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Adding a camera to your video surveillance solution is essential. You can do this a couple of different ways with SoleraTec's Phoenix RSM, but the fastest and simplest way is by using the Add Camera Wizard.

The camera wizard not only guides you through how to add an RTSP-enabled IP camera, but it also automatically creates a camera (or recording) policy to accompany the camera. The Recording policy designates how to store recorded video from your camera into the Information Repository.

Do not use the Add Camera Wizard if:

You are capturing video from VMS-managed cameras (Video Management System such as Milestone, OnSSI, or exacqVision). Instead, manually add your cameras using Camera Configurations.
The extended metadata file (MetadataExtensions.cfg) is in use.

Adding a camera and recording video setup

1.From your suite of product applications, open the Camera Policies application (CameraPolicies.exe).

From the Camera Policies toolbar, click the Wizard button. The Welcome window appears. Each wizard dialog box includes Back, Next, Help, and Cancel buttons. The Back button navigates you back to the previous dialog box (except on the Welcome window), and the Next button accepts current values and advances you to the next window in the wizard. The Help button opens documentation, and the Cancel button closes the wizard without saving values.

The About button appears on the first wizard window to provide information, and the Finish button appears on the last wizard window to complete the process.

Camera Wizard - Welcome

2.Click Next for the Camera Information window.

Camera Wizard - Camera Information

3.To add camera information, either click the Find Cameras button or select the camera from the Select the manufacturer and model drop-down lists.

If you click the Find Cameras button a Search Results window appears showing a list of cameras found on the network. If your camera is not on the list, select the Show all devices checkbox for any additional cameras on the network and other devices to display. If your camera still does not display, use the Select the Manufacturer and model drop-down lists option and type the IP address, or you can add it manually in Camera Configurations. In the Search Results window, cameras in use appear grayed-out and available cameras for configuration have an asterisk (*) in the first column. Select a camera and click OK, or double-click the camera item for the camera information to configure.

Camera Wizard - Find Cameras button for Search Results

If the camera manufacturer or model is not listed, use the Camera Configuration window to add the camera rather than this wizard.

4.In the What is the IP Address? text box, type the host name or IP address in dot notation.
5.Type the User Name and Password for the camera if they are required to access it.
6.Click the Test Camera button to start a viewer to test whether the supplied information is correct.

What if my camera is not is not listed in the Add Camera Wizard?

If your camera is not listed in the Add Camera Wizard, you'll need to add the camera's information manually using the Camera Configurations window for IP cameras. See Manually Add IP Camera for this procedure.

7.Click Next for the Description window.

Camera Wizard - Description window

8.In the What is the name of this camera? text box, type a meaningful name to identify the camera.
9.In the Enter a brief description of this camera text box, optionally type a short note describing the camera.
10.Click Next for the Recording Schedule window.

Camera Wizard - Recording Schedule window

11.Indicate when you want to record video:
Select Always to record video continuously.
Select At selected times to record only on certain days or at certain times of the day.
12.If you selected the At selected times option, the following window appears when the Next button is clicked:

Camera Wizard - Recording Schedule to Select Days and Times

13.Use the On what days of the week? checkboxes to select the days to record video.
14.Use the At what time? Start and Stop drop-down lists to set the beginning and ending times for the period to record. When you make your selections, the length of the time period is indicated.
15.Click Next for the Recording Computer window.

Camera Wizard - Recording Computer

16.From the What computer will be used for recording video? drop-down list, select the computer for recording video.
17.Click Next for the Ready to Add window.

Camera Wizard - Ready to Add window

18.Review the information. To change anything, use the Back button to go to the appropriate wizard screen.
19.Click Next for the List of Cameras Added window.

Camera Wizard - List of Cameras Added

20.The cameras added during the wizard session are listed. To remove any camera, select it and then click the Remove Selected Camera button.
21.If you do not want to add another camera, select No. To add another camera, select Yes in order to cycle through the wizard again. Click Next.
22.If you have no more cameras to add, the Ready to Save Camera Configurations and Recording Schedules window appears.

Camera Wizard - Ready to Save

23.The list of cameras ready for saving, is displayed. To remove any camera, select it and then click the Remove Selected Camera button.
24.Click Finish. The Add Camera Wizard closes and the focus is on the main Camera Policies application window.

Through configuring a camera and setting a schedule for it to record, you created a new recording policy that is listed on the left side under the Recording Policy Name column of the main Camera Policies application.