Camera Policies Camera Tab

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After you have connected to a camera for your video surveillance solution, create a recording policy through either the Add Camera Wizard or manually through Camera Policies Camera Configuration.

The Camera Policies Camera tab displays camera and recording information. If you have used the Add Camera Wizard, the information from the wizard is populated into the Camera tab fields. If you have built a new recording policy manually, then the information is populated from Camera Configurations, leaving only a few fields editable. Once the recording policy is created, if you select it from the Camera Policies left pane, its associated information populates the tabs.

To be able to view and record live video feeds, make sure that RTSP is enabled on your IP camera. See your camera's documentation for details on enabling RTSP.

The Camera tab displays differently depending on whether you are working in Standard mode or Advanced mode. When Advanced mode is enabled, more options are available on the Camera tab.

Standard mode image:

Camera Policies - Camera tab with Standard mode enabled

Advanced mode image:

Camera Policies - Camera tab with Advanced mode enabled

Camera Policies Camera Tab Elements

This table includes both Standard and Advanced mode descriptions. Any Advanced mode features are noted as such.




The Camera drop-down list displays all configured RTSP and VMS-managed cameras.

Select a camera to be used for the policy. The available camera options following depend on the camera selected.

To add and configure a camera for use with multiple policies see add IP camera standard.

Camera Type

Advanced mode only.

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


A user defined value used in the menus and 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.


A user defined value used in the menus and configuration file. This is a description of the camera.

Camera Pool

Advanced mode only.

A camera pool is a user defined 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.


The manufacturer of the camera. The Video Capture URL populates automatically.


A user defined value. This is the camera's model number.

Video Capture URL

The RTSP URL of the camera for capturing video feeds.

The text box displays the IP address for the selected camera.

User Name

Type a User Name if the camera requires a user name and password to be accessed. This box works in conjunction with Password.


Type a Password if the camera requires a user name and password to be accessed. This box works in conjunction with User Name.

Alternative Frame Size

Advanced mode only.

The width and height, in pixels, of video images. Use to define a frame size that is different from the camera's default. The first box is for width and the second is for height.

Enable stream over TCP

Advanced mode only.

Causes the RTSP capture to stream data over a TCP connection rather than over a default HTTP connection.

Recording Computer

Displays the computer that captures a video feed from your camera.

Clip Duration

Sets the length of the clip. Choose from 5, 10, 15, 30, 60, 90, 120 minutes.

Cache Folder

Choose the Default Location or enter a specific Pathname.

Additional Camera items for cameras managed by Milestone, OnSSI, or exacqVision:



Server Address

The host name or IP address of the image server from  extract video location.

User Name

The user name who has rights to access the camera with video to extract. This must be a Basic User.


If the camera requires a user name and password to be accessed, this is the password. This box works in conjunction with User Name.