Export Surveillance Video

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After you have searched for, reviewed, and selected the video clips to export from the Surveillance Video Manager Search tab and the videos are in the Export Queue, use the Surveillance Video Manager Export tab to export the video in different ways.

Access the Export window panes by clicking the Export tab at the top of the main Surveillance Video Manager application window.

Depending on your system, the following options may or may not be available for you to select from. The contents in the Export Job Configuration pane are dynamic depending on the Export Destination chosen. Work your way through the Export Job Configuration pane parameters.

Local File System

The Export Destination of local file system is the default setting for this pane. Populate the options when Local File System is selected.

SVM Export Job Configuration showing Local File System options

Element

Description

Export destination

Define where files are exported to. (Local File System.)

Job name

Type a job name to associate a text name with the job. This name appears in job logs.

Generate checksum for video

Select to generate a checksum file for each exported video file. The checksum (or digital fingerprint) is calculated using the SHA256 hash algorithm. The resulting filename is the original base name with a .sha256 extension.

Watermark video

Select to apply a watermark to the exported video file. When this item is selected, the pane expands to show additional fields.

Placement - Specify where the watermark should be placed in the video. Select from upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right, and center.

Type - Specify the type of watermark to be applied. If Text, then there are fields displayed to input the text size, text color, and the actual text to be used as the watermark. If Bitmap, then a box displays where the pathname of a watermark file can be entered, or click the Browse button to browse for the watermark file.

When using QuickTime as the backend to watermark a video, the preferred format for a watermark file is Portable Network Graphics (.png extension). If you use a bitmap (.bmp) file, the watermark image will not be transparent and it will be surrounded by a white box covering up part of the video.

Generate metadata output file

Generate metadata xml files for output along with video. If selected, a drop-down list appears for you to select Create multiple files or Create a single file.

Create multiple files - The metadata file has the same name as its associated video file, but with the .xml extension. One metadata file per video is created and they stick together.
Create a single file - A single file containing the metadata for all files being exported is generated. A Metadata output file box appears, requiring a name for the metadata file. Click the Browse button to select.

At a minimum the data included contain pathname, file id, size, and the date and time modified.

Where to save files

Export data back to its original location or to any other location on the network.

Original location - Export data to its original location.

Different location - Export data to another location. Use the Browse For Folder window to select the location, and click OK.

When to overwrite existing files

Select an option of Never, Only if newer, or Always, outlining when to overwrite files.

If the files exported already reside in some form on the target computer - that is a conflict and the export job does not work.

How to export the selected video

With several clips captured from the same camera, select export them as a single video or multiple video clips for each selection.

An error message will show if you choose to export renamed video clips as multiple video clips. To avoid this error, reset the video clip names to the original names or choose to export the video clips as a single video.

Rimage

Populate the options when Rimage is selected.

Export to Rimage only works if your Rimage system and Phoenix RSM export are configured properly.

When exporting to the Rimage, do not stop Phoenix RSM until all jobs have finished. If you do, temporary files are not removed and those files will have to be removed manually. To manually remove temporary files, go to the Rimage Export Folder, and remove <user name>_<uuid>.

For more information see Rimage Configuration window.

SVM Export Job Configuration for Rimage option

Element

Description

Export destination

Define where files are exported to. (Rimage.)

This option is only available when it is enabled in your User Preferences.

Job name

Type a job name to associate a text name with the job. This name appears in job logs.

Generate checksum for video

Select to generate a checksum file for each exported video file. The checksum (or digital fingerprint) is calculated using the SHA256 hash algorithm. The resulting filename is the original base name with a .sha256 extension.

Watermark video

Select to apply a watermark to the exported video file. When this item is selected, the pane expands to show additional fields.

Placement - Specify where the watermark should be placed in the video. Select from upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right, and center.

Type - Specify the type of watermark to be applied. If Text, then there are fields displayed to input the text size, text color, and the actual text to be used as the watermark. If Bitmap, then a box displays where the pathname of a watermark file can be entered, or click the Browse button to browse for the watermark file.

When using QuickTime as the backend to watermark a video, the preferred format for a watermark file is Portable Network Graphics (.png extension). If you use a bitmap (.bmp) file, the watermark image will not be transparent and it will be surrounded by a white box covering up part of the video.

Generate metadata output file

Generate metadata xml files for output along with video. If selected, a drop-down list appears for you to select Create multiple files or Create a single file.

Create multiple files - The metadata file has the same name as its associated video file, but with the .xml extension. One metadata file per video is created and they stick together.
Create a single file - A single file containing the metadata for all files being exported is generated. A Metadata output file box appears, requiring a name for the metadata file. Click the Browse button to select.

At a minimum the data included contain pathname, file id, size, and the date and time modified.

How to name files

 

Active only for Different Location and Export to Rimage.

Define how selected data is arranged when retrieved. There are three options:

Include full original pathnames - This option recreates the source file structure. The retrieved data file structure matches that of the source file. For example, if the source is "C:\Accounting\Marketing\...", then the retrieved data is "C\Accounting\Marketing\...".

Include filenames only - This option ignores file folders, and the retrieved data is comprised of only files.

Include filenames only do not work correctly if selected files have identical names. When working with identical names, use Include full original pathnames or Include pathnames starting at selected items.

E-mail address for job completion notice

Type a valid e-mail address to define where Rimage sends an e-mail when the Rimage job is finished.

Disc type

Define the type of media for Rimage to make.

Number of copies

Define how many copies of the data for Rimage to make. Press TAB or ENTER for the new number typed to take effect.

Disc labeling

Define the information on media labels for the media that Rimage is producing.

The number and titles of the fields available depend on what is entered in the Rimage Configuration window.

If a field is not present, add it using the Rimage Configuration window.

FTP Site

Populate the options when FTP Site is selected.

SVM Export Job Configuration showing FTP Site options

Element

Description

Export destination

Define where files are exported to. (FTP site.)

This option is only available when it is enabled in your User Preferences.

Job name

Type a job name to associate a text name with the job. This name appears in job logs.

Generate checksum for video

Select to generate a checksum file for each exported video file. The checksum (or digital fingerprint) is calculated using the SHA256 hash algorithm. The resulting filename is the original base name with a .sha256 extension.

Watermark video

Select to apply a watermark to the exported video file. When this item is selected, the pane expands to show additional fields.

Placement - Specify where the watermark should be placed in the video. Select from upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right, and center.

Type - Specify the type of watermark to be applied. If Text, then there are fields displayed to input the text size, text color, and the actual text to be used as the watermark. If Bitmap, then a box displays where the pathname of a watermark file can be entered, or click the Browse button to browse for the watermark file.

When using QuickTime as the backend to watermark a video, the preferred format for a watermark file is Portable Network Graphics (.png extension). If you use a bitmap (.bmp) file, the watermark image will not be transparent and it will be surrounded by a white box covering up part of the video.

Generate metadata output file

Generate metadata xml files for output along with video. If selected, a drop-down list appears for you to select Create multiple files or Create a single file.

Create multiple files - The metadata file has the same name as its associated video file, but with the .xml extension. One metadata file per video is created and they stick together.
Create a single file - A single file containing the metadata for all files being exported is generated. A Metadata output file box appears, requiring a name for the metadata file. Click the Browse button to select.

At a minimum the data included contain pathname, file id, size, and the date and time modified

FTP site address

Type the host name or address.

FTP site user name

Type the user name to log into the FTP site.

FTP site password

Type the password to log into the FTP site.

Destination folder at FTP site

Type the destination path and directory the files should be exported to. This directory is a place to store files.

Custom

You can customize export options for Export Job Configuration. Custom options are available only when an ExportExtensions.cfg file is in place.

Available options are customizable via ExportExtensions.cfg at <install-dir>\Program Files\Phoenix\Config.

For more information see ExportExtensions.cfg.

Customize your Options for Export Job Configuration

Element

Description

Export destination

Define where files are exported to. (Custom.)

Argument <1 - ∞>

These fields are defined in ExportExtensions.cfg by your Phoenix RSM administrator. Consult your Phoenix RSM administrator for details.

The image above displays the arguments from a sample ExportExtentions.cfg file.

Blank fields are ignored.
If typing a number into a spin control manually, press TAB or ENTER for the new number to take effect.

After setting the parameters, click Start Export to export videos. A job status box appears in the Job Status pane during the job, and the Stop button is active.
 
If you click Stop while it is exporting files, not all of the files in the Export Queue are exported. Any files that have completed export remain on the target computer. Click Dismiss to close the job status box.

Click View to open a log file for job details or to diagnose export issues.

Problems with exporting videos?

Existing files on networked computers are not overwritten, by default. If an export job is unsuccessful, there may already be a copy of the files on the target computer. Avoid errors by setting additional export parameters. For example, to overwrite files on a networked computer, from the When to overwrite existing files field, select Always or Only if newer.

Ensure that the files to overwrite are not write protected by the operating system on the targeted computer.
From the When to overwrite existing files field in the Export Job Configuration pane, select Always.
Click Start Export to retry exporting video.

For more information see Search Surveillance Video and Surveillance Video Manager.