SVM Media Viewer

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The left side of the Media Viewer window is the actual Media Viewer. When the Media Viewer opens, the low resolution proxy video is queued up for viewing (if the proxy video generation was enabled when the video was captured). If no low resolution proxy video is available, the original video file is played. Use the Media Viewer to view videos at different speeds, search metadata content, navigate to a particular point in a file, clip parts of the video for export, and send clips to the Export Queue. It is comprised of the basic controls of any popular video viewer (such as volume, play, stop, skip forward, skip back, beginning, and end) and the following additional controls:

Remember that low resolution companion files (also called proxy files) are playable videos a fraction of the size of stored originals and are created when data is captured or ingested. They allow for quick retrieval and viewing of stored video. The low resolution companions remain online, even if their originals are offline. They are entirely managed and fully searchable.

SVM Media Viewer

The Media Viewer is comprised of the controls in any popular video viewer (such as volume, play, stop, skip forward, skip back, beginning, and end) and the following additional controls:

A few things to note about the SVM Media Viewer:

The histogram in the Media Viewer is different from the one on the Surveillance Video Manager Search Results pane in that it represents all of the found videos for the one particular camera selected from the Search Results pane.
When a video clip is selected from the Search Results pane, the Media Viewer allows playback and review of the entire timeline that was specified from the Search Criteria pane - not just the recorded clip generated, which by default is five minutes long. For example, with a date range of July 20 to July 26, you may have a large number of thumbnail Search Results to choose from. Once you click a thumbnail item, a Media Viewer displays all video from July 20 to July 26 for the camera associated to the thumbnail selected.
The Media Viewer offers great flexibility to search back and forth within the video timeline and to view the histogram associated to the timeline of a selected camera. The pointer on the timeline is located where the video clip selected appears along the timeline.
Multiple Media Viewer can be opened at once, each depicting the entire timeline associated to the Search Criteria date and time requested. If the Media Viewer is left open and another thumbnail is selected from the same camera, the pointer on the timeline shifts to the new time. If a thumbnail is selected from a different camera, then a new Media Viewer opens.


The histogram in the Media Viewer spans video recorded from one camera (not just one video segment from the camera). This is useful for you to quickly view portions of the video with the most interest. The histogram appears as a sunken horizontal bar, and 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.


The timeline pointer indicates the part of the video that is displayed. Click, hold, and drag the pointer either forward or backward in the video. Click to the left of the pointer to rewind the video one second at a time, or click to the right of the pointer to advance the video one second at a time. Click and hold in either direction, and the pointer moves automatically one second at a time.

The number to the left is a time code that indicates where the pointer is in the video (and the part being displayed). The number to the right indicates the total length of the video. The vertical green line to the left indicates where a clip begins, and the vertical green line to the right indicates where a clip ends. Only the segment of video between the vertical green lines will be exported. By default, the lines mark the beginning and the end of the video; they can be adjusted using the scissor buttons.

If you set the beginning of the clip to within one second of the beginning of the file and one second of the end of the file, the entire original full resolution file is exported.

Some video includes an embedded time display, or time code, that assigns a number to each video frame of video. This is indicated by a golden triangle in the timeline. Click the triangle to select an embedded time display option.


Use the scissor buttons to select clips from the video. Numbers indicate beginning and ending times. Click the left button to denote the beginning of the clip, and the right button to denote the end of the clip. You can repeat this process to export as many clips from a video as you need; this creates multiple clips from a single file. However, before selecting and exporting a second clip, you need to add the currently selected clip to the export queue by clicking the Export button on the main Media Viewer window.

Playback Speed

Use the playback speed to run the video faster or slower. Drag the orange control to the left to play more slowly or to the right to play more quickly.


The Storyboard strip at the bottom of the Media Viewer displays still images taken from the video file. It provides a visual representation of the video file contents and an easy way to quickly see and navigate to a point of interest in the video. Use the horizontal scrollbar to scroll through the frames. As you move your mouse over an image, the time associated with the image is displayed. Click an image to jump to that point in the video, and note that the pointer jumps to the corresponding point on the timeline.

Keyboard Navigation

The Media Viewer also supports the following case sensitive keyboard navigation:


Key Combination

Frame-by-frame forward


Frame-by-frame backward


Move one second forward


Move one second backward


Skip forward 30 seconds


Skip backwards 30 seconds


Toggle play/pause


Skip to "in" point


Skip to "out" point


Set "in" point


Set "out" point


Increase playback speed


Decrease playback speed


Stop playback


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