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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 -  Click the drop down arrow and from the Select Camera window 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.

Select multiple cameras by holding theShift key or the Control key and clicking on the desired cameras.

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.

Type multiple values into a given search option and separate each value with the vertical bar symbol |. The search will return items that match any of the added values.

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Description

Any Metadata Field

Type a value into the textbox to search any metadata field across the entire network. This works like a global search. Also choose from contains, does not contain, is equal to, and is not equal to from the drop-down list.

To add multiple values to this field, separate each value with the vertical bar symbol |. The search will return items that match any of the added values.

Asset Type

Search for a certain asset type. Choose from Video or Picture from the drop-down list in order to limit your search to that type. Or choose Any and any asset type will be searched.

Vault Name

Limit your search to a particular Vault. Select the device from the drop-down list.

Storage Pool

Limit your search to only a specific storage pool. Select the  storage pool from the drop-down list.

Media Name

Increase the speed of your search by limiting the search to a particular unit of media. Select the media from the drop-down list.

Content

Search for a word or phrase that is contained in the file.

If you select Content, remember that Phoenix RSM supports content searching with wildcards, but only if a video script file has been ingested with the video. The video script file is necessary for searching content in videos because it includes all the video dialog and dialog time codes associated in the video. The name of the video script file is identical to the video file name. A content search can also be done on a closed captioning file that has been generated at ingest.

To add multiple values to this field, separate each value with the vertical bar symbol |. The search will return items that match any of the added values.

Pathname

Limit your search by typing either all or part of the filename you want to find.

To add multiple values to this field, separate each value with the vertical bar symbol |. The search will return items that match any of the added values.

Hostname

Limit your search to a specific computer. 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.

To add multiple values to this field, separate each value with the vertical bar symbol |. The search will return items that match any of the added values.

Date and Time

Specify how dates are used to locate files. Use the drop-down list to choose from Most recent copy, Point in Time at, Modified before, Modified after, Modified between, Stored before, Stored after, or Stored between. Select a date and time by clicking on the Clock button.

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, right-click the thumbnail and select Show/Edit Metadata 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 Related Files

Select to view all related files for the video or image (including high resolution originals, preview images, low resolution proxy videos, logging files, and any other related files in the Information Repository). In the Related Files window, the yellow triangle next to the image name indicates an exact match with search criteria.

 

Show/Edit Metadata

Select to show metadata for the selected video or image. From this window, you have the option to directly edit and save the metadata for the selected file.

Copy - Select to copy the metadata for the selected video or image to your clipboard. This copied information can be pasted into a text document for any use.
Edit - Select to make changes to the metadata values for the selected video or image. Make changes to the appropriate fields and click Save when finished.

The Edit button is only enabled if there is a MetadataExtensions.cfg file located at <install-dir>\Config.

Show Chain of Custody

Select to show a chain of custody file that will list all user interactions with a specific file. These interactions include viewing the file, editing metadata, exporting the file, and all dates associated with these.

Change Thumbnail

Choose a different preview image to be displayed as the thumbnail image for the selected video or image.

1.Click the Browse button to navigate to an image that will be set as the new thumbnail.
2.Choose the destination to store this new information. Set the Vault, Media, and Storage Pool.

Setting a destination is optional. Not all values need to be set.

Change Low Res

Choose a Low Res to associate with the selected video or image.

1.Click the Browse button to navigate to Low Res that will be set as the new Low Res.
2.Choose the destination to store this new information. Set the Vault, Media, and Storage Pool.

Setting a destination is optional. Not all values need to be set.

Add File to Group

Choose a new file that will be included with the selected video or image in that group.

1.Click the Browse button to navigate to a new file that will be included in the group of the selected video or image.
2.Choose the destination to store this new information. Set the Vault, Media, and Storage Pool.

Setting a destination is optional. Not all values need to be set.

Remove from Search Results list

Remove the selected video or image from the Search Results list. 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.

Send to Export Queue

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

Play/View

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.

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Description

Show Metadata

Select to show metadata for the selected video or image.

 

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.