Add VMS Camera

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To capture video into your Information Repository from your video management system (VMS), you need to create recording policies for cameras managed by those systems. Phoenix RSM tracks them and they are listed on the Camera Policies Camera tab for all computers on the network in the Information Repository.

Video capture from VMS may not be available, depending on your hardware device and your product license.

The supported VMS-managed solutions are Milestone XProtect, OnSSI, and exacqVision.

To configure a Milestone, OnSSI, or Exacq managed camera:

You must be in Advanced Mode to add a VMS camera.

1.From the Camera Policies View menu, select Enable Advanced Mode.
2.From the Camera Policies toolbar, click the Cameras button. The Camera Configuration window appears.
3.From the Camera Configuration window, click the Add button. The Add New Camera window appears. Fill in the necessary areas by using the table below.

Add a Camera using Milestone

OnSSI managed camera image:

Add a Camera using OnSSI

exacq managed camera image:

Add a Camera using exacq

Element

Description

Camera Type

Advanced mode only.

The camera types can be an IP camera or a VMS-managed type of either Milestone managed camera, OnSSI managed camera, or exacq managed camera.

If your camera is not managed by a Milestone, OnSSI, or exacqVision video management system, see Manually Add IP Camera.

Name

Type a name used for menus and the configuration file, this is the name of the camera.

The name entered is for identification purposes only. It is best to use a naming convention and a descriptive name.

Description

Text used for defining the camera in menus and the configuration file. This is a description of the camera.

Camera Pool

Advanced mode only.

For the camera pool, define a virtual grouping of cameras to search video from specified cameras. For example, suppose you have a camera pool called "Doors". It is comprised of all the cameras that watch over the doors of your business. When you need to see who's come or gone, select the "Doors" camera pool as a search criteria, and only video captured from this camera pool are included. There is no limit to the number of camera pools your Phoenix RSM solution may have.

Server Address

The host name or IP address of the image server where you want to extract video. See the Modify Target Camera section below.

User Name

The User Name if the camera requires a user name and password to be accessed. This box works in conjunction with Password. See the Modify Target Camera section below.

Password

The Password if the camera requires a user name and password to be accessed. This box works in conjunction with User Name. See the Modify Target Camera section below.

Selected Camera

The camera whose video you want to capture. Click the Refresh button to update the list of cameras associated with the server. Select a camera. See the Modify Target Camera section below.

Storage Location

For Exacq only

The pathname to the video storage area. Type the path or click Browse to navigate to the video storage area. See the Modify Target Camera section below.

By default, Target and Process Service runs as Local System and may not have read access to network shares. Because of this, be sure to configure the video storage area to allow remote read access to everyone or change Target and Process Service to run with an account that will have read access.

Use VMS to generate low resolution proxy and preview image

For Milestone and OnSSI only

Select the checkbox to use the VMS to generate low resolution proxy and preview images. Currently this option is only supported when the camera is configured for jpeg mode.  Selecting this option may increase the workload of the VMS server.

Enable Record on motion detection

For Milestone and OnSSI only

Select the checkbox to enable record on motion detection. Specify the Motion threshold, the amount of time to wait for motion before adding blank frames.

For Milestone only: The server can be set up to delete older recorded frames from its recording database by specifying the recording retention time. Any frames that are older than the set recording retention time will be automatically deleted. It is important that the retention time is long enough to always have recorded frames with motion in the database or specify the maximum recording storage size instead.

Recording Computer

The computer that captures a video feed from your camera.

Access Permissions

Advanced mode only.

Ability to add, change, or delete rights for a camera. Access permissions determine who has access to cameras and the access level. When working in Standard mode, the default permissions include "everyone" and "Recorded and Live Video and PTZ".

Double-click an existing security entry to change an entry, click the Add button to insert a new entry, click the Delete button to remove an entry, or click the Up or Down arrow buttons to change the order the entries are listed in the Access Permissions group box. See the Add New Security Entry section below.

Active

Advanced mode only.

Determine whether the camera is active or inactive. To capture video and view live feeds, this checkbox must be selected. If it is not selected, then any policy that uses this camera will not run.

4.Click OK to close the Add New Camera window.
5. From the Camera Configuration window, click the Save button to save the new camera configuration and add it to your Information Repository. In the Camera Configuration window, Milestone, OnSSI, or exacq is evident in the Video Capture URL column, rather than RTSP.

Modify Target Camera window

From the Add New Camera window, click the Change button in the Target Camera area to open the Modify Target Camera window. Use this window to fill out the server information for the Address, User Name, and Password. In the Selected Camera section, click the Refresh button to update the list of cameras associated with the server. Select the camera whose video you want to capture.

For Milestone and OnSSI:

Search Results window when Find Cameras button is clicked

For exacq only: Fill in the Storage Location area with the pathname to the video storage area.

Search Results window when Find Cameras button is clicked

Add New Security Entry

From the Add New Camera window, click the Add New Security Entry button under the Access Permissions group box. Use this window to insert a new access permissions entry. These permissions determine who has access to cameras and the access level.

Add New Security Entry window

Name type - Determine who the new security setting for a camera is applied to, or the type of rights; select between User, Group, Domain, and Everyone.

Entry name - Type a name to appear under the Access Permissions group box.

Rights - Select the rights granted for the new user, group, domain, or everyone.

The rights are as follows:

Recorded and Live Video and PTZ - Can view recorded and live video from selected camera and have PTZ control
Live Video and PTZ - Can view live video and have PTZ control
Live Video - Can view live video
Recorded and Live Video - Can view recorded and live video from selected camera
Recorded Video - Only view recorded video from the selected camera
None - No access to the camera

If "recorded" is not included in user rights, you can still record using Live Viewer, but you will not be able to search for recorded video when using SVM.