Flussonic Watcher documentation

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Camera Management

Cameras in Watcher are created and exist only within a specific Organization. One camera can belong to one Organization only.

To manage cameras, go to Cameras in the main menu.

You can add IP cameras to Watcher in the following ways:

  • Manually - you manually fill in all the data necessary for connecting the camera.

  • Uploading CSV - you create a list of cameras and add them to Watcher at once by using the API.

  • Searching by ONVIF - the standard ONVIF protocol is used to search for cameras and add them to Watcher. When using this method, the cameras must be in the same local network with the Watcher server.

  • If you use Agent, the cameras are added automatically or manually.

On this page:

Adding cameras

After Watcher is installed, you will see no cameras in the Watcher UI, even if they are present on Flussonic Media Server. To add a camera to the system, click Add a camera:

Camera management

In the dialog that opens, choose New camera and enter camera settings:

Camera management

Camera settings

Camera management

General settings

  • Title. The camera name, which you see in the list of cameras. Use only Latin characters and numbers, as the name will be used in URLs.
  • Stream URL. The camera URL. For example: rtsp://mycam.local/stream0. If you know the camera URL, you can import the camera from the Flussonic server or use auto-search to add the camera.
  • Substream URL. Additional address. For example: rtsp://mycam.local/stream1; rtsp://mycam.local/stream2

Administration

  • Streamer. A Flussonic Media Server that is used as a streamer for this camera.

  • Organization. The Organization to which the camera will be added. A camera can belong to only one Organization. If you do not select Organization, the default Organization is used.

  • Folder. A hierarchical node of the camera tree within the Organization. Tha camera will be added to this node called folder. If you do not select a folder, the root folder in the selected Organization is used.

  • DVR Depth. The archive depth. In other words, it’s the number of days after recording during which the video archive is available (then it is purged). To enable this option, configure the repository in the System settings or Streamer settings.

  • DVR Space. The maximum storage space for camera's archive, in Gigabytes.

  • License plate recognition. Turning on or off license plate detection and Russian car number recognition.

Additional settings

  • Enabled. Turning the camera on and off. It means whether video from this camera will be transmitted or not to Watcher.

  • On-demand. Turn this check box on to make the camera transmit video only on request, turn off to make the camera work constantly.

  • PTZ. Turn this check box on for cameras with PTZ feature to enable camera PTZ controls in the UI.

  • Thumbnails. The URL for obtaining JPEG screenshots of the camera.

  • Note. The text that describes camera positioning or gives any other information.

Location

  • Coordinates. The coordinates of the camera location. Define the camera placement on the map. You can change its placement. We recommend that you place all cameras to their actual locations on the map to help users find them.
  • Address. The postal address of the camera.

Saving camera settings

After you have edited the camera settings, click Save. The camera will appear on the management page in the list of cameras:

Creating a folder and adding cameras to it

By default, all cameras in an Organization are added to the root folder.

To create a folder and add cameras to it:

  1. Go to Organization in the Watcher UI
  2. Click Add a folder next to the selected Organization or a subfolder within the Organization
  3. Drag a camera from the list of cameras to the folder.

Another way to add a camera to a folder is by editing the Folder field on the camera settings page. To do so, go to camera settings (Cameras > click the camera in the camera list) and choose Folder where you want to move the camera.

Adding a camera to Favorites

To add a camera to the page Favorites:

  1. Go to Cameras
  2. In the list of cameras (which, by default, appears in Tiles mode), find the camera and click the bookmark icon on it:

    Alternatively, in List mode, click the More button next to the camera and choose Add to Favorites.

Deleting a camera

To delete a camera:

  1. Go to Cameras
  2. In the list of cameras, find the camera and click the Delete icon.

Another way to delete a camera is by clicking Delete on the camera settings page.