Users can view and manage cameras in the Cameras section (if they have permissions to cameras).
Camera list views¶
You can view the list of cameras in several modes. Click the icon in the top right corner of the Cameras page to select the mode:
Small cards and Cards¶
These are the list of automatically updated screenshots from all cameras.
On the screenshot of each camera there are buttons that allows you to manage a camera:
- Add the camera to favorites (will appear in Favorites)
- Edit camera settings
- Run or add an action (any API call)
- Share the camera
- Delete the camera
In this mode, you will see a hierarchy of Organizations, folders and cameras.
In the List mode the following filters are available:
- by the title
- by the depth of the DVR archive
- by the streamer where a camera is connected
- by various attributes: Archive, Agent, Onvif, ANPR (LPR, license plates recognition), Enabled (only cameras that are enabled).
In this mode you can drag cameras to a previously created mosaic and immediately see the resulting mosaic. This mode is a convenient alternative to managing mosaics in the Mosaics or Organizations sections. Your changes are automatically saved.
A distinctive feature of this method of working with mosaics is that cameras from different organizations can be added to the mosaic. If users have access to such a mosaic but do not have access to some cameras in it, then they will only see their own cameras while forbidden cameras will be blackened.
Select the mosaic in the MOSAIC menu to view it. Use the mosaic's menu to edit, copy or delete the mosaic.
Viewing the camera's live video or DVR archive¶
Go to Cameras to view live video or archive. You can access live video or archive in different ways depending on the display mode.
Video in Cards or List modes¶
In Cards mode click the camera name or the Play button on the picture from the camera.
In the List mode click three-dot menu then select View.
Video is displayed in the player. If the camera has DVR, the player will show it as the green part of the timeline.
The control buttons in the top right of the video allow the following actions:
View information about camera streams: bitrate, resolution, codec. An active stream data is highlighted in bold. Hover over the icon to see this info.
Add the camera to favorites (will appear in Favorites)
Edit camera settings
Run or add an action (any API call)
Delete the camera
Video on the Dashboard¶
In Dashbord mode, live video is displayed when you switch to the mode. Click DVR to view archive from all cameras on the mosaic at once.
The playback control panel is in the lower part of the player box. The playback control panel may not display when DVR is disabled for the camera.
When you open the player, the live video is played by default. The current playback position is shown as a grey dot on the timeline .
To pause the video (live or archived), click .
To resume playback or live view, click .
Move the current playback position to the green area of the timeline (i.e. archive) to use the below playback controls.
The buttons allow for fast and slow playback of the archive. The current playback speed is displayed between the buttons. The minimum speed is x0.125, the maximum is x16.
The button enables the frame-by-frame advance. When enabled, the playback automatically pauses and buttons appear on both sides of the frame for swiping frames forward and backward. You can view frames one by one or each fifth frame in both directions.
Browsing the timeline
The red parts of the timeline show periods without archive and the green ones are the periods where the archive is present. You may also find the marks of motion, LPR or face recognition events under the timeline. When you hover the mouse cursor over the green area, a screenshot of the moment is displayed next to the cursor with event explanation (if any).
Click any point in the green area to watch the archive starting from the selected moment. Click the blue or gray area to go back to live video.
Use the mouse wheel or the buttons to scale the timeline.
To move the timeline left or right, use the buttons.
allows you to center the timeline on the current playback position.
It is convenient to use the calendar for positioning in a rather large archive for several days or more. Days with archive are marked in light green. Click a day to start playing the earliest recording for that day.
The sound control is a speaker icon. If the camera has a microphone, then the sound from it will be available in Watcher. Click this icon to enable/disable sound. When the icon looks like it means that the sound is disabled. However, the sound is still recorded to the archive.
When the sound is enabled, you can control the volume: .
Fragment or frame export
You can export the archive for the selected period to an MP4 file from the playback control panel. The period can be entered manually or set using the sliders above the timeline.
Click the lock icon next to the time in order to pin the slider: this is not necessary, but useful in case the timeline moves.
Hover the mouse over the slider or the line between sliders to see the fragment duration.
After choosing the period, click the download button.
The button allows you to save the currently displayed frame of the archive in PNG format. The button is only displayed when current playback position is in the archive.