Camera Policies Window

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The main Camera Policies window is divided into two main panes: the right pane contains the tabs you will need to populate in order to create a policy and the left pane provides an overview of all of the recording policies in the Information Repository. Overview information includes the Recording Policy Name, Camera, Recording Computer, and a Policy Description. When you move your mouse over a policy listed in the left pane, a small popup displays summary information about the Recording Policy.

There are also two modes that Camera Policies can run in: Standard mode and Advanced mode. After initial install of the Camera Policies application, the default setting opens in Standard mode. The Advanced mode reveals more features and options available to Camera Policies.

The Camera Policies toolbar consists of the following buttons:

- Save all policy settings.

- Open the Add Camera Wizard to easily configure a camera and schedule it to record video automatically.

- Add a new policy.

- Delete the selected policy.

- Refresh the Camera Policies view to see the latest version of each policy displayed.

- Open the Camera Configurations window.

Camera Policies main window in Standard mode

A triangular caution symbol on the policy icon in the left pane of the window indicates that the policy is not active.

From the left pane, you can edit the Active setting of a policy. Setting a policy to Active allows the policy to run. You can edit the active setting of policies by right-clicking on an individual policy or multiple selected policies (select multiple policies by holding theShift key or the Control key and clicking on the desired policies), choosing Change Active Setting from the shortcut menu, either selecting or de-selecting the Active option in the dialog box, and then clicking OK. Click the Save button in the toolbar to implement any changes immediately.

When multiple policies are selected with different current active settings, the checkbox will be shaded to indicate the selected policies have different Active Settings.

Camera Policies Menu Items

Menu Items


File > Save All

Save the information for all the current policies.

File > Import from

Open an Import from dialog box to navigate to and select a camera configurations file.

File > Export to

Open an Export to dialog box to navigate to and select where to save the active camera configurations file.

File > Exit

Close the application. If changes have been made a Confirmation dialog box appears for saving changes, click Yes, No, or Cancel.

Edit > Create a Policy

Open Create a Policy window.

Edit > Modify Selected Policy

Select a policy listed in the left pane, then select this menu item to modify the existing policy.

Edit > Delete Selected Policy

Select a policy listed in the left pane, then select this menu item to remove the policy from Camera Policies.

Edit > Delete All Policies

Delete all the policies from the configuration file, and removes policies listed in the left pane.

View > Refresh Policy View

Refresh the view in the left pane for the latest list of policies.

View > Enable Tool Tips

Check mark by this menu item indicates that tool tips for the window display. The tips are brief descriptions of window controls if the mouse pointer is moved over a control. De-select to turn tool tips off.

View > Enable Policy Tips

Check mark by this menu item indicates that policy tips display in the left pane. Policy tips provide details of the recording policy. De-select to turn policy tips off.

View > Enable Advanced Mode

Check mark by this menu item sets the Camera Policies window to unlock Advanced mode features and options.  See Advanced Mode for more information.

Tools > User Preferences

Advanced mode only.

Open the Camera Policies User Preferences window.

User Preferences define default settings for the Camera Policies window. The information in User Preferences is the exact same as what is displayed on the Processing tab. User preferences are a convenient way to set your commonly used options for the desktop client running Camera Policies, and each subsequent time you run a job using your desktop client those settings are automatically set. You can make changes using the Processing tab, but those changes do not save as User Preferences and options reset to defaults for subsequent uses.

Tools > Cameras

Open the Camera Configurations window. Use to manually add and configure cameras to your Information Repository. You must use the Camera Configurations when capturing video from a VMS. The policy you create enables video to be retrieved from the VMS.

Tools > Find Cameras

Advanced mode only.

Select Find Cameras to open  the Search Results window which shows 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. 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.

Tools > Add Camera Wizard

Open the Add Camera Wizard to introduce and add a RTSP-enabled IP camera directly to your video surveillance solution. When you use the wizard, the process is simple and quick. A camera policy automatically gets created for the new camera.

Do not use the wizard if adding a VMS-managed camera; use Camera Configurations instead.

Help > Current Page

Open online help to the Camera Policies webpage.

Help > Camera Policies Overview

Open online help with focus on Camera Policies.

Help > Contents

Open the local version of online help.

Help > Online Help

Open the web-based version of online help.

Help > Online Support

Open the support webpage.

Help > About Camera Policies

Open the About Camera Policies window.

Camera Policies Advanced Mode

The default Standard mode setting allows you to create a recording policy by connecting and configuring RTSP-enabled IP cameras and scheduling jobs using the Camera and Scheduling tabs of the Camera Policies application.

Change the mode to the advanced setting to capture video from a video management system (VMS) such as Milestone, OnSSI, or exacqVision. Also, use the Advanced mode to access additional, more refined options for direct-connect IP cameras.

Compared to Standard mode, Advanced mode displays more features on the Camera Policies Camera tab and Camera Configuration window. Plus, additional tabs appear in Camera Policies: Processing, Destination, and Advanced. (Standard mode just displays Camera and Scheduling tabs.)

To make additional tabs and options available, select from the View menu > Enable Advanced mode for Advanced mode. If you turn Advanced mode on, it remains that way until you disable it.

If you set an advanced option and later want to change it, you must be in Advanced mode in order to access the option. Keep in mind that some Phoenix RSM users on your network may be using Standard mode and might not see a change in an advanced setting.

The Advanced mode descriptions are included in the above Camera Policies Menu Items section.

Camera Policies window in Advanced mode