User Manual - Marshall Electronics

User Manual - Marshall Electronics
VMS
User Manual
About this Manual
This user manual provides information on operating and managing the optimal video management
software, VMS. The manual includes instructions of installation, operation and configuration of VMS
as well as how to do troubleshooting.
This manual contains various applications based on network knowledge. User‟s basic network
knowledge may be needed to fully understand this manual. This manual is designed to deliver the
optimal ways to utilize various Network Video Recorder configurations.
Legal Notice
The legal conditions of camera surveillance vary depending on regions. Unauthorized and
inappropriate use may cause you to have penalties. Users have the responsibilities of legal operation
of surveillance product. Please make sure to check your local laws before using this product.
Safety notices
Do not proceed with improper operation beyond the instructions in this manual to avoid damages.
Please read this manual before operation and follow instructions.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................... 5
2. Installation and Startup ....................................................................................................................................... 6
3. Overview of Application Interface and Functions ................................................................................................ 8
4. Live Monitoring .................................................................................................................................................. 13
Adding cameras or video encoders .................................................................................................................. 13
Display management ........................................................................................................................................ 16
Viewing on the secondary monitor .................................................................................................................... 20
Connection and disconnection of a camera ...................................................................................................... 21
PTZ control ....................................................................................................................................................... 21
Snapshot .......................................................................................................................................................... 24
Audio control ..................................................................................................................................................... 25
Video input color control ................................................................................................................................... 26
Indentifying sensor state and control of alarm in the tree ................................................................................. 26
Digital zoom ...................................................................................................................................................... 27
Channel information display ............................................................................................................................. 27
5. Recording .......................................................................................................................................................... 29
Storage setup ................................................................................................................................................... 29
Recording mode and schedule ......................................................................................................................... 31
Manual recording .............................................................................................................................................. 35
Recording control: on/off ................................................................................................................................... 35
Checking how recording is going on ................................................................................................................. 35
Setting recording parameters............................................................................................................................ 36
Record mode interface ..................................................................................................................................... 37
6. Search and Playback ........................................................................................................................................ 38
Search by date and time ................................................................................................................................... 38
Search by event ................................................................................................................................................ 39
Playback control ............................................................................................................................................... 40
Playback of individual storage file ..................................................................................................................... 40
Remote search and playback ........................................................................................................................... 41
Backup .............................................................................................................................................................. 42
7. Event Handling .................................................................................................................................................. 44
Event monitoring and search ............................................................................................................................ 44
Event log and search ........................................................................................................................................ 45
Event handler.................................................................................................................................................... 46
8. E-Map ............................................................................................................................................................... 51
Importing maps ................................................................................................................................................. 52
Connecting to VMS ........................................................................................................................................... 52
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Placing cameras onto a map ............................................................................................................................ 53
Pop-up video..................................................................................................................................................... 53
Event handling .................................................................................................................................................. 54
Configuring the object display ........................................................................................................................... 56
9. Additional Functions .......................................................................................................................................... 57
Serial data pass-through ................................................................................................................................... 57
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1. Introduction
VMS is a powerful IP video surveillance application providing rich features.
 Connect to a number of IP cameras (or video encoders) and monitor live video and audio from
them in realtime.
 Record the streams from cameras into local storage and provide convenient search, playback
and export to video clips of stored data.
 Monitor various events from camera and associate various actions to handle the events.
 Provide stream relaying service to remote clients.
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2. Installation and Startup
Minimum system requirements
The following minimum requirements should be met for normal functioning of the VMS.
 Operating system: Windows XP Professional, Vista Business, Server 2003, Server 2008
 CPU: Intel Pentium 4
2.4GHz or higher
 RAM: 1GB or larger
 Network: Ethernet 100Mbps or higher
 Graphics:
- Graphics memory: 128MB or larger
- DirectX9.0c installed
- Screen resolution: 1024x768 or larger
Note: Above minimum requirements are for normal functioning with a few cameras. The
requirements to support more cameras vary a lot depending on the number of channels, video
resolution, framerate, bitrate etc. Please contact Marshall technical support to get the
recommendation for a specific configuration for supporting a large number of cameras.
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Installation
Installation of the VMS is started by double-clicking the installation package. Please follow the
instructions for installation.
During the installation, the password for the administrator will be prompted. An administrator user of
ID admin is created by default and the password is configured on the installation.
Startup and login
Login dialog comes on executing VMS.
Correct user ID and password of a registered user should be entered. The dialog also provides a way
to change the password of a user. The dialog for changing password will come only when User ID and
Password are entered correctly.
When Automatic login is checked, the VMS doesn‟t ask login in the next startup. Automatic login
setting can be changed in Security setup also.
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3. Overview of Application Interface and Functions
Application interface
Application interface of VMS consists of several parts as shown in the figure.
Video window
Toolbar
Control
pane
Timeline for recording status
Status bar
Tool bar
Tool bar provides the way to invoke frequently used functions or applications.
Setup
Record mode
Live mode
Search
E-map
Event log
 Setup
Opens the dialog for setup the VMS. Individual dialog can be accessed also from
corresponding menu.
 Live mode / Record mode
Changes the UI mode of the application.
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 Search
Invokes True Search application for search and playback of recorded data.
 E-map
Invokes TMAP application which provides geographical management of camera locations etc.
 Event log
Opens a dialog for realtime monitoring of events and searching stored events.
Control pane
Control panes provides most of the controls for the VMS including camera connections management,
PTZ control, audio control, color control. It also shows storage status briefly. Each pane can be hidden
or shown using corresponding menu in View menu group.
 Camera tree
Shows registered cameras and provides operations for connection
and disconnection. Statuses of sensors and alarm devices attached
to the camera are also shown. It provides a way to start record
instantly.
 Storage
Shows the storage status and recorded duration briefly.
It collects the information from the disks which are
selected for recording.
 PTZ
Provides PTZ control interface. Circular control provides
full control for pan and tilt including the speed. Speed
control the dialog applies to zoom and focus control.
Preset also can be selected here. Further controls of PTZ
cameras are available on PTZ control dialog.
 Audio
Provides controls for audio send on/off and mute for PC
speaker. Volume also can be controlled. Audio file in
wave format can be played toward the camera instead of
live input.
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 Color
Provides controls for input video color of the
selected camera.
Video window
Video window is the area for display video from the cameras. It consists of display units(DU,
hereafter). The toolbar above the video window provides ways to change the mode of video window to
various configurations.
Multi-screen mode
PTZ
Snapshot
Full screen
Timeline for recording status
Timeline shows the recording status of a selected camera. Detailed view can be obtained by changing
the scale of the timeline using + button or – button. While it is updated periodically, it is possible to
update manually by pressing the button or refresh.
Status bar
Status bar shows additional information such as login ID, the number of currently connected viewing
clients, and statistics for serial TX/RX activity.
Showing/Hiding the user interface components
Visibility of each user interface component is controllable using
corresponding menu in View menu. When some of the features are not
used, corresponding components can be hidden. Sensor/Alarm nodes
menu controls whether sensor and alarm nodes in the tree are to be
shown or hidden. In case sensor/alarm devices are not used, more
concise tree can be obtained by hiding the nodes.
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Two modes of user interface: Live mode and Record mode
VMS provides two modes of user interface, Live mode and Record mode, which can be selected
according to the specific situation in the site. Live mode button and Record mode button in the
toolbar are used for mode switching.
Live mode
Live mode is used where interactive monitoring of live video is required. As the decoding and display
of video takes essential CPU load, the number of cameras to be viewed simultaneously can be limited
according to the video encoding settings of cameras and PC‟s performance. In terms of functionality,
Live mode is a super set of Record mode. That is, Live mode supports recording function.
Note: If the graphics mode of the PC is not configured to support video display in Live mode,
“Display initialization error” comes on video area. The following essential condition for running Live
mode should be checked:
- Minimum 128MB graphics memory
- DirectX9.0c installed and maximum H/W acceleration
- 32-bit color mode
Record mode
When live monitoring in the VMS PC is not essential, it is preferable to use Record mode. As it
doesn‟t use CPU load for decoding and display, more cameras can be accommodated for recording
and streaming. Another advantage of Record mode is that it can run in any display mode with any
kinds of graphics cards.
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Streaming to remote clients
VMS internally equips with streaming module for the remote client viewers. Remote clients can
connect to VMS to get video, audio and event data. This way of indirect relaying reduces the
streaming load of the camera as well as the network to the camera. Status of remote clients
connected to the VMS can be viewing by Relay status sub menu of View menu.
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4. Live Monitoring
Adding cameras or video encoders
A camera or video encoder can be added on Camera setup dialog.
1. Open Camera setup dialog.
2. Click Add button to open Add camera dialog
3. Enter the information for the camera
Name: name of the camera
Group: name of the group to which the camera belongs. Once a group is entered, it can be
selected from the entry of the next camera.
Type: Currently VMS supports MEI VS products as well as TOA cameras. Select the camera
type to be added.
1. TCAM/TCS : MEI VS IP camera or MEI VS video servers
2. Netcansee : TOA camera
- Please add “toa://” before IP address → Ex) toa://192.168.10.180
3. Generic RTSP: Support video streaming of IP cameras or video servers based on
RTSP/RTP protocol.
Address: IP address or domain name of the camera
Channel: channel number if the video encoder has multiple channels (starting from 1)
Port: port number to connect
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Protocol: protocol for streaming video/audio data
Audio: uncheck when audio will not be used
PTZ: check if PTZ control for the camera is to be used
Login/Password: login ID and password of the camera
Relay name: name of the streaming server when the VMS is connecting to the specified
camera by way of streaming server
Relay address: address of the streaming server
Relay port: port of the streaming server (default: 2222)
Relay login: login ID of the streaming server (default: admin)
Relay password: password of the streaming server (default: 1234)
User info1~3: additional information to be described for user‟s needs.
4. Click OK.
It is possible to detect the cameras, video encoders or video decoders in the same LAN using IP
Discovery function.
1. Click IP Discovery button on Camera setup dialog
2. Select a device to add on IP Discovery dialog
3. Enter additional information on Add camera dialog
Quick viewing of added camera
Once a camera is added, it will come on the tree and connected if it is reachable. The camera node
will be in grey color if it is connected. The video from the camera will not be displayed on video
window until the camera is explicitly mapped to a DU(display unit). The simplest way of mapping a
camera to a DU is to use automatic mapping function.
1. Click the right button of the mouse on any position of the video window.
2. Select Auto map menu
3. All cameras in the tree will be mapped to DUs sequentially(left-to-right, top-to-bottom). If
there are more cameras than a page of the screen mode can accommodate, more pages will
be created automatically.
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One automatic mapping operation applies only to current screen mode. The mapping needs to be
done again in manually or automatically in another screen mode.
Note: Cameras are mapped to DUs automatically without explicit mapping operation in 1x1 screen
mode. While user may prefer his/her own mapping for various configurations in multi-display
modes, the mapping can be limited in1x1 mode. So only automatic mapping is supported in 1x1
mode.
Changing camera information
Pressing Modify button on Camera setup dialog invokes Modify camera dialog which is similar to
Add camera dialog. Double clicking a camera entry in the table also invokes Modify camera dialog.
It is possible to modify some entries of multiple cameras by selecting multiple entries before pressing
Modify button.
Select multiple entries
to change more than
one cameras at once
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Display management
Camera – DU mapping
A DU(Display Unit) is a rectangular region consisting the video window. For example, 2x2 mode
consists of 4 DUs and 4x4 mode, 16 DUs. In order to view a camera, the camera should be mapped
to one of the DUs.
A camera can be mapped to a DU in three ways.
(1) Drag a camera from the tree and drop on a DU.
(2) Use Map camera menu on a DU.
(3) Use Auto map function to map all cameras to DUs in a screen mode.
Drag & drop
Use Map camera menu
on a DU
Automatic mapping is convenient for mapping all registered cameras to all screen modes at one click.
It creates required pages in each screen mode and maps cameras to DUs in left-to-right, top-tobottom order starting from the top-left DU.
Mapping done by automatic mapping can be modified by manual mappings later. It would be useful to
do automatic mapping first, then modify the mapping partially according to specific needs. It is
possible to map a camera to multiple pages in a screen mode.
The position of a camera in the video window can be changed instantly by dragging a DU and drop on
a different DU. If the destination DU already has other camera, positions of two cameras are
exchanged.
Drag and drop for position change
A DU can be freed from camera mapping by Unmap menu invoked by the right button of the mouse
over the DU.
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Page operations
A page is defined as a set of DUs which can be displayed
simultaneously in a specific screen mode. For example, a page
in 4x4 screen mode contains 16 DUs. When the number of
cameras is larger than the number of DUs in a page, more than
one pages are required. Automatic mapping creates required
pages automatically.
More flexibility in mapping cameras to DUs can be achieved by
allowing creation, renaming, repositioning of pages manually.
Menu for page operation is invoked by clicking the right button of the mouse over the page title part.
Full Screen
Full Screen mode will be operated by clicking
button. Generally ESC key is used to return from
full screen mode. For sites where keyboard is not used, returning only with mouse operation is
supported. Press the wheel of the mouse for returning from full screen mode.
Controlling video encoding of cameras to get effective multi-channel display
 Video encoding setting of individual camera
Video encoding tab of Display setup allows the setting of video encoding of a camera. As it modifies
the setting of the camera, the effect will be propagated to all connected clients as well as recorded
data by the VMS.
Right button click on a value
It is useful to use Propagate to all function invoked by right mouse button click on a value to set the
same value to all cameras.
Settings are retrieved, kept to local configuration file and set to the camera in the following way.
Initial settings when a camera is added
When a camera is added, settings are read from the camera on the first connection. These values are
saved to the local configuration file. „-„ is shown until it succeeds in the first connection.
Get from camera operation
Settings can be read from the camera by pressing Get from cameras button at any time. When there
are a lot of cameras and/or the network is poor, it may take considerable time. If Get settings
whenever Display setup is opened is checked, the VMS reads settings from cameras whenever the
dialog is opened.
Applying the settings to camera and saving to the configuration file
If Send modified settings only is checked, only settings changed manually or by Get from cameras
since opening the dialog are applied to the cameras and saved to the configuration file on clicking OK
or Apply. Otherwise all settings in the table are applied unconditionally. It is recommended to check
this setting in order to apply the settings only when necessary.
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It is useful to use Propagate to all function invoked by right mouse button click on a value to set the
same value to all cameras.
Note: When the display and recording are configured to use the same stream(primary or
secondary), change of video encoding setting in one setup invalidates the settings in the other
setup. It is preferable to configure in only one setup when the same stream is used for both.
 Automatic control of video encoding for various screen modes
Due to the load by video encoding, it is not possible to view many HD video simultaneously. On the
other hand, it is not so meaningful to view HD video in a small display unit in NxN screen mode. As a
compromise, VMS provides a way to control video encoding setting automatically according to current
screen mode.
This feature is more useful if the camera or encoder supports dual stream encoding. One stream can
be configured with fixed setting to get consistent recording quality, while the other can be controlled
dynamically according to the screen mode to get smooth display with affordable CPU load.
Note: Automatic control is useful only when Decode visible channel only setting is ON. If the
setting is OFF, all channels are decoded regardless of the screen mode and CPU loads can be
almost the same in any modes.
Video on/off control
Video streaming from a camera can be turned off using the menu
on the camera node of the tree or DU. Event handler provides a
way to turn video on automatically on selected events. Video on/off
menu together with this feature allows event-based viewing of
video.
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Additional settings for video display
Etc tab of Display setup contains additional settings related with video viewing.
 Image for unassigned window
Normally DU displays black screen when no camera is mapped. Customized image can be
displayed by this setting.
 Decode visible channels only
When set, the VMS don‟t decode invisible channels. For instance, max 4 channels are decoded
in 2x2 screen mode. When the screen mode is changed to view channels which are not visible
in current mode, it will take a few seconds to get video for the channels which are in invisible
state in current mode. If the performance of the PC allows decoding of all channels
simultaneously, quicker video display can be achieved by disabling this setting.
 Stop video display while Search application is running
When checked, the VMS stops displaying video if True Search application is running. This is to
reduce CPU load for efficient running of search application.
 Keep aspect ratio (ALT+F5)
When checked, video display in a DU keeps the width-height ratio of the encoded stream
instead of scaling to fit to the DU and remaining part comes in black.
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Keep aspect ratio OFF
Keep aspect ratio ON
 Deinterlacing
Select the deinterlacing method.
 Display buffer
Set the number of frames before decoding and display. Larger value results in more smooth
display while the latency increases.
 Sequencing
When enabled, pages in a screen mode are displayed in turn in a specified interval.
Viewing on the secondary monitor
VMS allows opening of another video window which can be moved to
the secondary monitor if it is supported in the PC.
The extra video window is called Secondary monitor view. The
secondary monitor view can be opened using Secondary monitor
menu in TVMS menu.
The secondary monitor view has the GUI similar to Live mode of main GUI, but items which have
nothing to do with video display are omitted. A camera can be mapped to a DU of the secondary
monitor using the menu on the DU. One camera can be mapped to both to the primary monitor(main
GUI in Live mode) and to the secondary monitor view. Dragging a camera from the tree in main GUI
to the secondary monitor is not allowed.
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Connection and disconnection of a camera
How to connect or disconnect
A camera can be connected or disconnected with one the following ways:
(1) Menu on the camera node of the tree
(2) Menu on the DU
(3) Checkbox on Camera setup dialog
The menu on a group node can be used to change the connection states of all cameras in the group
in a single operation.
Camera icons for connection states
Depending on the connection state of a camera, the icon in the tree comes in
different color. A DU displays current state in text over black or blue window.
PTZ control
PTZ control for a camera is enabled only when Use PTZ setting is checked on adding a camera in
Camera setup.
PTZ control on the control pane
PTZ tab on the control pane provides casual functions in
camera PTZ control: pan/tilt/zoom/focus and preset selection.
Full controls are available on the PTZ dialog invoked by PTZ
button on the toolbar above the video window.
Drag the button
 Pan/tilt
Small button inside the circular plate can be dragged to
move the camera to a desired location. The distance
from the center or the circle determines the speed of pan
and/or tilt operation. Another way is to click the specific
position in the circular plate. Then, the button will be moved to that position, which has the
same effect of dragging the button.
 Zoom/focus
Zoom and focus are triggered by pressing (-) or (+) button. Focus provides auto-focus function
by the button with car sign inside. The speed of zoom and focus operation is controlled by
setting the Speed slider.
PTZ control dialog
PTZ control dialog is invoked by
button in the toolbar above the video window. The button is
enabled only when currently selected camera is configured as having PTZ capability.
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In addition to the PTZ control tab available on the control pane, PTZ control dialog provide more
functionality. Some functions are effective only when the camera connected to the video encoder
supports those features. For example, some cameras don‟t support power, wiper or light control.
 Preset configuration
Although the maximum number of preset entries is 256, actual number of preset entries varies
depending on the models. Preset function can be used in the following way.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Control PTZ to make the camera view a wanted scene.
Select the preset number to assign to the view.
Press Set button.
Press Edit button to invoke a dialog where the preset name can be edited.
To make the camera view a selected preset location, select a preset entry and press Go
button. Clear button releases the preset setting of an entry.
 Tour configuration and selection
A tour is the function to visit preset locations sequentially. Tour groups which are selected sets
of preset entries can be configured in the dialog invoked by Config button.
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Multiple tour groups can be defined by selecting the entries from the preset lists arbitrarily. Add
button and Edit button invoke a dialog of the same shape where preset entries constituting a
tour group can be selected. A preset entry can come multiple times in a tour group.
Dwell time which is the time to view a specific preset location before moving to the next preset
location is 5 seconds. Dwell time for each preset entry of a tour group can be configured on
Tour setup dialog.
A tour is operated by selecting a combo entry in the PTZ control dialog. Tour can be turned off
by selecting none entry.
 Camera power/wiper/light control
Power, Wiper, Light buttons can be used for controlling camera power, wiper, and light
respectively. These functions are mostly used when the cameras connected to a video
encoder supports the functions.
 Setup of analog camera
Some analog cameras provide the configuration in terms of OSD menu. PTZ control dialog
provides buttons and controls to configure the camera using the OSD menu.
Menu: to enable the OSD menu for camera setup
Enter, Esc: menu operation
Circular button on the plate: direction control menu browsing
On-screen PTZ control
When On-screen control mode is set to PTZ control in the menu of the DU, clicking left mouse
button on the DU triggers the pan/tilt operation to move the direction.
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Snapshot
The snapshot of a channel‟s video can be taken by clicking Snapshot button
or selecting
Snapshot menu in the menu of a DU. Image format can be selected on saving the snapshot image.
Bitmap and JPEG are supported. In case of JPEG format, JPEG compression parameter which
determines the image quality can be configured by JPEG compression setting in General setup.
Mosaic processed
Snapshot dialog allows additional processing on the image before saving it as an image file.
 Inserting the title
Title of the image can be inserted.
 Privacy control
Parts of the image can be hidden for privacy using mosaic processing or drawing a rectangle
in grey color.
 Watermarking
When the image is saved in JPEG format, watermark information can be inserted to the
image data. A customized program called JPEGViewer is provided to check if a JPEG image
was modified since it was saved using snapshot function.
SIGNED: the image contains watermark and it was not modified.
MODIFIED: the image contains watermark and it was modified.
NOT SIGNED: the image doesn‟t contain the watermark. That is, it is not created by the
snapshot function of VMS.
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Audio control
Audio send mode and play mode
As the VMS connects to more than one camera generally, it is necessary to have the way to select
cameras for audio communication. Audio setup provides settings for how to send and receive audio
data.
 Talk(send) mode
Determine to which camera(s) the audio data from PC‟s audio input device or a wave is sent.
To selected only mode will be used when audio stream is to be done to only one camera.
 Listen(play) mode
Off: audio is turned off.
Selected: audio data from currently selected camera are played.
Visible: audio data from currently visible cameras are mixed and played.
All: audio data from all connected cameras are mixed and played.
It is possible to send wave file to the camera instead of live input from audio device. Up to 4 wave files
can be registered. Actual file to be sent is selected on Audio tab of the control pane.
Note: Listen(play) mode setting has no relationship with recording. Audio data are received
regardless of this setting if audio recording is enabled and the camera is configured to send audio
data.
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Audio talk/output control
Audio tab of the control pane provides interactive control of audio talk mode and audio output to PC‟s
output device. A wave file can be selected for playback to the server instead of live input.
 PC input
When the mic button is in OFF state, audio data sending stops.
 PC output
When the speaker button is in OFF state, audio data
play stops.
 Audio source
The source of audio data to be sent to the camera is
selected. If a wave file is selected, it is played
repeatedly until audio source is changed to Live(Mic).
Sending a wave file is also disabled if PC input control
is turned off.
 Audio/video synchronization
Audio/video synchronization is supported. The synchronization is supported by default. It can
be turned off or parameters can be configured on Audio setup page of TVMS.
Video input color control
Color properties of input video of the selected camera are
configured on Video tab of the control pane. Some cameras or
encoders don‟t support control of some properties.
Settings changed using these controls are effective on the
camera‟s web setup.
Indentifying sensor state and control of alarm in the tree
When a sensor device connected to a camera changes its state,
corresponding event is generated and it changes the icon in the
tree to yellow color.
The menu Change On/Off state which comes by clicking the right
button of the mouse over an alarm node allows the control of the
alarm(relay) state.
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Digital zoom
In order to use digital zoom function, mouse clicks on a DU should be mapped to Digital zoom.
Another alternative use of mouse click on DU is On-screen PTZ control. These can be selected in the
menu of a DU invoked by the right button of the mouse. Settings are saved for individual channels.
The region to zoom digitally can be selected by drag and drop of the mouse. Selected region come
enlarged. It goes back to original state by clicking mouse‟ left button in zoomed state. Four arrow keys
in the keyboard can be used for shifting in digitally zoomed state.
Channel information display
Information on the channel is displayed over the video. Visibility and position of each item are
configured on Etc tab of Display setup.
Motion icon
Channel name
Recording icon
Server time
Statistics
Statistics part shows operational statistics which are useful for diagnosing the reason when video
doesn‟t come as expected.
 RX=1445
Receiving bitrate of video data in kbps unit. If it is much lower than the setting in the camera,
the network or performance of the PC can be suspected. It can happen also when too many
clients are connected to a camera.
 fps=24(0)
Video framerate in fps. The number inside the parenthesis is the number of frames skipped
for display due to lack of display resources or too late delivery of frames caused. Small
skipping can be avoided by increasing Display buffer setting at Etc tab of Display setup.
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 Buf=3
Number of frames in the buffer. This value is approximately proportional to Display buffer
setting.
 (0, 56)
Audio TX bitrate and RX bitrate in kbps. In case of G.711, the range of normal value is 50 ~ 70.
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5. Recording
VMS supports simultaneous recording of a lot of cameras to the storage consisting of storage files.
Each storage file is optimally structures for supporting long pre-event and post-event recording and
synchronized playback of multiple channels.
Storage setup
The storage needs to be configured first to make the recording work. The only thing to do is to select
the drives to be used for recording.
1. Open Storage tab of Record setup
2. Check the drive to be used for recording
3. Adjust Reserved size if necessary
Reserved size is the amount of space to be left without writing record data for other purposes
like keeping backup data. If the drive will be fully used for recording, this setting need not be
touched.
4. Click Advanced button to open Advanced setup dialog if necessary. Advanced setup dialog
provides a way to change the interval and/or size of storage file generation. Generally it is not
necessary to change the default setting. However, it may be necessary if the pattern of
recorded data generation is unusual.
5. Configure On disk full action.
6. Click OK or Apply
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Storage tab also shows full information on the disks and recorded duration for each disk.
 Total
 Used
 Free
Total size of the drive
Amount of space contained recorded data
Space available for recording. If this size is smaller than the size of the storage file. VMS
doesn‟t write data to the disk.
 Reserved
Amount of space to be left without writing record data for other purposes.
 Duration
Duration represented by the data in the disk.
 Advanced
Advanced settings dialog is to configure the interval and the size of a storage file generation.
Bitrates section of the dialog is just for easy calculation of total bitrates of all channels. When
the total bitrate is calculated or configured manually by Manual setting, it recommends the
size of a storage file in Recommended file size to the amount for 1 hour duration. This
recommended value or any other value preferred by user can be set on File Size to set
section. The VMS generates a new file when one of these two conditions, interval and size, is
met.
 On disk full
Action when all selected drives become full. Generally Overwrite is selected to recycle the
storage. Other actions such as sending E-mail can be configured by Event handler.
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Recording mode and schedule
Three kinds of recording modes are supported: Continuous, Event-based, Manual. Event-based
recording allows user-defined combination of various types of events. While Manual recording works
independently from the schedule setting, Continuous recording and Event-based recording can be set
to 1 hour unit on the schedule table of 1 week x 24 hour format.
Recording mode and schedule of a camera can be configured on Record tab of Record setup.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click a camera to configure.
Select the recording mode in the combo at the bottom part of the dialog.
Fill the schedule table by dragging or click the mouse.
Click OK or Apply.
The last row, H, in the schedule table is for
holidays. Holidays can be configured in General
setup.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select a day.
Click Add at the bottom part of the dialog.
Edit the description to
Check Annual setting if the day is fixed
every year.
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Continuous recording
In Continuous recording mode, the VMS records the channel continuously. When a camera is newly
added, the recording mode of the camera is set to Continuous by default.
Event-based recording
Event-based recording works only when specified event condition happens in the camera. Most
frequently used events are sensor and motion detection. For these two types of event, VMS provides
pre-defined event modes in the combo for recording mode selection.
 Defining recording modes
User can define various recording modes by combining event types in extremely flexible ways.
Recording modes are defined by arbitrary combinations of primitive events: sensor, alarm, video loss,
motion and serial event. Recording modes are defined for individual camera. Thus different recording
modes can be defined for different cameras depending on the situations in the sites.
1. Click Edit recording modes button to open the dialog.
2. Select event types to combine.
3. Click Add button. New recording mode is added Recording modes section with another
color.
4. Change mode name if necessary to describe what the recording mode is for.
5. Edit the description of the event if necessary.
6. Click OK.
7. New recording mode will come on the recording mode combo on Record tab.
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 Copying recording modes
When many cameras are to have the same recording modes, it is possible to copy the recording
modes defined for a camera. In this way, repeated definition of recording modes to multiple cameras
can be avoided, while allowing flexibility of defining different recording modes for different cameras.
Clicking Copy from button on Edit recording modes dialog invokes the dialog on which recordings
modes defined for other cameras can be selected for copying.
 Working with external events
It is possible to trigger the recording of a camera when some events from other camera happen. For
example, recording of camera A can be started if camera B goes to video-loss state. Another example
is to start recording of many cameras simultaneously when a sensor event is detected on a camera.
1. Click External events button to open Selecting external events dialog.
2. Select the external camera and the event types which will be used for recording of this
camera on Selecting external events dialog
3. Click OK.
4. Selected external events appear on Edit recording modes dialog.
5. The external events can be selected to define recording modes.
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External events from
camera Garage
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Manual recording
Manual recording is to start recording of a camera instantly in a
specific situation without setting recording mode and schedule.
The menu for starting or stopping manual recording is available
on the menu on the camera icon of the tree. Manual recording
works independently from recording mode and schedule. When
manual recording is turned off, the recording mode setting with
the schedule becomes effective again.
Recording control: on/off
Recording of a channel can be turned on or off with keeping the recording
mode and schedule untouched with the check box at the first column in
Record tab. This setting doesn‟t affect manual recording which works
unconditionally.
Checking how recording is going on
A number of ways are provided to check if the recording is going on.
Storage tab
Storage tab of the control pane shows storage status and
recorded duration briefly. When the recording is going on the
newest time of the duration is periodically updated. Information
such as the amount and duration in the tab is obtained only
from the drives selected on Storage setup. Data in deselected
drives are not included.
Timeline
Timeline shows the recorded status of the selected channel. More detailed view of the status can be
obtained by adjusting the scale of the time using
periodically update, it is possible to refresh any time using
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and
button
button. Although timeline is
Recording icon in Live mode and status in Record mode
If display of recording icon is checked in Display setup, the recording icon
mode.
comes on the DU in Live
In Record mode, Status field shows the connection state as well as recording status.
Search and playback with True Search
Full operations of search and playback on all channels are possible by invoking True Search
application with Search button on the toolbar.
Setting recording parameters
Record tab of Record setup contains various parameters which can affect the stream to be recorded.
As it is not possible to change the properties of the video stream such as resolution and framerate
once the stream is encoded, the settings on Record tab changes the settings in the cameras. As a
result, the effect of settings in Record tab is propagated to all clients as well as the video display in
Live mode.
Changes settings in the camera
 Record
Check to turn on the recording. Manual recording works regardless of this setting.
 Pre
 Post
Pre-event recording duration in seconds.
Post-event recording duration in seconds.
 Stream
Select the stream to record. Single stream camera shows Primary entry only.
 Preference ~ I-Frame
Video encoding parameters of the camera. Refer the user manual of the camera or the video
encoder.
 Audio
Check to record audio stream together.
Parameters of all cameras in the grid can be changed at once using Propagate to all function
invoked by right button click of the mouse over an entry.
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Note: Allowing video encoding settings in the VMS is useful for convenient settings of multiple
cameras without opening web-based setup pages. However, it should be used carefully as it
modifies encoding setting of the camera. This means that the setting in Display setup can be
invalidated by the setting in Record setup if both are using the same stream. In case of dual
stream camera, it is ideal to use one stream for display and the other for recording. Then, settings
in two setups don‟t affect each other.
Record mode interface
If viewing cameras continuously is not essential, running the VMS in Record mode is preferable. In
Record mode CPU load is much lower as decoding and display are not performed. The mode also
shows more detailed statistics on the recording status. Another advantage is that it can run on any
kinds of graphics cards.
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6. Search and Playback
Search and playback of recorded data are supported in a separate application: True Search. True
Search is invoked by clicking Search button on the toolbar.
Calendar
Tree
Playback
control
Timeline
Search by date and time
A scene of interest can be found by selecting date, camera and the time.
1. Click a day in the calendar. Days with recorded data are marked with red color. Month can be
changed by clicking arrow buttons in the calendar. When a day is clicked, the tree is updated
with the channel having data on the day. When there are a large number of cameras, loading
the tree can take some time.
2. Select the channels to search. Up to 16 channels can be selected. Only one audio channel
can be selected at a time.
3. When channels are selected, the timeline will be updated to show recorded status of the
channels.
4. Move the current position bar in the timeline to a position to play.
5. Press Play button.
Instead of moving current time in playback using the position bar, it is possible to set a specific time in
the dialog invoked by double clicking the current time display. The tooltip appears when the mouse is
over the current time display.
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Current time bar is moved
dialog.
to the time specified in the
The scale of the timeline can be changed by
button and
24hours, 12hours, 6hours, 3hours, and 1hour, are supported.
button. Five different scales,
Search by event
One or more channels recorded
invoked by Event search
by a specific event can be searched in Event search dialog
button
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Select the camera to search. All camera can be included by selecting --For All Servers --.
Specify the duration to search.
Select the types of events.
Select event status: On, Off or All for both type.
Click Search button.
Play the channels recorded by the event either by double clicking the entry or by selecting an
entry and click Play button.
7. Event search dialog will disappear and playback of the channels will be started from the
event time. Channel selection in the tree is also updated automatically with the channels
recorded by the event.
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Playback control
Buttons in the playback control group allows sophisticated control of the playback.
Play
Stop
Fast backward
Fast forward
10 sec backward
10 sec forward
1 frame backward
1 frame forward
All playbacks in backward direction play only I frames. So, jumping effect comes. Fast forward in
multi-screen mode also plays I frames only. In case of 1x1 mode, it is selectable to play all frames or I
frames only using the setting Decode only key frames in FF playback in 1x1 mode in Display tab
of the setup. Smooth playback can be obtained by this setting is not checked.
Playback of individual storage file
VMS provides a way to play individual storage file or to play all
storage files in a specific folder or a drive. This feature is useful to
play storage files copied as a backup. Open storage file dialog is
invoked through a menu on the root node(named Local storage) of
the tree.
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Remote search and playback
Data recorded in the VMS system can be searched and played through the network from a client PC.
True Search should be installed in the client PC and configured to access the storage is remote
system.
1. Open Setup dialog
2. Select Remote mode to access VMS system through the network
3. Click Add to open the dialog for adding an VMS. Name and address of the VMS are
specified. Port 2121 is used for TCP connection for remote search and playback. If port, login
or password is modified, it should match the setting in Remote Search Server. More than
one VMS can be added, but only one VMS system can be connected at a time.
4. Other settings can be configured optionally.
Buffering time: set the amount of data to be buffered before playback. In case the network
bandwidth is lower than the encoding bitrate of the video, this value should be large enough
to avoid frequent stopping and buffering.
Command timeout: set the timeout in the interaction. It can be increased of the network is
poor.
Auto reconnect on backup: check to reconnect automatically when the connection is lost
during long term backup
5. Click OK
6. It will connect to the specified VMS and get data from the VMS.
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In order for remote search and playback to work, Remote Search
Server application should be running the in the VMS system. It is
automatically started by starting VMS. However it is possible to
start manually using Start Remote Search Server menu.
Remote Search Server appears as a tray icon at the bottom part of the Windows. User interface of
Remote Search Server can be opened by double clicking the tray icon. The user interface allows
modification of default settings. It also shows currently connected clients.
Note: True Search may fail to connect to VMS system with the following reasons:
- VMS system is actually unreachable in the network
- VMS system is reachable but it is protected by the firewall. Port 2121 should be open.
- Remote Search Server application is not running in the VMS system, or it is configured
with different setting: port, login, password
Backup
Backup provides a way to copy a duration of recorded data to a file. Two formats of backup files are
supported: AVI file and Native format. The same backup dialog invoked by Backup button
used, and the format is selected in the dialog.
is
AVI format
AVI format is used to use casual media player such as Window Media Player, GOM Player, or VLC
Player for playback of the backup file. As AVI doesn‟t allow multi-channel video streams, a backup for
each channel needs to be taken separately.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Select a camera to make backup.
Select Backup setting to AVI.
Specify the duration.
Check Include audio if audio is to be included.
Click Refresh button to estimate the size of the backup file. This can take significant time if
the duration of the backup is long. This step is optional.
In case of remote access to the VMS system, Remote backup speed can be additionally
configured to limit the bitrate of backup to share the network bandwidth with others.
Configure the name of the backup file.
Click Start Backup button.
Progress will be shown.
When multiple channels are selected, the VMS makes the backup for each channel one by one. The
names of the backup files are automatically generated in this case.
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Native format
Native format means the format used for recording in the VMS. That is., it is the format of the storage
files generated by VMS. Except that backup of multiple channels can be taken to a single file, the
usage is basically the same as the backup in AVI format. Storage files created by the backup can be
played only with True Search.
Snapshot
A snapshot can be taken while the playback is going on. Snapshot dialog which is invoked by
Snapshot button
is basically the same as that in Live mode of the VMS. Please refer to
Snapshot section of the chapter for Live monitoring.
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7. Event Handling
Event monitoring and search
Events monitored in the VMS are classified into two categories: camera events and VMS(or local)
events.
Camera events
Camera events come from cameras or video encoders when specific situations happen.
Camera event
Sensor on/off
Description
Delivered when the sensor device attached to sensor(DI) port of a
camera changes its state.
Alarm on/off
Delivered when the alarm(DO) port of a camera changes its state.
Motion on/off
Delivered when a camera detects motion in the scene or the motion
disappears.
Videoloss on/off
Delivered when a camera losses video input signal. Since video input
module tightly assembled with other parts in IP camera, this event is
rare in IP camera. On the other hand, this can happen due to
disconnection of video cable or fault in analog camera in case of a
video encoder.
VMS events
VMS events represent some situations in the VMS which need to be logged for interpretation of
recorded status. VMS events are sometimes called as Local events.
VMS event
Description
VMS started
Startup and termination of the VMS generate the events. Forced
VMS terminated
killing of VMS process or accidental termination due to error doesn‟t
generated VMS terminated. So these can be used to check whether
the VMS was terminated due to error or not.
Camera connected
Generated when the connection to a camera is established or lost
Camera disconnected
respectively. These are useful to check if there have been failure in
the network or the camera.
Config changed
Generated when the configuration of the VMS is changed.
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How events are monitored
Camera events are monitors in more than one ways. Sensor event an Alarm events change the states
of icons in the camera tree. Motion icon in a DU reflects the motion detection state of a camera. DU
also display Videoloss message when the camera loses video signal.
Events are monitored in a dialog, which also provides search of stored events. Event log menu or
Event search menu invokes the dialog with corresponding tab opened.
When specific actions need to be executed when an event happens, Event handler can be
configured.
Event log and search
Event log menu invokes a dialog where both camera events and VMS events can be monitored in
realtime. This dialog shows the events happened only after it is opened. Event types can be selected
to include the events of interest only.
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Event search menu invokes a dialog where events in the storage can be searched.
Event handler
VMS provides versatile event handler with which various actions for the events generated at the VMS
as well as from the cameras can be associated in a very flexible way. Each action can have
independent schedule which allows the control of action dispatch according to days and time.
An event handler is an association between a specific event from a camera or the VMS and a specific
action.
Camera-A‟s sensor 1 ON
Event handler 1
Camera-A‟s alarm 1 ON
Schedule-A
Camera-B‟s motion ON
Event handler 2
Goto camera-B‟s PTZ #2
Schedule-A
VMS disk full
Event handler 3
Send E-mail to the operator
Schedule-B
A schedule which controls when to trigger the action is defined independently and associated to an
event handler arbitrarily. As a result it is possible to use the same schedule for multiple event handlers.
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Actions for events
Various actions can be associated to the events from cameras or the VMS itself.
Action
Operation
Parameters
A popup window to display the video from the
Duration of the popup
camera comes.
window display
Blink video channel
Blink the border of the DU in red color.
Duration of the blinking
Change screen mode
The screen mode is changed to show the
to 1x1
camera in 1x1 mode.
Video on/off control
Control video-on/off mode of the camera.
Play wave file
Play a specified wave file.
Popup video window
-Wave file to play
-Once or repeat
Send
wave
file
to
camera
Audio
mute
on/off
Send a specified wave file to the camera to
-Wave file to play
play to the camera‟s audio output port
-Once or repeat
Control audio playing on PC. It controls PC
Duration and on/off
control
Output control on Audio tab of main UI.
Camera alarm control
Turn on or off a specific alarm of the camera
Duration and on/off
Goto PTZ preset
Control the camera to view a specified preset
Preset item
position
Activate PTZ tour
Activate a specific PTZ tour configured at PTZ
Tour item
control dialog
Send events to TMAP
Send event to trigger an action in TMAP
application
Send E-mail
Send E-mail to the operator
E-mail title and text
Event handler dialog
Event handler dialog is invoked by Event handler submenu of Event menu group. The dialog shows
currently configured event handlers for each camera briefly. By clicking an event source, clicking a
specific event handler for that event source, it is possible to view detailed relationship between the
events and actions.
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Creating an event handler
An event handler for an event source is created in the dialog invoked by Add button on Event
handler dialog.
1. Choose events for which actions are to be associated. Multiple events can be selected to
trigger the action on any of selected events.
2. Choose one or more actions.
3. Edit the name of the event handler.
4. Configure the parameters for events. The state of an event(on or off) to trigger the action is
selected. Mostly on is configured to make the action happen on the generation of the event.
5. Configure the parameters for actions. Parameters for actions are specific to each action.
Most common parameter is the duration in which the action is to be continued. The following
shows an example of the dialog for configuring action parameters. It configures whether
audio mute of playing on PC is turned on/off and the duration. By selecting Continuous item
in Dwell time, it is possible to make the mute on/off effective until user changes the setting on
Audio tab of main UI manually.
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6. Select the schedule to be used for this action. The action is triggered only when the schedule
is configured to On state at the time when the event is generated. If Use schedule is not
checked, the action happens without checking the schedule.
7. Click OK button.
Click blue event/action to
configure parameters
Adding event handlers by copying one from other camera
If events from many cameras are going to be handled in the same way, it would be boring to define
the same event handler for each camera. For example, all cameras can be configured to play an
wave file when any of the sensors in the camera detect the change of the state. The VMS allows
copying event handlers from those defined for other cameras.
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Defining schedules
The schedules to be associated with event handlers are created independently from event handlers.
Then a schedule is selected when an event handler is created or modified. This allows flexible
association between event handlers and schedules; One schedule can be shared among many event
handlers or each event handler can have different schedules.
A schedule is created in the following steps.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Edit the name of the schedule to create.
Click Add button.
Configure the weekly(+ holiday) schedule table by dragging and/or clicking mouse.
Click OK or Apply button.
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8. E-Map
E-Map(Electronic-Map) functions is supported in a separate application: TMAP. TMAP is invoked by
clicking TMAP button on the toolbar.
TMAP
TMAP provides the following functions.
 Displays image-based maps and allows placements of cameras on specific positions.
 Displays a camera‟s video manually or in a event-driven way.
 Provides various actions such as marking a camera on receiving events from a camera.
 Two-way audio communication with a camera.
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Importing maps
The first step to use TMAP is to import map images. Maps of Bitmap or JPEG format can be imported
in the dialog invoked by Map->Add a map menu.
1. Choose an image of Bitmap or
JPEG format. It is recommended
to use the image whose size is
similar to that of map area of
TMAP.
2. Enter the name for the map.
3. Click OK button.
Added maps appear on the Map list of TMAP. Map image display
area of TMAP displays the map selected by clicking the mouse on
the list. A large area can be divided into multiple regions(maps). Or
it is also useful to import maps of different scale for macro view of
the area as well as detailed view.
Connecting to VMS
TMAP is designed to operate with one or more VMSs or
NVRs. That is, it doesn‟t work alone. TMAP gets the camera
list by connecting to an VMS.
1. Invoke Add NVR dialog using Camera->Add NVR
menu.
2. Enter the information for the VMS or NVR to
connect.
Currently the port is fixed to 2220.
3. Click OK button.
4. More than one VMS or NVRs can be added for
sharing TMAP among multiple VMSs NVRs.
Added VMSs and their cameras come on Camera List part.
VMS node and camera node show connection state using the
color:
 Grey
 Violet
 Blue
Connection to the VMS is disconnected by user.
The menu on the VMS node provides menus for
connection and disconnection.
It is in „Trying connection‟ state to the VMS.
TMAP is connected to the VMS.
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Placing cameras onto a map
A camera can be placed on a map by dragging and dropping a camera node in the tree. The location
of the name tag(yellow rectangle) can be adjusted after placing the camera.
Drag and drop
A camera on the map can be deleted either with the context menu on the camera icon on the map or
with the context menu on the camera node of the tree.
Pop-up video
Pop-up video for a camera on the map can be opened with Show
video menu on the icon. Double clicking the camera icon has the
same effect.
Pop-up video also can be opened due to event handling function.
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Event handling
TMAP has its own event handler which maps an event to one or more actions. Sensor, motion and
video loss events can be handled. The following dialog which is invoked by Event->Event Setup
menu shows how events are mapped to actions and how the parameters for actions are specified.
 Highlight camera node
Blinking red circle is displayed on the camera icon on the map.
It disappears if user clicks the node or the action duration expires.
 Pop-up video window
Pop-up video is displayed on the map.
 Sound effect
Wave file or Windows beep sound is played.
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 Event window display and logging
Events are displayed on Event Window at the bottom of TMAP GUI and logged to a file for
searching later.
 Automatic enabling of audio output
If audio output (to PC) is turned off, the event turns on the audio output.
 Change active channel
Active channel is changed to the channel where the event happened.
Event search
Event log dialog is invoked by Event->Event Log menu. It allows searching of events with various
conditions. TMAP stores events on its own way independently from VMS‟s event logging.
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Configuring the object display
TMAP allows changing the way how objects are displayed on the map. Object Display Setup dialog
invoked with Map->Object display setup provides such feature. User-defined camera icons for
different states can be specified. The color of line connecting camera icon and pop-up video can be
changed. Camera name tag also can be fully customized.
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9. Additional Functions
Serial data pass-through
Serial data pass-through is a function use to deliver serial data transparently between the camera(or
video encoder)‟s serial port and PC‟s COM port. A typical usage is to control the PTZ camera using
PTZ keyboard connected to the PC.
PC
PTZ camera
(Receiver)
RS-232
or
RS-485
Video
Encoder
Network
VMS
COM
PTZ
Keyboard
Serial data pass-through function neither modifies nor the data between PTZ keyboard and PTZ
camera. It just delivers data bi-directionally.
Serial setup provides the settings for serial data pass-through operation.
 Send(PC to camera)
Send mode: to send to all connected cameras or currently selected camera only.
 Camera serial port
Camera‟s serial port to which serial data from PC‟s COM port will be sent and from which
serial data from external equipment will be read.
 Receive(camera to PC)
Receive mode: to receive from all connected cameras or currently selected camera only.
 PC serial port
Camera‟s COM port to which serial data from the camera will be sent and from which serial
data from external equipment attached to the PC will be read.
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Note: Some models of camera or video encoder have only one serial port typically RS-422/485,
although the combo for serial port selection provides both RS-232 and RS-422/485. The serial port
supported by the camera or video encoder should be selected appropriately.
When any of the modes(Send, Receive) is enabled, the status bar of the main GUI shows the bitrate
of serial TX and RX through the PC‟s COM port.
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