Manually Add IP Camera

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For the most streamlined and efficient work flow, add your RTSP-enabled IP camera using the Add Camera Wizard. There are times, however, to add an IP camera manually, such as when your camera manufacturer and model cannot be found on the network.

Camera Policies hosts two modes, Standard mode and Advanced mode. When adding a camera configuration, the Add New Camera window appears with Standard mode options or with extended Advanced mode options, depending on which mode is enabled under the Camera Policies View menu. The following are procedures that take into account both modes and any differences are noted.

To add a RTSP-enabled IP camera manually

1.From the Camera Policies toolbar, click the Cameras button to open the Camera Configurations window.
2.From the Camera Configurations toolbar, click the Add button. Or from the Camera Configurations main menu, select Edit > Add a Camera. The Add New Camera window displays differently depending on whether you are working in Standard mode or Advanced mode.

Standard mode image:

Standard mode - Add a camera through Camera Configurations

Advanced mode image:

Advanced mode - Add a camera through Camera Configurations

3.Populate the Add New Camera boxes appropriately for your camera. Some of the more advanced parameters allow you to specify a camera pool, an alternative frame size, or access permissions.

Use the table below to help fill in the boxes.

Element

Description

Camera Type

Advanced mode only.

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

If your camera is managed by a Milestone, OnSSI, or exacqVision video management system, see Add VMS Camera.

Name

Type a name used for menus and the 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.

Description

Text used for defining the camera in menus and the configuration file. This is a description of the camera.

Camera Pool

Advanced mode only.

For the camera pool, define a 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.

Manufacturer

Define the manufacturer of the camera. The Video Capture URL populates automatically. Click the Find Camera button for a listing of cameras found on the network. See Search Results window.

Model

Define the camera's model number. Click the Find Camera button for a listing of cameras found on the network. See Search Results window.

Video Capture URL

The RTSP URL of the camera for capturing video feeds. From the drop-down list, choose rtsp://.

In the first text box type the IP address for the selected camera. The second text box populates automatically when a known camera manufacturer and model are selected.
Click the Test button to test the RTSP URL. If the test is successful a Live View window appears. A successful connection should take no more than 10 seconds. If the test fails try the following:
i.Every camera has a RTSP URL. Validate the RTSP URL using Video LAN. If you do not have a VLC media player, download it for free at http://www.videolan.org/. Once installed go to Start > All Programs > VideoLAN > VLC media player. In the VLC media player Media menu, select Open Network Stream. Type the RTSP URL and click Play. Verify a connection. If there is no connection here, check the camera.
ii.Ping the IP address to verify connectivity. Go to Start > All Programs > Run. In the Run window type cmd. In the command prompt window, type ping <camera IP address>, and wait for a response. If no connection, the camera may be off.

If the camera is not listed and you are unsure of your camera's RTSP URL, check with the camera's manufacturer.

Video Capture LRP URL

Advanced mode only.

Check the checkbox to enable the Video Capture LRP URL.  From the drop-down list, choose rtsp://.The RTSP URL allows for capturing low resolution video feeds.

In the first text box, type the IP address or host name for the selected camera. The second text box populates automatically when a camera manufacturer and model are selected. You can also enter the entire URL manually.
Click the Test button to test the RTSP URL. If the test is successful a Live View window appears. A successful connection should take no more than 10 seconds. If the test fails see the Video Capture URL element above for troubleshooting ideas.

If the camera is not listed and you are unsure of your camera's RTSP URL, check with the camera's manufacturer.

Thumbnail URL

Advanced mode only.

Check the checkbox to enable the Thumbnail URL. From the drop-down list, choose either http:// or https://. The HTTP or HTTPS URL allows for producing images.

In the first text box, type the IP address or host name for the selected camera. The second text box populates automatically when a camera manufacturer and model are selected. You can also enter the entire URL manually.

Thumbnail URL capabilities are not available with all camera manufacturers and models.

Click the Test button to test the HTTP or HTTPS URL. If the test is successful a Live View window appears. A successful connection should take no more than 10 seconds. If the test fails see the Video Capture URL element above for troubleshooting ideas.

If the camera is not listed and you are unsure of your camera's RTSP URL, check with the camera's manufacturer.

Live View URL

Advanced mode only.

By default, the Live View URL is enabled and there will be a check in the checkbox. From the drop-down list, choose rtsp://. The RTSP URL allows a live view from your camera.

In the first text box, type the IP address or host name for the selected camera. The second text box populates automatically when a camera manufacturer and model are selected. You can also enter the entire URL manually.
Click the Test button to test the RTSP URL. If the test is successful a Live View window appears. A successful connection should take no more than 10 seconds. If the test fails see the Video Capture URL element above for troubleshooting ideas.

If the camera is not listed and you are unsure of your camera's RTSP URL, check with the camera's manufacturer.

Management URL

Advanced mode only.

Enables camera management from a Web browser when this type of functionality is supported by the camera.  From the drop-down list, choose either http:// or https://.

With this checkbox selected, the boxes to the right are for the HTTP or HTTPS URL of the camera that enables you to manage your camera. This is an HTTP or HTTPS address provided by the manufacturer.
Click the Test button to test the URL. If the test fails, ensure you have entered the correct URL and that your camera and camera manufacturer support online camera management.

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.

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

The computer that captures a video feed from your camera.

Access Permissions

Advanced mode only.

Ability to add, change, or delete rights for a camera. Access permissions determine who has access to cameras and the access level. When working in Standard mode, the default permissions include "everyone" and "Recorded and Live Video and PTZ".

Double-click an existing security entry to change an entry, click the Add button to insert a new entry, click the Delete button to remove an entry, or click the Up or Down arrow buttons to change the order the entries are listed in the Access Permissions group box. See the Add New Security Entry section below.

Active

Advanced mode only.

Determine whether the camera is active or inactive. To capture video and view live feeds, this checkbox must be selected. If it is not selected, then any policy that uses this camera will not run.

4.When you are finished selecting options and entering values in the Add New Camera window, click OK.
5.From the Camera Configurations toolbar, click the Save button to save the new camera configuration and add the camera to the Information Repository.
6.Repeat this process for each camera to add.

Phoenix RSM automatically configures camera settings and preserves motion detection metadata along with captured video when adding a RTSP-enabled IP camera. This data is then used by the Surveillance Video Manager (SVM) application to create histograms of detected motion. For more information see Motion Detection.

Search Results window

From the Add New Camera window, click the Find Cameras button in order for the Search Results window to appear  which will show a list of cameras found on the network. The camera list is pulled from a pre-populated list of manufacturers. 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. If your camera still does not display, add it manually. In the Search Results window, 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.

Search Results window when Find Cameras button is clicked

Add New Security Entry

From the Add New Camera window, click the Add New Security Entry button under the Access Permissions group box. Use this window to insert a new access permissions entry. These permissions determine who has access to cameras and the access level.

Add New Security Entry window

Name type - Determine who the new security setting for a camera is applied to, or the type of rights; select between User, Group, Domain, and Everyone.

Entry name - Type a name to appear under the Access Permissions group box.

Rights - Select the rights granted for the new user, group, domain, or everyone.

The rights are as follows:

Recorded and Live Video and PTZ - Can view recorded and live video from selected camera and have PTZ control
Live Video and PTZ - Can view live video and have PTZ control
Live Video - Can view live video
Recorded and Live Video - Can view recorded and live video from selected camera
Recorded Video - Only view recorded video from the selected camera
None - No access to the camera

If "recorded" is not included in user rights, you can still record using Live Viewer, but you will not be able to search for recorded video when using SVM.