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The Surveillance Video Manager is designed to support your business with powerful search capabilities and review of surveillance video. With Phoenix RSM, all of your video assets are fully managed. The acts of finding, reviewing, and selecting video are the first steps to exporting your video. You can export entire videos or just clips of interest.

The following are instructions to give you a better idea on how to search for, review, and then select video for export using the Surveillance Video Manager tool:

1.Launch the Surveillance Video Manager.
2.The Surveillance Video Manager opens with the Search tab in focus. In the Search Criteria pane, begin your search for video by selecting a date range, camera type, or opt for more search options. Work your way through the search criteria by entering values for the search type.
More search options include: Camera Pool, Camera Description, Show video stored on, Show video captured by this computer, Show video stored on this media, and Show video stored in this storage pool.

Search

Carry out either broad or specific searches using this search tool. Define fewer search parameters for a broader set of results, or define more parameters for more relevant search results.

In order to get better search results for clips that have log entries associated with them, turn on Search for preview images, Search for low resolution proxies, and Search for related files in User Preferences.

3.Search for video - To search for video captured on a particular date or between particular dates and times, select Search using date range (this activates calendar control).

When activated, the calendar control is interactive for you to select a start date, end date, and times to search. The top of the calendar control displays the months and dates, while the bottom features start and end times.

SVM Search Criteria pane

Click on the calendar to select a search date range: Click the start date and from the shortcut menu that appears, select Start Date; click the end date and select End Date. (Start and end date can be the same.)
Use the calendar to select a search time range within selected search dates. Click the start date and from the shortcut menu that appears, select Start Time.

Select Time window for Search Range

In the Start Time window, select a time and click OK.
Click the end date and from the shortcut menu that appears, select End Time.

End Time window to Select a Range

In the End Time window, select a time and click OK.

To search all stored video regardless of date and time, de-select the Search using date range checkbox.

4.Search by camera -  From the Camera drop-down list select the camera that captured the video to search, or leave it set to <any>. If set at <any>, video streams captured from all cameras are searched.
5.Select more search options - More options selected focus the search and return less videos. Keep in mind:
For search results to include contiguous video, do not limit your search to a specific NAS device, computer, or unit of media.
Drop-down lists support the use of wildcards.

Select from the options listed below.

Element

Description

Camera Pool

If you know a video is located in a specific camera pool, select that camera pool from the drop-down list, type the camera pool name in the box, or use a wildcard.

A camera pool is a user defined virtual grouping of cameras and can be used to search for 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.

Camera Description

Limit your search to a specific camera by entering the camera's description. No results are returned if a camera description is not part of the solution.

Show video stored on

Limit your search to a particular storage device. Select the device from the drop-down list, type the device name, or use a wildcard.

Show video captured by this computer

Limit your search to the computer that captured the video. When a computer name is entered, only video stored from that computer is listed. This box may contain only a portion of the computer name, is case sensitive, and allows Wildcards.

Show video stored on this media

Increase the speed of your search by limiting the search to a particular unit of media. Select the media from the drop-down list, type the media name, or use a wildcard.

Show video stored in this storage pool

Limit your search to only a specific storage pool. Select the  storage pool from the drop-down list, type the storage pool name, or use a wildcard.

6.Click Add for additional search criteria. Add as many search criteria blocks with as much additional criteria as you need to obtain the level of refinement you want. By default, only two extended search criteria are available which are the Any Metadata Field and Content option.

Additional seach criteria - Any Metadata Field

Any Metadata Field - A global metadata search that will match any metadata field. This option is always available.
Content - Search for a word or phrase that is contained in the file or in log entries. This search uses AND boolean logic to get more specific search results.

The available search criteria can be extended through the use of custom metadata. See MetadataExtensions.cfg.

7.After setting search criteria, click the Search button to search through the Information Repository for files that match the criteria you have defined. Results, including metadata, appear in the Search Results pane.

If a thumbnail is not available, a placeholder image appears as a result. Unless you have selected Load images immediately when scrolling in the SVM User Preferences, thumbnail images are loaded only when you stop scrolling.

Search Results

8.In the Search Results pane, click the information icon to the right above the thumbnail to view asset information for the video. In the Asset Information window, various types of information is displayed for the specific video including Filename, Size, Stored date, Camera Name, and many more.

View the Asset Information

9.In the Search Results pane, double-click the thumbnail image for the file you want to view, or click a point of interest in the histogram. This opens the Media Viewer with the original video file ready for playback and review.
Right-click on a thumbnail to choose an action to perform.

SVM Search Results pane with Motion Detection histogram

The Search Results pane includes the following information (when in Detail view mode):

A thumbnail image depicting the beginning of the captured video. Surveillance video displays in the Search Results pane from one camera continuously recording. (From Camera Policies Standard mode, the video recording clips are five minutes long each by default.)
Name of the camera that captured the video, the date the video was captured, and the time when the capture began, in bold green text.
Additional information such as Camera Description, Host, Frame Size, Begin Date, and Run Time.
A histogram (appearing as a sunken horizontal bar). If a supported motion detection enabled camera has captured motion detection information, the histogram displays where motion detection thresholds were reached. When no motion has reached the detection threshold, or no motion detection data has been gathered, then the histogram is filled black and empty.

Line height and color indicate the magnitude of the motion detected (based on how your motion detection enabled camera is configured). See motion detection.

You can easily skip past sections of video where no motion was detected.

Alternatively, you can right-click on a file and choose from one of the many options in the drop-down list.

Element

Description

Show Metadata

Select to show metadata for the selected video or image.

Click the information icon to the right above the preview image when in Details view mode to quickly access and edit metadata.

Select All

Select all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Unselect all

Unselect all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Send to Export Queue

Send the selected video clip to the Export Queue. This will send the entire video without creating any clips or logs.

Play

Open the Media Viewer with the selected video queued up and ready to play.

Media Viewer

Use the Media Viewer to play back and review videos at variable speeds, navigate to a particular point in a file, clip particular parts of videos for export, and send clips to the Export Queue. For details see SVM Media Viewer.

10.To select a video clip to export, click and drag the timeline pointer to the point where you want the clip for export to begin, and then click the left scissor button. To end the clip, click and drag the timeline pointer to an end point, and then click the right scissor button.

After clipping a video, you have the option of creating a log entry that will be associated and exported with that clip. See SVM Logging for more details.

11.Once you have selected the part of the video you want to export, select Export. The clip is sent to the Export Queue pane.

Export Queue

Once a clip is in the Export Queue, you can still change which part of the video to export. Click the video from the Export Queue. The Media Viewer opens again. After you have made your changes, click Commit to save changes, and then close the Media Viewer window.

12.You can right-click on a video in the Export Queue and choose from one of the many options in the drop-down list. These options are also available under Actions > Export Queue.

Element

Description

Show Metadata

Select to show metadata for the selected video or image.

Click the information icon to the right above the preview image when in Details view mode to quickly access and edit metadata.

Rename Export File

Select to rename an export file. Type in a new name   and click the Ok button to save the new name. If no extension is supplied, the correct extension will be appended to the new name. If an extension is entered which is not correct for the content, the correct extension will be appended to the new name. To reset the file back to the original name, click the Reset button.

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.

Remove from Export Queue

Remove the selected video clip from the Export Queue. The removed file is not deleted and will be available for any subsequent searches.

Select All

Select all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Unselect all

Unselect all of the videos and images in the Search Results.

Play

Open the Media Viewer with the selected video queued up and ready to play.

13.When done selecting videos to export and they are in the Export Queue, click the Export tab at the top of the main window to activate the export panes. Set the options found in the section Export Surveillance Video to complete the export process.

You can save your Export Queue selections for later use. See SVM Save and Load Export Queue.