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requirements or that the operation will be entirely error free or perform precisely as described in the
documentation. This system has not been designed to be used in life-critical situations and must not be
used for this purpose.
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Important Notice
This Manual is delivered subject to the following conditions and restrictions:
 This Manual contains proprietary information belonging to Vicon. Such information is supplied solely for the
purpose of assisting explicitly and properly authorized users of the ViconNet Virtual Matrix system.
 No part of its contents may be used for any other purpose, disclosed to any person or firm or reproduced
by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the express prior written permission of Vicon.
 The text and graphics are for the purpose of illustration and reference only. The specifications on which
they are based are subject to change without notice.
 The software described in this Manual is furnished under a license. The software may be used or copied
only in accordance with the terms of that agreement.
 Information in this Manual is subject to change without notice. Corporate and individual names and data
used in examples herein are fictitious unless otherwise noted.
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About This Manual
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller Software Manual is comprised of the following chapters:
 Chapter 1, Introducing ViconNet, introduces the main concepts and system architecture of the ViconNet
system.
 Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller (VMDC), describes the main Virtual
Matrix Controller windows and their functionality.
 Chapter 3, Configuring your Virtual Matrix Display Controller, describes all available configuration
functions in the Virtual Matrix Controller, including system setup and creating macros and schedules.
 Chapter 4, Viewing Live Video/Audio, describes the mandatory and optional tasks involved in viewing
live video.
 Chapter 5, Recording Live Video/Audio, describes the manual and automatic processes for recording
live video and audio.
 Chapter 6, Playing Back Recorded Video/Audio, describes the process for playing back recorded video
and audio.
 Chapter 7, Managing Macros and Schedules, describes how to manage and work with macros and
schedules in the Virtual Matrix Controller.
 Chapter 8, Generating Reports, describes how to generate different types of reports available in the
ViconNet Virtual Matrix Controller.
 Appendix A, Shipping Instructions, provides the instructions for sending a unit to the factory.
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1, INTRODUCING VICONNET ...........................................................................1
What Is ViconNet? .......................................................................................................................................... 2
What Is the Virtual Matrix Display Controller? ............................................................................................ 2
Frequently Asked Questions ......................................................................................................................... 3
UPS System Requirements ........................................................................................................................... 5
System Architecture....................................................................................................................................... 6
CHAPTER 2, GETTING TO KNOW YOUR VIRTUAL MATRIX DISPLAY CONTROLLER
(VMDC) .................................................................................................................................7
Logging In ....................................................................................................................................................... 8
Main Window................................................................................................................................................... 9
Main Window Toolbar ................................................................................................................................. 12
Video and Recording Elements .................................................................................................................. 14
Other Controls ............................................................................................................................................. 29
Remote Monitors .......................................................................................................................................... 31
About Picture Quality and Refresh Mode ................................................................................................... 31
Logging Out and Exiting .............................................................................................................................. 34
Logging Out ................................................................................................................................................ 34
Exiting the Virtual Matrix ............................................................................................................................. 35
CHAPTER 3, CONFIGURING YOUR VIRTUAL MATRIX DISPLAY CONTROLLER ........ 37
Accessing the Configuration Functions .................................................................................................... 39
Registering Your System ............................................................................................................................. 41
Modifying the System Configuration.......................................................................................................... 43
Configuring the Network Setup ................................................................................................................... 43
VMDC Configuration .................................................................................................................................... 48
Configuring the Central Failure Notification (CFN) Display ..................................................................... 50
Configuring Site Authorization ................................................................................................................... 54
Configuring Auto Login ............................................................................................................................... 60
Configuring Monitor Layout ........................................................................................................................ 62
Configuring Text Settings ........................................................................................................................... 65
Configuring Recording Sites ....................................................................................................................... 67
Creating Macros ........................................................................................................................................... 68
Configuring Alarm Events ........................................................................................................................... 76
Creating Schedules ...................................................................................................................................... 79
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Restoring and Backing Up System Settings ............................................................................................. 84
Configuring an External Control ................................................................................................................. 85
Activating a Control ..................................................................................................................................... 87
Defining Device Groups and Group Sets ................................................................................................... 89
Creating a Group Set .................................................................................................................................. 89
Defining Site Maps and Map Sets ............................................................................................................... 94
Using the Language Translation Utility (LTU) ......................................................................................... 102
Creating a Library File .............................................................................................................................. 102
Implementing the Translation in the VMC Application .............................................................................. 104
Viewing the Settings Summary ................................................................................................................. 106
Display Settings.......................................................................................................................................... 107
CHAPTER 4, VIEWING LIVE VIDEO/AUDIO ................................................................... 109
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 110
Viewing and Listening Workflow .............................................................................................................. 111
Step 1: Selecting the Monitor Layout ....................................................................................................... 112
Step 2: Selecting Cameras ........................................................................................................................ 113
Step 3: Controlling the Picture per Camera ............................................................................................. 118
Step 4: Operating a PTZ Camera .............................................................................................................. 120
CHAPTER 5, RECORDING LIVE VIDEO/AUDIO ............................................................ 123
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 124
Recording Live Video/Audio (On-Demand).............................................................................................. 125
Alarm Recording......................................................................................................................................... 128
CHAPTER 6, PLAYING BACK RECORDED VIDEO/AUDIO ........................................... 129
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 130
Playback Workflow ..................................................................................................................................... 131
Step 1: Selecting the Monitor Display Location ...................................................................................... 132
Step 2: Selecting Recorded Video/Audio ................................................................................................. 133
Step 3: Selecting the Playback Start Time ............................................................................................... 135
Step 4: Playing Back from a Selected Camera/Microphone .................................................................. 138
Quick Playback ......................................................................................................................................... 139
CHAPTER 7, MANAGING MACROS AND SCHEDULES ............................................... 141
Creating Macros and Schedules ............................................................................................................... 142
Working with Macros ................................................................................................................................. 142
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CHAPTER 8, GENERATING REPORTS .......................................................................... 145
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 146
Saving Logs .............................................................................................................................................. 146
Opening the Reports Window ................................................................................................................... 148
Generating Alarm History Reports ........................................................................................................... 149
Generating Audit Log Reports .................................................................................................................. 152
APPENDIX A, SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS ..................................................................... 155
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FCC Notice
Note: Complies with Federal Communications Commission Rules & Regulations Part 15, Subpart B for a Class
A digital device.
WARNING
This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, that is, in
strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction, may cause interference to radio and television
reception. It has been type tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A computing device in
accordance with the specification in subpart B of part 15 of the FCC rules, which are designed to provide
reasonable protection against such interference in a commercial installation. However, there is no guarantee
that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio
and television reception, which can be determined by turning equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to
try and correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient the receiving antenna.
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Relocate the equipment with respect to the receiver.
•
Relocate the equipment away from the receiver.
•
Plug the equipment into a different electrical outlet so that the equipment and receiver are
on different branch circuits.
If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for additional
suggestions.
The user may find the following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications Commission helpful:
“Interference Handbook, Bulletin CIB-2”
This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mailstop
SSOP, Washington, D.C. 20402-9328, ISBN 0-16-045542-1.
Warning: Power must be removed from this unit before removing circuit modules or cables.
Caution: This unit contains circuit cards with integrated circuit devices that can be damaged by static
discharge. Take all necessary precautions to prevent static discharge.
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Chapter 1
Introducing ViconNet
This chapter introduces ViconNet and the Virtual Matrix Display Controller software application and includes
the following sections:
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What Is ViconNet?, page 2, provides a brief overview of the ViconNet software.
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What Is the Virtual Matrix Display Controller?, page 2, describes overall functionality of the Virtual
Matrix Display Controller.
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UPS System Requirements, page 5, outlines the main ViconNet system requirements.
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System Architecture, page 6, illustrates the system architecture.
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What Is ViconNet?
ViconNet is innovative open-platform video management software (ONVIF-conformant) that allows integration
with IP cameras, encoders and IP edge devices, including megapixel cameras. Open platform cameras and
edge devices from numerous industry-leading manufacturers are compatible with ViconNet software.
Additionally, the ViconNet interface has integrated Events Management and ViconNet VI video intelligence.
ViconNet is a fully scalable secure network solution for Windows® platform. It allows viewing and recording of
video from any camera anywhere on the network and integrates seamlessly with Vicon’s line of Kollector
DVRs and NVRs. It is compatible with Vicon’s Express series NVRs and DVRs and supports Vicon’s Access
Control System (VAX). ViconNet version 8.X offers H.264 compression in addition to ViconNet’s proprietary
MPEG-4 optimized compression or JPEG compression.
What Is the Virtual Matrix Display Controller?
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller (VMDC) is a self-contained, matrix control solution for the ViconNet
Video Management system, designed to provide users with the ability to direct network video to multiple
monitor displays. The VMDC solution is comprised of both a matrix command/control center software
interface and a hardware decoding component that enables the high-quality ViconNet remote network video
streams to be displayed on multiple monitors in multiple locations. The design enables each operator to
display any camera on any monitor connected to the network; control can be shared by multiple operators.
Camera selection may be controlled via a dedicated keypad or by using the graphical user interface. This
enhancement is specifically designed to support the typical environment of a command center which includes
workstations and video walls.
Typically, a VMDC would be installed in the command/control center for the video management system and
provide both local control of monitors in the center and remote control of monitors located elsewhere in the
facility, including monitor wall displays. Each VMDC can control up to 6 high-definition monitors. Control of
additional monitors is as easy as connecting additional units to the network providing a scalable, costeffective management solution.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The following set of questions and answers have been created to help customers get the most out of the
potential of the Virtual Matrix Controller. Each question is a real-life situation answered by Vicon’s outstanding
technical support group.
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What is the Virtual Matrix Display Controller (VMDC)?
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller is designed to simulate a traditional matrix crosspoint switcher and
works together with the other Vicon products to allow displaying video on remote monitors.
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Is the VMDC a hardware or a software component?
Both. Vicon offers and recommends buying a pre-installed Controller that was specifically designed for
this purpose. It is offered to work with 2, 4 or 6 monitors. If you prefer to install the software on your own
hardware, the VMDC can be purchased as software only and installed on a customer-supplied PC that
meets the minimum requirements specified.
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Is VMDC dependent on a certain ViconNet software version?
Yes, VMDC only works with systems running ViconNet version 4 and higher. If your system is running an
earlier version, contact your sales representative for an upgrade quote.
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Will the system settings made on other components of the system apply to the VMDC?
Yes, any system-wide setting you have configured on your system (groups, users, and so on) will apply
also to the VMDC.
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Can a VMDC be used in the same system with PC-based viewing software such as VWS-SW/
VPK-SW?
Yes. As long as those systems are running ViconNet version 4 or higher, you can use both in the same
system. The system Nucleus must be updated to latest version of software.
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Can a VMDC be a Nucleus for the system?
No. VMDC must be connected to a Nucleus running on another unit (such as a Workstation) in order to
operate.
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How many users can share a VMDC?
If the users want to use the VMDC graphical user interface (GUI), then each operator must have his own
system. If the user chooses to use CCTV keypads for controlling the VMDC, then four users (with four
keypads) can share one VMDC.
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What is the maximum number of monitors each VMDC can control?
There is no limitation to the number of monitors the VMDC can control, but there is a limitation to the
number of concurrent video streams that a VMDC can handle (150 at a time).
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Can VMDC record video?
No. VMDC cannot serve as the video recorder in the system. The recording takes place in the DVR/NVR
on the system. The VMDC can only record the displayed feed on its monitors and uses a different
system’s drive to do so.
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Can I run VMDC and ViconNet viewer software on the same PC?
No. VMDC and ViconNet software can not run at the same time on the same system. If you choose to
install both, you will have to shutdown one before running the other.
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Does VMDC require any special components?
Yes. The VMDC requires a video decoder in order to transmit the video so that it can be displayed on the
monitors. A PC-based decoder is an integral part of the VMDC.
•
Do I need a network to use VMDC or is it self-contained like an analog matrix?
Yes. The VMDC requires a network to connect to both the camera and the decoder. It can not run as a
standalone unit like an analog matrix.
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Can I control both local and remote monitors?
Yes. The VMDC can control any monitor on the network that is connected to a VMDC or Vicon decoder.
Each monitor can be divided into 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36 or 64 segments (this may be limited when using a
decoder; check decoder specifications); there are a maximum of 150 video for each VMDC, regardless of
how the monitors are segmented.
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Can I use HD monitors with the VMDC?
Yes. The VMDC supports 1080P high definition 16 x 9 viewing.
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UPS System Requirements
Vicon requires the use of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems in the electrical power service. Failure
to comply with this will void the unit warranty.
Use the following minimum UPS requirements:
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Capacity: 1250 VA/750 W
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Input:
•
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Voltage: 115 VAC/230 VAC
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Voltage Range: ±30% (with a 4-step AVR)
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Frequency: 47 – 63 Hz (auto detection)
Output:
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Voltage: 115 VAC/230 VAC
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Voltage Reduction (bat. mode): ±10%
NOTES:
It is required that external devices (such as SAN/RAID units, backup drives or external DVD units) be
connected to the power source via UPS when used with the ViconNet system.
It is strongly recommended that the Virtual Matrix Display Controller’s hard disks be formatted to the NTFS
system format.
When rack mounting any Virtual Matrix Display Controller configured in a rack-mounted PC, it is necessary to
leave 1U (1.75 in./44.45 mm) of space between the units.
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System Architecture
The diagram shown below illustrates a ViconNet system structure that incorporates a variety of ViconNet
devices.
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Chapter 2
Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix
Display Controller (VMDC)
This chapter describes the Virtual Matrix Display Controller (VMDC) and familiarizes you with its components
and functionality. This chapter contains the following sections:
•
•
Logging In, page 8, describes how to log in to the Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
Main Window, page 9, describes all the elements in the Virtual Matrix Display Controller Main window
that provide access to the basic functions required to operate the system.
•
Remote Monitor, page 31, describes the remote analog monitors used to display ViconNet live and
recorded video.
•
Logging Out and Exiting, page 35, describes how to log out without closing the VMDC and how to close
the VMDC application and exit to the operating system.
Note: The performance and number of cameras is subject to many variables. Refer to the datasheet for actual
display capabilities.
Note: Some of the screens shown in this manual may be slightly different in appearance than those that are on
your screen. There should be no difference in content or functionality.
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Logging In
Logging in to the Virtual Matrix Display Controller is performed using your assigned user name and password.
The allowed system operations are dependent on your assigned authorization rights (refer to Chapter 3,
Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller, for additional details).
The full functionality of the Virtual Matrix Display Controller system is available only after the system is
registered. Before registration is performed, the system will function with limited functionality only. Refer to the
Registering Your System section in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller for further
information.
A VMDC Administrator user can configure the system to automatically log in selected users. Then, each time
the user starts the application, the VMDC Main window will be presented without having to enter a user name
and password. Refer to the Configuring Auto Login section in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix
Display Controller.
NOTES:
Before you log in to the VMDC application, verify that the hardware components are properly installed and
functional.
To log in to the VMDC application:
1. At your Virtual Matrix Display Controller, double-click the ViconNet VMDC icon
desktop.
on your Windows
NOTE: If you restart your site, the VMDC automatically starts up with the Login window open.
2. In the User Name field, enter your assigned user name. If you are an administrator entering for the first
time, enter admin. If you are a guest, enter guest.
3. In the Password field, enter your assigned password.
NOTES:
If you are a guest, you do not need to enter a password.
If you are an administrator entering the application for the first time, you do not need a password. After
logging in as admin, it is recommended to assign yourself a password, as described in Chapter 3,
Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
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4. Click
. The VMDC Main window is displayed, as shown in the following section.
NOTE: Pressing Exit from the Login window closes the application.
Main Window
After logging in to the Virtual Matrix Display Controller, the Main window is displayed, as shown on the
following page, enabling you to:
•
View and listen to live video and audio.
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Record live video and audio. Refer to the Configuring Recording Sites section in Chapter 3.
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Play back recorded video and audio.
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Create and manage macros and schedules.
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Control video images.
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Generate reports.
•
Configure an external control device.
•
Use system utilities.
Each of the above tasks is described in detail in the subsequent chapters of this manual.
NOTE: The allowed operations depend on each user's assigned site authorization. Refer to Chapter 3,
Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller, for additional details about configuring site
authorization.
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The following example illustrates the elements and options in the Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
Alternatively, the screen can be viewed in ViconNet mode by selecting the ViconNet Mode button. The screen
will change to the following (the button changes to VMDC Mode).
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The window shown above provides access to all the basic functionality required to operate the system and
contains the following elements:
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Main Window Toolbar, page 12
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Video and Recording Elements, page 14, which include:
 Sites/Groups/Maps/Storage Lists
 Current Details Area
 Video Display Area
 Display Mode Controls
 Function Controls
 Control Dialog Display Area
 Monitor Display Layout
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Other Controls, page 29, which include the following buttons:
 Audio
 Picture
 Controls
 Playback
 PTZ
Main Window Toolbar
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller Main window toolbar provides quick access to all the major functionality
of the VMDC, as well as all configuration and report generation options.
The VMDC Main window toolbar appears at the top of the window and contains six buttons, as follows:
The following is a brief description of each toolbar button and its function:
Button
Description
This option enables you to manage and work with macros that have been
configured in the system. Macros are used for recording video and audio
according to preconfigured schedules and preconfigured alarm events, as well
as for performing sequence sessions.
Refer to Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller, and
Chapter 7, Managing Macros and Schedules, for detailed configuration and
management procedures.
This option enables you to view and generate the following types of reports:
•
Alarm History: Displays all the alarm events that have occurred in the
system.
•
Audit Log: Provides a basic log of operations performed in the
system, which is useful for history and debugging purposes.
Information is accumulated continuously. 8,000 record lines can be
accumulated, and removed thereafter on a first-in-first-out basis.
Refer to Chapter 8, Generating Reports, for detailed report generation
procedures.
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Button
Description
Enables you to configure the Virtual Matrix Display Controller which includes:
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Registering your system.
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Modifying the system configuration, including configuring network setup.
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Other RS232/422/485 controls.
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Configuring automatic login.
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Configuring site authorization.
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Creating, editing, and deleting macros.
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Configuring alarm events.
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Creating and modifying schedules.
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Defining the VMDC Monitor Display Layout
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Restoring and backing up system settings from/to any network location.
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Defining via which site you perform recording from the Virtual Matrix
Display Controller
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Defining text notification to be displayed on a remote monitor
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Language Translation Utility (LTU)
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Configuring the Central Failure Notification (CFN) display settings (CFNs
are sent to specified sites to notify of errors that occur in the system.)
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Map Sets – enables you to map your working environment in terms of
where ViconNet systems are physically located on your premises.
•
Display Settings – allows you to select from a variety of resolutions,
including wide screen
•
Settings Summary – provides a summary of all the settings configured in a
specific site.
Refer to Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller, for
detailed configuration procedures.
This option enables you to log out without closing the Virtual Matrix Display
Controller application. You can then log in as a different user.
Minimize: Enables you to set the application to run in the background.
Note About Auto Maximize: While the application is
minimized, it is automatically maximized in the event of an
alarm.
Close: Enables you to close the application and redisplay the operating
system.
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Video and Recording Elements
The VMDC enables you to view and record live video and audio and to play back recorded video and audio
on remote monitors by selecting devices and displaying their contents, as required. You can view and record
the contents of selected devices using the following video and recording elements:
•
Current Details Area, page 14
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Sites List, page 15
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Site Maps, page 17
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Groups List, page 18
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Storage List, page 22
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Video Display Area, page 24
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Monitor Display Layout, page 26
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Display Mode Controls, page 27
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Function Controls, page 28
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Control Dialog Display Area, page 29
•
Playback Controls, page 30
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Remote Monitor, page 31
Current Details Area
The Current Details area displays the name of the currently logged in user and the name of the master
Nucleus:
Search Feature
To quickly locate a device in any of the device lists, there is a search feature. Type the name of the device
into the Search field. The search result will highlight in the list. A next and previous button provides navigation
in the list as needed. This search feature is in several places within ViconNet where there are device lists, for
example Macro editor.
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Previous and Next buttons.
Sites List
The VMDC Sites list is a hierarchical list that displays the current transmitters and devices in the system. This
list can be navigated using standard tree expand and collapse functionality. Each storage location contains
the devices that are available for viewing and recording live video and audio segments, and each transmitter
and device list is correlated to a specific storage location.
The following five device types can be configured to accommodate your individual and organizational
requirements:
Device Type
Video
or
Description
Camera – Fixed camera or PTZ camera dome
Audio
Microphone
Detector
Sensor
Relay
Relay
Speaker
Speaker
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NOTES:
The cameras that appear in the Sites list are automatically detected by the system during startup. If a camera
is not physically connected to the system, it will not appear in the list. If the camera is disconnected after
startup, a red X icon ( ) is displayed next to the relevant camera in the Sites list, and a blank screen appears
in the Video Display area.
Selecting a device starts that device's video/audio transmission and enables you to perform all viewing,
listening and recording operations.
Using the Sites list, you can select or deselect cameras and microphones for viewing and recording, as
follows:
To view a camera or hear a microphone:
•
Select a camera in the list or drag and drop it from the list to a monitor icon in the Monitor Display
Layout. As an alternative, a camera can also be dropped directly onto the remote monitor. Right clicking
the device will give you a Preview in the Video Display Area. A Connecting message displays until the
video displays. The following occurs:
•
The camera icon in the Sites/Maps/Groups list appears highlighted in yellow.
•
The
icon appears in the Monitor Display Layout. The live video transmission begins and is
displayed on the remote monitor in the location selected in the Monitor Display Layout.
•
If the Video Display area at the bottom of the Main window is turned on, the video from the selected
camera is displayed therein. There is a spotlight from the monitor to the Video Display area. For
instructions on how to turn the Main window video display on and off, refer to Chapter 4, Viewing Live
Video/Audio.
Note: All the cameras in a site can be viewed on a multiple display monitor by dragging the site to the selected
monitor; select the monitor display mode from the Display Mode selection key.
•
Select a microphone by clicking its icon in the list. The following occurs:
•
The icon appears highlighted in yellow.
•
The audio transmission begins.
NOTES:
If a camera is already recording (for example, if recording was started from the transmitter), the icon in the list
will already appear in yellow).
A video that was activated by a macro is indicated in the Monitor Display Layout by the
icon.
To reverse a selection:
Select the device in the list again. The following occurs:
•
The icon is not highlighted in the list (it is gray).
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•
The live video and audio transmission is stopped. The Video Display area and monitor display location
are cleared, and the
Monitor icon is cleared in the Monitor Display Layout.
You can change the maximum number and location of the cameras you want to view/record on the remote
monitor, as described in the Monitor Display Layout section, page 26, and the Display Mode Controls section,
page 27. Refer to Chapter 4, Viewing Live Video/Audio, and Chapter 5, Recording Live Video/Audio, for
detailed procedures using the Sites or Groups list.
Site Map
The ViconNet Site Map provides you with the ability to define the location of Kollector units, cameras and
microphones on a map of the physical environment/premises. Maps can be grouped into map sets. The map
set you are currently working on is called the working set. The Working Set site maps can be viewed by
clicking on Site Map in the left hand panel of the Main window. The Site Map list can be navigated in the
same way as the Site List. However, the devices in the Site Map list are organized by maps and map sets,
not by site (meaning, by physical location of devices as opposed to by device name).
You can define your maps and map sets by selecting Map Sets from the System Settings window. The image
in the lower-left panel changes according to the object selected in the Site Map.
Maps are loaded in to the system using the Add New Map utility. (For more details, refer to the Defining Site
Maps and Map Sets section in Chapter 3, Configuring the ViconNet system.) Maps can be loaded from CD
media or a USB drive.
The picture can be dragged to the middle of the editing space and then expanded or navigated and so on, as
described below.
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The following options are available for working with the selected map in the Map Set:
Button
Description
Enables you to navigate to the parent map.
Enables you to navigate to other maps in the Map Set.
Enables you to remove text labels from the map.
Enables you to expand the picture.
Enables you to return the map to its previous state (expansion).
Enables you to maximize the map to fit the entire screen.
Enables you to close the map image. The Site List tab is redisplayed in the left-hand panel.
Devices (cameras, encoders, decoders and so on) can be added to a Site Map by dragging them directly to
where they are located on the map of the physical location.
To activate or deactivate a camera, click the camera icon on the map. If the camera icon is flashing, it is
deactivated. If it is steady, it is active.
NOTE: If there are two monitors connected to the VMDC, clicking Site Map in the Main window opens the
map set (the Working Set) on the second monitor.
For more details about Site Maps, see Chapter 3, Configuring the ViconNet System.
Groups List
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller Groups list displays the transmitters and devices (cameras and
microphones) connected to your ViconNet system organized by logical groups and group sets. Each group
can contain devices from multiple distinct transmitters and can be formed according to any criteria, such as:
location, camera type, and so on. Like the Sites list, the Groups list is a hierarchical list, which can be
navigated using standard tree expand and collapse functionality.
A Group Set usually consists of various related groups of devices. For example, in a large company with
several multi-story buildings, there may be a Group Set for each building. In each Group Set (building) there
could be a number of Groups, each one for a different floor.
You can define your Groups and Group Sets by selecting Groups Sets from the System Settings window.
NOTE: When defining device groups in the Devices Group Sets Management window, you can define one
Group Set as the Working Set. This is the Group that will appear in the Groups list in the Main
window. To view a different group set, you must change the working set in the Devices Group Sets
Management window.
Groups are loaded in to the system using the Add New Group utility. (For more details about defining groups
and group sets, refer to the Defining Groups and Group Sets section in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual
Matrix Display Controller.)
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NOTE: The Groups list is only enabled after at least one group has been defined in the Devices Group Sets
Management window.
Using the Groups list, you can select or deselect cameras and microphones for viewing and recording, as
follows:
To view a camera or listen to a microphone:
•
Select a camera in the list or drag and drop it from the list to a monitor icon in the Monitor Display
Layout. The following occurs:
•
The camera icon in the Sites/Groups list appears highlighted in yellow.
•
The
icon appears in the Monitor Display Layout. The live video transmission begins and is
displayed on the remote monitor in the location selected in the Monitor Display Layout.
•
If the Video Display area at the bottom of the Main window is turned on, the video from the selected
camera is displayed therein. There is a spotlight from the monitor to the Video Display area. For
instructions on how to turn the Main window video display on and off, refer to Chapter 4, Viewing Live
Video/Audio.
•
Select a microphone by clicking its icon in the list. The following occurs:
•
The icon appears highlighted in yellow.
•
The audio transmission begins.
NOTES:
If a camera is already recording (for example, if recording was started from the transmitter), the icon in the list
will already appear in yellow).
A video that was activated by a macro is indicated in the Monitor Display Layout by the
icon.
For details about the Monitor Display Layout, refer to the Monitor Display Layout section on page 26.
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The following display options are available for working with the selected group in the group set:
Button
Description
Opens a list with a selection of display modes.
Select 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 16, 25, 36 or 64 to enable you to view or record, on a remote
monitor, up to 64 cameras simultaneously.
Enables you to maximize the Video Display area to fit the entire screen. To
restore the maximized screen to its previous size, click the
right corner.
icon in the top
NOTE: This option only affects the video display in the Main window and
does not influence the display on the remote monitor.
To reverse a selection:
Select the device in the list again. The following occurs:
•
The icon is not highlighted in the list (it is gray).
•
The live video and audio transmission is stopped. The Video Display area and monitor display location
are cleared, and the
Monitor icon is cleared in the Monitor Display Layout.
You can change the maximum number and location of the cameras you want to view/record on the remote
monitor, as described in the Monitor Display Layout section, page 26, and the Display Mode Controls section,
page 26. Refer to Chapter 4, Viewing Live Video/Audio, and Chapter 5, Recording Live Video/Audio, for
detailed procedures using the Sites or Groups list.
In the Groups list, you can select to list the devices by name, secondary ID (as configured in the Groups Sets
Management window) or both.
•
To select which group details to display, click the
button and select the
required option from the radio buttons that appear at the top of the Groups list, as shown below..
•
Name: Displays a list of the device names
•
Name-ID: Displays a list of device names followed by the device’s secondary ID
•
ID: Displays a list of the device’s secondary ID
•
ID-Name: Displays a list of the device’s secondary ID followed by the device’s name
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The following five device types can be configured to accommodate your individual and organizational
requirements:
Device Type
Video
or
Description
Camera – Fixed camera or PTZ camera dome
Audio
Microphone
Detector
Sensor
Relay
Relay
Speaker
Speaker
NOTE:
The cameras that appear in the Sites list are automatically detected by the system during startup. If a camera
is not physically connected to the system, it will not appear in the list. If the camera is disconnected after
startup, a red X icon ( ) is displayed next to the relevant camera in the Sites list, and a blank screen appears
in the Video Display area.
Selecting a device starts that device's video/audio transmission and enables you to perform all viewing,
listening and recording operations.
NOTE: A device can also be selected by entering it’s secondary ID in the text box at the top of the Groups
list and clicking Go.
Devices (cameras, servers, and so on) can be added to a group by dragging them directly to the list of
devices in the Groups Editor window.
For more details about groups, see Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
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Storage List
The VMDC Storage list enables you to play back video on a remote monitor. A list of databases is displayed,
meaning ViconNet sites on which recorded data has been stored. This list can be navigated using standard
tree expand and collapse functionality. Each storage location contains the devices that are available for
viewing and recording live video and audio segments.
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To playback a video or audio segment:
1. To select the database to be played back, select the database in the Storage list.
Under each database there is a list of the transmitters connected to the system and under that the
devices connected to the transmitter.
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2. Select a camera/microphone. When a camera is selected, calendar and time boxes are displayed.
3. Select the date and time of the segment to be played back from the calendar and time list. As an
alternative to selecting the time/date, click either the Start Time to select the first video available or the
End Time to select the last video available to change the time parameter for playback. Click
button to begin playback of the video segment. When a camera is playing back, the camera name is
emphasized in the Storage list. If there is no data in the database for the selected time, a message is
displayed.
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The playback
icon is displayed in the selected location in the Monitor Display Layout and the
video is displayed (paused) in the Video Display area and on the selected remote monitor.
To activate Start Quick Playback From, right-click the live camera in the Monitor Display Layout (a
camera that is currently recording) or right-click the camera in the Storage list. If a camera is off, or if it is
not live, you can only select Start Quick Playback From by clicking the camera in one of the lists (Sites,
Groups, Maps or Storage).
Video Display Area
The VMDC Video Display area is for viewing and recording live video and listening to audio and playing back
recorded video and audio. You can view a single live video or recorded segment in the Video Display area,
while multiple videos are playing/recording simultaneously on the connected remote monitors. This Display
Area can be moved to any location on the screen.
The Video Display can be turned on or off by checking or unchecking the
Alternatively, the display screen can be turned off by clicking the
.
in the corner of the screen.
You can display a camera's video in this area in one of the following ways:
•
By selecting the camera from the Sites, Maps or Groups list (the camera is displayed in yellow). The
video is automatically displayed in the Video Display area.
•
By selecting the camera from the Monitor Display Layout. The video is automatically displayed in the
Video Display area.
•
By selecting to play back video from a specific camera in the Storage list.
The following example shows live video transmission displayed in the Video Display area, with the names of
the camera and of the transmitter located at the top of the video display.
The selected camera then becomes the active monitor location (indicated by a red border), and its video and
audio transmission is affected by the display mode controls (page 27), playback controls (page 30) and other
controls (page 29).
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When a camera's video is displayed in the Video Display area, its related information is also displayed, such
as the following:
•
Live, Playback or Macro indications in the Monitor Display Layout, according to the function currently
being performed.
•
The camera and transmitter name
•
The recording time and date during playback operations.
If you want to enlarge the size of the image in the Video Display area, click
in the corner. The selected
image is maximized to fill the entire window. You can restore the display to its previous size by clicking
.
Right-clicking anywhere on a camera in the Sites list, Maps list or on a camera that is currently recording in
the Monitor Display Layout displays the Start Quick Playback From option, as shown below.
NOTE: To activate the video playback from a specific time, select the camera to be played back in the
Storage list and select the date and time to playback. For more information about this option, refer to
the Quick Playback section in either your Kollector or Workstation Software Manual.
•
The Start Quick Playback From and Edge Playback options enable you to play video back from that
camera/device (in the Video Display area and on a remote monitor, according to its location in the
Monitor Display Layout on the VMDC).
For more details about how to perform Quick Playback, refer to Quick Playback in Chapter 6, Playing
Back Recorded Video/Audio.
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Monitor Display Layout
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller Monitor Display Layout enables you to define and view the location
that live and recorded video will be displayed on the connected remote monitors.
The Monitor Display Layout consists of a grid on which you can view icons representing the various
monitors that are connected to the VMDC. The location of the icons on the grid is determined according the
configuration defined in the Layout Settings window. Refer to the Configuring Monitor Layout section in
Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller for more details on how to configure your
monitor layout.
The icons used to represent the monitor layout in the Main window Monitor Display Layout are as follows:
Icon
Description
Represents a remote monitor in single display mode (a single video can be displayed
on that monitor), with no active video.
Represents a remote monitor in quad display mode (four videos can be displayed
simultaneously on that monitor), with no active video. Similar icons depict 9, 16, 25, 36
or 64 display mode.
Represents a communication problem with the monitor (meaning that there is no
communication).
Indicates that there is an active live video playing/recording in the related display
location.
Indicates that there is an active live video playing/recording in the related display
location that has been triggered by a macro.
Indicates that a video is being played back in the related display location.
Indicates that video is being displayed by another (remote) VMDC unit
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Display Mode Control
The VMDC Display Mode button (
) enables you to toggle between a choice of display modes. If
working with a Vicon decoder, the display modes available are dependent on the decoder’s specifications.
There is a choice of single mode (a single video display location), quad (2x2), six (1 larger, 5 small), nine
(3x3), 10 (two large, 8 small), 16 (4x4), 25 (5x5), 36 (6x6) or 64 (8x8) mode on a remote monitor. You set the
display mode per monitor. When the
is selected, the text on the button turns yellow and a popup list
of display modes appears. Click the Display Mode button again to close the list. The Full Screen display mode
is available only when the screen is in Local Display Mode (ViconNet screen).
In the Main window Monitor Display Layout, the display modes are represented by icons, for example
and
for single and quad modes, respectively; similar icons show 9, 16, 25, 36 and 64 modes.
In multiple display modes, you can use all or only some of the locations to view, listen, record and play back
video and audio on the remote monitors, as required.
For example, if you want to record video from seven cameras using, you could select display mode 9 on the
remote monitor and have two blank monitor display locations and seven active ones. If using a Vicon decoder
with limited display modes, you could select quad display mode for two remote monitors and have one blank
monitor display location and seven active ones. Refer to Chapter 6, Playing Back Recorded Video/Audio, for
detailed procedures for recording video and audio.
Select the VMDC display mode as follows:
Button
Description
Opens a list with a selection of display modes.
Select 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 16, 25, 36 or 64 to enable you to view or record, on a remote
monitor, up to 64 cameras simultaneously. The display mode is depicted by icons
on the Monitor Display Layout, for example
or
.
Enables you to maximize the Video Display area to fit the entire screen. To
restore the maximized screen to its previous size, click the
right corner.
icon in the top
NOTE: This option only affects the video display in the Main window and
does not influence the display on the remote monitor.
NOTES:
Refer to Chapter 4, Viewing Live Video/Audio, Chapter 5, Recording Live Video/Audio, and Chapter 6,
Playing Back Recorded Video/Audio, for additional details about selecting cameras and video display
locations.
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Function Controls
The VMDC function controls enable you to record or stop the live video and audio currently displayed on the
remote monitors and in the Video Display area, as well as stop the macros currently running in the system, if
required.
Option
Description
Use Manual Record to record all video currently displayed in all the video
display locations on the remote monitors and stores the recorded data into
the predefined local storage location. To stop recording, click the Stop
Record button.
Refer to Chapter 5, Recording Live Video/Audio, for detailed recording
procedures.
Use Stop button to stop the transmission of the video currently displayed in
the Video Display area or currently selected in the Monitor Display
Layout if the Video Display area is turned off. To stop the transmission of
all video currently displayed on the remote monitors and in the Main window
Video Display area, click the Stop All button.
To begin recording again, you must re-select the required cameras, as
described in Chapter 5, Recording Live Video/Audio.
When there is an alarm in the system, an alarm message is displayed on
the remote monitor. The Clear Alarm button clears both the alarm message
from the monitor and the symbol of the alarm from the monitor icon in the
Main window. The Clear All Alarms button clears all alarm messages from
all remote monitors and from all monitor icons.
Use the Quality button to enable a pop up a list of quality values to
manually override the live picture quality for the currently selected camera,
as required (the Quality button text turns yellow). The qualities 1 to 8 are
available for this purpose. Click the button again to close the list. For more
details about picture quality, refer to the Remote Monitor section on page
31.
This button opens the Text Control window, which enables you to enter text
to be displayed directly on the middle of a remote monitor. For more details,
see the Configuring Text Settings section in Chapter 3, Configuring Your
Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
When the screen is in displaying the VMDC GUI, this button displays. To
change the screen to the ViconNet view, select this button.
When the screen is in displaying the ViconNet view, this button displays. To
change the screen to the VMDC GUI, select this button.
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Control Dialog Display Area
The Control Dialog Display area changes and provides access to different functionality according to the
currently selected control in the Other Controls area. For example, if you click the
button, the Control
Dialog Display area displays additional controls specific to controlling the picture. Refer to the Other Controls
section, page 29, for additional details about the controls that affect this area.
Other Controls
The Other Controls area provides functions that affect one selected device at a time and are active only if a
relevant device type is selected. As you select each of these controls, additional controls or information,
relevant to the selected control, are displayed in the Control Dialog Display area.
The Other Controls area provides the following functions:
Function
Description
This button displays controls in the Control Dialog Display area for modifying the sound of the
playback and live video images (change volume or mute).
This button displays controls in the Control Dialog Display area for modifying the color, brightness, and
contrast of the displayed video images.
Changing the picture settings is irreversible (meaning that after the settings have been changed, the
previous settings are lost, unless the user saved the previous settings as the default settings).
NOTE: The last saved picture settings can only be restored by selecting Restore from the System
Settings window, However, this restores ALL the last backed-up system settings. Refer to the
Step 3: Controlling the Picture per Camera section in Chapter 4, Viewing Live Video/Audio,
for additional details.
The playback button is only active when the Storage list is displayed. This button enables you to select
recorded video and audio segments for playback viewing and listening and to perform playback
activities. When selected, the playback controls are displayed in the bottom-left corner of the Main
window.
Refer to the Playback Controls section below and Chapter 6, Playing Back Recorded Video/Audio, for
additional details.
This button displays buttons in the Control Dialog Display area by which system functions can be
configured to operate via external device commands.
This button is operational only when an external device (for example, a control) has been configured on
your system. Refer to the Configuring an External Control section in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual
Matrix Display Controller, for additional details.
This button enables you to display video from a PTZ camera in the Video Display area. This option also
automatically displays a driver-specific interface for PTZ-enabled cameras in the Control Dialog
Display area and on the screen.
Refer to the Operating a PTZ Camera section in Chapter 4, Viewing Live Video/Audio, for additional
details.
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Playback Controls
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller enables you to play back one or multiple recorded segments on the
remote monitors and a single recorded segment in the Main window Video Display area.
The playback controls are enabled when selected video is played back in the remote monitor and the Video
Display area. Playback is started by clicking
when a device is selected in the Storage list.
The playback start time for the recorded segment(s) depends on the start time defined in the calendar
(displayed in the Main window when Playback is selected) or on the time selected when the Start Quick
Playback From option is selected (by right-clicking on a device in the Sites, Maps or Groups list or in the
Monitor Display Layout. Refer to the Storage List section, page 22 and Chapter 6, Playing Back Recorded
Video/Audio for additional details.
You can then use the playback controls, to navigate the selected recorded segment during playback, as
follows:
Option
Description
Forward: Plays the recorded video and audio segment.
This control also enables you to restart playback of a recorded video and audio
segment that has been stopped automatically due to an alarm event.
NOTE: Refer to Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller,
for additional details about configuring alarm events.
Fast Forward: Fast-forwards the recorded segment at the following speeds
(related to the normal speed): 1/4, 1/2, x2, x5, x10, x50, and x100.
NOTE: Place the mouse cursor over a button to view its related fast forward
speed.
Backward: Rewinds the recorded video and audio segment.
Fast Rewind: Fast rewinds the recorded segment at the following speeds
(related to the normal speed): 1/4, 1/2, x2, x5, x10, x50, and x100.
NOTE: Place the mouse cursor over a button to view its related fast rewind
speed.
Stop/Pause: Stops/pauses the current playback of the recorded segment.
Prev: Displays the previous frame in the recorded segment.
Next: Displays the next frame in the recorded segment.
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Remote Monitors
Using the Virtual Matrix Display Controller, ViconNet live and recorded video displays on remote analog
monitors and control simulates that of a crosspoint switcher, as in a command center. The Virtual Matrix
allows you to take advantage of the analog monitor’s size, quality and visibility. The remote monitors
provide you with the ability to view multiple very large video displays from multiple viewers
simultaneously.
In order to translate the digital video from the network to analog (composite, VGA, S-Video), a decoder
is required. The VMDC includes an integral PC-based decoder that can control up to 5 monitors; a
version can be on a dedicated PC and control up to 6 monitors. Each monitor can then display up to
64 video streams. This decoder supports VGA and DVI/HDMI.
The Vicon Decoder can be controlled by the Virtual Matrix Display Controller, with monitors connected
to each decoder (the number of monitors is dependent on the decoder specifications); multiple
decoders can be used. There are two types of displays: analog (three BNC and two S-video connectors)
and digital (two VGA). Only three connectors, in any combination (for example, two BNC and one VGA),
can be configured simultaneously. When using third party megapixel cameras, the decoder must be
set for displaying their videos.
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About Picture Quality and Refresh Mode
Each ViconNet video has a quality level and refresh mode configured (manually or automatically) at the time
of it is recorded. The notation at the bottom-left of each remote monitor display location (meaning for each
camera) indicates the picture quality and the refresh mode of the image in the view.
For example,
indicates the quality 5 at the Normal refresh mode. These concepts are described in the
Picture Quality and Monitor Refresh Modes sections below.
NOTE: Whether or not the picture quality and refresh mode notation is displayed on the monitor is defined in
the Text Settings window, as described in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display
Controller.
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Picture Quality
Picture quality (also known as resolution) refers to the compression level of the video images. The following
qualities are available for recording purposes in ViconNet compression mode:
Quality
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Type
Properties
4 CIF
Better picture quality, but slower data transmission.
2 CIF
CIF
Less clear picture quality, but faster data transmission.
HCIF
The quality and refresh mode in which video was recorded is displayed during the first five seconds of
playback.
In the case that the camera is used at the source, the recorded video quality is determined according to
priority setup. If the VMDC is the sole user of the camera, then quality is determined by the VMDC, manually
or via a macro. For additional details, refer to the relevant sections in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual
Matrix Display Controller and Chapter 3, Configuring Your ViconNet System in your Kollector, IP Camera or
Server software manual.
When different recording options are requested concurrently, the recorded picture quality that applies is
determined according to prioritization settings in the picture quality and FPS priority settings in the camera's
source site.
NOTE: For details on how to configure Auto Record, Pre/Post-Alarms and FPS priority settings, refer to your
Kollector or Workstation software manual.
The single mode is assigned the highest available resolution, while other modes are automatically assigned
quality 5 on starting a camera.
NOTE: From the VMDC, you can select single, quad, 9, 16, 25, 36 and 64 display modes. When the
button in the Main window Function Controls area is selected, you can manually override
the display mode-determined live picture quality for the currently selected camera using the popup
. The qualities 1 to 8 are available for this purpose. The
quality and refresh mode of the live video is displayed according to the settings in the Text Settings
Configuration window.
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Monitor Refresh Mode
The refresh mode refers to whether all the frame data (Full mode, represented by an F in the bottom-left of
the camera view in the monitor) is displayed each time or only when changes occur in the frames (Normal
mode, represented by an N in the bottom-left of the camera view) is displayed. The view image is
automatically played back in the refresh mode in which it was recorded. For Vicon open standard and
cameras from other manufacturers, there is no N designation. The mode will either be F (full motion JPEG) or
MPEG (H.264).
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Logging Out and Exiting
Logging Out
Logging out is performed when you want to exit from the Virtual Matrix Display Controller but need the
application to remain open, for example, to log in as a different user.
To log out of the Virtual Matrix Display Controller:
1. Click
in the Main window toolbar. The following message is displayed:
2. Click Yes. The VMDC Login window is redisplayed, as described in Logging In, page 8.
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Exiting the Virtual Matrix Display Controller
Exiting is performed when you want to exit the ViconNet application.
To close the Virtual Matrix Display Controller and exit to the operating system:
1. Click the Close
button on the Main window toolbar. The following window is displayed:
2. Click Yes to exit (close) the application.
- OR 3. Click Logout in the Main Window Toolbar. The Login window is displayed.
4. Click Exit.
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Chapter 3
Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display
Controller
This chapter describes all the configuration functions available in the ViconNet Virtual Matrix Display
Controller and contains the following sections:
•
Accessing the Configuration Functions, page 39, describes how to access the System Settings
window, which enables you to start to perform configuration functions for a selected Virtual Matrix
Display Controller.
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Registering your System, page 41, describes how to register your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
•
Modifying the System Configuration, page 43, describes how to modify all VMDC default system
configurations, including network setup.
•
VMDC Configuration, page 48, provides the options for the VMDC mode, depending on whether it will
be used with a separate Vicon decoder, together with the PC-based decoder on the same PC or as a
PC dedicated to the decoder only.
•
Configuring the Central Failure Notification (CFN) Display, page 50, describes how to configure
when Central Failure Notifications will be displayed and for how long.
•
Configuring Site Authorization, page 54, describes how to define the system operations that can be
accessed by each group of users.
•
Configuring Auto Login, page 60, describes how to configure the system to automatically log in
selected users.
•
Configuring Monitor Layout, page 62, describes how to configure the layout of the connected
monitors in the Monitor Display Layout in the Main Window and how alarms are to be displayed on
the remote monitors.
•
Configuring Text Settings, page 65, describes how to configure the various text options to be
displayed on a remote monitor.
•
Configuring Recording Sites, page 67, describes how to select the site on which to store recorded
video.
•
Creating Macros, page 68, describes how to create sets of instructions that cause the system to
perform specific tasks in a specific order. (Information about scheduling of macros is provided in the
Creating Schedules section, page 79.)
•
Configuring Alarm Events, page 76, describes how to setup alarms so that at a specified time an
alarm will activate a macro.
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•
Creating Schedules, page 79, describes how to create schedules that instruct the system about when
to run specific macros.
•
Restoring and Backing Up System Settings, page 84, describes the Virtual Matrix Display Controller
restore and backup features.
•
Configuring an External Control, page 85, describes how to enable system operation via buttons on
an external control box.
•
Defining Device Groups and Group Sets, page 89, describes how to organize devices into defined
groups and group sets.
•
Defining Site Maps and Map Sets, page 94, describes how to receive notifications indicating that
certain applications have failed, for example, macro, recording and database failures
•
Using the LTU, page 102, describes how to set up and install a translation of all the user interface
terminology for use by non-English speakers.
•
Viewing the Settings Summary, page 106, describes how to view all the settings for a specified
Virtual Matrix Display Controller in one place, without navigating through all the windows of that VMDC.
•
Display Settings, page 107, describes how to change the screen resolution.
Note: The VMDC using the decode monitor requires Windows® 7 Ultimate operating system and specific PC
requirements. Refer to the most recent datasheet.
Note: Some of the screens shown in this manual may be slightly different in appearance than those that are
on your screen. There should be no difference in content or functionality.
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Accessing the Configuration Functions
The configuration functions are performed via the System Settings window applicable to a selected Virtual
Matrix Display Controller.
To access the System Settings window:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers:
The local site always appears at the top of the list.
2. Select the VMDC site you want to configure setup and click
. The System Settings window is
displayed, as shown below.
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NOTE: The Site Name and Site IP information are displayed automatically on this and subsequent
windows.
NOTE: There is a limit to the amount of time you can leave the setup screen open without working in it.
Therefore it is important to save your settings each time you make a change. Before ViconNet will shutdown
in this situation, the following warning screen will display.
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Registering Your System
Before the registration procedure is performed, the system will not allow you to use remote monitors and
you will have limited access to the System Settings, as shown below. Registration is only required software
VMDC-SW that is installed on a customer-supplied PC, to enable full functionality; registration is NOT
required for a VMDC purchased preloaded with onto Vicon-provided hardware.
NOTE: The registration procedure should be performed the first time the application is started, following
installation. The application may also need to be re-registered if the application is installed on
another system or the hard disk drive of your system is changed.
The Main window will be displayed with the following logo at the top of the window:
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To register your system:
1. In the VMDC application, navigate to the System Settings window, click
. The
Registration window appears.
2. Fill in your company details.
3. Fill in your user name.
4. Make note of the two user codes that are on the ViconNet Registration screen. You will need these to
complete registration.
NOTE: Licensing is done through Vicon’s website. On www.vicon-security.com, go to the Support tab and
select Software Registration and follow those instructions. Be sure to have the License ID and
password that is on the label of the software packet. You will need these to register. Follow the
prompts.
5. Enter the six license numbers generated from the registration process into the six License Number
fields of the Registration window, and click
.
The application automatically restarts in order
to implement the new registration and enable the functionality of your purchased application.
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Modifying the System Configuration
The ViconNet system default configuration can be modified, depending on your requirements, as described
in the following section:
•
Configuring the Network Setup, below, describes how to configure the network setup for each
computer in the system, including which computer is running the master Nucleus.
Configuring the Network Setup
The network setup parameters are configured individually for each computer in the ViconNet system.
Network setup configuration is performed using the ViconNet application installed on each computer. When
setting up a network, one of the sites must be assigned as a Nucleus, and the other sites in the network
must know where this Nucleus is. Each site (either a transmitter, a Workstation or a VMDC) has the option
to input which Nucleus it connects to.
By creating an IP network, you will enable devices to connect to each other and to the master Nucleus that
they share. This includes the ability to synchronize multiple devices with the Nucleus time or update all the
time settings to another time zone.
The backup Nucleus setup is configured only on the master Nucleus device. Since the VMDC cannot be a
Nucleus, its network settings do not include backup Nucleus setup. However, the VMDC must be connected
to a ViconNet Nucleus and therefore will be connected to any Backup Nucleus that takes control if the
Master Nucleus crashes.
A Backup (new Master) Nucleus is created by selecting Restore in the Settings window (as described on
page 84) and by selecting to restore the BackupNucleus.vsb file. For more details about activating the
Backup Nucleus in the case that the Master Nucleus ceases to function, see the Recovering the Nucleus
section on page 44.
NOTES:
A Backup Nucleus is recommended, but not mandatory.
The Nucleus and backup Nucleus must have fixed IP addresses. DHCP cannot be used on the site running
the Nucleus.
A message notifying the user that a Nucleus must be selected is displayed upon running the VMDC for the
first time. A Virtual Matrix Display Controller cannot be the Nucleus and thus must be connected to at least
one DVR or Workstation which is the Nucleus.
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Configuring the Nucleus
The Nucleus takes an active role in the ViconNet system, acting as a central station that connects all
devices running the ViconNet application. The more devices connected to the system, the more resources
the Nucleus requires. A backup Nucleus, which runs at all times, can also be configured as a safety
mechanism for cases when the system does not operate due to a problem such as a power failure in the
Nucleus.
In a small network (fewer than five sites), the Nucleus and backup Nucleus (if it exists) can be on any of the
Kollectors or Workstations, and a backup Nucleus should only be configured if deemed necessary. If the
Nucleus is configured on a site and it is heavily loaded with recordings and transmissions, the Nucleus
should be moved to a dedicated Kollector/Workstation. In a large network (more than five sites), it is
strongly recommended that the Nucleus and backup Nucleus be run on dedicated workstations.
NOTE: The backup Nucleus cannot be configured from the VMDC.
Recovering the Nucleus
In the case that the master Nucleus ceases to function, a new Nucleus must be set up. First, a ViconNet
application (such as a Kollector or Workstation, but not a VMDC) must be installed on either a new
computer or on a computer on which all previous versions of the ViconNet/VMDC application have been
completely removed (uninstalled) and a new version has been installed.
NOTE: The new ViconNet site that is to replace the failed Nucleus must have identical Network parameters
to the Nucleus that failed, including the IP address, User and Group settings and so on.
Using the Restore option in the Settings window (as described on page 84) in the new Nucleus, restore the
settings from the dysfunctional master Nucleus by selecting the BackupNucleus.vsb file located on the site
defined in the Network Settings of the original Nucleus as the Backup Nucleus.
NOTES:
The IP address entered as the Backup Nucleus IP address in the original Nucleus’s Network Settings
window points to the site on which the BackupNucleus.vsb file is saved.
The BackupNucleus.vsb file is updated with the Master Nucleus’s settings every time the Site Setup is
opened or closed.
The BackupNucleus.vsb is the same type of file as that created upon performing a Backup from the
Settings window.
It is important that the new Nucleus on which the BackupNucleus.vsb is to be restored is a new computer or
a computer on which all previously-installed Vicon applications have been uninstalled in order to avoid
conflicts between previous system settings and the settings from the BackupNucleus.vsb file.
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Configuring the Network
This section explains how to configure your VMDC in your ViconNet network.
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Step 1: Setting the Nucleus IP and the VMDC Network Settings, page 45
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Step 2: Testing the Network, page 47
Before beginning, ensure that all CAT5 cables to the transmitters and Workstations are connected to a hub
or switch, and that they are properly wired on each end, per 568B (or 568A). It is important to not mix
connection methods or connect or disconnect cables when the application is running.
Step 1: Setting the Nucleus IP and the VMDC Network Settings
In this step, you will configure the IP addresses of the sites in the network.
1. Go to the VMDC site whose Nucleus IP address you want to set, and from the VMDC Main window,
click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed, showing a list of all currently
connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to configure the network setup and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
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3. Click
. The Network Settings window is displayed.
NOTE: The options in the IP Address Settings area, as well as the Change Time button, are disabled
during remote setup and in a Workstation that is not an active Nucleus.
4. You can change the computer's name, if required, by clicking
window. After you have assigned a new name to the site, click
to open the Change Name
. The application will reboot.
5. (Optional) To manually synchronize the local computer time with all sites connected to the Nucleus,
select the Synchronize Time on the Network option (default=checked).
NOTE: The system also automatically synchronizes the time every one minute.
6. (Optional) To synchronize the time with your local time settings,
6.1 Deselect the Synchronize Time on the Network option (if it is selected).
6.2 Click
and update the time in the displayed Date/Time Properties window. This is
useful if you move from one time zone to another.
6.3 Re-select the Synchronize Time on the Network option (if it was previously selected). The new
time is synchronized on the other sites on the network.
NOTE: If you are changing the time on the Nucleus, ignore steps 6.1 and 6.3.
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In the IP Address Settings area, select the Specify an IP address radio button, and set the Local IP
address and the Subnet Mask.
NOTE: The option Obtain an IP address automatically, in the IP Address Settings area, is only
available for a DHCP server.
8
Click
. The application will reboot.
Step 2: Testing the Network
In this step, you will carry out a number of operational tests to ensure that the network has been setup
properly.
1. In the Main window, ensure that all VMDC sites appear in the Site List when they come online, and that
you can select a camera from each site by clicking on it.
2. From the Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed, showing a list
of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers:
NOTE: Ensure that the Site Type column displays Virtual Matrix Control for all entries.
3. After defining the monitors, drag the required live video to them.
4. Repeat step 3 as required.
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VMDC Configuration
The VMDC requires a video decoder to display video on the remote monitors. The VMDC application can
be configured in three different modes.
Note: The VMDC with PC-based decode monitor requires Windows 7.
To configure the VMDC mode:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the required VMDC and click
. The System Settings window is displayed, as shown
on page 40.
3. Click on
. The VMDC Configuration screen will display.
4. Select the VMDC application mode as follows:
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Load the application as Virtual Matrix application only: Specifies that the site will be a Virtual
Matrix user interface only.
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Load the application as Virtual Matrix application and decode monitor: Specifies the site will
have the Virtual Matrix user interface as well as PC-based decoder (requires Windows 7).
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Load the application as Decode monitor only: Specifies the site will have PC-based decoder
only, without the Virtual Matrix user interface (requires Windows 7).
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5. Enter the monitor details in the table:
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Monitor ID: Specifies the monitor name.
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Monitor's target: From the dropdown menu, choose Virtual Matrix for the local monitor, Maps to
display one of the map sets on the monitor, RX monitor if this unit is selected to use PC-based
decode monitor or None to not use this monitor.
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Resolution: Select the resolution of the monitor from the dropdown list.
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Font Size: Select from the dropdown list of Very Small, Small, Medium, Large or Very Large.
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Aspect Ratio: Check Maintain Aspect Ratio to maintain the resolution of the camera; to allow the
display to fit the monitor, do not check this item.
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Configuring the CFN (Central Failure Notification)
Effects/Alarm Display
The CFN mechanism enables Workstations and transmitter sites connected to the same Nucleus to receive
notifications indicating that certain applications have failed, for example, macro, recording and database
failures.
When a failure occurs, a Central Failure Notifications window can be displayed in the sites selected in the
CFN setup, containing information about the time the failure occurred, the site name, the site IP address,
and a short description of the failure (the failure message).
CFN increases the user's awareness of problems that could occur at unmanned remote sites. It sends
error/warning notifications, via the network, to other sites that share the same Nucleus. The notifying site is
the same one that handles the Nucleus.
The CFN mechanism is available only for the site that handles the Nucleus. For details on how to use the
CFN Mechanism, see the Kollector or Workstation Software Manual.
The CFN configuration is only performed in the Nucleus. After the CFNs have been configured for your
ViconNet network, each site selects whether or not to display the CFNs. This section describes how to
configure when Central Failure Notifications will be displayed and for how long on any selected VMDC.
Additionally, alarm display settings can be defined.
To configure the display of Central Failure Notifications and Alarms:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the required VMDC and click
. The System Settings window is displayed, as shown
on page 40.
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3. Click
. The CFN/Alarm Effects window is displayed.
4. Select one of the CFN display options, as described below:
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Always display CFN dialog: Specifies that the Central Failure Notifications window be displayed
continuously until it is closed manually by clicking OK.
•
Display local failure notification for: Specifies the duration that the Central Failure Notifications
window displays each time a CFN is sent.
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Don't display local notification: Specifies that CFNs relating to the local VMDC (meaning, the
VMDC on which you are working) should not be displayed.
The Central Failure Notifications window is displayed as shown below:
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This window is accompanied by a sound (similar to the Alarm window). Selecting the Mute checkbox
silences the alarm for this message; however, the next time the window is displayed, the alarm will sound.
Checking the Disable sound checkbox disables the sound option completely, meaning that the alarm will
not sound again.
To see more details about the error, double-click it to open a window like the one shown here.
NOTES:
The local site in which the failure occurred receives the user notification even if it was not selected in the
Nucleus CFN setup, unless Do Not Display Local Notification was selected in the CFN Display Settings
window.
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5. A CFN message can be configured to activate a macro. Check the box to activate the macro and
select the macro from the dropdown list. All CFN messages will run the same macro. Refer to
Creating Macros on page 68.
6.
Select one of the alarm display options, as described below:
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Always display alarm dialog: The Alarm window is displayed indefinitely, until you close it.
The default position is in the bottom left-corner.
•
Display alarm message for …… seconds: The Alarm window is displayed for the amount
of time selected in the dropdown list box.
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Don’t display alarms: The Alarm window is not displayed.
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Play Alarm Siren: Upon the occurrence of an alarm, a siren is sounded.
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Configuring Site Authorization
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller enables you to define the site authorization for each group of users
that you have defined in the system. This consists of specifically defining which system operations can be
accessed by each group.
NOTE: Users and user groups cannot be defined on the Virtual Matrix Display Controller. For information
on how to define users or user groups, see your Kollector or Workstation Software Manual.
The system also provides the following two default groups:
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ViconNet Administrator: Users assigned to this group have authority to perform all system operations.
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ViconNet Guest: Users assigned to this group only have authority to log in, log out and exit the
ViconNet application. Default values shown in entry fields may also be changed, if required. All other
options are disabled.
When configuring site authorization, each group is displayed in its own column along with a list of available
system operations. This enables you to set site authorization for one or multiple groups by selecting the
appropriate options in each column.
To configure site authorization:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to configure site authorization and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
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3. Click
. The Site Authorization window is displayed, as shown below.
NOTES:
When working in the VMDC, the Site Authorization window opens with all administrator functions
checked. However, only those functions described in this manual as active are actually enabled.
When working in the Site Authorization window, you can click Undo to restore the last saved settings, if
required.
The Site Authorization window contains the two default groups (Administrator and Guest) as well as
all other groups currently defined in your system. The operations in the Administrator group cannot be
modified, but you can modify the operations in the Guest group, if required.
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4. Expand the branches in the Action list to view the categories, as required (see the example below).
NOTE: The Live View action enables the users of an authorized group (see next step) unlimited
access to the specified device. (The actual feasibility of the device use depends on the device's
authorization for the relevant group.)
5. In the appropriate group column, define the system operations that you want authorized for that group
by selecting (
) or deselecting (
) the appropriate categories, as required.
NOTE: The Live View feature, as well as the Device Data Retrieval feature under the Playback
branch, are authorized on a per device (camera and microphone) basis.
6. To copy the actions from this site and send them to another site, use the
button. The
following screen displays.
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Select the site to which the actions are to be exported and click Add; that site will appear in the list. Sites
can be removed from this list by clicking Remove.
7. To copy the actions of one group to another group, use the
button.
Select the source of the actions to be duplicated. Select the destination group to be duplicated and click
Add; that group will appear in the list. Groups can be removed from this list by clicking Remove.
8. To restore the last saved settings, click Undo.
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9. Either:
Click
to save your changes and keep the Site Authorizations window open, enabling you to
make further changes as required.
– OR –
Click
to save your changes and exit the Site Authorizations window.
- OR Click
to exit without saving.
NOTES:
If you click Cancel in the Site Authorization window before you click Save, a message is displayed,
prompting you to save your changes.
To edit the existing site authorization for a group, repeat the procedure above, select or deselect the
options, as required, and then save your changes.
IMPORTANT:
When replacing the Nucleus of the system (by changing the Nucleus IP in the Network Settings window),
you must first redefine all the users and groups in the new Nucleus. To do so:
1. Go to the site that is to be the new Nucleus and manually define all the users and groups.
2. In all the sites connected to the current Nucleus, change the Nucleus IP in the Network Settings
window to the IP of the new Nucleus. In each site, the system will restart. Upon restart, the site will ask
you if you want to run a conversion (to put all the current site authorizations into the new Nucleus).
3. Either:
Click Yes – users and groups with their relevant site authorizations from the existing Nucleus are saved
in the new Nucleus,
or,
Click No – sites don’t accept new groups and old groups stay there. If the user tries to login as a user
that exists locally but not on the Nucleus, permission to enter will not be given.
In the local Site Authorization window, all the rows appear with red crosses. For other users to access
the sites connected to the new Nucleus, follow the To configure site authorization procedure, as
described on page 54, for each site.
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IMPORTANT:
When joining a new Nucleus with either a Workstation or Kollector recorder, the new user obtains a group
list from that Nucleus. This group list (on the new unit) will have no privileges (meaning that by default, all
Actions are labeled with a red X). In order for the new user to obtain privileges in that group, a user must
login to the Nucleus as an Administrator, locally or remotely, and enable the privileges (change the red Xs
to green checks) for that unit. This procedure must be repeated on all units in the system where group
privileges are required.
When joining a new Nucleus with either a Workstation or Kollector recorder, the previously established
group privileges will be disabled on that unit when the "Nucleus" designation is removed. To restore those
privileges, the unit must disengage from the new Nucleus unit and re-establish itself as a standalone
Nucleus.
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Configuring Auto Login
Any user with appropriate access authorization can configure the system to automatically log in selected
users. Afterwards, each time the application starts, the VMDC Main window will display without the need to
enter a user name and password. (The regular Login procedure is described in the Logging In section in
Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.)
The user's Auto Login configuration can also be removed, as required.
To configure a user for Auto Login:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to configure Auto Login and click
. The System Settings
window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. Click
to display the Auto Login window.
NOTE: If Auto Login has already been defined for the user name, the window fields will show the user
name and 8 asterisks (********) in the Password field.
4. Select the Enable Auto Login checkbox to enable entering data to the window.
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5. Enter the required user's user name and password in the applicable fields. (If you want to remove a
user's Auto Login configuration, delete the displayed entries or unclick the checkbox.)
6. Click OK. The System Settings window is redisplayed.
NOTE: If the entered user name and password combination is not defined in the system, an error
message will be displayed. You should try the entries again.
The specified users will now be able to access the system without a login procedure.
NOTE: The Auto Login (or Auto Login removal) becomes operational only after the next restart of the
application by the Administrator user.
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Configuring Monitor Layout
Using the Virtual Matrix Display Controller together with a decoder, you can connect multiple remote
monitors to your Virtual Matrix Display Controller in order to view high quality live and recorded video. The
VMDC enables you to configure the parameters that determine the appearance of the Monitor Display
Layout in the Main window and of the display layout on the actual remote monitors.
Note: If configured as Decoder monitor mode only, no user interface is available and the unit is controlled by
another VMDC.
To configure the monitor layout:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected VMDCs as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to configure the monitor layout and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. Click
. The Layout Settings window is displayed.
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The top-right area (monitor layout) defines the display of monitors in the Main window. The functions in the
bottom-right area of this window determine the display on the actual remote monitors/per monitor, with the
exception of the Monitor Display Settings which define the entire monitor layout in the Main window.
NOTE: You can select to either show or hide the gridlines in this window by clicking the
Grid icon.
Show/Hide
Hidden
Grid
4. Drag the monitors from the list on the left to the required location in the Monitor Layout (representing
the Monitor Display Layout in the Main window). When you select a specific monitor, it appears with a
red border and its related decoder will be emphasized in the list on the left-side of the window.
Note: You can only display the number of monitors you have registered. If you try to drag more than the
number of monitors you have registered an error message will display, as shown below.
5. Enter the Monitor Details, as follows:
•
Controlled by local VMDC: The local controller running this software interfaces between the VMDC
and all external entities, such as: the Nucleus, decoders and Kollectors. Select/deselect this
checkbox to define whether or not the selected monitor is controlled by the local VMDC.
•
Allow Switch Over Running Macro: If this field is selected, when a remote monitor is
playing/recording a video triggered by a macro, you are able to drag another camera to be displayed
on that monitor, meaning that your selection will override the macro instruction.
•
Secondary ID: Define the Secondary ID for the selected remote monitor. This is for use with a
keypad and this must be a numeric ID.
•
Monitor Name: Define the name of the selected remote monitor.
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NOTE: The new name will appear on the monitor layout on the right-side of the Layout Settings window.
However, the original name will be displayed in the monitors list on the left-side of this window and
in the macro editor.
5. Enter the Monitor Display Settings, as follows:
•
Monitor Size: Select which size monitor icons to display in the Main window Monitor Display Layout
(extra large, large, medium or small).
•
Display Monitor Name: Define whether or not the monitor name should be displayed in the Main
window.
•
Display Monitor Secondary ID: Define whether or not the secondary ID should be displayed in the
Main window.
•
Show/Hide Grid: Define whether or not the gridlines should be shown by clicking the
.
6. Enter the Macro Display Settings, as follows:
•
Automatically select monitor for alarm: If this checkbox is not selected, monitors will not be
selected automatically for displaying an alarm, even if you selected Automatically Select Monitors
in the Macro window. If there is an alarm, and both this field and the Automatically Select Monitors
field in the Macro window are selected, the system will randomly select a monitor to display the macro
activated by an alarm.
•
If the Automatically select monitor for alarm option is selected, the following two options are
enabled:
•
Allow Automatic Changes Of Active Monitor: If this field is selected and there are no monitors
available for displaying an alarm, the current display on a remote monitor can be overridden,
regardless of whether the current display was triggered manually or by a macro. If there are
monitors available (meaning monitors that are connected and that are currently inactive), this
field is ignored.
•
Allow Automatic Switch To: Select whether a remote monitor with a single display (single
mode) is allowed to automatically switch to multiple display mode when an alarm is sent to a
remote monitor. When using a Vicon decoder the display mode may be limited (refer to the
specifications for the decoder); using a decode monitor provides a selection of quad, nine,
sixteen, twenty five, thirty six or sixty four.
NOTES:
You can delete a monitor from the Monitor Layout by selecting the monitor in the list or in the Monitor
Layout grid and clicking Delete.
You can select to display the monitors anywhere in the Monitor Display Layout. If your selected Monitor
Display Location is off the side or bottom of the grid, scrollbars will be displayed, enabling you to scroll to
the location.
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Configuring Text Settings
The ViconNet VMDC enables you to define several types of information to be displayed as text in the center
of a remote monitor display location. The Text Settings feature enables you to select which information is to
be displayed and define the duration that each of these details is to be displayed, as follows:
•
Device Details: Define whether or not the name of the Kollector and the camera name are displayed
and for how long.
•
Alarm: Defines whether or not the text “Alarm” is to be displayed on the monitor and for how long,
indicating that an alarm has been triggered.
•
Device Status: Defines whether or not the current status of the device is to be displayed and for how
long, including picture quality, refresh mode (full or normal) and status of the site relative to this camera
(primary or secondary).
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Playback: Defines whether or not playback details are to be displayed, including a timestamp. These
details are displayed automatically for five seconds upon starting playback.
•
Free Text: Defines the duration that free text entered into the Text Control window is to be displayed (if
not cancelled manually by pressing Cancel in the Text Control window).
To configure the text settings for displaying on a remote monitor:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected VMDCs, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to configure the text settings and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. Click
. The Text Settings window is displayed.
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4. For each information type, select the required parameters.
5. Click OK to save and close the window.
NOTE: For the new text settings to take effect for a camera that is already active when the text settings are
configured (recording live or playback), the camera must be stopped and restarted.
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Configuring Recording Sites
In order to record from the VMDC, you must configure the recording site, meaning the location of the
database on which a video is to be stored. The VMDC can record video triggered by an alarm or by using
the Manual Record button, but it must be stored on a remote site. The ViconNet Virtual Matrix Display
Controller enables you to configure on which ViconNet recording site or Workstation your video recorded
via the VMDC is to be stored.
NOTE: When storing video to a remote site, that remote storage space must be taken into account when
configuring your system.
To configure recording sites:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected VMDCs, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to select the recording site and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. Click
. The Recording Sites window is displayed.
4. Select the site you want to record to from the dropdown list of connected ViconNet sites and
Workstations.
5. Click OK. The Recording Sites window is closed. All video recorded on the VMDC from this point on will
be stored on the selected site.
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Creating Macros
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller enables you to create macros, which are sets of instructions that are
made up of user-defined commands that the system executes either automatically or manually in the
specific defined order. The commands in each macro give instructions to the system about which devices
will perform specific tasks, for how long, and in what order. In addition, you can configure macros for each
site independent of the other sites in the system, according to your requirements.
For information about the scheduling of macros, refer to the Creating Schedules section, page 79.
NOTE: Matrix Macros (macros to be displayed on analog outputs in the ViconNet system) cannot be
created on the Virtual Matrix Display Controller. For more information about Matrix Macros, refer to
your Kollector/Workstation Software manual.
Creating macros consists of configuring various settings for each command in a macro, such as:
•
Cameras and microphones to record/display.
•
Send text.
•
Duration of each command in the macro.
•
Picture quality (resolution).
•
Refresh (display) mode.
•
Frames per second rate.
•
Related cameras.
•
Displaying alarm information.
•
PTZ presets and auxiliaries.
•
Monitor display mode (single or quad) and the specific monitor, if quad mode was selected
After you create a macro, you can configure the system to activate the macro in the defined order by:
•
A user-defined time schedule, as described in Creating Schedules, page 79 (automatic).
•
Manual selection, as described in Chapter 7, Managing Macros and Schedules (manual).
You can also modify or delete an existing macro, if required. (For more details, refer to the Notes after step
18 in To create a macro procedure, below.)
To create a macro:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to configure a macro and click
. The System Settings
window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
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3. Click
. The Macro Editor window is displayed.
NOTE: Initially, the list in the top portion of the Macro Editor window is empty. If macros have been
defined previously, they will appear in the list.
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4. Click
. The Macro Editor window changes and displays the Macro area in the
middle of the window. This section of the window is where you define the sequence of commands for
each macro.
5. In the Macro Name field, enter a logical name for the macro, for example, Front Entrance External
Cameras or Emergency – All Cameras Recording.
NOTE: The User Name is displayed automatically according to your log in information.
6. (Optional) In the Macro Description field, enter a brief textual description of the macro.
7. Add the first command by selecting the required command type, as follows:
•
Display: Only displays live video/audio from the selected camera/microphone.
•
Record & Display: Simultaneously records and displays live video/audio from the selected
camera/microphone.
•
Display Text: Displays text on the monitor while the macro is active according to the duration that
you define.
•
Pause: Pauses all recording and displaying actions between operations.
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NOTES:
If you select the Record & Display option, then the selected device records and displays live
video/audio simultaneously. If you select the other command types, then the macro runs in the
sequence of commands that you define.
Record operations are always on the storage site, but display operations are always local.
As you select a command type, the bottom portion of the Macro Editor window changes and displays
the settings relevant for the type of command that you selected.
The steps that follow provide an example for the Record & Display settings:
NOTE: All displayed settings for each command type are mandatory.
Select the required transmitter in the list to view its available devices (yellow icon = active; gray icon =
disabled).
Then select the required device from the list. After selection, the device name is emphasized (bold). To
add more devices, see step 15 below.
Alternatively, you can click the
button. The related cameras (the cameras that
are linked to the alarm that was sent to the VMDC) will be displayed on the selected monitors. This is
only relevant for alarm-triggered macros for which the alarm was configured at the source with related
devices.
8. Select the required monitor or select the
option. If you selected
, then the Automatically Select monitor for alarm option in the Layout
Settings window will randomly select an available monitor. If there is no available monitor, one of the
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current monitor displays will be overridden. If
is not selected, then the
Rectangle And Mode fields can be configured.
9. In the Duration field, use the up/down arrows to select the duration of the command (in HH:MM:SS
format),
-ORSelect the required time segment and type in the required value using the keyboard.
NOTE: The Duration is set for the entire operation and not per device.
10. Configure the Quality (picture quality), Mode (refresh mode) and FPS (frames per second) settings for
the selected device, as follows:
Option
Quality
Description
The picture quality that you select determines the resolution at which the video images are recorded
when the macro is activated. Select the required picture quality from the range of one to eight, where:
•
1 = best picture quality, but slowest data transmission.
•
8 = least clear picture quality, but fastest data transmission.
NOTE: When different recording options are requested concurrently, the recorded picture
quality that applies is determined according to prioritization settings in the Picture
Quality and FPS Priority window in the camera's source site.
Mode
FPS
The refresh mode determines the rate that the frames are refreshed when the macro is activated.
Select the required refresh mode, as follows:
•
Normal: Records/displays only changes within the frames.
•
Full: Records/displays full frames of the live video images.
The FPS determines the rate at which the video segments are recorded. Select the required frames
per second, as follows:
•
Max: Sets the frames per second (FPS) rate to the maximum available from the system.
•
Custom: Enables you to set a custom FPS rate (1-30 for NTSC or 1-25 for PAL).
NOTE: When different recording options are requested concurrently, the recorded FPS that
applies is determined according to prioritization, as configured in the Picture Quality
and FPS Priority window in the camera’s source site.
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NOTE: For additional details about picture quality and refresh mode in recording vs. playback, refer to
the About Picture Quality and Refresh Mode section in Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual
Matrix Display Controller.
11. Select/deselect Display Alarm Information, according to whether or not you want alarm information to
be displayed on the remote monitor when the macro is active.
NOTE: This field overrides the alarm display settings configured in the Text Settings window.
12. Configure the Preset settings for the selected device, as follows:
•
Preset: The Preset dropdown list enables operation of a preset for the currently selected PTZ
camera. The presets, representing fixed location and zoom points in the video display, must first be
defined as described in Operating a PTZ Camera in Chapter 4, Viewing Live Video/Audio. Then,
when a preset is selected (for example, preset1), the macro automatically focuses the camera on
the view area indicated by the preset.
13. In the Rectangle and Mode field, select the display mode, up to 64 when using the decode monitor (this
may be limited when using a decoder; refer to the specifications for the decoder). Then select the specific
rectangle within the monitor on which to display the video.
Mode Selection
Rectangle Location
within Monitor
Display
14. Click
. The Macro Editor window displays the settings of the first command that you defined in
the macro script area of the window.
NOTE: The Add Device, Edit, and Delete options become enabled if the command is highlighted.
15. (Optional) To add another device to the same command, click the command; the
button
becomes active. The relevant settings are displayed in the bottom of the window.
•
Select an additional device from the list and configure its settings, as described in steps 8 to 12.
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16. (Optional) To add a new command to the macro script area, select the required command type and
configure the command settings, as described in steps 7 to 13.
The following example shows one command that has been defined for the new macro, with two
cameras selected.
NOTES:
The location of each new command is above the highlighted command. In order to add the command to
the bottom, you must cancel the highlighting (by clicking once in the blank area of the macro script
area) before clicking Apply.
To edit a command line in the macro script area, select it and click Edit. Then modify the displayed
settings and click Apply.
To delete a command line from the macro script area, select it and click Delete.
17. When you have defined all the commands for the macro, click
the System Settings window is redisplayed.
. The macro is saved and
If you open the Macro Editor window again (as described at the beginning of this procedure), you see
the new macro name and description displayed at the top of the window.
18. To define additional macros, repeat steps 4 to 15, as required.
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NOTES:
To edit a macro in the list, select it and click Edit Macro. Then edit the macro settings, as described in
the previous steps in this procedure.
To delete a macro from the list, select it and click Delete Macro.
If you change the macro name during editing, you are asked if you wish to create another macro in
addition to the first one. (This is similar to the Save As option in other applications.)
If the system reboots while a macro is running or due to run, on startup the macro is resumed from the
place it stopped (if it is still within its defined time limits).
19. Click
to close the Macro Editor window.
All macros that you define(d) are available during alarm setup, as described in the following sections:
•
Creating Schedules, page 79 (via the Scheduler Settings window).
•
Manual selection, as described in Chapter 7, Managing Macros and Schedules (manual).
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Configuring Alarm Events
An alarm event is an action or condition that is configured to trigger a physical alarm in the system when the
action or condition occurs.
NOTE: Setting Pre/Post alarms can only be performed in Kollectors; they are not available in the VMDC.
For more information on how to use these functions, refer to your Kollector Software Manual.
The ViconNet system enables you to configure alarm events by Defining Alarm Setup Links, which
consists of linking a macro to a specific device and a specific alarm event. In this case, when the
preconfigured alarm conditions are met, the system automatically runs the linked macro, which gives
instructions to the system about which devices to activate, for how long, and so on.
Alarms can be activated from various sources, including:
•
VMD – Video Motion Detection: Activity detected in a preconfigured area of the premises where
activity is cause for concern.
•
Serial Connection or Network Connection Message: Integrated module alarm notification. (This
feature is for future use.)
In order to activate a macro via an alarm, the source device must be linked in the system to the macro that
will run when the alarm conditions are met. When an alarm is activated, a notification is sent to the local
station, and the relevant macro linked to that alarm is executed.
The VMDC enables you to define whether the alarm is on or off (meaning, whether alarms will be displayed
on the VMDC), the alarm activity time and whether the alarm activates a macro.
NOTE: A macro with unlimited duration cannot be activated by an alarm.
The alarm setup instructs the system how to react in the case of an alarm event, which can include:
•
Auto Maximize: If the application is minimized (refer to the Minimize button
description in Chapter
2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller (VMDC)), it will be maximized automatically in
the event of an alarm.
•
Executing any linked macro: In this case, you can configure the alarm conditions that will cause the
macro to run on the device if the alarm conditions are met during a specific time period. (Refer to
Creating Macros, page 68, for additional details).
To setup alarms:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to define alarm setup links and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
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3. Click
. The Alarm Setup window is displayed, where you define the specific time
ranges (for example, during non-working hours on weekdays) in which an alarm will cause the system
to activate the selected macro.
4.
Define the time period in the Alarm Activity Time area, as follows:
Option
Active From/To
Sun, Mon, Tue,
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Description
Select the start and end time for the time period (in HH:MM:SS format)
by:
•
Selecting the required time segment and then using the up/down
arrows to scroll to the required value,
•
-OR-
•
Selecting the required time segment and using the keyboard to type
in a numerical value.
Select the days of the week for the time period.
NOTE: The default is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (from
midnight to midnight).
Up to three time-range-and-days definitions can be defined in the Alarm Activity Time area.
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The following example shows an alarm activity time scheduled:
•
From 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, on Monday to Friday, and
•
From 12:00 AM to the following 12:00 AM (full 24 hours), on Saturday and Sunday
•
From 11:59 PM on Wednesday to the following 7:00 AM (Thursday)
5. (Optional) From the list, select the macro to be activated by the system when the selected alarm
conditions are met.
6. Click
.
To see a list of alarms that occurred, go to the Alarm History report, as described in Chapter 8, Reports.
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Creating Schedules
A schedule is a group of user-defined settings that cause the system to activate a selected macro during a
specific time period and for a specific length of time.
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller enables you to create multiple schedules, according to your
requirements, which consists of selecting which macro to run on which days of the week, as well as a start
time and end time for each day.
Each schedule, using its defined macro, performs the respective commands on the configured camera and
microphone inputs only during the time periods defined in the schedule. The transmitter remains idle during
the non-scheduled times.
During schedule configuration, you can also determine if the defined macro will run continuously during the
selected time period or at specific intervals. This enables you to fine-tune your macro operations and may
reduce unnecessary use of storage space in the storage location by recording data only during the
scheduled time periods. You can also modify or delete an existing schedule, if required.
To create a schedule:
1. Ensure that you have created the required macros, as described in Creating Macros, page 68.
2. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
3. Select the VMDC for which you want to create a schedule and click
. The System Settings
window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
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4. Click
. The Scheduler Settings window is displayed, showing the currently
defined schedules in the system, if any.
The Scheduler Settings window contains the following information about each schedule:
Column
Description
Macro Name
The defined macro name.
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed,
Thu, Fri, Sat
The days of the week that the macro is scheduled to run.
Start Time
The time that the macro is scheduled to begin running.
End Time
The time that the macro is scheduled to stop running.
End Day
The day that the macro is scheduled to stop running.
Scheduler Type
The defined run option, which determines if the macro will run
continuously or only at specified intervals.
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5. Click
. The Scheduler Settings window is enabled.
NOTE: When working in the Scheduler Settings window, you can click Undo to restore the last saved
settings, if required.
6. From the Name dropdown list in the Macro area, select the macro for which you want to create a
schedule. The defined macro description is displayed automatically in the Description field.
7. Select the days of the week that you want the macro to run using the Sunday - Saturday checkboxes.
NOTE: Selecting days of the week refers only to the coming week. To select other future dates, select
dates from the Specific Dates area, as described in step 9, below.
8. In the Active From and To fields, define the start and end time (in HH:MM:SS format) for the macro to
run on each of the selected days, as follows:
•
Select the required time segment and then use the up/down arrows to scroll to the required value,
-OR-
•
Select the required time segment and then use the keyboard to type in a numerical value.
NOTE: If the Active From and To times are the same, the schedule will be for a 24-hour period.
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9. To select a specific date for the macro to run, click
in the Specific Dates area. A calendar
is displayed. Select the date/s required by clicking in the calendar.
NOTES:
Specific dates selected can be deleted by highlighting the date in the list and clicking Remove date.
If the date you select is in the past, a message requesting a future date is displayed.
If a start day is selected, and a specific date, the macro will run on both the day selected in the Start
Day area, and the date selected in the Specific Dates area.
10. In the Options area, select a run option for the macro, as follows:
Option
Description
Run
Continuously
This option causes the selected macro to run continuously, during the
selected days and during the time period that you selected in the Active
From and To fields.
Launch Every
This option causes the selected macro to run at regular intervals,
depending on the minute/hour value that you select from the dropdown
list.
NOTE: When an alarm event occurs, the execution of the
alarm macro takes priority over the execution of the
schedule macro.
Run
This option causes the selected macro to run a specified number of cycles
(from 1 to 256) from the selected start time.
NOTE: For scheduler to run now, ensure that Active From time
is the current time or later.
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11. Click
. The new schedule is added to the list at the top of the window and the schedule setup
area at the bottom of the window is disabled.
After creating the schedule, the system activates the relevant macro automatically according to the
schedule settings that you have defined.
You can also activate the macro manually, if required, as described in Chapter 7, Managing Macros
and Schedules.
NOTES:
To edit a schedule, select the schedule from the list in the Scheduler Settings window and click
Then, modify the displayed settings, as described in the procedure above, and click
.
.
To delete a schedule, select the schedule from the list in the Scheduler Settings window and click
.
To disable all scheduler operations, click the Scheduler is enabled button and then click Yes in the
displayed message. The button then toggles to Scheduler is disabled.
If a scheduled macro was stopped using the Stop Macro option in the Schedule window, the Scheduler is
enabled button (in the Scheduler Settings window) changes to Scheduler is suspended, and the
scheduler switches to Disabled mode. Clicking the Scheduler is suspended button displays a message
which provides the option to Enable the scheduler, Disable the scheduler or Cancel (meaning, stay in
Suspended Mode).
In Suspended mode, a message appears every five minutes asking if you want to enable the macro
scheduler.
If the user does not respond (click Yes or No) within 30 seconds of the message appearing, the macro
scheduler is automatically enabled.
If the system reboots while a macro is running or scheduled to run, on system startup, the macro resumes
from the place it stopped (if it is still within its time limits).
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Restoring and Backing Up System Settings
The VMDC automatically backs up all the system settings every time you close the application.
In addition, you can also manually back up the system settings at any time, to any network location, or
restore the settings to ones that were saved previously.
To manually back up or restore system settings:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to back up or restore settings, and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. To back up settings, click
. A standard file browser window is displayed. Navigate to the
required backup location and click OK. It is highly recommended that you backup the settings to a CD,
a floppy disk in the A:\ drive or a USB device, in case the hard drive fails. After you have saved the
settings to the CD, floppy disk or USB device, label it with the name of the file and the date on which it
was created.
4. To restore settings, click
. A message is displayed warning you that if previous settings
are restored, your current settings will be overwritten.
5. Click Yes to proceed. A standard file browser window is displayed.
6. Navigate to the backup file that you want to restore and click Open. The selected settings are restored
and the VMDC system reboots.
NOTE: Remember the backup location for restoration purposes. It is important to restore system settings
on the same transmitter on which the backup was performed.
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Configuring an External Control
After the appropriate driver has been installed, the controls, including the keypad if it is being used, can be
configured through the Controls & Events Drivers option in the System Settings window.
To configure the control:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to configure a control and click
. The System Settings
window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. Click the
button. The Controls and Events Drivers Settings window is displayed.
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NOTE: If the relevant drivers are not installed, the following message is displayed:
•
Click Close and install the relevant drivers.
4. When the drivers are correctly installed, click the Add Control button to display a list of the
pre-installed drivers in the Control Driver dropdown control. The types include: keypad, relays, host
protocol (PLC), event and control panel.
5. From the Driver Name box, select the required driver.
6. Select the Internal COM Address with which to communicate with the device, the Port Number, and
the Baud Rate.
NOTES:
Ensure the Internal COM Address is different for each control driver, or the following message
appears:
For PTZ Joystick, the Baud Rate must be 4800.
7. Select/Deselect Auto start checkbox.
•
If selected, the control is automatically activated on system startup.
•
If not selected, the control must be activated manually in the Main window, as described in the
Activating a Control section, below.
8. Certain drivers, for example Bookmark, require that the Network Information area be completed. If
these fields are not grayed out, select Network Server or Network Client and enter the required
information. When using PLC-TCP there are two drivers (.dll), one to serve as a TCP/IP Client
(Client.dll) and the second to serve as a TCP/IP Server (Server.dll). The choice depends on the system
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sending the PLC commands. For the Client.dll, set the Server’s IP address and the User Port; for the
Server.dll, only the Port Number is defined. For PLC-COM, no setup is required.
9. Click Save to save the settings.
10. Click Close to exit the Controls & Events Drivers Settings window.
NOTES:
The Driver Name and Driver Version parameters are set automatically.
To edit the configuration for a control driver, select the control in the list and click Edit Driver. The relevant
fields in the Control Information area are enabled.
To delete a control driver, select the control in the list and click Delete Driver.
When working in the Control Settings window, you can click Undo to restore the last saved settings, if
required.
Activating a Control
Controls such as keypad, relay and so on must be activated in order to function in the Virtual Matrix Display
Controller.
To activate a control:
1. In the Main window, click Controls. A list (tree) of all sites with controls configured is shown in the
lower-left panel. To see the controls configured for a specific site, click on the site in the list.
2. Depending on the type of control, activate it as follows:
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Control
Relay
How to Activate
•
Click on the control driver in the list. The following GUI is displayed in the
lower-left panel.
•
Select Activate and the Activation time (duration of activation of relay in
milliseconds).
•
Select which relay to activate.
Activated relays appear in the controls list with a yellow icon and bold text.
NOTES:
The Number of controls actually connected is the number of actual
physical connections. If this number is 0, a relay cannot be activated.
The Current State displays the name of the last relay activated.
Speaker
This will be available in future versions.
Keypad
Click on the keypad in the list. The keypad is activated and a GUI message
appears in the lower-left panel that the control is on line. If there are no
keypads physically connected (configured), the message in the GUI is:
To deactivate the keypad, click on it in the control list again.
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Defining Device Groups and Group Sets
The Device Group feature enables you to group devices (cameras and microphones) according to your
requirements, instead of the standard collection by transmitter, as displayed in the Sites list. A group can be
formed according to any criteria, such as: location, camera type, and so on. Instead of trying to find a
particular camera by transmitter name in the Sites list, Groups can be used in the Groups list and the
devices status (activated/deactivated) can immediately be seen. If more than one grouping method is
needed, Group Sets can be defined.
Groups are added using Devices Group Sets Management.
When using the Vicon Access Control System (VAX), it is recommended to create a camera group to be
associated exclusively with the VAX system. This will simplify setting up the VAX system and accessing
those specific cameras through ViconNet. Refer to the Access Control documentation for details on setting
up your VAX system.
Creating a Group Set
A Group set usually consists of various groups of devices. For example, in a large company with several
multi-storey buildings, there may be a group set for each building. In each group set (building) there could
be a number of groups, each one for a different floor.
To create a group set:
1. From the System Settings window, select
. The Devices Group Sets Management
window appears.
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2. Click Add. The next blank line in the Devices Group Sets area becomes editable and the text New
Devices Group Sets appears automatically as the name of the new group set.
3. Enter a name for the new group set and press Enter.
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4. To configure which groups to put into a group set, double-click the group set name. The Groups Editor
window appears with the name of the new (selected) group set at the top of the list in the upper-left
panel.
5. Select the new group in the list in the top left and click Add new group. A group called New Group
appears in the Group Set (in the list). You can edit the name of the group by either typing directly while
it is still editable (indicated by blue highlight) or later by selecting it and clicking the Rename group
button.
6. Navigate to and select the device you want to add to the group in the Devices list in the bottom-left
corner of the window. Once the group is highlighted, and the name appears at the top of the window
above the Group Set navigation list, drag the device to the list of devices on the right or select the
device and click Add new device button. Note that there is a Search function available that can quickly
sort through the list of devices to locate the device you want to add.
NOTE: Double-clicking the device name in the device list does not add it to the group.
7. (Optional) For each device selected, enter a unique secondary ID (2nd ID). This ID can be any number
up to 3 digits. This number must be entered if you are going to use a VMDC keypad.
NOTE: If you try to give two devices the same secondary ID, the conflicting lines are colored pink, as
shown below:
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8. (Optional) You can reorder the list view in the Group by clicking on the up
and down
arrows to
the right of the list.
After a Group Set has been created as the working set, you can select to display either the device name or
secondary ID or both Main window Groups list.
Exiting the Groups Editor Window
There are two ways to exit the Groups Editor window:
•
To save your changes, click Save and Exit.
•
To close the window without saving your changes, click Close. In this case, a confirmation message
appears to verify that you do not want to save your changes.
In both cases, the Groups Editor window is closed.
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Editing a Group Set
After a group set has been created, it can be edited as follows:
•
The definition of the group set: The group set can be renamed, deleted or defined as the working set.
•
The content of the group set: Groups and devices can be added to or deleted from the group set.
To edit a group set:
•
In the Devices Group Sets Management window, click Edit. The Groups Editor window appears. The
group set can be edited as described above.
•
To rename the group set, from the Devices Group Sets Management window, click Rename.
•
Devices can be added to the group by selecting the device and dragging it to the list or by clicking Add
new device. To remove a device from the group, highlight it in the list and click Remove device from
group.
•
To select which group set is to be displayed in the Main window, click
. The name of the
group set in the list is then automatically changed to add the suffix "– Working Set".
⇒
To see the working set in the Main Window, click the Groups tab.
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Defining Site Maps and Map Sets
The Site Map feature allows you to define the location of ViconNet equipment (Kollectors, cameras,
microphones and so on) on a map of their physical environment. A map can be a construction plan, building
plan, plan of a room and so on. Instead of going to the Site List and trying to find a particular camera by
name, a Site Map can be examined and the equipment's physical location and status (activated/
deactivated) can immediately be seen. Cameras can also be activated via the Site Map. If more than one
map exists, map sets (groups of maps) can be defined.
Maps are added using Map Sets Management. The map files should be .jpeg type files. The optimal map
size is 980 x 735 pixels. Larger and smaller size maps can be used and will occupy more or less of the full
screen. Maps larger than the screen can be scrolled around to view any specific area.
Creating a Map Set
A map set usually consists of various related maps. For example, in a large company with several
multi-storey buildings, there may be a map set for each building. In each map set there could be a number
of maps, such as one for each floor (that means, maps can be grouped into map sets according to your
preference).
NOTE: Before a map set can be created, ensure that the map images are copied into the system hard
drive.
To create a map set:
1. From the System Settings window, select
. The Devices Group Sets Management
window appears.
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2. Click Add. The next blank line in the Map Sets area becomes editable and the text New Map Set
appears automatically as the name of the new map set.
3. Enter the correct name for the new map set and press Enter.
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4. To configure which maps to put into a map set, double-click the map set name or click Edit to enter the
Maps Editor screen. The Maps Editor window appears with the name of the new (selected) map set at
the top of the list in the upper-left panel.
5. To add maps to the map set, click Add new map. The Maps Editor Browser window appears.
Maps added to the map set retain their original size and resolution. Double click the thumbnail of the
map to move it up and down to make room to add a device in that location.
6. Browse to and select the map you want to add to the map set. Once the map is highlighted and the
name appears in the File name box, click Open.
NOTES:
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1. Double-clicking the map name in the browser does not add it to the map set (as it does not know
where to add it).
2. If the map is larger than the screen, it fills the entire screen in the editing space. To navigate to
another part of the map, use the navigation map in the bottom right-hand corner of the editing
space.
A map can also be dragged directly from the list onto the displayed map (in the editing space), to create
a sub-map. (For example, if you have a map of a whole floor, you may want to insert a map of only one
room on that floor.)
NOTE: If a map that is dragged onto another map has sub-maps, these sub-maps are also dragged
onto the map set.
Adding Sub-maps, Text Boxes and Devices
After creating a map, you can add:
•
Sub-maps: A sub-map is a map inside a higher-level map, for example a detailed map of one room
might be a sub-map of a map of a whole floor.
•
Text boxes: A text box allows you to write a textual comment wherever you want on the map. An
example is shown on the following page.
•
Devices: Devices that can be added to a map are cameras, microphones, sensors and servers. The
devices should be added to maps according to their physical location.
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To add sub-maps, text boxes and devices to a map:
1. To add a sub-map (a map inside a map), select the parent map and click Add new map.
2. From the Maps Editor Browser, drag the selected map onto the higher-level map in the Map Set list or
onto the higher-level map in the editing space. The location of the sub-map can be moved as needed.
NOTES:
•
You can only access a sub-map via the Map Set list.
•
You cannot add the same map twice in the same higher-level map, but you can drag it from the list
into another map.
•
You cannot add a higher-level map to its sub-map.
•
Maps are not added recursively, meaning that “parent” maps must be added first.
3. To add a text box (a comment displayed on a map) to the displayed map, click Add text box. Edit the
text in the text box as required and drag the text box to the required location on the map in the editing
space.
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4. To add a device (camera, server, microphone, sensor) to the displayed map, drag the device from the
Devices list in the left-hand panel into its required location onto the displayed map. An icon and a label
are displayed on the map.
NOTE: After you drag the device onto the map, the device and its label become two separate objects. If
you move the device to another location on the map, the device icon and the label must be
dragged separately.
To activate a device, click the icon on the map. If the device is activated, the icon blinks.
To deactivate the device, click the icon again. If the device is deactivated, the icon remains steady (not
blinking).
5. Use the
button to load an update a map without changing the devices already placed on
a previous map.
Exiting the Maps Editor Window
There are two ways to exit the Maps Editor window:
•
To save your changes, click Save and Exit.
•
To close the window without saving your changes, click Close. In this case, a confirmation message
appears to verify that you do not want to save your changes.
In both cases, the Maps Editor window is closed.
CAUTION: The Maps Editor window times out after 20 minutes. If you are editing maps for an
extended period of time, be sure to save your changes every few minutes. If you do not save
within 20 minutes, when you click Save or Save & Exit, the following message appears:
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CAUTION cont’d: Any editing that has been done since last saving will not be retained.
Additionally, when clicking on the Site Map tab in the Main Window, the map set that has been
selected as the Working Set (see next section) will not appear. If this occurs, terminate ViconNet
by clicking on Exit to OS in the Setup menu and then start ViconNet again.
Editing a Map Set
After a map set has been created, it can be edited as follows:
•
•
The definition of the map set: The map set can be renamed, deleted or defined as the working set.
The content of the map set: Maps, sub-maps and devices can be added to or deleted from the map
set.
To edit a map set:
•
In the Map Sets Management window, click Edit. The Maps Editor window appears. The content map
set can be edited as described above.
•
To rename the map set, from the Map Sets Management window, click Rename.
•
To select which map set will be displayed in the Main window, click
. The name of the map
set in the list is then automatically changed to add the suffix "– Working Set".
⇒
To see the working set in the Main Window, click the Maps tab.
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Make a network global set:
A map set that can be viewed by other ViconNet devices on a network is called the Network Global Set.
This map set is created by the following steps:
•
On the Nucleus device, create a map set using Maps Editor.
•
In the Map Sets Management window, select this map set and click
. This map set is the
Network Global Set and is available to any ViconNet devices on the network. It can be viewed on this
Nucleus by clicking in the Maps tab on the Main Window.
•
To choose the Network Global Set to be the Site Map on another ViconNet device, go the Map Sets
button in System Settings on that unit. The name of the map set (Network Global Set) that was created
on the Nucleus will appear. Click
It can be viewed on this device by clicking in the Maps
tab on the Main Window.
Deleting Sub-maps, Devices and Text Boxes in Maps
Maps, sub-maps, text boxes or devices can be deleted individually or collectively from the Maps Editor
window.
•
To delete a device or a text box from a map, select the object and click Delete item.
•
To delete a map, click (select) the map to be deleted in the list and click Delete map. A message
appears asking you to confirm you want to delete the specific map.
•
If the map to be deleted has sub-maps, text boxes or devices, they will also be deleted. Once the map
is deleted, the previous map in list is selected.
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Using the Language Translation Utility (LTU)
The LTU enables the translation of the ViconNet user interface (for example, buttons, labels, messages,
dialog boxes and so on) to any language.
The utility imports all buttons, labels, messages and dialog boxes from the ViconNet application, enabling
the translation of all terminology used in the user interface into the local or any other language as required.
Creating a Library File
To change the language of the user interface in a specific site in the ViconNet system, first a library file
must be created. The library file contains a "database" of all the terms, their translations and a reference to
the location of the term in the ViconNet system.
To create a translation library file:
1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\ViconNet\VNVer\BinRelease and double-click
LTU-VMW.exe. The LTU is opened and the empty translation window is displayed.
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2. Click
or select Open from the File menu. The Open resources ViconNet window is displayed with
the default path and current version (read-only) showing.
3. (Optional) To change the location where the translated file will be saved, open the browser by clicking
on the arrow next to the path text box and browse to the required location. (For example, if you want to
open a file from another version of the ViconNet application.)
4. If a library file already exists, browse to it in the Translated file text box and click Open. To create a
new library, click
. The LTU application window is displayed with a list of buttons, messages,
and so on.
5. (Optional) Select an interface element group from the options in the toolbar or from the Groups menu.
All the terms which appear in that element group are displayed in the list in the left-hand panel.
6. Click on the row to be translated. The user interface where the selected term appears in the system is
displayed in the lower right-hand panel and the selected term appears with a text box to translate it in
the top right-hand panel.
7. Type the translation in the Translation text box in the top right-hand panel.
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8. Repeat steps 8 to 10 above until all the terms required have been translated. The translations are
saved automatically to the selected path.
NOTE: As long as the LTU remains open, the individual translated terms are saved while you
translate/navigate to other terms.
9. To save the library, click
or select Save from the File menu. Enter filename of your choice and click
OK. It is saved in default location.
The following is a list of additional options in the LTU:
Option
Description
Enables you to change font, font size and font style of the translated term.
Enables navigation to the next term in the list of terms. You can also navigate
to the next term by selecting Next in the Actions menu.
Enables navigation to the previous term in the list of terms. You can also
navigate to the previous next term by selecting Prev in the Actions menu.
Enables you to search for a specific term that appears in the system (button
text, label, message, and so on). You can also search for a term by selecting
Find… or Find in all groups… in the Actions menu.
Provides information about the LTU.
Sort
You can sort the list of terms alphabetically by clicking the Original text
column header or by selecting Sort by in the Actions menu.
Show identical
name
You can show other terms with identical name by selecting Show identical
name in the Actions menu.
Implementing the Translation in the VMDC Application
Once one or more library files have been created and terms appearing in the user interface have been
translated, the LTU feature in the ViconNet system enables a translation to be selected and implemented,
To implement the translation in the ViconNet site:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
10. Select the VMDC for which you want to implement the translation and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
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11. Click the
button. The LTU Settings window is displayed.
12. If an LTU library has already been created, highlight it and click OK. The translation is immediately
implemented and all the translated terms appear in the site's user interface.
Example:
Original Text:
Translated Text:
If an LTU library has not been created, follow the procedure To create a translation library file
procedure, page 102.
NOTES:
Terms that were not translated remain in the default language.
To implement the translation on another site, the .ltu file must be saved on that site in
../ViconNet/VnData/Settings. The file then appears in the LTU library list in the LTU Settings window
and can be implemented as described in step 4 above.
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Viewing the Settings Summary
The Settings Summary window displays all the system settings for a specified site. This enables the user to
view all the settings for a remote site without having to navigate through all the available windows for that
site one-by-one (for example, macros, authorizations, schedules, and so on).
To view the settings summary:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to view the settings summary and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. Click the
button. The Settings Summary window is displayed. An example is
shown below.
4. (Optional) Click Print to print the full list of settings for the selected site.
5. (Optional) Click Save to save the settings to a rich text file (.rtf).
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Display Settings
The Display Settings window enables you to change the screen resolution of the application (not the remote
monitor).
To change the display settings:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The Setup Site Selection window is displayed,
showing a list of all currently connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers, as shown on page 39.
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to view the settings summary and click
. The System
Settings window is displayed, as shown on page 40.
3. Click the
button. The Display Settings window is displayed.
4. Select the screen resolution required. The VMDC offers a variety of resolutions and supports wide screen
monitors.
NOTE: The VMDC application always opens with the resolution defined in the Display Settings window,
regardless of the resolution settings defined for the PC on which the VMDC is running.
5. Video display characteristics are selected on the left side of the window; select to Maintain aspect ratio
and Show Video Details by clicking to check the appropriate box(es).
6. Application startup characteristics are selected on the right side of the window. Select a Default View
upon Login. Load Monitors as default view will display the VMDC GUI monitor layout (VMDC Mode).
Choosing Load Local Display Mode will display the ViconNet GUI (ViconNet Mode).
7. Checking Load last application state on start up will allow the unit to startup exactly as it was in the
event the unit has to restart; for example, all cameras that were displaying will continue to display.
8. Check the box to set a single camera GUI display mode to be Q5, instead of default Q1.
Click OK.
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Chapter 4
Viewing Live Video/Audio
This chapter includes the following sections:
•
Overview, page 110, provides an overview of the viewing and listening process, which also includes
some optional tasks that can be performed, as required.
•
Viewing and Listening Workflow, page 111, illustrates the main steps for viewing live video.
•
Step 1: Selecting the Monitor Layout, page 112, describes how to select the required number of
monitor display locations.
•
Step 2: Selecting Cameras, page 113, describes how to select and control devices in order to view to
their live video on your remote monitors.
•
Step 3: Controlling the Picture per Camera, page 119, describes how to control the contrast and
brightness of the live video display.
•
Step 4: Operating a PTZ Camera, page 121, describes how to view video from a PTZ camera.
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Overview
The ViconNet system enables you to monitor live video and audio using the cameras and microphones
configured in the ViconNet system. The live video pictures and audio segments are sent by the transmitter via
the ViconNet network to the relevant remote monitors. The cameras and microphones available for viewing
live video and audio on remote monitors are configured during system setup. For details about configuring
devices, refer to Chapter 3, Configuring the ViconNet System in your Kollector/Workstation software manuals.
The Virtual Matrix software is a complementary application of ViconNet. In addition to video and audio
monitoring, using the Virtual Matrix application together with ViconNet enables you to switch between live and
recorded video on external remote monitors.
In order to view live video, you must select the display mode (monitor display locations) in the VMDC that is
sufficient for the number of cameras that you want to monitor. Then you can select the devices using the
Sites or Groups list.
NOTE: Audio from the VMDC is played through the Workstation itself and not via the remote monitor.
When you have selected the required devices, you can select the picture quality, the refresh mode, and
additional picture settings that determine how the live video is displayed on the connected remote monitors.
Refer to the Remote Monitors section in Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller
(VMDC) for more details. The selections that you make also affect the data during recording and playing back
operations, as described in Chapter 5, Recording Live Video/Audio, and Chapter 6, Playing Back Recorded
Video/Audio.
The VMDC also provides some optional functions that can be used when viewing and listening to live video
and audio, for example, using a PTZ camera.
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Viewing and Listening Workflow
The following workflow illustrates how to view and listen to live video and audio using your Virtual Matrix
Display Controller. Each step is described in the sections that follow.
Step 1
Selecting the Monitor
Layout
Step 2
Selecting Cameras
Step 3
Controlling the Picture per
Camera
Step 4
Operating a PTZ Camera
NOTE: The workflow shown above is performed after you have already logged in to the VMDC, as described
in Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
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Step 1: Selecting the Monitor Layout
Selecting the monitor layout enables you to determine the maximum number of monitor display locations in
the Main window Monitor Display Layout for viewing live video at one time on the remote monitors
connected to your Virtual Matrix Display Controller. The monitor layout configuration is displayed in the
Monitor Display. For information on how to configure the monitor layout, see the Configuring the Monitor
Layout section in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
The display modes are provided to accommodate your viewing requirements, as described in the selection
procedure, below.
You can modify the display mode after beginning to view and listen to the live video and audio, if required. For
example, if you determine that you want to view additional devices, you can select a display mode with more
video display locations without affecting the video and audio that you are currently viewing and listening to.
In addition, you can determine which camera is represented in each monitor display location, as described in
Step 2: Selecting Cameras and Microphones, page 113.
To select the monitor layout from the Main window:
•
In the Main window, select the VMDC Display Mode button (
) that enables you to toggle
between a choice of display modes, as follows:
Button
Description
Opens a list with a selection of display modes.
Select 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 16, 25, 36 or 64 to enable you to view or record, on a remote
monitor, up to 64 cameras simultaneously (this may be limited by when using a
decoder; refer to the specifications for the decoder). The display mode is depicted
by icons on the Monitor Display Layout, for example
or
.
Enables you to maximize the Video Display area to fit the entire screen. To
restore the maximized screen to its previous size, click the
right corner.
icon in the top
NOTE: This option only affects the video display in the Main window and
does not influence the display on the remote monitor.
NOTE: In order to improve transmission speed, a quality of live images is set automatically for each display
mode selection (for example, Quality 1 for the Single mode). For information about display mode
quality, refer to the About Picture Quality and Refresh Mode section in Chapter 2, Getting to Know
Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
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Step 2: Selecting Cameras
NOTE: Audio input (microphones) is available on all the Kollectors with version 5.6 and higher software.
When you launch the VMDC, the Main window Video Display area and Monitor Display Layout are initially
empty, as there is no automatic display of live video and audio. In order to view live video and audio in the
Video Display area, you must first select the device (camera or microphone) that transmits the required data.
When you select a device, the video is then streamed into the selected video display location in the remote
monitor and into the Main window Video Display area. The audio is heard via the PC's speakers.
NOTE: If a video is already active in the Video Display area when another camera is selected, the latest
selected video overrides the currently displayed video, and it will be displayed in the Video Display
area.
The VMDC Sites/Maps/Groups lists enable you to select devices for viewing and listening to live video and
audio by navigating through the list and selecting first the required transmitter or group and then the required
devices. The available devices in the Sites/Maps/Groups lists are configured during system setup, as
described in Chapter 3, Configuring the ViconNet System in the Kollector/Workstation Software Manual.
Selecting a device from the list automatically begins the device operation (video and audio transmission) in
the remote monitor, indicated in the selected video display location in the Monitor Display Layout in the
Main window. A Connecting indication displays when ViconNet is connecting to a video stream. If the video is
disconnected for any reason, the system will keep trying to reconnect to the camera and the Connecting
indication will display to distinguish between a vacant tile and one that is in the connection process.
As transmission begins, the appropriate controls for the specific type of device that you selected become
active in the Control Dialog Display area, which enables you to modify the live video and audio, as
described in the subsequent sections in this chapter.
To select a device from the Sites/Maps/Groups List:
1. In the Main window, ensure that you have selected the appropriate display mode for the total number of
devices that you want to view, as described in Step 1: Selecting the Monitor Layout, page 112.
2. Expand the required transmitter to display a list of the currently connected devices (cameras and
microphones), as shown below:
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NOTES:
The cameras that appear in the Sites/Maps/Groups list are automatically detected by the system during
startup. If a camera is not physically connected to the system, it will not appear in the list. If the camera is
disconnected after startup, it is removed from the list. If a camera is disconnected while it is active
(meaning being displayed or recorded), a red X icon ( ) is displayed next to the relevant camera in the
Sites/Groups list, and a blank screen appears in the Video Display area.
The microphone nodes that are displayed will correspond with the detected microphones. Each site can
have up to 16 cameras, microphones and detectors connected to it.
3. Select the required device from the Sites/ Maps/Groups list in one of the following ways. Right clicking
the camera will Preview the video in the Video Display Area.
•
In the Monitor Display Layout, select a video display location (indicated by the red border) and then
select the required camera from the list. The live video transmission is displayed automatically in the
selected location on the selected remote monitor, the
(local) or
(remote) icon is
displayed in the Monitor Display Layout and the camera or microphone icon appears highlighted, as
shown in the example on page 112.
A microphone is selected by clicking its icon in the list.
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NOTES:
If you select a video display location that is currently active:
•
The live video and audio transmission for the new device that you select will override the current one.
•
The relevant device is highlighted in the Site List.
In addition, if no empty video display locations are available when you select a device, the video and
audio transmission for the new device will override the next default video display location, starting with the
location at the top left.
-OR•
Drag and drop a camera from the list onto the required video display location in the Monitor Display
Layout. As you drag the camera, the mouse cursor changes to a camera icon, and then the live
video transmission is displayed as you drop the camera into the required video display location and
the
(local) or
(remote) icon is displayed in the Monitor Display Layout, as shown in
the example on page 112. If using Decoder monitors mode on the same PC, a camera can also be
dropped directly onto the remote monitor.
NOTE: The number of devices that can be displayed at one time on the remote monitor is dependent on
the number of video display locations in the currently selected display mode. Refer to Step 1:
Selecting the Monitor Layout, page 112, for additional details about changing the display mode, if
required.
Note: All the cameras in a site can be viewed on a multiple display monitor by dragging the site to the selected
monitor; select the monitor display mode from the Display Mode selection key.
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The following example shows a live video transmission displayed in the Video Display area. The names
of the camera and of the transmitter are located at the top of the Video Display area. The
(local) or
(remote) icon is displayed in the Monitor Display Layout and the selected video is displayed on
the selected remote monitor.
If another user is viewing video on one of the monitors you have displayed, the
icon will display. If
you right click this icon, you can view which user is using the monitor (Owner VMDC Info) and stop their
display to replace it with yours. Additionally, if there is a mask on the video, it can be disabled by selecting
Mask/Unmask Video; select again to put back the mask.
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NOTE: To turn off the video display in the Main window, so that the video is only displayed on the remote
monitor, uncheck the
and the Video Display area appears as
follows:
NOTES:
You can manually stop the transmission at any time by clicking either
the selected video or all currently active video.
, which stop either
The name of the currently logged in user and the master Nucleus are displayed in the Current Details
area (upper left corner).
When working in decoder monitor only mode, if you want to exit the application, move the mouse
connected to the monitor and click the red X that appears in the right corner. Video display will stop and
you can select to Restart PCRX, Exit PCRX, Local Virtual Matrix Control (load GUI) or Cancel. Note
that if you switch to go to the local Virtual Matrix Control, upon restart control will revert to decoder
monitor mode only. Remember that you can remotely setup the decode monitor mode only unit from
another VMDC.
4. To display live video and audio from additional devices, repeat step 3, as required.
TIP: To reverse a device selection, click the required device in the Sites/Groups list again. The live video
and audio transmission for the deselected device is stopped.
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5. Proceed to the relevant steps in this chapter to modify the live video and audio display that you have
selected, such as the picture quality and refresh mode.
Note About Picture Quality and Refresh Mode on the Remote Monitor:
The view image quality is set automatically according to the selected display mode. The single mode is
assigned the highest quality. By default, other modes are assigned quality 5.
The view image is automatically refreshed according to the refresh mode in which it was recorded.
For more information about image quality and refresh modes, refer to the Remote Monitor section in Chapter
2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
Note About Listening to Audio: You can select a number of microphones for listening. However, selecting
more than one microphone simultaneously may create noise distortion.
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Step 3: Controlling the Picture per Camera
The VMDC enables you to control and change the settings of the current live pictures displayed on the remote
monitors, such as the brightness and contrast. Any changes that you make to the picture settings affect the
data that is currently being viewed or recorded on all connected Workstations and recorders displays, for the
specific device selected.
In addition, you can manually override the display mode-determined live picture quality for the currently
selected camera using the
buttons.
Changing the picture settings is irreversible (meaning that after the settings have been changed, the previous
settings are lost).
NOTE: The last saved picture settings can only be restored by selecting Restore from the System Settings
window. However, this restores ALL the last backed-up system settings. In addition, you can restore
previous picture settings that you saved as default or the original system default by clicking the Load
Default or Factory Default button.
To control the picture brightness, contrast and color for a specific camera:
1. Select the required camera from the Sites/Maps/Groups list or in the Monitor Display Layout.
2. Click
. The picture controls are displayed in the Control Dialog Display area.
3. Select the required picture settings. Either:
•
Move the sliders to adjust the picture, as follows:
Option
Brightness
Description
Adjusts the light level on the monitor and in the Video Display area in the Main window.
Contrast
Adjusts the difference between the lightest and darkest areas on the monitor and in the
Video Display area in the Main window.
Color
Adjusts the color intensity (amount of white contained in the basic colors) on the monitor
and in the Video Display area in the Main window. For example, a fully saturated red
would be pure red. The less saturated the color, the more pastel the appearance.
- OR •
Select Factory Default to load the original settings
- OR -
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•
Select Load Default to load the picture settings you last saved (by clicking Save as Default).
4. To save your changes, click Save as Default.
To control the live picture quality:
•
In order to improve transmission speed, the maximum quality of live images is set automatically according
to the selected display mode, as follows:
Display Mode
Max Display
Quality
Single
1
Quad (two-by-two) matrix
5
The Single mode is assigned the highest available resolution, while Quad mode is assigned a lesser
resolution, in proportion to its number of views. This is because smaller views generally do not benefit from
higher resolutions and are equally legible in a lower resolution. When the
and
buttons in the Main window Function Controls area are
enabled, you can manually override the display mode-determined live picture quality for the currently selected
camera. The qualities 1 to 8 are available for this purpose. The quality and refresh mode of the Live video is
displayed during the first five seconds following the manual Quality change. (For information about enabling
the buttons, refer to the Configuring Manual Recording and Picture Quality section in Chapter 3, Configuring
the ViconNet System in your Kollector/Workstation software manual.)
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Step 4: Operating a PTZ Camera
The ViconNet system enables you to easily operate and control any PTZ camera configured in your system.
See Configuring/Modifying PTZ Controls in Chapter 3. All PTZ functions are performed in the Main window
and are available only for one selected PTZ camera at a time.
The video from the selected PTZ camera is displayed in the Video Display area. The driver-specific interface
for PTZ-enabled cameras is also displayed in the Control Dialog Display area and on the screen.
To operate a PTZ camera:
1. Ensure that the PTZ camera has been configured in the system, as described in Chapter 3, Configuring
Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
2. Select the required PTZ camera from the Sites/Groups list.
3. Click the
button. The live video from the selected camera is displayed on the remote monitor and
in the Video Display area. The monitor display location is indicated in the Main window Monitor Display
Layout by the
icon.
The yellow arrow directional markers and the
icon in the displayed image will be described in
the following steps.
NOTE: These icons are only displayed on the Main window Video Display area and not on the remote
monitor.
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4. Use the PTZ controls in the video display location, as follows:
Option
Description
Yellow
Direction
Arrows
These arrows serve only as direction markers.
Clicking anywhere in the video display will cause the camera to move in that
direction. If you move the mouse (while still holding down the mouse
button), the camera will follow the mouse.
When using the mouse, the speed of the camera movement is directly
related to the distance of the mouse from the center of the picture. This
means that the closer the mouse is to the center, the slower the camera
movement, and the farther away from the center, the faster the camera
movement.
Optical Zoom
icon with the mouse
Click the plus (+) or minus (-) symbols of the
to zoom in or out from the center of the displayed video.
5. Click the
icon at the center of the image. The following PTZ controls are displayed in the
Control Dialog Display area.
NOTE: This area may vary depending on the PTZ type.
Option
Description
You can define the "preset" choices in the preset scroll list to represent fixed
location-and-zoom points in the video display. Then, when a preset (for
example, preset1) is clicked, the view automatically focuses on the
associated view area.
You can define (or reassign) a preset, as follows:
•
Select the required preset from the scroll list.
•
Move to the required specific area/zoom using the window navigation
functions.
•
Click
to lock that preset to the current location/zoom.
NOTE: Up to 99 presets (depending on the camera's model) may be
defined. Presets can be selected either manually, as described
above, or automatically, as part of a macro process.
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Option
Description
These options affect the ability to observe objects in the video display
location in relation to one another (proximity) by controlling the amount of
light entering behind the PTZ lens, as follows:
Clicking
displayed video.
automatically adjusts the amount of light in the
Clicking
adds more light to the displayed video.
Clicking
reduces the amount of light in the displayed video.
Sets the PTZ camera to automatically rotate around 360° while displaying
the video.
Stops uncontrolled directional movement of the video display in the case of a
malfunction.
Moves the PTZ camera lens to focus in and out (near and far).
Auxiliary buttons for configuring internal PTZ settings, used in accordance
with the PTZ camera operating manual instructions. (This applies only to
Vicon PTZ cameras.)
Determines the speed of the autopan.
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Chapter 5
Recording Live Video/Audio
This chapter includes the following sections:
•
Overview, page 124, provides a general overview of the manual and automatic recording processes.
•
Recording Live Video/Audio (On-Demand), page 125, describes how to manually record live video and
audio without the use of configured macros and schedules.
•
Alarm Recording, page 128, describes how to automatically record live video and audio in response to
an alarm event.
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Overview
The VMDC enables you to perform recording operations using several types of recording modes to
accommodate individual and organizational requirements, including:
•
On-demand recording, which records inputs from selected cameras and microphones, and saves the data
to a selected storage location.
•
Automatic scheduled recording, which uses preconfigured macros to record specific cameras and
microphones according to a preconfigured time schedule without user intervention.
NOTE: Automatic scheduled recording cannot be implemented from the Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
For instructions on how to setup automatic scheduled recording, refer to your Kollector/IP
Camera/Encoder/Decoder software manual.
•
Alarm-only recording, which uses preconfigured macros to record specific cameras and microphones
when an alarm event occurs in the system.
All recording modes require you to pre-configure the recording settings, which include selecting which devices
to record, the recording duration and quality, as well as the required macro and time schedule where relevant.
Note that the VMDC cannot record on its local drive. The recording location must be setup on a remote
location. For more details, refer to Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
Note About Picture Quality, Frames per Second (FPS) and Refresh Mode:
The picture quality, FPS and refresh modes for recording purposes are set in the Automatic Recording, Macro
Creation and Pre/Post-Alarm Configuration procedures. For additional details, refer to the relevant sections in
your Kollector/IP Camera/ Encoder/Decoder software manual.
When different recording options are requested concurrently, the picture quality and FPS that applies is
determined according to prioritization settings. For details, refer to the Picture Quality and FPS Priority section
in your Kollector/IP Camera/Server software manual.
When the
and
buttons in the Main window Function
Controls area are enabled, you can manually override the recording picture quality for the currently selected
camera, as required. The qualities 1 to 8 are available for this purpose. (For information about enabling the
buttons, refer to the Configuring Manual Recording and Picture Quality section in your Kollector/IP
Camera/Server software manual.)
Recording operations can be performed at multiple devices at the same time. Recording operations can also
be performed on specific cameras and microphones at the same time that you are viewing live video and
audio from other selected cameras and microphones in the ViconNet system, as described in Chapter 4,
Viewing Live Video/Audio.
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Recording Live Video/Audio (On-Demand)
The VMDC enables you to perform on-demand recording, which is a manual method for recording live video
and audio, either locally or remotely, from one or multiple cameras and one microphone in the system.
NOTE: Audio input (microphones) is available on all Kollectors with version 5.6 and higher software.
Performing on-demand recording consists of:
•
Selecting the cameras and microphones that you want to record. The selection of each camera and
microphone automatically starts the live video and audio transmission and displays it in the selected video
display locations on the remote monitor.
•
Recording the live video and audio, which stores the data for playback purposes in a predefined storage
location. For instructions on how to select the storage location, refer to the Recording Sites section in
Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
Note About Picture Quality and Refresh Mode
The VMDC enables you to control the quality (resolution) of the picture being recorded and to specify the
refresh mode of the video display on the remote monitor.
The picture quality that you select determines the resolution at which you record the images. The picture
quality range is from 1 to 8, where:
•
1 = best picture quality, but slowest data transmission.
•
8 = least clear picture quality, but fastest data transmission.
The selections between 1 and 8 provide varying degrees of image compression, resulting in varying degrees
of system resources use and data transmission.
The refresh mode determines whether you record the full frames for the live video or only the changes within
the frames.
NOTE: Both the picture quality (resolution) and the refresh mode affect the recording in all current monitor
display locations simultaneously.
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To record live video/audio (on-demand):
1. From the Sites/Groups list in the Main window, select the required transmitter/group.
2. Expand the branch of the required transmitter/group to display a list of currently connected cameras and
microphones, as shown below:
3. Select the required camera or microphone that you want to record in one of the following ways:
•
In the Monitor Display Layout, select a monitor display location (indicated by a red border), and
then select a camera from the list. (A microphone is selected by clicking its list icon.) The live video
and audio transmission is displayed automatically in the selected location on the remote monitor, the
camera or microphone icon appears highlighted, and the Live Video
the video display location in the Main window.
icon is displayed in
NOTE: If you select a monitor display location that is currently active, the live video and audio
transmission for the last camera or microphone selected will override the current display.
-OR•
Drag and drop a camera from the list to the required video display location in the Monitor Display
Layout. As you drag the camera, the mouse cursor changes to a camera icon. The live video and
audio transmission is displayed on the remote monitor and in the Video Display area as you drop the
camera into the required video display location, as shown in the example below.
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The following example shows three live cameras recording in the Monitor Display Layout. The name of
the monitor is displayed above each monitor and the name of the transmitter and the active camera
located under each monitor. In this example, the Video Display area is turned on.
4. To display live video and audio from additional cameras, repeat step 3, as required.
TIP:
To reverse a selection, click the required monitor display location and then the camera or
microphone in the list again. The live video and audio transmission for the deselected camera or
microphone is stopped.
NOTE: You can change the picture quality and refresh mode settings for manual recording.
5. Click
Green light
. The following occurs:
Red light
•
The button changes to
•
The currently active cameras and microphones begin recording live video and audio simultaneously.
•
The recorded data is loaded and stored into the predefined storage location.
.
NOTE: When the storage location is full, older files are automatically emptied chronologically to make
room for newer files.
6. To stop recording, click the
button. It changes back to
. The active cameras and
microphones stop recording, but the live video and audio continues to be displayed.
NOTE: Clicking
turns off all cameras and microphones.
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Alarm Recording
The VMDC alarm recording capability enables you to configure the system to automatically record and/or
display camera and microphone inputs when an alarm event occurs in the system by defining alarm setup
links.
NOTE: Pre/Post Alarms can only be configured by accessing the System Settings of a Kollector device, not
for the Workstation or Virtual Matrix.
Defining alarm setup links consists of first configuring macros in the system for the devices you want to
activate when an alarm event occurs and then linking the macro to a specific alarm type. Each macro is made
up of user-defined commands that instruct the system about which devices to activate, for how long, in what
order, and so on.
When you link the macro to an alarm type, you can also configure it so that the system will activate the macro
only if the defined alarm conditions are met during a specific time period, for example, at night and on the
weekends.
NOTE: You cannot link an alarm to an unlimited duration macro.
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Chapter 6
Playing Back Recorded Video/Audio
This chapter includes the following sections:
•
Overview, page 130, provides a general overview of the playback process.
•
Playback Workflow, page 131, illustrates the main steps for playing back recorded video and audio
segments.
•
Step 1: Selecting the Monitor Display Location, page 132, describes how to change the location where
the recorded video is displayed on the monitor, if required.
•
Step 2: Selecting Recorded Video/Audio, page 133, describes how to select the initial parameters for
the recorded video and audio that you want to play back.
•
Step 3: Selecting the Playback Start Time, page 135, describes how to select a specific point in a
recorded video and audio segment at which playback will begin.
•
Step 4: Playing Back from a Selected Camera/Microphone, page 138, describes how to play back
recorded segments from one or all cameras and a selected microphone, and discusses the Quick
Playback feature, which enables you to play back video from a camera/microphone that is currently
recording, without interrupting the recording process.
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Overview
The ViconNet system enables you to select and play back recorded video and audio segments that have
been stored in defined storage locations. You can play back data that has been recorded in your ViconNet
system. In addition, you can play back data that was recorded manually or that was recorded automatically as
a result of an alarm event or a preconfigured schedule.
You can display and play back the selected segments simultaneously or individually on a remote monitor, as
required.
Picture quality (resolution) refers to the compression level of the video images. The quality of the recorded
image is determined according to configuration settings, with eight degrees of quality that can be assigned.
The following qualities are available for recording purposes in ViconNet compression mode:
Quality
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Type
Properties
4 CIF
Better picture quality, but slower data transmission.
2 CIF
CIF
Less clear picture quality, faster data transmission.
HCIF
The view image quality on the remote monitors and in the Video Display area is also a function of the
selected display mode. The Single mode is automatically assigned the highest resolution available. In order to
improve transmission speed, quad mode is automatically assigned a lower resolution. In general, smaller
views do not benefit from higher resolutions, and are equally legible in a lower resolution.)
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller also provides some optional functions that can be used when playing
back recorded video and audio.
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Playback Workflow
The following workflow illustrates how to play back recorded video and audio segments using the VMDC.
Each step is described in the sections that follow.
Step 1
Selecting the Main
Window Monitor Display
Location
Step 2
Selecting Recorded Video/
Audio
Step 3
Selecting the Playback
Start Time
Step 4
Playing Back from a
Selected Camera/
Microphone
NOTE: The workflow shown above is performed after you have already logged in to the VMDC, as described
in Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
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Step 1: Selecting the Monitor Display Location
The VMDC provides you with the option to select the monitor display location (meaning the video display
location on a remote monitor) for each camera that you select in the Sites/Maps/Groups/Storage list, if
required.
When you select a camera, it is automatically assigned to the selected video display location on the remote
monitor and represented in the Monitor Display Layout in the Main window. You can select the monitor
display location by:
•
Selecting an unused display location in the Monitor Display Layout.
•
Overriding a used display location.
•
Removing a camera from a display location and reassigning a different camera to that location.
Any of these methods enable you to determine the exact monitor display location that each live or recorded
segment will be displayed and available for playback.
To select the Main window monitor display location:
•
In the Main Window Monitor Display Layout, move the red border to the required monitor display
location by clicking on the required location and then selecting the required camera from the list (after first
deselecting the device).
The selected camera name automatically appears under the selected monitor display location (as shown
in the example on page 132), the first frame is shown and the monitor icon turns the orange color.
NOTE: When using a VMDC with a Vicon decoder, the number of cameras that can be viewed at one time
may be dependent on the number of decoders and the number of monitor locations in the currently
selected display mode (up to four display locations for each monitor; the number of monitors may be
limited when using a decoder).
When using a decode monitor with the VMDC on the same PC, up to 5 monitors are available with up
to 64 display mode. On a decode monitor only PC, up to 6 monitors are available for viewing up to 64
display mode. For actual number of cameras and performance, refer to the datasheet.
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Step 2: Selecting Recorded Video/Audio
The next step for playing back recorded video and audio consists of selecting a:
•
Storage source, which is a predefined storage location (for the VMDC, this is always on a remote site)
that contains the contents of all recorded devices available for viewing and playing back recorded video
and audio segments.
The storage locations, transmitters, and devices in the system can be viewed in a hierarchical list in the
Storage tab in the Main window. Each transmitter and device list is correlated to a specific storage
location.
•
Site, which is a transmitter or NVR/Workstation physically connected to the recording cameras and
microphones.
-ORArchive, which is a previously defined database that contains specific recorded data from specific
devices.
•
Recorded camera or microphone, which is the device that has recorded the data that you want to view
and play back.
Cameras can be selected by using standard drag and drop functionality. (A microphone is selected by
clicking its list icon.) When you select a camera or microphone for viewing and playback, a scan of the
storage location is performed for that device's recorded data, which is then displayed.
Note: Right clicking the camera icon will display a video preview of that camera in the Video Display Area.
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To select recorded video/audio:
1. From the Main window, click Storage. The Storage list is displayed.
2. Expand the list to display a list of the system's available storage locations and archives, if any.
3. Expand the required storage location to display a list of the currently connected transmitters. Transmitters
that have related recorded devices are displayed.
4. Expand the required transmitter to display a list of currently recorded cameras and microphones, and/or
expand the required archive to display its contents, as shown below:
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5. From the Storage list, select the camera or microphone with the recorded segment(s) that you want to
view or listen to. A calendar is displayed in the Control Dialog Display area (lower-left corner).
Step 3: Selecting the Playback Start Time
The ViconNet system provides an option to select the playback start time of a recorded segment, which
includes:
•
Selecting the exact playback start point in the recorded segment, including hour, minute, and second, if
required.
•
Selecting “how long ago” to start playback.
This option enables you to play back only the required portion of the recorded segment instead of having to
play the entire segment.
To select the playback start time:
1. Select the playback start time of the recorded segment by using the calendar and time controls in the
bottom-left corner of the window, as shown above. The time and date are selected as follows:
•
In the calendar, select the required start date.
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•
In the time field, select the required start time. As an alternative, select either the Start Time (to select
the first video available) or the End Time (to select the last video available) to change the time
parameter for playback.
2. Click
button to begin playback of the video segment. When a camera is playing back, the
camera name is emphasized in the Storage list. If there is recorded data available for the time and date
selected, the playback
icon is displayed in the monitor location selected in Step 1 (as described
above) in the Monitor Display Layout, the starting point of the video is displayed on the monitor in the
selected display location and in the Video Display area (if it is turned on) and playback controls are
displayed under the Monitor Display Layout.
If no data is available for the selected time, the following message is displayed:
NOTE: To play back the video in a different location, not the currently selected monitor display location,
you can drag the camera from the Storage list to the desired display location in the Monitor
Display Layout. The calendar will be displayed, as described above.
3. If the playback controls are displayed, you can use them to start, stop, rewind and forward the video, as
described in Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller. Upon playback the
following information is displayed:
•
The names of the selected camera and of the transmitter appear at the top of the Video Display area.
•
The name of the selected camera and the name of the transmitter appear under the playback icon in
the Monitor Display Layout, as shown below:
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According to the configurations entered in the Configuring Text Settings window, the following details are
displayed:
•
The names of the selected camera/microphone and of the transmitter appear on the remote monitor.
•
The Quality, Refresh mode and timestamp (meaning time of recording).
NOTE: To select additional recorded cameras or a microphone, repeat the above procedure, as required.
Each device you select is displayed on the remote monitor and is represented in the Monitor
Display Layout by the playback
icon, as described above.
NOTES:
The recorded devices that you select can be displayed simultaneously with live video and audio on the
monitor.
The
button stops all the currently active videos.
The
button stops the currently selected video (indicated by a red border).
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Step 4: Playing Back from a Selected
Camera/Microphone
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller enables you to view recorded video and audio segments on remote
monitors and a single recorded segment in the Main window Video Display area. Viewing/listening to
playback from several cameras/microphones simultaneously can be done by assigning cameras/microphones
to specific monitor display locations and watching the remote monitor.
During playback, the recorded segment(s) plays from the selected playback start time.
You can also navigate through the recorded segment using standard playback controls such as fast forward
and rewind.
To play back from a selected camera/microphone:
1. In the Main window, select the monitor display location that contains the recorded segment that you want
to play back. The red border indicates the currently selected monitor display location.
2. Click the Play Forward button
. The selected recorded segment plays, and the camera source
details change accordingly.
3. (Optional) Use the following buttons to navigate through the recorded segment(s) during playback, as
required:
Button
Description
Fast Forward: Fast-forwards the recorded segment at the following
speeds (related to the normal speed): 1/4, 1/2, x2, x5, x10, x50, and
x100.
Backward: Rewinds the recorded video and audio segment.
Fast Rewind: Fast rewinds the recorded segment at the following
speeds (related to the normal speed): 1/4, 1/2, x2, x5, x10, x50, and
x100.
NOTE: Place the mouse cursor over a button to view its
related fast forward speed.
Stop/Pause: Stops/pauses the current playback of the recorded
segment.
Prev: Displays the previous frame in the recorded segment.
Next: Displays the next frame in the recorded segment.
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Quick Playback
The Edge Playback and Start Quick Playback From options are available for quick playback of videos. The
Start Quick Playback From option enables you to play back video from a camera that is currently recording,
without interrupting the recording process. The playback overrides the currently displayed live video in the
selected monitor display location. The Edge Playback option allows you to playback video from any edge
device that is currently recording, as long as the device has been configured to allow it. The playback video
will display directly from the devices interface, not on ViconNet.
Start Quick Playback From/Edge Playback can be selected by right-clicking the live camera in the
Sites/Groups/Maps/Storage list or by clicking the monitor display location where the camera is recording.
NOTE: If you select Start Quick Playback From/Edge Playback by clicking the monitor display location
where the camera is recording, video will be played back on that monitor in that location instead of
displaying the live video. Nevertheless, the camera will continue to record.
For further details, see Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
To perform quick playback (Start Quick Playback From/Edge Playback):
1. In the Main window, right-click in the required monitor display location.
2. Select Start Quick Playback From, and the number of seconds from the current moment from which you
want to play back. For example, you can play back starting from what was recorded one minute ago. For
Edge Playback, the device’s interface will display. Refer to the device’s documentation for playback
instructions.
The playback is shown on the selected monitor in the selected video display location.
During the playback, the regular Playback Controls (described on page 138) are available, enabling you
to fast forward the playback, rewind the playback and so on, exactly as if the camera was selected from
the Storage list.
If you have selected playback from a site in a different time zone, ViconNet will playback the video from
the correct time.
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If no recording is associated with the selected time (for example, the current recording started more
recently than one minute ago, or the most updated video is 30 minutes old), the following warning is
displayed.
3. To stop the quick playback, click the
or
button.
– OR –
Click the camera icon in the Storage list.
– OR –
Click the Stop
button in the playback controls.
NOTE: Playback can also be started from the Alarm History Report window, as described in Chapter 8,
Generating Reports.
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Chapter 7
Managing Macros and Schedules
This chapter describes how to manage and work with macros and schedules in the Virtual Matrix Display
Controller and contains the following sections:
•
Creating Macros and Schedules, page 142, provides a brief description of the process for creating
macros and schedules.
•
Working with Macros, page 142, describes how to manually start and stop macros that have been
created in the system, as well as view macro details and status information.
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Creating Macros and Schedules
Macros are sets of user-defined commands that give instructions to the system about which tasks to perform
at a specified time and in what order. After creating a macro, you can then create a schedule for the macro,
which is a group of user-defined settings that cause the system to activate the specific macro during a specific
time period.
Detailed procedures for creating macros and for creating the schedules that can activate the macros are
described in the Creating Macros and Creating Schedules sections of Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual
Matrix Display Controller. Basic information about working with and managing the configured macros and
schedules in your Virtual Matrix Display Controller is described in the following section.
Working with Macros
After creating macros in the Virtual Matrix Display Controller according to your requirements, you can use the
ViconNet application to work with and manage the macros during system operation, as required, which
includes:
•
Viewing the current run status of all configured macros.
•
Activating a macro to run immediately, independent of an alarm event or schedule.
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Stopping a macro that is currently running, if required.
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Stopping and/or restarting all macros that are currently running in the system due to the scheduler.
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Displaying or hiding the macro script, which contains all the macro commands and their settings.
•
Refreshing the list of macros currently configured in the system.
You can also edit and delete macros that are configured in the system, if required, as described in the
Creating Macros section in Chapter 3, Configuring Your Virtual Matrix Display Controller.
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To work with macros:
1. From the VMDC Main window toolbar, select
. The Scheduler/Macro Status window
appears, displaying a list of all macros currently configured in the system.
NOTE: The above example shows how the macro script is displayed in the bottom of the
Scheduler/Macro Status window when you select the Show Macro option.
The Macro Status window contains the following information about each macro:
Column
Description
Macro Name
The defined macro name.
Macro Description
The defined macro description, if any.
Status
The current run status of the macro (Running or Inactive).
Activated by
How the macro was activated (User, Alarm, or Scheduler).
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2. Select the appropriate macro in the list and then select the required option, as follows:
Option
Description
Runs the selected macro immediately.
Runs the selected macro immediately and closes the Scheduler/Macro
Status window.
Stops the selected macro immediately.
Stops all macros currently running in the system that are running
independently or as a result of the scheduler.
Resumes all stopped macros that had been running as a result of the
scheduler before they were stopped.
This option does not affect any macros that are configured to use the
scheduler in the future, meaning they will be activated as configured.
Displays/hides the macro script in the bottom of the window (as shown in the
example on page 143).
Updates the list of macros currently configured in the system.
Exits the Scheduler/Macro Status window.
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Chapter 8
Generating Reports
This chapter describes the various types of reports that can be generated using the Virtual Matrix Display
Controller and contains the following sections:
•
Overview, page 146, provides a brief description of the VMDC report generation capabilities, how to
access the Reports window and a brief description of the option to save logs to files.
•
Opening the Reports Window, page 148, describes how to open the Reports Window.
•
Generating Alarm History Reports, page 149, describes how to generate reports that show information
about each alarm that occurs in the system.
•
Generating Audit Log Reports, page 152, provides basic log information for debugging and history
purposes.
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Overview
The Virtual Matrix Display Controller enables you to generate two types of reports, each of which contains a
specific type of information, as follows:
•
Alarm History Reports: Provide a list of alarms that occurred in the system, according to the selected
criteria
•
Audit Log Reports: Provide a list of all actions performed in the system, according to the selected
criteria
Each type of report can be used for analysis of system operations. In addition to easy access to specific
information, you can sort and search through the report information, as required.
Saving Logs
In addition, each report tab provides the option to save the log files, enabling us to retrieve logs from IP and
other products which do not have a hard drive (and therefore save their logs in the Nucleus), or remote sites
which are connected to the same Nucleus, yet which are not physically reachable (such as a unit which is
located in a closet, or where the USB is behind the unit and cannot be reached, and so on). This feature
enables browsing and selection of a destination folder to save a log.
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There are three saving options:
Option
Save logs from the following site
only
Description
Select to save the logs/reports from a site listed in the dropdown site list
to a file.
The sites listed in the dropdown list will be either the local site (the site
selected in the Reports Site Selection window), or if you are in the
Nucleus, the local site, and any IP products connected to the same
Nucleus.
Save all the logs, stored on this
site and belong to remote site
When connected to a Nucleus (Workstation or Kollector), the IP
products send updates of their logs to be stored on the Nucleus. This
save option allows you to save the remote site logs that are stored on the
Nucleus hard drive. This option will only be enabled in the Nucleus and
only if IP products are connected.
Save all logs from the remote
sites and the logs of this site
Saves all logs.
NOTE: To save logs from an IP product, select the Nucleus in the Report Site Selection window, and select
the relevant IP product from the dropdown list in the Save Logs window.
The Save Software Logs option is available in all of the report windows.
To save the log to a file:
1. Click Save Software Logs on the Site Report screen.. The Save Logs window is displayed.
2. Select the required save log option and browse to the site whose device status report you want to save.
3. Select the location to save the report file and click OK. If the logs are saved successfully, the following
message is displayed.
4. Click Save.
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Opening the Reports Window
For all the reports available, the relevant site must first be selected from the Reports Site Selection window.
To open the Reports window:
1. From the VMDC Main window, click
. The following dialog appears, displaying the currently
connected Virtual Matrix Display Controllers:
2. Select the VMDC for which you want to generate a report and click
displayed with the
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. The Reports window is
option selected by default; this provides details about the system.
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Generating Alarm History Reports
The Alarm History report enables you to view all information related to each alarm that occurs in the system,
including the alarm type and the date and time of occurrence.
You can use filters to show a timed range of alarms, from/to either specified dates/times or the earliest/latest
detected alarms in the database. In addition, you can select to playback video related to a specific alarm.
NOTE: Refer also to the Alarm Window section in Chapter 2, Getting to Know Your Virtual Matrix Display
Controller.
To generate an alarm history report:
1. Display the Reports window for a selected site, as described on page 146.
2. Click
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. The Alarms History window is displayed.
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3. Specify the report content time frame:
•
In the Start time area, either:
•
Click the Specify time and date radio button and select a start date and start time from the dropdown
lists.
-OR-
•
Click the First alarm radio button to list the alarms starting from earliest detected alarm in the database.
•
In the End time area, either:
•
Click the Specify time and date radio button and select an ending date and ending time from the
dropdown lists.
-OR-
•
Click the Last alarm radio button to list the alarms up to and including the latest detected alarm in the
database.
-OR-
•
Select the arrows to page through the alarms listed, as follows:
Button
Description
Go to last page of alarm
Jump back 1000 alarms
Jump forward 1000 alarms
Go to first page of alarms
4. Click the Refresh button. The following history information about each alarm event is displayed:
Column
Alarm source
Description
The name of the device on which the alarm event occurred.
When you click the device's icon, the alarm history for that device is
displayed.
NOTE: The
checkbox is provided for your optional use, for
example, to remind you which alarms you have already
viewed.
Alarm Type
The type of alarm.
Local time
Time zone translation to local time.
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Column
Description
Remote time
Time and date the alarm event occurred.
Site Name
The name of the site.
Number of
Activations
Indicates the number of times an alarm has been activated on the specific
device within a specific time period.
Each time the alarm is activated, another alarm event line is added to the
alarm history for that device (except in the case of a re-activation, as
described below).
When an alarm was activated and then re-activated within a very short
period of time, the re-activation of the alarm is not displayed in the alarm
history.
The time interval that passes after an initial alarm, in which movement will
not trigger a new alarm, but will cause an increment of +1 in the Number of
Activations field, is defined in the Combine Alarms which occur within…
field in the Alarm window.
In addition, the time of the first and last alarms in the period selected is displayed (read only) in the Alarm
History Site Report window.
NOTE: You can combine similar alarms that occur within a specified period of time as a single record by
entering a time period in the Combine alarms which occur within (mm:ss) field.
To playback video related to a specific alarm:
•
In the list displayed in the Alarm History report, right-click the alarm for which you want to playback the
video and select Playback or Live. The video is displayed on the currently selected remote monitor and
in the Video Display area (if it is turned on). The
button is displayed in the bottom-left
corner of the Main window.
•
To return to the Alarm History Report window, click the
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Generating Audit Log Reports
The Audit Log report provides basic log of operations performed in the system, useful for history and
debugging purposes. Information is accumulated continuously. 8,000 record lines can be accumulated,
removed thereafter on a first-in-first-out basis. The table display can be updated using the Refresh button.
To generate an audit log report:
5. Display the Reports window for a selected site, as described on page 146.
6. Click
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7. Search for events of interest using the Find panel:
•
Enter a string to the input field.
•
Specify whether the search should Match Whole Word and/or Match Case.
•
Click Find.
The Audit Log report contains the following information about each event that is found:
Column
Description
Date/Time
The date and time that the operation was performed.
Command
The name of the operation.
8. If required, you can click Save to save the result of your search in an HTML format. The Save Audit Log
window, a typical Save As window is displayed.
9. Browse to the required location, enter the required file name and click Save.
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Appendix A
Shipping Instructions
Use the following procedure when returning a unit to the factory:
1. Call or write Vicon for a Return Authorization (R.A.) at one of the locations listed below. Record the name
of the Vicon employee who issued the R.A.
Vicon Industries Inc.
135 Fell Court
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: 631-952-2288; Toll-Free: 1-800-645-9116; Fax: 631-951-2288
For service or returns from countries in Europe, contact:
Vicon Industries Ltd
Brunel Way
Fareham, PO15 5TX
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 1489 566300; Fax: +44 (0) 1489 566322
2. Attach a sheet of paper to the unit with the following information:
•
Name and address of the company returning the unit
•
Name of the Vicon employee who issued the R.A.
•
R. A. number
•
Brief description of the installation
•
Complete description of the problem and circumstances under which it occurs
•
Unit’s original date of purchase, if still under warranty
3. Pack the unit carefully. Use the original shipping carton or its equivalent for maximum protection.
4. Mark the R.A. number on the outside of the carton on the shipping label.
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Vicon Standard Equipment Warranty
Vicon Industries Inc. (the “Company”) warrants your equipment to be free from defects in material and workmanship under
Normal Use from the date of original retail purchase for a period of three years, with the following exceptions:
1.
2.
All IQEYE Cameras: Two years if purchased before 1/1/2011.
Alliance-mini (IQD3xx), Alliance-mx (IQMxxx) and 3 Series (IQ03xx): Five years if purchased between 1/2/2011 –
12/31/2014.
3. Alliance-Pro (IQA3xx): Five years if purchased between 3/2/2012 – 12/31/2014. Three years if the motorized
lens (IQA3xx-A3) option.
4. Uninterruptible Power Supplies: Two years from date of original retail purchase.
5. VDR-700 Recorder Series: One year from date of original retail purchase.
6. V5616MUX: One year from date of original retail purchase.
7. Arecont Cameras: One year from date of original retail purchase.
8. FMC series fiber-optic media converters and associated accessories: Lifetime warranty.
9. For PTZ cameras, “Normal Use” excludes prolonged use of lens and pan-and-tilt motors, gear heads, and gears
due to continuous use of “autopan” or “tour” modes of operation. Such continuous operation is outside the scope
of this warranty.
10. Any product sold as “special” or not listed in Vicon’s commercial price list: One year from date of original retail
purchase.
NOTE:
•
If the product is to be used outdoors or in dusty, humid, or other hostile environments, it must be suitably
protected.
•
Camera products must be protected, whether in use or not, from exposure to direct sunlight or halogen light as
the light may damage the camera image sensor. This applies to both indoor and outdoor use of the cameras.
•
For camera products supplied without a lens, extreme care should be used when mounting a lens on these
products. Damage to the product due to incorrectly mounted lenses will invalidate this limited hardware
warranty.
•
Failure to comply with any of the aforementioned requirements will invalidate this Limited Hardware Warranty.
Date of retail purchase is the date original end-user takes possession of the equipment, or, at the sole discretion of the
Company, the date the equipment first becomes operational by the original end-user.
The sole remedy under this Warranty is that defective equipment be repaired or (at the Company’s option) replaced, at
Company repair centers, provided the equipment has been authorized for return by the Company, and the return shipment
is prepaid in accordance with policy. Repaired or replacement hardware will be warranted for the remainder of the original
Warranty Period or ninety (90) days, whichever is longer. When a product or part is exchanged the replacement hardware
becomes the property of the original purchaser and all hardware or part thereof that is replaced shall become the property
of Vicon.
The warranty does not apply (a) to faulty and improper installation, maintenance, service, repair and/or alteration in any way
that is not contemplated in the documentation for the product or carried out with Vicon consent in writing, operation
adjustments covered in the operating manual for the product or normal maintenance, (b) to cosmetic damages, (c) if the
product is modified or tampered with, (d) if the product is damaged by acts of God, misuse, abuse, negligence, accident,
normal wear and tear and deterioration, improper environmental conditions (including, but not limited to, electrical surges,
water damage, chemical exposure, an/or heat/cold exposure) or lack of responsible care, (e) if the product has had the
model or serial number altered, defaced or removed, (f) to consumables (such as storage media or batteries) (g) to products
that have been purchased “as is” and Vicon the seller or the liquidator expressly disclaim their warranty obligation pertaining
to the product, (h) to any non-Vicon hardware product or any software (irrespective of packaged or sold with Vicon hardware
product) and Vicon products purchased from an unauthorized distributor/reseller, (i) to damage that occurs in shipment or
(j) to damages by any other causes not related to defective design, workmanship and/or materials.
The warranty for the products shall run from Vicon to End User customers only (including product purchased through
authorized partners and resellers). Vicon is not obligated under any circumstances to honor warranties on product(s)
purchases from internet auction sites including eBay, uBid or from any other unauthorized resellers. Except as explicitly
provided herein, Vicon disclaims all other warranties, including the implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose and
merchantability.
Software supplied either separately or in hardware is furnished on an “As Is” basis. Vicon does not warrant that
such software shall be error (bug) free. Software support via telephone, if provided at no cost, may be discontinued
at any time without notice at Vicon’s sole discretion. Vicon reserves the right to make changes to its software in
any of its products at any time and without notice.
The Warranty and remedies provided above are exclusive and in lieu of all other express or implied warranties
including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Certain
jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties. If laws under such jurisdictions apply, then all
express and implied warranties are limited to the warranty period identified above. Unless provided herein, any
statements or representations made by any other person or firm are void. Except as provided in this written
warranty and to the extent permitted by law, neither Vicon nor any affiliated shall be liable for any loss, (including
loss of data and information), inconvenience, or damage, including, but not limited to, direct, special, incidental or
consequential damages, resulting from the use or inability to use the Vicon product, whether resulting from breach
of warranty or any other legal theory. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Vicon total liability for all claims under this
warranty shall not exceed the price paid for the product. These limitations on potential liabilities have been an
essential condition in setting the product.
No one is authorized to assume any liability on behalf of the Company, or impose any obligations on it in connection with
the sale of any Goods, other than that which is specified above. In no event will the Company be liable for indirect, special,
incidental, consequential, or other damages, whether arising from interrupted equipment operation, loss of data,
replacement of equipment or software, costs or repairs undertaken by the Purchaser, or other causes.
This warranty applies to all sales made by the Company or its dealers and shall be governed by the laws of New York State
without regard to its conflict of laws principles. This Warranty shall be enforceable against the Company only in the courts
located in the State of New York.
The form of this Warranty is effective February 1, 2015.
THE TERMS OF THIS WARRANTY APPLY ONLY TO SALES MADE WHILE THIS WARRANTY IS IN EFFECT. THIS
WARRANTY SHALL BE OF NO EFFECT IF AT THE TIME OF SALE A DIFFERENT WARRANTY IS POSTED ON THE
COMPANY’S WEBSITE, WWW.VICON-SECURITY.COM. IN THAT EVENT, THE TERMS OF THE POSTED WARRANTY
SHALL APPLY EXCLUSIVELY.
Vicon Industries Inc.
For office locations, visit the website:
www.vicon-security.com
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