24 hour notation.
$S
= display the seconds as a decimal number.
$f
= display the milliseconds as a decimal number.
$T
= display the current time, same as entering $H:$M:$S.
$y
= display the year without the century as a decimal number.
$Y = display the year as a decimal number.
$Z
= display the time zone code if available.
Time Zone Description - Sets the time zone. See Table 2 on page 57 for a list of locations that
correspond to the time zone codes shown in the drop down list.
NTP - Enables or disables clock synchronization with an NTP server.
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Off = NTP synchronization is disabled.
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1 hour = NTP synchronization is enabled and updates occur once every 1 hour.
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2 hours = NTP synchronization is enabled and updates occur once every 2 hours.
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4 hours = NTP synchronization is enabled and updates occur once every 4 hour.s
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12 hours = NTP synchronization is enabled and updates occur once every 12 hours.
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24 hours = NTP synchronization is enabled and updates occur once every 24 hours.
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Weekly = NTP synchronization is enabled and updates occur once per week.
NTP Server - Sets the IP Address or name of the NTP server to use when NTP synchronization
is enabled.
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Time Zone Code
Location
Coordinated Universal Time
London, England
Asia, Iran (Summer) Time
Tehran, Iran
Asia, Indian Standard Time
New Delhi, India
Asia, Indochina Time
Jakarta, Indonesia
Asia, China Standard Time
Beijing, China
Asia, Japan/Korea Standard Time
Tokyo, Japan
Australia, Australian Western Standard/Daylight Time
Perth, Australia
Australia, Central Standard/Daylight Time
Adelaide, Australia
Australia, Central Standard Time
Darwin, Australia
Australia, Australian Eastern Standard/Daylight Time0
Hobart, Australia
Australia, Australian Eastern Standard Time
Brisbane, Australia
Australia, New Zealand Standard/Daylight Time
Auckland, New Zealand
Europe, West European (Summer) Time
Lisbon, Portugal
Europe, Central European (Summer) Time
Geneva, Switzerland
Europe, East European (Summer) Time
Helsinki, Finland
Europe, Moscow (Daylight) Time
Moscow, Russia
North America, Alaska Standard/Daylight Time
Alaska Time, USA
North America, Atlantic Standard/Daylight Time
Atlantic Time, Canada
North America, Central Standard/Daylight Time
Central Time, USA
North America, Eastern Standard / Daylight Time
Eastern Time, USA
North America, Hawaii Time
Hawaii Time, USA
North America, Mountain Standard/Daylight Time
Mountain Time, USA
North America, Mountain Standard Time
Mountain Time (Arizona), USA
North America, Newfoundland Standard/Daylight Time
Newfoundland Time, Canada
North America, Pacific Standard/Daylight Time
Pacific Time, USA
South America, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
South America, Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
South America, Central America
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
South America, Columbia
Bogota, Columbia
Table 2: Time Zone Codes and Locations
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3.10.3 Management Tab
Show System Log
Restart the Camera
Reset to Factory Defaults
Click the Show System Log button to display a log of system messages.
Click the Restart the Camera button to reboot the camera. When the reboot
is complete, the web client will reopen in your browser. Restarting your
camera will not change any parameter settings.
Click the Reset to Factory Defaults button to reset the camera to factory
defaults. Before using this button, be absolutely sure that this is what you
want to do.
After you click the Reset to Factory Defaults button, you will see an Are you
sure? message as shown below:
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If the Keep Network/User Settings check box is checked, the camera will
reset all of the configuration settings except the network settings and the
user settings.
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If the Keep Network/User Settings check box is cleared, the camera will
reset all of the configuration settings including the network settings and
the user settings.
Depending on how your network is configured, if you reset the network
settings, you may not be able to access the camera via your web
browser after you do the reset. If this is the case, use the Basler IP Camera
Finder software to connect to the camera as described in the Basler IP Fixed
Dome Camera Installation Guide.
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Config Management
Use the Config Management button to save the camera’s current parameter
settings to a file on your PC or to upload a saved configuration file from your
PC to the camera.
To save the current parameter settings to a configuration file on your PC:
1. Click the Config Management button.
2. A Configuration Management dialog box will open as shown below. Click
the Download Config button in the dialog box.
3. A File Download window will open as shown below. Click the Save button
in the dialog box.
4. A Save As dialog box will open as shown below. Select a location where
the file will be saved, enter a file name (we recommend using .cfg as the
file name extension), and click the Save button.
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5. When the Download Complete screen appears, click the Close button.
6. Click the Close button in the Configuration Management dialog box.
To upload a saved configuration file on your PC to the camera, follow the
steps below. When you upload the file, the parameters in the uploaded file
will overwrite the current parameter settings in the camera.
1. Click the Config Management button.
2. A Configuration Management dialog box will open as shown below. Click
the Browse button in the dialog box.
3. A Choose File dialog box will open as shown below. Navigate to the
location of the saved file, select the file, and click the Open button.
4. Click the Restore Config button in the Configuration Management dialog
box.
5. The file will be uploaded from the PC to the camera. When the Are you
sure? message window appears, click the Yes button.
6. The parameters in the file will be applied to the camera and the web
client will restart. When the restart is done, the procedure is complete.
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Start Firmware Update
Occasionally, firmware updates may be made available to the field. The Start
Firmware Update button is used to start the firmware update process on the
camera.
To determine the version of the firmware currently in your camera, access the
Info tab (see page 55).
To see if a new firmware version is available, go to our website:
www.basler-ipcam.com
If newer firmware is available, download it to your computer. Note that the
firmware is different for each camera model, so be sure to download the
appropriate firmware for your model.
If you are updating from version 1.2-0 firmware or below, the
network settings currently in the camera will be lost when you
do the update. The camera will revert to the default network
settings when the update is complete. In this situation you must
use the Basler IP Camera Finder software to locate your
camera on the network after the update is done, and you must
use the Basler Surveillance Web Client to reset your network
settings as you desire.
Once you have installed version 1.3-0 firmware or higher on
your camera, this behavior will be changed and the camera will
retain its network settings during an update.
The Basler IP Camera Finder software (version 1.4 or higher)
can also be used to update the firmware. An advantage of the
BIP Finder software is that it can be used to simultaneously
update multiple cameras.
You can download the Basler IP Camera Finder software at:
www.basler-ipcam.com
If you have downloaded a new firmware update file from the website, you can
update the firmware in your camera by following this procedure:
1. Click the Start Firmware Update button.
2. A Firmware Upload dialog box will open as shown below. Click the
Browse button in the dialog box.
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3. A Choose File dialog box will open as shown below. Navigate to the
location of the downloaded firmware file, select the file, and click the
Open button.
4. Click the Upload button on the Firmware Upload dialog box. A message
will appear indicating that the firmware is being uploaded from your PC
to your camera.
5. When the upload is complete, an Are you sure? message window will
appear showing the version number of the current firmware and the
version number of the update file as shown below. As the message
indicates, doing a firmware update is not reversible!
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If the Keep All Settings check box is checked, all current
configuration settings will be retained when the update is done.
„
If the Keep All Settings check box is cleared, all configuration settings
will be reset to factory defaults except for the network and user
settings (the current network and user settings will be retained).
NOTE: IN THE FOLLOWING STEPS, DO NOT DISCONNECT THE
CAMERA FROM POWER OR FROM THE NETWORK WHILE THE
UPDATE IS IN PROGRESS. If you do disconnect power or the network
connection during the update, the firmware update will fail, the camera
will no longer operate, and the camera will not be repairable in the field.
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6. Click the Yes button in the Are you sure? message window to start the
update or the No button to cancel the update.
7. If you clicked the Yes button a message will appear indicating that the
firmware update is in progress.
8. Once the update is complete, the camera will reboot and the web client
will reopen in your browser.
If your browser times out during the update process, press the
Ctrl and F5 keys (at the same time) to refresh the browser.
If you accidentally close the browser during the firmware
update, wait several minutes and then reopen the browser. The
update will be performed even with the browser closed.
3.10.4 SDCard Tab
SD Card Present - Indicates the presence of an SD card in the
camera. If the box is checked, an SD card is mounted.
SD Card Size [KiB] - Indicates the total size of the SD card in
kilobytes.
SD Card Avail [KiB] - Indicates the amount of free space
available on the SD card in kilobytes.
Erase SD Card
Click the Erase SD Card button to erase the contents of the SD card. When
you click the button, an Are you sure? window will open. Click the Yes button
in the Are you sure? window to complete the erase operation, or click the No
button to cancel the erase operation.
ERASING THE SD CARD IS AN UNRECOVERABLE OPERATION!
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Reset Button
4 Reset Button
A reset button is available on the side of the camera base as shown below. The reset button is
especially useful if you have enabled user management on the camera and you can no longer
remember your administrative password. Using the button resets all of the camera’s parameters to
factory defaults - all stored settings such as image settings, network settings, and user settings will
be lost.
Reset
Button
Status
LEDs
To use the reset button:
1. Look into the hole labeled "Factory Reset" on the side of the camera base and locate the reset
button.
2. Obtain a plastic stylus or similar non-conductive device that you can use to press the button.
3. Remove power from the camera.
4. Press and hold the reset button.
5. Apply power to the camera while continuing to hold the reset button pressed.
6. After you have applied power to the camera, you will notice that the Status LEDs begin to flash
in an alternating pattern.
7. Release the reset button.
8. When the alternating flashing stops, wait approximately 30 seconds for the camera to finish the
reset process and to reboot.
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5 Terminal Blocks
5.1 The Main Terminal Block
The 7-hole terminal block on the front of the camera base can be used to:
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provide power to the camera (when PoE is not used)
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access the camera’s input line
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access the camera’s output line
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power a small DC device such as a relay
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limit the camera’s power consumption by disabling the camera’s heater
NOTICE
Do not apply AC voltages or voltages out of specification to the terminal block.
1. Apply only DC voltages. Applying AC voltages can seriously damage the camera.
2. Make sure that the voltages are within the limits specified in Table 3 on page 69. Applying
voltages outside of the specifications can seriously damage the camera.
NOTICE
Always switch off camera power before making or breaking connections at the main terminal
block.
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The assignments for the wire fixing holes in the main terminal block are as shown below and
explained in Table 3 on page 69.
Release
Tabs
Wire
Fixing
Holes
Fig. 6: Main Terminal Block
The terminal block is a push-in type of connector. Either solid or stranded wires can be inserted into
the wire fixing holes in the block. A wire can be removed from a fixing hole by pressing the release
tab above the hole and pulling on the wire.
Wires inserted into the fixing holes must have a minimum cross section of 0.2 mm2 (AWG 24) and
a maximum cross section of 1.5 mm2 (AWG 16).
8 mm (5/16") of insulation should be stripped from the end of a wire before it is inserted into a fixing
hole.
We recommend that connections to the input and the output be made with shielded cable and that
the cable shields be connected to ground. If you are unable to connect the cable shields to ground
or if you use unshielded cable, we recommend that you install a ferrite bead on each cable near to
the camera to minimize electromagnetic interference.
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Hole
Function
Gnd
Camera power ground.
Note: Camera power ground, I/O ground, and RS-485 ground are all isolated from each
other.
VDC
Use this fixing hole to supply power to the camera (if you are not supplying camera power
via PoE).
Nominal operating voltage range: +7 to +24 VDC
Maximum power consumption: 10 W @ 12 VDC when the heater is enabled
7 W @ 12 VDC when the heater is disabled
Heater Off
Place a jumper between the Heater Off fixing hole and the Gnd fixing hole to disable the
camera’s heater.
If you are using secondary power, the camera’s power consumption will be 10 W when the
heater is enabled and 7 W (@ 12 VDC) when the heater is disabled.
If you are using PoE, the camera will be Class 0 when the heater is enabled and will be Class
2 when the heater is disabled. This can be useful when you are using the camera with a PoE
switch that is only capable of supplying low amounts of power.
I/O Gnd
Ground for the camera’s input and output lines
Note: Camera power ground, I/O ground, and RS-485 ground are all isolated from each
other.
Output
The output employs an open collector transistor connected to I/O ground as shown in
Section Fig. 7: on page 71. As shown in the table below, the output will or will not be
connected to I/O ground via the transistor depending on the state of the output and whether
the output is set for the normal or the inverted mode.
See Section 3.8.1 on page 47 for more information about setting the output mode.
Note: If the output has been set to the inverted mode and you restart the camera or you
power it off and back on, the output will be in the normal mode during the camera bootup
process and will return to the inverted mode once the bootup process is complete.
Output State
Output Mode
Output Connected
to I/O Ground
Inactive
Normal
No
Active
Normal
Yes
Inactive
Inverted
Yes
Active
Inverted
No
The maximum allowed load on the output is 500 mA and the maximum voltage is +24 VDC.
If an inductive load such as a relay is used with the output, a diode must be connected in
parallel with the load as shown in Figure 7.
Table 3: Main Terminal Block Wire Fixing Hole Assignments
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Hole
Function
Input
Normally, the input is connected to I/O ground via a switch as shown in Figure 7 on page 71.
As shown in the table below, the input will be detected by the camera as active or inactive
depending on whether the switch is open or closed and whether the input mode is set to
normal or inverted.
See Figure 3.8.1 on page 47 for more information about setting the input mode.
Switch Condition
Input Mode
Input Detected As
Open
Normal
Inactive
Closed
Normal
Active
Open
Inverted
Active
Closed
Inverted
Inactive
As an alternative, voltage from a device can be applied directly to the input. As shown in
Figure 8 on page 72, the voltage should be applied directly to the input and not through a
switch.
As shown in the table below, the input will be detected by the camera as active or inactive
depending on the voltage level applied and whether the input mode is set to normal or
inverted.
Voltage Applied
Input Mode
Input Detected As
0 to +4.0 VDC
Normal
Active
+5.0 to +24.0 VDC
Normal
Inactive
0 to +4.0 VDC
Inverted
Inactive
+5.0 to +24.0 VDC
Inverted
Active
The area between +4.0 and +5.0 is a transition zone and should be avoided. The voltage
applied to the input must not exceed +24 VDC.
DC Out
DC Out supplies unregulated +5.6 VDC and can be used to power a small device such as a
relay as shown in Figure 8 on page 72.
The maximum allowed load on DC Out is 50 mA.
If an inductive load such as a relay is used with DC out, a diode must be connected in parallel
with the load as shown in Figure 8 on page 72.
Table 3: Main Terminal Block Wire Fixing Hole Assignments
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Camera
Isolated
I/O
Circuit
+24
VDC
Max
DC Out
Input
Switch
Output
Relay
I/O Gnd
I/O Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
Camera
Power
Circuit
Heater Off
(Jumper Heater
Off to Gnd to
disable heater)
+12 to +24
VDC
VDC
Gnd
Camera
Power Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
RS-485
Circuit
Device
RS-485 A+
RS-485 A+
RS-485 B-
RS-485 B-
Gnd
Gnd
RS-485 Gnd
(isolated)
Fig. 7: Switched Ground Input
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Camera
Isolated
I/O
Circuit
DC Out
Device
Input
(applies 0 to
+24 VDC max)
Relay
Output
I/O Gnd
I/O Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
Camera
Power
Circuit
Heater Off
(Jumper Heater
Off to Gnd to
disable heater)
+12 to +24
VDC
VDC
Gnd
Camera
Power Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
RS-485
Circuit
Device
RS-485 A+
RS-485 A+
RS-485 B-
RS-485 B-
Gnd
Gnd
RS-485 Gnd
(isolated)
Fig. 8: Direct Device Input
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5.2 The RS-485 Terminal Block
The 3-hole terminal block on the right side of the camera base can be used to make an
RS-485 connection to the camera.
NOTICE
Always switch off camera power before making or breaking connections at the RS-485 terminal
block.
The assignments for the wire fixing holes in the RS-485 terminal block are as shown below and
explained in Table 4.
Release
Tabs
Wire
Fixing
Holes
Fig. 9: RS-485 Terminal Block
The terminal block is a push-in type of connector. Either solid or stranded wires can be inserted into
the wire fixing holes in the block. A wire can be removed from a fixing hole by pressing the release
tab above the hole and pulling on the wire.
Wires inserted into the fixing holes must have a minimum cross section of 0.2 mm2 (AWG 24) and
a maximum cross section of 1.5 mm2 (AWG 16).
8 mm (5/16") of insulation should be stripped from the end of a wire before it is inserted into a fixing
hole.
Hole
Gnd
Function
RS-485 ground
Note: Camera power ground, I/O ground, and RS-485 ground are all isolated from each
other.
A+
Standard RS-485 A+ wire.
B-
Standard RS-485 B- wire.
Table 4: RS-485 Terminal Block Wire Fixing Hole Assignments
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6 Day/Night Functionality
6.1 Introduction
Basler IP Fixed Dome Cameras are equipped with day/night functionality. Cameras with day/night
functionality are well-suited for use in areas with natural lighting during the day and artificial lighting
at night. And when used with a supplemental IR illuminator, these cameras can produce high-quality
images in areas with little visible light, which makes then very useful in applications with poor
lighting.
During daylight, a day/night camera delivers color images. As evening approaches and the daylight
level decreases, the camera can automatically switch to night mode. In night mode, the camera
makes use of near-infrared (IR) light to deliver high-quality black and white images.
Daylight includes both visible light and near-infrared light. Visible light ranges in wavelength from
about 400 to 750 nanometers and near-IR light from about 750 to 1000 nanometers. Unlike the
human eye, the sensor in color IP cameras is sensitive to both visible light and to near-infrared light.
During the daytime, the camera’s sensitivity to near-infrared light causes a problem; near-infrared
light distorts the colors in the captured images as perceived by the human eye. To avoid this
problem, the cameras include an IR-cut filter located in front of the imaging sensor. This filter blocks
the near-infrared light present in daylight and ensures proper colors in the captured images.
Day/night cameras include a mechanical mechanism that allows the IR-cut filter to be automatically
removed from in front of the sensor. So when daylight decreases as evening approaches, the
day/night camera senses the change, it goes into night mode, and the internal mechanism in the
camera removes the IR-cut filter from in front of the sensor. This allows the camera to use any
available near-infrared light to produce black and white images. An IR illuminator that provides
infrared light can be placed in the area where the camera is located to enhance its ability to produce
high-quality images in low light or in nighttime conditions.
Definitions
When referring to the camera’s IR-cut filter:
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the terms closed or in the closed position mean that the mechanical mechanism in the
camera has placed the IR-cut filter in front of the sensor.
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the terms open or in the open position mean that the mechanical mechanism in the camera
has removed the IR-cut filter from in front of the sensor.
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IR-Cut Filter Modes of Operation
The IR-cut filter mechanism in the camera has several modes of operation:
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In Auto mode, the camera automatically senses the change from night to day or from day to
night. When a day-to-night change is detected, the camera will automatically move the filter to
the open position. And when a night-to day change is detected, the camera will automatically
move the filter to the closed position. (see below for more information on how the auto mode
works).
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In Open mode, the IR-cut filter will be placed in the open position and kept there.
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In Closed mode, the IR-cut filter will be placed in the closed position and kept there.
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In Input Pin 0 Controlled mode, the state of input pin 0 will control whether the IR-cut filter is
open or closed. When the input is active, the filter will be open. And when the input is inactive,
the filter will be closed.
You can use the Day/Night tab in the Image Controls parameters (see page 16) group to set the IR
Filter Mode.
How the IR-Cut Filter Auto Mode Works
When the IR-cut filter is set to auto mode, the camera automatically detects the change from day
to night or from night to day and positions the IR-cut filter accordingly.
The IR-cut filter auto controls work by monitoring the "darkness level" in the scene that the camera
is viewing. If the scene is very dark it will have a high darkness level. And if the scene is very bright,
it will have a very low or even a negative darkness level.
As an example, assume that the camera is viewing a daytime scene and that the IR-cut filter is
closed. Because it is daytime, the darkness level measured by the auto controls will be very low. As
night approaches, the scene will become darker and the measured darkness level will gradually
rise. Once the measured darkness level rises above a specified "switch level" and remains there
for a period of time, the auto controls will assume that it is night and will change the camera to night
mode (i.e., open the IR-cut filter).
Now assume that the camera is viewing a nighttime scene and that the IR-cut filter is open. Because
it is nighttime, the darkness level measure by the auto controls will be high. As day approaches, the
scene will become brighter and the measured darkness level will gradually fall. Once the measured
darkness level falls below the "switch level" and remains there for a period of time, the auto controls
will assume that it is day and will change the camera to day mode (i.e., close the IR-cut filter).
The camera’s IR Filter Switch Level parameter lets you set the switch level. The higher you set
the switch level, the darker it must be before the camera will switch from day mode to night mode.
The camera’s IR Filter Wait Time parameter lets you set the time period (in seconds) that the
measured darkness level must remain above the switch level before the auto controls will decide
that it is nighttime and switch the camera to night mode. The parameter also sets the time period
that the measured darkness level must remain below the switch level before the auto controls will
decide that it is daytime and switch the camera to day mode. This parameter helps to keep the auto
controls from mistakenly sensing a momentary change in lighting conditions as a change from night
to day or from day to night.
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Finally, the IR Filter current Level parameter lets you see the current darkness level as measured
by the auto controls. Familiarizing yourself with how this value changes when the camera is viewing
a dark scene and when it is viewing a bright scene will help you determine where the switch level
should be set.
You can use the Day/Night tab in the Image Controls parameters group (see page 16) to set the IR
Filter Switch Level and IR Filter Wait Time parameters and to monitor the IR Filter Current Level
parameter.
The IR-Cut Filter Announce Feature
The IR-cut filter has a capability called the "announce feature". When the Output Pin Function
parameter on the Digital I/O tab (see page 47) is set to "IR Filter Announce", the announce feature
will be enabled. When the announce feature is enabled, the camera will "announce" the current
position of the IR-cut filter by setting the state of output pin 0:
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If the IR-cut filter is in the open position, output pin 0 will be set to active.
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If the IR-cut filter is in the closed position, output pin 0 will be set to inactive.
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6.2 IR-Cut Filter Control Options
Controlling the IR-Cut Filter Position Via Input Pin 0
As mentioned in Section 6.1 on page 75, the IR-cut filter can be set for several different modes of
operation. If you set the IR-cut filter mode to "Input Pin 0 Controlled" this will let you control the
position of the IR-cut filter (open or closed), by inputting a signal into input pin 0 on the camera.
When the input is active, the filter will be placed in the open position. And when the input is inactive,
the filter will be placed in the closed position.
At night or in low light situations, you may be using an "IR illuminator" to illuminate the area being
viewed by you camera with infrared light. Many IR illuminators include a photocell that detects the
change from day to night and from night to day. Often, the photocell in an illuminator will be
associated with an internal switch that opens and closes based on the conditions detected by the
photocell. As illustrated in Figure 10, when the IR-cut filter mode is set to "Input Pin 0 Controlled",an
internal switch such as this can be connected to input pin 0 on the camera and used to control the
position of the IR-cut filter.
Camera
Illuminator
Isolated
I/O
Circuit
DC Out
Internal switch
associated with
a photocell
Input
Output
I/O Gnd
I/O Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
Camera
Power
Circuit
Heater Off
VDC
Gnd
Camera
Power Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
RS-485
Circuit
RS-485 A+
RS-485 BGnd
RS-485 Gnd
(isolated)
Fig. 10: Input Used to Control IR-Cut Filter Position
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NOTICE
The description of controlling the IR-cut filter position via the input pin and the illustration shown
in Figure 10 are intended as a general description of how you can use the input to control the IRcut filter position. Any device that you attach to the input of the camera must adhere to the
specifications for the input as given in Table 3 on page 69. Using the input in a way that does
not meet specifications can result in severe damage to the camera.
Always make sure that any circuit attached to the input meets the input’s specifications.
Controlling an External Device Based on the IR-Cut Filter Position
As mentioned on page 77, the camera includes a capability called the IR-cut filter announce feature.
When this feature is enabled, the camera will "announce" the current position of the IR-cut filter by
setting the state of output pin 0. When the IR-cut filter is in the open position, output pin 0 will be
set to active. And when the IR-cut filter is in the closed position, output pin 0 will be set to inactive.
A common way to use this capability is to set the IR-cut filter to "auto" mode and to use output pin
0 to switch an IR illuminator on and off. Figure 11 shows a simple way that this can be done. In the
figure, the output is used to energize or de-energize a relay which in turn applies power to or
removes power from an IR illuminator. You could use a setup such as this to apply power to the
illuminator when the filter is in the open position at night and to remove power from the illuminator
when the filter is in the closed position during the day.
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Day/Night Functionality
Camera
Isolated
I/O
Circuit
DC Out
Relay
Input
Illuminator
Output
I/O Gnd
I/O Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
Camera
Power
Circuit
Illuminator
Power
Heater Off
VDC
Gnd
Camera
Power Gnd
(isolated)
Isolated
RS-485
Circuit
RS-485 A+
RS-485 BGnd
RS-485 Gnd
(isolated)
Fig. 11: Output Used to Apply Device Power
NOTICE
The description of controlling an external device based on the IR-cut filter position and the
illustration shown in Figure 11 are intended as a general description of how you can use the output
to control an external device. Any device that you attach to the output of the camera must adhere
to the specifications for the output as given in Table 3 on page 69. Using the output in a way
that does not meet specifications can result in severe damage to the camera.
Always make sure that any circuit attached to the output meets the output’s specifications.
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7 Technical Specifications
7.1 Specification List
Specification
BIP-D1000c-dn
BIP-D1300c-dn
Sensor
Sony ICX204
1/3" progressive scan color CCD
Sony ICX445
1/3" progressive scan color CCD
Effective Pixels
1024 (H) x 768 (V)
1280 (H) x 960 (V)
Pixel Size
4.65 µm x 4.65 µm
3.75 µm x 3.75 µm
Frame Rate
MJPEG
MPEG-4
H.264
MJPEG
MPEG-4
H.264
Full resolution:
18 fps
11 fps
10 fps
11 fps
9 fps
7 fps
D1 (720 x 480):
30 fps*
30 fps*
25 fps*
30 fps*
25 fps*
25 fps*
* via AOI
* via AOI
(Max sensor readout rate = 30 fps)
(Max sensor readout rate = 30 fps)
Minimum Illumination
Color (day mode: 1.3 lux
B/W (night mode): 0 lux (IR sensitive)
Color (day mode: 0.95 lux
B/W (night mode): 0 lux (IR sensitive)
Lens
Varifocal 2.8-10 mm, F1.3, DC Iris, horizontal angle of view 20°-80°,
automatically removable IR-cut filter for day/night function
Camera Angle
Adjustment
Pan 360°, tilt 170°, rotation 360°
Image Settings
Automatic gain, exposure area, backlight compensation, white balance,
electronic shutter, 180° image rotation, electronic PTZ via AOI (API),
text overlay, privacy masks, motion detection
Resolutions
From 64 x 64 to 640 x 480 (free scaling),
From 64 x 64 to 1280 x 960 (free scaling),
4:3, 16:9, multiple Areas of Interest (AOIs) 4:3, 16:9, multiple Areas of Interest (AOIs)
Video Compression
Motion JPEG:
Multiple compression Levels
MPEG-4:
SP (Level 3), ASP (Level 5)
H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC):
Baseline (Level 3)
Video Streaming
Simultaneous dual encoding for MJPEG and MPEG-4 or H.264
Multi-streaming for MJPEG
VBR and CBR for MJPEG, MPEG-4, and H.264
Multicast and unicast
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Specification
Alarm Management
BIP-D1000c-dn
BIP-D1300c-dn
Ring buffer for pre and post alarm
Micro SDCard slot for local storage (an SDCard is not included with the camera)
Events triggered by motion detection or external input
Image upload via FTP, Email, or HTTP
Protocols
TCP/IP, HTTP, FTP, UDP, ICMP, ARP, DHCP, NTP,
RTP, RTSP, RTCP, SMTP, IGMP, ZEROCONF, QoS Layer 3
Processor / Memory
600 MHz dual core multimedia DSP, FPGA
128 MB RAM, 8 MB Flash
Minimum PC
Requirements
Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or higher, 256 MB RAM or more
AGP Graphics card, 64 MB RAM or more
1280 x 1024 display or better
100 Mbps NIC
Win 2k, XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Server 2003 OS
Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Card Slot
Slot for a micro SD or a micro SDHC card (an SD card is not included with the camera)
Power
PoE:
Class 0 when the heater is enabled
Class 2 when the heater is disabled
Secondary Power:
Nominal operating range: +7 to +24 VDC
Maximum power consumption: 10 W @ 12 VDC when the heater is enabled
7 W @ 12 VDC when the heater is disabled
Connectors
RJ-45 connector for 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, full or half duplex
Push-in terminal block for DC power and digital I/O
Push-in terminal block for RS-485
Operating Conditions
Ambient temperature:
-35° to 50° C (-31° to 122° F)
Ambient humidity:
< 90% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Standards
FCC Class A, CE, RoHS
Housing
∅ 148 mm x 122 mm (∅ 5.83 ’’ x 4.8") aluminum chassis with polycarbonate dome
bubble, IP66, IK10
Weight
~ 1.0 kg
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7.2 Dimensions
Fig. 12: Dimensions in mm (inches)
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Software License Information
Appendix A Software License Information
MPEG-4:
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE MPEG-4 VISUAL PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE
FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER FOR (i) ENCODING
VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MPEG-4 VISUAL STANDARD ("MPEG-4 VIDEO") AND/OR
(ii) DECODING MPEG-4 VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A
PERSONAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO
PROVIDER LICENSED BY MPEG LA TO PROVIDE MPEG-4 VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED
OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDING
THAT RELATING TO PROMOTIONAL, INTERNAL AND COMMERCIAL USES AND LICENSING
MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, LLC. SEE HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM.
AVC (H.264)
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE
PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (i) ENCODE VIDEO IN
COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC STANDARD ("AVC VIDEO") AND/OR (ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO
THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO
PROVIDE AVC VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER
USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C.
SEE HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM.
Accordingly, please be advised that service providers, content providers, and broadcasters are
required to obtain separate use licenses from MPEG LA prior to any use of AVC/MPEG-4/H.264
encoders and/or decoders.
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Software License Information
Other Software
The camera contains software originating from a variety of third parties. To view the software license
information:
1. Start the Surveillance Web Client as described in Section 2 on page 5.
2. Click the About tab as shown below.
3. Click the Copyright link as shown below. A page containing license information will appear.
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Revision History
Revision History
Doc. ID Number
Date
Changes
AW00090301000
2 Mar 2010
This release is a preliminary version of the document.
AW00090302000
22 Apr 2010
Updated the contact information on the inside of the front cover.
Updated the SD card slot information on page 4.
Updated the SDCard Tab information on page 40 and the SD card FTP
information on page 41.
Updated the Management Tab screen shot on page 58.
Added Erase SD Card button information to page 63.
Updated the power consumption information in Table 3 on page 69.
Updated the power consumption information and operating condition
information in Table 5 on page 81.
Added SD card slot information to Table 5 on page 81.
AW00090303000
27 May 2010
Added information to the Firmware portion of Section 1.1 on page 1
regarding the latest version of the BIP Finder software.
Updated the description of the Include Stream check box on the SDCard
Tab in the Alarm Handling parameters group (see page 40) to indicate that
alarm buffers can now be saved for streams using all three encoder types.
Corrected the default FTP directory shown on page 41.
Updated the description of the Management tab in Section 3.10.3 on
page 58. The Erase SD Card button is no longer located on this tab.
Added a note regarding the latest version of the BIP Finder software to the
description of the Start Firmware Update button on page 61.
Added Section 3.10.4 on page 63 containing a description of the new
SDCard tab in the System parameters group.
AW00090304000
26 June 2010
Updated the information in the Firmware portion of Section 1.1 on page 1
regarding the latest version of camera firmware.
Updated the Exposure tab screen shot in Section 3.3.1 on page 12.
Added the description of the new Anti-Flicker parameter to page 13.
Added information to the Exposure Time Limit parameter description on
page 13 and the Gain Limit parameter on page 14 to indicate that these two
parameters can be impacted by the Anti-Flicker parameter setting.
Updated the Appearance tab screen shot in Section 3.3.2 on page 15.
Renamed one of the settings on page 15 for the White Balance Mode
parameter to "Automatic Preset".
Added the new Red Gain and Blue Gain parameter descriptions to page 16.
Updated the description of the "Reset to Factory Defaults" button on
page 58.
Added information about the new "Keep all settings" capability to the
description of the firmware update procedure that starts on page 61.
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Doc. ID Number
Date
Changes
AW00090305000
16 Sep 2010
Corrected the "Bitrate" description on page 28 to indicate that this field sets
the maximum bit rate.
Corrected the file extensions mentioned in the "Include Stream" description
on page 40.
Corrected a reference to the User Management tab in Section 3.9.3 on
page 51.
Added the $f symbol to the list of allowed symbols for the "Date Time
Format" field described on page 55.
Corrected the wire cross sections mentioned in Section 5.1 on page 67.
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Index
Index
A
adding a user............................................52
alarm actions ............................................38
alarm buffer size parameter .....................30
alarm buffer state parameter ....................37
alarm buffers ............................................37
alarm DSCP parameter ............................46
alarm handling parameters.......................36
alarm off delay parameter ........................35
alarm on delay parameter ........................35
alarm sources...........................................36
anti-flicker parameter................................13
area of interest, sensor.............................19
area of interest, stream ............................26
arm buffer button ......................................37
authentication enabled parameter............49
authentication, serial port .........................48
authentification .........................................49
auto brightness mask ...............................23
B
backlight compensation parameter ..........13
baud rate parameter.................................48
baud rate, serial port ................................48
bitrate parameter ......................................28
blue gain parameter .................................16
browser requirements.................................5
C
card slot......................................................4
configuration management.......................59
configuring the camera...............................7
constant bit rate mode..............................27
D
date & time tab .........................................55
date time format parameter ......................55
day/night functionality...............................75
defaults, resetting to .................................58
deleting a user..........................................52
DHCP parameter......................................44
digital I/O tab ............................................47
digital in tab ..............................................36
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digital output hold time parameter ........... 38
digital output tab ...................................... 38
disable buffer button ................................ 37
E
email parameter....................................... 38
email password parameter ...................... 38
email port parameter................................ 38
email sender parameter........................... 38
email server parameter............................ 38
email tab .................................................. 38
email username parameter...................... 38
encoder mode parameter ........................ 27
encoder type parameter........................... 27
erasing the SD card ................................. 63
exposure mode parameter....................... 12
exposure offset parameter....................... 13
exposure time (us) parameter............ 13, 14
exposure time limit parameter ................. 13
F
factory defaults, resetting to..................... 58
factory reset button .................................... 4
firmware updates ................................. 1, 61
firmware version parameter ..................... 55
forwarding parameter............................... 48
forwarding, serial port .............................. 48
frame rate mode parameter ..................... 20
frame rate scaling parameter................... 29
frame rate, image capture.......................... 8
frame rate, stream ..................................... 8
FTP password parameter ........................ 39
FTP port parameter ................................. 39
FTP remote dir parameter ....................... 39
FTP server parameter.............................. 39
FTP tab .................................................... 39
FTP user name parameter....................... 39
G
gain limit parameter ................................. 14
gain parameter......................................... 14
gamma parameter ................................... 15
global tab ................................................. 19
GOP length parameter............................. 30
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granularity parameter ...............................34
H
H.264 .......................................................27
history image frames parameter ..............34
host name parameter ...............................44
HTTP DSCP parameter ...........................46
http port parameter .................................. 44
HTTP tab..................................................39
HTTP URL request parameter .................39
I
image controls parameters ......................12
image rotation parameter .........................20
include image parameter ...................39, 40
include stream parameter ........................40
info tab .....................................................55
input pin mode parameter ........................47
input pin parameter .................................. 47
input/output parameters ...........................47
IP address parameter ..............................44
IR filter current level parameter..........17, 77
IR filter mode parameter ..........................16
IR filter state parameter ...........................16
IR filter switch level parameter ...........17, 76
IR filter wait time parameter ...............17, 76
IR-cut filter................................................ 75
iris mode parameter .................................13
J
JPEG........................................................27
L
LEDs ..........................................................4
line configuration parameter .................... 48
line configuration, serial port .................... 48
live buffer size parameter.........................30
live images, viewing ...................................5
M
MAC address parameter ..........................55
management tab ......................................58
managing users .......................................51
manufacturer name parameter ................55
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masks
auto brightness.................................. 23
motion................................................ 25
privacy ............................................... 24
white balance .................................... 22
MJPEG .................................................... 27
model name parameter ........................... 55
motion detection mode parameter........... 34
motion detection parameters ................... 34
motion JPEG ........................................... 27
motion limit parameter ............................. 35
motion mask ............................................ 25
motion tab................................................ 36
motion threshold parameter..................... 35
MPEG4 .................................................... 27
multicast IP parameter............................. 45
multicast on-demand parameter.............. 45
multicast parameter ................................. 45
multicast port parameter.......................... 45
multicast TTL parameter.......................... 45
N
name server parameter ........................... 44
network I/O tab ........................................ 46
network parameters................................. 44
network prefix parameter......................... 44
network traffic in parameter ..................... 46
network traffic out parameter................... 46
NTP parameter ........................................ 56
NTP server parameter ............................. 56
O
output pin parameter ............................... 48
output scaling parameter ......................... 29
output size parameter.............................. 28
overlay position parameter ................ 32, 43
overlay text
email alarm images ........................... 38
FTP alarm images ............................. 39
SDCard alarm images ....................... 40
streamed images............................... 31
overlay text alarm images........................ 42
overlay text parameter....................... 31, 42
P
parameter settings, saving & restoring .... 59
passwords, changing............................... 53
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PoE.............................................................3
port parameter..........................................48
port, serial.................................................48
post alarm buffer size parameter..............30
precautions.................................................2
privacy mask ............................................24
Q
QoS tab ....................................................46
quality parameter......................................28
R
rearm alarm buffer parameter ..................40
red gain parameter ...................................16
refresh rate ...............................................11
reset button ..........................................4, 65
restarting the camera ...............................58
restoring parameter settings.....................59
rotation .....................................................20
RTSP DSCP parameter ...........................46
RTSP enabled parameter.........................45
RTSP port parameter ...............................45
RTSP tab..................................................45
S
saturation parameter ................................15
saving parameter settings ........................59
SD card avail parameter...........................63
SD card present parameter ......................63
SD card size parameter............................63
SD card slot................................................4
SDCard overwrite parameter....................40
SDCard tab...............................................40
sensitivity parameter ................................34
sensor AOI ...............................................19
sensor AOI editor ...............................20, 21
sensor AOI height parameter ...................20
sensor AOI left parameter ........................20
sensor AOI top parameter ........................20
sensor AOI width parameter.....................20
serial I/O tab .............................................48
serial number parameter ..........................55
set date time parameter ...........................55
settings tab ...............................................44
sharpness parameter ...............................15
show motion parameter............................34
software license info.................................85
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specifications ..................................... 75, 81
status LEDs ............................................... 4
stream 0 tab (alarm buffer) ...................... 37
stream 0 tab (video stream)..................... 26
stream 1 tab (alarm buffer) ...................... 37
stream 2 tab (alarm buffer) ...................... 37
stream AOI............................................... 26
stream AOI editor..................................... 33
stream AOI height parameter ............ 29, 33
stream AOI left parameter ....................... 29
stream AOI top parameter ....................... 29
stream AOI width parameter.................... 29
stream display parameter ........................ 21
streaming parameters.............................. 18
strobe delay parameter............................ 47
strobe duration parameter ....................... 47
surveillance web client......................... 5, 10
system log................................................ 58
system parameters .................................. 55
T
terminal connector
location ................................................ 3
test image mode parameter..................... 20
text overlay
email alarm images ........................... 38
FTP alarm images ............................. 39
SDCard alarm images ....................... 40
streamed images ............................... 31
text overlay alarm images........................ 42
time zone description parameter ............. 56
U
updating firmware .................................... 61
user level, changing................................. 54
user management.................................... 49
user trigger tab......................................... 36
users
adding................................................ 52
changing password............................ 53
changing user level............................ 54
deleting .............................................. 52
managing........................................... 51
V
variable bit rate mode .............................. 27
video streams .................................... 19, 26
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W
web browser...............................................5
web browser requirements.........................5
white balance mask .................................22
white balance mode parameter................15
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