Camera Management

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The camera component is the most important for any video surveillance solution. Not only does SoleraTec's Phoenix RSM effortlessly connect to any RTSP-enabled IP camera or VMS-managed cameras, but it also fully manages any number of storage devices for all of your accumulated video assets. While recording and capturing your video, you can monitor live video feeds using the Live Viewer application - featuring an unlimited live video matrix with the ability to view 16 channels at a time.

This camera management chapter encompasses the tools used for recording and capturing video feeds:

Add Camera Wizard - As part of the Camera Policies application, use the Add Camera Wizard to easily add a camera and a camera (or recording) policy. All you need to do is follow the wizard steps to begin recording video.

Camera Policies - Use the Camera Policies application to configure RTSP-enabled IP cameras or VMS-managed cameras and create recording policies to capture video into your Vaults. Once inside the Information Repository, take advantage of your product's full management capabilities such as migrating, replicating, searching, and archiving video assets.

Record - Record live video feeds from any RTSP-enabled IP camera directly into the Information Repository. Remember that RTSP stands for Real Time Streaming Protocol, to control streaming media servers. For a list of RTSP URLs for IP cameras, go to http://www.SoleraTec.com/support/rtsp/rtsp_listing.

Capture - Capture video from cameras controlled by a VMS (Video Management System such as Milestone, OnSSI, or exacqVision) into the Information Repository.

Camera Configurations - Use Camera Configurations to manually add cameras to your Information Repository and to configure them. If you plan to capture video from a VMS, you must use the Camera Configurations window - not the Add Camera Wizard - in order to set up a policy to grab video from the VMS.

Motion Detection - If motion detection information is provided by your RTSP-enabled IP camera, and if Phoenix RSM supports collecting that the information, then camera settings are set to preserve motion metadata along with captured video.

Once videos have been captured into the Information Repository, Data Service Policies can manage your data assets from the Vault(s) within the Information Repository. This provides for an efficient and powerful multi-tiered Information Repository. Find out other benefits to your solution by reading about Load Balancing or Complete and Accurate Stored Files in Data Management. See also Live Viewer.

Workflow - Basic Camera Steps

1.From your suite of product applications, open the Camera Policies application (CameraPolicies.exe). For further explanation of how to launch applications using different operating systems, see Getting Started.
2.Add a camera and a camera policy to your solution. The easiest and quickest way to do this is through the Add Camera Wizard. When adding a camera through the Add Camera Wizard, a recording policy is automatically created for the camera. From the Camera Policies main menu, select Tools > Add Camera Wizard.
Instead of using the Add Camera Wizard, you could add a camera manually through Camera Configurations, and then create a recording policy separately. See Create a Policy.
You can always modify or delete a Camera Policy once it has been created. See Modify a Policy and Delete a Policy.
The Add Camera Wizard provides only Standard mode options.
3.Define when to record videos from the RTSP and VMS-managed camera using Camera Policies Scheduling tab.
4.(Optional) Set Camera Policies from Standard mode to Advanced mode, select from the View menu > Enable Advanced mode. This provides more options for direct connect IP cameras (video processing, Vault storage, and performance and log file options). See Advanced Mode.
5.(Optional) Save, restore, or copy Camera Policies using the import and export camera configuration options. From the Camera Configurations main menu, select File > Import from or Export to.

Once your camera is set up and recording, see Live Viewer and learn how to view the video streams.