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Ocularis Client Lite 1.6
User Manual
On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI)
One Blue Hill Plaza, 7th Floor | P.O. Box 1555
Pearl River NY 10965
P: 845-732-7900 | T: 845-732-7900
[email protected] | www.onssi.com
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION..............................................................................................................................1
1.
INSTALLATION AND LOGIN ................................................................................................2
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ....................................................................................................2
INSTALLATION..................................................................................................................................2
Installation from CD ...................................................................................................................2
Installation from the OnSSI website ..........................................................................................2
LOGGING ON TO OCULARIS CLIENT LITE ...........................................................................................3
2.
VIEWS ....................................................................................................................................4
VIEWS AND VIEW GROUPS ...............................................................................................................4
View Elements ...........................................................................................................................5
CREATING VIEWS AND VIEW GROUPS ...............................................................................................6
POPULATING VIEW PANES ...............................................................................................................8
Populating a view pane with a camera ......................................................................................9
Populating a view pane with a Hotspot......................................................................................9
Populating a view pane with a Carousel..................................................................................10
Populating a view pane with a web page or image .................................................................11
Populating a view pane with Push Video.................................................................................12
Saving changes and testing the view ......................................................................................12
3.
LIVE MONITORING WITH INSTANT INVESTIGATION .....................................................13
DISPLAYING VIEWS ........................................................................................................................13
INSTANT INVESTIGATION AND CAMERA CONTROL DURING LIVE MONITORING ....................................14
View Pane Controls .................................................................................................................14
Instant investigation tools ........................................................................................................17
Two-way audio.........................................................................................................................22
4.
BROWSING (INVESTIGATION MODE) ..............................................................................23
SHIFTING BETWEEN LIVE AND BROWSE MODES ...............................................................................23
THE BROWSE (INVESTIGATION) WINDOW ........................................................................................23
The Scalable Kinetic Timeline .................................................................................................24
Browse Mode Controls ............................................................................................................25
MOTION DETECTION ......................................................................................................................26
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Applying motion detection to recorded video...........................................................................26
THE TIME SLICER ..........................................................................................................................28
Accessing video of an incident using the Time Slicer..............................................................29
THE MOTION SLICER .....................................................................................................................31
Accessing video of an incident using the Motion Slicer...........................................................31
ALERTS.........................................................................................................................................32
Accessing video of an incident using Alerts ............................................................................32
SEQUENCES ..................................................................................................................................34
Accessing video of an incident using Sequences....................................................................34
5.
TRIGGERS...........................................................................................................................36
6.
EXPORTING EVIDENCE (VIDEO AND STILL IMAGES) ...................................................37
EXPORTING VIDEO EVIDENCE ........................................................................................................37
Designating a range for exporting video..................................................................................37
Exporting an AVI video clip......................................................................................................38
Exporting a Video Database ....................................................................................................41
Exporting Still Images (individual frames) ...............................................................................43
Printing a Still-Image Report....................................................................................................45
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Introduction
Introduction
Ocularis Client Lite is a feature-rich IP video client/controller that allows users to:
ƒ Monitor live video from an unlimited number of cameras at multiple sites, with instant-investigation
capabilities.
ƒ Easily access and investigate alerts, generated by both motion detection and external systems.
ƒ Send and receive automated push-live-video of alerts.
ƒ Export video clips and still images for further event handling or as court evidence.
Legal Notice
This product manual is intended for general information purposes only, and due care has been taken in its preparation.
Any risk arising from the use of this information rests with the recipient, and nothing herein should be construed as constituting any
kind of warranty.
OnSSI reserves the right to make adjustments without prior notification.
(C) 2009 On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. OnSSI and the ’Eye’ logo are registered trademarks of OnSSI. Ocularis, NetDVMS,
NetEVS, NetDVR, ProSight, NetGuard, NetGuard-EVS, NetSwitcher, NetMatrix, NetTransact, NetCentral, NetPDA and NetCell are
trademarks of OnSSI. Other names are the property of their respective owners.
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Installation and Login
1. Installation and Login
Minimum system requirements
ƒ Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
ƒ CPU: Intel® Pentium® 4, 2.4 GHz or Higher (Core 2™ recommended)
ƒ RAM: 1 GB
ƒ Network: Ethernet (100 Mbit or higher recommended)
ƒ Graphics Adapter: PCI-Express, 128 MB RAM, Direct 3D supported
Installation
Installation from CD
1.
Insert the software installation CD. The CD’s main menu will auto-play.
2.
Click on ‘Software Installation’ to initiate the installation. Click ‘Accept’ if a security warning appears
3.
Follow all installation instructions.
Installation from the OnSSI website
1.
Download the Ocularis Client Lite installer from the OnSSI website.
2.
Click on ‘Software Installation’ to initiate the installation. Click ‘Accept’ if a security warning appears
3.
Follow all installation instructions.
Note:
In some cases you may be prompted to download and install one or more auxiliary software applications
(typically .NET and DirectX). The installation wizard will guide you through the installation of these
applications.
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Installation and Login
Logging on to Ocularis Client Lite
1.
Launch Ocularis Client Lite. The login window will appear.
2.
Enter your login information, as follows:
The Login Dialog
ƒ
User Name and Password :
The user name and password for logging in to the NVR server depends on the type of
Authentication used. For Basic authentication, enter the user name and password that were
set up in the NVR Image Server; for Windows authentication, enter your Windows user name.
ƒ
Server address:
Type the host name or IP address of the NVR Server, including port number, as specified by
your system administrator (e.g. 192.168.10.123:81). Previously entered IP addresses can be
selected from the drop-down list.
ƒ
Authentication:
Choose Basic or Windows, as instructed by your system administrator.
ƒ
Store Last Login:
Both User Name and Password will be automatically entered upon login.
ƒ
Auto-Login:
Automatically launches Ocularis Client Lite and logs in to the NVR server, upon logging in to
Windows; requires checking the ‘Store Last Login’ check box.
To disable Auto-Login, select Shutdown from the title menu and log out. The login screen will
appear; uncheck the Auto-Login box log in again. You will be prompted to login the next time
the application is started.
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Views
2. Views
Views and View Groups
In Ocularis Client Lite, cameras are displayed within Views. A view can contain up to 64 cameras. Multiple
views can be configured, and displayed simultaneously across multiple monitors.
To easily access specific views, and to allow users to personalize their monitoring preferences, Ocularis
Client Lite operators can access both Shared Views and Private Views, stored in groups and subgroups:
ƒ Shared Views, usually created by the surveillance system administrator and stored on the NVR the
user is logged in to, can be accessed by all users or by a group of users based on authorization.
ƒ Private Views can be accessed only by the user that created them.
Note:
Views created in OnSSI NetGuard-EVS can be accessed and edited in Ocularis Client Lite.
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Views
View Elements
Different panes within a view can be set to display video in one of the following modes:
ƒ Camera panes:
Any camera from a connected NVR server can be displayed within a camera pane. Upon interaction,
instant investigation controls will appear, including controls for playback and optical and digital PTZ.
ƒ Carousel panes:
Cameras can be displayed in sequence, configured by order and dwell time. Carousel views also
display all playback and PTZ controls, as well as controls for previous/next camera and
pause/resume carousel.
ƒ Web pages and images:
Web pages and images can be included in views as auxiliary resources.
ƒ Alert panes:
One or more alert panes can be configured to be populated with on-event (automated) or peer-topeer NetMatrix push-video.
ƒ Hotspot pane (not shown):
Usually configured in a large pane, the hotspot will display cameras by clicking on a camera, alert or
carousel pane. Once sent to the hotspot, the original and the hotspot displays can be controlled
independently.
Additional Options
Carousel with instant
investigation, optical
and digital PTZ, and
carousel controls
Camera Panes with
instant investigation as
well as optical and digital
PTZ
Live web page
Push Monitor
Static Image
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Alert Pane, for
receiving automatic
or manual (peer-topeer) push-live-video
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Views
Creating Views and View Groups
1.
Click on the Setup Utility icon, located on the right-hand side of the menu bar. The icon will appear
when hovering over it.
The Setup icon
Note:
Access to the Setup utility can be limited to authorized users by changing their privileges in the
NVR’s Image Server Administrator utility.
2.
The View Setup/Editing utility will be displayed:
Shared and private Views
General View controls
View Panes
Cameras and inputs
Properties for each type
of input/element
The Ocularis Client Lite Setup Utility (1+5 view)
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Views
Views are organized within folders. The top tier folders are ‘Shared’ – views that can be accessed by all
users, and ‘Private’ – views that are accessible only by the user who created them.
The View Tree structure
The EditViews search box enables easy access to views. Any character (number or letter; not case
sensitive) or combination of characters will filter the views list to only the views containing the character
or string of characters entered, highlighting those characters within the views’ names.
Note:
The ability to edit either shared or private views can be limited based on the user’s privileges on the
NVR server.
3.
To create subfolders, highlight a folder, and click the New Folder icon [
], located on the bottom
left of the Folders/Views pane.
4.
To create a view within a folder, click on the Create View icon [
]. This will open a submenu of
view layout templates, for both regular (3:4) and widescreen display aspect ratios.
5.
At any point during the View creation process, you can:
ƒ Rename [
], and Delete [
] Views
ƒ Save changes, without closing the editor; [
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Views
Populating View Panes
View panes are populated with cameras, hotspots, carousels, web-pages, images and push video elements.
To populate a pane, simply drag the desired element into the pane. If the pane is already populated, the
dragged view element will replace the previous element.
The Cameras panel in the Setup utility
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Views
Populating a view pane with a camera
In the Cameras panel in the setup utility, click on the [+] sign beside ‘Server’ to expand the list of cameras
available through the NVR server.
The ‘Cameras’ search box enables easy access to cameras by name. Any character (number or letter; not
case sensitive) or combination of characters will filter the cameras list to only the cameras containing the
character or string of characters entered, highlighting those characters within the cameras’ names.
List of cameras connected to an individual NVR server
1.
Drag the desired camera into one of the view panes. The camera view, as well as the camera
name, will appear in the pane.
2.
To display a different camera or view element, simply drag another camera or view element into the
pane.
Populating a view pane with a Hotspot
Hotspots are usually used in a layout made of one or more large view panes surrounded by smaller panes.
In a view containing hotspots, selecting a hotspot and clicking on any other pane will send the camera
displayed in the pane to the hotspot. This applies only to camera, push-video and carousel panes.
1.
In the Cameras panel, click and drag the ‘Hotspot’ icon into the desired View pane.
2.
Set the hotspot display parameters for the quality and framerate of the video displayed in the
hotspot in the Properties panel. Adjust these properties based on the type of camera, amount of
bandwidth consumed by the camera and type of movement displayed.
Properties setup for Hotspot pane
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Views
Populating a view pane with a Carousel
The Carousel mode of viewing enables sequential monitoring of multiple cameras. Ocularis Client Lite
provides full interaction with the carousel pane, including playback, PTZ (optical and digital) and carousel
sequence controls.
1.
In the Cameras panel, click and drag the ‘Carousel’ icon into the desired View pane. This will
automatically change the contents of the Properties panel.
Global properties setup for Carousel panes
2.
Set the Carousel display properties for quality and framerate. Adjust these properties based on the
type of camera, amount of bandwidth consumed by the camera and type of movement displayed.
3.
Set the Default Dwell Time (in seconds) for the carousel. The dwell time can also be set for
individual cameras, as described later.
4.
Click on the ‘Edit List’ button to add cameras to the carousel.
5.
Expand the cameras list, and drag the desired cameras into the carousel list.
The Carousel Cameras list
6.
Each camera in the carousel can be configured for placement in the carousel sequence (using the
up and down buttons). To remove a camera from the carousel, click the delete [
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Click on the ‘Save’ button in the Properties panel to save the carousel contents and display
parameters. This will display the View with the carousel cameras stacked one above the other. You
can browse through the carousel cameras by clicking on a camera in the stack.
Populating a view pane with a web page or image
Any view pane can display a web page or a static bitmap image (JPEG, BMP, PNG or GIF).
1.
In the Cameras panel, click on the ‘Web Page’ icon and drag it into the desired View pane. This will
automatically change the contents of the Properties panel.
2.
In the ‘Web URL’ text box, enter the local or remote address of the web page or the image to be
displayed, e.g. ‘http://www.onssi.com’ or ‘D:\building_14_floor_plan.png’.
Properties setup for browser or static image panes
3.
Click on ‘Set’ to display the web page or image.
Note:
Ocularis Client Lite’s web page utility may not support all navigation and display capabilities of fullfledged web browsers, and thus should not be used as a replacement for a web browser for missioncritical tasks.
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Populating a view pane with Push Video
Push Video panes are configured to display on-event live video stream alerts, as configured in the NetMatrix
push-video utility.
Ocularis Client Lite can accommodate multiple Push Video panes. In such a case, events will be displayed
in first-in-first-out order, rotating between the different Push Video panes.
1.
In the Cameras panel, click the ‘Push Video’ icon and drag it into the desired View pane. This will
automatically change the contents of the Properties panel.
Properties setup for Push Video panes
2.
Set the display properties for quality and framerate. Adjust these properties based on the type of
cameras in the system, available bandwidth and type of movement to be displayed.
3.
Enter the TCP/IP port and password as defined in NetMatrix (for more information, please refer to
the NetMatrix user manual.) All Push Video panes share the same NetMatrix TCP/IP port number.
4.
Click on a different video pane to complete the push video setup.
Saving changes and testing the view
1.
Once you’ve completed populating all of the view panes, it is important to save the changes made,
by clicking on the ‘Save’ [
2.
] button.
To test the view, exit (close) the View Setup utility. The newly-created view will be displayed on the
main Ocularis Client Lite panel.
The method of launching views and interacting with video is described in the following sections.
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Live Monitoring with Instant Investigation
3. Live Monitoring with Instant Investigation
Displaying Views
Once views were created in the system, either in Ocularis Client Lite or in NetGuard-EVS, they can be
displayed and operated.
To display a view:
1.
Click on the ‘Views’ menu bar item.
2.
Click on ‘View Layouts’ to expand the list of views; continue to expand folders and subfolders until
you reach the desired view.
3.
Click on the desired view. Depending on your system’s settings, it may take a few seconds until all
panes are populated. A blinking green indicator will indicate a live video stream from the camera.
The Live Monitoring window
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Instant Investigation and Camera Control During Live Monitoring
Ocularis Client Lite provides multiple tools for adjusting the contents of view panes, sending video alerts,
and on-the-fly investigation of the video displayed.
View Pane Controls
ƒ Toggle between Pane and Full-Screen display modes
Click on the camera pane top bar (which displays the camera name) to toggle between multiple camera
view and full screen display modes.
ƒ Change cameras on-the-fly
Right-click on a camera view, or left-click (or touch) and hold for one second, to display the Circular
Pane Controls Menu.
The circular pane controls menu
Note:
When interacting with PTZ cameras, a Virtual Joystick control will appear in the center of the camera
pane upon mouse-over or clicking. To display the circular pane controls menu using left-click or touch,
you must click or touch the pane off-center (i.e. any point except the center of the pane).
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] at the top-right quadrant of the circular menu to display the camera list.
Click on a camera to display it in the desired pane. Click-drag to scroll up and down the list, or click on a
Quick-Link (highlighted capital letter) to display the camera names that begin with that letter.
Note that on-the-fly changes are only temporary, and will not affect the saved view.
The Select Camera list; click on a camera to display it in the view pane
ƒ Copy a still camera image to the clipboard
Right-click on a camera view, or left-click (or touch) and hold for one second, to display the Circular
Pane Controls Menu.
Click on the Clipboard icon [
] in the bottom-right quadrant of the circular menu. This will save a still
camera image to the clipboard which can be pasted into different applications.
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ƒ Push a live camera stream to another user
Live video alerts can be pushed automatically (via OnSSI NetMatrix) or manually, as described herein,
to other users’ designated alert panes (see ‘Populating a View Pane with Push Video’ in the ‘Configuring
Views’ section, page 12.)
Right-click on a camera view, or left-click (or touch) and hold for one second, to display the Circular
Pane Controls Menu.
Click on the Push Video icon [
] in the top-left quadrant of the circular menu. This will display the
recipients list. Click on a recipient to send live video; click-drag to scroll up and down the list.
The Push Live Video recipients list
Note:
Please refer to the NVR user manual for NetMatrix Push Video Configuration.
ƒ Remove a camera from camera pane
Right-click on a camera view, or left-click or touch and hold for one second, to display the Circular Pane
Controls Menu.
Click on the Remove Camera icon [
] in the bottom-left quadrant of the Circular Menu to remove the
camera from the pane.
Note:
Removing as camera from a view pane as described above will only delete it temporarily; permanent
removal of a camera from a view can only be done through the View Setup Utility.
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Instant investigation tools
ƒ Playing back video
Upon mouse-over, clicking or touching any camera view, whether in full-screen or pane mode, playback
controls will pop up.
Click continuously on the ‘Forward’ (right arrow) or ‘Rewind’ (left arrow) buttons to review video.
Releasing the buttons will pause the video stream. Note that clicking on the ‘Forward’ button while
viewing live video will pause the video stream.
Pause a live video stream by using the ‘Pause’ button. When the video is paused, the pause icon will
change to a heart; to resume live video, click the heart-shaped ‘Live’ [
] button.
ƒ Applying Digital PTZ
Digital PTZ can be applied to video in any mode or pane, live or recorded.
To apply digital PTZ, click-drag or touch-drag a rectangular region within the camera view. The selected
region will expand to the entire size of the camera display. Note that the default for optical PTZ cameras
is optical zoom, therefore the ‘Digital PTZ’ option must be selected prior to drawing a Digital PTZ region.
Digital PTZ in live monitoring mode. Note PIP window (right)
Once a Digital Zoom region is created, a PIP (picture-in-picture) of the entire camera view, indicating the
selected digital PTZ area, will appear in the top right corner of the camera view, for orientation and
navigation. The selected area can be dragged within the PIP, maintaining the same magnification level.
Click or touch the camera view (outside of the PIP window) to remove the digital PTZ and return to
normal camera view.
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ƒ Optical PTZ
Ocularis Client Lite offers a number of methods for controlling PTZ-enabled cameras.
Note:
Not all controls are available in conjunction with every PTZ camera model.
1.
Click to Center: click on any point within the camera view to center the camera on it.
2.
Virtual Joystick: hover over or touch the center of the camera view to display the virtual PTZ
handle, and drag it in any direction for continuous panning and tilting.
The Virtual PTZ Joystick
3.
Physical joystick: standard USB joysticks can be used to pan, tilt and zoom the camera view.
This may require configuring the joystick buttons.
4.
Click-drag/touch-drag region: draw a region within the camera view to center the camera and
set the zoom level.
5.
Mouse Scroll Wheel: optical zoom in/out can be applied in any mode (including digitally-zoomed
camera views) using a scroll-wheel mouse.
6.
Zoom control ribbon: click on any point on the zoom ribbon, or use the [+] and [-] buttons, to set
the zoom level.
The Zoom Control Ribbon
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Optical PTZ presets: Click on the ‘Presets’ button alongside the playback controls to display the
PTZ presets as configured in the NVR (see the NVR user manual for more information.) This
will display the presets list.
Click on an item on the list to display the PTZ preset, or click-drag up and down to scroll the
available presets.
The Optical PTZ Presets list
8.
Toggle between optical and digital PTZ: Click the ‘Optical PTZ’ button to toggle between digital
and optical PTZ.
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ƒ PTZ Control for ImmerVision’s IMV1 1/3 Panomorph lens
ImmerVision’s IMV1 1/3 Panomorph (360-degree) lens, when attached to static IP cameras, provides a
constant 360x180-degrees (half-sphere) field of view, thus replacing multiple static cameras, each of
which pointing to a segment of the Panomorph lens’s view.
ImmerVision’s Panomorph Lens
Ocularis Client Lite enables parsing the spherical (‘fish-eye’) video stream, received from cameras
equipped with the Panomorph lens, so that it appears un-skewed, resembling the image received from a
camera equipped with a standard lens.
Panomorph view, unparsed
Panomorph-equipped cameras are displayed in Ocularis Client Lite in either Single or Quad view. In
Quad view, four instances of the camera will populate a single camera pane, with individual digital PTZ
control (see herein). By ‘pointing’ each quadrant at a different direction and setting different zoom
settings, a single Panomorph camera pane can provide 360-degree coverage for large halls and open
areas.
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360-degree coverage using Quad Panomorph view,
populating a single camera pane.
Controls for Panomorph lens views include:
o
Playback controls (standard; forward, back and pause)
o
Quad-to-Single toggle – click on the [360] button to display the [Single] and [Quad]
buttons, which toggle between a single and a four-quadrant view of the camera. This
options is available whether the Panomorph camera is in a view of its own, or is part of a
multi-camera view alongside other cameras.
Panomorph View Controls
o
Virtual Joystick – clicking on any point within the camera view and moving the cursor in
any direction will create a pan/tilt effect, resembling that of an optical PTZ camera.
Moving the cursor down will, in ceiling-mounted cameras, cause the camera view to face
upward; moving the cursor left and right will move the camera view in the opposite
direction, at a speed relative to the length of the horizontal gesture.
Clicking on the center of the camera view in single mode, and in the intersection of the
four quadrants in quad mode, will display the Virtual Joystick cursor, which provides a
visual indicator to the PTZ control.
o
Zoom In/Out – to zoom in and out, use the Zoom Ribbon on the right side of the screen, or
the mouse wheel if available. At a certain zoom level, the camera view will revert to the
original, pre-parsed ‘fish-eye’ view.
o
Presets – currently disabled (will be available in subsequent release).
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ƒ Carousel sequence control
Carousel panes can be controlled just like any other camera pane, for playback, digital PTZ and optical
PTZ.
The Carousel Sequence controls; left to right: previous
camera, pause/resume sequence, next camera
In addition, Ocularis Client Lite enables skipping to the next and previous camera in the carousel
sequence, as well as pausing the sequence.
Once paused, the carousel will show the current camera indefinitely. To resume the carousel view, click
on the previous or next camera buttons.
Two-way audio
Ocularis Client Lite enables both listening to audio from camera-connected microphones and sending
audio to camera-connected PA (public address) systems. All camera-connected audio devices must be
configured in the NVR.
Cameras with connected audio equipment will display audio icons in the top right corner of the screen,
for listening to camera connected microphone (left) and sending audio to camera connected PA. Clicking
on either icon will disable the feature, indicated by [
]. Note that audio icons appear only upon
mouse move, together with all other playback and PTZ controls).
The two-way audio icons
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Browsing (Investigation Mode)
4. Browsing (Investigation Mode)
Ocularis Client Lite’s Browsing mode includes a variety of tools for quick, easy access to video of incidents,
reviewing the events before, during and after the incident, and for exporting segments of video for evidence.
Shifting between Live and Browse modes
In the top menu bar, click Browse to shift to Browse mode. Once in Browse mode, the menu item will
change to Live for returning to Live monitoring.
Upon switching between Live and Browse modes, the currently displayed camera view will carry between
the modes. This includes current cameras displayed in full screen, carousel panes, hotspots push-video
panes.
As opposed to the Live Monitoring view, which displays multiple cameras a-synchronously (i.e. different
panes can show playback, paused and/or live cameras simultaneously), the Browse mode displays all
cameras synchronously. This provides insight as to the events taking place at different locations at the time
an incident occurred, and allows easily tracking an incident as it moves from camera to camera.
The Browse (Investigation) Window
Current time
(may differ from
displayed video
time)
Camera name and
time/date of video
displayed
Kinetic Motion
Timeline, with video
time stamp and
timeline scale
Browse Mode
controls
The Browse Window
Ocularis Client Lite’s Browse window offers a number of tools and methods for accessing and enhancing
video of incidents:
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Browsing (Investigation Mode)
The Scalable Kinetic Timeline
The Kinetic Timeline provides a clear overview of recorded motion events over extended periods of time. It
can be used for reviewing video from multiple cameras simultaneously at variable speeds, for quick access
to video of incidents.
Browse
Mode
controls
Color-coded zones of
recording and detected
motion
Timestamp
of video
displayed
Time
interval
markers
Timeline
Scaling
controls
The Kinetic Timeline
ƒ Timeline Color-Coding
Color-coded segments in the timeline are used to indicate whether video has been recorded at a certain
time, and whether motion was detected during those periods:
o Black: no video was recorded
o Green: video was recorded, but no motion has been detected
o Red: video was recorded, containing motion events
o Blue: indicates the future, starting from the current time.
ƒ Scaling the timeline
Use the [+] and [-] buttons to scale the timeline, thus extending or contracting the time period displayed.
As the Timeline is scaled, marker lines spaced at 10-minute increments will contract or expand.
ƒ Playing video using the timeline
The Kinetic timeline allows for quickly scanning extended portions of recorded video from one or multiple
cameras. ‘Swiping’ the timeline (rapidly dragging and releasing while still in motion) in either direction will
play the video at a speed proportional to the speed of the swiping motion. The Timeline can also be used
for ‘shuttle’-style playback by click-dragging the timeline in a slow, controlled manner.
ƒ Using the timeline in multiple-camera views
In multiple-camera views, the Timeline at the bottom of the Browse window refers to the selected camera
(indicated by a blue frame around the camera pane), while all other cameras maintain an individual
timeline at the bottom of each camera pane . Click on another camera pane to select it; this will
automatically associate the main Timeline with the newly-selected camera.
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Browse Mode Controls
Ocularis Client Lite’s Browse Mode Controls allow for precise playback control and access to events by
motion sequence, frame-by-frame playback, normal-speed playback and time/date. This group of controls
also provides access to the motion detection toolbar, and is used to search recorded video for motion in a
defined area of the view.
Apply video
motion
detection
Frame-byframe forward/
rewind
Skip to
next/previous
sequence
Go to
start/end of
database
The Browse Mode
Toolbox
Normal speed
play/reverse play
Set start/end of
segment for video
export
Go to
time/date
ƒ Apply Video Motion Detection
Transition to Motion Detection mode (described in the next section)
ƒ Frame-by-frame forward/rewind
Review video frame-by-frame in both directions.
ƒ Next/previous motion sequence
Motion sequences display the actual starting point of detected motion occurrences.
ƒ Go to start/end of database
Access directly the beginning of the video database and the current time.
ƒ Normal speed playback
Review recorded video at normal speed, both forward and backward. Click on the timeline to pause.
ƒ Set start/end of bookmark
Graphically set the start and end points of video segments. this is used when exporting video as
evidence (described in the ‘Video Export’ chapter)
ƒ Go to Time/Date
Access video from a specific time and date; scroll up and down the time unit rollers to set the exact time
and date.
The time/date utility
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Motion Detection
Motion detection enables expediting the event detection process, by eliminating the need to manually review
volumes of video data. Motion can be detected within a defined zone, and the detection process can be
configured to the exact parameters of the targeted behavior or movement.
Applying motion detection to recorded video
1.
Click on the Motion Detection button [
] in the Browse Mode toolbox. This will replace the
Browse Mode controls with the Motion Detection Controls.
Return to
Browse
Window
Skip to
next/previous
motion event
Set percentage of
changed pixels
Set time
interval for
detection
Set detection
sensitivity
Go to
start/end of
database
Go to
time/date
The Motion Detection toolbox
2.
Draw a rectangular region in the camera pane. A motion level gauge will appear on the bottom
of the region.
3.
Set the motion detection parameters, to match the nature of the targeted movement:
• Time Interval (sampling rate)
Set this parameter based on the duration of the motion event. Set a high sampling rate
(e.g., frame-by-frame) for vehicles on a roadway, as they may enter and exit the detection
region within a fraction of a second. On the other hand, large values should be set for slow
moving persons or objects. Available values are frame-by-frame (FBF), 1, 5, 10 and 30
seconds.
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• Percentage of changed pixels
Set this parameter based on the size or area of the movement, relative to the detection
region. For example, set a high value or detecting a vehicle entering a detection region the
size of a single parking space; this will prevent false detections of persons walking in the
parking lot. Values range from 1% to 99%.
• Sensitivity
This parameter defines the amount for pixel color and brightness change. Set this
parameter according to the amount of ‘noise’ caused by ambient lighting, shadows,
reflections from windows, etc. For example, reword
4.
Set the start time for motion detection. Use the ‘Go To Time/Date’ utility, skip to the beginning
or end of the recorded video database, or drag the timeline to the desired time and date.
5.
Click the ‘Skip to Next/Previous Motion Event’ to begin searching, going either back or ahead in
time.
6.
Adjust the time interval, pixel change and detection sensitivity parameters if too many or too few
motion events are detected.
7.
Click ‘Return to Browse Mode’ to return to the primary Browse Mode view.
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The Time Slicer
Ocularis Client Lite’s Time Slicer functionality enables users to easily and quickly access video of an incident
by auto-generating equal-interval thumbnails of a specific camera view. Once the incident is evident in one
of the thumbnails, the user can create sets of thumbnails of increasingly smaller time intervals, towards
accessing the exact moment the incident began or ended.
Time Slicer
Current View
pane
Timeslice
thumbnails
Mode Selector
Timeslice direction
(back/forward in
time); pause slicing
Time Slicing
Interval
Kinetic Motion
Timeline, with video
time stamp and
timeline scale
Interchangeable
Motion Detection/
Playback Controls
The Time Slicer
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Accessing video of an incident using the Time Slicer
1.
In Browse Mode, click on the Timeslice menu item.
2.
The Time Slicer will generate thumbnails of the currently selected camera view, spaced 10 minutes
apart, starting from the currently displayed time-stamp and back in time. The Timeslice Current
View pane displays the camera view at the current time stamp (indicated on the Kinetic Timeline.)
3.
For convenient detection limited to a certain part of the camera view, you may apply digital zoom by
drawing a rectangular region in the Timeslice Current View. This will change the zoom level in all
Timeslice thumbnails.
4.
Depending on the nature of the incident searched, you may adjust the initial time interval and the
direction of detection (back or forward in time).
ƒ Use a larger interval to detect significant or semi-permanent changes to the current camera
view, that occurred days before or after the current time stamp (e.g. set the interval to One Day
to detect damage to a building that occurred within the past week.)
ƒ Use a smaller interval to detect short-term, transient incidents that occurred within hours or
minutes of the current time-stamp (e.g. use the default 10-minute interval, or even a 1-minute
interval to detect a car that had parked within half an hour of the currently displayed video.)
5.
], depending on the desired direction of
Click on the Search Back/Forward buttons [
detection, to generate the next set of thumbnails, starting at the time-stamp of the bottom-right
thumbnail.
6.
Once a change has been detected between two consecutive thumbnails, indicating that the incident
has occurred in the time between the two frames, click on the first of the two (if searching back in
time; click in the second frame if searching forward in time). The selected thumbnail will populate
the Timeslice Current View pane, and the Timeline will move to the selected thumbnail’s time
stamp.
7.
Select a smaller interval and click the Search Back/Forward buttons to generate thumbnails of
smaller intervals, and repeat the process until the exact start or end time of the incident is
accessed.
8.
At this point, you can:
ƒ Apply motion detection to the Timeslice Current View pane: motion detection can be applied to
the Timeslice Current View pane in the same manner as any Browse Mode pane. See ‘Motion
Detection’ (page 26) for more information.
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ƒ Review the selected camera or the entire camera view at the time of the detected event: click
on the camera’s title bar to expand it to full-view, or click ‘Overview’ in the main title menu to
resume multi-camera browsing.
ƒ Export video and/or still images for evidence: see ‘Exporting Evidence’, page 37.
Note:
If no video is recorded at a Timeslice point, the Time Slicer will search for and display the next frame of
recorded video (both back and forward in time.) Time Slicing will resume from that point on at the set
interval.
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The Motion Slicer
Similar to the Time Slicer, the Motion Slicer enables instant detection of motion events, adjusted for the
duration of the event and level of motion.
Accessing video of an incident using the Motion Slicer
1.
Within the Time Slicer, click on ‘Motion’.
2.
Set the Motion Slice detection parameters, based on the nature of the motion detected. The
sampling frequency, denoted in intervals ranging from frame-by-frame to 1 minute, complies to the
speed of the object or duration of the event. The percentage of change determines the minimal
number of changed pixels (from within the digitally-zoomed image) for an event to be detected.
Note:
For more information about setting motion detection parameters, see ‘Motion Detection’, page 26.
3.
Draw a Motion Detection zone using the motion detection tool [
4.
Click on the Back/Forward buttons [
] in the Browse Mode toolbox.
], depending on the desired direction of detection, to
generate thumbnails of detected motion events. At any point during the detection process you may
click the pause button [
5.
] to abort the operation.
If needed, adjust the detection parameters and repeat the search. Unless a different thumbnail from
the first is selected, or the timeline is moved, the search will resume from the same point.
6.
Once the maximum number of twenty thumbnails per page is reached, the Motion Slice process will
halt. To continue, click on either the Back or Forward buttons to resume detection.
7.
Once the desired motion event is accessed, you can:
ƒ Apply motion detection to the Motion Slice Current View pane: motion detection can be applied
to the Motion Slice Current View pane in the same manner as any Browse Mode pane. See
‘Motion Detection’ (page 26) for more information.
ƒ Review the selected camera or the entire camera view at the time of the detected event: click
on the camera’s title bar to expand it to full-view, or click ‘Overview’ in the main title menu to
resume multi-camera browsing.
ƒ Export video and/or still images for evidence: see ‘Exporting Evidence’, page 37.
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Browsing (Investigation Mode)
Alerts
Alerts are messages generated by the NVR in response to motion detection instances or generic events
received from external systems (e.g. access control, emergency phones, etc.) Multiple alerts and alert types
can be associated with a single camera.
Note:
See the NVR’s user manual for more information about setting alerts.
The Alerts List
Accessing video of an incident using Alerts
1.
Within the Time Slicer, click on ‘Alerts’
2.
Browse by Server, Camera and Alert and select the desired alert.
3.
Starting at any point in the timeline, click on the Back/Forward buttons [
], depending on
the desired direction of viewing alerts. This will populate the screen with thumbnails of the camera
at the time of each alert. At any point during the detection process you may click the pause button
[
4.
] to abort the operation.
Hover over a thumbnail to enlarge it, or click to set the Timeline and the Currently Displayed
Camera pane to the time stamp of the alert.
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Once the maximum number of twenty thumbnails per page is reached, the Alerts process will halt.
To continue, click on either the Back or Forward buttons to present the next set of alerts.
Note:
The camera associated to the alert can be different from the one currently displayed; in such a case the alert
thumbnails will show the displayed camera at the time stamps of the selected alert.
6.
Once the desired event is accessed, you can:
ƒ Apply digital Zoom to the Currently Displayed Camera pane
ƒ Apply motion detection to the Currently Displayed Camera pane: motion detection can be
applied in the same manner as any Browse Mode pane. See ‘Motion Detection’ (page 26) for
more information.
ƒ Review the selected camera or the entire camera view at the time of the detected event: click on
the camera’s title bar to expand it to full-view, or click ‘Overview’ in the main title menu to resume
multi-camera browsing.
ƒ Export video and/or still images for evidence: see ‘Exporting Evidence’, page 37.
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Sequences
Sequences are messages generated by the NVR indicating a sequence of events. Each sequence may
include one or more instances of motion, or alerts received from external sources, making this method more
suitable for accessing complex incidents. The NVR’s motion detection utility may be configured to include a
few seconds of pre- and post-event video.
Note:
See the NVR’s user manual for more information about motion detection settings.
Generating Sequences
Accessing video of an incident using Sequences
1.
Within the Time Slicer, click on ‘Sequences’
2.
Starting at any point in the timeline, click on the Back/Forward buttons [
], depending on
the desired direction of viewing alerts. This will populate the screen with thumbnails of the starting
point or end point of each sequence (for generating sequences forward and back in time,
respectively). At any point during the detection process you may click the pause button [
] to
abort the operation.
3.
Hover over a thumbnail to enlarge it, or click to set the Timeline and the Currently Displayed
Camera pane to the time stamp of the sequence.
4.
Once the maximum number of twenty thumbnails per page is reached, the sequence-generating
process will halt. To continue, click on either the Back or Forward buttons to present the next set of
sequences.
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Upon accessing the desired sequence, you may:
ƒ Apply digital Zoom to the Currently Displayed Camera pane
ƒ Apply motion detection to the Currently Displayed Camera pane: motion detection can be
applied in the same manner as any Browse Mode pane. See ‘Motion Detection’ (page 26) for
more information.
ƒ Review the selected camera or the entire camera view at the time of the detected event: click
on the camera’s title bar to expand it to full-view, or click ‘Overview’ in the main title menu to
resume multi-camera browsing.
ƒ Export video and/or still images for evidence: see ‘Exporting Evidence’, page 37.
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Triggers
5. Triggers
Ocularis Client Lite enables triggering outputs (relays) for activating external devices such as electronic
locks and gates, camera presets, switching lights on and off, alarm systems, etc. Triggers can be associated
with individual cameras or with NVR servers.
A single trigger may include one or more actions, e.g. a button trigger can sound and alarm and send a PTZ
camera to a specific preset. All triggers are configured in the NVR; please refer to the NVR user manual for
more information.
Generating Sequences
To activate a trigger, click on ‘Triggers’ in the title menu, and expand the lists of triggers under the desired
camera or server .
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Exporting
xporting Evidence
6. Exporting Evidence (Video and Still Images)
Ocularis Client Lite enables exporting video in audio-included AVI format, as a multi-camera video database,
or as a single still image or series of images in JPEG format.
Exporting Video Evidence
Designating a range for exporting video
Note:
Video export is possible only in Browse mode (including Timeslice, Motion Slice, Events and Sequences
modes).
1.
Make sure the interchangeable motion detection/playback control set is set to playback. Click on
the Playback Mode button [
2.
Drag the Timeline to the desired starting point for the exported segment, and click on the Segment
Start button [
3.
] to toggle between the two sets of controls.
].
Drag the Timeline to the end point of the exported segment. The selected segment will turn purple.
Click on the Segment End button [
].
Designating a range for exporting video
4.
You may extend or reduce the segment after it has been designating by setting different start and
end points.
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Exporting Evidence
Exporting an AVI video clip
Audio-included, single-camera AVI clips have relatively small file sizes, allowing for electronic distribution of
evidence across multiple platforms. Each frame in the clip is time-stamped, and an optional preamble
including the time/date, camera ID, operator and operator’s comments will precede the clip.
1.
Once a segment of video has been designated for export, click on ‘Export’ in the main title menu.
2.
Select ‘AVI File’.
The ‘Export Options’ Dialog Box
3.
Enter the full path of the destination folder for the exported clip, or click on Browse Folders [
select a folder or create a new folder.
4.
Enter a file name for the exported clip.
5.
Enter additional information in the Comment text box.
Exporting to AVI File
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Click on ‘Setup’ to change the video export Codec and the encoding quality.
Note:
Selecting a higher encoding quality may cause the encoding process to take longer and the AVI file to be
larger; also, the export codec must be installed on the video clip recipient’s computer. To avoid
incompatibility, we recommend using a popular video codec such as DivX.
The AVI Export Setup Dialog Box
By default, exported AVI clips are preceded by a Preamble which displays the time and date, operator (by
username), camera name and the operator’s comments. You may choose whether or not to append a
preamble to the exported clip, and which items to include.
The AVI Video Preamble
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Click ‘OK’ to exit the Setup dialog box.
8.
Click ‘Export’ to begin the export process.
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Depending on the length of the designated segment of video and on the framerate and resolution of the
video, the encoding process may take a number of minutes. You can follow the encoding progress by
clicking on ‘Jobs’ in the main title menu.
Note:
You may continue to work with Ocularis Client Lite as usual during the export process, including running
multiple video exports simultaneously.
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Exporting a Video Database
Multiple-camera video exports in database format allow future reviewing of an event as it unfolds through an
entire set of cameras. While exported database files may be very large and therefore are not usually suitable
for electronic distribution, their encryption and password-protection features provide the security level
required in dealing with sensitive content and/or court evidence. Viewing the exported video database
requires Ocularis Client Lite installed on the recipient’s computer.
1.
Once a segment of video has been designated for export, click on ‘Export’ in the main title menu.
2.
Select ‘Database Format’.
The Export to Database Format Dialog Box
3.
Enter the full path of the destination folder for the exported clip, or click on Browse Folders [
] to
select a folder or create a new folder.
4.
Enter a file name for the exported clip.
5.
Choose the camera feeds to be included in the database export in addition to the selected camera,
from among current view’s cameras. To include a camera feed not included in the original view,
change the camera using the Circular Camera Pane Menu in either Live or Browse modes.
6.
Enter a password for opening the database and check/uncheck the Add Encryption box (optional;
encryption requires password protection)
7.
Click ‘Export’ to begin the export process.
Depending on the length of the designated segment of video and on the framerate and resolution of the
video, the encoding process may take a number of minutes. You can follow the encoding progress by
clicking on ‘Jobs’ in the main title menu.
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Exporting Evidence
Note:
You may continue to work with Ocularis Client Lite as usual during the export process, including running
multiple video exports simultaneously.
Saving and viewing the video database
Once the export process is finished, a [filename].oml’ file, as well as a folder named ‘Data’, will be created in
the destination folder. Both are required to view the exported video. To transfer the video export to another
user, simply copy both the .oml file and the ‘Data’ folder onto a portable hard drive, or burn them on a CD or
DVD using any off-the-shelf burning software.
To view exported video, select the ‘Load Database from File’ option under the ‘Views’ title menu item, and
select the .oml file in the ‘Open File’ dialog. The video database will open in Browse mode, allowing for all
Browse operations (including motion detection, Timeslice, Motion Slice, etc.)
Note:
It may take a short period for the video database to parse and recorded video to be available for browsing.
Loading a video database in Ocularis Client Lite
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Exporting Evidence
Exporting Still Images (individual frames)
Single-camera still images can be extracted either as single frames or multiple frames, covering the entire
export range.
Exporting Still Frames
To export a single frame:
1.
Select a camera, and set the Timeline to the desired point in time.
2.
Click on ‘Export’ in the main title menu and select ‘Individual Frames’
3.
Check the ‘Single Frame’ box
4.
Click on ‘Setup’ to set the Still Image export parameters:
Image Export Setup
5.
Set the image quality to Original, Medium or Low. Exporting images in ‘Original’ quality will result in
larger file size, while reducing the image quality may cause image degradation.
6.
Check the Timestamp and Camera Name checkboxes to include camera and timestamp
information in the export.
7.
Click OK to return to the ‘Export Still Frame’ dialog box, and click on ‘Export’.
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Exporting Evidence
To export all frames from the selected range:
1.
2.
Select a camera
On the Timeline, set the start and end points for the exported segment (see ‘Designating a range
for exporting video’, page 37)
3.
Click on ‘Export’ in the main title menu and select ‘Individual Frames’
4.
Check the ‘Full Timespan’ box
5.
Click on ‘Setup’ to set the Still Image export parameters:
6.
Set the image quality to Original, Medium or Low. Exporting images in ‘Original’ quality will result in
larger file size, while reducing the image quality may cause image degradation.
7.
Check the Timestamp and Camera Name checkboxes to include camera and timestamp
information in the export.
8.
Click OK to return to the ‘Export Still Frame’ dialog box, and click on ‘Export’.
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Printing a Still-Image Report
Still Image Reports are one-page reports which include a still image as well as the associated time/date,
camera information, operator and workstation identifiers and operator comments.
To create and print a Print Report:
1.
Select a camera, and set the Timeline to the desired point in time.
2.
Click on ‘Export’ in the main title menu and select ‘Print Report’
3.
Enter report header and comments
4.
Click ‘Preview’ to view the final report prior to printing.
Still Image Report
5.
Click ‘Print’ to print the report, using any local or networked printer.
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