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Central Management Software
User’s Manual
Version 3.24.0
User’s Manual
Table of Contents
1. Overview ....................................................................................................................... 3
1.1
System Requirement ........................................................................................... 4
2. Software Installation..................................................................................................... 6
2.1
Start Menu Add-ons ........................................................................................... 10
2.2
Software Upgrade .............................................................................................. 12
3. Start Up CMS ............................................................................................................... 13
3.1
Starting Up ......................................................................................................... 13
3.2
Login .................................................................................................................. 14
4. CMS Main Window...................................................................................................... 15
5. Configure CMS............................................................................................................ 18
5.1
Setup Groups..................................................................................................... 19
5.2
Manage the Sites ............................................................................................... 22
5.2.1 Add/Remove a Site ................................................................................ 22
5.2.2 Setup the Site via Device Search ........................................................... 25
5.2.3 Setup the DVR Site Manually ................................................................. 27
5.2.4 Setup the IP Camera Site Manually........................................................ 28
5.3
5.4
5.5
5.6
5.7
5.8
5.9
5.2.5 Setup the VSS/NVR Site Manually ......................................................... 31
5.2.6 Get Channel Info. ................................................................................... 32
Setup File Path .................................................................................................. 33
Alert Events ....................................................................................................... 36
CMS User .......................................................................................................... 40
Login Setting ...................................................................................................... 44
Display ............................................................................................................... 46
Layout ................................................................................................................ 48
Monitor Setting................................................................................................... 49
5.10
Export or Import Settings ................................................................................... 50
6. Operation of CMS ....................................................................................................... 51
6.1
Power Button ..................................................................................................... 52
6.2
Display Mode ..................................................................................................... 53
6.3
View Operator .................................................................................................... 55
6.3.1 Live All .................................................................................................... 55
6.3.2 Re-sort.................................................................................................... 56
6.3.3 Snapshot ................................................................................................ 57
6.3.4 Video Preview ........................................................................................ 58
6.4
6.5
6.3.5 Sequence Setting ................................................................................... 59
Emap ................................................................................................................. 60
Record ............................................................................................................... 67
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6.5.1 Instant Record ........................................................................................ 67
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9
6.10
6.5.2 Schedule Record .................................................................................... 68
Playback ............................................................................................................ 73
6.6.1 Local Playback (CMS Player) ................................................................. 73
6.6.2 Remote Playback ................................................................................... 86
6.6.3 Video Preview ........................................................................................ 93
System Information ............................................................................................ 96
6.7.1 Device Health ......................................................................................... 96
6.7.2 PC System Info. ..................................................................................... 97
6.7.3 About CMS ............................................................................................. 99
6.7.4 CMS Operator Log ............................................................................... 100
6.7.5 Device Operator Log ............................................................................ 101
Setting ............................................................................................................. 102
6.8.1 CMS Setting ......................................................................................... 102
6.8.2 Device Setting ...................................................................................... 102
Disconnection Log ........................................................................................... 118
Alert Log .......................................................................................................... 119
7. Additional Functions ................................................................................................ 120
7.1
Dome Control................................................................................................... 120
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
Camera Info. .................................................................................................... 122
Dual Streaming Options ................................................................................... 123
Fisheye Camera Display .................................................................................. 124
ePTZ Control via Mouse .................................................................................. 127
Appendix A: Install AVI Codec ...................................................................................... 128
Appendix B: Troubleshooting ....................................................................................... 130
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1.
Overview
Central Management Software (CMS) is a powerful and professional
centralized monitoring system designed for all range of applications and
projects. With CMS, accessing and monitoring multiple surveillance tools
such as DVRs, NVRs, Video Storage Servers (VSS) and IP Cameras are just
a few clicks away. The feature-packed intelligent surveillance offers the
professional users with complete and enhanced surveillance experiences.
Features
 PC-based recording and monitoring software
 Manages up to 1024 channels
 Simultaneously up to 64 channels Live view
 Supports 5 Megapixel IP Camera
 Supports Fisheye IP Camera: video dewarping of both Live and
Playback videos for supported DVRs, NVRs and VSS
 Supports multi-screens
 Instant/scheduled recording
 Event playback and alert notification
 SSL E-mail notification
 Dual Streams: main stream for recording/sub stream for preview
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 Supports remote playback: dual streams exchangeable during
playback for supported DVRs, NVRs and VSS
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Remote PTZ control
Remote IP Camera configuration
Supports multi-layers E-Map
Supports ePTZ function
Supports multiple languages
System Requirement
The following chart shows the minimum and recommended computer system.
Operating Systems
CPU
RAM Memory
HDD
Video Card
Ethernet
Windows XP, Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows 8
(32/64-bit)
Minimum:
Recommended:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
Intel® Core™ i7-3770
2.4 GHz
8MB Cache 3.4 GHz
Recommended: 4GB,
Minimum: 1GB
Dual Channel
Minimum: 80GB
Recommended: 1TB
Minimum:
Graphics card with more
than 64MB RAM
Minimum:
100 BaseT
Recommended:
GeForce GTS450 1GB
PCI-E 16X
Recommended:
Gigabit LAN
CMS now supports GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) decoding, which helps
lower CPU loading and accelerates computer processing speed. However,
GPU decoding is only supported on CMS main monitor (CMS-1), which
means other sub-connected monitors will not be supported. More importantly,
in order to run GPU decoding successfully, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or newer
must be installed. And make sure that the video compression format of IP
camera is H.264.
NOTE: If the operating system is Windows 7 or Windows 8, some
functions (such as Record, Auto Reboot, etc) will not work properly due
to User Account Control (UAC). Follow steps below to solve this
problem.
Step 1. If a previous version of CMS is installed, export setting files of CMS
servers (1~4) before installing the new version CMS.
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Step 2. Due to UAC, the directory of CMS will be “C:\CMS\” folder.
Step 3. Once the new version CMS is installed, import the setting files back
to CMS servers (1~4).
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2.
Software Installation
Follow the steps below to install CMS to the local computer.
Step 1. There are 2 ways to start the installation.
Option 1. Download the compressed file and extract
it. Click on the CMS_Setup.exe file to start
the installation.
NOTE: Some antivirus software might report false
alarm when users move the mouse cursors over the
CMS_Setup.exe file. Right click and select <Always
ignore> in order to continue the installation.
Option 2. If CMS will be installed via a CD, the installation will startup
automatically when the CD is inserted into the CD-Rom.
The <CMS Setup Menu> window will be displayed. Choose
<INSTALL CMS> to start installing CMS. Choose <CMS
USER’S MANUAL> to open the user’s manual. Choose
<EXIT> to exit the <CMS Setup Menu>.
NOTE: If an older version of CMS had been installed in the
local computer, a message box will be prompted. Click <OK>
to uninstall the previous version.
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NOTE: After users click <OK>, a un-installation confirmation
dialog will be displayed. Click <Uninstall> to uninstall the older
version and continue with the next step.
Step 2. Select the components that are going to be installed. It is strongly
recommended to select the <Start Menu Shortcuts> to create
shortcuts in the Start Menu and on the Desktop. Otherwise, whenever
the program is to be opened, it will have to be found under the path:
“\CMS\EXE\CMS.exe”. Click <Next> to go to next step.
The components of CMS Installation Setup are:
a. Microsoft VC 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package: This is an
upgrade package required for correctly running CMS.
b. CMS 3.24.0(Required): CMS main program must be installed.
c. Start Menu Shortcuts: Check the box to create shortcuts in the
Start Menu and on the Desktop.
d. NTP (Network Time Protocol) Server: Check the box to install the
NTP server.
e. Default Setting (Old setting will be deleted!): Check the box to load
default setting, or uncheck it to load the old setting of previously
installed CMS.
f. Ext2Fsd (ext2 file system driver for Windows): Check the box to
install driver to be able to read raw files in DVR/NVR HDD.
NOTE: The EXT2IFS driver also works for reading ext3 file
systems. If users have already installed the EXT2IFS driver
and software, please uninstall it beforehand, for there might
be confliction occurs while installing Ext2Fsd driver during
CMS installation.
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Step 3. CMS main program will be the first program to be installed. Choose a
folder to install CMS or it will be installed to a default destination folder
“\CMS\”. Click <Install> to start the Installation; or click <Back> to go
back to the previous step.
Step 4. The NTP Server will be the next program to be installed. The NTP
Server enables the local computer, which is running CMS, to become
a central NTP Server for the connected DVR/NVR(s), so the time for
the local computer and the connected DVR/NVR(s) is synchronized.
When the confirmation window pops up, click <OK> to start installing
the NTP Server.
Step 5. When the Software Installation is completed, click <Close> to exit.
NTP Service (Server)
The NTP Service (Server) enables the local computer, which is running CMS,
to become a central NTP server for the connected DVR/NVR(s) so the time
for the connected DVR/NVR(s) and the local computer is synchronized.
To do so, the IP address of the local computer is needed.
Go to Start menu, select Run.
Type in cmd and click OK.
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Type in ipconfig to get the IP Address of the local computer. Write down the
IP address for later use.
After the IP address is found, setup the connected DVR/NVR(s).
First, go to <Main Menu>  <System Setup>  <Date/Time>  <Time
Zone> to setup time zone. To find out the local time zone, please visit
www.greenwichmeantime.com
NOTE: <Time Zone> must be set or <Network Time Protocol Setup>
will not be accessible.
After users enter the local time zone, <Network Time Protocol Setup> menu
will be accessible. Go to <Main Menu>  <System Setup>  <Date/Time>
 <Network Time Protocol Setup>, and the following menu will be displayed.
Network Time Protocol Setup
NTP Server
time.nist.gov
Automatically Time Sync
On
Manually Time Sync
No
In this example, the NTP server should be set to “192.168.7.122” which is the
IP address of the local computer. After the NTP server is set, select <Yes> for
<Manually Time Sync> to immediately sync the time with the local computer.
The time sync can also be updated periodically. Select <On> for
<Automatically Time Sync> and the time will be automatically synced once an
hour.
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2.1
Start Menu Add-ons
Click on the Start menu and find CMS.
There are several add-ons, as shown below.
Multi-CMS
Access the Multi-CMS submenu and it provides four CMS server applications.
Users can select to startup any preferred CMS server.
CMS
Select this item to startup CMS server.
CMS Skin Change Guide
This item links to the PDF file of CMS Skin Change Guide.
CMS User’s Manual
This item links to the PDF file of CMS User’s Manual.
Digital Signature Verifier
Digital Signature Verifier allows users to verify exported video files with digital
signatures. As shown below, pick up all required files and click on <Verify>. A
GOOD signature indicates the exported clip has not been altered, whereas a
BAD signature means the video might be changed at some point.
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Install Ext2Fsd
For users who need to read raw files directly from the DVR/NVR HDDs, select
this item to install the driver for ext2 and ext3 file systems.
Install VC2008 Redistributable Package
Select this item and the system will begin to install VC2008 Redistributable
Package. This is required in order to correctly run CMS.
Joystick
Go to the Joystick submenu and users will be granted with two pictures for
brief instructions of joystick controls. Refer to subsection Joystick Control
under section PC System Info for more details about joystick usages.
K-Lite Codec Pack
This item is provided for users to install video codec if users have not installed
it in the computer yet. Refer to appendix Install AVI Codec for more
information.
Load Default Setting
If users need to restore the default setting, click on this item and a command
window will be prompted for confirmation. Answer “Y” to all questions and the
default setting shall be loaded.
Select Language
This item allows users to change the system language for the selected CMS
server. Choose a language, and then click on <OK> to confirm.
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Start NTP Server
If users wish to sync the PC’s time with a Network Time Protocol (NTP),
select this item and a command window will be prompted. Confirm to add
NTP register and let the command window run the rest works. After the NTP
is started, users can press any key to finish the process.
Uninstall
Select this item to uninstall CMS.
2.2
Software Upgrade
CMS software can be upgraded to new released version automatically or
manually. The upgrade process will be performed in CMS main window.
Please refer to section About CMS for more information about automatic and
manual software upgrade.
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3.
Start Up CMS
Before starting up CMS, PRO version users have to insert the USB Dongle.
Otherwise, the intelligence functions especially designated for PRO versions
will not be available.
NOTE: If the version of USB Dongle is an older version comparing to
CMS, an error message will be displayed to request users to insert the
correct version of USB Dongle.
NOTE: If USB Dongle is unplugged while running CMS, a warning
message will be displayed. Users have to re-insert the USB Dongle, or
CMS will be automatically shutdown in 10 seconds.
There are 3 ways to start CMS. Note that method A and B are only available if
the “Start Menu Shortcuts” component is installed. Please see section
Software Installation for more information.
Method A: Click Start menu and select Programs; find “CMS” from the listed
programs.
Method B: Double click on the shortcut icon on the desktop.
Method C: Go to “\CMS\EXE\” and double click on CMS icon.
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Starting Up
If CMS is started for the first time, select a desired language for the interface.
The available languages are listed in the scroll box. Click <OK> to confirm the
selection.
NOTE: If the system memory or CPU frequency is less than the
requirement, the error message will be displayed.
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3.2
Login
The default username and password are: “admin” and “1234”. Enter the
default username and password, and then check <Save user name and
password> to save time from entering username and password every time
CMS starts. Click <OK> to login.
Username and password accounts can be added or removed under the
<CMS User> tab in <Setting> configuration window. Refer to the CMS User
section for more information.
NOTE: If the wrong username or password is entered for 3 times, an
error message will be displayed, and CMS will be closed automatically
after <OK> is clicked. Restart CMS to enter the correct username and
password.
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4.
CMS Main Window
After CMS started up, the main window of CMS will be shown as the figure
below. The name of each button is indicated as follows.
1
Power Button: Lock, Exit, Minimize
2
Display Mode: 4-windows, 9-windows, 16-windows, 25-windows,
36-windows, 49-windows, 64-windows, 8-windows, 10-windows,
13-windows, Sequence, Full screen, Last mode, Page up, Page down
3
View Operator: Live all, Re-sort, Snapshot, Video preview, Sequence
Setting
4
Emap
5
Record: Instant record, Schedule record
6
Playback: Local Playback, Remote Playback
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Setting: CMS Setting, Device Setting
8
System information: Device Health, PC System Info., About CMS,
CMS operator log, Device operator log
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Disconnection Log
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Alert Log
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Site Tree
The usage and function of each button will be briefly described as follows.
Their detailed instructions will be in later sections.
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Power Button
Click on the Power button and the pull-down menu includes: <Lock>, <Exit>
and <Minimize>. Users can lock CMS system, exit CMS system, or minimize
CMS main window.
Display Mode
Click on any icon to view the connected camera images in multiple window
modes. The available viewing modes are 4-windows, 9-windows, 16-windows,
25-windows, 36-windows, 49-windows, 64-windows, 8-windows, 10-windows
and 13-windows. In addition, icons Sequence, Full screen, Last mode, Page
up and Page down give users variable options in monitor surveillance.
View Operator
Click on the <View Operator> icon and the pull-down menu are <Live all>,
<Re-sort>, <Snapshot>, <Video preview>, and <Sequence Setting>. Select
<Live all> to switch all sites to Live mode. <Re-sort> allows users to reset the
displaying layout to the listed orders in the site tree. Choose <Snapshot> to
save a snapshot of the current window. <Video preview> is for preview and
selection of display mode. <Sequence Setting> is for setup of sequence order
list and sequence dwell time.
Emap
Click on the <Emap> icon to open up Emap program. Emap is a program that
allows users to illustrate positions of cameras on self-selected images.
Record
Click on the <Record> icon and the pull-down menu includes: <Instant
record> and <Schedule record>. Users can initiate instant video record or
configure schedule record settings.
Playback
Click on the <Playback> icon and the pull-down menu are <Local Playback>
and <Remote Playback>. Selecting <Local Playback> will bring up CMS
Player window, for users to playback video data stored in the local computer.
On the other hand, <Remote Playback> allows users to playback recorded
video stored in the HDD of the connected DVR/NVR.
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Setting
Click on the <Setting> icon and users can configure <CMS Setting> and
<Device Setting>.
System information
Click on the <System information> icon and the pull-down menu includes:
<Device Health>, <PC System Info.>, <About CMS>, <CMS operator log>
and <Device operator log>. Select any menu item to display the related
information.
Disconnection Log
Click on the <Disconnection Log> icon to see the log that listed all abnormally
disconnected sites. When abnormal disconnection occurred, the icon will
blink to capture users’ attention.
Alert Log
Click on the <Alert Log> icon to see a list of triggered alert events. When an
alert event is triggered, the icon will blink to remind users.
Site Tree
Site tree displays sites that are currently being viewed. If
the connection to a certain camera is failed, no image
will be displayed on its assigned grid. Right click on the
“site” and click <ReConnect> to try to establish the
connection to the site. The <DisConnect> option allows
users to only disconnect a certain site.
Select <Live> after right click on a site and CMS will
retrieve Live monitoring image(s) of the site.
By right clicking on the group icon, the options shown as
on the right allows users to expand or hide the site tree
at once.
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5.
Configure CMS
CMS supports up to 10 groups, with at most 64 IP devices added in each
group. The following sections will guide users to setup CMS step by step.
Click on the <Setting> icon and select <CMS Setting>. The following window
will be displayed.
NOTE: The configuration in “Groups” tab and “Import” function will be
unable to be saved when CMS is detecting network connection or is
connecting to some sites. Error messages will be shown to inform
users.
NOTE: When the setting of connecting group and sites is completed,
users can directly click on <Save and Connect> to connect the sites.
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5.1
Setup Groups
Up to 10 groups can be set in CMS. This section guides users to add or
remove a group, and also shows users how to set “Start Group”.
Add a group
Click on
button to add a group. The other way to add a group is to right
click on <Groups>, and select <Add a group>.
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Set Start Group
“Start Group” is the group that will be connected after CMS is started up.
Right click on the group to be set as “Start Group”, and select <Set as start
group> from the pull-down menu.
NOTE: If a group is set as the “Start Group”, the icon will be changed
as shown in the figure above.
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Expand / Hide a Group
There are two ways to expand or hide a group. One way is to use the
buttons; the other way is to right click on the group and select <Expand> or
<Hide> from the pull-down menu.
Remove a Group
To remove a group, click on the group to be removed, and then click on the
button directly to remove the group. The other way to remove a group is to
choose <Remove> after right click the group.
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5.2
Manage the Sites
The following sections are instruction of the site management, including add
or remove sites and configuration.
5.2.1
Add/Remove a Site
This section describes how to add or remove a site. CMS supports at most 64
IP devices to be added to each group. If more than 64 IP devices are added,
error message will be displayed.
Add a site
Choose a group to add a new site. Click on the
button to add a site to this
group. The next section will show how to setup the site step by step.
The other way to add a new site to a group is to right click on the group, and
select <Add a site>.
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Add Multiple Sites
Right click on a group, and select <Add sites…> to add multiple sites at once.
Then a device search window will be displayed as below. Press and hold Ctrl
key to select more than one site. After sites are selected, click <Add> to add
the selected sites. Please jump to relative sections coming after to complete
site setup.
NOTE: The sites that are already added in this group will be shown in
Red in the device search window.
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Remove a site
To remove a site, click on the site that is to be removed, or click on the
button directly to remove the site.
The other way to remove a site is to right click on the site, and select
<Remove> from the pull-down menu.
A new site can be a DVR, an IP camera or a VSS/NVR. The number of sites
equals to the total number of the DVRs, IP Cameras, and VSS/NVR. The
following sections will show how to setup configuration of the sites.
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5.2.2
Setup the Site via Device Search
There are two ways to setup a site. The simple way is via Device Search.
CMS is able to search for IP addresses of DVRs, IP Cameras and VSS/NVR
connected to the PC’s LAN network. The ports used for device search are
6666 and 6667. Please make sure that these two ports are neither in-use nor
blocked by firewall or virus scan software.
Follow steps below to search for DVR(s), IP Camera(s), or VSS/NVR.
Step 1. If there are DVRs, IP Cameras and/or VSS/NVR installed in the same
LAN network, CMS can search for IP addresses of the installed
devices. Click the Search button (on the bottom right) to open the
Search window.
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Step 2. The list will show the IP addresses of available DVR(s), IP Camera(s)
and VSS/NVR in the LAN network. Select from the list and Double
Click on the IP address to add it to a site. Then enter username and
password of the selected DVR, IP Camera, or VSS/NVR. Note that if
the sites are already added in this group, they will be shown in Red.
NOTE: The Device Search function can only be used to search
for addresses within the same LAN. For example, if the local
computer uses an IP address of 192.168.1.5, and a connected
DVR has an IP address of 192.168.1.7, CMS will be able to
find the IP address of the DVR. However, if there is another
DVR connected to another LAN network such as 192.168.3.6,
CMS (whose IP is 192.168.1.5) will not be able to find the IP
address of the DVR in another LAN network.
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5.2.3
Setup the DVR Site Manually
If the detailed information (IP address, port, username, and password) of the
connected DVR is provided, a site can be setup manually.
Add a new site and enter the Site name, IP address, Port, Username, and
Password. Select <DVR> and click <Save> to complete the setting.
NOTE: If the entered Username and Password is a user account
instead of an administrator account, the same DVR account restriction
will be applied. When a user account accesses a function that is
restricted, a warning message will be displayed.
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If the DDNS information of the DVR is known, the DDNS data can be used to
setup a site. Check the box <(D)DNS> circled below, and type in the DDNS
data. Click <Save> to complete the setting. An example of the DDNS address
looks like: *******.ddns.iview-ddns.com.
5.2.4
Setup the IP Camera Site Manually
If an IP Camera is to be added to CMS, the required information includes the
IP address, port, username, and password of the IP Camera. Enter the data
and select <IP Camera> as circled below.
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Auto-Streaming Configuration
For users who wish to enable auto-streaming, check the box in front of
<Auto-Streaming Configuration(4M/1M bitrate)>. CMS will logon to the IP
Camera twice to retrieve two different types of video streams. The main
stream will be 5M for Fisheye cameras and the sub stream will be VGA. For
other cameras, the main stream is H.264 with largest resolution and 4096 bit
rate, which will be the recording format. On the other hand, the sub stream is
H.264 with smallest resolution and 1024 bit rate, which will be the live display
format.
NOTE: When Auto-Streaming Configuration is enabled, <Advance
Streaming Setting> will be disabled in the mean time.
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Advance Streaming Setting
Users can also manually setup dual streaming function via clicking on
<Advance Streaming Setting>. If users wish to connect to the IP Camera’s
webpage via a web browser, click <Link to WebPage> at the bottom.
NOTE: Auto-Streaming Configuration has to be disabled in order to be
able to setup <Advance Streaming Setting>.
Step 1. Check the box in front of <Enable> under Sub Stream section to
enable dual streaming. Otherwise, uncheck to disable dual streaming
function.
Step 2. Select preferred stream type and resolution for both the main stream
and the sub stream.
Step 3. Check the box in front of <Record> under Main Stream section OR
Sub Stream section to select the recording format at CMS site.
Step 4. Click on <OK> to confirm and save the setting. A popup window will
be displayed to notify users that the setting is changed. Clicking on
<Apply> will allow users to check the effect of the setting via the live
display window immediately.
NOTE: If sub stream is not enabled, users will not be able to change
dual streaming options during Live display at the main window. It will
be preset as <Display: Main Stream>.
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5.2.5
Setup the VSS/NVR Site Manually
When users are adding a VSS/NVR site, select <VSS/NVR> as marked below.
Then enter IP address, port, username, and password of the VSS/NVR site.
The next step is to setup connection type. Users can select <Dual Streams>
or <Sub Stream Only>. The recording/displaying scenarios are as follows.
When <Dual Streams> is selected:
1. VSS: The recording/displaying streams will follow rules of dual streaming
option selected with predefined main/sub streams at VSS sites.
2. NVR: The recording streams will be whatever streams come in. The
displaying streams will follow rules of dual streaming option selected.
When <Sub Stream Only> is selected:
For both VSS and NVR sites, both recording and displaying streams will be
the sub stream. The dual streaming options will not be available.
Click <Save> to complete the setting.
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5.2.6
Get Channel Info.
After site setting is completed, right click the mouse on the group and select
<Get channel info.>. CMS will retrieve the number of channels of all added
sites, and users can select displaying channels by checking the box in front of
them. The unchecked channels will not be displayed in Live monitoring
window and they will be grayed out in the site tree.
NOTE: The number of displaying channels is limited to 64 channels,
no matter how many sites are added.
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5.3
Setup File Path
The File Path menu defines stored destination for snapshot files, AVI files,
archive files, recorded videos and alert log files. It is recommended to use the
default folders.
Record Path
The recorded videos can be stored in more than one folder. Click on
<Advance> and the following window will be shown.
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The number of selectable folders equals to the number of HDDs the PC
connects to, excluding HDDs with capacity less than 5GB. Check the
“Enable” box and click <Browse> to set more destination folders. Each folder
should be from different HDD, or an error message will be displayed. Note
that if an HDD with less than 5GB capacity is selected, an error message will
be shown. Click on <Clear All> will delete all folders except the first preset
folder.
In each folder, subfolders will automatically be created with folder name
“RecordFolder********”, which ******** represents an 8-digit serial number.
Each subfolder can store up to 500 videos. Once a subfolder is full, a new
subfolder with a subsequent number will be created and new files will be
stored to the new subfolder.
Circular Function
The <Circular> function is used to adjust the HDD space usage of CMS. For
example, when the threshold is set to 5GB, and there are 20GB free disk
space remaining in the HDD, CMS can only access the HDD no more than
15GB. When the free disk size is less than threshold:
1. If the circulation of files is performed for the first time, CMS will start to
overwrite the earliest recoded data. Next time when CMS starts up, the
circulation of files will continue from where it was up to.
2. If the destination folders are reset, new folders will be created to store
new files. The old files will be deleted and rewritten with new files.
Record Videos from IP Cameras to Remote Network Disks
When videos from IP Cameras are to be recorded to a remote network disk,
the DRV file will be stored under a temporary folder “\CMS\TEMP_REC\” if
the file size is less than 50MB. Once the file size reached 50MB, the file will
automatically be transferred to the designated remote network disk.
If the recording is interrupted (or connection reset, disconnected, stops
recording, etc.), a progress bar will be shown to inform users that the DRV file
is being transferred to the designated remote network disk.
NOTE: For CMS servers 2~4, the temporary folders will be named as
TEMP_REC2, TEMP_REC3, and TEMP_REC4.
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Data Life Time
If users checked the box in front of “DLT” to enable Data Life Time function,
the duration in days has also to be defined. When Data Life Time function is
enabled, CMS will check the file edit time of the recorded video files in all
“Record Path” and any video files exceed the defined duration will
automatically be permanently deleted.
Snapshot Type
CMS has a snapshot function, and the file type for snapshot can be defined
here. Note that if more than one type are selected, take 2 types for example,
then each snapshot is saved to 2 types of files. They are the same image, but
in different formats. For instance, if Bmp & Tif are selected and the snapshot
is taken, two types of image files of the same snapshot image will be created.
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5.4
Alert Events
The alert function enables the connected DVR/NVR(s) to send alert signals to
CMS. This section describes how the alert function works.
NOTE: The alert function is only available for certain DVR/NVR
models. For more information, please contact the DVR/NVR
manufacturers.
Setting up the alert function
Step 1. Find the IP address of the local computer.
Go to Start menu, select Run.
Type in cmd and click OK.
Type in ipconfig to get the IP Address of the local computer. Write
down the IP address on a piece of paper for later use.
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Step 2. Setup the <Alert Notification Setup> on the connected DVR/NVR(s).
The <Alert Notification Setup> allows users to send alert notifications
to CMS program which had been installed to the computer.
Alert Notification Setup
Alert Configuration Set
1
Alert Notification
OFF
Alert IP
192.168.7.122
Alert Port
9999
Alive Interval
120 Sec
- Alert Configuration Set
<Alert Configuration Set> provides 3 combinations of Alert Notification, IP,
and Port. Users can match the connected DVR/NVR to at most 3 different
CMS servers.
- Alert Notification
4 options are included in this item; <OFF>, <Event>, <Alive>, and <Both>.
<OFF>: The Alert Notification is turned off.
<Event>: When the alarm is triggered, the DVR/NVR will send an alert
message to CMS.
<Alive>: The DVR/NVR will send an alive message to CMS every N
second just to show that the connection between the DVR/NVR
and CMS is active. The time interval N can be adjusted in <Alive
Interval>.
<Both>: This enables the DVR/NVR to send both Event and Alive alert
messages to CMS.
- Alert IP
The Alert IP must match the IP address of the local computer. In this
example, the IP address of the local computer is 192.168.7.122.
- Alert Port
The Alert Port is the port used for sending and receiving alert signals.
Choose a port that is not restricted by the network. The ports for both
connected DVR/NVR and CMS Alert must be the same. In this example,
the port is set to 9999.
NOTE: If 2 configuration sets are corresponding to 2 different CMS
servers, each CMS server must have its own unique port number.
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- Alive Interval
Time interval (1 to 255 sec) between each alive message can be set here.
Step 3. Setup the Alert of CMS.
Click on the <Setting> icon and go to Event tab to setup the port in the
“Alert” section. Note that the port must match the DVR/NVR’s setting.
And select <ON> to enable the alert function.
In addition, users can send alert notice to a specific email via a SMTP
server by selecting <ON> next to <Enable> in “Email Notice” section.
If the email server requires SSL, select <ON> next to <SSL>. Then
enter all required SMTP information. If the format of the email address
is entered incorrectly, an alert message will be shown on the screen.
After SMTP information is filled in, click on <Verify> to confirm if the
input data are correct. The message shown next to <Verify> will
indicate if SMTP setup is successful.
NOTE: Three types of alert messages from CMS will be sent to
the assigned mailbox: Alarm, Motion, and Video Loss.
NOTE: CMS will also send emails when connections to
DVR/NVRs are lost or when errors occurred in HDDs.
In the “Event Full Screen” section, users can choose whether to
display full screen of the alerted channel. Select <ON> to activate this
function, or <OFF> to deactivate it.
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The “Event Recording Duration” section is for users to define
recording duration of event videos, when schedule is set and/or when
motion recording is enabled.
In the “Pre Alarm” section, users can setup pre alarm video duration
to be a part of event videos. Note that normal video recording has to
be enabled in order to provide video data to the matching event video.
NOTE: If users reconnect or disconnect the sites, the list of the
event full screen will be cleared.
NOTE: Once the list of the event full screen finished playing,
the window will return to former viewing status.
Step 4. Alert Action
The connected DVR/NVR sends 4 types of alert message (State) to
CMS: Alive, Alarm, Motion, and Video Loss. Alive messages are sent
when the notification option is set to <Alive> or <Both> in the
connected DVR/NVR. Alarm, Motion, and Video Loss messages are
sent when the notification option is set to <Event> or <Both> in the
connected DVR/NVR.
For details about alert information list, refer to section Alert Log.
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5.5
CMS User
The <CMS User> is the management of user accounts in CMS. Users can set
users’ account information and privileges. The default username and
password are: admin and 1234.
NOTE: Only users under the <Admin> group have the privilege to
change the settings in <CMS User>.
To add a user, users must first add a group. Right click on <User List> and
select <Add Group> from the pull-down menu.
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After the group is added, the first user account of the group will also be
created. Users MUST set the password for this account before going to the
next step.
Right click on <NewGroup01> to add a user, remove a group, or rename the
group.
NOTE: The account currently logging-in cannot be deleted. An error
message will be displayed.
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Right Click on <Group01User01> to remove a user or rename username.
The <Group Attribution Setting> is for setting up the privileges of the selected
user. Users can give each user account different privileges by configuring this
function.
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After entering <Group Attribution Setting>, the following diagram will be
shown. Select a CMS group in <Select CMS Group>, and users can click on
the buttons to enable or disable its privileges.
 Purple buttons are CMS menu controls including: Playback, Player, Emap,
Schedule Record, Setting, and Lock.
 Gray buttons are site controls including: ReConnect\DisConnect, Record,
Configuration, Event, and Camera Setting.
 Yellow buttons are camera controls including: Sequence, Rename, Dome
Setting, Dome Control, Remove, and Sound Notification.
Each camera can be set to enable/disable Live, Play, or Record function
individually after clicked on <Advance Setting>. Refer to the following figure
for details.
NOTE: The preset is 20 cameras for all sites. The real number of
cameras per each site will not be detected.
NOTE: These settings will affect the whole operation of CMS. Please
be very careful while configuring the settings.
Next time when users login, users can choose to enter CMS either as the
admin or users.
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5.6
Login Setting
Users can edit options regarding login settings in this section. Administrator
username and password is required to edit the setting.
As shown in the above picture, the box marked “1” is where users can enter a
set of username and password to be used for auto login. The “Verify” button
can help users to check if username and password are correct. The following
messages boxes will pop up to inform the result of verification.
The box marked “2” contains the options regarding automatic actions.
Clicking the first option “Start CMS when Windows starts up” to request the
computer to launch CMS in the mean time when the PC system starts up.
Note that the other two options “Auto Login” and “Auto retrieve Live image
When Login” will be checked at the same time. Nonetheless, it is still users’
choice to determine the favorite setting.
A message box will be shown when CMS is auto opening after the system
started up. Click <Cancel> can terminate opening CMS.
Click the second option “Auto Login” to automatically login when CMS starts.
Remember to enter and verify username and password in box 1.
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Click the third option “Auto retrieve Live image When Login” to automatically
connect to the sites in the start group when CMS starts. Detection of internet
connection will be performed beforehand and a popup message will be
displayed. Click <Stop> to terminate the detection and AutoLive will not be
initiated.
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5.7
Display
Under <Display> tab, users can configure image display, camera info display,
and sound notification settings.
View Setting
Check the box in front of <4:3> to change the image aspect to 4:3 ratio.
<Smooth> function helps to give the displaying camera image more
sharpness. Enable <Deflicker> function to avoid gleaming of images. Check
the last item <Auto Change Stream Type> to enable CMS to automatically
switch to main stream decoding when the sub stream is lost. This help to
prevent lost or frozen of the display video.
Camera Setting
Under this part, users can select whether to show site name, channel name,
and/or time on the displaying camera image. Check the boxes and the
selected information will be shown on the top-left corner of the camera grids.
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Sound Notification
Camera sound notification enables a preset sound file to be played when an
alert event occurs. Users can setup sound notification options for the sites
listed in the site tree on the left. First select a site in the site tree, and choose
<Site Base> or <Channel Base> from the pull-down menu.
Select <Site Base> from the menu and check the option <Sound Notification
enabled for All Channel> to switch on sound notification for all channels. All
sites having the option <Same sound for all sites> checked will play the same
sound file, which will be the latest selected one. Click on <Load> to select a
sound file.
NOTE: On the top-left of the camera grids, word string “[SN]” will be
shown to indicate sound notification is switched on for the channels.
Select <Channel Base> from the menu if users wish to switch on sound
notification only for specific channels. Click <Load> to select a sound file.
Next users need to go to the Device Setting window to enable/disable sound
notification for the selected channels. Refer to section Device Setting for
more details.
NOTE: The sound files selected will be saved in CMS folder
\Setting\SoundNotification\.
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5.8
Layout
The Layout tab helps users save preferred layout format and retrieve the
previously saved layout format.
When users wish to save the current viewing display layout, type in a file
name first, and click on <Save> as shown in box 1.
In box 2, users can load or delete previously saved layout file. First select a
file in the file list on the left, and click on <Delete>/<Load> to delete/load the
selected layout file.
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5.9
Monitor Setting
When two or more monitors are connected, users can decide which monitor
to display which CMS server under the Monitor Setting tab.
As shown in the above picture , the PC is connected to two monitors.
Therefore, users can select displaying monitors for each CMS server by
checking the box in front of the preferred monitor.
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5.10
Export or Import Settings
The export/import function provides users the option to backup and restore
the settings as needed.
To export the configuration, click on <Export> and select a directory to save
the configuration file.
To import a previously saved configuration, click on <Import> and find the
configuration file that is going to be restored.
NOTE: After a setting is imported and saved, the imported setting will
be loaded immediately and CMS will reconnect to the sites in the live
group.
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6.
Operation of CMS
Users can open up to 4 CMS clients simultaneously. If the PC is connected to
more than one monitor, for example 4, then the PC can open up to 4 CMS
clients at the same time on the 4 different monitors respectively. However, the
processor and RAM of the PC will limit the number of CMS clients as well.
Note that all monitors have to be set to the same displaying resolution.
NOTE: Resolution of the monitors MUST be set to 1280*768 or above.
NOTE: GPU decoding now only supports CMS main monitor (CMS-1).
And in order to run GPU successfully, make sure that H.264 is the
video compression format of IP cameras. Also, CMS main monitor
must be built-in with Intel HD Graphics 3000 or newer.
CMS multiple client limitation according to the PC:
Dual Core or
Hyper-Threading
Single Core and
Frequency > 2.0GHz
Single Core and
Frequency ≤ 2.0GHz
RAM ≥ 512MB
Open 1 CMS
RAM ≥ 1GB
Open up to 2 CMS
RAM ≥ 1.5GB
Open up to 3 CMS
RAM ≥ 2GB
Open up to 4 CMS
RAM ≥ 512MB
Open 1 CMS
RAM ≥ 1GB
Open up to 2 CMS
RAM ≥ 1.5GB
Open up to 3 CMS
RAM ≥ 2GB
Open up to 4 CMS
RAM ≥ 512MB
Open 1 CMS
NOTE: It is recommended to keep the connected channels within 512
channels if multiple CMS clients are opened.
Network Connection Detection
CMS will auto detect network connection status. If CMS loses network
connection, an error message will be displayed. Click on <Stop> to cancel the
network detection function.
When CMS detects the network connection is restored, the error message will
disappear. Click on <Stop> to cancel this function.
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6.1
Power Button
Click on the Power button and the pull-down menu are
<Lock>, <Exit> and <Minimize>. Users can lock CMS
system, exit CMS system, or minimize CMS main window.
Lock CMS System
The Lock function helps users to protect CMS from unauthorized use when
users need to be away from the computer for a while. Closing CMS is not
allowed and other functions will be limited as described below.
Click on the Power button and select <Lock>, and then a confirmation
message will be displayed. Click <Yes> to confirm locking up CMS system.
When CMS is locked, windows control will be as the following two types:
Type
1 Setting
Example
Windows Control
Settings, Schedule
Record, Emap,
Dome Control, etc
The windows will be closed without
saving changes. It is recommended to
save settings before locking up CMS.
2 Monitoring Archive, Alert, etc.
It is not allowed to close the window
but just minimize it.
NOTE: If CMS is forced to be closed while it is locked, CMS system
will still be locked when it is started up again.
Unlock CMS System
Click on the Power button and select <Unlock>, and then a login window will
be displayed for users to enter username and password to unlock CMS.
To unlock, the following are two scenarios:
Login Account
Unlock Account
Note
1 User
- Login User
- Any Administrator
The access authority will still
be User’s limit.
2 Administrator
- Login Administrator
If password is changed, use
new password to unlock.
NOTE: If the password of the current login account is changed, use the
new password to unlock.
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Exit CMS System
Click on the Power button and select <Exit> to close CMS.
Minimize CMS Main Window
Click on the Power button and select <Minimize> to minimize CMS main
window. CMS can be minimized to the tray icon or to the taskbar button. Refer
to section PC System Info, for more information.
6.2
Display Mode
The available display modes are single channel, 4-windows, 9-windows,
16-windows, 25-windows, 36-windows, 49-windows, 64-windows, 8-windows,
10-windows and 13-windows. Click on any icon to view the selected display
mode. To view in single channel, double click on the channel in the site tree or
on the grid.
NOTE: When the display is in single channel and the resolution is set
to higher than D1, the ratio of length/width of the displayed image will
be fixed.
Displaying Color of Camera Titles
There are three different displaying colors for camera titles, Red, White, and
Green. The following chart shows the meaning of three different colors.
Red
The connected site is a(n) DVR/NVR currently recording.
White
1. The connected site is a(n) DVR/NVR NOT recording.
2. The connected site is an IP Camera
Green CMS is remotely playing back videos from connected sites.
In addition, icons, Sequence, Full screen, Last mode, Page up and Page
down give users variable options in monitor surveillance.
Sequence
Click on the <Sequence> icon to start sequence display of cameras added in
the sequence list. The display mode will be what was set in sequence setting
(1*1, 2*2, 3*3, 4*4 or 5*5). Refer to section Sequence Setting for details
about sequence setups.
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After sequence display is started, users will not be able to change the display
mode to any other split mode. The display mode icons will not be accessible.
The following functions are disabled in sequence mode:
1. Change the display mode
2. Right click to see channel menu
3. Zoom In/Out
4. Page up/Page down
5. Drag and drop channels or sites to the display grids
6. Remove any channel grids on the display windows
NOTE: If users enabled the <Event Full Screen> function and an event
is triggered while running the sequence, CMS will display event full
screen. The sequence will not resume until event full screen ends.
Click on the <Sequence> icon again to exit the sequence mode.
Full Screen/Operator mode
Click on the <Full screen> icon to view the display window in full screen.
To exit from full screen mode, right click and
select <Operator mode> in the pull-down menu.
Users will be able to return to the operation
layout. Note that <Operator mode> will only
appear in the pull-down menu under full screen
mode.
Alternatively, users can also press ESC key on
the keyboard to return to the operation layout.
Last mode
<Last mode> allows users to quick return to last display mode.
Page Up/Page Down
Click on the <Page up> button to display images of previous cameras in the
site tree. On the other hand, click on the <Page down> button to display
images of next cameras in the site tree.
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6.3
View Operator
Click on the <View Operator> icon and the pull-down
menu are <Live all>, <Re-sort>, <Snapshot>, <Video
preview> and <Sequence Setting>. Details of the
menu items are described in the following subsections.
6.3.1
Live All
This menu item allows users to connect all sites in current site tree and
display their Live monitoring with one click. More details about connection to
sites, please refer to the following descriptions.
NOTE: When CMS connects to Pro versions VSS, the display grid will
show error message if the USB Dongle of VSS is not connected.
Reconnect/Disconnect the Sites
If the connection between CMS and any connected site
has been interrupted, users can reconnect the site by
right clicking on the Site in the site tree and select
<ReConnect> from the pull-down menu. Users can also
disconnect any site by right clicking and selecting
<DisConnect> from the pull-down menu.
Select <Live> after right click on a site and CMS will retrieve Live monitoring
image(s) of the site.
Auto-Reconnect of Specific Disconnected Sites
CMS will automatically reconnect to specific disconnected sites every 7
minutes. Refer to the following table for all possible cases.
Situation
Auto-Reconnect
Sites that are not connected at the beginning:
Yes
Sites that are disconnected manually
No
Sites that are connected at the beginning but
disconnected for some reason later on
Yes
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6.3.2
Re-sort
The Re-sort function helps to rearrange display of camera images from all
connected sites listed in the site tree. The first channel of the first connected
site will be displayed in the first grid and so on from top to the bottom.
There are other ways to change displaying grids for channels/sites. Refer to
the following descriptions.
Assign a Channel/Site to Certain Grid(s)
CMS allows users to assign any channel/site in the site tree to any grid of
CMS main window. Follow steps below to complete assignment.
Step 1: Click and hold the channel/site users want.
Step 2: Drag and drop it onto the grid that users want to assign to.
Remove Display Grids
Users can also remove any channel by right
clicking on the grid and select <Remove>. Or
users can select any grid and press <Delete>
key on the keyboard to remove the channel.
Note that the Re-sort function will restore the
removed channels.
NOTE: The functions listed above will not be accessible in sequence
mode.
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6.3.3
Snapshot
The Snapshot function is a simple screen capture tool. When users click on
<Snapshot>, it will capture the screenshot of the window that users are
currently viewing. The snapshot files will be saved to the default path
“\CMS\Snapshot\” or the folder that users selected in <File Path> setting.
As shown above, the default snapshot type is Jpg. If users have selected
more than one file type, users will get more than one files for one snapshot.
There are 2 ways to take a snapshot. One is to click on the <View Operator>
icon and select <Snapshot>, and then the snapshot window will be displayed.
Click on <OK> to save the snapshot.
The other way is to right click on any grid, and
select <Snapshot>. The file(s) will be saved
without showing the confirming window. Note
that it will only capture the image of the selected
channel.
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6.3.4
Video Preview
Video preview function allows users to choose showing channels in preferred
display mode. Video preview window is as shown below.
First select a preferred display mode shown at the bottom. Then click on
<Page up>/<Page down> to choose showing channels. Double click on the
chosen showing channels to return to CMS main window. CMS main window
will be images of the chosen showing channels in selected display mode.
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6.3.5
Sequence Setting
This function is for users to setup the displaying sequence. Before starting
sequence display, users need to add channels to the sequence list. Double
click on any channel in the site tree to add/remove the channel in the
sequence list, shown as below on the left. Note that only channels of the
connected sites will be displayed in the site tree. When a channel is added to
the sequence, a capital “S” will be shown on the channel’s icon.
Under <Sequence Setup> on the right, users can setup the dwell time (1 to
120 seconds) and sequence split mode (1*1, 2*2, 3*3, 4*4 or 5*5). Click on
<Save> to save the settings.
Click on <Clear Sequence List> to empty the sequence list.
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6.4
Emap
Emap is a function that allows users to illustrate the positions of cameras on a
self-selected image. Click on the <Emap> icon to open the Emap window.
Refer to the instruction below to setup the Emap.
Add/Remove/Rename Maps
Step 1. First right click on “Map” in the map list, as shown below, and select
<Add Map> to add a self-selected map. The supported picture
formats are Bmp, Jpg and Gif files.
NOTE: The image shown in the window is the default picture. It
will only be available when CMS default setting is installed.
Step 2. A new map can also be added within an existing map. Right click on
the displaying map and select <Add Map>. The added map will be
shown as an icon (as in below picture) at its added position on the
original map. Users can add up to five levels of within maps.
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Step 3. Right click on a map in the map list to rename or remove it.
NOTE: <Event Info.> will pop up an event list including events
from the cameras linked in the map.
Google Map Function
For users who wish to add maps with geographic location in Google Map,
refer to the following steps.
Step A. Double click on the <Google Maps> icon and Google Map will be
displayed.
Step B. Type the name of the location and click on <Search>. If Google Map
is able to find the target location, it will be shown at the center of
Google Map. The display size of Google Map will not be changed.
Step C. Click on the directional icons to move Google Map to any preferred
directions. Click on the center icon to return to the last view.
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Step D. Click on +/− to magnify/shrink the display size of Google Map.
Alternatively, drag the slider bar to select a preferred display size.
Step E. Select preferred type of Google Map. Move the mouse cursor to Map,
“Terrain” will be shown. Users can get the terrain view by checking
the box before “Terrain”.
Step F. Right click on a preferred location and select <Add Map> to add a
self-selected map.
Step G. Once a map is added, a balloon with a letter will be displayed to mark
the location of the map. Users can always click and drag balloons to
change their locations. Right click on any balloon and users can
remove or rename the selected map.
NOTE: Double click on any balloon and the map will be displayed.
Alternatively, the map can also be restored via double clicking on the
map icon in the map list.
Google Map also supports five levels of within maps. Please refer to Step 2 of
the previous subsection for more details about within maps.
Add Cameras to the Map
Double click on a selected map icon in the map list to display the map. Drag
and drop a camera from the site tree to any desired position of the map.
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Remove Cameras from the Map
Right click on a camera icon in the map and users can
remove it from the map. In addition, users can rotate the
camera’s pointing direction to North, Northeast, East,
Southeast, South, Southwest, West or Northwest.
Camera Icons
There are four different types of camera icons in Emap, as shown below.
Dome Camera icon
This shows the camera is a PTZ camera.
Fisheye Camera icon
It will display when the camera is a fisheye
camera.
Fixed Camera icon
This shows the camera is a fixed camera.
Alert icon
This will show when an alert is triggered to
the camera. It will blink to attract attention.
NOTE: When a within map has alert triggering cameras, its map icon
will also blink to attract users’ attention.
Display Live Preview of Cameras in the Map
Double click on any camera icon in the map and its Live preview image will be
displayed. When the mouse pointer moves over a camera icon in the map, an
information dialog box will be displayed as #1 in the picture below. When
users click on a camera icon, its Live preview window will be highlighted, as
displayed in the picture below (marked as #2).
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NOTE: The camera Live preview window is limited up to three clients
at the same time.
Right click on any Live preview window to see the camera control menu,
including: Snapshot, Talk(On/Off), Dome Setting, Dome Control, Sound
Notification(On/Off) and Camera Info. Refer to their related sections for more
details.
AngelEye Mode
Underneath the site tree, there is an icon shown as on the right.
Click on this icon and the Emap window will be changed to AngelEye mode.
The AngelEye mode allows users to monitor Live videos of chosen cameras
embedded on the self-selected map without window frames and excess info.
The following picture is the setting mode under AngelEye mode. Refer to the
steps described below to setup AngelEye display.
Step 1. First, users can click on the map list to add a new map or select an
existed map. The map will be scaled in proportion to fit the window.
Step 2. Click and drag cameras in the site tree to be indicated in the map.
Only the connected cameras can be drag in the AngelEye mode, and
the Live videos will be directly displayed, with channel and site
numbers shown on the top. Users can adjust the camera display size
be click on the edge and drag in or out. Click at the center of the
camera display and users can drag it to any desired position.
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Step 3. The first camera will be layer 1, and so on. The latest layer will be on
top, if camera displays overlapped on one another. Level of layer can
be changed by right click on the camera display and select Layer to
Top, Layer Up, Layer Down or Layer to Bottom.
Step 4. In addition, the pull-down menu also includes Remove, Dome Setting,
Dome Control, Camera Info., Display: Main Stream and Display: Sub
Stream. Refer to their related sections for more details.
Step 5. The <Remove All> button allows users to clear everything and start it
all over.
Step 6. When everything is set, click on <Save> at the bottom to save the
setting. Then users can click on the <Display Mode> button to switch
to the display mode. The button will change to <Setting Mode> for
users to switch back if more setting is required.
Step 7. In display mode, the <Snapshot> button will be available for users to
capture snapshot pictures. The snapshot files will be stored under
“\CMS\Snapshot”.
If users want to switch from AngelEye mode to regular Emap mode, click on
the
button.
Setting
Users can click on the setting icon
to setup the initial display mode
of the Emap window. The setting window is as below.
1. Check the box in front of <Map Picture Mode> to display regular Emap
mode when the Emap window starts up.
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2. Check the box in front of <AngelEye Mode> to display AngelEye mode
when the Emap window starts up.
3. Check the last item and input duration of time in seconds to display regular
Emap mode for the specified time and then switch to AngelEye mode
automatically.
Change Emap Size (Regular Emap Mode Only)
Users can adjust the display size of the map by clicking
on the icons shown on the right. The descriptions of the
icons are as below.
<Original>: To display the original size of the image.
<Double>: To double the size of current displayed image.
<Half>: To reduce current displayed image size by one half.
<Fill>: To adjust the image to fit display window (refer to figure on the right).
NOTE: If there is no map loaded in the Emap window, an error
message will be shown when clicking on any of the four buttons.
NOTE: When the map is very large, or when users cannot see the
entire map, click on any camera in the site tree and Emap will
automatically move to the location of the selected camera.
Ok/Cancel
Click on the <Ok> button to save all actions in the Emap window and exit.
Alternatively, click on the <Cancel> button to delete actions of this operation
and exit.
NOTE: If users try to close the Emap window by clicking on <X> at the
top with unsaved changes, a hint message will be displayed to confirm
if users wish to save the changes.
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6.5
Record
Click on the <Record> icon and the pull-down menu
are <Instant Record> and <Schedule Record>. Details
of the menu items are described in the following
subsections.
6.5.1
Instant Record
While the videos are usually recorded to the connected DVR/NVR, users can
also choose to instantly record current “Live” videos to the local computer.
Select <Instant record> to start recording. A check will be shown in front of
<Instant record>. To end instant recording, select <Instant record> again and
the check mark will disappear.
If time difference between CMS and the recording site is more than 1 day, a
message will be displayed. Select <Yes> to start recording. Or select <No> to
abort recording.
NOTE: Only videos of the displaying channels will be recorded. When
the displaying channels changed, the recording video will follow the
change as well. The channels not selected to be displayed will not be a
part of the instant recorded video.
When the channels are being recorded, the title of the channels will show a
capital letter “R” at the end. The recorded files will be saved to the default
folder “\CMS\Record\”.
If users want to switch from Live mode to Playback mode while CMS is
recording videos, the recoding has to be terminated. A message dialog will be
displayed for confirmation. However, the recording will be resumed from
stopping point once “Playback” mode is ended and returns to “Live” mode.
NOTE: If the connection to the recording site is disturbed and then
reconnected, the recording will be terminated without resumption.
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6.5.2
Schedule Record
Users can schedule specific time to record videos of current connected sites
to the local computer. Select <Schedule Record> and the Schedule Record
window will be displayed.
NOTE: Please beware that CMS only supports schedule recording for
up to 64 channels at once, despite the number of connecting sites.
The current setting site will be shown on the top of the Schedule Record
window, as circled in the picture below. Alternatively, users can click on the
<Select All> or <Clear All> buttons to setup all sites to always record or
always not record at once.
The scroll-down menu circled below shows the recording types.
<OFF>
Select this to switch off the schedule record function.
<NORMAL AND EVENT>
Schedule to record both the normal and event videos within the selected time
frame.
<EVENT ONLY>
Schedule to record only the event videos within the selected time frame.
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The scroll-down menu circled below shows the selecting options.
<SELECT CELL>
Choose this to select any cell from the table.
<CLEAR CELL>
Choose this to clear any cell from the table.
<SELECT ALL CELL>
Choose this to select all cells from the table.
<CLEAR ALL CELL>
Choose this to clear all cells from the table.
Follow steps below for an example of setting schedule record for CMS.
Schedule Recording Times
Step 1. Select a site or a channel from the box on the right by a single click.
When a site is selected, the same setting of schedule record will be
applied to all channels. Click on a channel to set unique schedule
record for the particular channel. In this example, schedule of a site
will be set. Select a site in box 1, and set the recording option to
<NORMAL AND EVENT> in box 2.
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Step 2. Assuming that the site will be scheduled to start recording video from
2:00 to 4:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since the duration of each
cell is 30 minutes, click on the cell under 02 for Tuesday and drag to
the cell under 04 for Wednesday; and the color of the cells will be
changed to purple indicating that both normal and event videos are
going to be recorded during the selected times.
Step 3. After the time frames are selected, click <OK> to save and exit the
Schedule Record window.
Cancel Scheduled Recording Times
If users want to cancel a time frame from selected schedule, for instance,
3:00~3:30, set the selecting option to <CLEAR CELL> in box 1. Click and
drag the cells under 03 from Tuesday to Wednesday. The cells will be blank
which indicates that CMS is not going to record anything. Click on <OK> to
save and exit the Schedule Record window.
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Select/Clear All Cell
If users want to set the schedule to record at all times, click on the circled
blank cell located on top left corner of the table or set the selecting option to
<SELECT ALL CELL>. If users want to reset the schedule of the site, set the
selecting option to <CLEAR ALL CELL>. Click on <OK> to save and exit
Schedule Record window.
Select/Clear Cell by Date/Time
Another way to select or clear time frame is by clicking on the Day or Time
tabs. For example, when users click on <Tue> tab, the color of all Tuesday
cells will be changed and the site is scheduled to record normal and event
videos every Tuesday. When users click on 5:00~5:30 tab, color of all
5:00~5:30 from Monday to Sunday will be changed. Click on <OK> to save
and exit Schedule Record window.
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Special Schedule of a Specific Date
If users wish to setup a special schedule for a specific date, simply select a
date from the pull-down menu of <Holiday Setup> and click on <Add> button.
At the bottom of the <Schedule Record> window, users can find a new row of
the added date as shown below. Setup the schedule for that date, and the
schedule record will only run once for that special day.
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6.6
Playback
Click on the <Playback> icon and the pull-down menu
are <Local Playback> and <Remote Playback>.
Details of the menu items are described in the following
subsections.
A new function, Video Preview, is available. With Video Preview, users can
preview CMS recorded videos in Local Playback, and VSS recorded videos in
Remote Playback. However, this function will not be available when users
playback the recorded videos from DVR/NVR sites. The detailed information
will be introduced in a later section.
NOTE: The Video Preview function is only available for CMS 3.24.0 or
later and VSS 3.10.0 or later.
6.6.1
Local Playback (CMS Player)
Select <Local Playback> and CMS Player will be launched. When multiple
CMS clients are opened, each CMS can launch 1 CMS Player. The main
window of CMS Player is shown as below.
NOTE: When CMS is terminated, CMS Player will also be ended at the
same time.
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1
Power Button
2
Slider Bar
3
Playback Speed Indicator
4
Site Tree
5
Audio
6
Full Screen
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Display Modes: 2X2, 3X3, 4X4 and 5X4
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Open Video File, Frame View Setting, Snapshot
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Playback Controls
Functions of the buttons will be described in the following paragraphs.
Power Button
Click on the Power button and users can choose to exit or to minimize CMS
Player window.
Slider Bar
Click and drag the slider bar to search through the video.
▼Slider Bar
Playback Speed Indicator▲
Playback Speed Indicator
The playback speed indicator shows playback speed in forward or backward
direction.
 “>” indicates forward playback while “<” indicates backward playback.
 Playback speed can be faster or slower: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8,
1/16 or 1/32.
Site Tree
The site tree shows the channels of the opened DRV file. Double click on a
channel to view the selected channel in one screen. Right click on the site
tree can choose to expand or collapse site tree.
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Audio
Click on the <Audio> icon underneath the site tree to enable or disable audio
output. When audio is enabled, simply click on the display grid to output audio
of the selected channel.
Full Screen
Click on the <FULL SCREEN> icon will enlarge CMS Player window to fit full
screen. Click on the <FULL SCREEN> icon again or press <Esc> key on the
keyboard to return to normal screen mode.
Display Modes
Users can click on <2X2>, <3X3>, <4X4> or <5X4> icons to view in multiple
window modes.
Open Video File
Click on the <Open Video File> icon to display the “Playback Search” window.
Users are allowed to playback, export, or delete videos.
Playback Video:
Step A. Select <CMS Data> and choose CMS server & group. Alternatively,
select <Raw Data> and allocate a folder containing DVR/NVR HDD
files.
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Step B. Select <Playback Video>.
Step C. Select date of designated videos. Today’s date is in blue box, the
date with video data is highlighted in brown, and the selected date is
highlighted in blue.
Step D. For playback of CMS Data, select sites. Click on <+\-> to select or
deselect all sites. The selected site will change to gray color. For
playback of Raw Data, there is no need to select sites, since the
data is directly from the paticular DVR/NVR.
Step E. Scroll the slider bar to zoom in/out the displaying time.
Step F. Point the cursor at designated time and double click to start playback
the video.
Step G. Click on the <Open Video File> button to search for videos via file list.
Users can also convert DRV files to AVI files here. Refer to the next
page for instruction of conversion.
NOTE: The recorded video of IP Camera can only be played back by
CMS player. Some errors might occur if playing back with
DVRPlayer/NVRPlayer.
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Convert *.drv files to *.avi files:
Click on the <Open Video File> button in the “Playback Search” window, and
then the “Select a folder” window will be displayed. On the top center of this
window, select <Convert To AVI> and double click on the file which users wish
to convert. A “Conversion List” window will pop up and the file will be added to
the list. The other way to add files to the list is to right click on the file and
select <Add To List> or <Add All To List>.
NOTE: The list can contain files from different folders.
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The messages shown on the conversion list windows are very important. If
the duration of a DRV file is less than 3 seconds, the file will not be
successfully converted. In addition, a link is provided for users to download
and install video codec in order to playback the converted AVI files.
If users wish to remove any file
from the conversion list, right
click on the file and select
<Remove> or <Remove All> to
delete files from the list. Click
<Convert> to start conversion of
files on the list.
A progress window will be displayed to show current progress of conversion.
If users wish to terminate the conversion, click <STOP> to abort.
If the conversion is aborted, the
status column will show “Break
Off” for the specific file aborted. If
the file failed to be converted, the
status column will show “Fail”.
Once the conversion is completed, the converted files will be stored in the
folder specified in file path setting of CMS Player.
NOTE: If the converted AVI files cannot be played due to lack of codec,
please refer to appendix Install AVI Codec.
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Export Video:
Step A. Select <CMS Data> and choose CMS server & group. Alternatively,
select <Raw Data> and allocate a folder containing DVR HDD files.
Step B. Select <Export Video>.
Step C. Select date of designated videos. Today’s date is in blue box, the
date with video data is highlighted in brown, and the selected date is
highlighted in blue.
Step D. Click and drag the cursor to select designated videos.
Step E. The start and end time of the selected video will be displayed here.
Step F. Click on the <Start> button. A window will pop up, and users are
allowed to enter a filename and select video type (AVI or DRV)
through the window. Then click on <Save> to start the exportation.
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Delete Video:
Only when the current CMS login account is in the admin group, will the video
deletion function be available. Refer to the following for step by step
instruction.
Step A. Select <CMS Data> and choose CMS server & group. Note that
Raw data does not support purge function.
Step B. Select <Purge>.
Step C. Select date of designated videos. Today’s date is in blue box, the
date with video data is highlighted in brown, and the selected date is
highlighted in blue.
Step D. Click and drag the cursor to select designated videos.
Step E. The start and end time of the selected video will be displayed here.
Step F. Click on the <Start> button and a confirmation dialog will be
displayed. Enter correct username and password to start the
deletion.
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Event List:
Users can also playback and export
event videos via searching through
the event list. Click on the <Event
List> button on the upper right corner
of the “Playback Search” window.
The “Event List” window will be
displayed as on the right. Refer to
below for the instruction.
First set searching criteria in Box A
and click on the <Search> button.
The event videos satisfied the
searching criteria will be listed in Box
B. If the list contains more than 1000
event videos, click on the <Previous>
and <Next> buttons in Box D to see
more selections.
In Box C, users can choose to playback event video, export event video or
export event list. Select <Play Event> and double click on any item in Box B to
playback the selected event video. Select <Export event> and a <Start>
button will appear at the bottom. Press Ctrl key to select multiple files and
click on the <Start> button to begin exporting the event video(s). Alternatively,
select <Export event list> and click on <Start> button to export the event list.
NOTE: For event search of Raw data, the <CMS>, <Group> and
<Site> in Box A will be inaccessible.
Video Type Display:
The chart in the middle of the “Playback Search” window allows users to
assign unique color displays to represent different types of video data. Double
click on any cell under the “Color” column and choose a preferred color to
represent the corresponding video type.
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Frame View Setting
Click on the <Frame View Setting>
icon and the pull-down menu will be
displayed as on the right. Refer to the
following for introduction of each
function.
Frame view setting:
Users can choose to show/hide the
time and alert text on the video.
Click on the <Frame View Setting>
icon, and the View Setting window
will be displayed. Check <Show
Time>, and the time will be shown on
the screen. Check <Show Frame
Status>, and the alert icon will be
displayed at bottom-left. Uncheck to
hide the information.
File Path Setting:
Click on the <File Path Setting> icon to preset file paths for AVI conversion
files and snapshot files. Click on <Browse> to select desired folders. In
addition, file type of snapshot pictures can also be selected: Bmp, Jpg, Gif or
Tif formats. After the settings are selected, click on <Save> to apply the
settings.
Counting Application (PRO Version Only):
Counting Application function in CMS Player is the same as in CMS. Please
refer to section Counting Application (PRO Version Only) for more details.
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Missing/Foreign Object Detection:
Click on the <Frame View Setting> icon and select <Missing/Foreign Object
Detection>. The basic configuration of Missing/Foreign Object Detection
function in CMS Player is the same as what is in CMS. Please refer to section
Missing/Foreign Object Detection for more details. This section will
introduce the different part of the Missing/Foreign Object Detection function in
CMS Player.
Quick Search: Click on it to quick skim through the video for object search of
the selected area(s). The list will be filled when foreign or lost
of object alert(s) found.
Stop Quick Search: Click on it to stop quick search.
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Snapshot
Click on the <Snapshot> icon to capture a snapshot of the screen. When the
snapshot window is opened, users can choose to rename the filename or
leave it as it is. Click on <OK> to save the snapshot or <CANCEL> to discard
it.
Playback Controls
Slow Down:
Click on
to enable slow speed playback of the video. The icon will be
lighted as
, and users can click on
or
to change playback speed
(1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 or 1/32).
Play/Pause:
Click on
to start playing back the video. The icon will change to
showing that the video is now playing. Click on
to pause playing back the
video.
Fast/Step Backward:
Click on
to play the video fast backward. When the playback of the video
is paused, click on this icon to move one step backward.
Fast/Step Forward:
Click on
to play the video fast forward. When the playback of the video is
paused, click on this icon to move one step forward.
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Assign a Channel to Certain Grid
Similar to CMS, CMS Player also allows users to assign any channel to any
grid. Click and drag a channel in the site tree to any preferred grid of CMS
Player main window.
Resort/Remove Displaying Grid
Right click on any gird and select <Re-sort> to
restore the original layout.
Users can also remove any channel by right
clicking on the grid and select <Remove>.
Alternatively, users can click on any grid and
press <Delete> key on the keyboard to remove
it.
NOTE: Selecting <Re-sort> will restore the removed channels.
Camera Info.
Camera Info. function in CMS Player is
the same as in CMS. Please refer to
section Camera Info. for more details.
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6.6.2
Remote Playback
This function allows CMS users to playback normal and event videos stored
in the connected DVR and VSS/NVR. Select <Remote Playback>, and the
remote playback window will be displayed as below.
NOTE: During remote video playback, users can switch between Main
stream and Sub stream at any time for supported devices. Right click
on the display grid to change the stream.
First, users have to select a connected site from the site list shown on the left.
Then users can decide to playback normal recorded videos or event videos
by clicking on the tabs on the right.
Refer to the following for description of normal video playback and event
video playback.
NOTE: The “Selected time” area will become a calendar if the selected
site supports Calendar Search function.
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After a site is selected, “Valid Time” area will indicate the start and end time of
the available recorded video. The calendar previously mentioned is as below.
NOTE: The channels shown next to the calendar will be the ones
enabled as the displaying channels. Refer to section Get Channel Info.
for more details.
If the selected site is a DVR/NVR/VSS supporting record setup by channels,
the slider bar at the bottom will show in channel base. The event videos will
be separately displayed by choosing from the pull-down menu.
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Playback from DVR and VSS/NVR Sites:
Step 1. First select <Playback> in
“Function” area.
Step 2. Pick a date in the calendar and select the starting time for playback by
moving the arrow of the slider bar. Then click on <Save Settings> to
confirm playback of the selected site. The “Status” area at the top will
show the site number and “Playback”.
Step 3. Playback of multiple sites at the same time is allowed. Users can
select another site and setup its playback time following steps 1 and 2
described above.
Step 4. Click on <OK> at the bottom and CMS will begin to playback chosen
video time of the selected sites.
If users wish to exit the Playback mode while the CMS is still playing back the
recorded video, click <View Operator> and select <Live all> to return to Live
mode.
NOTE: Do not forget to click on <Save Settings> to confirm playback,
or CMS will not begin the playback even if users clicked on <OK>.
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Archive Normal Videos:
Users can save the recorded video in the selected site to the local computer.
The archived videos will be in DRV files, which can only be played in CMS
Player. Follow the steps explained below.
Step 1. First select <Archive> in “Function” area. Then “Selected channel”
area will be available for users to choose preferred channels. A
warning message will pop up if users did not select any site. If users
wish to export AVI file as well, check the box in front of <Export AVI>.
NOTE: The exported AVI files will be separate files for each
channel.
Step 2. Specify the Start Time in “Selected time” area and click on <set start>
in “Function” area. Then specify the End Time and click on <set end>.
Alternatively, use the slider bar to select start time and end time. Click
<Save Settings> and specify a filename.
Step 3. Archiving from multiple sites at the same time is allowed. Users can
select another site and setup its archiving time following steps 1 and 2
described above.
Step 4. Click on <OK> at the bottom and CMS will start to download the video
data. After archiving is completed, conversion to AVI files will begin if
<Export to AVI> is checked.
NOTE: Do not forget to click on <Save Settings> to confirm archiving,
or CMS will not download videos even if users clicked on <OK>.
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Event Video Playback
After a site is selected, click on the <Event Search> tab and the event list will
be displayed. Users can scroll down the list to look for target event video.
There are three search options on the right for users to filter the event list
according to the requirement. After the options are set, click on <Search> at
below and the event list will be filtered with the setting constrain.
NOTE: The search criteria will be saved. Therefore, users will see the
same setting when the event search window is opened next time.
Underneath the event list, select <Play Event> and double click on an event
and click on <OK> at the bottom to begin playback the selected event video.
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Archive Event Videos:
Users can also download event videos to the local computer. Below the event
list, select <Archive Event> choose a preferred event to download. If more
than one event is needed, press the “Ctrl” key to select multiple event videos.
The maximum of items can be selected is 1,000, which is the capacity of the
list.
If users need AVI files as well, check the box in front of <Export AVI>. Then
click on <Start Archive> and an <Event Archive> window will pop up. The
progress bar shows current downloading position. The status column shows
the event is under “Archive”, “Wait”, or “Done” condition.
NOTE: The event archive or normal video archive for different sites
can be performed simultaneously.
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Search by Text:
If the selected site is a DVR with a POS module installed, users can search
recorded videos with text inputs. The <Search By Text> tab will be displayed
as shown below. Users can specify searching criteria listed on the right and
click on <Search> at the bottom to begin video search. Note that the videos in
the list cannot be archived.
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6.6.3
Video Preview
Video Preview allows users to preview a certain part of the recorded video
when the recorded video is being played back in single channel mode. Video
Preview is available in Local Playback of CMS recorded videos and Remote
Playback of VSS recorded videos. However, this function will not be available
when users playback the recorded videos from DVR/NVR sites.
NOTE: The Video Preview function is only available for CMS 3.24.0 or
later and VSS 3.10.0 or later.
When playing back the recorded videos, make sure the video is played in
single channel mode. Move the mouse cursor to a wanted time at the time bar.
Then a preview grid will be displayed in about 1-2 seconds. Alternatively,
users can click and drag the time bar indicator to a desired time. Hold and
wait few seconds, a preview grid will be shown.
NOTE: If the preview grid displays “No DATA”, it means that no video
data is available within the next 15 seconds of the time users selected.
NOTE: Do not move the mouse cursor until the preview grid is
displayed. And it only takes about 1-2 seconds to display the preview
grid.
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The following figures are examples from Local Playback of CMS recorded
data and Remote Playback of VSS recorded data.
Video Preview at Local Playback of CMS Recorded Data
Preview Grid with Preview Image:
Preview Grid with No Data:
NOTE: The Video Preview function will not be available when users
playback the Raw Data from DVR/NVR HDDs.
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Video Preview at Remote Playback of VSS Recorded Data
Preview Grid with Preview Image:
Preview Grid with No Data:
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6.7
System Information
Click on the <System Information> icon and the
pull-down menu are <Device Health>, <PC system
info.>, <About CMS>, <CMS operator log> and
<Device operator log>. Details of the menu items are
described in the following subsections.
6.7.1
Device Health
This is a function that allows users to verify the HDD health status of current
connected DVR and NVR. Select <Device Health> and a progress bar will be
shown to indicate that the information is being retrieving. The following figure
is an example. Note that since IP cameras do not have connected HDD, they
will not be shown in the chart.
Device Name
This item shows the model name of the HDD.
Internal/External
This item indicates whether the HDD is an internal or external device.
Total Size
This item indicates the total size of the HDD.
Active/Non Active
This item indicates whether the HDD is active or non-active.
Temperature
This item indicates the current temperature of the HDD in Celsius degree.
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NOTE: Temperature data is not retrievable for some specific models.
Under Temperature column, it will show “Not available”.
6.7.2
PC System Info.
Select <PC system info.> and the following window will be displayed. The
provided information includes CPU usage, Memory usage and HDD info. In
addition, two more options are at the bottom for users to enable/disable
minimization to tray icon and joystick control. Refer to the following for more
details.
HDD Info
The pie chart displays the HDD information. This is especially useful when
users use CMS to record the video to the local computer. Scroll down the
menu to see the information of all the HDD(s) installed on the local computer,
such as C drive, D drive, etc. The information will be updated every 30
seconds. If file circular is enabled, the circulation will as well be updated every
30 seconds.
Minimize To Tray
If <Minimize To Tray> is checked, CMS window will shrink to CMS icon in the
system tray when users click on the Power button and select <Minimize>. The
taskbar button will also disappear. To restore CMS window, click on CMS icon
and CMS window will come back with the taskbar button. Alternatively, if
<Minimize To Tray> is not checked, CMS will only minimize to the taskbar
button.
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Joystick Control
When a joystick is connected, it can
work in Mouse Control mode and Dome
Camera Control mode. Refer to the
picture on the right for a sample of a
joystick. The requirement of the joystick
is as the following:
1.
2.
12 buttons
X, Y, and Z axis
Press the button “8” to change between
mouse or dome camera control modes.
Note that if the selected camera is not a
dome camera, the joystick will only work
in mouse control mode.
NOTE: Only the first launched CMS server can use joystick control
function.
When CMS detects an available joystick, CMS icon in the system tray icon
will change to a joystick icon. In addition, a message will be shown to tell
current control mode: mouse control or dome camera control. Click on the
<System Information> icon and select <PC system info.>. Then check the box
in front of <Joystick control (On/Off)> to switch on joystick control.
Users can click on the Start menu and access <Joystick> to display the quick
instruction picture of dome camera or mouse control mode.
Whenever the joystick control mode changes, a message will be shown at the
system tray to inform users. Refer to the following tables for the joystick
controlling options:
Under Mouse Control Mode
X axis Left/Right movement
Y axis Up/Down movement
Z axis Clockwise to speed up; Counterclockwise to slow down movement
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Under Dome Camera Control Mode
X axis Move dome/OSD menu selecting left or right
Y axis Move dome/OSD menu selecting up or down
Z axis Clockwise to zoom in; Counterclockwise to zoom out
1
Slow down movement
2
Speed up movement
3
Focus Far
4
Focus Near
5
Iris Close
6
Iris Open
7
Auto/Manual Focus
8
Change to Dome Camera Control mode
9
Enter OSD Menu (IP Dome)
10
Function as ENTER key in OSD Menu (IP Dome)
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6.7.3
No function
About CMS
Select <About CMS> and the version window
will pop up, showing CMS version info and
CMS software upgrade options. CMS software
can be upgraded automatically or manually.
Check the box in front of <Auto Upgrade> to
enable automatic software upgrade. Moreover,
the <CMS Software Upgrade> button allows
users to immediately upgrade CMS.
Refer to the following for details of automatic and manual software upgrade.
Automatic Software Upgrade
If automatic software upgrade is enabled, CMS will connect to the FTP Server
and check for upgrade once a month. If no upgrade is available, CMS will
continue normal process. If upgrade is detected, please follow the steps
below to proceed.
Step 1. A message box will pop up to inform that there is upgrade available.
Click <OK> to download the upgrade software and continue to the
next step. Otherwise, click <Cancel> to abort and continue to normal
CMS process.
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Step 2. Choose a destination folder to save the file. Then a window will pop
up and show the downloading status. Click <Abort> to terminate the
download and CMS will be started as usual.
Step 3. When the download is completed, the installation of the new version
of CMS can be started following the same procedures described in
section Software Installation.
NOTE: If the upgrade file is not completely downloaded, an
error message will be displayed to notify users.
NOTE: A release note will also be downloaded together with
the setup file. A popup window will be displayed to show the file
path where the release note is saved.
Manual Software Upgrade
To manually upgrade software, click on <CMS Software Upgrade>. Then
follow the same steps listed above to complete the download and installation.
6.7.4
CMS Operator Log
The step by step operation of CMS will be recorded by CMS operator log.
Select <CMS operator log> and the Log window will be displayed.
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The list will display 1,000 items with latest ones showing at the bottom. The
list can store up to 10,000 items in circulation, which means the oldest ones
will be deleted when the number of items exceeds 10,000.
Previous button
Click this button to show previous 1,000 items.
Next button
Click this button to show next 1,000 items.
Save button
Click on this button to save CMS operator log as a file.
6.7.5
Device Operator Log
Select <Device operator log> and users can access operator log of DVRs and
NVRs. Select a DVR or an NVR site in the site list, and users will be asked to
input the administrator account name and password. Note that the login name
and password in site setting has to be the administrator account as well.
Otherwise an error message will be displayed.
Save button
Click on the <Save> button to save the device operator log as a file.
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6.8
Setting
Click on the <Setting> icon and the pull-down menu
are <CMS Setting> and <Device Setting>. Details of
the menu items are described in the following
subsections.
6.8.1
CMS Setting
The instruction of CMS setting is already explained in section Configure
CMS and its subsections. Please refer to the section for all details.
6.8.2
Device Setting
Select <Device Setting> and the following window will be displayed. The
settings are separated as by sites or by channels. First, users have to select a
site or a channel in the site tree on the left. The selected site or channel will
be shown under “Current Selection” area. Note that users can only edit
settings of the connected sites.
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2-way Audio Talk (IP Cameras Only)
For IP cameras, 2-way audio talk function enables users to communicate with
the camera side. All stream types, except “RTP OVER RTSP”, support 2-way
audio. The current supported 2-way audio type is ALaw and uLaw audio type.
Check the box in front of <Talk> to enable the talk function. Display the IP
camera in single-channel viewing mode, and users can speak through the
microphone now to communicate with the camera side. “Talk” will be shown
on button left of the Live video.
NOTE: The communication mode is one to one. Broadcasting function
currently is not available.
Audio
Check the box in front of <Audio> to switch on/off the audio.
NOTE: Switching ON/OFF the audio at CMS will not affect the audio
setting of the connected sites.
Configuration
Click on the <Configuration> button to open the configuration menu of the site.
The configuration menus for different types of sites are different from each
other. Refer to the following for examples.
Configuration Menu of an IP Camera:
The Configuration menu of an IP camera is shown as below. The <Stream>
tab is the same as in <Advance Streaming Setting> in section Setup the IP
Camera Site Manually.
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Other tabs (Property, Network, Video Setting, and System) allow users to edit
the IP camera’s corresponding settings. Click on <Apply> at the bottom and
users can see the effect of the new setting in the Live video. The change of
settings will be applied to the webpage of the IP Camera as well.
If users wish to connect to the IP camera’s webpage via a browser, click on
<Link to WebPage> at the bottom. When the setting is completed, click <OK>
at the bottom to exit the Configuration menu.
NOTE: Only A5S IP cameras and Xarina Series IP cameras support
the configuration function.
Configuration Menu of a DVR:
The following is the Configuration menu of a DVR. Some items are not
available in CMS setting condition. Please refer to User’s Manual and OSD
Setup Manual of the DVR for detailed instruction.
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Configuration Menu of an NVR:
The following is the OSD Menu of an NVR. Some items are not available in
CMS setting condition. Please refer to User’s Manual and OSD Setup Manual
of the NVR for detailed instruction.
Editing the HDD of Network Video Storage (NVS):
Go to <Database Setup> tab and click on the <Execute> button next to
<Internal Disks>, and a list will popup showing all internal HDDs. The list also
contains information about total size, state, and temperature of the internal
HDDs. <Active> means the HDD is added to the NVS database. Under
<Action> column, users can add or remove an HDD to/from the database,
and format or repair an HDD.
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Configuration Menu of NVR User Management:
Users who connect NVR with sufficient privileges, such as NVR administrator,
can edit items under <User Management> in <System Setup>. As for
standard users, they are not able to view any account and permission
information under <User Management>.
After users select <User Management>, the same message window will pop
up twice. Click <Yes> to display the configuration menu. The configuration
menu will not display any information if users select <No>. The following is
the configuration menu of User Management.
Under <User Management>, all account names (excluding “admin”),
passwords, and permissions setup can be edited. Note that the account name
length should be 4-20 characters. In addition, password length must be 4-8
characters, and can only contain numbers. Once users completed the
configuration, click <Apply> to apply the setting. A popup window will indicate
whether the system successfully applies the setting, click <Confirm> to exit.
NOTE: Account names cannot be repeatedly used. The system will
hint users when it detects an account name being used again.
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Configuration Menu of an IP Camera via VSS Site:
An example of the configuration window of the VSS site is shown as below.
Users can edit the IP camera’s configuration settings.
NOTE: If users connect VSS with insufficient privileges, the
configuration menu of IP camera via VSS site will be grayed out and
cannot be accessed.
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Configuration of VSS User Management:
Users can configure VSS users’ privileges via CMS. Make sure that at least
one VSS user, not including administrator accounts, is added on VSS site;
otherwise, the User Management tab will not appear. The followings are two
circumstances when users connect to VSS with different VSS user accounts.
Connect VSS as Administrator
When users connect VSS as administrator at CMS side, all user account
names will be listed in the tab, and all permission can be edited. The following
is an example of configuration window of VSS site.
Connect VSS as Standard Users
If users connect VSS via CMS as standard VSS users, all permission
configuration in this tab will be grayed out and cannot be accessed.
Furthermore, users can only view their own permission information in this tab.
Other users’ permission information will not be displayed.
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Relay Out
For DVR sites, users are allowed to manually trigger
preset relay out alarms at the DVR/NVR side. Click on
the <RelayOut> button and a status window will be
displayed, as on the right. Click on the button next to
any relay out alarm to manually trigger it. Click on the
button again to switch it off.
NOTE: Different models of DVR/NVR will have different number of
relay out alarms. Note that not every NVR model supports this
function.
Bandwidth – Normal/Dual Stream (DVR Only)
For different networks with different bandwidths, two streaming options are
provided – Normal Stream and Dual Stream. Users who are using high-speed
networks, normal stream will be a recommended choice. Depending on the
HDD capacity and network usage, set to high, middle or low bandwidth.
For networks with limited bandwidth, dual stream will be a better choice. It
enables coexistence of high quality stream at local DVR side and lower
quality stream but faster transmission for CMS side. To select dual stream,
click on the bandwidth button to switch to <Dual Stream>. Then users can
furthermore choose different bit rates to adjust for the best displaying quality.
The setting will be applied immediately, and is going to be saved for CMS
next startup.
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Sound Notification Setting
When a channel is selected, <Sound Notification(On/Off)> will be available for
setting. Check the box to enable sound notification function for the selected
channel. Note that a message window will appear if there is no sound file
selected yet. Refer to section Display for more details about selecting sound
files.
NOTE: On the top-left of the grid will show [SN] to indicate sound
notification is switched on.
In addition, there are some quick hot keys for setting up sound notification
function directly at CMS main window. Refer to the following description.
1. Click a channel grid and press the following keys:
 Ctrl + n: Sound Notification ON
 Ctrl + f: Sound Notification OFF
2. Click a channel grid and press the following keys:
 Ctrl + Alt + n: Sound Notification ON for all sites
 Ctrl + Alt + f: Sound Notification OFF for all sites
3. Click a site in the Site Tree and press the following keys:
 Ctrl + Alt + n: Sound Notification ON for the selected sites
 Ctrl + Alt + f: Sound Notification OFF for the selected sites
Camera Covert
If a camera is set to covert at the DVR side, uncheck the box in front of
<Camera Covert> to un-covert at CMS side. Then video stream will come in,
and an icon “ ” will be shown at bottom-left of the grid. The icon represents
that the camera is covert at the DVR side.
This function is only available when CMS and DVR side are logged in using
accounts with administrator authority.
Dome Setting (Dome Cameras Only)
Click on the <Dome setting> button to setup the Dome ID and Dome Protocol.
Change Camera Name
Users can change the display name of the channel here. Input a new name
and click on the <Apply> button to change the camera name immediately.
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Intelligent Surveillance
Four intelligent surveillance functions are provided for users to setup each
channel separately. Note that <Counting Application> and <Cross Line Alert>
are for PRO versions only.
CMS Motion Detection:
Users can setup motion detection at CMS site independently. Click on the
<Motion Detection> button and the following setting window will be displayed.
Users can choose to monitor the complete screen or select up to 8 boxed
areas after clicked on <Regional>. Click on <Clear> button to delete all
selected areas. Alternatively, right click on any selected area to delete it
individually.
Refer to the following for description of motion detection settings.
Enable Function: Check on it to start monitor motion detection.
Show Motion Detection Region: Check on it to display the detection area
visually on the monitoring screen. The boxes will also be captured and
displayed on the snapshot images.
Start Simulation: Click on it to start simulating motion detection. As shown
above, red boxes will mark the motion areas.
Stop Simulation: Click on it to stop simulation.
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Sensitivity: Setup a desired sensitivity level.
Click on <OK> to apply the settings, or click on <Cancel> to disregard and
return to Live mode.
NOTE: When motion alert is triggered, an alert icon “
displayed at bottom-left of the grid.
” will be
Missing/Foreign Object Detection
The purpose of Missing/Foreign Object Detection function is for users to keep
an eye on the important objects and areas. Click on the <Missing/Foreign
Object Detection> button, and the object detected search window will be
shown as below.
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Users can setup at most 8 monitoring areas. Click on <Clear All> button to
delete all boxes. Alternatively, right click on any single box to delete it
individually.
Sensitivity: Setup a desired sensitivity level.
Interval: The time specified here is for determining the lost of objects. If an
object is removed from the selected areas for more than the time specified
here, lost of object alert will be triggered.
Enable Function: Check on it to enable missing/foreign object detection.
Show Region: Check on it to display the detection area visually on the
monitoring screen. The boxes will also be captured and displayed on the
snapshot images.
Clear All: Click on it to clear all selected boxes.
Apply: Click on it to save and apply settings in the configuration section.
Start Simulation: Click on it to start simulating object detection. As shown in
the previous page, green boxes will mark the lost of objects.
Stop Simulation: Click on it to stop simulation.
Live: Click on it to restore the Video Preview frame to live image.
Lost of Object Alerts
When lost of object alerts are detected, restore the object detected search
window and the list on the left-hand side will show area number and time of
the lost of object alerts.
If the connected site is a DVR, double click on any item to playback video that
is 15 seconds before the alert triggered. However, if the video is not added to
the database yet, an error message will be displayed.
NOTE: Only the configuration of area positions, sensitivity, and interval
will be permanently saved. The default image will be replaced by the
initial image every time when CMS restarts. Therefore, please check
the configuration every time CMS starts up.
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NOTE: CMS Player also has Missing/Foreign Object Detection
function, and it is slightly different from what’s in CMS. Refer to section
Local Playback (CMS Player) for more details.
Click on <OK> to apply the settings, or click on <Cancel> to disregard and
return to Live mode. The selected boxes will not be shown on the live
monitoring screen.
NOTE: The “Motion Detection” function and “Missing/Foreign Object
Detection” function can be enabled simultaneously.
Counting Application (PRO Version Only)
Counting Application enables users to keep tracks of object entrance/exit at
designated positions. Click on the <Counting Application> button and the
counting application setting window will be shown as below.
Refer to the following for description of counting application settings.
Enable Function: Check on it to enable counting application.
Show Virtual Line: Check on it to display the virtual line on Live monitoring
display.
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Virtual Line: Click to select this and users can
draw virtual lines at preferred positions. After a
virtual line is drawn, a window will pop up as
shown on the right. Users have to define In/Out
direction and monitoring type. A maximum of 10
virtual lines can be defined for each camera.
Object Size: After the virtual line is drawn, users need to define size of
detecting object. Click and drag the mouse to define a preferred object size.
Recounting Interval: Users need to specify duration of time segment. The
In/Out counting numbers will be reset for each time segment.
Start Simulation: Click on it to start simulating counting application. The In/Out
counter will show numbers of detections.
Stop Simulation: Click on it to stop simulation.
Clear All: Click on it to clear all defined virtual lines and the object size box.
Sensitivity: Setup a preferred sensitivity level.
Show Log: Check on it and the log will be
displayed as shown on the right.
Clear Log: Click on it to clear the log.
Click on <OK> to apply the settings, or click
on <Cancel> to disregard and return to Live
mode.
NOTE: Counting Application function is also available in CMS Player.
The setting options are exactly the same as in CMS.
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Cross Line Alert (PRO Version Only)
Users can use Cross Line Alert function to monitor prohibited entrance/exit at
designated boundary line. Click on the <Intelligent Surveillance> button and
the cross line alert setting window will be shown as below.
Enable Function: Check on it to enable cross line alert function.
Show Virtual Line: Check on it to display the virtual line on Live monitoring
display.
Record: Check on it to trigger event recording whenever cross line alert is
detected.
Virtual Line: Click to select this and users can
draw virtual lines at preferred positions. After a
virtual line is drawn, a window will pop up as
shown on the right. Users have to define In/Out
direction and monitoring type. A maximum of 10
virtual lines can be defined for each camera.
Object Size: After the virtual line is drawn, users need to define size of
detecting object. Click and drag the mouse to define a preferred object size.
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Start Simulation: Click on it to start simulating counting application. The In/Out
counter will show numbers of detections.
Stop Simulation: Click on it to stop simulation.
Clear All: Click on it to clear all defined virtual lines and the object size box.
Sensitivity: Setup a preferred sensitivity level.
Click on <OK> to apply the settings, or click on <Cancel> to disregard and
return to Live mode.
NOTE: When cross line alert is triggered, an alert icon “ ” will be
displayed at bottom-left of the grid.
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6.9
Disconnection Log
CMS will automatically detect if any sites connected at the beginning are
disconnected for any reason other than manual disconnection in every 3
minutes. The <Disconnection Log> icon will blink to hint users when abnormal
disconnection occurs.
Users can also click on the <Disconnection Log> icon at any time to restore
the disconnection list.
The list can be saved as a TXT file by clicking on <Save> at the bottom.
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6.10
Alert Log
When an alert is triggered while the alert function is enabled, the <Alert Log>
icon will blink to indicate that an alert has been triggered. Click on the <Alert
Log> icon to display the Alert Info window. Users can click on the <Save>
button to save the alert information list.
NOTE: The maximum number of items that can be kept on the alert list
is 1,000. When the list reached 1,000 items, the earliest alert
messages will be deleted while the new ones are being saved.
Double click on the Event Messages (Alarm, Motion, or Video Loss) to view
the event video in full screen. If the DVR sending the Event Messages is not
currently connected to CMS, a message box will be displayed. Connect the
DVR and the event video will be available.
Icons of alert types, as listed below, will be displayed at bottom-left of the grid.
Motion
Alarm
Cross Line
Video Loss
NOTE: If the alert event has not yet been added to the database of the
DVR, a warning message will be shown to notify users.
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7.
Additional Functions
There are more functions available when right clicking on the displaying grids.
Refer to the following subsections for more information.
7.1
Dome Control
Users can also control a dome camera in CMS. Right click on a grid where a
dome camera is properly installed and select <Dome Control>. The dome
control panel will be displayed.
The function of each button on the dome control panel is described below.
Focus
This is used to manually focus on preferred objects. Click on the <Focus
Near>/<Focus Far> icons to adjust the focus.
Iris
This is used to adjust iris of then lens. Click on the <Iris Open> icon let in
more light. Otherwise, click on the <Iris Close> icon to reduce incoming light.
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Zoom
This is used to zoom in/out to preferred objects. Click on the <Zoom
In>/<Zoom Out> icons to adjust the lens. It can also be adjusted by moving
the scroll wheel of the mouse. Scroll toward users to zoom out and away from
users to zoom in. CMS zoom function will be disabled in dome camera control
mode.
A.F. (Auto Focus)
Click on
to focus the camera automatically.
Go Preset Point
Click on
to go to any preset point.
Direction Button
Click on the arrows to pan/tilt the dome camera.
Set Preset Point
Click on
to set the current position as a
present point. As shown on the right, specify
the preset point number and give it a name.
The setting will apply to the remote site as
well.
ID
Click on
to setup the Dome ID and Dome Protocol.
Speed Slider Bar
The slider bar is used to adjust the speed of the pan/tilt movement. 0 is the
slowest and 100 is the fastest.
Mouse Control
If the mouse is moved to the top/bottom/
left/right edge of the screen, a red triangle
as in the picture on the right will show up.
At this time left clicking the mouse to
move the screen toward the direction
where the red triangle points to.
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7.2
Camera Info.
Camera information can be viewed both in CMS
and CMS Player. Right click on any channel grid
and select <Camera Info.> from the pull-down
menu to view its camera information. Refer to
the following for examples of Camera Info.
window from CMS and CMS Player.
Camera Info of CMS
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7.3
Dual Streaming Options
When the connected site is an IP Camera or a
VSS/NVR device, the display and recording
formats will be in dual streaming mode, while
three different options are available.
Right click on a grid of an IP Camera or a
VSS/NVR site and dual streaming options will
be shown at the bottom, including Main Stream,
Sub Stream, and Auto. Only one option can be
selected out of the three. The preset is Auto.
NOTE: For VSS/NVR sites, the Main/Sub stream types MUST be
defined beforehand.
Refer to the following table for details of which type of streams will be used
under different combinations of display and recording settings for the three
different options.
Dual Streaming Options
Auto
Main Stream
Sub Stream
Multi-window Display
Sub Stream
Main Stream
Sub Stream
Single Channel Display
Main Stream
Main Stream
Sub Stream
Sub Stream/
Main Stream
Main Stream
Sub Stream/
Main Stream
Main Stream
Main Stream
Main Stream
Main Stream
Display Only
Display AND Recording
Multi-window Display/
Recording
Single Channel Display/
Recording
Sub Stream/
Main Stream
Recording Only
Recording Only
Main Stream
Some special cases are:
1. For IP Camera sites, if sub stream is not enabled, the dual streaming
option will be preset and fixed as <Display: Main Stream>.
2. For NVR sites, the recording stream will be whatever streams come in.
The displaying stream will follow rules of dual streaming option selected.
For VSS/NVR sites, the dual streaming options will not be available if the
connection type is set to <Sub Stream Only>. Thus both recording and
displaying streams will be the sub stream.
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7.4
Fisheye Camera Display
When a fisheye camera is connected, a small icon
will be displayed at the
bottom left-hand corner of the grid. Right click on the camera display and the
pull-down menu will include <Fisheye Option>, as shown below. Note that the
resolution of the main stream MUST be set to 1920*1080 or higher; otherwise,
<Fisheye Option> will not be available.
NOTE: The Fisheye camera dewarping will also be available during
playback of videos with Fisheye camera information supplied.
When the display is in multi-channel mode and the fisheye camera is set to
<Display: Main Stream>, the camera mode selections are Source video view
and Single view. If the display is in single channel mode, the camera modes
are Source video view, Single view, Quad view and Dual 180 degree.
Source Video View
This is the original video source from the fisheye camera. The image will look
like the following.
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Single View
This is the expanded picture of the original video source, for the purpose of
easier observation by human eyes.
Quad View
Similar to single view, quad view shows the original video source in four
expanded pictures. Users will be able to monitor bigger area than single view,
but the picture size is one half smaller.
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Dual 180 Degree
This camera mode will cut the original video source into half and expand each
half into a rectangle picture, as shown below. This allows users to monitor the
whole source view, but the pictures may be a little bit distorted.
Change Displaying Area
Under single view, quad view and dual 180 degree modes, users can click on
any spot to make the position at the center of the displaying image. This will
change to a different displaying area.
In addition, users can also click and hold the left key of the mouse to drag the
camera image to change the displaying area.
NOTE: Whatever type of camera mode is displayed for monitor
purpose, the recorded video will always be in source video view.
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7.5
ePTZ Control via Mouse
Both in CMS and CMS Player, zoom in/out can be easily controlled via the
scroll wheel of the mouse. Either in CMS or CMS Player, click on any grid that
users wish to zoom in viewing area. Move the scroll wheel away from users to
zoom in and the screen will show like the following picture.
On the upper left-hand corner will show zoom-in multiple. The maximum
multiple is X7. Also on the lower right-hand corner will show the position of
current viewing area, shown as an inner white rectangle, compared with the
original screen, shown as an outer rectangle frame.
In addition, the viewing area can be dragged and moved by left clicking and
holding the mouse while moving.
NOTE: This function is not available in Dome Camera Control mode.
Scrolling the mouse wheel will zoom in/out the camera lens of the
dome camera.
NOTE: This function will use up a lot of CPU resources. It is
recommended not to open too many programs at the same time to
avoid crash of CPU.
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Appendix A: Install AVI Codec
In order to correctly playback converted AVI files, install K-Lite Codec Pack and select
codec options during installation, as described below.
1. Check <Mu-law, A-law> & <MS ADPCM> under <Other audio formats [ffdshow]>.
2. Find <DirectShow source filters:> and select <(use system default)> (some versions
may show <Microsoft>) for <AVI splitter>.
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If H.264 AVI files cannot be played or the videos cannot be displayed correctly, please go to
Start menu  <K-Lite Codec Pack>  <Configuration>  <ffdshow video decoder>. Then
change the following settings
1. Under <Codecs>section, select <libavcodec> for H264/AVC Decoder.
2. Under <Decoder options> section, select <none> for <Error resilience>.
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Appendix B: Troubleshooting
The followings are some common situations when users are having difficulty with CMS
server.
1. CMS server does not work properly. How can it be recovered or where can I ask for
help?
Please try the following ways to recover it first.
A. Please check if the computer meets the system requirement.
B. If CMS automatically closes when it’s starting up or connecting to sites, please
send the files stored in \CMS\Setting\ under improper operation condition.
Afterwards, re-install CMS and check to install Default Setting during installation.
Remember not to import old setting files. This will tell whether if the old setting
data are corrupted.
C. If CMS cannot successfully connect to sites, check the followings.
 Confirm IP, port, username, and password of the site. Users can connect to
the site via IE browser to verify the site exists and is connectable.
 Close firewall and virus scan software and try to connect again. If the problem
is due to firewall or virus scan software, please change their settings.
 If the connection still failed, please send the IP address to our engineer.
NOTE: When users need to ask for the engineer’s help, please send a copy of
the files stored in \CMS\Log\ as well.
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2. CMS server takes up too many HDD space.
We have found that the preset of the virus scan software “NOD32” will automatically
create a temporary file under windows system temporary folder when CMS connects to
sites. This temporary file will automatically increase the size which causes the HDD
became lack of space.
Please go to the control center of the NOD32 and disable IMON. Then the problem
should be resolved. The following pictures are examples.
3. The PC crashed while playing back the AVI file exported from DVR or converted by
CMS Player.
Click <Start Menu> and select <Run>. Then input “cmd regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll” and
click <OK>. Playback the AVI file again and the problem shall be solved.
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