Camera Policies

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Camera Policies is a critical part of your total video surveillance solution. It is responsible for getting data into the Information Repository from a camera source. The Camera Policies application generates a low resolution companion file that is a fraction of the size of the original. This preserves the original and makes it easier for fast searches and video review later in the process. Record and capture video feeds via:

RTSP-enabled IP cameras - Configure RTSP-enabled IP cameras to create policies that automatically record video directly into the Information Repository.
VMS-managed cameras - Configure VMS-managed cameras to create policies to capture video into the Information Repository. Depending on your hardware device and your product license, video capture from VMS may not be available.

Camera Policies are used to control which video feeds are captured, where video is stored, when jobs start and stop, how often jobs run, and many other aspects of jobs. This information is decided by defining parameters for a camera or recording policy.

Each Camera Policy created runs independently and manages all error logging, job operation completion times, and other information for its own computer platform and file systems. Any Camera Policy can see and capture video data from any configured RTSP-enabled IP camera or VMS-managed camera.

Keep the following in mind when working with Camera Policies:

The first time that Camera Policies is opened, the left pane is empty. Before accessing any of the tabs, create a policy.
There can be multiple recording policies per camera, but it is not recommended to have multiple policies active and running at the same time for a single camera.
A triangular caution symbol superimposed on a policy icon in the left pane indicates that the policy is not running. A policy does not run if its Active checkbox is de-selected, if the camera associated with it is not marked as active, or if there is no recording computer selected to run the policy.
Camera Polices are visible to all computers in the Information Repository that are running Camera Polices and have appropriate permissions.
Because recording policies are implemented across the entire Information Repository, other users can change policies while you are working in Camera Policies. To ensure that you are viewing the most current list of policies, click the Refresh button from the toolbar.
Duplicate policy names are permitted.

If multiple people in your organization create or modify camera configurations or recording policies, do not attempt to make changes at the same time. Doing so may cause someone's work to be unintentionally overwritten.

Recording Policies

The terms Camera Policy and Recording Policy may seem synonymous, but there is a slight distinction. Camera Policies encompasses all the features and functions found in the Camera Policy application. A Recording Policy refers directly to the name of the policy associated to a camera, and all the parameters to make it run. In the Camera Policies window, the left pane specifically lists all the existing recording policy names, and is saved as part of the active configuration.

Recording policies run on an assigned computer. They define when video is recorded or captured and where it goes in the Information Repository.

Recording policies are visible to all computers in the Information Repository that are running the Camera Policies application and that have appropriate permissions.

Create a Policy

The most convenient way to set up a camera, a schedule, and then record video is to use the Add Camera Wizard. However, there are times when using the wizard is not applicable, for example, if your camera information is not included in the manufacturer or model list. If using the wizard is not applicable, you must create a recording policy manually.

1.Open the Camera Policies application.
2.From the Camera Policies application toolbar, click the Add button to create a new policy. Or from the Edit menu, select Create a Policy.

Create a Policy for Camera Configuration

3.In the Create a Policy window, type a Policy Name for the new policy.
4.Type a Description for the new policy for quick reference.
5.The Source is always Surveillance Camera.
6.Select the policy as active, or de-select the Active checkbox if you do not want the policy to run. When the Active checkbox is de-selected, the triangular caution symbol is superimposed over the policy in the  Camera Policies window left pane - Recording Policy Name column.
7.Click OK. The window closes, and the Recording Policy Name, Camera, Recording Computer, and Description appear in the Camera Policies.
8.On the Camera tab, from the Camera drop-down list, select the camera configuration that the policy applies to.
9.(Advanced mode only) On the Processing tab, define video and file processing options.
10. (Advanced mode only) On the Destination tab, define the Vault, media, storage pool, and other options where video is recorded or captured to.
11. On the Scheduling tab, select when to record video.
12. (Advanced mode only) On the Advanced tab, select log and report, or performance options.
13. Click the Save button to save all policy settings and implement the policy.

Open Network Activity to monitor processing as policies are created.

Modify a Policy

1.From the Camera Policies left pane, double click an existing policy name. Or, from the Edit menu, select Modify Selected Policy. The Modify Selected Policy window opens for the selected policy.

Modify a Policy for Camera Configurations

2.Type a new policy name or a new description.
3.Select the policy as active, or de-select the Active checkbox if you do not want the policy to run. When the Active checkbox is de-selected, the triangular caution symbol is superimposed over the policy in the Camera Policies window left pane - Recording Policy Name column.
4.Click OK. The window closes, and the Recording Policy Name, Camera, Recording Computer, and Description appear in the Camera Policies.
5.Modify policy parameters as needed for each Camera Policies tab.
6.Click the Save button to save all policy settings and implement the policy.

If another user on the network makes changes to a policy while you have the Camera Policies application open, there will be a popup message asking if you would like to refresh your view in order to see the most recent changes. Clicking Yes to refresh your view will cause you to lose any of your unsaved work or changes. Click No to continue modifying a policy without refreshing your view. This may cause you to accidentally overwrite the changes the other user made.

If you modify a recording policy while a job is running that is based on that policy, the job stops as soon as it is finished processing the current file. The job restarts as scheduled. For example, a job runs every day at 11:00 AM for 30 minutes. While the job is running, the policy is modified and the job stops. If the scheduled start time was not changed, the job starts at 11:00 AM the next day.

Delete a Policy

You can delete a policy that no longer meets your needs, or you can de-activate a policy and then re-activate it at a later time if needed.

To delete a policy:

1.From the Camera Policies window left pane - Recording Policy Name column, click the policy to delete.
2.Click the Delete button .
3.After deletion of a policy, Camera Policies has been modified. Click the Save button to save the updated Camera Policy settings.

If you delete a policy while a job is running, the job stops as soon as it is finished processing the current file.

To make an active policy inactive:

1. From the Camera Policies window left pane - Recording Policy Name column, double-click the policy.
2. In the Modify Selected Policy window, de-select the Active checkbox.